UCLA In the News February 17, 2017

UCLA In the News lists selected mentions of UCLA in the world’s news media. See more UCLA In the News.

Finding life’s building blocks on dwarf planet Ceres | Los Angeles Times

“We were not expecting to see something like this on the surface of Ceres,” said study coauthor Christopher Russell, a UCLA planetary scientist and Dawn’s principal investigator. These simple molecules, he added, are “really pre-biological, but they’re in the family of materials that we would expect if Ceres was working its way along the complexity path.” (Also: Reuters)

How to raise responsible digital kids | PC Mag

“All the child development research suggests that the most effective parenting style is ‘authoritative.’ That is, loving and warm, but firm with rules. When I speak to parent audiences, I recommend that they engage in active media mediation,” said UCLA’s Dr. Yalda T. Uhls.

Big Pharma doesn’t want to reveal true value of its drugs | Los Angeles Times

Matt Schmitt, an assistant professor of strategy at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, said it’s easy for Kaleo’s Williamson to shrug off a 600% markup as a fantasy number. But “the true price increase, while perhaps not 600%, may still be very substantial,” Schmitt said.

Trump PAC sends followers ‘survey’ about media bias | Washington Post

There isn’t anything all that unusual about the survey tactic, UCLA political science professor Jeffrey Lewis told The Washington Post. The committee that emailed it out is a joint fundraising venture made up of the Republican National Committee and Trump’s presidential campaign PAC, and, Lewis said, it isn’t at all uncommon for these groups to use events in the news, like Trump’s harsh comments about the news media, to mobilize and inspire its base.

Could new way of stimulating brain help those with PTSD? | BBC News

“We’re treating the brain as though it is a whole organ and we’re picking particular critical hubs of this network and by introducing energy in specific ways we’re able to change the way the network functions. There are a few key areas that we have identified. Specifically, the amygdala, which allows us to process fear,” said UCLA’s Dr. Andrew Leuchter. ( Approx. 02:35)

Hefty price of muscular dystrophy drug stirs debate | CBS News (New York)

“This is a drug that likely adds three years of walking to boys. So, in all likelihood Dylan went into a wheelchair three years later than he would have otherwise,” [UCLA’s] Dr. Carrie Miceli explained.

Fuller tribute features TV pilot, documentary | Los Angeles Times

A tribute to the rambunctious Sam Fuller, director of such pulp classics as “Pickup On South Street” (1953) and “Shock Corridor” (1963), is always welcome, but the one scheduled by the UCLA Film & Television Archive for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood is something special.

‘Smart’ mobile tool may be used to treat serious diseases | Phys.org

The UCLA team, led by Aydogan Ozcan, Chancellor’s Professor of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering and associate director of the California NanoSystems Institute, took this concept and applied it to plasmonic sensing, constructing a mobile and inexpensive device that is far more accurate than conventional sensor designs.

Labor secretary pick could be first Latino in Trump Cabinet | Huffington Post

“This leaves the rather disturbing possibility that Acosta was rejected because he was a Republican lawyer working for the Justice Department at a time when voter fraud issues were high profile concerns,” Stephen Bainbridge, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, wrote in a blog post responding to Jacobs’ op-ed. “So today’s rebuttable presumption is that conservative legal academics should steer clear of Florida.

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