UCLA In the News February 23, 2017

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

Inside destructive forces at work in atmospheric river storms | CBS News

Researchers from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and UCLA’s Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering collaborated on the study, examining weather records and NASA satellite data to better understand the real impact of atmospheric rivers…. “We expected that there would be an association, but the degree of the connection exceeded our expectation,” [UCLA] researcher Bin Guan said.

Mega-mansions in this L.A. suburb sit empty for months | Los Angeles Times

“Chinese policymakers realize that, without significant capital controls, the foreign reserves will continue depleting,” said William Yu, an economist at UCLA. “But those controls mean the Southern California real estate market, especially for luxury homes, will be less active because that money is stuck in China.”

Breakdown of Oscars red carpet and why world can’t turn away | ABC News

The electric atmosphere of the red carpet is what makes the Academy Awards not just an auditorium filled with our favorite stars, but a must-see “spectacle,” according to Gabriel Rossman, a professor of sociology at UCLA. “The Oscars has to be an event. The red carpet is just part of that ritual,” he told ABC News. “It’s the preamble to the event.”

Hollywood still failing women and minorities, despite improvements | LA Weekly

“It doesn’t make sense for an industry not to figure out ways to better serve the market,” [UCLA’s Darnell] Hunt says. “Minorities collectively are buying a larger share of tickets than the general population. But the industry is not making films that are reflective of their role in society.” (Also: The Huffington Post)

Debate around withdrawal of transgender youth rights | NPR’s “From Scratch”

“How the law should treat transgender students and others is a complicated question. There are important arguments on both sides having to do with equality, having to do with privacy. Obviously, transgender students need to have a place they can use the bathroom…. At the same time, people feel uncomfortable,” said UCLA’s Eugene Volokh. [Audio download]

What’s at stake with rising tensions between Mexico, U.S. | NPR’s “Marketplace”

“U.S.-Mexico relations are essentially in a state of crisis. The Mexican government and the Mexicans feel they have been the subject of scapegoating,” said UCLA’s Ruben Hernandez-Leon. (Approx. 00:20 mark) [Audio download]

Netflix enters unscripted territory | NPR’s “Marketplace”

“Now they’re moving their cannons towards other channels,” said UCLA’s Tom Noonan. Discovery, A&E, History and their high-end unscripted shows are newly in Netflix’s cross-hairs, he added. (Approx. 01:00 mark) [Audio download]

Novel antenna array boosts terahertz detection | New Electronics

“Up close, it looks like a row of small grates,” said [UCLA’s] researcher Nezih Tolga Yardimci. “We specifically designed the dimensions of the nanoantenna elements and their spacing such that an incoming terahertz beam is focused into nanoscale dimensions, where it interacts with a stream of optical pump photons to produce an electrical signal proportional to the terahertz beam intensity.”

Facts on violence, suffering among trans people | International Business Times

Using data from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, the Williams Institute at UCLA found that 78 percent of transgender people who experience physical or sexual violence at school also attempted suicide.

DNA patterns can unlock how glucose metabolism drives cancer | HealthCanal

“By focusing on such a large dataset and more than just known point mutations, we now better understand how subtle patterns of combined genetic alterations can affect glucose metabolism and are in sum key drivers of the most aggressive cancers,” [UCLA’s Thomas] Graeber said. “Scientists now have a whole new sandbox where we can test and develop the tools that will lead to new treatments for people fighting this disease.”

Immunity-boosting foods you need to fight off flu | Reader’s Digest

A UCLA study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology showed that sulforaphane switches on a set of antioxidant genes and enzymes in immune cells, protecting them from the kind of damage that can lead to disease.

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