UCLA In the News March 21, 2017

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

New definition would add 102 planets, including Pluto | Washington Post

Jean-Luc Margot, a planetary scientist at the University of California at Los Angeles who voted in favor of the IAU resolution in 2006, said Pluto might have gone the way of Ceres if scientists had found other Kuiper belt objects sooner. “An aspect of science is that we revisit our ideas,” he said. “We have to be able to acknowledge when we make a mistake.”

Black workers in L.A. face jobs crisis, UCLA report says | Los Angeles Times

Black people living in Los Angeles County have been more likely than the rest of the population to remain unemployed or to drop out of the workforce altogether in the wake of the 2007-09 recession, according to a new report conducted by UCLA. (Also: KTTV-TV)

Video creators speak out on Google ad controversy | The Guardian (U.K.)

Sarah T. Roberts, an information studies professor from UCLA who studies large-scale moderation of online platforms, said that large technology companies need to be more honest about their shortcomings when it comes to policing content. “I’m not sure they fully apprehend the extent to which this is a social issue and not just a technical one,” she said.

The paradox of defunding the EPA | The Atlantic

“It’s really staff intensive to rescind a rule and then replace it,” says Ann Carlson, a professor of environmental law at the University of California Los Angeles. “To the degree that you have a vision about how the agency should operate, you need a staff and leadership.”

Should we ‘tend and befriend’ in this stressful time? | U.S. News & World Report

Drawing on previous animal and human research, UCLA psychology professor Shelley Taylor and colleagues first coined the “tend-and-befriend” concept in a 2000 paper published in the journal Psychological Review. “Although fight-or-flight may characterize the primary psychological responses to stress for both males and females, we propose that, behaviorally, females’ responses are more marked by a pattern of ‘tend-and-befriend.’”

How breast density affects a mammogram | U.S. News & World Report

Dr. Sara Hurvitz, associate professor in the division of hematology-oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California–Los Angeles, says that because “the breast is comprised mostly of fat,” an X-ray mammogram will show the bulk of the breast as a soft gray tone on the image. At least in theory, any abnormalities should show up as white spots on the mammogram.

Hearings begin on Russian interference in election | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“We’re probably never going to get the kind of resolution that people on either side are hoping we get,” said UCLA’s Lynn Vavreck. (Approx. 12:40 mark)

Portable smartphone-powered DNA detector developed | MedGadget

At University of California Los Angeles, researchers have developed a portable device and accompanying technology that allows the investigators to amplify and detect DNA and RNA molecules. This development may herald cheap point-of-care genetic diagnostics for cancer, infectious diseases, and even inherited genetic conditions.

California kids would be screened for lead if plan passes | California Healthline

John Froines, a professor emeritus at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, said screening all children is a good step toward addressing lead contamination, but scientists still disagree on what should be considered safe levels of lead. “For years, regulatory agencies have tried to set blood lead standards, but the fact of the matter is that there are no safe levels,” Froines said.

Why men in United States don’t get vasectomies | Healthline

Dr. Jesse Mills, the urologist and director of the men’s clinic at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), who did the procedure on the three fathers, said it makes sense for men to be the ones to undergo the surgery. He said part of the reason men don’t get vasectomies in the United States is that the practice is much more engrained in other industrialized nations. “In other countries, it’s such a part of the norm,” Mills told Healthline.

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