UCLA In the News February 5, 2019

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

Garry Shandling bequeaths $15.2 million to UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine | Deadline

Garry Shandling was always known as a generous spirit to his friends. He died nearly three years ago, but is still proving that. Shandling has bestowed $15.2 million to benefit medical research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Shandling earmarked the funds to benefit three units — the division of endocrinology, diabetes and hypertension; the division of infectious diseases; and the UCLA Agi Hirshberg Center for Pancreatic Diseases — as well as general medical research at the David Geffen School of Medicine, establishing a meaningful philanthropic legacy…. “Innovative medical discoveries and breakthrough therapies developed at UCLA have greatly enhanced — and saved — countless lives,” said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block. “Garry Shandling’s bequest is a testament to his belief in what is possible at UCLA, and we are fortunate to have merited his support.” (UCLA’s Dr. John Mazziotta also quoted) (Also: Hollywood Reporter)

This list helps minority students find a college with a solid graduation rate | Los Angeles Times

The list ranks colleges — from best to worst — based on the six-year graduation rate for black and Latino students…. The Alliance team used the list to suggest colleges that seem a good fit with Justo’s stellar resume. One was UCLA, with an 84% graduation rate for black and Latino students.

Demand for long-acting birth control rose after Trump’s election amid insurance concerns | New York Times

The study’s findings were not surprising to Dr. Aparna Sridhar, an associate professor in obstetrics and gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. “My slots would be booked with women wanting to get IUDs,” she said. “They would specifically state that they are getting an IUD because of the political changes they are witnessing.” The requests came from privately and publicly insured patients, she said.

Dr. Michelle King, the first African American woman to lead L.A. Unified, dies at 57  | Los Angeles Times

After attending UCLA, her first teaching assignment was in the San Fernando Valley, a world apart from the worst poverty of the L.A. Basin. (Also: Education Week, LAist)

If Chinatown is a metaphor for anything, it’s America  | Los Angeles Times column

A little bit about myself: I’m a Michigan-born, Tennessee-raised son of Taiwanese immigrants, who came to UCLA to study economics and instead fell in love with Los Angeles — I think the exact moment was a few seconds after a 1 a.m. bite of the crispy duck with panang curry at Red Corner Asia Cafe in Thai Town as a college student.

Indonesian earthquake broke a geologic speed limit   | Science magazine

The Palu earthquake took place on a strike-slip fault, where two blocks of continental crust slide past each other laterally. From the start it stood out as unusual, says Lingsen Meng, a seismologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a co-author of one of the new papers, which appear in Nature Geoscience. Its shaking, for its magnitude, seemed especially powerful, causing widespread soil liquefaction and landslides…. “I don’t want to say that the San Andreas would go like that,” he says, but some believe it may have gone supershear in the past—in the 1906 earthquake that leveled San Francisco, California. “There’s definitely a possibility for this to happen.”

BuzzFeed, Vice and other outlets slash jobs in a challenging market for digital media | Los Angeles Times

“Facebook is known for changing the algorithms, which makes companies that use [Facebook] as their prime source of getting viewers more vulnerable than ever,” said Peter Cowen, a lecturer at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and managing director of investment banking firm Sutton Capital Partners.

Immigrant rights attorneys and journalists denied entry into Mexico | Los Angeles Times

Hiroshi Motomura, an immigration law expert and professor at UCLA, said the reports, if true, were troubling. “I ask the question whether this is a retaliatory move on the part of the government,” he said. “It represents an attempt to interfere with the right to counsel.”

Howard Schultz’s presidential rollout got tons of attention — and didn’t go well at all | CNBC

Lynn Vavreck, a professor of political science and communications studies at UCLA, said she thinks that if Schultz “could have a do-over” for his possible candidacy announcement, “he probably would take it.” She said she was struck by the difference between how Schultz announced his potential run for the White House during an interview with “60 Minutes” last Sunday and how others announced their bids: Trump in 2015, and Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., this week. “Those events” — the ones other than Schultz’s — “looked like presidential campaign events,” Vavreck said.

Denver voters to weigh decriminalization of magic mushrooms | NBC News

UCLA psychiatry professor Charles Grob, who has also researched the drug, seemed to agree. “If, in fact, it’s ever available on a mass basis, it would be imperative to have a strong education component so people could understand what these compounds are,” he said in a separate June interview. “They should not be treated in a trivial manner.” (Also: Quartz)

How dangerous are electric scooters?  | Forbes

U.S. researchers have published a new study about injuries from e-scooter mishaps for the first time. The analysis was conducted by the University of California Los Angeles and published in medical journal the JAMA Network Open…. The most common accidents noted were falls, collisions with objects and riders getting struck by a moving vehicle or object. 40% of the resulting injuries were bone fractures, with head trauma also noted in 31.7% of cases. 27.7% involved cuts, sprains and bruises.

