UCLA In the News June 14, 2017

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

Breaking down Jeff Sessions’ testimony | CNBC World

“Well, I think he was very effective, very credible. He’s an old Washington professional and so he responded well, but in answering many of the questions he took the line that he couldn’t speak, specifically about his conversations with the president, in order to protect the confidentiality of the president’s conversations with his executive branch employees,” said UCLA’s Daniel Treisman. (Approx. 03:15 mark)

Photographing culture, traditions in communities of color | New York Times

Many of the images in the show were taken in the late 1960s and early ’70s, a time, [UCLA’s John] Simmons said, of “hippies, artists, poets and antiwar protests.” He remembers “wearing a beret, listening to jazz” and wanting to be “a creative spirit” and express himself through photography.

DuVernay to deliver film school commencement speech | Variety

Ava DuVernay will deliver the commencement speech at the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television’s upcoming graduation ceremony.… The 70th annual commencement ceremony will also honor filmmaker Justin Lin with the distinguished alumni award in film/television/digital media, actor Michael Stuhlbarg with the distinguished alumni award in theater, and Nadja Swarovski as a distinguished service award honoree.

California’s growth dreams deferred, forecast says | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

UCLA’s Anderson School of Management released its annual forecast Tuesday. Among its many revelations? California’s economy is doing well, but perhaps not as well as it could be. That’s because at least two campaign trail promises made by now-President Trump won’t come to pass — for now. (Also: Mercury News, KCBS-TV)

$1 million grant to reinvigorate science education | Santa Monica Daily Press

“We are revitalizing the life sciences curriculum and enabling more undergraduates to be motivated and engaged in science while working side-by-side with faculty and graduate students,” [UCLA’s Tracy] Johnson said. “Hands-on research experience for undergraduates in the sciences is crucial, and we are developing new ways to make sure the best and brightest students — and UCLA has many of the best undergraduates in the country — receive the world-class education they deserve.”

Transcranial magnetic stimulation to treat depression | News-Medical

“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.”

Behavioral “nudges” offer cost-effective policy tool | Health Medicine Network

“We had a hunch that nudging, and especially digital nudging, would be very cost effective, but I was truly surprised to see that the cost effectiveness of nudging is often 100, and even 1,000, times greater than more traditional interventions,” says co-author Shlomo Benartzi, a professor at the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles. “This has huge implications for governments and businesses alike.”

Animal models mimic hypersensitivity in humans | Health Medicine Network

“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.”

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