UCLA In the News July 23, 2018

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

Sleep’s effects on mental and physical health | National Geographic

To forestall post-traumatic stress disorder, the soldiers should remain awake for six to eight hours, according to neuroscientist Gina Poe at the University of California, Los Angeles. Research by her and others suggests that sleeping soon after a major event, before some of the ordeal is mentally resolved, is more likely to turn the experience into long-term memories.

The selling of Judge Brett Kavanaugh | HuffPost

“It goes beyond the decisions that get made,” said Edward Walker, a researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the author of Grassroots for Hire: Public Affairs Consultants in American Democracy. “It’s about who sets the agenda.” This manifests, Walker said, in which issues get debated and how they’re framed. A dark-money PR push can take formerly “fringe” candidates mainstream and put previously unthinkable regulations up for debate.

Kavanaugh could tip Supreme Court against gun control | NPR’s “Morning Edition”

“Kavanaugh believes in a very vigorous Second Amendment right to bear arms, and he thinks there is little room for constitutionally permissible gun control,” says UCLA’s Adam Winkler, who has written extensively about the right to bear arms.

Experimental treatment uses modified stem cells to fight cancer | CNN Tech

“We realized the immune system cells that we give back have a limited life span,” [UCLA’s Antoni] Ribas said. That’s where the UCLA trial comes in. Bone marrow stem cells are the factories that produce new T-cells. But rather than simply genetically modifying T-cells, Ribas is modifying the bone marrow stem cells that make them. In other words, he’s modifying the car factory, not just the car.

How climate change throws plants and animals out of sync | NPR’s “Morning Edition”

“Marmots are all about getting obese,” [UCLA’s Dan] Blumstein says. “They adjust their annual schedule appropriately to be active when the vegetation is growing.” An earlier spring means a longer growing season, so they have more time to gather food. As a result, Blumstein says, marmots seem to be getting bigger. He stops short of calling them a “climate change winner” though, noting that a longer growing season also means more chances for them to be killed by predators.

A blog for those who hate haughty houses | Los Angeles Times

“There are diminishing returns” for McMansions, said Paul Habibi, real estate professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Additional size generally decreases the price per square foot a home can command, he said. Other trade-offs include sacrificing open space that buyers value.

Beef jerky might be linked to manic episodes | Gizmodo

“Microbes don’t just cause anxiety, depression, or autism in people,” explained [UCLA’s Emeran] Mayer. “They only have an effect on people who have a genetic or environmental predisposition to illness, and it’s only one element among many.”

Researchers discover the ‘optimism’ of E. coli | Phys.org

“It has been an exciting journey,” said Junyoung Park … who is now a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of California-Los Angeles. “We started with a simple observation — nutrient-specific RNA-to-protein ratios — but ended up with fascinating insights into the cell’s competition strategies.”

California’s eviction crisis requires a legal remedy | San Francisco Chronicle Opinion

(Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Joan Ling) Confronting our staggering eviction crisis and ensuring that everyone is able to live and thrive in their community will require complementary housing and land-use policies. But a holistic housing strategy must start with a foundation of stability and certainty, where tenants are protected against enormous rent increases and unjust evictions.

When ‘good’ cholesterol is bad for older women | HealthDay

[UCLA’s Karol] Watson said research suggests that HDL function can go awry when its environment is not ideal — such as when a person is obese or has diabetes or other health conditions causing chronic inflammation in the blood vessels. “HDL seems to be like a chameleon, changing based on its surroundings,” Watson explained.

How Disney’s acquisition of Fox could change the landscape | Business Insider

“That’s become a smaller part of the overall employment in Hollywood,” [UCLA’s Tom Nunan] said of the big studios. “I don’t think we should get our violins out too soon to grieve the loss of that. It’s really such a tiny part of the overall food chain that exists in the entertainment industry.”

First step toward an artificial brain? | Australian Broadcasting Corporation

“We are trying to construct the structure of the fission artificially, in the sense of using the molecular components but putting them together artificially instead of starting from the cell,” says UCLA’s Giovanni Zocchi.

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