UCLA In the News February 5, 2018

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

Jump in arrests of L.A. homeless, mostly for minor offenses | Los Angeles Times

But an October study by UCLA researchers largely echoed The Times’ findings of a six-year rise in arrests of homeless people, and a December follow-up report found the arrests continued to climb in the first half of 2017, to nearly 20% of the LAPD’s total bookings. “Policing of houseless people is becoming a larger share of what the LAPD does,” said UCLA professor Kelly Lytle Hernández, interim director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, which released the reports.

The chase for a permanent flu vaccine | Wall Street Journal

The vaccine is “live”— consisting of a weakened form of the virus — and therefore triggers a response from B and T cells, which are both white blood cells that fight viruses, says Ren Sun, a professor of molecular and medical pharmacology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and senior author of the study.

Power’s role in sexual harassment | Wall Street Journal

“It’s not automatic; it’s not that power corrupts,” says UCLA’s Dr. [Neil] Malamuth. “It’s a certain type of man who uses his power in this way.” Dr. Malamuth says he has new, unpublished research that shows that men who are aggressive toward women are more likely to look for or create a situation where women are more vulnerable.

Fix for L.A.’s traffic nightmare — we all have to pay up | Los Angeles Times

“The bus right now is overwhelmingly the workhorse of transit in Southern California and it will be for a long time,” said [UCLA’s Michael] Manville. “You can’t just focus on rail, because our bus riders need improvement and relief as well, and the most obvious thing is that on some bus routes, buses need dedicated lanes.”

What is the FISA court? | MSNBC

“So I think it’s not but it’s understandable. First they have begun to disapprove more, but I think the high acceptance rate is really testimonial to just exactly what Chuck said, the incredible meticulousness and multiple layers of review that occur before anything comes to the FISA court itself,” said UCLA’s Harry Litman. (Approx. 2:35 mark)

Screen addiction among teens: Is there such a thing? | NPR’s “Morning Edition”

The company has partnered with both UCLA Health and Columbia University Medical Center to research the efficacy of the app, and Zichermann says they plan to seek FDA approval as a so-called “digiceutical.”

Trump vision for vocational education gets tepid reception | New York Times

But the president’s comments teetered on being “characteristically ignorant,” said Mike Rose, a research professor at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, and the author of “The Mind at Work: Valuing the Intelligence of the American Worker.” “The danger is we tend to view these young people who are drawn to these programs in very deficient ways,” Mr. Rose said.

Importance of infants’ exposure to microorganisms | New York Times

Dr. Grace M. Aldrovandi of the University of California, Los Angeles, and co-authors noted that “breast milk bacteria that seed the gut first influence and select for bacteria that follow, leaving a footprint that can be detected even in adulthood.” These organisms are associated with a reduced risk of developing asthma, they wrote.

Many animals can count, some better than you | New York Times

Yet our inborn numerosity hardly guarantees mathematical proficiency, and can sometimes work against us. Psychologists Rochel Gelman of Rutgers University and Jennifer Jacobs Danan of the University of California, Los Angeles, have studied how often reasonably well-educated people miscalculate percentages.

ICE’s ‘collateral arrests’ are racial profiling, lawyers say | Los Angeles Times

Ingrid Eagly, an immigration law professor at UCLA who co-wrote the study, said people subjected to unconstitutional arrests are unlikely to know how to challenge their deportation and many times agree to their expedited removal. “Advocates have become the eyes and ears on the ground to bring those claims,” she said.

