UCLA In the News July 28, 2017

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

Black-hole hunter Ghez takes aim at Einstein | Quanta Magazine

Since 1995, [UCLA’s Andrea] Ghez, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Los Angeles, has used the W.M. Keck telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii to see fine details at the center of the galaxy. The observations that Ghez has made of stars racing around the Milky Way’s core (alongside those of rival Reinhard Genzel, an astrophysicist at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching, Germany) have proven to most astronomers that the central object can be nothing but a black hole. But to be able to see these fine details, Ghez had to become a pioneering user of adaptive optics, a technology that measures distortions in the atmosphere and then adjusts the telescope in real time to cancel out those fluctuations.

Indiana whooping cough cases jump, spurring call to vaccinate | New York Times

While the spike was startling, Dr. James D. Cherry, a whooping cough expert at the University of California, Los Angeles’s David Geffen School of Medicine, said it was not particularly worrying. Whooping cough rates tend to be cyclical, he noted, peaking every three years on average. And although a study in 2016 found a correlation between vaccination rates and the rates of both whooping cough and measles, confirmed cases have also risen because of increased awareness and better diagnostic tests.

How law enforcement, anti-immigration groups have united | Newsweek

Hiroshi Motomura, a UCLA law professor who studies immigration, said partnerships between sheriffs and anti-immigration groups and increased enforcement of federal immigration laws by local law enforcement could lead to racial profiling. “We’ve had cases of jurisdictions where the arrest patterns are skewed by race and ethnicity,” Motomura tells Newsweek, citing as an example Maricopa County in Arizona. “My concern is it’s going to happen some of the time, enough to be concerning, and it’s going to be hard to figure out when it’s happening.”

What rights act means for sexual orientation today | KCRW-FM’s “Press Play”

“Title VII does not expressly include sexual orientation in the text of the statute. But it does include, as you mentioned, sex. And Congress, when it enacted the Civil Rights Act, did not define the term ‘sex.’ Instead, it left to the courts the job of deciding what qualifies as sex discrimination and what does not qualify as sex discrimination,” said UCLA’s Adam Romero. (Approx 2:50 mark)

‘Black Moses’ is orphan story with biting humor | Los Angeles Times

The acclaimed and prolific writer Alain Mabanckou, born in the Republic of Congo and now a professor in the French and Francophone Studies department at UCLA, uses biting humor to tweak this formula in his new novel, “Black Moses.” His hero is a 13-year-old living in an orphanage in the province of Loango who is indeed named Moses. More precisely, his full name is “Thanks be to God, the black Moses is born on the earth of our ancestors.”

Davis imam sparks dismay with ‘filth of the Jews’ remark | Los Angeles Times

James Gelvin, a professor of history at UCLA and expert on Israeli-Palestinian relations, said Shahin’s statements came at a time of great anxiety in the Middle East. “To them, Al Aqsa is front-page news,” Gelvin said. “Not Trump and whether or not he’s connected to Russia.”

Stereotype turns into power in new exhibition | Los Angeles Times

“Historically, the mammy was the ultimate image of black female servitude in the American psyche,” writes UCLA historian Steven Nelson in the exhibition catalog. “She was kind and giving. She cooked and cleaned and did the laundry. She took care of the children. She was harmless.”

How certified educator can enhance diabetes care | U.S. News & World Report

“Diabetes self-management is an interactive process,” says nurse practitioner Evelyne Fleury-Milfort, a diabetes educator with the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. “Both educators and patients are experts. Educators have the expertise in specific content and the clinical aspects of the disease. However, patients are the experts in their own life.”

A Bell’s palsy primer | Vogue

Neurological disorders — as Angelina Jolie recently recounted — have a way of viscerally reminding people to take stock of their health. The root cause of Bell’s palsy, the condition that damaged the actress and activist’s nerves and resulted in drooping facial features, can rarely be pinpointed, though a common cold virus is often to blame, according to Dr. Reza Jarrahy, co-director of the UCLA Craniofacial Clinic.

Sleep may help memory in babies | Reuters

Still, the findings offer fresh evidence that sleep is critical to normal development even at a very young age, said Gina Poe, a researcher in physiology and psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles, who wasn’t involved in the study.  “We neuroscientists and biopsychologists have a long way to go before we understand how long different types of memory consolidation tasks take and why,” Poe said. “But once the job is done, more sleep may be akin to the builders hammering more nails into a structure that is already securely connected.”

Use caution in letting people kiss newborns | Healthline

Dr. Karin Nielsen is a clinical professor of pediatrics in the division of infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She said infants are particularly vulnerable to HSV-1, which can cause cold sores. “In the specific situation of herpes simplex virus or HSV, some people may have cold sores around their lips, or just start manifesting them, and kissing can transmit the virus to others, particularly to infants, who are more susceptible as they have no prior immunity,” Nielsen told Healthline.

Girls on autism spectrum may have planning problems | Spectrum

“This is a nice study in the sense of aiming to understand functional impairment that might be especially significant in females,” says Connie Kasari, professor of human development and psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, who wasn’t involved with the study.

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