UCLA In the News July 10, 2017

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

“Spider-Man” swings toward inclusive cinematic universe | Los Angeles Times

Darnell Hunt, who leads research on UCLA’s annual Hollywood Diversity Report, says efforts to make inclusion a natural part of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” are increasingly the right move not just socially but financially. “One of the things we’re finding in our study is that diversity sells. It makes economic sense because right now people of color are nearly 40% of the population and that figure is only increasing, by about a half-percent a year,” said Hunt, who is also director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies and chair of Sociology at UCLA. (Also: San Francisco Chronicle)

Which party was more secretive about its health care plan? | New York Times

At the hearings, there are experts testifying who bring different points of view,” said Allison Hoffman, a health care policy expert and law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. “You see problems that wouldn’t come up otherwise, problems that when you’re 13 men behind closed doors you may not surface on your own.”

DWP still investigating cause of transformer blast | Los Angeles Times

As residents switch on air conditioners to deal with the sweltering July heat, it means the region draws more power, said Rajit Gadh, engineering professor at UCLA. Substations used to transfer that energy require cooling or they can become overheated. “When temperatures rise that much, then lots of things can potentially go wrong, including the electric grid,” Gadh said.

Undoing bold step to boost economy could rattle markets | Los Angeles Times

Lee Ohanian, an economics professor at UCLA, said most studies have indicated that the Fed’s bond purchases lowered long-term rates between 0.25 and 0.75 percentage points. The rate on the 10-year bond is currently about 2.3%. Ohanian thinks the effect was modest, on the lower end of that range.

UCLA study using electrical currents to treat PTSD | KGO-TV (San Francisco)

Researchers at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience were studying how stimulating a nerve on the side of the face … may reset brain waves…. “When people go through a traumatic event, the brain in some ways can get rewired,” says UCLA’s Dr. Andrew Leuchter. (Audio download)

Immigrant doctors trained to practice in underserved communities | KTTV-TV

Within the next decade, experts predict a shortage of up to 85,000 doctors. And a third of those vacancies could be family doctors. But a program at UCLA is training doctors from other countries to help fill that gap…. “To have a provider that speaks the language and understands the culture, it makes a huge difference,” says Dr. Jose Javier Hernandez, a graduate of the UCLA International Medical Graduate Program.

Administration may let state keep emissions standards | San Francisco Chronicle

“If they really think the standards need to be loosened, why would they let 40 percent of the country continue to be under the California standards, which California could even strengthen?” said Ann Carlson, a professor of environmental law at UCLA.

Next crisis for California will be affordability of water | Los Angeles Times

“We have lifeline rates for electricity, weatherization, even telephones,” says J. R. DeShazo of UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs, “but we do not have a statewide program that ensures that people have affordable water.” The recent drought, he observes, “has thrown that need into relief.”

Meet mice who soared through space and back again | Los Angeles Daily News

The first group of star-trekking mice to ever travel to the International Space Station has returned to their home at a UCLA lab, where they’re being studied for a promising new therapy to regrow lost bone density. “All the rodents from ISS made it back alive and healthy on July 4!” said Dr. Chia Soo, a lead researcher on UCLA’s NELL-1 study.

Muslim, Jew urge high court to strike down Muslim ban | Los Angeles Times

(Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Zev Yaroslavsky) We are an American Jew and an American Muslim. Because our communities are well versed in the pain of discriminatory and exclusionary policies, we are fiercely committed to protecting, defending and upholding the American democratic ideals under threat by President Trump’s travel ban.

Viruses don’t have “summer vacations” | Asian News International

“Viruses don’t take vacations; they live in our environment year-round,” explained Michael Cohen, infectious disease specialist at UCLA Health-Santa Clarita. “But different strains are active in different seasons. Summer colds are generally caused by the enterovirus or adenovirus, while in the winter, we see the ‘typical’ cold — the rhinovirus — as well as influenza viruses.”

Comment period closes for national monument review | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“Unfortunately, I don’t think the public comments will be weighted very heavily in the decision-making process, but I still think it is really important that people comment. It demonstrates a lot of support for these monuments, it puts political pressure on members of Congress and other representatives, and it helps to document what the level of support is,” said UCLA’s Sean Hecht.

Kidney transplant rules may curb disparities | Reuters Health

Under the old system, for example, white patients might have had an advantage because they were more likely to have private health insurance, access to education about transplants or a car to get to the transplant center, said Amy Waterman, deputy director, Transplant Research and Education Center at the Terasaki Research Institute affiliated with the University of California Los Angeles.

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