UCLA In the News June 7, 2018

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

American students don’t learn well when it’s hot outside | Wall Street Journal

A new study suggests hot weather makes it harder for high-school students to learn, a potentially growing concern in a warming world. The good news, according to the analysis of roughly 10 million U.S. students who took the Preliminary SAT more than once between 1998 and 2012, is that air-conditioned classrooms appear to neutralize the mind-dulling effects of high temperatures… Mr. Goodman wrote the paper with Michael Hurwitz, the College Board’s senior director of policy research; R. Jisung Park, an economist at the University of California, Los Angeles; and Georgia State University economist Jonathan Smith.

How your brain’s chemistry affects the friends you choose | NBC’s “Today”

“Past research has been focused on surface-level characteristics like: are you of the same gender? Are you of the same ethnicity? We wanted to use brain imaging to see if your brains actually process the world in an exceptionally similar way, compared to people who aren’t friends,” said UCLA’s Carolyn Parkinson. (Approx. 2:55 mark)

Republican lawmakers question environmental group’s praise of China | New York Times

“As a former senior attorney working in this program, I can tell you that this is patently ridiculous,” Alex Wang, an assistant law professor at UCLA who was formerly an N.R.D.C. senior attorney in Beijing, wrote on Twitter. “N.R.D.C. has been trying to hold a Republican administration accountable for weakening environmental measures.”

Mixed results on Tuesday for California’s Latino candidates and voters | Washington Post

“The early signs on Latino turnout is that it is way above the 2014 level,” said Matt Barreto, a political science and Chicano studies professor at UCLA who is analyzing precinct-level election returns.

Paul Boyer, UCLA biochemist who won Nobel Prize in 1997, dies | Washington Post

Over the years, Dr. Boyer conducted molecular-level experiments in kinetics and thermodynamics that gave him an unprecedented understanding of ATP molecules. In a 1974 scientific paper, he proposed that a catalytic enzyme known as ATP synthase acted as, in effect, a tiny motor to produce the chemical reactions that resulted in the formation of ATP. (UCLA’s David S. Eisenberg is quoted)

11 things you shouldn’t do when Googling health symptoms | Reader’s Digest

Sites ending in .edu denote an academic institution and those ending in .gov are government sites (such as cdc.gov); both are reputable sources. "In general, websites affiliated with academic, medical, or government centers tend to be purely informational and not so biased," says [UCLA’s Dr. Nina] Shapiro.

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