UCLA In the News March 12, 2018

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

Daylight saving time: Does it affect your health? | ABC News

What can we do to prevent the effects of DST? Not much, except try to anticipate it in the days beforehand. Dr. Alon Avidan, a professor of neurology and director of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center, offered suggestions in a UCLA Health article. “Spend more time outdoors, especially at the beginning and end of the day. The less connected you are to natural cycles of darkness and light, the harder it is to adjust to the time change.” (Also: KCBS-TV, San Diego Union Tribune)

Male chimpanzees are much more social than females | Wall Street Journal

Moreover, all three species — humans, chimps and bonobos — are more closely related to one another than to gorillas or orangutans. This fact has led Jared Diamond, of the University of California, Los Angeles, to label Homo sapiens the third chimpanzee. It has also led biologists, even before DNA sequencing was routine, to spend a great deal of time studying chimps.

What Cigna-Express Scripts deal means for consumers | Los Angeles Times

Consumers probably won’t see an immediate jump in drug prices or insurance premiums over what was coming anyway, said Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. But they also are unlikely to reap the merger’s benefits, he said. “This deal makes sense from a business perspective,” Kominski said. “It’s not clear it generates any noticeable improvement to consumers. I don’t think it’s harmful per se, but I will say we also worry that with more and more consolidation on the business side of healthcare, that reduces competition, and less competition is generally not good for consumers.”

Hormones don’t make us crazy or irrational | The Guardian (U.K.)

“I get a strong sense that if you ascribe a woman’s behaviour to biology, people will automatically think that women are automatons, driven by their hormones and unable to regulate their own behaviour. That is false. There is a female stereotype, whereby any time a woman does something a little bit difficult to understand, then it is hormones that make women “irrational,” said UCLA’s Martie Haselton…. “Our hormones don’t make us crazy, they don’t make us irrational. They nudge us. And to the extent that we understand what those hormonal nudges are, we can exploit them.”

How tariffs will affect California economy | KNBC-TV

“Well, the idea of these tariffs is to raise the domestic price of steel and that way U.S. steel manufacturers can cover their costs. And that means that California steel manufacturers who are taking this raw steel and making wire and coat hangers and brackets and all of the things that steel is used for are going to be paying more for steel,” said UCLA’s Jerry Nickelsburg. (Approx. 00:42 mark)

Musk’s hyperloop dream may come true — and soon | NBC News

Many engineering and regulatory hurdles must be crossed before the first paying customer boards a hyperloop pod and zooms off down a tube…. “I wouldn’t plan to take your next vacation on them,” Juan Matute, associate director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UCLA, said of the pods. “It’s going to take a lot of time to get implemented, if they ever are.”

Berger’s opera captures the madness | Los Angeles Times

The Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA brought Berger’s powerful 2-year-old opera to Royce Hall on Friday night, exactly one week before the 50th anniversary of the massacre. When Thompson’s whistle-blowing was finally reported in 1969, the public perception of the Vietnam War began to change.

Mandatory gun buyback inspires U.S. activists, but few lawmakers | NBC News

“I haven’t seen any serious proposal like that in the United States,” Adam Winkler, a law professor at UCLA and author of “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America,” said.

Trump administration seeks to change federal balance of power | Mother Jones

The government is entering a debate that has largely played out in academic circles. Several legal scholars, mostly conservatives, have argued that nationwide injunctions are beyond the constitutional authority of the judicial branch. “I think the injunction should protect the individual plaintiffs who are suing,” says Samuel Bray of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, whose work has shed light on the increasing frequency with which courts have issued broad injunctions in recent years.

Blocking homeless housing plans by withholding key letter | Los Angeles Times

Gary Blasi, professor emeritus at UCLA School of Law, called the requirement “outrageous.” “It’s just purely political,” Blasi said.

Testing strategies to interest girls in computer science | Financial Times

Linda Sax, a professor of education at the University of California, Los Angeles, is leading a research team that received a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study diversity in computer science education at university level. A key question, she says, is how to make introductory computer science accessible, because new students come from a wide variety of backgrounds.

The water show | KCRW-FM’s “Good Food”

Mark Gold is the UCLA Associate Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability. He’s been working in the field of water policy for decades. He’s also brother to resident food critic Jonathan Gold. Mark Gold stops by Good Food to share how LA’s water conservation efforts are going, while offering practical tips to help stave off another statewide drought.

What you eat and how you think | Voice of America

“Fast foods, transnational corporations, soft drink companies going into these developing countries are having a very huge influence on the overweight and obesity epidemic, because they are adding calories and processed foods, salt and sugar into the diet that these people have not normally been eating,” said Dana Hunnes, assistant adjunct professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, Fielding School of Public Health.

First openly transgender U.S. recruits joining military | PBS NewsHour

The RAND Corporation, a nonprofit that conducts research for the military, estimates that there are between 1,320 and 6,630 transgender people in active duty, while the Williams Institute, a research institute based at the University of California-Los Angeles School of Law that studies LGBTQ issues, estimated in 2014 that there are 15,500.

What to do if you suspect you or your child has a concussion | Everyday Health

According to the CDC, there were 2.5 million trips to the emergency room in 2013 that resulted in a TBI diagnosis. Although not every hit to the head requires a visit to the ER, there are certain “red flag” symptoms to watch for, according to Christopher Giza, MD, professor of pediatric neurology and neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine and director of UCLA’s Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program in Los Angeles.

Richard Weinstein, public-minded urban planner, dies | Los Angeles Times

After working early in his career as an advisor on urban design to New York City Mayor John Lindsay, Weinstein, who died Feb. 24 in Santa Monica at 85, moved to Los Angeles in 1985 to become dean of the Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning at UCLA. After 10 years in that role, he spent another 13 as a professor in the department.

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