UCLA In the News January 23, 2018

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

Massive 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.”

Toddler meets her life-saving blood donors | KNBC-TV

The little trooper made it to her 2nd birthday and was released from the hospital cancer-free. Skye and her parents met several blood donors Friday to thank them for their help in saving her young life in a celebration dinner organized by UCLA. “It was really rewarding to feel it actually made an impact,” Matt Ruby, one of Skye’s blood donors, said. (Also: People, La Opinion, KCBS-TV, Ventura County Star)

Why reopen the affirmative action debate? | Wall Street Journal

Of the top 10 ranked, five were California public schools. Among America’s elite colleges, the University of California, Los Angeles, enrolled the highest share of low- and middle-income students (19%). In the University of California system, 43% of the freshman class admitted in 2016 were the first in their families to attend college, and 37% had family incomes under $47,200 a year.

Trump’s environmental actions spark resistance in many states | HuffPost

“There would be a huge lawsuit battle. There’s no question that this would be litigated,” said Ann Carlson, a professor of environmental law and co-director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Doctors help kids who identify as transgender or no gender | Washington Post

Nationally, the transgender adult population is estimated at 1.4 million, according to the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. That is twice as many as previously estimated. The rate among U.S. youths is even greater.

Curcumin improves memory and mood | Medical Xpress

“Exactly how curcumin exerts its effects is not certain, but it may be due to its ability to reduce brain inflammation, which has been linked to both Alzheimer’s disease and major depression,” said Dr. Gary Small, director of geriatric psychiatry at UCLA’s Longevity Center and of the geriatric psychiatry division at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, and the study’s first author. (Also: HealthCanal)

‘You are not a top performer’ is an excellent motivator | Quartz

The findings come from a team of seven researchers made up of medical doctors, social psychologists and behavioral economists, including UCLA Anderson’s Craig Fox and Noah Goldstein. The team has published numerous studies in JAMA and elsewhere on strategies for reducing antibiotic overprescribing in primary care clinics.

How many California youths receive annual checkups? | California Health Report

In 2001, 21.7 percent of children in the state ages 12-17 had gone more than a year without a checkup, according to statistics from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and California Health Interview Survey posted on Kidsdata. By the 2013-14 survey, that figure had dropped to 11 percent.

Idea that could incentivize workers, support families | Zócalo Public Square

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Jerry Nickelsburg) In 1797 Thomas Paine, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, proposed that a “citizen dividend” be paid to each American and funded by a tax on land. Paine’s proposal — now dubbed Universal Basic Income (UBI) or guaranteed minimum income — is, some 220 years later, coming to California. Specifically, it is coming to Stockton, a city that declared bankruptcy just five short years ago. Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs, armed with a $1 million grant funded in part by the tech industry luminaries, is about to engage 100 or so of his constituents in the first municipal-run experiment of UBI in this part of the world.

Where are funds for translational research in autism? | Spectrum

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Susan Bookheimer) Autism scientists are well aware of the importance of translational research — work that translates basic findings in animal models into treatments for people. Unfortunately, potential autism treatments that work well in animals often do not work when tested in people. For researchers desperate to find solutions, these failures are extremely disappointing. Failed clinical trials can also spark doubt in the public and in funding agencies, potentially affecting future research.

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