UCLA In the News February 26, 2018

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

Note system makes it easier for patients to talk to doctors | Wall Street Journal

Joann Elmore, a professor of medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and an early evaluator of OpenNotes, tested OurNotes at the University of Washington’s Harborview Medical Center. One patient wrote that she was concerned about an emergency-room CT scan that showed “lumps on her lungs.” The findings were benign, Dr. Elmore says, “and as physicians, we would not have brought up the topic.” But because “this was very concerning to her,” she made sure to reassure the patient. “When patients type information into the previsit notes, we learn about their concerns and are able to sometimes alleviate any stress or worry,” Dr. Elmore says.

Where gun-control advocates could win in 2018 | Atlantic

That movement, now building toward a March 24 march on Washington, appears poised to provide what “the gun-control movement needs most: passionate people who want to get active,” noted University of California, Los Angeles, law professor Adam Winkler, who’s written extensively on gun issues. The small steps to restrict gun access Trump has floated in recent days are unlikely to pacify them.

‘The Post’ renews attention for Pentagon Papers ruling | Associated Press

“The decision powerfully reaffirms that even the most important government interests (such as national security) generally can’t justify suppressing factual reporting, and courts have repeatedly cited it for that proposition,” said Eugene Volokh, a professor of law at UCLA and a former Supreme Court clerk. “The decision also makes clear that courts generally aren’t allowed to issue injunctions restraining speech.”

Tea, honey, lemon: Does classic sore throat trifecta really help? | NPR’s “The Salt”

Viral infections make it more difficult for the vocal cords to vibrate, causing us to lose our voices. How exactly this happens is something of a mystery. “We have a lot of ideas but not a definite answer,” says Dr. Jennifer Long, assistant professor of head and neck surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. One theory suggests that white blood cells storm the vocal cords, causing them to swell and preventing vibration. Another theory is that viruses injure the surface of the vocal cords, making it difficult to vibrate. “For being a common problem, it’s surprising how little we know,” Long says.

UCLA athlete Valdes makes transition to bobsled | Orange County Register

[Carlo Valdes] was having second thoughts about jumping into the real estate market right away when former Bruin thrower Andreas Drbal, a U.S. bobsled aspirant, and UCLA track and field coach Mike Maynard suggested Valdes give the winter sport a try. Two athletes Maynard coached at Boise State had earlier made the transition from track to bobsled. (Also: KNBC-TV)

L.A.’s homelessness crisis is national disgrace | Los Angeles Times Opinion

Over the last six years, the rent for a studio apartment in Los Angeles has climbed 92%, according to UCLA law professor emeritus Gary Blasi, so that even people who have jobs can find themselves living on the streets after a rent spike or an unexpected crisis. As Blasi notes: “In America, housing is a commodity. If you can afford it, you have it; if you can’t, you don’t.”

Review of Winkler’s book on corporate America | New York Times Book Review

The sheer volume of existing scholarship on the history of civil rights in the United States poses a formidable challenge to any academic seeking to say something new or unexpected. Adam Winkler, a professor at the law school at the University of California Los Angeles, has nonetheless managed to produce a work that is both engrossing and surprising. (Also: Washington Post)

What poisons are in your body?  | New York Times Opinion

“You should not have to be a Ph.D toxicologist to be safe from so many of the chemicals in use,” Dr. Richard Jackson of UCLA told me. “So much of what we are exposed to is poorly tested and even less regulated.”

Conservatives amplified Russian trolls more often than liberals | Vox

“Conservatives approach the situation from the start with greater reactivity to threat, a greater prior belief to the level of danger in the world, so it is logical for the conservative to take more seriously information about hazards than the liberal does,” Daniel Fessler, the University of California Los Angeles professor behind the study, told the Atlantic’s Olga Khazan.

Ophthalmologist had to ‘shake off haters’ on way to success | ABC News

“I did not allow that to faze my vision,” [Patricia] Bath said. “If anything, it challenged and inspired me not to be equal but to be better and the best.” Bath became the first female ophthalmologist at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute in 1974 and Time calls her one of the “women who changed the world.”

Rentería enters race to be California governor | NBC News

Additionally, Sonja Diaz, the founding director for the Latino Politics and Policy Initiative at University of California Los Angeles, said that Rentería’s run will “spice up the election” and not only force the candidates to address regional differences, but have a solid discussion on policies. As the only true progressive candidate in the Central Valley, Diaz said in a phone interview with NBCNews, she will make all the candidates talk about policy.

Teaching girls they can be anything, but need not be everything | Chicago Tribune

A 2015 survey commissioned by the University of California at Los Angeles, which included responses from 150,000 full-time students at more than 200 colleges and universities, found the highest levels of unhappiness ever recorded in female first-year college students. Twice as many young women than young men said they felt depressed “frequently or occasionally,” and twice as many young women than young men said they were “overwhelmed by all I have to do.”

Embracing carbon credits to green up suburban sprawl | San Diego Union-Tribune

“It’s a novel strategy, and it’s likely to be an increasingly popular one if it succeeds here,” said Cara Horowitz, co-executive director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law.

‘Big data’ classes a big hit in California high schools | EdSource

Robert Gould, vice-chair of undergraduate studies in the UCLA statistics department, helped write the high school curriculum and is also pushing for a data science program for community colleges. Because “big data” is so entwined with daily life, all students — regardless of whether they want to pursue it as a career — should learn what it is and how it works, Gould said.

How the teen brain navigates risk | Nature

But how Alex and Cole dabble with risk — considering its social value alongside other pros and cons — is in keeping with a more complex picture emerging from neuroscience. Adolescent behaviour goes beyond impetuous rebellion or uncontrollable hormones, says Adriana Galván, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Los Angeles. “How we define risk-taking is going through a shift.”

What to do if person you’re dating is deep in debt | HuffPost

“This has to be an open discussion without judgment. Talk to them and find out how much the debt is, and more importantly, how the debt was accumulated. Sometimes how the person got into debt is more important than how much debt they’ve accrued,” said UCLA’s Samuel Rad.

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