UCLA In the News January 31, 2018

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

A paper tears apart in city that never quite came together | New York Times

“Geography is part of our values,” said Zev Yaroslavsky, a former member of the county board of supervisors and a professor at the Luskin School of Public Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles. “We don’t want to live on top of each other, like in New York or Philadelphia.”

Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan health deal may be small fixes | Los Angeles Times

“Let’s say, for sake of discussion, that this is going to be how they offer comprehensive health benefits to their employees. My guess is what they’re looking for is innovating in terms of perhaps pharmaceuticals, perhaps wellness programs,” said UCLA’s Gerald Kominski. “There’s been speculation that Amazon is interested in getting into the pharmaceutical business and this might be a way to open that door.”

Amid record heat, fears of another drought | Los Angeles Times

“The heat today is pretty extraordinary,” added UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain. “Coastal California is susceptible to midwinter heat spells, but this is a particularly extreme example — to the point where we are breaking records.”

Is it safe to sleep in 20-minute bursts? | Time

In a word: “No,” says Dr. Alon Avidan, the director of the University of California Los Angeles Sleep Disorders Center. “There is very little data — none whatsoever in the medical literature — of carefully designed clinical studies demonstrating that polyphasic sleep has any advantage in human sleep medicine,” Avidan says. “If individuals who sleep in a fragmented fashion end up sleeping less overall, that has health consequences,” including cognitive impairment, memory problems and a higher risk of accidents, he says.

Brain activity could be used to predict friendships | Independent (U.K.)

“Neural responses to dynamic, naturalistic stimuli, like videos, can give us a window into people’s unconstrained, spontaneous thought processes as they unfold.” said Dr Carolyn Parkinson, a psychologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, who led the study. (Also: KCBS-TV, Medical Xpress)

How cattle rustling, drugs are roiling rural America | Christian Science Monitor

Even in well-designed programs that address underlying behavioral problems, the risk of relapse with meth is high, says Richard Rawson, a professor emeritus of psychiatry and expert on substance abuse at the University of California, Los Angeles. Part of the challenge for meth users is their social networks. “You need to have an alternative that doesn’t involve your old drug-using friends,” he says.

L.A. traffic deaths are down, but short of city’s goal | Los Angeles Daily News

Madeline Brozen, a UCLA researcher who studies bicyclist and pedestrian safety, explained that such measures work by taking away “some excess capacity from the roadway” so that “local streets function more like they should and less like high-speed freeways.”

Trump’s State of the Union address analyzed by L.A. experts | KCAL-TV

“Well, my reaction is, you know, my mother came here through a system of chain migration. My maternal grandparents had a relative here who sponsored them to come into the United States in 1923. But for that ability, that opportunity, I wouldn’t be here. I think that it’s just such a phony issue,” said UCLA’s Zev Yaroslavsky. (Approx. 1:15 mark)

With drunk driving deaths high, report calls to lower BAC levels | Forbes

“While getting to zero alcohol-impaired driving deaths sounds like an overly ambitious goal, it builds on the momentum of Vision Zero, an approach that recognizes that traffic-related fatalities are not just ‘accidents,’ but rather are embedded in a network of events and circumstances with causal links that can be averted,” Steven Teutsch, adjunct professor at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and chair of the committee that conducted the study, said in a statement.

Eliot returns to Margate with art exhibition | The Guardian (U.K.)

For example, the second chapter of the poem is titled A Game of Chess, hence a chess set by the American artist Barbara Kruger. It was chosen by artist and project member Julia Riddiough, who approached Kruger by email. “I knew she was on the faculty at UCLA [University of California, Los Angeles] so I took a punt. I was quite humble and apologetic, I didn’t want it to look like we were being grasping or cheeky. “She came back to me straight away and she was delighted, she really understood the project and what we were trying to do as a group and a community coming together.”

Why did Republicans become so opposed to immigration? | Washington Post

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Margaret E. Peters) The Republican Party has long been the party of both business and nativists. For most of its history, the party’s business wing has reined in the nativists. But aside from a few individual industries, businesses overall are less interested in open immigration — freeing Republican members of Congress to cater to the nativists. It’s not that nativism is increasing; it’s that fewer businesses demand low-skilled immigrants.

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