UCLA In the News January 22, 2018

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

After #OscarsSoWhite, Hispanics seek Hollywood moment | New York Times

“Their attitude is: ‘Why should we do anything different? They are already coming,’” Ana-Christina Ramón, an author of several reports on Hollywood and race at the University of California, Los Angeles, said of the studios. Ms. Ramón answers that question by pointing back to the data, which shows a sharp decline in the number of Hispanic frequent moviegoers over time…. “They are losing loyal customers,” Ms. Ramón said.

Study backs lowering DUI threshold, raising alcohol taxes | NBC Nightly News

“Impairment begins at levels actually far below 0.05. It’s difficult for people to detect what their level of impairment is and to realize that they are driving while impaired,” said UCLA’s Steven Teutsch. (Approx. 00:40 mark) (Also: KPCC-FM’s “Air Talk,” Gizmodo)

Cost overruns threaten to derail bullet train | Los Angeles Times

“The financial demand for this is so enormous,” said Martin Wachs, a UCLA transportation expert and a member of a peer review panel that oversees the project. “We should have been more ready for this. The costs always rise and the schedule always slips, but that doesn’t mean the project isn’t justified.”

What does science say about medical marijuana? | Los Angeles Times

Before it has any effect on the brain, marijuana smoke enters the body through the lungs. Dr. Donald Tashkin, professor of medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, has studied the pulmonary consequences of marijuana use for 25 years, recruiting a group of 280 heavy habitual pot smokers in the early 1980s, including some who also smoked cigarettes.

Could language affect ability to save money? | NPR’s “TED Radio Hour”

“So the global economic financial crisis has reignited public interest in something that’s actually one of the oldest questions in economics, dating back to at least before Adam Smith. That is, why is it that countries with seemingly similar economies and institutions can display radically different savings behavior,” said UCLA’s Keith Chen.

How Democrats could win blame game | San Francisco Chronicle

“There’s a good chance if the Democrats stay on message, and say they’re standing up for Dreamers and are tired of the anti-immigrant excuses for not (protecting them), they can use it as a campaign issue,” said [UCLA’s Matt] Barreto, whose firm did national polling for Clinton’s presidential campaign. “But they have to message it. They can’t just shut down the government. There is overwhelming support for tying the Dreamers to the budget debate in the Latino community,” said Barreto, a professor of political science and Chicano studies at UCLA.

Trauma experts divided over Turpin family abuse case | The Guardian

Susan Curtiss, a University of California, Los Angeles, linguistics professor who worked closely with other abused children, said the Turpins needed unconditional love and support and to be kept together. “They are emerging from their own horrible world to a world they know nothing about. One thing they do know is each other. That’s the only constant other than their own parents.”

Vaccine based on flu virus genome may cut costs | International Business Times

“If viruses do not induce interferons, they will not be killed in the first-line defense; and without interferons, the adaptive immune response is limited,” the study’s senior author Ren Sun, who is a professor of molecular and medical pharmacology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and of bioengineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, said. “For these reasons, viruses have evolved strategies to evade detection and limit the production of interferons by host organisms.”

Why a Francophone Africa writer said no to Macron’s project | Quartz

Two weeks later, he invited Alain Mabanckou — the celebrated Congolese novelist and essayist — to take part. But Mabanckou — who divides his time between Paris and Los Angeles, where he is a professor at UCLA — said non. In an open letter to Macron that ran on January 15 in the French magazine L’Obs, he rejected the whole venture.

Gas tax repeal headed for ballot | San Diego Union-Tribune

Voters are traditionally reluctant to embrace tax increases for infrastructure upkeep, as opposed to new capital projects, said Brian Taylor, professor of urban planning and director of the Institute for Transportation at the University of California Los Angeles. “One of the things to understand about maintenance is that for very little money, a road can last a long time,” he said, but if you put it off for years that road starts to crack, water seeps in and undermines it…. “So keeping up with maintenance is an incredible way to save money,” he added, “but trying to tell a voter we want to raise your taxes so we can save you a lot of money in the long run is a really complicated idea to explain.”

San Diego workers find medical care in Tijuana | San Diego Union-Tribune

The option for insured workers to receive care in Mexico came on the heels of the signing of North American Free Trade Agreement, a period when “there was a lot of expectation that economic relationships were going to strengthen on both sides,” said Arturo Vargas Bustamante, a professor at University of California Los Angeles’ Fielding School of Public Health and a former official in Mexico’s health ministry.

5 questions about college admissions | Chronicle of Higher Education

Youlonda Copeland-Morgan, vice provost for enrollment management at the University of California at Los Angeles, delivered a passionate rebuttal to the just-not-enough-to-go-around refrain. “I keep hearing colleges say, ‘We can’t find these kids,’” she said. “And I am tired of hearing that.” In the end, she said, increasing campus diversity is a matter of institutional will. Her mic-drop-worthy remarks drew, by far, the loudest applause heard at the conference.

Researchers describe herpes virus structure linked to sarcoma | News-Medical

Without that atomic description, “it was impossible to determine how the genome was being sustained through the spread of the virus,” said Z. Hong Zhou, a professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics, a member of UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute, and a senior author of the research. “Our study provides that atomic description.” (Also: HealthCanal)

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