UCLA In the News June 29, 2018

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

The NRA’s most wanted customer: women | Glamour

“The demographics of the country threaten the NRA,” says Adam Winkler, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who has written extensively about gun politics. If the gun lobby was serious about protecting its political flank, Winkler says, “the NRA had to target women.”

Climate change contributed to Oroville Spillway collapse, study says | The Weather Channel

The team of researchers from the University of California Los Angeles determined that warming that year increased the Sierra Nevada’s early‐season snowpack runoff by 30 percent. “In the Feather River Watershed, historical warming increased runoff by over one third during the period of heaviest precipitation in February 2017,” the authors wrote. “This suggests that historical anthropogenic warming may have exacerbated runoff conditions underlying the Oroville Dam spillway overflow that occurred.”… “Our big dams were designed to capture smaller floods than what we expect in the future,” said Daniel Swain, a UCLA climate scientist and lead author of an earlier study on California’s climate-related weather extremes. “We can make some changes on the margins, but these structures were built for a climate that we no longer have.”

Kennedy’s retirement could clear path for Trump’s environmental rollbacks | New York Times

“What’s more likely is that we could see a new court take a more narrow reading of how the Clean Air Act can be used to regulate greenhouse gas emissions,” said Ann E. Carlson, a professor of environmental law at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Girl at center of debate over brain death dies | Los Angeles Times

Last year, Dr. Alan Shewmon, a retired UCLA neurologist and well-known critic of diagnosing brain death, said in court documents that Jahi’s body had not deteriorated as expected. He said videos showed Jahi twitching her fingers and reacting to odors.

L.A. council considers plan for denser housing | KPCC-FM

“You know, if we’re thinking about benefits for lower income people, the west side has often been off limits. And, if you build more multi-family housing, you’re going to unlock a lot of opportunities,” said UCLA’s Michael Lens. (Approx 0:35 mark – audio download)

Top policy expert’s ties to giant drugmaker often go unstated | Washington Post

As a board member to these for-profit health care companies, McClellan has a fiduciary obligation “not to injure them” when writing articles and speaking, said Stephen Bainbridge, law professor at UCLA. And while there is no legal requirement to disclose board memberships when writing for journals or speaking, Bainbridge and other experts agreed there is an ethical obligation. “There’s certainly a potential conflict of interest there,” Bainbridge said, adding that while serving on the board of Johnson & Johnson “you are dealing with an enormous company that has fingers in a lot of different pies.”

46 percent of California voters want to repeal state’s gas tax hike, survey finds | KABC-TV

“It’s some of the most expensive gas in the country and the cost of living here is very high,” UCLA professor Bill Schneider said. “I think there is a lot of voter dissatisfaction.” The hike raises more than $5 billion annually for the state’s roads and bridges.

Here are California’s best pediatric hospitals | Los Angeles Business Journal

UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital in Westwood made the top-50 rankings in eight pediatric specialties, including 36th in cancer, 47th in cardiology and heart surgery, 34th in gastroenterology and GI surgery, 48th in neonatology, 12th in nephrology, 23rd in neurology and neurosurgery, 17th in orthopedics and 40th in urology.

Be counted or be invisible | Los Angeles Blade

Thanks in large part to gay demographer Gary Gates, former research director at The Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, the U.S. Census Bureau started collecting data on LGBT people in 1990 when it recorded data on same-sex households by adding the term “unmarried partner” to the survey…. “There are a couple hundred data sources that feed into priority setting for Health and Human Services related to public health objectives,” says [UCLA’s Kerith] Conron. “About forty of those sources include surveys. And only a handful, no more than 10, of those include questions that make LGBT people identifiable.”  

Toddlers face immigration hearings in U.S. courts alone | Kaiser Health News

Steve Lee, professor of psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, says expecting the children to advocate for themselves in court is an “incredibly misaligned expectation.” “That couldn’t be any less developmentally appropriate,” he says, adding that some children may not be mature enough to verbalize a response.

Cataract surgery tied to lower risk of car crashes | Reuters Health

Not everybody with a cataract needs surgery, and not everyone with a cataract will have difficulty driving safely, noted Dr. Kevin Miller of the Stein Eye Institute and the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.… “The difficulty comes with everybody in between where they have some cataract and it’s creating some effect on their vision but it’s not to the point where they can’t pass a driver’s vision test,” Miller said. “There are many, many people that fall into that gray zone.”

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