UCLA In the News January 12, 2018

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

Trump’s remark on Haiti, Africa leaves immigrants baffled | NBC News

Some said they were not shocked by the tone of Trump’s comments. Steven Nelson, director of the African Studies Center at UCLA, called Trump’s remarks “incredibly offensive, but not surprising, given the source.” “He wears his ignorance like a badge of honor,” he added.

Many ‘accidental’ opioid deaths actually suicides, study says | KCBS-TV

The study from the Luskin School of Public Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles states that, while the suicide rate in the United States rose by nearly a quarter from 2000 to 2016, the rate of accidental opioid or drug-intoxication deaths increased by 312 percent. The study’s authors concluded the disparity in these rates is accounted for by the underreporting and misclassification of these types of suicides. (Also: City News Service)

California effort to dodge Trump tax plan faces challenges | Los Angeles Times

“It’s a long-standing, super-familiar, very well-settled, deeply embedded feature of the law that when you make a charitable contribution you oftentimes derive tax benefits from making that gift,” said Kirk Stark, a professor at the UCLA School of Law who is helping De León with the legislation.

Fake news is destroying conservative media | Salon

Beyond why conservative elites appear to be less interested in funding fact-checking or mainstream journalism, it is worth noting that empirical research keeps indicating that fake news is a much greater problem for the American right than for the left. A 2016 UCLA study found that socially conservative people were more likely to believe false information that emphasized health threats.

Big culprit in California’s climate fight is cars | CALmatters

“There’s no question that transportation is a critical piece, maybe thecritical piece, in solving our energy problems,” said Sean Hecht, co-executive director of UCLA’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.

Free eye exams expected to help low-income students excel | Houston Chronicle

As many as 20 percent of America’s 50 million or so elementary and secondary school students have untreated vision problems, according to University of California-Los Angeles health researchers, of which roughly 80 percent could be corrected with glasses.

Mapping out genetic ‘switches’ behind human brain evolution | Scienmag

UCLA researchers have developed the first map of gene regulation in human neurogenesis, the process by which neural stem cells turn into brain cells and the cerebral cortex expands in size. The scientists identified factors that govern the growth of our brains and, in some cases, set the stage for several brain disorders that appear later in life.

I fixed my terrible sleeping habits with science | Tonic

A UCLA study of some of the world’s last remaining hunter-gatherer tribes noted that temperature drops are a potent sleep cue in the bush, leading some sleep experts to suggest that by re-creating a sunset-like temperature drop we may fall asleep faster and go deeper.

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