UCLA In the News July 31, 2017

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

Colleges move into K-12 schools to help kids, themselves | Wall Street Journal

Meanwhile, UCLA announced in February that it will help a Los Angeles middle school expand into high school grades, and revise its curriculum to emphasize project-based learning; enrollment fell by 60% there in the past five years as families were lured by charter school alternatives.

‘Social camouflage’ may lead to misdiagnosis in girls with autism | NPR 

Girls appear to have mastered what some call “social camouflaging,” says Amanda Gulsrud, clincial director of the Child and Adult Neurodevelopmental Clinic at University of California, Los Angeles. Gulsrud develops school interventions for children with autism. The interventions are based, in part, on earlier research done by colleagues at UCLA, who did a study looking at how autistic boys and girls with autism interact with their non-autistic peers on the school playground.

Will hospital focus on boomers, elderly save money? | San Diego Union-Tribune

Dr. Daniel Waxman, a UCLA emergency department doctor and health policy researcher, said reducing unnecessary hospital admissions would drive down health-care costs in general. “There are a substantial proportion of patients who are admitted to the hospital because other potential alternatives are not available,” Waxman said. “First among the top 10 priorities for controlling health-care costs should be keeping patients from getting admitted to the hospital, because everything else is chump change.”

The neighborhood university | Chronicle of Higher Education

“I am proudest to work at a public university when I see the fruits of widespread campus efforts to cooperate with schools and community-based organizations on projects that empower various sectors of the city,” said UCLA’s Leisy Abrego.

Warmer than normal July for the Bay Area | Mercury News

Elsewhere in California, summer has been searing, according to Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA, whose California Weather Blog provides perspectives on the state’s weather, climate, and regional environmental change.

Curiosity leads to promising cancer treatment | Australian Broadcasting Corp.

“We started looking at the structure of a natural product called diazonamide in 1998.… It led on and matured through our ability to create the compound in the lab. Then with that ability, because you can’t isolate it from nature readily, we could then begin to drive other experiments, to ask what it was doing pharmacologically,” said UCLA’s Patrick Harran.

Doctors increasingly face charges for patient overdoses | CNN

Dr. Denise Sur remembers a time when opioids were a wonder drug, not a plague. “In the late ’80s, early ’90s, we were all told that we were too cautious and we were not appropriately treating patients’ pain,” said Sur, a professor of family medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Consequences as Facebook filters hate speech | Globe and Mail (Canada)

Sarah Roberts, assistant professor of information studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, says content moderation and getting it right is the biggest problem facing Facebook since its launch in 2004. Roberts, who specializes in digital ethics, governance and content moderation, says Facebook employees are struggling to keep up with the volume of user content.

How ‘pivot to video’ is transforming job market | International Business Times

The entertainment world, meanwhile, is fully stocked with would-be filmmakers. But a skyrocketing number of students are seeking to graduate with video skills, as they’re becoming aware of heightened demand across various corners of the job market, said Tom Nunan, a lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Theatre, Film and Television.

UCLA program prepares students for tech America | Los Angeles Sentinel

“The consistent thing we hear from the Facebooks and Googles of the world is that they are not able to identify young talented people of color,” explained Eli Kennedy CEO of the Level Playing Field Institute, the organization that heads up the Summer Math and Science Honors program at UCLA. “At the same time, we’re seeing job growth in America being driven by the tech sector.” Low income students of color need the SMASH program to be able to compete, he said.

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