UCLA In the News January 19, 2018

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

Parents thank blood donors for saving their toddler’s life | NBC’s “Today”

Over the course of her illness, Skye received 77 units of blood from 71 different donors. Skye and her parents recently met 24 of her blood donors at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. The donors are a diverse group and include people, such as 33-year-old Ana Martinez, who organizes blood donations at her office; Kazuhiro Ando, 66, who started donating after learning how much blood cancer patients need; and Matt Ruby, 20, a third-year UCLA student who has been donating blood since his first year of college.

Scientists move closer to universal flu vaccine | Scientific American

The University of California, Los Angeles–led group reported in this week’s Science that they may have created the “Goldilocks” of flu vaccines — one that manages to trigger a very strong immune response without making infected animals sick. And unlike current flu vaccines, the new version also fuels a strong reaction from disease-fighting white blood cells called T cells. (Also: Agence France-Presse, HealthDay, KCBS-TV)

For North Korea, cheerleading is an Olympic event | Los Angeles Times

“They will be the cover girls of the whole delegation,” said Suk-Young Kim, a critical studies professor at UCLA who has written books about Korean culture, most recently about pop music. “They will be the centerpiece of North Korea’s propaganda efforts.”

In Iceland, food is a challenge, not a meal | BBC

“That’s one of the great new things,” said Jesse Byock, author of “Viking Age Iceland” and a professor of early Icelandic history and Old Norse saga literature at both the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Iceland. “Icelanders never really connected themselves to the Viking world, they were always Icelanders. But the younger people are very enthusiastic about Vikings, and they’re all working hard to show that they can eat this stuff.”

More evidence morning sickness drug may not work | Reuters

“It is surprising that the FDA and those who determine clinical practice guidelines would make recommendations based on a single clinical trial that lacks a robust conclusion of efficacy,” said Dr. Marlena Fejzo, an obstetrician and gynecologist at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles, who wasn’t involved in the study.

Structure of herpes virus linked to Kaposi’s sarcoma | Phys.org

UCLA researchers have provided the first description of the structure of the herpes virus associated with Kaposi’s sarcoma, a type of cancer. The discovery answers important questions about how the virus spreads and provides a potential roadmap for the development of antiviral drugs to combat both that virus and the more common Epstein-Barr virus, which is present in more than 90 percent of the adult population and is believed to have a nearly identical structure.

How rising labor unrest signaled Iran’s protest wave | Washington Post

(Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Kevan Harris and Zep Kalb) Beginning on Dec. 28, a wave of protests surged across Iran, with at least 75 cities reportedly experiencing one or more demonstrations in the first week. Soon after they began, commentators rushed to attribute the protests to various grievances, from Ponzi-like banking scheme collapses and budget corruption allegations to soaring prices of eggs and gasoline. However, our research suggests that rather than grievances alone, an underappreciated precursor for the protests was the buildup of demonstrations and rallies by teachers, workers, trade unions and civil society associations.

Why asking about citizenship could make census less accurate | New York Times

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Lynn Vavreck) It’s a question that used to be on the national census every decade: whether you were a citizen of the United States. But the Justice Department’s request to return it to the 2020 census for all respondents has unsettled demographic experts as well as advocates of voting rights and immigrants, who say it could lead Hispanic people to avoid being counted. Are they overreacting to a simple question?

Being less social increases marmots’ lifespan | International Business Times

Daniel Blumstein, a professor at University of California, Los Angeles, led the long-term study of 66 adult female marmots who were observed from 2002 to 2015 in the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, Colorado. His team found less social marmots to live two years longer than the more social ones, on average. For a lifespan that lasts 14-15 years on the upper side, that is quite a significant difference.

California’s record high graduation rates under scrutiny | KCRW-FM

“Each state establishes its own graduation standards; in fact, each district in California establishes its own graduation standards. And so, to compare California to Nevada or New York is to presume that they all have the same graduation standards, which is not correct,” said UCLA’s John Rogers. (Audio download)

What is Whole30 and does it really work? | HuffPost

If you have any questions before you start Whole30 ― or any eating program ― talking with your doctor is never a bad idea. And, above all, it’s important to remember what you need out of an eating program. Whole30 could work for someone’s body and might not be a fit for someone else, Zhaoping Li, the director of the Center of Human Nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles, said. “We’re all different,” Li said. “There’s no such thing where one diet will fit all.”

‘Cool School’ painter who helped forge L.A.’s art scene dies | Los Angeles Times

Moses will be remembered as an L.A. art world fixture, one of the city’s most productive and experimental artists of the last half-century. He had a restless romance with abstract painting that sparked a perpetually evolving body of work, leading him to dub himself “The Mutator.” … Moses taught art at UC Irvine from 1968 to 1972 and at UCLA from 1975 to 1976. He won a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1976 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1984.

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