UCLA In the News May 17, 2017

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

Flex aging brain with aerobics, resistance training | U.S. News & World Report

“Push yourself enough so that you can feel it and so that you can enjoy that endorphin high — the mild euphoria people experience when they do engage in moderate exercise,” says Dr. Gary Small, a professor of psychiatry and aging at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior in Los Angeles. “I think that mood elevation is important to reinforce a behavior — people like that feeling, and that makes them want to go back to the exercise, even though it takes some effort.”

Elderly immigrants in L.A. fighting ‘cash for keys’ | Public Radio International

Steven Wallace of UCLA’s Center for Health Policy Research is concerned about those who are currently being displaced. He calls them the “hidden poor” — people with an income that is above the official federal poverty level, yet below what they need to make ends meet.

Suppliers forced to agree to halt high-capacity kit sales | San Francisco Chronicle

UCLA law Professor Adam Winkler said cases like Herrera’s settlement Tuesday reflect broader trends in a gun-control movement that “has been reinvigorated in recent years,” with California at the forefront. “Gun control has become a higher priority for Democrats in recent years, including prosecutors who may now be more aggressive in going after people or companies that seek to evade California’s strict gun regulations,” Winkler said.

Stamen makes maps more interactive | KCRW-FM’s “Design and Architecture”

“With this profusion of apps and maps that we have on our phones, … there’s a growing love for beauty in maps. And that’s something that Stamen has worked hard on for a very long time — bringing beauty to online interactive cartography, both in the maps that we create for companies, non-profits, and education, but also in the maps we make and give away to the world that anyone anywhere in the world can use,” said UCLA’s Jon Christensen. [Audio download] (Approx. 01:05 mark)

More money collected when traffic fines are affordable | ABC Sacramento

University of California, Los Angeles Professor Beth Colgan researched several pilot programs that were carried out in the 1980s and 1990s that used day-fines, which are fines set to a person’s ability to pay. Colgan’s findings were consistent with the results from the amnesty program. Under the pilot programs, people with flat-rate fines were less likely to pay anything, while more people paid their debt when given adjusted fines and more money was collected.

The unexpected plus of parenting with autism | Spectrum

“That paper was rejected eight times by eight of the major psychiatric and medical journals,” says [Edward] Ritvo, now professor emeritus of psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Nobody believed it. They didn’t believe the parents had it, that autistic people could grow up and marry and have children.”

What improv teaches us about life | PsychCentral

For instance, the University of California at Los Angeles School of Dentistry’s Medical Improv class has been well-received by students, who not only enjoy the mutually supportive, fun and adventurous class taught by Dr. Craig Woods, but who also improve in the areas of listening, empathy, spontaneity, thinking on one’s feet, dealing with status, and multi-tasking — skills we all can use.

San Jose approves clean energy program | San Francisco Chronicle

Alameda County, Davis and Yolo County, and Los Angeles County have also begun exploring their own community choice programs, according to a recent UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs report.

K-pop superstars go global | OZY

Global audiences consumed them via social media, appreciating what Suk-Young Kim, a K-pop expert and professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, calls “a kind of authenticity.” She adds that “their lyrics are so close to reality,” discussing angst about careers, school and love.

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