UCLA In the News July 18, 2018

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

Some Americans retreating from coastal communities | Scientific American

Liz Koslov, an assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who did ethnographic research on Staten Island’s post-Sandy buyouts, says she has seen next to no discussion about what happens to the land itself after the houses come down. “Residents said they just want the land to go ‘back to nature,’ but when you get down to it, ‘nature’ can mean a lot of different things.”

UCLA study seeks diagnosis for CTE in living people | NPR

“The PET scanner functions a bit like a Geiger counter, which measures radioactivity,” says the study’s lead researcher, Dr. Gary Small, a professor of geriatric psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. Small’s team compared the scans with those of a number of other people: Fifteen retired football players who had suffered brain injuries and exhibited CTE symptoms; two dozen people who had Alzheimer’s dementia and 28 healthy “control” subjects who were cognitively intact.

How should bars and restaurants handle hate groups? | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“California law has been interpreted as barring places of public accommodation from discriminating based on, among other things, personal beliefs and other attributes that are seen as fundamental to a person’s identity and self-definition,” says UCLA’s Eugene Volokh. “Now that may be a bad law. It may be that private property owners should have more flexibility deciding whom to serve.”

Study reveals link between screen time and ADHD | Los Angeles Times

In a group of more than 2,500 Los Angeles-area high school students who showed no evidence of attention challenges at the outset, investigators from USC, UCLA and UC San Diego found that those who engaged in more digital media activities over a two-year period reported a rising number of symptoms linked to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

The L.A. roots of UCLA alumnus John Williams | Los Angeles Times

He studied with several teachers, the most influential being Robert Van Eps at UCLA, who composed piano concertos before becoming a composer and arranger for MGM.

Red state charities could be hurt by new tax laws | Los Angeles Times

“There’s really no difference between what these existing programs do and what the new ... programs do,” said Kirk Stark, a UCLA law professor who has studied the issue. He and seven other tax experts released a 44-page research paper in January arguing that states would be allowed to turn state and local tax payments into charitable contributions based on previous IRS rulings and court opinions. “It’s not just a kooky, crazy idea. It’s something these states have been doing for many years and it’s been benefiting their taxpayers.”

Climate change may never subside | Los Angeles Times

“We built energy infrastructure to deliver at peak demands, and we’re now tending to exceed those demands during heat waves,” said [UCLA’s David] Neelin, an award-winning expert on environmental change who has researched global warming’s effect on California’s increasingly extreme drought-to-deluge cycles.

Gonorrhea grows resistant to antibiotics | STAT

Dr. Jeffrey D. Klausner, a professor of infectious diseases medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, told STAT, “Right now we’re treating gonorrhea with a sledgehammer, we’re treating everything with the same exact regime. And it’s not a surprise that the organism will become resistant to what we’re currently using.”

Island near San Francisco is slowly sinking | The Mercury News

“It’s drowning … a memorial to past human aspirations and a memorial to failure,” said Glen MacDonald, a UCLA professor of geography who studies the impact of rising waters caused by climate change, on West Coast estuaries. And as waters continue to rise, the entire island could vanish, according to MacDonald, one of the authors of a recent study led by the U.S. Geological Survey that found that rising sea levels will threaten every salt marsh in California.

Tool identifies blunt trauma patients who need CT scans | Medical Xpress

The study by [UCLA’s Malkeet] Gupta et al, validates the NEXUS Head Computed Tomography Decision Instrument in pediatric patients and provides clinicians with a highly sensitive tool to guide selective imaging decisions in blunt head injury patients. Unlike other decision instruments, the decision instrument asks providers to use clinical judgment to identify low-risk patients who need no imaging and then to apply the decision instrument to further reduce the planned imaging. 

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