UCLA In the News February 27, 2017

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

How vital is Facebook for free expression? | Christian Science Monitor

“Sites such as Facebook and Twitter have become a prominent and uniquely effective form of communication for which there is virtually no equivalent substitute,” an amicus brief submitted by Eugene Volokh, a UCLA law professor, reads…. “The personal, political, and religious content a user seeks to access by using Facebook cannot be found on a recipe website.”

Cuddly toys calm premature babies | CNN

“Babies are active inside their mothers and constantly interacting with the placenta,” says Dr. Valencia Walker, an associate professor at UCLA and the medical director of NICU at the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. “One of the things we recognize is that we can never fully replicate the sensation of being in a mother's womb — but we try to find ways.”

State weighs going it alone with ‘single-payer’ system | Los Angeles Times

“Just as [health care] was a lightning rod and a rallying cry for opponents of the law for the past seven years, now it’s becoming a rallying cry for the supporters,” said Dr. Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

State officials, pot industry prepare to fight crackdown | Los Angeles Times

However, the states may find their hands tied legally if they try to keep federal agents from raiding and shutting down marijuana growing and sales operations, according to Adam Winkler, a professor at UCLA School of Law. “I imagine that California will mount a legal challenge to any crackdown on recreational marijuana,” Winkler said.

Can state go own way on environmental protections? | Los Angeles Times

“California will undoubtedly test the limits of what it’s possible for a state to do,” said Cara Horowitz, co-director of UCLA’s Environmental Law Clinic. The state, she said, “has made very clear that it sees itself as the environmental resistance in the United States.”

Hollywood still struggles with race | Reuters

“Moonlight,” the coming-of-age story about a black boy struggling with his sexuality, is a character that “would never have been seen in the past, and certainly not nominated for Oscars,” said Darnell Hunt, author of a University of California Los Angeles annual report on Hollywood and diversity. (Also: The Guardian, Quartz)

Public schools in D.C. remain highly segregated | Washington Post

“Washington now has possibilities that most cities simply don’t have, and what’s striking about it is that officials have tried everything else [other] than welcoming diversity into schools,” said Gary Orfield, a UCLA professor who co-authored the study with postdoctoral researcher Jongyeon Ee. (Also: Christian Science Monitor)

A glimpse of women on the rise | Christian Science Monitor

Of the top 200 highest-grossing movies released in 2015, women directed 7.7 percent, according to the most recent Hollywood Diversity Report, released this month by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Supercharged super capacitors | PBS’s “NOVA”

“If we could scale this to the size of electric vehicles, then you could actually, instead of pulling into a gas station, you’d pull into a charging station and within minutes, your car will be ready to go,” said UCLA’s Ric Kaner.

Is the end of the assault rifle nigh? | Pacific Standard

The decision shows “there’s a real difference between the ideology of the NRA and mainstream conservative legal thought,” says Adam Winkler, a law professor at the University of California–Los Angeles. “For the latter, there’s always been a right to bear arms, but gun control laws are generally defensible as long as the underlying right isn’t completely destroyed. Many conservative judges believe that having an arsenal of guns in your home already means a restriction on assault rifles isn’t totally a burden on your rights.”

Pediatricians: Talk to youth about pot’s dangers | KPCC-FM

There is still much to be learned about the effects of sporadic and occasional marijuana use on adolescent brains, said Dr. Thomas Strouse, medical director of the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA. However, “we know something about the effect of heavy use on the developing brains and that’s pretty worrisome,” he said.

Cancer survivor and doctor climb Mt. Kilimanjaro | KNBC-TV

“She said, ‘Will you do this with me,’ and I said, ‘Absolutely,’ because there was all this hope and looking to the future,” Dr. Sarah Larson, an oncologist at UCLA Medical Center, told NBC4. “I said yes and I walked out of that room and I thought, ‘What did I just do?’”

Neanderthals still influence human genes | Nature World News

“The implication is that these variants that came into the human gene pool around 50,000 years ago are still affecting human biology,” Sriram Sankararaman, scientist at the University of California at Los Angeles who wasn’t involved in the study, told New Scientist. “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.”

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