UCLA In the News July 27, 2017

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

Billionaire scales down his Hollywood dreams | Wall Street Journal

“Looking forward, these recent policy changes will certainly derail many of Wang Jianlin’s ambitions vis-a-vis Hollywood, at least for the short term,” said Michael Berry, a professor of contemporary Chinese culture at University of California, Los Angeles.

Can a large paycheck buy happiness? | Time

Hal Hershfield, an associate professor at the Anderson School of Management at the University of California Los Angeles, found that about two-thirds of people, when asked if they would rather have more time or more money, picked money. But here’s the interesting thing, he noted: “The people who chose time over money were happier.” They were more satisfied with their lives, he explained, and they experienced “greater well-being” — a finding that held regardless of age, income and other variables.

NASA solves a drizzle riddle | Phys.org

A new NASA study shows that updrafts are more important than previously understood in determining what makes clouds produce drizzle instead of full-sized raindrops, overturning a common assumption…. The research by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California; UCLA; and the University of Tokyo found that low-lying clouds over the ocean produce more drizzle droplets than the same type of cloud over land.

Change needed in how colleges handle sexual assault | Washington Post

(Commentary co-written by UCLA’s John Villasenor) The current approach also fails to guarantee the accused access to a hearing, a right to review evidence against him or the right to ask questions through a lawyer or other appropriately qualified representative. Unsurprisingly, this can lead to the kinds of sham proceedings that have attracted national headlines in recent years.

How many people in military are transgender? | PolitiFact

An announcement by President Donald Trump on Twitter that the U.S. government “will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military” drew an almost immediate denunciation from U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan…. To support Pocan’s statement, his office referred us to a 2014 report by UCLA Law School’s Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy. (The Human Rights Campaign and the National Center for Transgender Equality pointed us to the same study.) That study estimated that 15,500 transgender individuals were serving on active duty or in the Guard or Reserve forces.

Progress in finding new HIV prevention options | Edge Media Network

A new study found that pharmacokinetics support the exploration of cabotegravir for HIV prevention, using 600 mg injections every eight weeks following a four-week loading dose. Raphael Landovitz of the University of California, Los Angeles, reported results from HPTN 077, a Phase IIa, randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial of a long-acting injectable form of cabotegravir (an integrase inhibitor) in low-risk, HIV-negative adults. The study enrolled 199 men and women in Brazil, Malawi, South Africa and the United States.

Some Jewish businesses wary of minimum wage raise | Jewish Journal

Chris Tilly, an economist and professor of urban planning at UCLA, says the minimum wage law won’t trigger any big impact that many business owners are anticipating. Business owners in other states that passed minimum wage increases were nervous, Tilly said, but once the laws went into effect, they found ways to adapt to the increases.

Mexico City got rid of driver subsidy; so should other cities | Quartz

Donald Shoup, a professor of urban planning at the UCLA and author of the book “The High Cost of Free Parking,” argues that Los Angeles’s minimum parking requirement of one parking space per every 250 square feet (23.2 meters) of retail space can nearly double the cost of building a shopping center. These costs are subsequently passed on to customers, and offer no benefit to people who don’t own cars (primarily the poor).

Get kids exercising again | U.S. News & World Report

(Commentary by UCLA’s Dr. Jonathan Fielding) With all the publicity around obesity, one might think that young people get the message that better nutrition and more exercise should be high on their priority list. But new data identifies this group as deserving priority attention and leadership from the surgeon general, whose pronouncements are widely publicized and can spur public-private partnerships to reduce risks of serious health problems.

Water cremation cuts carbon footprint | KQED-TV (San Francisco)

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would legalize water cremation…. “If you were to bury a body in soil, all we’re doing is we’re speeding that up,” says [UCLA’s Dean] Fisher. “We’re adding heat to that.”

How safe is hottest heroin addiction treatment? | VICE

“The data is mixed,” offered Walter Ling, professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles, on the question of whether Vivitrol increases overdose risk above and beyond that of abstinence. “We don’t know for sure.” He added that even if it doesn’t produce sensitization, the elevation of risk is still dangerous.

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