UCLA In the News March 24, 2017

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

‘Green necklace’ of trees to help Beijing fight smog | New York Times

Alex L. Wang, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who studies Chinese environmental regulations, said although this case was apparently a first for Beijing, regulators in other parts of the country had been using administrative detention.

Eight ways to look smarter | Reader’s Digest

“Smart people have good vocabularies,” says Daniel Oppenheimer, professor of cognitive psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. “People think: If I can show that I have a good vocabulary, I’ll sound smarter.” But Oppenheimer’s research shows that authors are deemed smarter when writing is easier to understand. Using big words just to impress people may have the opposite effect.

Hospitals worry as Obamacare repeal vote approaches | Marketplace

The typical U.S. hospital already has operating margins in the red, said UCLA Law professor Jill Horwitz … [who] said if this legislation passes, hospitals may also look to conduct unnecessary tests and procedures on insured patients as a way to increase revenue.

UCLA scientists simulate Jupiter’s winds | Popular Mechanics

For a proper recreation, you need rapid rotation, turbulence, and a “curvature effect” that mimics the impact of the planets’ spherical shape. According to UCLA geophysicist Jonathan Aurnou, no prior attempts could get things spinning fast enough or create enough turbulence.

Terror attack in London | CNN

“The last three attacks have involved vehicles and also symbolic sites,” said UCLA’s Dominic Thomas. “Westminster, in this case. The Christmas market in Berlin and, of course, Nice on the 14th of July French celebrations. So there’s a lot in common here as they look at this situation.”

Supreme Court decision expands special education rights | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“Particularly when we consider the fact that the Trump administration has already proposed major cuts in the U.S. Department of Education… Special education is already grossly underfunded,” said UCLA’s Pedro Noguera. (Clip begins at approx. 4:30)

Does Alexa have free speech rights? | Slate

Eugene Volokh, a law professor at the University of California – Los Angeles known for his First Amendment scholarship, wrote a Google-commissioned white paper arguing that search engine results were like the pages of a newspaper: protectable because of editorial choices. Some agreed.

Debating the health effects of opioids and marijuana | Healthline

Dr. Thomas Strouse, medical director of the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), thinks the classifications are a bit ridiculous. Although marijuana can cause health problems if used in excess, he said, there are no known cases of somebody dying from a marijuana overdose. The same cannot be said for opioids.

Low-income students may lose out under ‘simplified’ aid | Diverse Issues in Higher Education

“There is a lot of discussion about ‘simplifying’ the loan programs, which often means reducing the number of borrowing and repayment options for students or eliminating other critical benefits,” said Youlonda Copeland-Morgan, vice provost for enrollment management at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Why the new health care act should require men to pay for prenatal care | Self

And of course, plenty of pregnancies are unplanned. A woman of childbearing age who buys a cheaper plan without maternity benefits is taking a “huge risk,” Nadereh Pourat, Ph.D., director of research at UCLA’s Center for Health Policy Research, tells Self.

Foam soap versus liquid soap | Reuters

“In this pilot study, when standard hand washing techniques were used — washing wet hands with one pump of foam soap for six seconds and drying with a paper towel for four seconds — the foam soap was not as effective as the liquid soap in eliminating the hand bacterial load,” Dr. Ozlem Equils at UCLA’s School of Medicine and the Miora Educational Foundation in Encino, California, told Reuters Health by email.

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