UCLA In the News June 12, 2018

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

The questionable business of home DNA tests | Los Angeles Times

Neither would Wayne Grody, director of the UCLA Molecular Diagnostic Laboratories and Clinical Genomics Center. He told me an ancestry check might be fun as long as it isn’t taken too seriously. But no one should make medical choices based on a relatively inexpensive home DNA test. “The science just isn’t that good,” Grody said, noting that a full sequencing of one’s genome can run thousands of dollars and involve multiple analysts.

Dealing with Impostor Syndrome when you’re treated as an impostor | New York Times

While celebrities call for more diversity, women and minorities are still disproportionately represented,  according to a report from UCLA. Ms. Rae said this lack of representation has emphasized her own battle with impostor syndrome.

Cheesecake Factory held jointly liable with contractor in wage theft case | Los Angeles Times

The Cheesecake Factory action “was a test case and designed to be an exemplar for employers to make sure they don’t contract or subcontract to unscrupulous actors,” said Tia Koonse, legal and policy research manager at the UCLA Labor Center.

Mysterious ‘puffy’ objects lurk near the Milky Way’s monster black hole | Space

These are stars that have become so large that the tidal forces exerted by the central black hole can pull matter off of their stellar atmospheres when the stars get close enough yet have a stellar core with enough mass to remain intact, said UCLA astronomy professor Mark Morris, a co-principal investigator and member of UCLA’s Galactic Center Orbits Initiative (GCOI).  (UCLA’s Anna Ciurlo is also cited)

Opioid overdose deaths are a growing source of transplant organs | HuffPost

“They’re numbers we’re grateful for, but not ones we take joy in,” says Jeffrey Veale, a transplant surgeon at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles. “I hear the stories from families when I go to pick up the organs,” Veale says. “A dad with a back injury, for instance, who needed to go back to work and so kept upping his dose of pain killers.”

Separating children from parents at the border is torture | Lancet

“What’s so disturbing about this policy is not merely that this is the U.S. sanctioning torture, but sanctioning it not against the individual who we’re accusing of having committed some crime – if you believe crossing the border is a crime — but instead torturing the victims, the children,” said UCLA’s Jennifer Silvers. (UCLA’s Jaana Juvonen also interviewed)

Hollywood supports Hanks, Shakespeare Center of L.A. in ‘Henry IV’ | Hollywood Reporter

“It means a new chance for a lot of them and just empowerment and coming back to their mission and who they really are at their root,” Tess Banko, executive director of the UCLA VA Veteran Family Wellness Center, told THR. “It gives them back meaning and purpose.”

Growing a whole child in a snapshot world | U.S. News & World Report

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Robin Berman) Childhood development and self-discovery takes considerable time, and interpersonal interactions play a major role in this. The process by which children come to know themselves is social and relational by nature, and it revolves around the intimate parent-child bond, which is a developmental cornerstone.

Work begins on new SLAC facility for revolutionary accelerator science | Phys.org

“The approval for FACET-II is an exciting milestone for the science community,” said Chandrashekhar Joshi, a researcher from the University of California, Los Angeles, and longtime collaborator of SLAC’s plasma acceleration team. “The facility will push the boundaries of accelerator science, discover new and unexpected physics and substantially contribute to the nation’s coordinated effort in advanced accelerator R&D.”

People who grasp pain or happiness of others also process music differently in brain | Medical Xpress

“The study shows on one hand the power of empathy in modulating music perception, a phenomenon that reminds us of the original roots of the concept of empathy—’feeling into’ a piece of art,” said senior author Marco Iacoboni, a neuroscientist at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.

Tiny defects in semiconductors created ‘speed bumps’ for electrons | Phys.org

“It is like trying to fit one layer of Lego brand blocks onto those of a competitor brand,” [UCLA’s Yu] Huang said. “You can force the two different blocks together, but the fit will not be perfect. With semiconductors, those imperfect chemical bonds lead to gaps where the two layers join, and those gaps could extend as defects beyond the interface and into the materials.”

Algorithm predicts dangerous low blood pressure during surgery | Medical Xpress

“Physicians haven’t had a way to predict hypotension during surgery, so they have to be reactive, and treat it immediately without any prior warning. Being able to predict hypotension would allow physicians to be proactive instead of reactive,” said lead researcher Maxime Cannesson, M.D., Ph.D., professor of anesthesiology and vice chair for perioperative medicine at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. “By finding a way to predict hypotension, we can avoid its complications, which can include postoperative heart attack and acute kidney injury, that can lead to death in some cases.” (Also: Scienmag)

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