UCLA In the News January 9, 2018

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

Women share their public transit #MeToo experiences | Washington Post

Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, professor of urban planning at the University of California at Los Angeles, said in October that harassment on public transit is a legitimate, and significant, public policy issue… “These experiences that happen very early on — because they’re so dramatic and they make you so scared — they have quite a lot of impact. They may taint your use of public transportation and public settings for a very, very long time,” Loukaitou-Sideris said.

Tweets track spread of sexually transmitted infections | New Scientist

Sean Young at the University of California, Los Angeles, and his colleagues analyzed tweets posted in 2012. They narrowed down millions of posts to 8,538 tweets that could be geolocated to U.S. counties and included keywords used in a sexual context. Areas where sexual tweets were posted saw a 2.7 per cent increase in syphilis rates the following year.

WikiLeaks shared the full ‘Fire and Fury’ book online | Washington Post

“You can imagine a lawsuit against WikiLeaks for inducing infringement or contributing to infringement,” said Eugene Volokh, a professor at the University of California at Los Angeles who has taught copyright law.

Side effects possible even if you’ve taken a pill for long time | Washington Post

A lot of nonspecific symptoms, such as headache, indigestion, nausea and dizziness, show up on these lists, says Derjung Tarn, a family physician and health service researcher at UCLA. That’s because these symptoms are simply common.

Trump cancels program for El Salvadorans | KCRW-FM

“The news is devastating for the Salvadoran community. Part of what we are going to see happen is that these families in which there are U.S. citizen children will have to make very difficult decisions,” said UCLA’s Leisy Abrego. [Audio download] (Approx. 00:40 mark)

Iran’s president spoke out against hard-liners | Newsweek

“Over the past week, politicians from all sides of Iran’s establishment have both claimed to support the protesters’ grievances while also accusing their political opponents to be the source of the problems,” Kevan Harris, an Iran expert at UCLA, told Newsweek in an email on Monday.

LACMA, Autry plan partnership to share their art | Los Angeles Times

The Autry, which is in Griffith Park, partnered with the Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA for its photography exhibition “La Raza,” currently on view.

Tax-exempt hospitals slow to expand community benefits | Kaiser Health News

Jill Horwitz, professor of law at UCLA who specializes in health issues, said hospitals have trouble planning community efforts when they are unsure of their finances. “It’s a very difficult context in which to operate a stable system,” Horwitz said. “One day to the next, it’s hard to know what the rules are, what the reimbursement is going to be and what kind of insurance your patients will have.”

California has a way around new federal tax cap | San Jose Mercury News

Professors from six law schools including Stanford, UCLA and the University of Chicago published a paper Monday deepening the case for such a work-around. They cite numerous court rulings and an internal IRS memo showing that the feds consider state tax credits to be fully deductible — and do not not treat them as payments or gifts.

LGBT youth face increased odds of homelessness | HuffPost

According to a 2012 study by the True Colors Fund, Palette Fund and Williams Institute at UCLA, 46 percent of LGBT youth who were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless left home because of family rejection due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Educators urged to give grad students support to succeed | Inside Higher Ed

Annie Maxfield, associate director of graduate student relations and services at UCLA, said 500 graduate students on her campus are now using Imagine Ph.D., a project of the Graduate Career Consortium. The tool was designed with input from Ph.D.s to help students self-navigate career planning.

Potential path to repair nerves damaged by MS | HealthCanal

So the UCLA researchers proposed that the molecular mechanisms behind each disability might differ — and that treatments tailored for each disability could be more effective than treatments intended to target multiple different disabilities. The team focused on astrocytes, a type of brain cell that is activated in people with MS and plays several important roles in disease.

Material’s rotors spin freely and quickly | Chemical & Engineering News

Researchers have designed a crystalline material with tethered but freely spinning molecular groups that rotate incredibly quickly for a solid-state material. The material is the best example yet of an “amphidynamic material,” a crystalline solid with both relatively static and rapidly moving molecular units. Miguel García-Garibay of the University of California, Los Angeles, and coworkers synthesized the material by combining a Zn4O-based metal-organic framework with spinning bicycle [2.2.2] octane-1,4-dicarboxylate units that have nearly zero spatial or electronic barriers to rotation.

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