UCLA In the News March 16, 2017

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

Gorsuch view on Second Amendment a mystery | Associated Press

“We don’t know, for instance, if he believes people have a right to carry guns in public. We don’t know what he thinks about restrictions on assault weapons or high-capacity magazines,” said Adam Winkler, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and author of “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America.” “Those are the big issues that are likely to come before the Supreme Court with regards to the Second Amendment,” Winkler said. “And on those issues Gorsuch is a Second Amendment mystery.”

Steve Keller on why audio and radio still matter in branding | Forbes

“Ethnomusicologist and UCLA Professor Timothy D. Taylor, in his book ‘The Sounds of Capitalism,’ documents that in the early days of radio, there was reluctance on the part of brands and agencies to use the medium for advertising. Ultimately, it was the development of radio ‘programs’ that turned the tide,” said Steve Keller in an interview.

Wells Fargo shareholders call for broader probe into scandal | Los Angeles Times

“Even if a corporation doesn’t have to listen to the shareholder proposal, it may motivate the company to act and be more transparent,” said Steven Bank, a professor of business law at UCLA.

Trump divides opinion in the UK | CNN

“The situation is already divided and has been in the run-up to the Brexit vote back in June and since then,” said UCLA’s Dominic Thomas. “As you’ve observed, Donald Trump’s White House has been managing his public appearances over the past few weeks, beginning with his trip to Florida…. For him to take a trip to the United Kingdom and be greeted by significant demonstrations, as are anticipated, would obviously go completely in the opposition direction as to what they’ve been trying to achieve. So he’s a highly polarizing figure and I think the big question is to try to understand what it is that makes him this way,” said UCLA’s Dominic Thomas.

Mobile health startup bets on artificial intelligence to flag heart cases | Forbes

“This is a monumental development,” says Dr. Ronald Karlsberg, a clinical professor of medicine at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and the UCLA School of Medicine. “It represents a transformational empowerment for patients that is going to be very important for arrhythmias and strokes.”

Experimental stem cell treatment stabilizes macular degeneration | CNN

And an unrelated 2012 UCLA study showed that human embryonic stem cells restored the sight of several patients who had become nearly blind due to macular degeneration.

Will drinking lemon water help in weight loss? | TIME

The research was in mice, not people, and there have been no rigorous studies showing that sipping lemon water can promote weight loss in humans, says Dana Hunnes, a senior dietitian at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center.

Facebook is helping to power Trump — and his rivals | CNN

Why is Donald Trump consistently able to make false claims while maintaining his base of support? In many ways it’s because Facebook has transformed into a major source of journalism for the American public. Over 65% of Facebook users — 44% of all U.S. adults — access news through the social media giant’s platform. That group greatly outnumbers readers who frequent mainstream news outlets like The New York Times or The Washington Post. (Commentary by UCLA’s Ramesh Srinivasan)

What the American Health Care Act may cost you | SELF Magazine

Nadereh Pourat, Ph.D., director of research at UCLA’s Center for Health Policy Research, agrees. “Part of the bill is trying to remove protections for people so that you could buy ‘cheaper’ policies that provide you with less coverage,” she says—and that can leave people with even bigger bills if they get sick.

Finding holds promise to prevent decline in brain injury cases | News-Medical

“It’s really very hopeful. It means there’s something we can do about this,” said Robert Asarnow, the study’s senior author and the Della Martin Professor of Psychiatry in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. “If we understand which kids are showing this neurodegeneration and why, then it’s possible to start using existing treatments to forestall this process or identify new ones to forestall this process.”

Distant galaxies lack dark matter, study suggests | Science News

In the papers, the authors provide several plausible explanations for the falling rotation curves, but it’s not clear which is correct, says UCLA astronomer Alice Shapley, who was not involved in the study. The results “reveal that we don’t fully understand all of the details of how [galactic] disks form in the early universe.”

Visualizing debris ‘roller derby’ to understand system evolution | Phys.org

Nesvold and her colleagues, Smadar Naoz and Michael Fitzgerald of UCLA, modeled the HD 106906 system to better understand how an outside planet affects the structure of a debris disk. (Also: Health Medicine Network)

DNA deletion sparks separate outcomes of autism, schizophrenia | Spectrum

The results jibe with work by Carrie Bearden. In a 2015 study of 46 people, Bearden found that people with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome who have autism show different patterns of gene expression than do those with the syndrome who have schizophrenia. “[The new work] is unique in that it’s a pretty large, longitudinal study,” says Bearden, professor of psychiatry, biobehavioral sciences and psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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