UCLA In the News March 7, 2017

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

Study finds link between brain injuries, degenerative diseases | KCBS-TV

New UCLA research strengthens the link between head injuries and brain diseases. Their study found head injuries can alter hundreds of brain genes, raising the risk for diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression and schizophrenia. They think the discovery may lead to new treatments to prepare or repair those genes and prevent disease. (Also: FierceBiotech)

Proposed NOAA budget cuts rattle scientists | USA Today

Another expert notes that “virtually all we know about Earth’s atmosphere and oceans comes from sustained decades of government-funded scientific research,” according to a tweet from UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain.

Carson refers to black slaves as “immigrants” | BBC’s “Newsday” World Service

“He’s very inaccurate. That’s the first thing. I think secondarily it’s painful to listen to, to be of African descent in this country, to know what the history is and to realize that even the only African-American in President Trump’s Cabinet doesn’t know this history or would frame this history in such a way as to wipe away the pain and the brutality,” said UCLA’s Brenda Stevenson. [Audio download] (Approx. 01:50 mark)

Somalia’s new president now faces 3 big challenges | Washington Post

Like the 2012 elections, the 2017 elections were indirect — parliament, not citizens, elected the president. The main reason for holding indirect elections was concern in the central government and the international community about the terrorist group al-Shabab, which had controlled large swaths of Somalia since 2007. (Commentary written by UCLA’s Safia Farole)

UC proposes enrollment cap on out-of-state students | Los Angeles Times

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said the nonresident dollars provided a lifeline for the campus after state support for undergraduate education dropped significantly after the 2008 recession. Thanks to the extra money, UCLA was able to add courses, which has helped students shorten the time needed to graduate to less than four years.

California will be short of water forever | Los Angeles Times

Climate change and population growth are the primary drivers of changing water supply and demand, but other factors will also be important in managing the gap between the two. For example, personal water-use habits, greater agricultural efficiency, new technologies like potable reuse and desalination, and changes in water pricing, rights and policy will all affect the state’s water availability and needs. (Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Michelle Miro)

Method shows networks differ in epileptic brains | Medical Xpress

“Temporal lobe epilepsy is a form of focal epilepsy with seizures originating from the brain’s temporal lobe. However, a network of regions is affected, which is evident in the research findings,” said co-author John Stern, director of the Epilepsy Clinical Program at the University of California, Los Angeles, and co-director of the UCLA Seizure Disorder Center. (Also: Science Daily, Health Canal, News-Medical, Health Medicine Network, PsyPost)

L.A. Community College trustees up for election | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“Their primary responsibility is to ensure the viability and the sustainability of the college,” said [UCLA’s Cecilia] Rios-Aguilar of the role that trustees play. “This means that they monitor accreditation standards, make sure the colleges align their policies to meet those standards and goals, and they are really the direct connection between the community and the college.”

African-American Oscars triumph masks real diversity woes | The Guardian (U.K.)

Under growing pressure, the Academy has embarked on reforms in recent years to diversify the mix of its members, who may have become “more aware” of bias, according to Darnell Hunt, the professor in charge of UCLA’s annual Hollywood Diversity Report. “But that’s not necessarily a sign that the industry has changed, or that there’s more diversity in the films being made. Studios are still (managed) by white men,” he told AFP.

Women at work around the world | Reuters

“Women are held to a higher standard.… In knowledge, in abilities, in how the clinical practices go, in appearance,” [UCLA’s Tara] McCannel said. “Women just can’t be themselves or just think: ‘Oh I’m just going to do my work,’ and focus on the job. There are these other things that need to be considered because it’s not completely equal even though things are getting better.” (Click on California on world map)

What’s next for California’s high-speed rail | KPCC-FM’s “Air Talk”

“It’s certainly not good news but the reality is that the federal government with the Republicans in control of Congress would not likely any time soon be ponying up more money for the system. It’s too bad in some ways because California is a big tax paying state, puts a lot of money into the federal government, and is not getting the full return,” said UCLA’s Ethan Elkind. (Approx. 04:25 mark)

Debate over link between compact development and driving | Science Daily

Michael Manville, assistant professor at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, adds his voice to the mix. He comments that planners should focus instead on the free land provided to cars instead of studying the 5Ds [density, diversity, design, destination accessibility, and distance to transit.] “Travel’s influence on the built environment is a function of the built environment designed for travel. We should stop pretending otherwise.”

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