UCLA In the News January 31, 2019

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

UCLA report finds California doesn’t have enough land set aside to meet Gov. Newsom’s housing goals | Los Angeles Times

Cities and counties have zoned land to allow for the construction of 2.8 million homes, according to research from UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. Because not all that land can be developed quickly for home construction, the state would probably have to double or triple the amount of land zoned for housing for the governor to reach his goal, said Paavo Monkkonen, an associate professor of urban planning and public policy at UCLA. The report “shows pretty clearly that it’s going to be a hard slog to actually get 3.5 million housing units built,” Monkkonen said.

Supervisors issue sheriff a rare rebuke | Los Angeles Times

Jorja Leap, an adjunct professor at UCLA who studies the relationship between law enforcement and the community, said the supervisors’ move is stunning because writing a motion that will remain in the county’s historical record is so deliberate and leaves no room for ambiguity. “The Sheriff’s Department has a credibility problem to begin with, and this adds fuel to the fire,” she said. “The fact that they’re taking this stance this early in (the sheriff’s) tenure means they are putting him on notice.”

It sounds like madness, but PG&E shares soared the day of its bankruptcy | San Francisco Chronicle

Lynn LoPucki, a professor at the UCLA School of Law, studied a random sample of 128 large publicly held companies that filed for bankruptcy between 1980 and 2012. In 85 of those cases, common stockholders got nothing. In 24 cases they got less than $15 million combined and in 19 they got more than $15 million. The largest recovery was $625 million in W.R. Grace. (General Growth was not in the sample). In a bankruptcy, creditors “have absolute priority” over stockholders, LoPucki said. “No shareholder can get any money out of a bankruptcy unless creditors are paid in full or they agree to take less.”

Why is L.A.’s air quality so bad in the winter? | Los Angeles magazine

“The atmosphere traps pollution more effectively during the winter than the summer,” says Suzanne Paulson, director of the Center for Clean Air at UCLA. The reason why is depressingly simple: “When the ground surface is cold, it cools the air right above it, so then you have a situation where there’s cold air under warm air, and the two don’t naturally mix. It’s not like in the summer when warm air near the ground rises and takes pollution with it and dilutes it,” Paulson adds. “Instead, the polluted air is trapped.” 

Freshman applications dip at UC. Is it the start of a trend? | Los Angeles Times

Another possibility is that students are applying to fewer campuses after years of doing the opposite, said Youlonda Copeland-Morgan, UCLA vice provost of enrollment management. Nationally, 35% of prospective first-time freshmen applied to seven or more colleges in 2016 — more than double the rate from a decade earlier, according to the National Assn. for College Admission Counseling. “Over the years, high school students have been totally stressed out about where to apply,” Copeland-Morgan said. “We’ve put a lot of emphasis in talking to students across the state that it’s not necessary to apply to 10 schools. We want them to make informed decisions and understand their best fit.”

UCLA scientists discover important clues related to causes for autism | City News Service

“RNA editing is a mysterious area whose biological implications have not been much explored,” said UCLA’s Dr. Daniel Geschwind. “We know what only a handful of these RNA editing sites do to proteins. This study gives a new critical clue in understanding what has gone awry in the brains of autism patients.”

Can quantum ideas explain chemistry’s greatest icon? | Nature Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Eric Scerri) The quantum-mechanical descriptions of electron arrangements in some atoms, notably transition elements such as copper and chromium, have been difficult to reconcile with the wider patterns of the periodic table. And it is unclear why there are more than 1,000 variants of the table, or whether there is one optimal version.

More support animals seen on college campuses despite national debate | Fox News

A study conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that mental health issues among teens have nearly tripled since 1985.

Could Alzheimer’s begin with bacteria that cause gum disease? | PBS’s “Nova”

Even if these results pan out in human populations, not all Alzheimer’s patients are the same, says Ming Guo, a neurologist and Alzheimer’s expert at the University of California, Los Angeles’ Brain Research Institute who was not involved in the new study. It could turn out that bacterial infections are just one possible avenue for dementia and mental decline to progress in what is a notoriously complex disease.

Here’s how a 10-mile commute can hurt your health | Healthline

“This kind of travel raises your blood pressure,” said Richard Jackson, professor emeritus of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. “It raises your cortisol level, it raises your adrenaline level, it actually raises your risk of having a heart attack during and for about an hour after you’re doing this. So, there are direct physical threats,” he said.

How this Hawaii campus got the best campus food |  Forbes

College food is important. There are numerous rankings of the best college food, and believe it or not, students factor on-campus dining into their decisions about where to attend college. I know because I have two college-age sons, one of whom is angling to transfer to UCLA. Why? They apparently have some of the best college food in Westwood, according to critics.

Destination Crenshaw art project aims to reclaim the neighborhood for black L.A. | Los Angeles Times

Although the art project may be unfamiliar to many in the city, that may soon change given the notable black Angelenos who have gotten involved. Destination Crenshaw is led by a team of artists, academics and community planners including California African American Museum deputy director and chief curator Naima Keith, rapper and entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle, UCLA Dean of Social Sciences Darnell Hunt, and James Burks, director of special projects for the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Taking cues from African American art and culture destinations across the country including Harlem and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, it seeks to highlight and celebrate the legacy of black contributions in the city and across the nation. (UCLA’s Marcus Hunter quoted)

Five ways virtual reality could be used to transform health care | Evening Standard (U.K.)

Professors at UCLA in California have been trialling how VR can be used to help patients suffering from memory loss, by immersing them in a new environment and monitoring how their brain processes information. The study asked the patients, who suffer from memory loss, to follow directions within the virtual scenario, which were given to them in the first instance, but not given to them on the second try. The electrical activity in their brain was then monitored separately.

Trilogy Education extends university tech training globally | EdSurge

Colleges pay Trilogy to create and market short-term tech training programs, often hosted through a continuing-education arm. And students end up with a credential from the college…. Trilogy has situated itself somewhat adjacent to the coding bootcamp industry by working within colleges and universities themselves. Its partner institutions include University of Pennsylvania, University of California at Los Angeles, and in December the company added Harvard to its list.

Short hospital stays and speedy convalescence period to drive demand for interventional radiology | Medgadget

Last month, interventional radiologists at the University of California in Los Angeles used AI to create a virtual radiologist, called “chatbot,” a type of virtual consultant developed to help clinicians make crucial decisions. Powered by “deep learning technologies,” these interventional radiologists can automatically communicate with various referring clinicians and provide them with evidence-based answers via text messages. This helps the referring physicians equip their patients with real-time information related to the next phase of treatment and help them select the best course of action. Currently, the prototype is being tested by a small team of radiation oncologists, hospitalists, and interventional radiologists at UCLA.

Stand Up to Cancer awards 2019 Laura Ziskin Prize to 2 doctors | Hollywood Reporter

“These two doctors, with their complementary backgrounds, have serious potential to develop treatment protocols that could provide better outcomes for breast cancer patients and perhaps reduce mortality,” said the selection committee chair John Glaspy, MD, MPH, professor of medicine at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine. 

What to do if you have an earwax blockage | Self

“The only reason to remove earwax is if it’s blocking your hearing or bothering you,” Nina Shapiro, M.D., otolaryngologist at UCLA Health and author of “HYPE: A Doctor’s Guide to Medical Myths, Exaggerated Claims and Bad Advice,” tells Self.

Media Contact