UCLA honors gymnasts who accused doctor of assault | Los Angeles Times

To honor [Olympic medalists Jordyn Wieber and Jamie Dantzscher, and U.S. national team competitors Jeanette Antolin and Mattie Larson of UCLA] and other survivors of sexual assault, UCLA will put on a public tribute Sunday at Pauley Pavilion after a meet against the University of Oklahoma. Gymnasts from both teams will participate. “These are two of the best teams in the country, uniting to show support and to show that we can be stronger together,” said Liza David, a UCLA Athletics spokeswoman. “We have so many athletes who were affected.” (Also: ABC7 Los Angeles, The Hill)

It’ll be hot again in Southern California | Los Angeles Times

“The heat ... is pretty extraordinary,” UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain said earlier this week. “Coastal California is susceptible to midwinter heat spells, but this is a particularly extreme example — to the point where we are breaking records.” (Also: KABC-TV)

In ‘Doggie Hamlet,’ cast of canines, sheep … and humans | Los Angeles Times

The theatrical composition, presented by the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, is characterized by Carlson as “a dance, a living landscape painting, and a 3-D pastoral poem.” Such a description, while still somewhat fuzzy, at least puts you in the ballpark for an event that takes place on a polo field but whose real setting is the bridge between inner and outer landscapes.

Hollywood manager accused of sexual assault | Washington Post

Of the top 168 U.S. films ranked by global box office performance in 2015, only 11 leading roles were played by black actors, compared with 145 by white actors, according to data analyzed by an author of UCLA’s 2017 Hollywood diversity report. Black women starred in two films; white women starred in 44.

Expert wishes state never declared drought ‘over’ | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“If the fires weren’t a wake-up call, I don’t know what was,” says Mark Gold, associate vice chancellor for Environment and Sustainability at UCLA.

California to implement its own health insurance mandate | KPCC-FM

“It’s partly because for every person who decides to drop out, some percentage of them are going to regret that decision during the course of the year and they’re going to get back into the marketplace,” said UCLA’s Gerald Kominski. [Audio download] (Approx. 00:50 mark)

How L.A. school shooting fits into a bigger debate on security policy | KPCC-FM

Researchers with UCLA’s Civil Rights Project recently published an analysis of more than 34,000 random student searches L.A. Unified administrators conducted between 2013 and 2015.

Good deeds soothe stress | Medical Xpress

“The sheer volume of stressful events occurring on a near-daily basis can make people feel pessimistic or fearful,” said researcher Emanuel Maidenberg, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles. (Also: HealthDay)

A male backlash against #MeToo is brewing | New York Post

UCLA psychologist Kim Elsesser, the author of “Sex and the Office,” sees a nascent “sex partition.” If men start to back away from women, at least in professional settings, it’s difficult to see how that will aid the feminist cause.

Coral reefs in hot water as warming events slow recovery | Phys.org

Coral reefs are home to about a quarter of all marine life. Protecting them is critical not only to conserve ecosystems, but also to maintain tourism, fishing, and a major source of food for more than a billion people worldwide, said Zack Gold, a doctoral candidate in UCLA Professor Paul Barber’s lab and lead author of the study. “You have 261 million people in Indonesia alone who are dependent on seafood for the vast majority of their protein,” Gold said. “Losing that would be huge. It’s a security issue.”

Campaign takes aim at Stanford Health Care | KQED-FM’s “The California Report”

“What you actually pay for your care may be substantially lower or different,” said Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

Effort to cut limits for low-income women getting cancer care | Voice of San Diego

Limited access to care and time limits have been among the barriers to breast cancer care in California, according to a 2017 report by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. The report also noted “the marked disparities in treatment” for patients across the state, largely due to economic and cultural differences and unequal access to care.

Motor neuron formation during embryonic development | Science Daily

The study was published in the journal PLOS Biology by co-senior author Bennett Novitch, member of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA and collaborators from the Francis Crick Institute in London, U.K. It has important implications for facilitating the production of motor neurons from stem cells in the lab. Stem cell-derived motor neurons could be used to repair the diseased or damaged spinal cord and to study neurodegenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) and spinal muscular atrophy.

Nazi-era war criminals didn’t round up workers | Los Angeles Times

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Jared McBride) U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been making news with its brutal crackdowns on immigrants. Arrests of men and women with no criminal record are up 142% since January 2017. In December, the federal inspector general found widespread civil rights abuses at ICE detention centers. Last month, ICE agents rounded up workers at 7-Elevens, and the director of ICE, Tom Homan, has promised more such raids.

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