UCLA In the News July 5, 2017

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

From prison to UCLA honors graduate | NBC “Nightly News”

The statistics show for many who have served time, it’s a challenge to stay out of prison again. But a young man in California wanted to change that, and with a little high-profile help, he’s been quite successful…. James [Anderson] graduated with honors from UCLA last month, Charles by his side.

Latinos key to U.S. economic growth, study finds | CNN Money

“A lot of places have fast-growing GDPs, but they also have high volatility and uncertainty,” said David Hayes-Bautista, director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at the University of California Los Angeles, and one of the lead researchers on the study. Bautista said Latinos represent a safer haven for investors. Between 2010 and 2015, Latino GDP grew at a rate of 2.9% annually, outpacing overall U.S. GDP growth of 1.7%, the researchers found.

The benefits of forgetting and relearning | New York Times

“You don’t want everything to be recalled,” said Robert A. Bjork, a researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles. “You want to remember where you parked the car today, not yesterday or a week ago.” In this model of forgetting, when we extract a detail from the brain’s long-term storage, that detail becomes easier to recall in the future. “To remember something important, you have to keep experiencing it,” Professor Bjork said.

One person’s experience with state’s new right-to-die law | Los Angeles Times

Dr. Neil Wenger, director of the UCLA Health Ethics Center, said many people who request lethal prescriptions don’t necessarily intend to use them. Often they’re in clinical trials, fighting to extend their lives. “These patients do not want to die. These patients just want to control how they die when they absolutely must,” Wenger said.

Lee spins web of inspiration at Extension graduation | Los Angeles Daily News

Graduates of the UCLA Extension program got a shot of superhero power at their commencement ceremony Friday in Westwood. Stan Lee, the 94-year-old co-creator of icons that are now Marvel Entertainment giants: Spider-Man, Iron Man, X-Men, The Avengers and The Fantastic Four, told graduates at Royce Hall to “Do your thing. Whatever you do, give it your best shot. You’ll be glad you did.”

Californians take a shine to solar power | Agence France-Presse

“Right now, we’re in throes of rapid change in the solar industry,” said Rajit Gadh, director of the UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center. “As people process all the information out there and report their success stories and it starts to become mainstream ... the momentum will grow.”

Bump fists to say hello | Daily Mail (U.K.)

“We are trying to do everything to minimize hospital-acquired infection except for the most obvious and easiest thing to do, in my opinion, which is to stop shaking hands,” said Dr. [Mark] Sklansky, a professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

California, Trump set to collide over electric cars, gas guzzlers | BuzzFeed

Any attempt by the Trump administration to remove California’s current waivers is sure to spark a legal fight. “That’s a major assault on California’s sovereignty,” Ethan Elkind, who heads the Climate Change and Business Program run by the law schools at the University of California, Berkeley, and UCLA, told BuzzFeed News.

The Academy turns to TV talent to diversify | Los Angeles Times

According to a 2015 diversity report from UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African-American Studies, just 5.9% of the creators of scripted broadcast shows were racial minorities in the 2012-2013 TV season, 28.9% were women and 19% of programs were ethnically balanced. Show creators of color fared better in cable, at 10.7% — but women were worse off at 22.6%.

New minimum-wage hike for L.A. workers | City News Service

To mark the occasion and help raise awareness of the minimum wage, a group of organizations including the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, the Central American Resource Center and the UCLA Labor Center this week announced they are forming the LA Worker Center Network.

The NRA is feeling the heat from the right | VICE

“This is an absolutely remarkable ad,” said Adam Winkler, a law professor at UCLA and author of “Gun Fight: A History of the NRA.” “It’s not really about gun rights at all.”

How Democratic Republic of Congo beat Ebola in 42 days | The Atlantic

With the last confirmed patient having tested negative for the virus for the second time in a row, the WHO declared an end to the outbreak on Sunday…. “People weren’t moving around in the way they were during the West African outbreak,” says Anne Rimoin from the University of California Los Angeles, who has worked in the DRC for 15 years. “So it was a very small outbreak in and of itself.” (Also: Nature)

Doctors want to end life support for fatally ill baby | Los Angeles Times

“I think it is in all of our interests to have doctors who are solemnly committed to the core commitment of medicine: Do no harm,” said Dr. James Hynds, senior clinical ethicist at the UCLA Health Ethics Center.

Good monsoons are a curse for India’s school-going children | Quartz

With plentiful rainfall, children turn into farm hands instead of attending school, the study shows. This, in turn, drags down test scores and learning outcomes, researchers Manisha Shah of the University of California, Los Angeles, and Bryce Millett Steinberg of Brown University have found.

SpaceX’s Dragon has returned to Earth | Los Angeles Daily News

“It has tremendous implications for humans with respect to long-term space travel or habitation,” said UCLA Dr. Chia Soo, who is leading the NELL-1 study. “If it can work for microgravity-related bone loss, then it could have increased use for patients one day on Earth who have bone loss from trauma or aging.”

Getting dirty can act as natural antidepressant | Reader’s Digest

It’s true that there are many different factors that can lead to depression. “This is one potential mechanism,” says Emeran A. Mayer, a gastroenterologist and neuroscientist at the University of California-Los Angeles and author of “The Mind-Gut Connection.” “If you grow up in an environment where you are exposed to a lot of environmental microbes, it is protective against a lot of chronic disease … possibly depression for a subset of people.”

When 3 presidents died July 4, Americans saw God's work | Los Angeles Times

“People interpreted their deaths in a religious manner,” said Michael Meranze, a U.S. history professor at UCLA. “It was clearly taken symbolically as both the birth and growth of the early republic.”

Federal judge blocks proposed California gun law | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“Any new gun control law is going to be challenged by gun rights advocacy groups — in this case, the California Rifle and Pistol Association, which is the NRA’s California affiliate,” said UCLA’s Adam Winkler. (Audio download)

How to keep skin looking young | Los Angeles Times

We checked in with a handful of experts, including Dr. Gregory Henderson, a dermatologist and clinical instructor in dermatology at UCLA, in our search for answers…. “Mud therapy,” says Henderson, “is an ancient tradition and historically has been used for inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.”

Lessons from a decade of Apple influence in medicine | Ars Technica

Armed with mobile devices brimming with medical resources, students’ comprehension can click into place as they’re doing clinical rotations. That’s really where they learn “the final complex of social and biomedical knowledge, management, and judgment they need to deal with clinical problems,” [UCLA’s Robert] Trelease notes. “A lot about being a physician depends on experience.”

The truth about being politically fluid | Refinery 29

[UCLA’s Terri] Anderson points to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, a cornerstone of modern psychology: The need to belong and become part of a group comes immediately after our life-sustaining basic needs — like food, water, and safety. “Even though our culture tells us that the most important thing is to be a unique individual,” she says, “Maslow tells us that belonging needs come before self-actualization needs.”

Helium should be recycled | Nature

Stuart Brown, a physicist at the University of California, Los Angeles, testified at a congressional subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., on June 21 that rising prices and unstable supplies are having a detrimental effect on research — leading, for example, to scientists hiring fewer staff in order to pay their helium bills, or abandoning altogether research areas that require liquid helium.

Anderson blasts “X-Files” for lack of women behind camera | Huffington Post

“It’s not a very encouraging analysis,” Darnell Hunt, director of UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, told Variety. “Given the fact that things currently have a long way to go, if what you’re looking forward to for the next season in many of the categories isn’t exceeding what’s already there, there’s little to no prospect for progress.”

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