UCLA In the News May 18, 2017

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

How modern life affects the brain’s biology  | Los Angeles Times

Some are studying the impacts of computers and mobile phones. Dr. Gary Small, a geriatric psychiatrist and director of UCLA’s Longevity Center, is one of them: He has used a brain-imaging tool called functional MRI to examine what happens in the brain when people conduct an Internet search.… “We think brains are getting more efficient,” Small says. “It’s like you’re building mental muscle.” (UCLA’s Dr. Beate Ritz is also quoted)

Global ransomware attack shows dangers of security backdoors | USA Today

“What happened this week won’t be lost on judges in the future should the government again try to get tech companies to build backdoor access into programs,” said Kristen Eichensehr, a law professor at the University of California at Los Angeles with an expertise in national security law and cybersecurity.

What pythons teach us about human health | New York Times

When Secor presented his observations at a 1991 scientific meeting at White Mountain Research Center, a few hours north of Los Angeles, [UCLA’s] Jared Diamond raised his hand. Diamond, now better known for his work as a geographer and historian (he is the author of “Guns, Germs and Steel”), was at the time a physiologist in the mold of Francis Gano Benedict. Since the early 1980s, he had been working on a grand survey of animal digestion. His lab had looked at rats and mice, cats and minks, frogs and fish. He had even studied how a hummingbird handles so much nectar in its small intestine.

Can charter-backed school officials lead from within? | Los Angeles Times

“It’s one thing to be a reformer on the outside,” said Pedro Noguera, a professor of education at UCLA. “I don’t think any of them would want to be on the board when the system collapses and they would be responsible. They will have to be much more creative than simply authorizing more charter schools.” (UCLA’s John Rogers is also quoted) (Also: KCAL-TV, KPCC-FM, KCBS-TV)

What to do now that may cut odds of dementia  | Los Angeles Times

“Loners don’t do well,” says Dr. Gary Small, director of the UCLA Longevity Center. Like many experts, Small believes that staying socially engaged is vital to staying mentally engaged.

The uproar over ‘transracialism’ | New York Times

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Rogers Brubaker) The idea of transracialism had been rejected out of hand by the cultural left. Some worried — as many cultural conservatives indeed hoped — that this seemingly absurd idea might undermine the legitimacy of transgender claims. Others argued that if self-identification were to replace ancestry or phenotype as the touchstone of racial identity, this would encourage “racial fraud” and cultural appropriation.

How our memories are made in the brain | Los Angeles Times

Nanthia Suthana of the UCLA Brain Research Institute studies the way we remember events. As depicted here, she explains what scientists believe happens when a person remembers her 21st birthday party.

Body’s own charged molecules could power pacemakers  | Fox News

“Combining energy harvesters with supercapacitors can provide endless power for lifelong implantable devices that may never need to be replaced,” said co-author [UCLA’s] Maher El-Kady.

Commentators sue over online harassment ban | Associated Press

UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh initiated the lawsuit. He said he and students in his First Amendment Amicus Brief Clinic are always on the lookout for state laws restricting speech or expression that they believe are overreaching. He teamed up with Cleveland-based attorney Ray Vasvari, who filed the suit.

Are charter schools widening public education racial divides? | Washington Post

Researchers with the Civil Rights Project at the University of California at Los Angeles found in 2010 that black students in charter schools are far more likely than their counterparts in traditional public schools to be educated in an intensely segregated setting.

A more favorable view of community colleges  | Christian Science Monitor

“Accessibility and affordability, I think those are two important words to live by in the future … and community colleges provide that,” says Mitchell Chang, a professor of higher education and organizational change at the University of California, Los Angeles.

MS-13’s effect on Los Angeles | KPCC-FM’s “Morning Edition”

“They began in the Pico-Union neighborhood in central Los Angeles. And they really organized to provide local residents with protection from other gangs, most notably 18th Street. MS-13 was composed of immigrants largely from El Salvador but also from Guatemala and Honduras. And as I stated, it was a protected gang,” said UCLA’s Jorja Leap. [Audio download] (Approx. 00:50 mark)

How Musk learns faster, better than everyone else | CNBC

Keith Holyoak, a UCLA professor of psychology and one of the world’s leading thinkers on analogical reasoning, recommends people ask themselves the following two questions in order to hone their skills: “What does this remind me of?” and “Why does it remind me of it?”

California ground water supply still low, even after rain | KCRW-FM

The study was conducted by UCLA and the University of Houston. It looked at ground water pumping rates during the last two droughts using satellite data. [Audio download] (Also: Sacramento Bee, Phys.org)

How Comey memo could lead to Trump’s impeachment | VICE

Adam Winkler, a professor of constitutional law at University of California Los Angeles, believes that if the New York Times report is accurate, its revelations would likely be enough to impeach Trump. “The statement is evidence of the intent,” he told VICE News. “Do you think it would be hard to persuade a jury of your peers that someone who says, ‘I want you to stop doing something’ has the intent to make someone stop doing something?”

Bill for free, low-cost student bus passes may be dead | Los Angeles Daily News

UCLA researcher Donald Shoup studied 35 colleges and universities with transit pass programs and found ridership increased between 70 and 200 percent in the first year. “If we get just 10 percent to change, that’s 140,000 additional transit riders in L.A. County. That equals the ridership on the Red Line,” he said.

Tool to rapidly measure degradation of drug loaded nanoparticles | Phys.org

“Through this collaboration between my lab and Professor Tatiana Segura’s lab at UCLA, we have created a powerful and cost-effective computational method that enables high-throughput monitoring of the degradation of any type of nanoparticle using an extremely small sample volume that is at least a thousand-fold smaller than what is required by other optical techniques, providing additional cost savings per measurement,” said Aydogan Ozcan, who led the research team and is UCLA’s Chancellor’s Professor of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering and associate director of the California NanoSystems Institute.

Advice for parents experiencing empty nest syndrome | News-Medical

“Loneliness, loss, sadness, these are all emotions that can impact a parent at this stage in life,” says Emanuel Maidenberg, a clinical professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and an expert on stress and anxiety. Maidenberg is the director of the UCLA Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Clinic, which treats patients for a wide range of emotional events, from a terrorist attack or earthquake to empty nest syndrome.

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