UCLA In the News June 1, 2017

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

Don’t let global warming sleep study keep you up at night  | Gizmodo

Jerry Siegel, sleep researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, told Gizmodo that he “certainly believes there are effects of temperature on sleep. I just don’t think that has a lot of bearing on global warming issues. There are so many logical leaps” concerning the study’s future predictions, “it’s a mental exercise that’s not going to keep me awake at night,” he said.

Psychiatrists work to determine what causes a ‘bad trip’ | VICE

In 1968, [UCLA researchers Thomas Ungerleider and Duke Fisher] published their results in the Journal of American Psychiatry in the first scientific attempt to identify the causes of negative psychedelic experiences. As the researchers found, there were no significant differences between the two groups in terms of race, sex, age, education, or “early parental deprivation.” … And a half-century after Ungerleider and Fisher's groundbreaking study on bad LSD trips, we're not much closer to understanding difficult psychedelic experiences in any empirical sense.

Doctors urged to give up handshakes to help stop disease spread  | ABC News

“The handshake-free zone brings attention to the hands as vectors to disease,” [UCLA’s] Dr. Mark Sklansky told ABC News, explaining that people’s hands are often covered in bacteria or viruses picked up from various surfaces. “If people knew this years ago, [handshakes] would not be part of the practice of health care.”

What single-payer health care system would mean for me | Los Angeles Times

Gerald Kominski, a professor of health policy at UCLA, said a public option would offer a backstop in states where insurers have dropped out of the Obamacare marketplace. Covered California, the state’s marketplace, is generally seen as robust compared to other states. “Sure, there’s room for a public option in California,” Kominski said, “but I’m not convinced there’s an overwhelming need.”

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the wisdom of John Wooden | New York Times

He’s been called college basketball’s greatest coach. John Wooden led the University of California, Los Angeles, to 10 national titles in a 12-season stretch from 1964 to 1975. But to many of his former players, Mr. Wooden, who died in 2010, was more than a winning coach — he was an exemplary man.Bill Walton regards him that way. So does Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, whose new book “Coach Wooden and Me,” chronicles their relationship, first as player and coach, then as lifelong friends.

Trump looks ready to leave Paris agreement — What now? | Salon

“If Trump withdraws the U.S. from the [UNFCCC], more than anything he is turning his back on the process of international diplomacy in addition to the substance,” writes Ann Carlson, co-Faculty Director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law. “He is essentially saying, ‘we are so hostile to the idea that climate change is occurring that we refuse even to discuss it with the global community.’” (Also: USA Today)

Free speech controversy about alt-right rallies | Bloomberg Law Radio

“Just to give an analogy, imagine that there is a shooting of a police officer by someone who believes police officers should be killed. Is that a basis for cancelling a planned rally by people who harshly condemn police officers? Absolutely not,” said UCLA’s Eugene Volokh. (Approx. 01:15 mark)

What to look for as rehab center complaints rise | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“You know, my sense is that it’s really varied. And yes, there are some excellent programs but for a family member or patient trying to navigate the system, it can be very tricky. It takes a lot of perseverance and people are being offered to enter treatment programs at a very vulnerable and desperate time typically,” said UCLA’s Dr. Larissa Mooney. (Approx. 06:50 mark)

Los Angeles homelessness on the rise | KCRW-FM’s “Press Play”

“The voters are behind solving this problem. I do worry that they may get discouraged by the pace of what progress they see or don’t see on the street,” said UCLA’s Gary Blasi. (Approx. 05:25)

Why climate change is a women’s issue | Huffington Post

“In almost all disasters, women bear the brunt more than men. Anytime there are mass movements, which is what happens when you have famine, floods, fires and other disasters, women are more vulnerable, women end up doing much of the physical labor of gathering and preparing food, fuel and water,” Dr. Richard Jackson, a professor at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles, told HuffPost. 

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