UCLA In the News February 23, 2018

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

Hammer receives $50 million in gifts for expansion | Los Angeles Times

In yet another major infusion of cash for Los Angeles’ art museums, the Hammer announced on Thursday the largest gift in its history: $30 million from L.A. philanthropists Lynda and Stewart Resnick to help pay for an ambitious renovation and expansion. The museum will still be called the Hammer, but its building will be renamed the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Cultural Center. The project is scheduled to be completed in two years. (Also: New York Times, KCBS-TV)

Major shootings led to tougher gun laws, but to what end? | New York Times

The National Rifle Association has “successfully built in ineffectiveness” to gun control legislation, said Adam Winkler, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the author of “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America.” “Part of the story is that the NRA fights tooth and nail against any policy,” Mr. Winkler said. “The laws that result are much less ambitious in their goals.” (Also: CNN)

With sea level rise, California ecosystem faces extinction | Sacramento Bee

(Commentary by UCLA’s Glen MacDonald) New research from UCLA, the United States Geological Survey and several other institutions reveals the stark vulnerability of state coastal marshes to rising sea levels. By the end of the century, chances are good that these places will disappear without drastic emissions-reducing measures on a global scale. (Also: United Press International)

Shortcuts when saving, investing for retirement | USA Today

Others also say investors should avoid the heuristic that leads them to buy high and sell low. “It’s obviously not a very wise investment strategy,” says Shlomo Benartzi, a professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and co-founder of the Behavioral Decision Making Group.

What are the secrets to aging well? | U.S. News and World Report

“Loneliness is one of the biggest problems I see,” [UCLA’s Dr. Patricia] Harris says. “It leads to depression and a loss of motivation to manage health. People become sicker and frailer, which keeps them from getting out and socializing. It increases the risk for an early death.”

 How to build a human brain | Science News

[Neda] Vishlaghi created these “minibrains” at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA, where she’s a research assistant. First she immersed batches of human pluripotent stem cells — which can morph into any cell type in the body — in a special mix of chemicals. The free-floating cells multiplied and coalesced into itty-bitty balls of neural tissue. Nurtured with meticulously timed doses of growth-supporting ingredients, the cell clumps were eventually transferred to petri dishes of broth laced with Matrigel, a gelatin-like matrix of proteins. (UCLA’s Bennett Novitch is also cited.)

Benefits of growing up in greener neighborhoods | Medical Xpress

“The study adds to growing evidence suggesting that early life exposure to green space and other environmental factors can exert measurable and lasting effects on our health through the life course,” says co-author Michael Jerrett, department chair and professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

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