UCLA In the News January 4, 2018

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

Executive pay about to become more costly | Washington Post

“Market forces drive CEO pay. There is a market for CEOs, just like there is for football coaches and actors, and some of them are well paid,” said Jim Barrall, senior fellow in residence at the UCLA School of Law and former chairman of the executive compensation practice at Latham & Watkins. “History proves that when the tax code has been used to limit executive compensation, it has not worked and has had unintended consequences,” he added.

Aging undocumented immigrants pose costly challenge | CNN Money

Many undocumented adults lack health insurance, and even though they’re guaranteed emergency care, they often can’t get treated for chronic issues such as high blood pressure. What’s more, experts predict that many forgo preventive care, making chronic conditions worse — and more expensive to treat. “They’re hosed. If you’re an undocumented immigrant, you’re paying into Social Security and Medicare, but can’t claim it,” said Steven Wallace of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.  (Also: HuffPost)

Architectural reference books offer novel methodology | Architectural Record

Reference books and lists of top architectural works abound, but UCLA’s urban research group, the Now Institute, transforms the clichéd idea into a useful resource, thanks to a novel methodology. The project got its start in an unusual way. About five years ago, a student presented her final thesis to UCLA professor and Morphosis founder Thom Mayne and a panel of jurors. Her concept sparked conversation among the gathering about the Japanese movement Metabolism and, specifically, Kisho Kurokawa’s 1972 Nakagin Capsule Tower.

Facebook won’t say why it deletes certain political accounts | The Guardian

Sarah T. Roberts, assistant professor of information studies at UCLA, who studies commercial content moderation, said: “Once again we’re contending with a lack of transparency and uneven application of the rules.”

Eating at same time daily may help fight off dementia | KTLA-TV

A new study suggests eating at the same time every day may help fight off dementia. UCLA researchers found having meals at regular intervals can help improve the region of the brain associated with body control, which often deteriorates with Huntington’s disease, a form of dementia.

Three top tips to sell yourself to home sellers | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

Stuart Gabriel is a finance professor and director of the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate. He told A Martinez that despite the increase in home prices, we shouldn’t see a housing bubble anytime soon. “We’ve taken many steps in the wake of the financial crisis [of 2008].... Borrowers are well qualified, and all of this has put a damper on excessive speculative activity in the market,” Gabriel said.

New Year, new snowpack measurement | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

UCLA’s Gonzalo Cortés spoke to A Martinez via Skype to put the snowpack measurement in context. “When we go to the mountains and measure the snowpack, we’re getting a hint of how much water we’ll have available during the spring season and during the summer season which is the season when we usually use most of this water.”

Cancer-killing immunotherapy could also fight HIV | Newsweek

Modifying stem cells with CAR therapy is a big advance, says study author Scott Kitchen, a researcher at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. “In order to eradicate the virus, you really need an effective immune response. Because HIV attacks the immune response, that’s difficult to achieve,” he told Newsweek. But in theory, that’s what this treatment could do. “This is step one, basically showing that we can modify stem cells, that you can get lifelong cells produced.” (Also: HealthDay News)

Four things Trump wants to accomplish in 2018 | TIME

“I don’t see anything that’s changed in terms of the lack of support in the Senate,” says Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “I think that it is fruitless to continue to bang your head against the wall if you are not going to get the outcome that you want.”

Protests in Iran continue | Observer

“Over the last four years there’s more tolerance by the government for voicing dissatisfaction,” [UCLA’s Kevan] Harris, who has lived in Iran more than once and was monitoring the evolving situation through friends on the ground, told Observer on Tuesday. “But the scale is really unbelievable this time. So far there are more than 60 cities where at least one protest event has been documented.” (Also: KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”)

One way UC Merced is fighting climate change | Merced Sun-Star

Along with saving money, the effort is about saving the planet. About 30 percent of greenhouse gases, which contribute to climate change, produced in the U.S. come from the production of items we throw away, according to M. Sanjanyan, a visiting researcher at UCLA. “This kind of mindless consumption has a really big impact on climate change,” he says in the video. “It takes a lot of energy to produce single-use items, these things we use only for a few minutes or a few seconds before they become trash.”

If states got LGBT-friendlier, they could earn billions | Daily Beast

If Texas lawmakers piled up hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars in the middle of an empty field and set it on fire, there would be massive public outrage. But according to data from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, that is effectively what Texas and other states are already doing by not creating a more supportive atmosphere for their LGBT citizens… “The boycotts and stuff make headlines because they often involve big companies or famous people and that link is very clear,” Williams Institute State and Local Policy Director Christy Mallory told The Daily Beast. “But we’re trying to illuminate this other link.”

‘Bomb cyclone’ to pummel East Coast, followed by cold snap | Mashable

“Relationships between the ocean and atmosphere are complicated, especially as they relate to explosively developing extratropical cyclones (like the one currently in the forecast),” said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA, in a Twitter message. “But the extreme thermal contrast between very cold atmospheric temperatures over land and an unusually warm nearby Gulf Stream certainly sets the stage for impressive storm-strengthening potential,” he added.

Michael Curtiz film series at UCLA | LA Weekly

UCLA has curated an excellent series around the publication of film historian Alan K. Rode’s new biography, Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film. Best known as the director of Casablanca, the Hungarian-born Curtiz was one of the most prolific and protean of all classical Hollywood directors, helming more than 180 projects over the course of his career.

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