UCLA In the News March 13, 2017

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

Who are dancers spinning in Broad (and Getty, LACMA)? | Los Angeles Times

Kristy Edmunds, the artistic director of Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, muses that hopefully audience members will revisit the museum at a later date and see the dances as a ghost image in the space. “You can’t own or collect a dance, but you can collect the intelligence of that art form,” she says. “Audiences become the archive of that experience.”

How Trump team uses social media to impact public | MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”

“We’ve had a major transformation in how Americans receive their news. So we have more Americans receiving their news via Facebook than any major media network,” said UCLA’s Ramesh Srinivasan…. “What we need is a level of literacy in our country around what data is being collected about us and how that data is being used.”

For L.A. Jews, Trump is a rallying cry not seen in decades | Los Angeles Times

The vandalism of Jewish cemeteries and recent bomb threats to Jewish centers in L.A. and other cities have heightened anxieties in the faith community, said David Myers, professor of Jewish history and former chairman of the UCLA history department. He said he fears the election of Trump has ushered in a wave of xenophobic populism not seen in decades.

Life-and-death stakes of an Affordable Care Act repeal | Los Angeles Times

But Steven Wallace, UCLA health policy professor, said that any rollback of coverage would negatively affect clinics. “I don’t think they’re going to go after clinics but I think clinics will still be hurt by it,” he said. Wallace said there could be a double whammy for clinics: Less money coming in as patients lose insurance, and more newly uninsured patients seeking care.

U.S. gains a healthy 235,000 jobs in February | Los Angeles Times

“It is saying that workers are beginning to share the gains in the economy,” said Edward Leamer, professor of management, economics and statistics at UCLA. “We’re starting to see workers have some market power.”

The 10 best U.S. schools for pursuing a film degree | USA Today

The University of California School of Theater, Film, and Television is one of the top professional schools in the country. The school works to provide students with a dynamic education that pushes them to become compelling storytellers through their work behind the camera. Classes in film history, cinematography, editing, directing, digital media and animation give students the professional training to become innovators in the film industry.

Gorsuch might be tough to predict on criminal justice cases | Associated Press

Adam Winkler, a law professor at UCLA School of Law, says such decisions could forecast that Gorsuch may be a vote to curtail criminal prosecution of Wall Street executives and financiers. “He is likely to read federal criminal laws narrowly,” Winkler said. “Gorsuch is also likely to favor industry against what he sees as excessive criminal laws regulating business.”

How to make the time change a little less painful  | Los Angeles Times

The trick to navigating the time change in the spring and fall is to resume your normal sleep schedule as quickly as possible, says Dr. Alon Y. Avidan, director of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center. (Also: KPCC-FM)

California to fight if EPA eases emissions rule | San Francisco Chronicle

Trying to revoke the waiver “could be a pretty risky move for auto manufacturers and the administration,” said Ann Carlson, a professor of environmental law at UCLA. “If the administration loses on this, California’s power is then absolutely clear, and it can use that power to issue standards that are stronger, and it can get other states to join in.”

Economic cost of high school suspensions | KCRW-FM

“There may be folks who are involved in the budgeting process who are trying to decide are we going to spend money on school counselors, a new reading program, and it’s important that they realize there’s a true economic cost to just accepting the status quo especially if they have high suspension rates now,” said UCLA’s Daniel Losen. [Audio download] (Approx. 00:30 mark)

Star surgeon is scrutinized on concurrent procedures | Boston Globe

“I’m there the entire time,” said Dr. Robert Reiter, director of the Prostate Cancer Program at UCLA, who performs robotic surgery.

Trump deportation plans have no precedent in U.S. history | Newsweek

U.S. and Mexican authorities created the Bracero Program as a way to control Mexican migration. In the U.S., anti-Mexican sentiment generally opposed mass Mexican immigration. In Mexico, political leaders wanted Mexican workers to go to the United States, learn modern farming techniques and bring that knowledge home. But many agricultural employers rebelled against the program. (Commentary written by UCLA’s Kelly Lytle Hernandez)

New find paves way for ‘brain-like’ computers | Asian News International

“Dendrites make up more than 90 percent of neural tissue,” said [UCLA’s] senior author Mayank Mehta. “Knowing they are much more active than the soma fundamentally changes the nature of our understanding of how the brain computes information. It may pave the way for understanding and treating neurological disorders, and for developing brain-like computers.” (Also: International Business Times, New Atlas)

Climate change puts state’s snowpack in jeopardy in future droughts | Phys.org

“The cryosphere — frozen parts of the planet — has shown the earliest and largest signs of change,” said UCLA climate scientist Alex Hall, who along with study co-author Neil Berg modeled what future California droughts will look like in terms of snowpack loss. “The Sierra Nevada are the little piece of the cryosphere that sits right here in California.”

Targeting cancer stem cells may be good way to prevent spread | News-Medical

Therefore, said UCLA cancer biologist Dr. Cun-Yu Wang, who led the study, there’s an urgent need to understand why people with this type of cancer are resistant to therapy and to develop new approaches for treating it. (UCLA’s Dr. Paul Krebsbach also quoted.)

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