UCLA In the News June 22, 2018

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

The monuments man behind the UCLA Bruin | Sacramento magazine

Even though Charles “Chuck” Halnan has been a successful self-employed California lobbyist for more than 30 years (his client list has included such all-star business names as Amazon), his most monumental achievement might be a side business he began in 1983. U.S. Monuments Plus, which Halnan runs out of his office across from the State Capitol, creates statues and other sculpted tributes for institutions, individuals and companies. His most iconic monuments to date include UCLA’s The Bruin, a one-and-a-half-times-to-scale creation that Huffington Post recently rated No. 3 in its “most-loved statues” survey…. “I’m not the artist; I’m the broker,” says Halnan. “I can’t even draw a believable stick figure, but I know good art when I see it.”

Elon Musk’s tunnel vision for Los Angeles | Bloomberg

“The bureaucratic hurdles for any big project are just massive,” said Ethan Elkind, an environmental law expert at the University of California in Berkeley and Los Angeles, and the author of “Railtown,” a history of L.A.’s metro rail system. “Musk is definitely going to run into all sorts of environmental and regulatory issues.”

LA BioMed gets nearly $700,000 to improve heart disease screenings for newborns | Los Angeles Business Journal

“Understanding obstacles to screenings and accurate diagnosis can help save the lives of hundreds of newborns each year,” said [Rie] Sakai-Bizmark, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “As a physician and a mother, I believe it’s critically important to ensure every baby born in the U.S. is properly screened for heart disease.”

1984 Olympics: Mapping the L.A. venues that shaped the games | Curbed Los Angeles

Mary Lou Retton won gold at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, where gymnastics competition was held. The school was an important hub during the games; it was also the site of the Olympic Village, with most athletes staying in student dorms during their stays in Los Angeles.

Einstein’s greatest theory validated on a galactic scale | Scientific American

For now, says Tommaso Treu, an expert in gravitational lensing at the University of California, Los Angeles, who is unaffiliated with Collett’s study, any scientists struggling to overturn the unfinished revolution that Einstein began in 1915 must remember that dismissing a time-tested, century-old theory would be an extraordinary achievement requiring equally extraordinary evidence. “Everyone would love to prove Einstein wrong,” Treu says. “There is no better way to be famous.”

Understanding campus climate with an app | Inside Higher Ed

The unit, called BruinX and based in UCLA’s office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, recently developed and beta tested an app that will send a notification to students’ smartphones every two weeks to ask them what they’re thinking, how they’re feeling and what they’re experiencing on campus. The questions are simple and students are provided with multiple-choice responses as well as an option to write in short answers.

Separating kids from parents can cause harm. But detaining them together isn’t much better | Time

Steve Lee, a professor of psychology at the University of California Los Angeles and president of the Society of Clinical Childhood and Adolescent Psychology, says there’s little question that forced separation, particularly resulting from adult incarceration, is “more pernicious in terms of its effects on psychological development and well-being in kids.” Still, that doesn’t mean children held alongside their parents will emerge unscathed, Lee says.

Victims of suicide render an awful verdict on the quality of modern life | Philly.com Opinion

“They can see the big picture, they can see the subtle parts of life the rest of us myopically can’t see,” says Peter Whybrow, author of “A Mood Apart: Depression, Mania, and Other Afflictions of the Self,” and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. “But the engine of creative achievement is embedded in the same genetic vulnerabilities that can take us to the asylum. Just a minor twist of the dial can mean the difference between madness and something wonderful that everyone applauds.”

California lawmakers try to get sugary drinks out of kids’ meals | San Diego Union-Tribune

One in five school-age children and young people in the U.S. is obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. UCLA researchers have found that nearly one in three California kids drink at least one sugar-laden drink daily even though doing so increases their risk of obesity, tooth decay and a host of other health problems from type 2 diabetes to liver disease.

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