UCLA In the News March 6, 2018

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

Dating app bans gun images after mass shootings | New York Times

Bumble’s policy is likely to meet with “significant backlash” from certain users and could even spawn niche dating apps for firearms aficionados, said Sarah Roberts, an assistant professor of information studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. (Some matchmaking services for gun advocates already exist.) “It’s an interesting demonstration of the ways in which apps and social media platforms both reflect and are sensitive to cultural change and serve as a cultural barometer but can also codify what is acceptable behavior,” she said.

Delving into science behind Roundup cancer claim | Associated Press

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria heard from an epidemiologist at the University of California, Los Angeles about how she evaluated scientific studies of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, to arrive at her conclusion that it can cause cancer. “After reviewing all of the scientific literature at hand, I really concluded that to a reasonable scientific degree of certainty, glyphosate and glyphosate-based compounds, including Roundup, do indeed cause NHL,” the epidemiologist, Beate Ritz, said. (Also: KABC-TV)

Women take charge at the Oscars | New York Times

Last week, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, released their fifth annual Hollywood diversity report and noted that, for the most part, very little had changed. “Areas where women and people of color saw sustained progress were rare,” said Ana-Christina Ramón, an author of the study.

How woman challenged Hollywood bias more than 75 years ago | Time

But those decisions about the relationship between movies and activism aren’t new. “Every year we have this amnesia about what’s happened in the past,” Ellen C. Scott, assistant professor and vice chair of Cinema and Media Studies at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, says.

Immigration crackdowns affect 5 million children | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“This has been reported before and it’s the reason we wanted to do this study. In various reports, young people — children — are being affected by this. We wanted to understand how schools are being affected by this. What we found is that the schools in fact are deeply affected by this, and not only the children of immigrants but other children in the same school. They’re distracted, they’re stressed, they’re anxious, they’re crying,” said UCLA’s Patricia Gándara in an interview.

Oscars mood masks lack of progress on Hollywood diversity | HuffPost

Last week, a study from the University of California, Los Angeles, also highlighted how Hollywood has been slow to realize that audiences prefer diversity on screen ― the same week that Marvel’s “Black Panther” demolished Hollywood’s longstanding myth that movies by and about people of color do not perform well with international audiences.

Are job fairs at colleges age discrimination? | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“Well, I think the case has two parts to it. The first is that the plaintiffs, the employees are claiming that [PricewaterhouseCooper’s] policy of doing all of its entry-level recruiting through colleges automatically discriminates on the basis of age because it effectively blocks out older employees from applying for entry level positions,” said UCLA’s Steven Kaplan. (Approx. 01:18 mark)

Data proves that school segregation is getting worse | Vox

The core disagreement comes down to federal government data that was highlighted by the UCLA Civil Rights Project on the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court case that ruled segregated schools were unconstitutional.

On Pulaski Day, send love to Kosciuszko | Chicago Tribune

As Kosciuszko’s bond with Hull grew, the general became “increasingly dismayed that white Americans were fighting for universal principles that they denied to half a million enslaved blacks,” wrote Gary B. Nash, a University of California at Los Angeles history professor, in an article for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Multimodal treatment approach for men with prostate cancer| News-Medical

“The type of aggressive form of prostate cancer that we focused on has sometimes been regarded as so high risk that some patients even forgo local treatments, like surgery or radiation, because they are worried that the cancer has already spread and is incurable,” said [Amar] Kishan, who is an assistant professor in the departments of radiation oncology and urology, and a member of the Institute of Urologic Oncology at UCLA.

Cancer defense mechanism could be turned back to attack tumors | HealthCanal

“We have generated the first example of a CAR that can help white blood cells — specifically T cells — convert tumor-produced proteins from suppressants, or ‘downers’ for our immune system, into stimulants that trigger robust attacks on the tumor cells,” said Yvonne Chen, the study’s principal investigator, and an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering. “This could lead to new therapeutic applications, particularly in the treatment of solid tumors.”

Communities sued Big Oil on climate change, then backlash began | McClatchy

“If you look on the websites of these jurisdictions, you will see they have done reports on sea level rise and adaptation planning,” said Sean Hecht, a UCLA law professor who is advising some of the litigants. “It would take 30 seconds to find those documents.”

Neural reinforcement intervention for common fears | Medical Xpress

“We knew it could work in principle. The challenge was to figure out how to read out the snake-related thoughts from the brain images in the clinic, with actual patients rather than normal participants in the laboratory,” says lead author [UCLA’s] Dr. Vincent Taschereau-Dumouchel, who is a clinical psychologist by training. “The big difference is, in normal participants we can show them many images of snakes, and let the computer algorithm learn what is the relevant pattern of brain activity from a large amount of data. But if we are to apply this procedure to patients, who are uncomfortable with seeing snakes in the first place, this becomes a problem.”

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