UCLA In the News March 8, 2017

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

When it rains, billions of gallons of ‘free liquid gold' lost | Los Angeles Times

“We haven’t made the progress we should have,” said Mark Gold, associate vice chancellor for environment and sustainability at UCLA. “The money is not there. That’s been the big issue.”

Immigration policies could hurt state, forecast says | KPCC Southern California

There has been considerable coverage lately about the human effects of President Trump’s stricter immigration policies, such as families torn apart by deportations. But there are also economic effects that could have big implications for several key sectors in California, according to the latest UCLA Anderson Forecast released Wednesday morning. “The threat to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, a threat that the current Attorney General has endorsed, is a risk to the forecast,” the report states. “Were this to occur, there could well be a significant reduction in the production of food, in food processing, particularly the slaughter and preparation of meat products, in garment manufacturing and in residential construction.” (Also: San Jose Mercury News, KABC-FM [Audio download])

Two pivotal L.A. school board contests go to runoffs | Los Angeles Times

“It’s one thing to be a reformer on the outside, but I don’t think any of them would want to be on the board when the system collapses and they would be responsible,” said Pedro Noguera, a professor at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences. “They will have to be much more creative than simply authorizing more charter schools.”

UCLA gymnast’s unique floor routine becomes viral sensation | TIME

Senior Hallie Mossett’s latest floor routine not only helped secure a win during UCLA’s meet against University of Arizona, but brought the crowd to their feet when she performed to a medley of iconic Beyoncé songs. The result, naturally, was flawless. (Also: Cosmopolitan)

Scholar leads charge against computing barrier | Chronicle of Higher Education

“He effectively convinced everybody else in the room, who thought they were doing neuromorphic computing, that they didn’t actually know what it was,” [UCLA’s R. Stanley] Williams told last month’s annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston. “In his talk, he defined for the first time really what neuromorphic computing is.” (Subscription required)

Fewer overweight people try to lose weight | NPR’s “Morning Edition”

“There’s a possible good news story in this,” says Janet Tomiyama, a psychologist at UCLA who studies eating behavior and weight stigma. “We’re not going to shame people into health,” Tomiyama says. Crash diets — focused on weight loss — often fail. But “a lot of research shows that having a healthy body image is what leads to better health outcomes.”

Obamacare repeal plan alarms California Democrats | Sacramento Bee

“It’s even more bleak than we thought,” said Nadereh Pourat, a health economist and director of research at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “It depends on how you define ‘repeal and replace.’ All I see here is repeal. And a reduction in (health care) benefits.”

Six things to know about the GOP’s plan to repeal Obamacare | Sacramento Bee

“I don’t expect lots of change,” said Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, in an email. “I haven’t seen any measurable increase in employment-based insurance because of the (Affordable Care Act), so repealing the employer mandate won’t have much of an effect.”

Trumpcare: Euthanasia to cure a cold | Sacramento Bee

Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, told The Sacramento Bee editorial board on Tuesday that, based on prior modeling, somewhere between 1 million and 3 million newly insured Californians would be expected to fall off the rolls here if this first draft of Trumpcare passes.

Scientists show how to stifle signals for immune responses | Medical Xpress

“T cells are like the shy person at the office holiday party who acts stiff until they loosen up a bit and then are all over the dance floor,” said Dr. Manish Butte, associate professor of pediatrics and microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the study’s senior author.… “Until now, we had a limited understanding of what controls T cell activation.” (Also: Science Daily, Health Medicine Network, News-Medical)

Equation helps to explain plant growth | ScienceDaily

“The great diversity of leaves in size, shape and color is dazzling, and yet, it is nothing as compared to the diversity of cells and tissues inside,” said [UCLA’s] Lawren Sack, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and the study’s senior author. “However, we have lacked equations to relate this inner diversity to overall leaf behavior in an exact way.” (Also: Health Medicine Network)

Virtual aide helps deliver better patient care | Medical Xpress

“We theorized that artificial intelligence could be used in a low-cost, automated way in interventional radiology as a way to improve patient care,” said Edward W. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of radiology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine and one of the authors of the study. “Because artificial intelligence has already begun transforming many industries, it has great potential to also transform health care.” (Also: Scienmag, Health Medicine Network)

Tennis program offers benefits for children with autism | Spectrum

One child began the program with repetitive behaviors so intrusive that he struggled to hold a racket. After eight weeks, he was standing at the net and successfully hitting balls a coach fed to him, erupting in laughter after each shot. Truthfully, I rarely see such direct and immediate benefit from the many treatments that I prescribe for the children with autism in my clinic. (Commentary written by UCLA’s Shafali Jeste)

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