UCLA In the News March 9, 2017

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

Sleeping through the night is a relatively new invention | New York Magazine

A recent scientific study by Jerome Siegel of the University of California at Los Angeles and Gandhi Yetish (now also at UCLA) presents a very different evolutionary scenario. Studying sleep patterns in three contemporary hunter-gatherer societies in Tanzania, Namibia, and Bolivia that lacked electricity, Siegel, Yetish, and their group of researchers found little evidence of segmented sleep at night, but some evidence of daytime napping…. Surprisingly, the average sleep time among these societies was six hours per night, but the lower number … had none of the adverse health effects that authorities so often link to sleep deprivation.

Strong dollar, travel ban threaten California tourism | Los Angeles Times

Fewer people will visit California this year and next, depriving the state of $1.7 billion in spending, a new UCLA analysis finds. A strong U.S. dollar, which makes U.S. products and services more expensive for foreign visitors, will lead to 5 percent fewer foreign visitors in 2017 and 1.1 percent fewer in 2018, according to the report, released Wednesday by the UCLA Anderson Forecast.

Catherine Opie, All-American subversive | New Yorker

[UCLA’s Catherine] Opie is so prominent in the Southern California art world that friends call her “the mayor of Los Angeles,” but her photographs have remained quietly subversive. “Often, in my work, I think about what’s iconic — and what is the way to reimage something that’s iconic,” Opie said.

U.S.’ largest deportation effort no match for Trump plan | The Conversation

But there is no precedent for President Trump’s immigration plan. If Congress fully funds President Trump’s executive orders, including 10,000 new ICE agents, 5,000 new Border Patrol officers and an expansion of the border wall, they will hurl us into uncharted territory, unleashing an era of mass deportation and border enforcement to which not even Operation Wetback of 1954 will compare. (Commentary written by Kelly Lytle Hernandez)

California lawmakers want to repeal HIV criminalization laws | Associated Press

Between 1988 and 2014, at least 800 people were arrested, charged or otherwise came into contact with the criminal justice system related to their HIV status, according to a study conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles. The study found “HIV criminalization” laws disproportionately affected women and people of color.

Effects of Trump’s immigration ban on California businesses | KPCC-FM

“It’s estimated that by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that at least 50% of those harvesting are undocumented. If they’re not there, who’s going to pick the crops? … We don’t know, because we don’t know what the policy is going to be,” said UCLA’s Jerry Nickelsburg. [Audio download] (Also: CBS News)

State and Trump set to collide over electric cars, gas guzzlers | BuzzFeed

Any attempt by the Trump administration to remove California’s current waivers is sure to spark a legal fight. “That’s a major assault on California’s sovereignty,” Ethan Elkind, who heads the Climate Change and Business Program run by the law schools at the University of California, Berkeley, and UCLA, told BuzzFeed News.

School suspensions cost state $2.7 billion | San Diego Union-Tribune

School suspensions increase dropout rates, costing California an estimated $2.7 billion in lost income and taxes, and increased crime and welfare expenses, according to a report by University of California researchers. The paper, released Wednesday by researchers with UCLA and UC Santa Barbara, followed students at every high school in the state for three years starting in 2011-12. It concluded that school suspensions make students 6.5 percent more likely to drop out, reducing their lifetime earnings and increasing their risk of crime, health issues and other costly problems.

Will anyone be better off with Trumpcare? | Sacramento Bee

Yet in the rush to fulfill a key campaign promise — the repeal of Obamacare — Republicans are ramming forward replacement legislation that is sure to alienate just about everyone, including most of the 3 million Californians who’ve become newly insured and many of whom voted for the new president. (Commentary written by Gerald Kominski)

Huntsman accepts offer to be ambassador to Russia | Salt Lake Tribune

With the administration under fire over its ties to Russia, Huntsman should be prepared for anything, said Daniel Treisman, a political scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Judging by the past couple of months, it is likely that things will change a lot during his tenure over there, so he better be flexible and ready for surprises,” said Treisman, who focuses on Russian politics. “The kind of problems he will have to deal with will be unusually difficult.”

What’s behind big spending on school board primary | KPCC-FM

“The real issue we should be raising is oversight of charter schools and making sure that there’s good accountability on charter schools,” said Pedro Noguera, a professor at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. “I don’t know if that issue has gotten the attention that it needs and deserves.”

Images reveal impact storms have had on California | Fox News

“Food production requires nearly unfathomable volumes of water, and has resulted in the long-term decline of the total available fresh water in California,” Jay Famiglietti and Michelle Miro, hydrologists at University of California-Irvine and UCLA, respectively, wrote in the Los Angeles Times. “The great thirst of our highly productive agricultural sector has never been and will never be satisfied by the annual winter storms that feed the state’s rivers and reservoirs.”

Can appendicitis be treated solely with medication? | Medical Xpress

“Traditional medical approaches are constantly being re-evaluated to determine their value to society. Extensive data from a large-scale study will help patients and their physicians make more informed health care decisions…. Routine appendectomy has served us well for a long time, so we should be skeptical of change. But skepticism also demands that we carefully study and compare the relative efficacy of different treatment approaches,” said UCLA’s Dr. David Talan. (Also: HealthCanal)

Online tools help those with serious mental illness fight obesity | Medical Xpress

Online weight management tools and weekly peer coaching resulted in greater weight loss for people with serious mental illness than when they visited health professionals in person in clinics, according to a new study led by Dr. Alexander Young, a professor of psychiatry at UCLA. (Also: HealthCanal)

Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion cut bill worries, study finds | HealthDay

“Low-income adults in expansion states do appear to be better off after the Medicaid expansion,” said study co-author Laura Wherry, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine. (Also: Medical Xpress)

Americans with high blood pressure still eat too much salt | HealthDay

According to Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, “These findings question the effectiveness of interventions to reduce salt consumption among hypertensive adults.”

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