UCLA In the News March 14, 2018

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

Erratic schedules a part of life for L.A. retail workers | Los Angeles Times

In conjunction with the effort, the UCLA Labor Center and LAANE released a report Wednesday that finds unstable hours and last-minute shift changes have amped up stress among workers, caused bills to go unpaid and made it extremely difficult for those holding down a retail job to handle schoolwork or care for children. “For us, it is a call to policymakers to pick this up and think about this as an important issue,” said Saba Waheed, research director for the UCLA Labor Center. (Also: KPCC-FM)

Is raising age limit to buy guns unconstitutional? | Los Angeles Times

Adam Winkler, a professor of constitutional law at UCLA, who has studied the 2nd Amendment extensively, said the NRA’s lawsuit in response to Florida measure is largely symbolic. “Federal courts have consistently upheld age-based restrictions on gun sales,” Winkler said. “The NRA is really just saving face with its members to say, ‘Hey, we’re going to challenge gun control laws no matter what.’“

Mac on gay history, ‘Hamilton’ and extravaganza at Ace | Los Angeles Times

“Performance work can be ephemeral in the sense that it doesn’t fully exist as a text or as a recording,” Kristy Edmunds, who leads UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance, reflected earlier this year when talking about her upcoming season. “But performance has the power to create communal memory, which is a living archive of the experience.” For Edmunds, Mac’s “24-Decade History” realizes the radical potential of this unique bonding experience.

How a snail may someday improve your memory | National Geographic

“People have built on this work, and it’s turned out to be very relevant,” says David Glanzman, a neurobiology professor at UCLA’s Brain Research Institute. “The whole goal of this line of research is to reduce memory to its simplest possible instance. The neurons in these snails are very large, and they’re great for electrophysiological recording.”

Mentally ill benefit from services after special tax | United Press International

This assistance resulted in reduced homelessness and psychiatric hospitalizations, and improved employment and well-being, researchers report in the new study, published Tuesday by RAND Corp., a nonprofit research organization, and UCLA.

White House science office stirs fear, raises some hope | Chronicle of Higher Education

Without any sense of OSTP’s organizational structure, said Roger M. Wakimoto, vice chancellor for research at the University of California at Los Angeles, it’s hard to know the fate of the more than 40 panels of federal officials — gathered under headings like Nuclear Defense Research, Water Availability and Quality, Medical Imaging and STEM Education — that the policy office managed during the previous administration. “If they had a master plan for these committees and the council, they would have done something by now,” Wakimoto said in an interview. (Subscription required)

Costs for hip, knee replacements could be reduced | Medical Xpress

“With the U.S. currently spending nearly 18 percent of its gross domestic product on medical care, almost twice as much as other high-income countries, we need to look at every opportunity to reduce costs from services that may be overutilized,” said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, distinguished professor at the Fielding School and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and the study’s co-author. “Elective joint replacements could represent an area for significant savings.”

How brain surgery stops Parkinson’s disease tremors | Healthline

“This surgery is the ‘real deal.’ In this video, the neurosurgical team is creating a small lesion in the part of the brain that controls tremor and, as expected, it results in immediate improvement in the tremor,” Dr. Nader Pouratian, chief of functional neurosurgery at the University of California, Los Angeles, told Healthline.

Clinical differences between men, women with sleep apnea | News-Medical

The [UCLA] researchers also could discern distinct changes in brain structures and concurrent symptoms that differed between men and women. For example, more regions of the superior frontal lobe were thinner in women with apnea than men or control groups, which might explain enhanced cognitive deficits among women with the disorder. (Also: HealthCanal)

How Putin regime is authoritarian and incompetent | Washington Post Analysis

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Daniel Treisman) So this may be a good moment to take stock of the political order that has evolved under Putin’s rule. Observers disagree about how that order works. Some see it as a hyper-centralized dictatorship, totalitarian even, in which almost all decisions follow the whims of one man. “No Putin, no Russia,” one of his loyal fixers asserted in 2014. Some analysts seem to concur.

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