UCLA In the News March 9, 2018

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

In depression fight, UCLA relies on technology | Chronicle of Higher Education

Roughly 45 percent of the students whom UCLA has screened since January 2017 have been identified with at least mild levels of depression or anxiety, says Michelle G. Craske, director of the university’s Anxiety and Depression Research Center and a member of the study’s executive committee. About 23 percent of those students have used the campus counseling service. Like many college mental-health services, Craske says, UCLA’s are “overwhelmed with demand.” “The students are needing more than they can get from the services provided — and we have excellent services,” she says.

How to conquer the time change of Daylight Savings | KPCC-FM

“During the first week you’ll feel sleepier,” Dr. Alon Avidan of UCLA’s Sleep Disorder Center tells KPCC. “It’s hard to make the adjustment.” Among his tips for making the shift a bit easier: Don’t drink caffeine and alcohol before going to bed and avoid looking at a screen for the two hours before you go to sleep.

‘Corporations are people’ built on incredible 19th-century lie | The Atlantic

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Adam Winkler) Somewhat unintuitively, American corporations today enjoy many of the same rights as American citizens. Both, for instance, are entitled to the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion. How exactly did corporations come to be understood as “people” bestowed with the most fundamental constitutional rights? The answer can be found in a bizarre — even farcical — series of lawsuits over 130 years ago involving a lawyer who lied to the Supreme Court, an ethically challenged justice, and one of the most powerful corporations of the day.

The hidden intelligence of hormones | Times Higher Education

[Martie] Haselton directs the Evolutionary Psychology Laboratory at the University of California, Los Angeles, and her book, as the title might suggest, explores the ways that behaviour is still moulded by our evolutionary past…. She writes in a style that is lively, popular and confessional, but still scrupulous in its analysis of what her research does and does not show.

How high court is expanding immigrant detention system | The Atlantic

As scholars like Hiroshi Motomura of the University of California at Los Angeles have documented, for most of American history, immigration law and policy was largely focused on helping new immigrant populations assimilate to American life and gain citizenship, not on arresting, prosecuting, or expelling them.

HIV-prevention drug use rises, lags among non-whites | California Healthline

The ethnic and racial disparities shown in the data are an important finding because of the role the pill can play in helping reduce new infections, said Nina Harawa, an associate professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and the lead author of the California study. “We are at this point where it’s really possible to turn the tide on new infections,” Harawa said. “PrEP is a huge part of the strategy to eventually get to zero cases of new HIV. We need to make sure resources around PrEP are being used wisely and getting to the right people.”

Why housing costs are so high | National Review

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Gabriel Rossman) Land is of course inherently finite, and land in a particular labor market is not only finite but may be scarce. However, that there is only so much land in a metropolitan area does not determine how many people can live on it. A given plot of land can be occupied by a large apartment building, a small apartment building, or a single-family home, or it can remain just a vacant lot holding nothing but weeds and trash. Which usage the land is put to is political, and in the sense not just that it is decided by the state but that it follows a partisan divide.

Fact-checking claim of California gubernatorial candidate | Politifact

Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, agreed there’s some truth to Villaraigosa’s claim. “I would rate this assertion by Villaraigosa as partially true. SB 562 would replace Medicare with a more comprehensive state program that would make Medicare beneficiaries better off, because it would be more inclusive than Medicare, and dramatically reduce out-of-pocket payments for supplement insurance and deductibles and copayments. The press release uses negative language to describe this change, which in my opinion is misleading,” Kominski said in an email.

‘Sarcastic fringehead’ fish has wider mouth than body | New Scientist

When threatened by another male, the fish opens its mouth about as wide as its head, displaying an outer and inner row of teeth. This effort is intended to show other fringeheads that “I’m bigger than you and you shouldn’t come into my area,” says Watcharapong Hongjamrassilp at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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