UCLA In the News May 10, 2018

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

Hawaii residents warned about sulfur dioxide exposure from volcanic eruption | CBS Evening News

Residents on the Big Island are now being warned about the exposure to high levels of sulfur dioxide from the lava, a gas that can cause intense coughing and burning throats. Volcano expert [UCLA’s] Paul Davis says the gas occurs during the melting process. “It’s sort of like you’ve injected ammonia into your nose, into your breathing area, into your throat,” Davis said. Hawaii has five active volcanoes, but Kilauea is the biggest. It has been in a constant state of eruption since 1983, and scientists say there is no way to predict how long this eruption will last.

Precipitation whiplash, climate change threaten California’s freshwater | Washington Post

Scientists from UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the Center for Climate Science predicted increased warming in the region will cause snow to melt faster. Also, more of the precipitation will fall as rain rather than snow.

Ebola returns just as Trump asks to rescind Ebola funds | The Atlantic

“The last outbreak occurred approximately at the same time of year, and it appears that these outbreaks are occurring with greater frequency,” says Anne Rimoin from UCLA, who has worked in the Congo for 16 years. That could be because the Congolese are getting better at detecting the disease, “but there is some evidence that this outbreak appears to have been smoldering for a few months,” Rimoin adds. “Perhaps the ecology is changing, and it has something to do with the reservoir species.” She means the animals that harbor the Ebola virus — bats are likely candidates, but the exact species is still a mystery.

Paralyzed by bullying, survivor wants her recovery to inspire others | KCBS-TV

She went through several unsuccessful surgeries, but in 2010 she met UCLA’s Dr. Shlomo Raz, who was working abroad in Colombia at the time. Raz implanted electrodes in Perdomo’s lower spine to help her control her bladder and bowel, but he said they can also stimulate nerves that control walking. “The device got infected, and she looked for me in the United States,” said Raz. Last year, the doctor implanted new electrodes connected to a pacemaker. “The surgery went well,” said Raz. He called her progress a miracle. “She started to stand and walk.”

Creating a compelling character to aid Latinas with depression and anxiety | Medical Xpress

“Our goal was to understand what Latinas valued about Catalina to deepen our understanding of how to create characters that are socially and culturally appropriate, as well as entertaining,” [UCLA’s] MarySue Heilemann said…. “We believe that transmedia can be a tool to bring useful knowledge through an interactive story-based experience that ultimately increases healthy choices. But it’s more than just making a video and sharing it on social. It has to resonate with the audience.”

Why kids and teens may face far more anxiety these days | Washington Post

The data on anxiety among 18- and 19-year-olds is even starker. Since 1985, the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA has been asking incoming college freshmen if they “felt overwhelmed” by all they had to do. The first year, 18 percent replied yes. By 2000, that climbed to 28 percent. By 2016, to nearly 41 percent.

Faced with a housing crisis, California could further restrict supply  | The Economist

Paul Habibi, a professor at the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles, who invests in a mix of rent-controlled and non-rent-controlled property in the city, also points out that rent control does not necessarily benefit those most in need. “It seems sort of perverse that you can end up with a banker making $400,000 in a rent-controlled unit, while a plumber is forced to pay market rates.”

What are ‘bias response teams’? | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“University of Michigan specifically provides that students can be disciplined for harassing or bullying another person, including verbally. Well, what does that mean? If it were limited to, say, true threats of violence, well that would be punishable, no problem with that, but we need to see the definition. So we go to the definitions. They don’t actually give one definition, they quote a whole bunch of definitions. From dictionaries, from state law, from university policies, not clear which one they mean,” said UCLA’s Eugene Volokh.

Trump plans to fight California car rules with twice-failed strategy | Bloomberg

“It strikes me as an extraordinarily weak legal argument,” said Ann Carlson, a University of California Los Angeles law professor. Similar arguments were made by carmakers during the George W. Bush administration, but were rejected by federal judges in California and Vermont in 2007. Those rulings, plus a landmark Supreme Court decision that year that concluded the EPA could regulate carbon dioxide emissions, pose legal obstacles for the Trump administration, Carlson said.

Why the dancing makes ‘This Is America’ so uncomfortable to watch | The Atlantic

Decades later, inspired by ‘90s research on so-called mirror neurons — cells discovered in the brains of monkeys that react equally when the body performs an action as when it sees the action performed — modern dance theorists such as Ivar Hagendoorn and [UCLA’s] Susan Leigh Foster applied the idea to humans. Kinesthetic empathy, critics like Foster have argued, is what makes dance feel so infectious —and what prompts the body, upon seeing another body dance, to internally simulate the movement.

Text messages bring courses to disconnected students | Christian Science Monitor

[Riley] Wilson, a first-year student at UCLA, is studying philosophy. “I want to be able to claim that I’m doing good for fellow men and women everywhere, and without really studying what good is in a systematic manner, I don’t really think I can make that claim for myself,” he says.

The Vermont Avenue busway plan | KPCC-FM

“I think the numbers would justify rail in this situation.” UCLA professor Ethan Elkind says Vermont is the second busiest bus corridor in the county behind Wilshire Boulevard, which is getting a subway.

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