UCLA In the News March 16, 2018

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

Clark Memorial Library is an unknown literary treasure | Atlas Obscura

The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library is one of 12 official libraries at the University of California, Los Angeles. And apart from having a magnificent collection of English literature, it also inspires an unusual amount of love among its loyal visitors.

UCLA launches center for disadvantaged youths | KPCC-FM

About 21,000 kids are in Los Angeles County foster care and another 14,000 are in the child welfare system. The odds are often stacked against such children. Ongoing instability at home can make it more difficult to succeed in school and even later in life. Now, the new UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families is working to apply academic wisdom to help foster youths become thriving adults… Take Two’s A Martinez spoke with the Director of the Pritzker Center, Tyrone Howard.

Empty housing promises? | Los Angeles Times

Michael Lens, an associate professor of urban planning and public policy at UCLA, said the candidates would need to make substantial changes to all three policies, potentially even scrapping them, if they wanted to reach the homebuilding targets. “You could take away one of those pillars and have a wobblier table of housing resistance,” Lens said. “But [removing] all three would be more useful.” (Also: The Guardian)

New Sierra snow not a ‘March Miracle’ yet | Bay Area News Group

“We’re definitely better off than we were at the end of February,” said Gonzalo Cortés, a scientist at UCLA’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department who specializes in studying snow trends. “Back then, we were worse than in 2015, the worst year of the drought. But in terms of comparing us to 1991, we have a long way to go still.”

Economists see steeper Fed rate path, stronger inflation | Wall Street Journal

David Shulman, senior economist at UCLA Anderson Forecast, said investors are “underestimating the tightening cycle.”

Native storytelling gets more screen time | PBS NewsHour

Whether studios are getting on board or not, there are signs that audiences want them to. A University of California Los Angeles analysis of 174 theatrical films released in 2016 suggested that films and movies are becoming more diverse. “The industry appears to have finally embraced the idea that America’s increasingly diverse audiences demand film and television content populated with characters whose experiences resonate with their own, who look like them, and with whom they can relate,” the report said.

Why gas-fired power plants are on chopping block | KPCC-FM

California’s big utilities get about half their electricity from gas-fired power plants, so yes, gas remains a critical part of the state’s energy diet, said UCLA Engineering professor Laurent Pilon. Natural gas is plentiful, and it is low cost. It’s good at firing up power plants very rapidly, which is important when intermittent sources like solar and wind can quickly fall off.

Coffee and tea aren’t actually dehydrating | Time

It’s true that caffeine is a mild diuretic, which means that it causes your kidneys to flush extra sodium and water from the body through urine. If you’re peeing frequently, and thus losing lots of liquid, it’s logical to think you could become dehydrated — but it actually doesn’t work that way, explains Dr. Daniel Vigil, an associate clinical professor of family medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles.

The NRA’s lawsuit against Florida is flimsy | The Economist

But by picking this state-level fight, America’s most effective lobbying group may have set its sights elsewhere. For Adam Winkler of UCLA law school, the lawsuit may be a loser in court but will “signal to donors and die-hard members” that the NRA is “fighting for your rights at every turn.”

Denisovans interbred with modern humans more than once | CNN

“A major novel finding is that some populations (East Asians) have evidence of multiple introgression related to Denisovans while a few others (South Asians, Papuans) have evidence of a single Denisovan introgression,” [UCLA’s] Sriram Sankararaman said in an email. “The Denisovan ancestry in South Asians is quite diverged from the sequence Denisovan while the additional component in East Asians is quite close. This suggests a complex interaction pattern of the Denisovans and modern human populations in mainland Asia.”

What might fill SoCal’s shuttered Toys ‘R’ Us stores? | KPCC-FM

The UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Jerry Nickelsburg helped conduct a recent survey gauging how developers are feeling about commercial real estate prospects in California. Released in January, the survey found sentiment was generally positive, especially after passage of the GOP tax cuts.

Drug helps extend lives of men with prostate cancer | Medical Xpress

“The phase three clinical trial found that Erleada gives men an extra two years of healthy life before their cancer spreads,” said [Michael] Jung, who is also a professor of medical and molecular pharmacology and member of UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. “To give someone an extra two years of healthy life is fabulous.”

Violent video games, assault weapons a lethal combination | Miami Herald

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Patricia Greenfield) But what is the evidence connecting video games to violent behavior? Let’s begin in the 1990s: Calvert and Tan’s 1994 experiment showed that playing a violent electronic game enhances physiological arousal and aggressive thoughts to a greater extent than simply watching the same game. So, while myriad studies have linked TV violence and aggressive or violent behavior, we should not be surprised that enacting virtual violence in a game has stronger effects on motivation and behavior than simply watching it on a screen.

Why Wild Earth co-founder applies ‘vegan biohacking’ to pet food | Forbes

According to researchers at the University of California in Los Angeles and the University of Sydney, Australia, there are approximately 163 million dogs and cats in the U.S. alone whose consumption of meat contributes around 25-30% of its environmental impact.

Law schools rub elbows with Tinseltown types | Law.com

And this week, the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law will welcome Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino and a host of Hollywood producers and media attorneys for a summit on how film can advance human rights. Sorvino will receive the inaugural UCLA Law Promise Institute Award for Contribution to Human Rights Through the Arts at a reception during the Friday summit, dubbed, “Lights. Camera. Reaction: The Art of Impact in Entertainment.”

Students observe Brain Awareness Week at UCLA | Univision KMEX-TV 34

The University of California has begun to develop several studies in order to understand the impacts of technology and social facts of high impact on the brain of the youngest children. (In Spanish)

Preview of decade’s biggest antitrust case | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“The merger that is closest to this recently was when Comcast bought NBC Universal, which was approved finally with some conditions to assure that Comcast didn’t, in effect, block other people from having NBC Universal content,” said UCLA’s Curt Hessler (Approx. 3:50 mark)

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