UCLA In the News January 11, 2018

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

Brain activity shows your approach to moral dilemmas | Newsweek

How your brain responds when you are watching another human experience physical pain may shed light on whether you, too, would personally avoid harm during a dilemma, according to scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles. “The findings give us a glimpse into what is the nature of morality,” study author Dr. Marco Iacoboni, a psychiatry professor at UCLA, said in a statement. “This is a foundational question to understand ourselves, and to understand how the brain shapes our own nature.”

Is school discipline reform moving too fast? | The Atlantic

[UCLA’s Daniel] Losen said disciplinary reforms could stumble by glossing over student and staff needs. And while he wasn’t familiar with the specifics of Enfield’s approach, he said, in general, speed wasn’t a concern. “I don’t think you can go too fast if you are trying to remedy an injustice. If you are violating students’ rights, there are some things you can’t go fast enough with.”

Black hole apocalypse | PBS’s “Nova”

“For the stellar mass black holes, people thought about them from a theoretical perspective, and then we found them observationally. The supermassive black holes, the story has been inverted. We actually found evidence of them observationally first. And now we’re working on the theory of ‘How did these things come into being?’” said UCLA’s Andrea Ghez. (Also: Space )

Fight brewing over what pregnant women should eat | Bloomberg

As with soda, not everyone takes such an absolutist stance. “Just don’t go crazy on rice,” says Politi, of Duke Health. Indeed, in countries such as Japan and China, much of the population consumes rice more than once a day, says Zhaoping Li, center director and division chief, clinical nutrition of UCLA Medical Center. “But we have not seen an increase of birth defects or other issues,” she says.

How to see a memory | Nature

A few months later, Alcino Silva’s group at the University of California, Los Angeles, achieved similar results, suppressing fear memories in mice by biochemically inhibiting CREB-overproducing neurons. In the process, they also discovered that at any given moment, cells with more CREB are more electrically excitable than their neighbours, which could explain their readiness to record incoming experiences. “In parallel, our labs discovered something completely new — that there are specific rules by which cells become part of the engram,” says Silva. 

Researchers look at cancer treatments for use against HIV | Healthline

According to a study published last month in PLOS Pathogens, genetically engineered chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells might be used to ultimately eradicate HIV. Scott Kitchen, PhD, and his colleagues at the University of California, Los Angeles, believe that the key to eliminating HIV-infected cells is to use these specially modified cells to enhance the body’s immune response.

Erica Garner and 2017: Sorrow, self-care, survival | Aerogram

Victor Narro, Project Director for the UCLA Labor Center and an immigrant rights advocate, explained, “There is a lot of fatigue, stress and anxiety with all the attacks by the Trump administration.”

‘Get Out’ has inspired a course that you can now take online | i-D

Universal Studios might not be aware that black horror is even a thing, but Tananarive Due is a master of the overlooked genre. The author and UCLA lecturer is behind a buzzy college course inspired by Jordan Peele’s incredibly nuanced horror film “Get Out.” “The Sunken Place: Racism, Survival, and Black Horror” was originally announced late last year, and the second semester commences next week. But now you don’t even need to be a student to sign up. 

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