UCLA In the News June 5, 2018

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

What the ‘cake ruling’ means for future of same-sex weddings | NPR’s “All Things Considered”

“What happens with bakers, florists, photographers, videographers, calligraphers and where the government says, ‘Look, we don’t much care about your religiosity; we just think you have to provide these services for same-sex weddings,’” said UCLA’s Eugene Volokh. (Approx. 03:35 mark) [Audio download] (Also: UCLA’s Jocelyn Samuels quoted in San Francisco Chronicle)

College freshmen and mental illness | Los Angeles Times

The anecdotal evidence is borne out by surveys. For the first time in the 51-year history of the Freshman Survey, an annual study of first-year college students by UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute, a record low number of students (47%) said they considered their mental health to be “above average in relation to their peers.” Nearly 12%, a record high, reported feeling depressed in the past year, and more than a third of students reported feeling anxious “frequently.”

Are specialized high schools in New York City worth it? | NPR’s “Marketplace”

“Particularly some of the community that have been most left behind, they need to be high performing schools so there’s not so much pressure on just a handful of schools,” said UCLA’s Pedro Noguera. (Approx. 01:45 mark) [Audio download]

Many women with early breast cancer may not need chemo, study finds | NBC News

“We didn’t know if chemotherapy benefited women in this range,” said Dr. Sara Hurvitz, an associate professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and director of breast medical oncology at the UCLA/Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. “The study showed that if you take the group as a whole, there is no difference in the risk of recurrence when you compare chemotherapy to no chemotherapy.”

Full appeals court to hear case on injunction against Trump sanctuary policies | Politico

“If the Supreme Court does not reach the scope of the injunction in the travel ban case, this is the most likely vehicle for the question to reach the Court,” UCLA law professor Sam Bray said in an email, referring to the president’s disputed executive order banning entry into the United States by nationals of several countries, most of them majority-Muslim. “The Seventh Circuit’s decision to rehear en banc suggests growing judicial concern about national injunctions.”

Uber and Lyft drivers are in big trouble if this study is right | Inc.com

As the study from UCLA’s Labor Center, Labor and Workplace Studies Minor, and Institute for Research on Labor and Employment stated, “Because of its high population density, an increased demand for service work, and an emergent desire for more independent working conditions, Los Angeles is an ideal site for on-demand ride-hailing companies.”

Six people interviewed about transgender identity | Vice

UCLA’s Williams Institute estimates there are 1.4 million transgender adults currently living in the United States. Young adults are also more likely than older adults to identify as transgender: “Among adults ages 18 to 24, 0.7% identify as transgender; among adults ages 25 to 64, 0.6% identify as transgender; and among adults ages 65 and older, 0.5% identify as transgender.”

How colon cancer mutates to escape immune system | Medical Xpress

“By identifying the evolution of changes needed to escape the immune system, researchers should be able to design treatments that empower the immune system to outsmart the cancer,” said lead author Catherine Grasso, assistant professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “We expect that in the future, we’ll be testing new immunotherapies to prevent the development of colon cancer, while also using combinations of different agents to treat advanced cancers.”

Novel PET imaging noninvasively pinpoints colitis inflammation | Medical Xpress

CD4 immunoPET could provide a noninvasive means to detect and localize sites of inflammation in the bowel and also provide image guidance for biopsies if needed,” explains Anna M. Wu, Ph.D., professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology at UCLA and director of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Cancer Molecular Imaging Program, who headed the project and collaborated with Jonathan Braun, MD, and Arion Chatziioannou, Ph.D., also of UCLA.

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