UCLA In the News May 16, 2018

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

Yanny or Laurel? How an audio clip divided the Internet  | New York Times

Jody Kreiman, a principal investigator at the voice perception laboratory at the University of California, Los Angeles, helpfully guessed that “the acoustic patterns for the utterance are midway between those for the two words…. Patricia Keating, a linguistics professor and the director of the phonetics lab at UCLA, said: “It depends on what part (what frequency range) of the signal you attend to.”

How faculty mentors can help first-generation students succeed | PBS NewsHour

Professor Lorrie Frasure-Yokley says her path to becoming the first tenured woman of color at UCLA’s Political Science Department has shaped who she is. “I’m a product of my mom, a high school education, and my dad, an eighth-grade education,” Frasure-Yokley said. “We want our first-generation students to thrive. We want them to feel like they belong here and that they’re going to be here for four years through graduation.”

Scientists sucked a memory out of a snail and stuck it in another snail | LiveScience

In a new study, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles extracted RNA, a genetic messenger molecule, from one snail and implanted it in another snail. Then, for good measure, they dribbled that same RNA over a bundle of loose neurons in a petri dish. In both experiments, the recipient — either the snail or the petri-neurons — remembered something the donor snail had experienced. (Also: KTLA-TV)

Expanding Medi-Cal to undocumented adults | Los Angeles Times Opinion

In California there were an estimated 3 million uninsured last year, according to modeling by UC Berkeley and UCLA; of those, almost 1.8 million are immigrants ineligible for Medi-Cal or subsidized private insurance because they are here illegally.

Maryland is 11th state to ban ‘gay conversion therapy’ for minors | NBC News

A study published in January by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law estimated approximately 700,000 LGBTQ adults have undergone conversion therapy at some point in their lives, including about 350,000 who received treatment as adolescents. The report also estimated 20,000 LGBTQ youth currently between 13 and 17 will receive conversion therapy from a licensed health care professional before they reach 18, and approximately 57,000 will be subjected to the controversial practice from a religious or spiritual adviser.

Plan could deter legal immigrants from health care, other services | CALmatters

According to Ninez Ponce, associate director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, that proposed rule in California would hit the Asian and Pacific Islander population hardest. A high proportion of legal immigrants are Asians, Ponce said. “What it means is those who are waiting for permanent status may not use needed services like health care, or get job training through CalWorks. It means immigrants would have less access to services that help integrate them into society.”

To build truly intelligent machines, teach them cause and effect | Quanta magazine

In his new book, [UCLA’s Judea] Pearl, now 81, elaborates a vision for how truly intelligent machines would think. The key, he argues, is to replace reasoning by association with causal reasoning. Instead of the mere ability to correlate fever and malaria, machines need the capacity to reason that malaria causes fever.

UCLA receives $13.6 million to study dementia care | Los Angeles Business Journal

“Whether a care team working within the health system can do a better job than a community-based care manager in coordinating the health and social needs of persons with dementia and their families is a fundamental, unanswered question,” said Dr. David Reuben, chief of the UCLA Division of Geriatrics, who will lead the study, in a statement.

College admission recruiting: biased or broken? | Forbes Opinion

UCLA’s [Ozan] Jaquette acknowledges this dilemma saying, “I don’t blame colleges for trying to recruit students that can afford to pay. There are financial realities here, especially for less selective colleges that we didn’t collect data on. I just want colleges and universities to be transparent about this rationale. Put it on the record.”

Undocumented student will graduate from medical school | La Opinión

PRIME is a five-year UCLA program for medical students who at the same time do a master’s degree in public policy, public health or business, he explains. It is a leadership program for doctors like Torres who want to focus on helping the less privileged population. “Every year, for 10 years, thousands of students apply for admission, but only 18 are accepted. Torres has been one of them,” says [UCLA’s Gerardo] Moreno, director of PRIME. (Translated from Spanish)

STDs reach a record high in California in 2017 | CBS News

“For California to have a steady increase in congenital syphilis is shameful,” said Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, a professor of medicine at University of California, Los Angeles. He pointed to nations such as Cuba, Thailand and Belarus that have nearly eliminated the life-threatening infection seen in infants. “We’ve known how to control syphilis since early 1900s. Seeing it come back like this is a sign of failure of the public health safety net,” Klausner said. (Also: KNBC-TV, Fox News)

Obesity tied to risk of irregular heart rhythm in both genders | Reuters

Still, the study adds to the evidence linking excess weight to a higher risk of atrial fibrillation, said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a cardiology researcher at the University of California Los Angeles who wasn’t involved in the study. “While the study finds the relationship was stronger in men, both men and women who were overweight or obese according to their body mass index were at increased risk for atrial fibrillation,” Fonarow said by email.

Doctors slow to switch diabetes treatment when drugs don’t work | Reuters

Still, such complications can become more likely the longer patients go with poorly controlled blood sugar, said Dr. Vanessa Arguello of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. “When appropriate, patients need to be involved in escalating their diabetes care to prevent diabetic complications and stay healthy,” Arguello, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.

Diverging data on universe’s expansion polarizes scientists | Scientific American

That result, says H0LiCOW team member Tommaso Treu, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Los Angeles, is based solely on basic geometry and Einstein’s general relativity—and is thus wholly independent of factors that might sully SHoES or Planck measurements. “In combination with the SHoES result, this adds evidence for the tension,” Treu says.

Critics fear surge in gambling addiction after court ruling | New York Post

“It’s basically regulating a behavior that is already happening and all that revenue that’s already generated by underground sports gambling isn’t being brought back to government,” said Dr. Tim Fong, professor of psychiatry, who runs UCLA’s gambling studies program. “Johnny down the street doesn’t pay taxes on that.”

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