UCLA In the News March 20, 2018

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

UCLA grad schools, programs place in U.S. Top 20 | U.S. News and World Report

Two — UCLA’s graduate school of education and UCLA’s clinical psychology graduate program — were ranked No. 1 in the country.

Racial gap in heart health is narrowing | ABC News

A new study out of UCLA has shown that health disparities between black and white Americans have decreased because overall heart health for white Americans has declined. (Also: Bloomberg Radio [Audio download], Medical Xpress)

Male birth control pill shows promise | Gizmodo

One of the latest experimental candidates for a male birth control drug is a compound that would be taken much like the daily birth control pill available for women. A pilot study presented at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting suggests that the compound — called dimethandrolone undecanoate — can be safe and effective in human test subjects…. The research was a joint collaboration between the University of Washington and UCLA.

Conflict within Democratic Party is brewing | Christian Science Monitor

Bill Schneider, former senior political analyst for CNN, now at the University of California at Los Angeles, points out that the liberal constituency has always been there — but feels its “time has come” now that Hillary Clinton, seen as the establishment, has been defeated. “If Democrats win a majority in the House, it will be a matter of weeks before a bill of impeachment is filed [against Trump], and that will be the main story thereafter.”

Why Americans still avoid MSG | Washington Post

The “foodie movement” also has revived interest in cooking that shows off science, said Sarah Tracy, an adjunct professor at UCLA’s Institute for Society and Genetics who will publish a history of MSG this year. While Tracy isn’t entirely willing to give the seasoning her seal of approval — it is being researched for its possible role in promoting weight gain, she points out — she sees other cooks and consumers embracing the seasoning as a sign of their culinary savviness.

Interstellar visitor probably came from 2-star system | The Guardian

It may also be the tip of the celestial iceberg. An earlier study by another group of astronomers, led by David Jewitt, of University of California, Los Angeles, estimated that another 10,000 interstellar asteroids could be closer to the sun than the eighth planet, Neptune, which lies 30 times further from the sun than the Earth. Yet these are currently undetected. New survey telescopes and upgrades to existing ones are expected to begin seeing them in the coming years.

DOJ to face off against AT&T in antitrust trial | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“It’s been 30 or 40 years, though, since the government has gotten serious about challenging vertical mergers. They used to do this all the time. And the reason was largely economic theory that showed it was difficult on a long-term basis for those mergers to end up anti-competitive in the sense that they lowered prices or quality for the customers. And I think that’s still true in this case, particularly given the unbelievable technological and business chaos of the whole media industry,” said UCLA’s Curt Hessler. (Approx. 3:58 mark)

Mandatory evacuations are up for the incoming storm | KCRW-FM

“This storm is not going to be like the last couple of storms. I know there were some evacuations for the last couple of rain events, which weren’t particularly heavy by the standards of what’s coming. This is going to be more like the January 9th event or maybe even wetter,” said UCLA’s Daniel Swain.

Mexicans in Arizona may impact Mexico presidential vote | Arizona Public Media

David Maciel, a UCLA Mexican film professor, has been asked by the Mexican government to promote the new way of registering to vote for Mexican citizens living in the U.S. Maciel said there is a sense of urgency for Mexico to get its citizens abroad to cast their votes because election experts predict the presidential election will be won or lost on the narrowest of margins.

Americans with Alzheimer’s now number 5.7 million | Next Avenue

Accurate counting of Alzheimer’s cases is difficult, said Ron Brookmeyer, professor of biostatistics at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, who was not involved with the new report. There is no national surveillance of the disease and the line between what is called “mild cognitive impairment” (sometimes the first stage of Alzheimer’s) and dementia is fuzzy. “Different researchers can use different thresholds, and that can really impact the numbers,” Brookmeyer said.

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