How metaphor can be a potent tool in fostering anti-immigrant sentiment | Pacific Standard

New research finds that this sort of language has a pernicious effect on a specific group of people: Those for whom being an American is a central part of their identity. When such people read these remarks, they feel increased levels of disgust toward immigrants, and support harsher measures to keep them out of the United States. “This research shows the power of metaphor to shape intergroup attitudes and support for government policies,” write psychologists Shantal Marshall of Nevada State College and Jenessa Shapiro of the University of California–Los Angeles. Their study is published in the Journal of Social Issues.

Can CBD treat opioid addiction? | Consumer Reports

While considerable evidence shows that CBD and THC can help treat pain when given together, there’s not as much for CBD alone, says Ziva Cooper, Ph.D., research director of the Cannabis Research Initiative at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Much of what we know on CBD’s effects on pain comes from animal studies,” she adds.

NRA shows signs of decline, even in Trump’s America | Roll Call

Although Democrats aren’t going to be able to get their own laws adopted, “the NRA will be stymied in watering down federal gun laws,” said Adam Winkler, a professor at the UCLA School of Law who specializes in the Second Amendment and gun control as well as a campaign finance law. “It’s surprising that they’re stumbling just two years after an incredible amount of glory for them — the election of Donald Trump and an all-Republican Congress seemed like a boon to them,” Winkler added.

How districts can step in to help students deal with deportation fears | Education Dive

According a report by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles, educators are reporting that students’ worst fear is being left alone or left to care for their younger siblings and not knowing how they would survive. Some students report suffering deprivation because one or both parents were deported or lost their jobs due to their immigration status and that there was not enough money for food or basic needs.

‘Natural’ sugars are not better for you than regular sugar | Vice

“Sugar…it is sugar,” says Zhaoping Li, director at the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition. “It doesn’t matter if it’s granular, cane sugar, or sugar from other plants in their concentrated forms.” … The “natural sugar” label can confuse consumers into believing they can have an unlimited or far-less limited amount of those sweeteners, Li says, causing you to really gloop a ton of honey on your morning oatmeal and send your sugar intake through the roof…. “Here’s what I usually tell patients — if you’re going to use sugar, it doesn’t matter what form you like,” Li adds. “That can be table sugar, cane sugar, honey. You just need to be mindful. Keep your guard up; just use what you need.”

Could germs in your gut send you into depression? | HealthDay

Dr. Emeran Mayer is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine and author of the book “The Mind-Gut Connection.” Mayer said the new findings add to evidence of an association between the gut and mental well-being. But like Raes, he said they do not prove any particular microbes cause depression. “It’s the chicken-and-egg question,” Mayer said. “People with depression certainly have different diets, and different habits, than people without depression. And that would affect the gut microbiome.”

Field notes from my first rare-bird sighting | Audubon Column

The far-astray bluetail, first spotted on December 21, had settled into the easy-to-access, well-landscaped grounds of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library at the University of California, Los Angeles. The robin-like species is usually found in Southeast Asia in winter and Siberia during breeding season. And while individuals will sometimes turn up in Europe or Alaska, this was only the third known record in California… I then reached out to Clark librarian and Audubon member Rebecca Marschall, who discovered the bluetail while birding near her office. Given its rarity, she first guessed that it was a funny-looking Hermit Thrush. But after getting a few more glimpses and finally nabbing a photo in January, she confirmed the surprising ID.

Are meditation and yoga beneficial for Alzheimer’s caregivers? | The Advocate

Another study at UCLA found that when caregivers use yoga to engage in very brief, easy daily meditations, they experienced lower levels of depression, improved cognitive functioning and a reduction of stress. Yoga and meditation can reduce stress hormones and inflammatory factors, which ultimately helps the person cope more effectively with the stresses of caregiving.

Chronic pain listed as top reason for using medical marijuana, study finds | NBC Southern California

The study shows people are learning about the evidence for cannabis and its chemical components, said Ziva Cooper of University of California Los Angeles’ Cannabis Research Initiative. Cooper served on the National Academies report committee, but wasn’t involved in the new study.

Kevin de León heads to UCLA  | Sacramento Bee

The former Democratic leader in the California Senate has a new gig. Kevin de León, who unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate against Dianne Feinstein last year, will soon teach public policy courses at UCLA. The school announced that de León had joined the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs as a “distinguished policymaker-in-residence and senior analyst.” He’ll start teaching classes in April.

Rail ridership dips as Metro loses passengers for fifth straight year | Inglewood Today

A UCLA study released last year supports the argument that an increase in car ownership has been a key factor affecting transit ridership in LA. Its authors found that, between 2000 and 2015, Los Angeles residents purchased four times as many vehicles than in the decade prior. “Transit ridership [in Southern California],” its authors conclude, “has long depended on a sizable minority of people who did not, largely for economic reasons, have access to cars. After 2000, many of these people acquired cars, and it should not surprise us that they started riding transit less.”

Federal mandate compels local hospitals to post prices some call meaningless | Ventura County Star

“The system could be made transparent, but it’s not going to happen on its own,” said Dr. Gerald Kominski, senior fellow at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, noting that the status quo helps hospitals vary their pricing, charging private insurers more to make up the low rates paid by Medi-Cal and Medicare. “It’s the industry advantage to not be transparent.”

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