UCLA In the News July 21, 2017

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

Controversy over Northeast Hyperloop proposal | USA Today

Madeline Brozen, associate director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California Los Angeles, said the potential costs are “incomprehensible.” A 120-mile above-ground stretch of the most comparable U.S. project, a high-speed rail project in California, will cost an estimated $7 billion to $10 billion, she said. But underground projects are more expensive, the hyperloop proposed by Musk is unproven technology and the innovator's system would theoretically travel five times faster than California’s. (Also: The Guardian [U.K.])

Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington and U.S. suicide crisis | Bay Area News Group

“Suicide is a big problem, but it’s under-resourced and under-funded,” Mark Kaplan, a professor of social welfare at the University of California, Los Angeles, told the Guardian. “Many people don’t realize it’s an important public health problem until reports like this come out, but we should be paying closer attention year-round.”

O.J. Simpson still handcuffed by financial claims | Reuters

“It’s a complex strategy game,” said Lynn LoPucki, a law professor at the University of California in Los Angeles and an expert in debt and bankruptcy. “Whether he can keep the money depends on how well he plays and how well his creditors play.”

As Simpson wins parole, a quick, and divided, reaction | New York Times

“When I first started covering the LAPD in the early 1990s, officers would not hide their racism, even from a reporter from The Los Angeles Times,” said Jim Newton, who covered the Simpson trial for the newspaper and is now a lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles. “The short code for a spousal abuse episode involving a black couple was N.H.I., which stood for ‘No Humans Involved.’ That was something they transmitted to each other on police radio.”

Anyone can feel lonely | New Scientist

“I’d always thought of loneliness as a nuisance, not one of the most toxic environmental conditions we can possibly encounter,” says Steve Cole at the University of California, Los Angeles, who studies the effect of the environment on our genes. If that sounds gloomy, the new insights also offer perspectives on how to tackle this notoriously intractable social phenomenon — and ­make each of us less lonely, too.

McCain diagnosed with brain tumor | KTTV-TV’s “Good Day L.A.”

“Glioblastoma is the most aggressive type of primary brain tumor. It has possibly a shorter life span and we don’t have a cure for it. But we definitely have treatments that we can try and control it as long as we can,” said UCLA’s Dr. Phioanh Leia Nghiemphu.

It’s unclear If Trump knows how health insurance works | ATTN

Dr. Gerald Kominski, director of UCLA’s Center for Health Policy Research, agrees that the president appears deeply confused. “I find it deeply disturbing that the president seems to be getting his information about health insurance and our vastly complex health system from TV commercials advertising life insurance benefits,” Kominski told ATTN. “The citizens of this great nation deserve better.”

Conservatives increasingly hostile to higher education | USA Today

A 2015 survey by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA found that nearly 71% of freshmen believed that colleges should “prohibit racist/sexist speech,” and that 43% of incoming freshmen agreed colleges should “have the right to ban extreme speakers” from campus. This represents a spike in anti-free speech sentiment among students from earlier this decade.

Quandary of quantifying teacher’s performance | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“The quandary is that the only way to determine if a teacher is highly effective is if someone who is qualified is in the classroom observing them and looking at their performance over time,” said UCLA’s Pedro Noguera (Approx. 5:00 mark)

Revolutionary hearing surgery performed at UCLA | KNBC-TV

A college basketball coach is hearing more clearly now, and it’s all thanks to a revolutionary new surgery only done at UCLA.

Retirees bring in big pensions, audit says | Southern California News Group

David Lewin, a professor of management at the UCLA Anderson School, said LADWP compensation — including retirement benefits — tends to be on the higher end because the utility competes with private-sector agencies for qualified executives.

Heart transplant patients struggle with post-op housing | Los Angeles Daily News

“There’s a tremendous need for this type of philanthropy, and that’s where Ava’s Heart comes in,” said Dr. Mario Deng, an internationally renowned heart specialist at UCLA, who serves on the Ava’s Heart advisory board. “Ava is fostering a patient’s basic human right to not be deprived of access to care just because of social disadvantages. Unfortunately, due to our fragmented health care system in this country, many people don’t have the means to pay for the required three-month stay after the transplant.”

Can dogs predict seizures? | Nova

“Any good detector has positive value,” says Dr. Gary Mathern, a pediatric neurosurgeon at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. “But as a physician, a key unanswered question is whether the dogs really work.”

Conference raises concussion awareness | WJXT-TV (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Dr. Christopher Giza, a neurologist from UCLA helped organize the event. He agreed that the risk to young people goes beyond football. “(The) third-highest cause of concussion in practice is cheering. Also, lacrosse is becoming popular, increasing the risk of concussions,” Giza said.

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