UCLA In the News January 14, 2019

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

‘A 10 isn’t enough’: This UCLA gymnast’s flawless floor routine just broke the Internet | Washington Post

In the course of about one minute and 30 seconds, [UCLA’s Katelyn] Ohashi stunned the crowd, coaches, teammates and judges, earning a perfect score for an electrifying performance full of gravity-defying flips, killer dance moves and a healthy dose of sassy confidence that has since gone viral, with many heralding it as one of the best floor routines they have ever seen…. As of early Monday morning, the video of the routine had been viewed more than 13 million times. (Also: CNN, HuffPost)

Rare red-flanked bluetail has bird-lovers flocking to L.A. for a glimpse | Los Angeles Times

Ever since then, binocular-toting fans have crowded onto the grounds of UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Memorial Library to marvel at the so-called megatick — a species so rare that most birders may never get the opportunity to “tick” it off their life’s list of hoped-for sightings in the U.S…. Rebecca Marschall, the manuscripts and archives librarian who discovered the bird, has come to find the quirky rhythms of the birder mob almost as fascinating as their quarry, Tarsiger cyanurus. “Each morning, regardless of the weather, there are dozens of birders waiting expectantly for the library gate to open,” Marschall, 37, said. “But we deal with specialized literary collections, so we’re not exactly strangers when it comes to people with a yen for niche subjects.”

Julián Castro is Democrats’ most serious Latino presidential contender. Can he mobilize Latino voters? | Mother Jones

A November poll by Latino Decisions found that a higher share of Latinos had a favorable opinion of Biden, Sanders and Warren than of Castro. But the survey also found that if Democrats nominate the first-ever Latino candidate for president or vice president, 67 percent of Latinos will be more likely to vote for the Democratic ticket. “As he gets more known, I think he will have a tremendous upside,” says Matt Barreto, a political scientist at the University of California-Los Angeles and the co-founder of Latino Decisions. “But he’s going to have the challenge of just cutting through some of the other big names that might be in the field this year.”

Artificial intelligence systems can be fooled, research suggests | Entrepreneur

Some researchers at University of California, Los Angeles, conducted various experiments, which show the severe limitations of “deep learning” machines.… “We can fool these artificial systems pretty easily,” says co-author Hongjing Lu, a UCLA professor of psychology. “Their learning mechanisms are much less sophisticated than the human mind.” (UCLA’s Philip Kellman also quoted)

Latinos are America’s economic salvation | Al Día/Dallas Morning News Commentary

(Interview with UCLA’s David Hayes-Bautista) “Latino millennials and post-millennials are very different from whites. To Anglo post-millennials, their parents gave them a good cultural baggage, they know the arts, they travel to Europe, etc. But parents of Latino post-millennials, almost 70 percent of whom are immigrants, instill in their children values of work, family and honesty,” Hayes-Bautista said.

The mental health pros and cons of minority spaces in the workplace | Phys.org

Similarly, some universities are working to support a more diverse student body by creating minority-focused spaces on campus. In the U.S., for instance, the University of Connecticut has the Scholastic House of Leaders who are African American Researchers & Scholars. (ScHOLA²RS). The University of Iowa has Young, Gifted and Black, and UCLA has the Chicanx/Latinx living-learning community.

Falling in love causes genetic changes in women’s bodies | Independent

In a bid to characterize the impact of romantic love on human genome function, researchers at of California in Los Angeles took blood samples from 47 young women as they began new relationships over the course of two years. The team watched for genetic changes in those who fell in love and found that doing so not only impacted women psychologically, but physically too. “Falling in love is one of the most psychologically potent experiences in human life”, the scientists wrote, according to The Sunday Times. “New romantic love is accompanied not only by psychological changes.”

Rule change on 91 Freeway in part of Riverside | Press-Enterprise

Whatever Caltrans concludes through its study, don’t look for carpool lanes in the heavily populated coastal counties to open to everyone, said Juan Matute, deputy director of UCLA’s Institute of Transportation Studies. Matute said that’s because speeds on carpool lanes in Los Angeles and Orange counties are already slow as a result of heavy traffic throughout the day.

The vanishing Indians of ‘These Truths’ | Los Angeles Review of Books

California earns a place for its role in the gold rush and proposed “free state” status preventing westward expansion of slavery, with no reckoning of how the sudden colonizer influx proceeded in tandem with the violent subjugating, even genocidal targeting, of California native peoples, as UCLA historian Benjamin Madley has recently demonstrated.

Study raises hopes for new approaches to treat osteoporosis | News-Medical

“I was immediately struck by the size of the effect,” said UCLA’s Stephanie Correa. “The two groups didn’t overlap at all, which I had never seen. We knew right away it was a game changer and a new, exciting direction with potential applications for improving women’s health.” (Also: Medical Xpress)

How often should you really shower? | Self

With that said, there’s a pretty clear dermatological consensus that showering or bathing every day isn’t necessary for most people. The idea of needing to shower every 24 hours to maintain good personal hygiene is more of a societal norm some people subscribe to than a biological imperative, Emily Newsom, M.D., a dermatologist at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, tells SELF.

7 things in your bedroom making you anxious | Realtor.com

A UCLA study even found that managing possessions in the home could be so stressful that it elevated levels of stress hormones for mothers.

Calcium specks may help detect heart disease in South Asians | Scienmag

Specks of calcium in the heart’s artery walls could be an important prognostic marker of early cardiovascular disease in South Asians and may help guide treatment in this population, according to a study by researchers from UC San Francisco, UCLA and other institutions. In a study of nearly 700 patients with ethnic backgrounds from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan, the researchers found that South Asian men had the same high rates of change in calcification of their artery walls over a five-year period as white men, the group with the highest rates of cardiovascular disease.

Easter Island statues may have marked sources of fresh water | Smithsonian

Jo Anne Val Tilburg, an Easter Island researcher from the University of California, Los Angeles, tells Davis at the Guardian that the coastal water seeps were a minor resource and it’s highly unlikely the islanders would have built such massive constructions to mark them.

Researchers correct genetic mutation that causes IPEX, a life-threatening autoimmune syndrome | Science Daily

“It’s exciting to see how our gene therapy techniques can be used for multiple immune conditions,” said [Dr. Donald] Kohn, a professor of pediatrics and microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and member of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA. “This is the first time we’ve tested a technique that targets an autoimmune disorder, and the findings could help us better understand or lead to novel treatments for other autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis or lupus.”

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