UCLA In the News July 24, 2017

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

Long before there was Facebook, there was Facebook for animals | Quartz

“Marmots had Facebook before Facebook was Facebook,” says Dan Blumstein, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California-Los Angeles. Blumstein’s 55-year-old study on marmots in Colorado is one of the longest-running field studies of a mammal population.

Cancer like McCain’s has many experimental therapies, little success | Forbes

“I do think we’re making progress in these categories for some small subgroups of patients within these categories,” [UCLA’s Dr. Linda Liau] said, but scientists need to learn more about those subgroups, which increased genetic sequencing is helping to do. “As we move more toward personalized medicine in categorizing and identifying these tumors better, hopefully we’ll be able to put the right patient in the right therapies. I think there will hopefully be progress in this disease.”

Motion-capture actor looks for acting cred he’s owed | Washington Post

Technology obviously altered his appearance. But, as UCLA’s head of undergraduate acting, Joe Olivieri, puts it, what Serkis is doing “isn’t any different than what the Greeks were doing 3,000 years ago.” Acting is acting.

An Oliver Twist of the Congo | New York Times

The novelist Alain Mabanckou has long been celebrated as a mordant observer of the African dispossessed. Born in what is now the Republic of the Congo, educated in Paris and currently a professor of French and Francophone studies at UCLA, he creates Dickensian tableaus of urban street life that teem with vitality and misery.

Riverside has big obstetrician shortage  | KPCC-FM

“There are sleepless nights and then days when we go to work after having been up overnight helping patients. As we get older, it gets harder and harder to work like that,” says Leena Nathan, an OB-GYN at UCLA Health. She points out that the problem is exacerbated by the small number of new OB-GYNs coming out of medical schools, as well as “doctors who are limiting their practice to just office-based or surgical-based practice.”

McCarthy’s false claim on Obamacare sign-ups | PolitiFact

“It’s a false statement,” [UCLA’s Gerald] Kominski said of McCarthy’s claim. “The category that the congressman conveniently left out of his narrative (is) the roughly 14 million people who were newly enrolled in Medicaid programs around the country. It’s the missing piece.”

Climate change suits could have radical implications | San Diego Union-Tribune

“We’re in uncharted territory here pretty fundamentally,” said Sean Hecht, co-executive director of the UCLA law school’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. “The theory behind it is an interesting one: that essentially, petroleum products should be considered defective when used as directed because of the harms that they cause.”

How much can giant new community ease L.A. housing crisis? | KPCC-FM

The local housing deficit is too severe, “numbering in the half a million or above number of units,” said Stuart Gabriel, director of the UCLA Ziman School for Real Estate. “Newhall Ranch will certainly be helpful, but not curative in any sense,” Gabriel said. 

Why less U.S. immigration is boon to workers | East Bay Times

A UCLA study found that in sprawling California, the share of immigrants in construction rose from 13 percent in 1980 to about 43 percent. In Los Angeles Country, immigrant labor’s impact on construction is even greater; during the same 35-year period UCLA studied, the percentage shifted from 24 percent Latino to 70 percent. Builders could always find recently arrived immigrants willing to work for less.

Vaccine exemptions driving up whooping cough cases | Healthline

Dr. James Cherry is a professor of pediatrics and infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has spent the past 40 years studying whooping cough and vaccines. He said nonmedical vaccine exemptions are an example of a growing movement of anti-science thinking. 

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