UCLA In the News July 27, 2018

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

UCLA Health launches free sunscreen program | KABC-TV

“Skin cancer is very common. About one in five Americans will get skin cancer by the time they reach age 70,” said UCLA’s Emily Newsom. (Approx. 1:00 mark) (Also: KNBC-TV)

Plan to weaken car emissions rules could reopen key climate case | Scientific American

The appeals court would have to consider Massachusetts v. EPA as precedent because it gave EPA the right to set regulations dealing with greenhouse gas pollution, said Sean Hecht, co-executive director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law.

Cohen's Playmate payoff tape with Trump puts both men in legal crosshairs | USA Today Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Harry Litman) The immediate focus since the release of the audio tape of Michael Cohen talking to President Donald Trump has been on whether the president suggests paying off model Karen McDougal, with whom he allegedly carried on a 10-month affair in 2006, with cash or a check. That question, however, is really of marginal significance and is swamped by several larger factual points that the tape establishes, and several others that it suggests.

Minorities much less likely to access mental health care, state data suggests | California Health Report

Imelda Padilla-Frausto, a research scientist at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, said the data does appear to show a disparity, an observation that is consistent with other research on mental health utilization among people of color. She agreed cultural and language barriers may play a role. Also, in the past, communities of color have often had trouble accessing mental health services because of cost. While the expansion of Medi-Cal and changes in health care law have made mental health services more affordable, some families aren’t used to seeking this type of treatment, she explained.

Why Trump attacks California’s anti-pollution powers | Bloomberg

Ann Carlson, a University of California at Los Angeles law professor, said the state’s best defense of its independent regulatory powers could lie in its requirement for battery-powered cars or gas-electric plug-ins.… The state’s independence in fighting pollutants like ground-level ozone, a precursor to smog, is recognized explicitly in the Clean Air Act, Carlson said.

Do Americans have a constitutional right to carry guns outside the home? | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“An issue in this case was whether Hawaii could prohibit people from openly carrying firearms. Hawaii already prohibits, like many cities do, like Los Angeles, effectively prohibits people from concealed carry. At issue in this case was whether you had a constitutional right to openly carry your gun, carrying it so everyone can see it. And the court said yes, the 2nd Amendment does protect that right,” said UCLA’s Adam Winkler. (Approx :30 mark – audio download)

The California emission waiver | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“The feds recognized California’s pioneering history in regulating air pollution and wrote into the law the ability of California to go further than the federal government in protecting our air quality through the regulation of vehicle emissions,” said UCLA’s Cara Horowitz. (Approx 2:45 mark – audio download)

AI object recognition system operates at speed of light | The Scientist

If you want an extremely fast image- or object-recognition system to detect moving items like a missile or cars on the road, a digital camera hooked up to a computer just won’t do, according to electrical engineer Aydogan Ozcan of the University of California, Los Angeles. So, using machine learning, optics tools, and 3-D printing, he and his colleagues have created a system that is more rapid, operates using light and, unlike computers, does not require a power source other than the initial light source and a simple detector.

Improving California school environments focus of pilot program | EdSource

Teachers and administrators throughout California will get additional training on how to improve school environments and implement alternatives to traditional discipline thanks to a state-funded partnership between two county education departments and UCLA.

Visiting UCLA students learn about social movements in the Pacific | KUAM (Guam)

Spending a summer abroad in Micronesia, 25 UCLA students were part of the inaugural partnership with UOG. They're learning about social movements and conducting community-based research, some students even have ties to Guam.

UCLA joins partnership to present symposium on women and animation | Variety

Women in Animation has joined forces with USC, UCLA and CalArts to present the symposium “Breaking the Glass Frame: Women and Animation, Past, Present, Future” Oct. 5-7…. The symposium is designed to empower women and LGBTQ+ people by shining a light on the contributions women have made in the animation industry and by seeking solutions to such issues as sexual harassment, bias and lack of diversity facing women in both the animation industry and in academia.

 Insight into the HIV self-testing debate | Infectious Disease Advisor

“HIV self-testing is a great way for people who generally do not access health care or who are concerned about stigma to get tested. Many young adults, sexual minorities, and people with certain risk behaviors are not getting tested. Because HIV is easily treated, it is very important for people to learn their status, and anything we can do to make testing easier is welcome,” said UCLA’s Jeffrey Klausner.

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