UCLA In the News June 13, 2017

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

Stalled stimulus plan will slow California’s job growth | Los Angeles Times

“Congress seems to be so tied up in considering health care and taxes that they aren’t ready to take on a massive infrastructure bill,” said Jerry Nickelsburg, a co-author of the UCLA Anderson Forecast. Nickelsburg noted that the president spent months saying he would bulk up the Navy by buying more than 70 new ships, but his budget included no extra money for shipbuilding. (Also: KCRW-FM, KPCC-FM, KABC-AM [Audio download])

NASA’s new astronaut trainees had the right stuff | Los Angeles Times

[Jessica] Watkins may be a newcomer to NASA’s astronaut program, but she is already exploring Mars as part of the JPL team that operates the Curiosity rover. With a bachelor’s degree from Stanford and a Ph.D. from UCLA, the 29-year-old Caltech postdoc is working to unravel the Red Planet’s geological history. When she’s focused on Earth, she spends time writing short stories, playing rugby, climbing rocks, coaching basketball and flying planes. (Also: Essence, Huffington Post)

Unanswered questions on coping with warming planet | Smithsonian Magazine

There’s also the question of geography. In some places, agricultural yields — how much food a certain amount of land provides — are far below the global average. So some experts say we should focus on increasing production in those regions of the world first. “If you could just bring modern agriculture to places that are underperforming, that would get you halfway there,” says Peter Kareiva, director of UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.

On a mission to make America’s colleges ‘hunger free’ | CNN

But the students worked with UCLA’s administration to create a sanctioned way to donate their unused meals. The college eventually allowed them to convert the meals into vouchers for students in need or donations to the campus food pantry and local homeless shelters. The program became the first chapter of what is now Swipe Out Hunger. It currently has chapters on 30 campuses across the country.

Are you sick? Just look at your wrist | San Francisco Chronicle

The device uses electrodes to help the body generate about 10 microliters of sweat — a few droplets, enough to analyze — in five to 10 minutes, according to Sam Emaminejad, an assistant professor and researcher at UCLA who worked on the device and co-authored the study with Davis.

Parent interaction with infant may lessen autism features | Spectrum

The study is the first “methodologically strong, randomized trial of early intervention for high-risk infants,” says Connie Kasari, professor of human development and psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was not involved in the work. “The researchers have done a careful follow-up of their infants — also a first.”

How Trump digs deeper legal hole when he tweets | Bloomberg News

“It’s 100 percent clear that the rule in the normal criminal case is not a word from the client,” says Harry Litman, a former federal prosecutor who teaches at UCLA Law School and practices with the firm Constantine Cannon. “A president may have different political imperatives, but Trump’s tweet logorrhea does not reflect a well-thought-out strategy.”

Animal models mimic sensory hypersensitivity in humans | Scienmag

“If we can understand more about this mechanism, or help push the brain in the direction of adaptation, we could really help children with autism,” said Dr. Carlos Portera-Cailliau, professor of neurology and neurobiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the paper’s senior author. “Currently, their brains do not mature in a way that allows this adaptation mechanism to work properly.” (Also: Medical Xpress)

Meds rooted in ancient China may help heart | Health

Dr. Gregg Fonarow, co-director of the UCLA Preventative Cardiology Program in Los Angeles, stressed the need for caution in interpreting the results. “While it may seem like a reasonable assumption that just because something is derived in nature or has been used for thousands of years, it must be safe; that is not necessarily the case,” Fonarow said. (Also: HealthDay)

Compound improves coordination in mouse with Parkinson’s  | News-Medical

In this study in mice, the UCLA researchers took a more refined approach. It turns out there are two toxic forms of alpha-synuclein. One is the proteins that clump together, forming aggregates. The second is a soluble form that is difficult to detect because it is not very stable. (Also: Medical Xpress, Health Medicine Network)

Magnetic stimulation ‘rewires’ brain for people with depression | Medical Xpress

“We are actually changing how the brain circuits are arranged, how they talk to each other,” said Dr. Ian Cook, director of the UCLA Depression Research and Clinic Program. “The brain is an amazingly changeable organ. In fact, every time people learn something new, there are physical changes in the brain structure that can be detected.” (Also: HealthCanal, Health Medicine Network)

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