UCLA In the News February 8, 2019

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

LGBT police officers say they’ve faced discrimination, and now they’re suing | USA Today

The Williams Institute, a think tank at the University of California, Los Angeles, that focuses on public policy, tracked lawsuits involving LGBT officers from 2000 to 2013, the biggest study of its kind. It found lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender officers and applicants filed 48 court cases during that time period. 

Why Kamala Harris is under attack for a decade-old anti-truancy program | Vox

From an ideological perspective, there has been a growing push in recent years to get the criminal justice system out of many aspects of American life. “You’re essentially threatening people with prison when there’s underlying poverty issues that are potentially preventing them from having their kids show up to school on time,” Jyoti Nanda, who runs runs a youth and justice clinic at UCLA, told me. “It’s using a crime lens to address what’s really a public health issue.”

Something is not quite right in the universe, ultraprecise new measurement reveals | Live Science

The new method aims to finally settle the expansion-rate debate, Simon Birrer, a researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, and lead author on the new study, told Live Science. So far, the new, independent measurements confirm the discrepancy, suggesting new physics may be needed…. “Images of quasars that appear four times are very rare  —  there are maybe only 50 to 100 across the whole sky, and not all are bright enough to be measured, Birrer told Live Science. “Doubly-lensed systems, however, are more frequent by about a factor of five.”

Walnut consumption may lower risk of depression  | SciNews

Multiple studies have shown a Mediterranean diet, characterized by their olive oil and nut consumption, to be correlated with lower depression risk. Dr. Lenore Arab from the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and colleagues set out to examine whether part of this reduced risk is attributable to walnut consumption…. “According to the CDC, one out of every six adults will have depression at some time in their life,” Dr. Arab said. “It is important to find low-cost interventions, such as dietary changes, that are easy to implement and may help reduce the incidence of depression.” (Also: Times of India)

Alzheimer’s funding just first step to aid aging population | Capitol Weekly Opinion

Housing represents the largest portion of older adults’ expenses and hits middle- and low-income adults hardest. More than three out of four low-income older Californian tenants spend more than a third of their income on rent, according to the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

Parkland attack fueled big shift in America’s gun politics | Associated Press

Parkland “definitely marked a turning point,” said Adam Winkler, a professor at the University of California Los Angeles School of Law and gun rights expert. “There is no doubt that the energy, the enthusiasm, the mobilization of these students was very influential. It did affect a lot of people across the country.” But, he said, the NRA “remains a powerhouse,” and it’s too early to suggest that gun groups’ troubles are insurmountable. “No one ever made a lot of money betting against the NRA,” he said.

UCLA receives $15.2 million from late producer Garry Shandling for medical research | Los Angeles Business Journal

“Innovative medical discoveries and breakthrough therapies developed at UCLA have greatly enhanced — and saved — countless lives,” said Gene Block, chancellor at the Westwood university. “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.”

A suspense novelist’s trail of deceptions | New Yorker

Carrie Bearden, a professor of psychiatry at UCLA, who has not met Mallory, said that a patient with bipolar II disorder cannot attribute to that diagnosis delusions, amnesia, or “chronic lying for secondary gain, or to get attention.” To do so is “very irresponsible,” she said, and could add to the “already huge stigma associated with these disorders.” (Also: HuffPost)

Gidget the sea otter was beloved, scientifically important | Monterey Herald

Gidget also has a larger legacy. Her DNA was analyzed by researchers at UCLA to create the first complete southern sea otter genome. “She provides a resource for all future studies of the sea otter and has allowed us to study 150 additional otters based on her genome,” said Annabel Beichman, who is leading the initiative at UCLA’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. “And that lets us learn a great deal about sea otter populations worldwide.”

What do adults lose when they stop engaging in competitive play? | Phys.org

More than just an opportunity to break a sweat and maybe have some fun, competitive physical activity like sparring allows people to explore disagreement with respect, according to Janet O’Shea, professor of dance at UCLA, who recently wrote a book about the value of play. “If I’m trying trying to punch you and you’re trying to kick me in the head, we disagree on a pretty basic level. But we agree as to the terms of our interaction. At the end, we shake hands and most of the time we actually mean it.” (Video)

A February to-do list for film buffs in L.A. | Hollywood Reporter

Running from Feb. 15-17, this year’s UCLA Festival of Preservation will take place over a single weekend at the Billy Wilder Theater with nearly two dozen programs of newly restored and preserved prints sourced from the UCLA Film and Television Archive’s vast collection. Beginning the morning of Feb. 15 with the 1933 Fox production “My Lips Betray,” featuring Lilian Harvey as a singer who catches the eye of a local patriarch, the series navigates nimbly between features and shorts, television films and international obscurities alike.

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