UCLA In the News June 12, 2017

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

Can you write your way to happiness? | The Observer (London)

But Annette Stanton, professor in health psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, is more equivocal, pointing to a study from her team that found some benefits for women with breast cancer who took up blogging, including improvement in depressive symptoms and life appreciation.

Southland beach town developments face challenges | Los Angeles Times

“Affordable housing by and large is not economically viable on expensive land,” said Stuart A. Gabriel, director of the Ziman Real Estate Center at UCLA.

Construction ‘linkage fee’ faces a setback | Los Angeles Times

“Everyone wants more affordable housing,” said Michael Manville, a professor of urban planning at UCLA who objects to the fee. “On this policy issue, there just isn’t a clear consensus on whether this is the way to get there.”

Surprise results in U.K. election | CNN International

“It shows a window into the future and also into the past. The thing that is so remarkable about this is that the Conservative Party in the last six elections has been incapable of securing a majority, except in 2015 when David Cameron was able to get a very slim majority of 330,” said UCLA’s Dominic Thomas.

Professors see themselves in fiction | The Chronicle of Higher Education

[Indiana] Jones puts his love for family and friends and general love for humanity over cold intellect and ambition, says William Purdy, a lecturer at the University of California at Los Angeles. “One of the hard knocks against academics is we’re in an ivory tower and not in touch with the world. He’s a straight response to that criticism.”

Some U.S. states, cities say ‘we are still in’ Paris pact | Voice of America

“There’s a lot of power that subnational jurisdictions have over the sort of instruments and sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and if they’re willing to wield that power aggressively and ambitiously, they actually don’t need the federal government in order to do so,” said Cara Horowitz, co-executive director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the University of California Los Angeles.

Why black boys struggle with reading | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“We have to find partnership, collaboration, and really put aside the blame game where you have teachers blaming parents, parents blaming teachers — that’s a counterproductive argument where children don’t win at all,” said UCLA’s Tyrone Howard.

Hotline helps answer your questions about cancer | National Public Radio

Dr. Deanna Attai, a clinical professor of surgery at the University of California Los Angeles, participates in the weekly Breast Cancer Social Media chats known as #bcsm. She says she got involved after she noticed a Twitter conversation where a breast cancer patient was asking for treatment advice. Attai started a private conversation with the patient, offering her advice about reliable surgeons.

Seeking antibiotic combos for knockout punch | Australian Broadcasting Corp.

“I’m really interested in how can we use evolutionary principles to slow down or even reverse election toward greater resistance,” said UCLA’s Pamela Yeh.

How to spot, prevent dry and secondary drowning | NBC News’ “Today”

In dry drowning, water is in the mouth or nose and the vocal cords spasm, trapping the water, causing the person to asphyxiate. “You don’t get any water in your lungs. It goes through your nose and your mouth and the muscles close off and spasm,” said Dr. Wally Ghurabi, medical director at Nethercutt Emergency Center, UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica, who did not treat Frankie.

As an investor, do you suffer from ‘narrow framing’? | Wall Street Journal

Many of the financial mistakes people make are caused by a fundamental shortcoming: They can’t see the big picture. In behavioral economics circles, this is known as “narrow framing”— a tendency to see investments without considering the context of the overall portfolio. Many people are vulnerable to it. Are you? To find out, consider a few questions about a coin flip. (Column by UCLA’s Shlomo Benartzi)

Why are humans still drawn to fire? | Australian Broadcasting Corp.

“If you were a child born 10,000 or 50,000 or 100,000 years ago you needed fire to survive — you had to learn how to master fire,” Daniel Fessler, professor of anthropology at the University of California in Los Angeles, said. According to Professor Fessler, humans do not instinctively know how to produce and control fire — it is an ability that must be learned.

Implications of children involved in shooting | Richmond Times-Dispatch

Dr. Mark DeAntonio, a professor of clinical psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at University of California, Los Angeles, pointed out that children that young typically have violent impulses that parents, communities and schools redirect, and they do not have the capacity to understand the lasting impacts of what they do. “Individuals this age don’t really understand what death is when you talk to them,” said DeAntonio, a child and adolescent psychiatrist.

How to tell if you’re getting enough calcium | SELF

“Calcium supplementation is being associated with calcifications of coronary arteries, meaning it may cause increased risk of heart disease,” [UCLA’s Dr. Zhaoping] Li says. “So yes, we’re doing a much better job dealing with calcium intake issues, but that also comes with the concern that we actually may have overdone it.”

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