UCLA In the News February 6, 2018

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

‘Black Panther’ gets a grass-roots boost | Wall Street Journal

“There’s a lot at stake,” says Darnell Hunt, dean of social sciences at University of California, Los Angeles, who oversees an annual report on the diversity of Hollywood productions. “It goes to the core of what we’re trying to study: What is the relationship between diversity and the bottom line? In Hollywood, the argument has been, ‘We’re producing what the market wants. That’s why the industry looks the way it looks.’” (Also: HuffPost)

Traffic is terrible, but Californians keep buying cars | New York Times

But a new report from the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, says the biggest reason is that more Southern Californians are buying cars. Between 2000 and 2015, the study says, private vehicle ownership in the area increased from 1.7 to 2.4 vehicles per household. And the study says car ownership grew fastest among “foreign-born households” and other low-income people who tend to take public transit the most.

How DNA could store all world’s data in semi-trailer | Financial Times

Translating the binary code which makes up digital data into the chemical rungs that form DNA spirals is less complex than might be expected, according to Sriram Kosuri, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Cancer from cell phones? No need to hang up | Associated Press

Still, it was surprising that the rodents did experience a variety of other effects, even if they were not at high enough levels to be considered significant and possibly linked, said Leeka Kheifets, an epidemiology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a former head of radiation studies for the World Health Organization.

Why teens are more likely to be gender-nonconforming | Vice

A 2016 study conducted by The Williams institute at UCLA School of Law, which analyzed data from the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System in order to estimate the size of the transgender population, found that .07 percent of youth aged 13 to 17 identified as trans. However, in 2017, researchers at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law and the UCLA Center for Health Policy research published a report that found that 27 percent of California teens “say their classmates view them as resisting dominant forms of gender expression.”

California’s drought may be returning | Quartz

That means the snowpack is “essentially tied” with the historic lows of the 2014-2015 season, which led the state into a punishing drought, according to Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California-Los Angeles, who spoke to Inside Climate. “We’re on that track” again, he said.

Friends’ brains process world the same way as you | Quartz

“Neural responses to dynamic, naturalistic stimuli, like videos, can give us a window into people’s unconstrained, spontaneous thought processes as they unfold. Our results suggest that friends process the world around them in exceptionally similar ways,” said lead author Carolyn Parkinson, who was a postdoctoral fellow at Dartmouth College at the time of the study and is now psychology professor at the University of California-Los Angeles, in a statement.

How brain lessened distress over election results | Medical Xpress

“This is the first study to show this buffering effect of the brain works for events that are political in nature,” said senior author Adriana Galván, UCLA associate professor of psychology and a member of UCLA’s Brain Research Institute.

Claustrophobic patients tolerated rapid scan | Medical Xpress

“Lengthy scans can be problematic for patients with even modest levels of claustrophobia who may refuse the test or ask for it to be stopped early,” said Dr Puja Shahrouki, research fellow, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “They also limit the number of patients that can be scanned each day. In addition, the usual gadolinium-based contrast agents can be an issue for patients with kidney problems.” (Also: Scienmag)

Could oil firms be forced to pay for climate change?  | CALmatters

The slow unraveling of the decades-long industry cover-up of the medical harm from cigarettes turned the tide in the tobacco cases, according to Ann Carlson, an environmental law professor at the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law. Carlson, who is advising some of the plaintiffs’ lawyers, said that courts will take into account the oil-industry-funded campaign to discredit climate science.

What therapists want couples in sexless marriages to know | HuffPost

“Once a couple stops having sex, or more importantly, stops valuing sex as an important part of relationship maintenance, it is a fast and slippery slope into sexual oblivion,” Resnick Anderson, who is also an associate professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, told HuffPost.

Is a California-wide insurance mandate next? | Capital Public Radio

Gerald Kominski, a health policy expert with UCLA, says it’s doable for California. The state would be able to determine for itself how much the penalty would cost. Massachusetts has had its own insurance requirement since 2007, and Kominski said the penalties are even higher than those mandated by the ACA. “I think it would be relatively easy for [California] to implement because it’s done through the income tax, and I think the state could replicate the federal 1095 form,” Kominski said.

More teens report transgender identification | KABC-TV

A new study from the University of Minnesota looked at students in the 9th and 11th grade and estimated nearly 3% are transgender. That is higher than a UCLA study released last year. 

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