UCLA In the News January 3, 2019

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

Forget the crash diet — these 6 New Year’s resolutions are better for your health | “PBS NewsHour”

Many kicked off the New Year by staying up until midnight, but getting more — and better quality sleep — in 2019 can benefit you on multiple health fronts, said Dr. Nathan Samras, a primary care physician at UCLA Health. “Insufficient sleep can decrease the immune system’s ability to be as strong as it should to fight common illnesses such as head colds and other viruses,” he said. “It can also increase the risk and severity of various mood problems including anxiety and depression.”

For transgender and nonbinary protections, California came first | KQED

There’s a lot to celebrate, says Christy Mallory, policy director at the Williams Institute, a gender-identity think tank at UCLA. “Many people don’t even think about how often they pull out their driver’s license or show it,” says Mallory. “But just think about what that would mean if your driver’s license did not accurately reflect who you are. Think about the types of fear you’d have in going out and using that ID, especially in certain circumstances like voting, serving as a juror, applying for a job or getting an apartment.”

5 ways that stress is good for you | Bustle

Researchers have suggested that developing coping mechanisms for a little bit of stress is good for you because it makes you stronger and more capable of dealing with more stressful situations in the future, like a vaccine. A study conducted at UCLA and reported by Psychology Today concluded, “people with a history of some lifetime adversity reported better mental health and well-being outcomes than not only people with a high history of adversity but also than people with no history of adversity.”

UCLA awarded $2 million to help seniors | Los Angeles Business Journal

UCLA was awarded a $2 million grant to improve the lives of senior citizens. Eisner Foundation, the Beverly Hills-based organization founded by entertainment executive Michael Eisner, awarded the three-year grant to support three intergeneration programs run by the UCLA Division of Geriatrics. “We are grateful for the support and vision of the Eisner Foundation in its goal of bringing young and old people together to solve problems and enrich communities,” said Dr. David Reuben, head of the geriatrics division at the David Geffen School of Medicine, in a statement.

2019 will be the year L.A. starts to wean itself from imported water | Los Angeles Times Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Mark Gold) There’s every reason to expect that 2019 will be far better, largely because of Measure W, which was passed by voters in November. The initiative imposes a Los Angeles County parcel tax that will generate $300 million per year to reduce pollution from runoff and capture storm water to add to the water supply.

What the latest studies say about dieting and carbs | Associated Press

Zhaoping Li, director of clinical nutrition division at the University of California, Los Angeles, says there is no single set of guidelines that help everyone lose weight and keep it off. It’s why diets often fail — they don’t factor into account the many factors that drive us to eat what we do. To help people lose weight, Li examines her patients’ eating and physical activity routines to identify improvements people will be able to live with. “What sticks is what matters,” Li said.

Sacramento native’s Lego art isn’t just for kids | Sacramento Bee

David Tracy, who grew up in East Sacramento, rediscovered his love of LEGO while studying architecture at UCLA. He translated the techniques he learned in architecture school from buildings to sculpture, and began building art from LEGO…. “My mission here is to show that it doesn’t matter what medium you’re working with, you can do something amazing with it,” Tracy said. “I think LEGO can be even more awe-inspiring, because people have these preconceptions about what you can do with it.”

A call for more Latino faculty members like UCLA’s Leo Estrada | Inside Higher Ed

In November, the urban planning community in general and Latina/o community in particular experienced a devastating blow with the death of Leo Estrada. As one of the few Latina/o urban planning faculty members in the nation, Dr. Estrada (or Leo, which he preferred) was a pioneer for others in the discipline. Originally from Texas, he obtained a tenure-track faculty position at the University of California, Los Angeles’s Department of Urban Planning in 1997. He held this faculty position, securing tenure, until his retirement in June of this year. Leo represented the best academe and humanity have to offer. He was brilliant, articulate, confident, open-minded, humorous, kind, approachable, generous, community focused, family oriented, visionary and strategic. He was a mentor and guide, a trailblazer and pioneer, a creator and producer of leaders, and an overall amazing human being.

Should children as young as 12 be sent to juvenile detention? | The Conversation

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Natalia Orendain) I am a doctoral student studying neuroscience at UCLA. In my lab, we are examining how time spent confined in juvenile facilities affects brain development and behavior. To do so, we study a range of experiences kids encounter when confined, from the good — increased daily structure — to the terrible — assault by other youth and staff. Our study is just beginning, but previous research has shown that the majority of youth experience abuse while confined and show structural brain changes similar to individuals who have experienced lifetime trauma exposure.

