UCLA In the News July 25, 2017

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

Climate change affecting ice levels across the globe | BBC News

“I want to highlight that this type of process is one that is not just important for glaciers on Greenland, but also across the globe, from Norway to Alaska to the Himalaya. Even the glaciers we have in the Andes…. This is a process that we really need to study, because it can have impacts across the globe,” said UCLA’s Aradhna Tripati.

One surprising way money can buy happiness | Washington Post

Sanford DeVoe, who was not involved with the study, called this a “really stunning finding.” DeVoe, a professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, studies the psychological effects of placing a monetary value on time. He was struck by the fact that even people who can clearly afford to don’t outsource excess work. This adds to a growing body of evidence showing that “people don’t spend their money to yield the greatest happiness,” he said.

Is it too risky for researchers in Iran? | Inside Higher Ed

“As in many countries, fieldwork and research in Iran require local contacts, often scholars or students, who are more familiar with the informal rules of gaining access to materials which, in most cases, are ostensibly available to the public,” said Kevan Harris, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles, who has done extensive research in Iran, including fieldwork observation, interviews with officials and archival research, and has written a forthcoming book from the University of California Press on politics and the welfare state in Iran.

Rebuilding Mosul | Los Angeles Times

“Obviously there’s a cosmetic issue, but underpinning that is governance,” said Eric Bordenkircher, a researcher at the Center for Middle East Development at UCLA’s International Institute. “You can build all these houses, but people may not want to return if they don’t trust the Iraqi government.”

Monsoons in Southern California? | KPCC-FM

“But actually, the source for that moisture — rather than being the Pacific Ocean — is the Gulf of California,” [UCLA’s Daniel] Swain said. ”And that water is like bathtub warm.” Besides more sweating, Swain says the monsoonal moisture can also bring dry lightning strikes — a big fire risk. “If you get hundreds of lightning strikes, that’s hundreds of potential new fires,” he said. 

How should depression in kids be treated? | U.S. News & World Report

Antidepressants are well-studied in adults, but “their efficacy is not as well-established in children,” says David J. Miklowitz, director of the Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program at UCLA’s Semel Institute. “Typically in adults, the first-line medication is an SSRI, but the record of those in children is not that convincing, and only a little better in adolescents.”

Expert says ‘brain dead’ patient is alive, improving | Mercury News

As the girl’s family continues its legal battle to have her declaration of death overturned as they proceed with a lawsuit, the new finding by Dr. Alan Shewmon, a professor emeritus of pediatrics and neurology at UCLA, could help bolster the McMath family’s case. Shewmon, who is a longtime critic of the standards used to determine when someone is brain dead, reached his decision after studying 49 videos of the girl recorded by her relatives from March 2014 to April 2016.

Clinton-era memo suggests sitting president could be indicted | Business Insider

Jon Michaels, a professor at the UCLA School of Law, said the argument outlined in Starr’s memo was “compelling and persuasive but not necessarily dispositive.” He said it’s unlikely the investigation will proceed along a different path than it previously would have had the memo not been disclosed. ”Even if Mueller wanted to indict and seek criminal sanctions against Trump, there would be challenge by the president’s defense team whether Trump, as sitting president, could be criminally prosecuted,” Michaels said. In that case, he added, the courts likely “wouldn’t decide that question, but refer to it as a ‘political question’ for Congress to decide.”

Majorana fermion detected in quantum layer cake | Science News

The detection of this signature is “really the only firm evidence of the presence of Majorana fermions,” says study coauthor Kang Wang, a condensed-matter physicist at UCLA. He says previous hints of Majorana fermions could have been explained by other means. (Also: Independent [U.K.])

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