UCLA In the News February 7, 2018

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

‘Good Place’ producer turns to UCLA philosophy professor | Chronicle of Higher Education

[Pamela] Hieronymi, a professor of philosophy at the University of California at Los Angeles, doesn’t watch a lot of TV, but she agreed to chat. Curious, she Googled the name of the producer: Michael Schur. You might not recognize the name, but you’ve probably watched one of his shows: The Office, Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine. He was laying the philosophical groundwork for a new sitcom for NBC, “The Good Place.” The three-hour conversation that followed apparently made quite an impression on Schur.

Is California headed to another drought? | KPCC-FM’s “Morning Edition”

“If you’re in the big coastal cities then the current reservoir levels will comfortably get us through the summer even if it doesn’t rain much or snow much for the rest of the season,” said UCLA’s Daniel Swain. (Approx.00:38 mark) [Audio download]

U.S. Latinos have always fought for a place | WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show”

“Manifest destiny as Americans as we are all taught in school is really kind of this idea that oh we were destined as Americans to take over the entire continent to go all the way to California and it’s a noble idea … and we tend to forget well we were expanding but it wasn’t as if there were no people in that region,” said UCLA’s Laura Gomez. (Approx. 01:37 mark)

Experience of being an older college student | KPCC-FM’s “Air Talk”

“I went back to school at 37. I had had a whole career. I had always wanted this rigorous academic experience, but I was challenged in school. It didn’t come easily to me. So, I actually became an actress for about 20 years and had a great career and about in my mid-30s, I was diagnosed with dyslexia and a couple of learning disabilities and all of a sudden it just clicked. I understood how my brain worked and how I could study and learn,” said UCLA’s Heather Adams. (Approx. 01:33 mark)

Brain ‘pacemaker’ may help recall what you might forget | Scientific American

Itzhak Fried, a professor of neurosurgery at the University of California, Los Angeles, who also did not participate in the study, agreed the findings were promising but wanted to see more evidence for clinical impact. “In principle, stimulation which is based on some neural feedback from the brain offers advantages over ‘standard DBS,’ which is a one-way street,” he wrote in an e-mail. “However, it remains to be seen if this method will yield better results.”

Crash diets might derail your heart health | HealthDay

Dr. Gregg Fonarow is co-director of preventative cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. “This study demonstrated there was transient impairment in cardiac function with severe calorie restriction, and there was evidence of increased heart fat content,” Fonarow said. But the study didn’t show why this occurred, he added. (Also: Health)

Stem cell treatment could spell end for root canals | Healthline

Dr. Mo Kang is a professor and chair of the Section of Endodontics at the University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry. He says there have been a few examples of using stem cell therapy for fillings in recent literature. “The technology is already here to regrow the vital tissues in the root canal space. The challenge is whether the vital tissue can function as normal pulp tissue,” he told Healthline.

Your phone is like a spy in your pocket | Science News

They’re not permission protected — the phone’s user doesn’t have to give a newly installed app permission to access those sensors. So motion detectors are fair game for any app downloaded onto a device, and “lots of vastly different aspects of the environment are imprinted on those signals,” says Mani Srivastava, an engineer at UCLA.

Somewhere in brain is storage device for memories | ScienceNews

This process of bulking up, called long-term potentiation, or LTP, was thought to offer an excellent explanation for the physical basis of memory, says David Glanzman, a neuroscientist at UCLA who has studied learning and memory since 1980. “Until a few years ago, I implicitly accepted this model for memory,” he says. “I don’t anymore.”

Procedure offers hope for claustrophobic patients | News-Medical

“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.”

Awareness for AIDS/HIV among blacks in U.S.  | HuffPost Opinion

When I started doing this work in 1983, I couldn’t have imagined this mysterious new disease, first identified at UCLA Medical Center, would become the defining health issue of my generation. I’ve been fighting the AIDS epidemic nearly my entire adult life.

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