UCLA In the News February 21, 2017

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

Hollywood has way to go on diversity, report says | Los Angeles Times

The “2017 Hollywood Diversity Report,” set to be released by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, analyzed 168 theatrical films released in 2015 and more than 1,200 television programs released during the 2014-15 season on broadcast, cable, digital and via syndication. What few gains the report found came from television. “Television is looking up; it’s moving in the right direction,” Darnell Hunt, director of the Bunche Center and the report’s lead author, said in an interview. “Film, however, that hasn’t really progressed.” (Also: Variety)

When retirement comes with a daily dose of cannabis | New York Times

Dr. Thomas Strouse, a psychiatrist and palliative care doctor at the University of California, Los Angeles, said that just as sleeping and pain medications could harm older people, marijuana could possibly make them confused, dizzy or more likely to fall. “There is no evidence that it is particularly helpful to older people, and some reason that it could be harmful,” he said.

Former mayors split over how to run L.A. | Los Angeles Times

The three former L.A. mayors gathered on a UCLA stage Thursday night to share thoughts on running the city. Together, their terms spanned two decades marked by the Northridge earthquake, the San Fernando Valley’s threatened secession from L.A., and an economic crash that left city leaders struggling to stave off bankruptcy. Their rivalries have subsided, allowing for a candid conversation as part of UCLA’s “Why History Matters” presentations.

In Bali, babies are believed too holy to touch the earth | New York Times

“Before three months, babies are considered holy,” said Robert Lemelson, an anthropologist who teaches at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Their spirits still belong to the divine and are taken care of by their nyama bajang, or 108 spirits. That’s why people in Bali always try to treat babies like gods.”

On free press, Supreme Court pick at odds with Trump | New York Times

Eugene Volokh, an expert in First Amendment law at the University of California, Los Angeles, said Judge Gorsuch’s commitment to free speech was not guarded or grudging. “Sometimes when judges apply the rules, you can see that they’re holding their nose,” Professor Volokh said. “He didn’t seem to be.”

Bringing science down to earth | Los Angeles Times

The truth about science is much more prosaic. Detailed case studies on the history of chemistry and physics show that the role of genius in advancing those fields — and even the role of rationality — is overstated. Rather than a hyper-intellectual, alien activity practiced by a remote priesthood, science is hit and miss, the ever-changing product of less-than-brilliant people, just like every other human activity. (Commentary by UCLA’s Eric Scerri)

14 photos that illumine a dark chapter of U.S. history | National Geographic

The ban on cameras wasn’t the only reason for the dearth of family photos, says Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, a professor of Asian American studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Because of the FBI sweeps right after Pearl Harbor, a lot of families destroyed photo albums and other memorabilia that linked them to Japan,” he says.

Are underground tunnels a solution to traffic? | Headline News

“You never know when you tunnel what’s under there, until you start digging. You could run into all sorts of logistical and engineering difficulties,” said UCLA’s Michael Manville.

Dams remain in line for bulk of funding | San Francisco Chronicle

Extremes are what California is likely to see more of, said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and author of the California Weather Blog. “We’ve swung pretty quickly from the most intense drought to literally the wettest winter we’ve observed in a century,” Swain said.

Leaders want options set before Obamacare repeal | Los Angeles Daily News

Their motion also notes studies by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and UC Berkeley Labor Center that say repealing the ACA would result in the loss of 63,000 health care related jobs in Los Angeles County.

Controversial things Trump administration has done so far | Business Insider

In an interview with Business Insider, UCLA School of Law professor Jon Michaels offered insight into whether the Trump administration has been acting consistently with the rule of law. “I wouldn’t say that we can make a big deal of one particular deviation from custom,” Michaels said, “but patterns of it? Then it looks a little different.”

Lesbians, gays, bisexuals more likely to be imprisoned | San Francisco Chronicle

The possible reasons for the high rate of imprisonment include stress resulting from rejection by their families, use of illegal drugs, and stigma that makes it harder for lesbians, gays and bisexuals to gain social acceptance, said the report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law.

Party, seniority help state’s delegation flex muscle in D.C. | Press-Enterprise

Following the departures in recent years of veteran Democratic congressmen Howard Berman and Henry Waxman, “I don’t think there’s any question the California (House) delegation has less influence than it had in years past,” said Jim Newton, a veteran journalist who lectures in public policy at UCLA.

‘Fasting-mimicking’ diet said to reduce risk factors for aging | Reuters

Following a diet that mimics fasting may reduce risk factors for disease in generally healthy people, according to a small study. Dr. Min Wei of UCLA’s Longevity Institute and colleagues tested the effects of the fasting-mimicking diet on various risk factors for diabetes, heart disease, cancer or other conditions.

Can Trump win over African Americans? | Washington Post

The event highlighted Trump’s particular challenges in winning over African Americans. Most obviously, he has been dogged by questions about connections between his advisers and the white nationalist movement. During the 2016 campaign, he was widely criticized by the black community for making a seemingly flippant and tongue-in-cheek appeal by asking: “What do you have to lose?” (Commentary by UCLA’s Jonathan Collins)

Hospitals fear Obamacare repeal would reverse gains | San Francisco Chronicle

“The Affordable Care Act has certainly stabilized the financial situation of safety-net providers,” [UCLA’s Dr. Gerald Kominski] said. “If we roll back the (law) completely and don’t have a replacement plan that specifically improves funding for safety-net providers, then those hospitals are going to become more vulnerable again.”

Congenital infection raises risk of hearing loss up to age five | Reuters Health

Dr. Alison M. Grimes, Director, Audiology and Newborn Hearing Screening at UCLA Health in Los Angeles, told Reuters Health by email, “Congenital CMV is a known risk factor for congenital as well as late-onset and/or progressive sensorineural hearing loss. Expectant mothers should be aware of the modes of transmission and take prudent steps to avoid exposure. Currently congenital CMV is not routinely screened for at the time of birth other than in Utah.”

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