UCLA In the News January 20, 2016

Baltimore steel mill site repurposed for logistics | Wall Street Journal

“The distribution system and warehouses have employment, and so logistics is viewed as a kind of savior,” said Goetz Wolff, a professor of urban planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. “But it’s not a solution in the sense of a real transformation.”

Growing support for Academy Awards boycott | Associated Press

UCLA's latest annual Hollywood Diversity Report concluded that women and minorities are substantially underrepresented in front of and behind the camera, even while audiences show a strong desire for films with diverse casts. Hispanics and African Americans go to the movies more often than whites do. UCLA surveyed film and TV executives and found that 96 percent are white.

The fickle organization of the periodic table | Smithsonian

“There’s trouble at the beginning, middle and end of the periodic table,” says Eric Scerri, a historian in the chemistry department at the University of California, Los Angeles…. “I think we’re a long way off from the end of the periodic table,” says Scerri. “The limiting factor right now seems to be human ingenuity.”

Donald Trump looks to reinstate Eisenhower’s failed immigration policy | CNN

At the end of the summer of 1954, said UCLA historian Kelly Lytle Hernandez, the U.S. Border Patrol announced “they had solved the entire undocumented immigration population through this demonstration of incredible police force” by removing more than a million people from the country…. “The one million deportations that are often cited for 1954 are absolutely inaccurate and false,” Hernandez said.

Supreme Court will evaluate executive action on immigration | U.S. News and World Report

Hiroshi Motomura, a professor at the UCLA School of Law, says a decision from the Supreme Court against the 2014 immigration orders “would open the door” for a legal assault on DACA — but he’s not sure the outcome would dictate doom for the older program. “Of course the issue will be what constitutional differences there are between the two programs,” he says.

Income inequality has far-reaching consequences | Huffington Post

There’s a wide body of research that shows inequality adversely affects the health of those at the bottom, raising the risk of cardiovascular disease, increasing suicide rates and shortening lifespans, Linda Rosenstock, a professor at the UCLA school of public health and the former director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, told the Huffington Post.

Discrimination can create long-term mental health issues | Psych Central

In a new study, UCLA researchers have shown how stress from discrimination can influence mental well-being. “We now have decades of research showing that when people are chronically treated differently, unfairly or badly, it can have effects ranging from low self-esteem to a higher risk for developing stress-related disorders such as anxiety and depression,” said Dr. Vickie Mays, a UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor.

Cyber-bullying and the bystander effect | Science Daily

“We found that when the Facebook post is a more personal expression of the victim's feelings, participants showed lower levels of empathy and felt Kate was more to blame for being cyberbullied,” said Hannah Schacter, a UCLA graduate student in developmental psychology, and lead author of the study …. “Our study suggests oversharing of personal information leads bystanders to blame and not feel for the victim.”

Researchers develop method to control molecules in nanoelectronics | Phys.org

Led by [UCLA’s] Paul Weiss, a distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry, the researchers developed a sheet of graphene material with minuscule holes in it that they could then place on a gold substrate, a substance well suited for these devices…. Ultimately, Weiss said, the researchers hope to be able to stimulate individual brain circuits using sensors so they can predict key chemical differences between function and malfunction in the brain.

Progress in search for root of autism | Beverly Hills Courier

“Our discovery will shed new light on how genetic mutations lead to autism,” said principal investigator Dr. Kelsey Martin, interim dean and a professor of biological chemistry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “Before we can develop an effective therapy to target a gene, we must first understand how the gene operates in the cell.”

Poverty and the elderly | Ventura County Star

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in its 2015 study “The Hidden Poor,” found that despite having incomes above the federal poverty line, 31.5 percent of Ventura County's single elderly heads of households earn less than what they would need for a minimally decent standard of living as defined by the Elder Economic Security Standard Index.

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