UCLA In the News February 24, 2017

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

Playing with fire, for safety’s sake | New York Times

Our fascination with fire runs deep. “It’s very clear we have been dependent on fire for a long, long time, and it has been integral to our evolution as a highly intelligent, information using species,” said Daniel Fessler, an evolutionary anthropologist at the University of California, Los Angeles. Fire served as protection, warmth and a means to a higher quality diet, which may have allowed our pre-human ancestors to develop bigger brains, he says.

Why the benefits of sleep go far beyond beauty | Los Angeles Times

Your brain uses sleep time to catch up on important chores, says Dr. Alon Avidan, professor of neurology and director of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center. These include organizing memories, making repairs, and clearing out the mess that has accumulated during the day, including harmful neurotoxins. “Without enough sleep, your brain can’t go through this cleaning process,” Avidan says.

One in 137 teens would identify as transgender | New York Times

“We want to make sure that policy debates are informed by actual figures,” said Jody L. Herman, a scholar of public policy at the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, where she and several co-authors published the estimate in a report last month.

Oscar firsts and why inclusive film crews matter | Washington Post

A study released last week by researchers at UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies found even less progress where ethnicity is concerned, noting that “if the goal is to actually make significant progress on the industry diversity front, a major shift in thinking is required” and concluding that “diversity work needs to be grounded in a demographic restructuring of Hollywood organizations from top to bottom.”

25% of all overdoses are from heroin | CNN

Dr. Larissa Mooney, director of the University of California Los Angeles Addiction Medicine Clinic, said the new study highlighted the need for opioid addiction treatment. “We need to improve access to treatment and remove barriers,” she said.

Feeling stressed? Proven methods for chilling out | Los Angeles Times

Chronic stress correlates with many physical ailments, from colds to cancer, said Dr. Emanuel Maidenberg, a clinical professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at UCLA. “It’s thought to reduce the effectiveness of your immune system, so you’re more likely to become ill in whatever area you’re vulnerable,” he said…. “You can learn to manage stress,” Maidenberg said. “You can develop a set of tools for bringing the level down. That can’t happen overnight though. You have to practice.”

Trump’s attempt to massage economic data isn’t new | Washington Post

Economist Lee Ohanian of UCLA has reported that the production process for certain goods takes them back and forth over the U.S.-Mexico border 14 times before they’re ready for market.

Questions and answers about upcoming travel ban order | Associated Press

It’s hard to imagine a “bulletproof” order that could assuage the concerns of the immigrant rights community and other potential challengers, said Jon Michaels, a UCLA law professor. “My sense is, there will be challenges, and challenges will be at the very least plausible challenges,” he said.

Courts could limit impact of more immigration officers | NPR’s “Morning Edition”

“If the administration is going to rely more on expedited removal, they may think that more immigration judges are not necessary,” said Ingrid Eagly who teaches at the UCLA Law School. But Eagly said any expansion of expedited removal is likely to be challenged in the federal courts on the grounds that it denies due process.

Maryland’s ruling to limit the Second Amendment | Bloomberg Law

“Well, what the majority said in an opinion written by Judge Robert King was that assault weapons are not covered by the Second Amendment and as a result the government did not need particularly strong justification to limit access to them. The same reasoning the courts had applied to high capacity magazines. The court said that these were weapons of war,” said UCLA’s Adam Winkler. (Approx. 00:45)

Congress and courts will poke holes in deportation plans | The Economist

In the meantime, says Matt Barreto of the University of California, Los Angeles, the new guidance will have another effect on undocumented immigrants. They are likely to withdraw from wider society. He suspects they will be less likely to report crimes, visit hospitals, or even send their children to school for fear of being caught.

What happens to your body when you stop eating red meat | Reader’s Digest

Beef eaters may also be courting Alzheimer’s disease. Studies at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA have blamed the link on excessive iron accumulation from too much red meat in the diet.

UCLA partners with LAUSD at Horace Mann School | Wave Newspapers

The stakeholders behind a joint venture between the Los Angeles Unified School District and UCLA are hopeful that their collaboration will rewrite the narrative for this neighborhood school whose population is made up of mostly black and Latino students.

How ancient Neanderthal genes still affect modern people | New Scientist

“The implication is that these variants that came into the human gene pool around 50,000 years ago are still affecting human biology,” says Sriram Sankararaman at the University of California at Los Angeles. “This study makes important progress in understanding how Neanderthal genes many of us carry in our genomes affect diverse human traits by dictating how genes are regulated.” (Also: International Business Times, The Verge)

Study suggests air pollution’s risk to heart may stem from gut | HealthCanal

“Our research provides new insight into the detrimental effects of environmental factors on our gut-vascular health,” said Dr. Zhaoping Li, director at UCLA’s Center for Human Nutrition. “If similar changes are exhibited in humans, exposure to air pollution could potentially lead to both inflammatory bowel disease and atherosclerosis.”

Getting clot-buster drug before hospital may cut stroke effect | Medical Xpress

“Time is brain in acute stroke after vascular collaterals fail, and faster treatment yields better outcomes,” said May Nour, M.D., Ph.D., lead researcher, interventional neurologist and director of UCLA’s Mobile Stroke Rescue Program. “Our study shows pre-hospital clot-busting is a promising, evolving approach to providing tPA stroke therapy. Its better outcomes could offset the increased costs of a mobile stroke unit.” (Also: HealthDay)

Nobody cares about any recent Best Picture Oscar winners | New York Post

“If you look at what won Best Picture, until the 1980s, most of the films were big pictures made by big studios,” says Jan-Christopher Horak, director of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. “In the olden days, popularity and how successful a film was — how much money it made and those kind of criteria — also played a role [in winning]. Today, the voters are looking for real quality.”

Britney Spears biopic might be a flop for Lifetime | Fox News

Professor at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and founder of Bull’s Eye Entertainment Tom Nunan said regardless of the recent ratings, TV biography flicks are Lifetime’s bread and butter. “If you look at the history of the network, TV movies have been the lifeblood of the channel. Also, with the vast competition that rose in quality basic cable in the 1990s with Emmy-nominated shows, Lifetime has relied on its TV biography warhorse,” Nunan told Fox News.

Why it’s raining so much in California | Mercury News

“What we’ve seen describes California’s climate. It’s a climate precipitated by extremes,” said Daniel Swain, an atmospheric researcher at UCLA. “The precipitation is driven by the presence or absence of atmospheric rivers, and right now we have an overabundance of them. A few too many.”

UCLA Extension shows off new Woodland Hills campus | Los Angeles Daily News

“This looks great,” said Wayne Smutz, dean of Continuing Education and UCLA Extension. “We’re anxious to serve the people in the Valley. “We have started with a broad array of courses and will later tailor the program to what the students need.”

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