UCLA In the News January 8, 2018

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

Flu brings medicine shortages, packed ERs, rising death toll | Los Angeles Times

Dr. Greg Hendey, UCLA’s chair of emergency medicine, said people usually develop flu symptoms two to three days after they’re exposed to the virus, but are most contagious the day before symptoms develop. “So before you even know you’re sick you’re already spreading the virus,” he said. (Also: Salon [UCLA’s Dr. Wally Ghurabi], Associated Press)

Can migratory birds survive rapid climate change? | PBS News Hour

The team, led by University of California Los Angeles biologist Rachael Bay, crowdsourced blood and tissue samples from museum collections and researchers across the yellow warbler’s geographic range…. “It’s important to start integrating evolution into this equation,” Bay said. “Trying to predict adaptation is really important right now as we wrestle with what is going to happen with climate change.”

After Equifax breach, still no closer to privacy protections | Los Angeles Times

Kristen Eichensehr, an assistant professor at UCLA School of Law who specializes in cybersecurity issues, said the Europeans begin any privacy discussion with a presumption that individuals have a right to control their personal information. “We don’t have a similar right in this country,” she observed. For that reason, Eichensehr said, “it’s hard to imagine much of what Europe is doing being implemented in the U.S.”

California fighting back on the new tax plan | Los Angeles Times

UCLA law professor Kirk Stark has studied this concept for years and notes “it’s not a new thing. Many states have charitable tax credits.” Even California does. But no state has anything approaching the scale that De León proposes. (Also: USA Today, KCAL-TV)

Iran’s protesters want one thing: accountability | New York Times

Kevan Harris, a sociologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, conducted a study of welfare recipients and political affiliation that called this assumption into question. It turns out that loyalty is not so easily bought. (Also: Christian Science Monitor)

Suburb finds love, songs in ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ | Los Angeles Times

Filmmakers often showed only the aspirational parts of life in Los Angeles: Hollywood, swaying palm trees, beaches and the Sunset Strip, said UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television professor Tom Nunan, who was one of the producers of the film “Crash.” But now that tax incentives for filmmakers are better elsewhere and it’s more expensive to shoot in Los Angeles, the city is starting to appear in film and television as itself, Nunan said. “I think in TV, there’s a huge opportunity to reimagine portrayals and experiences of Los Angeles,” Nunan said.

LAUSD chief Michelle King plans to retire | Los Angeles Times

“She brought some stability back and it was important,” said Pedro Noguera, a professor at UCLA’s education school. “Her leadership style is very comforting to people of all kinds. Even when they disagree, no one ever felt she was a mean or vindictive person.” (UCLA’s Tyrone Howard also quoted in the article)

Porn industry gets boost from VR; manufacturers not thrilled | Los Angeles Times

Porn still carries a stigma that mainstream businesses try to avoid, according to Neil Malamuth, a psychology professor at UCLA, where his areas of study include pornography and its effects on media and society. “Pornography has been pretty important in the development and dissemination of various technologies, but I don’t think the manufacturers from a business factor want too much publicity at this point for that aspect because there’s still a great deal of anti-porn sentiment in the public.”

In California-Trump clash, it’s one America vs. another | New York Times

“It seems like every day brings a new point of contention between two very different types of leadership,” said Jim Newton, a lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles.

New public hospitals chief to focus on primary care | New York Times

Residents who visited county medical facilities were enrolled in health insurance and assigned a primary care physician, said Shana Alex Charles, an assistant professor of health science at California State University and a professor at UCLA’s Center for Health Policy Research.

Cancer-killing immunotherapy could be HIV cure | 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.”

4 ways to be more conscious of freeway pollution | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

Suzanne Paulson is an atmospheric chemistry professor at UCLA. She has some answers to why this pollution has such a far reach. “We typically have a sea breeze during the day. But at night, we have a weak breeze that goes from the land to the ocean. At the same time, the atmosphere does a poor job of dispersing pollution, and that weak breeze creates a plume that creeps along the ground toward the ocean.”

Casey Reas and the art of interactivity | Forbes

[Casey] Reas teaches art students in the Department of Design Media Arts at UCLA how to use code as a way of making visual media, and he cofounded Processing, an open source programming language and environment for the visual arts.

Indie Focus: Golden Globes preview and more | Los Angeles Times

In conjunction with Alan K. Rode’s new book of the same name, the UCLA Film and Television Archive is presenting a program titled “Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film” in celebration of the prolific filmmaker.

Everyday eye movements may be cause of glaucoma | News-Medical

However, “the fact that a considerable portion of people develop glaucoma despite having never had elevated IOP suggests that there must be a mechanism that is independent of intraocular pressure that causes damage to the optic nerve,” said the lead investigator of the studies, Joseph Demer, Ph.D., M.D., chief of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at the University of California, Los Angeles.

How eating leafy greens can help people with MS | Healthline

“Your gut could be the connection,” explained Nichole M. Bednar, MS RD, a senior dietitian, food service and Computrition specialist at UCLA Health. “Along with all of these green vegetables comes more roughage. And you’re never going to go wrong with antioxidants,” Bednar told Healthline.

How fast is it healthy to lose weight? | U.S. News & World Report

Research from the University of California at Los Angeles shows that after losing weight, about two-thirds of dieters not only gain everything back, but they end up weighing more than they did pre-diet.

Soldiers in la Guerra | New York Times

The figures that are known are largely a result of the research conducted by the late political scientist Ralph Guzmán during his time as a doctoral student at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1969. Without official records of “racial” categories to rely upon, Dr. Guzmán calculated the number of Spanish surnames from five Southwestern states with large concentrations of Mexican-American residents — Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas — based on casualty reports from January 1961 to February 1967 and from December 1967 to March 1969. His study, “Mexican-American Casualties in Vietnam,” was released in 1970 and published in the Chicano-movement newspaper La Raza in 1971.

Special cells capable of lasting engraftment | Medical Xpress

Anjie Zhen, Ph.D., from the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and colleagues reported the use of a protective CD4 CAR (C46CD4CAR) to redirect HSPC-derived T-cells against simian/human immunodeficiency virus (SHIV) infection in pigtail macaques.

Dense blob has kept California weather dry | Sacramento Bee

Variations in the jet stream, the meandering river of high winds in the upper atmosphere that drive storm patterns, also play a role, said UCLA climatologist Daniel Swain.

Why sitting at desk all day is harmful to heart | Vogue

Dr. Ravi H. Dave, MD, who is the director of interventional cardiology at UCLA Health, agrees getting going outside the gym is crucial. He suggests taking 10,000 steps a day, a goal also advocated by the American Heart Association.

‘Get Out’ inspires online college class | Teen Vogue

If, almost a year later, you’re still thinking about the movie Get Out, you’re certainly not alone. In fact, the story was so impactful to UCLA professor Tananarive Due, she decided to make an entire class inspired by the Jordan Peele film.

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