UCLA In the News July 2, 2018

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

Here’s a better way to slide into Monday with less stress | NBC News

The difference in how men and women handle stress is even evident when looking at their brains. According to a study from the UCLA School of Nursing, the part of the brain that helps to manage stress, heart rate and blood pressure looks quite different for each gender.

Roberts may hold key vote as Supreme Court moves right | Associated Press

A test of Roberts’ ability to set the court’s agenda could come on the topic of guns, said UCLA law professor Adam Winkler.… It takes the votes of four justices for the court to agree to review a case. If Kennedy’s replacement is a fourth vote for a new case about guns, then Roberts might soon have to weigh in on issues like the right carry a concealed firearm in public or bans on assault weapons, Winkler said.

Nurturing a next wave of diverse filmmakers | Los Angeles Times

Movements such as #OscarsSoWhite have long chastised studios for not giving more opportunities to people of color. A recent UCLA review of 200 films said that 14% of film leads were nonwhite in 2016. There have been some notable exceptions, such as Disney’s “Black Panther,” the global blockbuster that grossed $1.3 billion worldwide with a predominantly black cast and an African American director.

Without Kennedy, the future of gay rights is fragile | New York Times Opinion

(Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Adam Winkler) In 30 years on the Supreme Court — the past 13 as the swing justice — Justice Anthony Kennedy has been the decisive vote in cases on issues ranging from abortion to affirmative action. Yet his legacy will be defined primarily by his opinions in the area of gay rights, where he wrote the major majority opinions expansively reading the Constitution to protect gay Americans.

How far can you get away from technology? | Gizmodo

“Ironically, the furthest one can get away from technology is not necessarily based on where they are but who they are — the result of conscious choices they or the societies/families they are within make. Though when we think of technology today, we often assume the Internet, social media, or mobile telephony, technologies are far more pervasive and universal than that — writing is a technology, the wheel is a technology. So from that perspective, for me the best answer to this question is related to theme of how we want to engage with different technologies,” said UCLA’s Ramesh Srinivasan. (UCLA’s Helga Leitner also quoted)

Mexico elects new president | KABC-TV

“He is a leftist in terms of his discourse and his critical stance towards the elites and the mafia of power as he calls them, but in terms of governance ... he proved to be a pragmatist, “ UCLA professor Dr. Octavio Pescador said.… “I think the most worrisome aspect about the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico is not political, it’s economic,” Pescador said. “The free-trade agreement has been the basis for the growth of Mexico and in some regions of the U.S. and that is up in the air right now.”

California doctor put on probation for exempting child from vaccinations | Mercury News

UCLA pediatrician and infectious diseases specialist Dr. James D. Cherry says the idea of spacing out vaccines, which Sears recommends, is simply wrong. “The important thing is we know all the risks, benefits and contraindications of the vaccines we currently have,” he said. “If we didn’t have measles vaccines, we could have 3,000 deaths a year from it. “Some people just choose to believe what they believe rather than what the facts indicate.”

The truth about Trump’s popularity | Guardian (U.K.)

“I think the problem is that people want to think that Trump should be different, and that he shouldn’t have the same approval rating as a ‘typical’ Republican president,” [UCLA’s Lynn] Vavreck said. “But he is the president, he is a Republican, so it’s a little bit like the counter-question is: ‘Why would we expect him to look different?’ The answer to that is that he behaves differently. But that party label is still really important to people.”

Judge who oversaw L.A. school integration dies | Los Angeles Times

“He was willing to take a case that nobody in Los Angeles would touch and he tried his best to reason with people,” said Gary Orfield, the co-director of UCLA’s Civil Rights Project and one of Egly’s advisors during the case.

Lyft reaches L.A. neighborhoods where taxis wouldn’t | CityLab

But a dissertation from UCLA’s Institute for Transportation Studies paints a more promising portrait of access to Lyft in Los Angeles County. Contrary to the belief that ride-hailing primarily serves the affluent, it appears neighborhoods with low rates of car ownership — which tend to be populated by people of color — actually see more pick-ups and drop-offs than others. But on the individual level, bias against certain passengers still persists… So Lyft does appear to be providing vehicle access to areas “where its substitute—the household car—is least available,” [UCLA’s Anne] Brown wrote. “Users living in low-income neighborhoods ... may have low — or zero — personal car access and therefore use Lyft to provide rather than supplement auto-mobility.” (Also: Fortune)

Do film comedies make a profit? | The Times (U.K.)

Although excellent small comedies such as the Oscar-nominated “Ladybird” and “The Big Sick” are being made, mainstream comedy has lost its place at the heart of film culture — a significant shift, according to Jonathan Kuntz, a film history lecturer at UCLA. Comedy “played a huge role in Hollywood history going back to the earliest days,” he said. “Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton and all those wonderful silent comedians who spoke a universal language of comedy were absolutely fundamental to American cinema.” (Subscription required)

Democrats content riding Rohrabacher weakness into election | Daily Beast

“He has had tough races before, but he’s never been in a fight like he is now,” said professor Zev Yaroslavsky, former Los Angeles County supervisor who now teaches political science and history at UCLA. “I don’t think most people in the 48th Congressional District think that Russians are our friend, so I think he’s bought himself a real race here.”

UCLA doctor credited with curing child with bubble baby disease | City News Service

An infant whose family traveled 7,500 miles to save his life from a life-threatening immune disorder is thanking the UCLA doctor who treated him. In 2015, the child, Hussein El Kerdi, was diagnosed at three months old in his native Lebanon as having the immune disorder adenosine deaminase-deficient, also know as bubble baby disease, according to a statement from UCLA… “I hadn’t seen a patient like Hussein in 15 or 20 years,” [UCLA’s Dr. Donald] Kohn said. “About three to four weeks in, I thought he wasn’t going to make it through. But he did.” (Also: KTLA-TV)

Del Toro talks about his fascinating character in film | NBC News

According to the 2018 Hollywood Diversity report from the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UCLA, Latino actors appeared in 2.7 percent of top movie roles in 2016; Asian and mixed race actors had these kinds of roles 3.1 percent and 3 percent of the time, respectively.

How justice’s retirement could help EPA chief | New Republic

Ann E. Carlson, a professor of environmental law at the University of California, Los Angeles, said a new Supreme Court might take “a more narrow reading of how the Clean Air Act can be used to regulate greenhouse gas emissions,” but likely wouldn’t overturn it.

Thoughts on California’s changing economy | Sacramento Bee

“The state needs to invest equally in all schools in STEM training, so that every child graduating from a California high school has the same opportunity to attend college and enter the STEM workforce of the future. Children in wealthy private schools or affluent public schools should not get a head start and advantage in the new economy because their school has more money. The state must address this issue head on with increased funding dedicated to STEM in all schools statewide,” said UCLA’s Matt Baretto.

FDA allows off-label health care economic discussions | STAT Opinion

(Commentary co-written by UCLA’s John Osborn) The Trump administration has issued final guidance that allows drug companies and device makers to provide health care economic and other supporting information to payers and formulary committees, even if the information is outside of the FDA approved labeling and was not submitted to the agency in the course of product approval. This is a welcome and long-overdue development, one that raises the question of whether the agency will take steps to allow companies to provide truthful off-label information to physicians and patients in other contexts.

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