The three times in your life when you’re most likely to be lonely | MarketWatch

Loneliness was measured in the study by the commonly used 20-item UCLA Loneliness Scale, which did not explicitly use the word “lonely” and included questions like “How often do you feel that there is no one to turn to?”; a four-item social isolation scale; and an item that asked participants to indicate their frequency of feeling lonely over the past week.

White identity politics aren’t going anywhere | New York Times Opinion

Lynn Vavreck — a political scientist at UCLA and one of the authors of one of the most influential books on the 2016 election, “Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America” — is also looking at the recent rightward drift in the United States. She believes that developments in contemporary politics are not in any sense racially neutral but instead amount to “hostility or fear of outgroups.” One of the key attitudes revealed in survey data linked to support for Trump has been the “fear of losing your job to a minority,” Vavreck wrote me by email.

The rise and fall of Carlos Ghosn | New York Times

“Even when a company is a global multinational company, it’s still stamped by its country of origin and the place where it has its headquarters,” said Sanford M. Jacoby, a professor of management at the University of California, Los Angeles, who has studied Japanese corporate culture. The Japanese, he said, put more weight “on egalitarian policies of government and pay and other things.”

Crowdfunding drives funds and attention toward questionable medical treatments | NPR

That hope may have been misplaced. Dr. Rhonda Voskuhl, the director of UCLA’s Multiple Sclerosis Program, says that while there is legitimate research on stem cell therapies for MS and other illnesses, there are no definitive results yet. “There are people at well-vetted institutions doing this work, and when it is safe, it will be approved,” she says. “I don’t think it’s a good idea to do things that are not FDA-approved.”

UCLA grad student documents experience of cross-border commuters | Borderzine

Before sunup on a recent breezy Monday morning, Estefania Castañeda-Perez, 27, stood outside the Sun Metro’s Santa Fe Street downtown bus transfer center with a stack of surveys in her arms. Her mission: to further research on the experiences of people crossing the border bridges from Ciudad Juarez to El Paso. The ambitious project, she says, hits close to home. “I began to regularly cross the border when I started to attend middle school in San Diego,” said Castañeda-Perez, a political science Ph.D. student at University of California Los Angeles…. At UCLA where she is a second-year doctoral student, her studies have been supported by the American Political Science Association, the National Science Foundation, and the Ford Foundation.

UC is leading fight for open access to research | Mercury News Opinion

(Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Christopher Kelty) Whether in a library or online, people today are more likely than not to be asked to pay an exorbitant price for access to published research articles — often to the detriment of the public good. But scientific and scholarly research should be readily available to all — from the student interested in the latest developments in astronomy, to the parent seeking information about medical advancements in cancer research, to the retiree curious about a recent archeological discovery in a faraway place.

UCLA doctor’s magnet study helping patients with bladder injuries | KABC-TV

University of California, Los Angeles’ Dr. Daniel Lu is running his second study using a magnet to stimulate the part of the spinal cord that controls bladder function. “The injury, oftentimes, is not a complete injury. There are residual pathways still connected past the injury point,” said Lu.

It’s time for New York to pass actual climate change policies | Grist Opinion

Electricity accounts for only 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in New York, according to the state’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory, last updated in 2015. That’s a sizable chunk, but to take on that other 70 percent, Cuomo’s plan would need to consider every sector of the economy. That means all sources of greenhouse gas emissions, including buildings, transportation, and all forms of infrastructure, says Ann Carlson, a UCLA law professor who focuses on climate change and policy.

What will 2019 bring for science and medicine? | Stat

“We are also likely to see a significant increase in the development of models that include a tumor organoid together with an immune system component. These dual models are not only invaluable tools to study the interaction of tumors with immune cells in humans but are also likely to have a transformative impact on the development and testing of immuno-oncology drugs,” said UCLA’s Alice Soragni.

Film academy names L.A. Sparks’ Christine Simmons as COO | Los Angeles Times

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that it has brought on Christine Simmons as chief operating officer, filling an executive position that had been empty since 2013 at a time of ongoing change and expansion for the institution…. Before taking charge of the Sparks, Simmons served as executive vice president of Magic Johnson Enterprises and held senior positions managing and expanding supplier diversity at both Disney and NBC/Universal Studios. She previously served as board president of the UCLA Alumni Assn. and is a member of the UCLA Foundation’s Board of Directors and the UC Regents.

Are GMOs bad for you or not? | Well + Good

“I caution people about this all the time — whenever you’re researching, always look at who’s sponsoring those studies because they definitely will be reporting favorable outcomes,” says Dana Hunnes, PhD, MPH, RD. Hunnes, adjunct assistant professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and a dietician at UCLA Medical Center. “You can pretty much guarantee there will be no commentary on the negative effects of GMOs, if there are any to begin with.”

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