UCLA In the News May 21, 2018

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

Most maps of the new Ebola outbreak are wrong | The Atlantic

[Cyrus] Sinai, a cartographer at UCLA, has been working with the Ministry of Health to improve the accuracy of the Congo’s maps, and flew over on Saturday at their request. For each health zone within the outbreak region, Sinai compiled a list of the constituent villages, plotted them using the most up-to-date sources of geographical data, and drew boundaries that include these places and no others.

Opera UCLA proves Susan B. Anthony remains ‘Mother of Us All’ | Los Angeles Times

UCLA has a tradition with Thomson and this opera. His first trip to L.A. was in 1949, when he directed the West Coast premiere of a scene from the new work on campus. He then returned several times over the years before his death in 1989. Opera UCLA — in collaboration with the university’s schools of music, theater, film and television — honors pretty much all of the composer’s wishes. As Thomson wanted, Michael Hackett’s production offers little in the way of sets, but the singers are all in period costume. The effect is not of historical drama but of people from the past speaking to the present.

California’s solar rooftop mandate doesn’t make economic sense | San Francisco Chronicle Opinion

(Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Lee Ohanian) This month, the California Energy Commission voted to require that almost all new California housing include rooftop solar panels. The commission estimates that after three years, the solar mandate will have the same effect on carbon reduction as eliminating 115,000 cars. But this represents only 0.8 percent of California’s registered motor vehicles. With California building about 100,000 homes each year, this relatively small reduction in carbon emissions may increase new home construction costs by as much as $9 billion. California’s rush into renewables is premature.

Stalls, stops and breakdowns: Problems plague push for electric buses | Los Angeles Times

Experts said these issues are common to electric vehicles, and other manufacturers have contended with insurmountable hills and quality control issues at new plants. The loss of battery power over time is also inherent with the technology, as are power drains. Heaters and air conditioners can sap 20% to 50% of the power, said Rajit Gadh, director of the Smart Grid Energy Research Center at UCLA.

Becoming a survivor: beginning life after cancer | Richmond Times-Dispatch

Dr. Patricia Ganz ­— a distinguished professor at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health who has researched breast cancer survivorship — pointed out that everyone, including the doctors, nurses and family members, thinks cancer is over after treatment…. “Often they’re really just coming to grip with the changes, what people call the new normal,” Ganz said. “All the people who may have circled the wagons to help them with food or transportation while they were getting chemotherapy, they think it’s over, but in fact (the patient) needs more emotional support at that time.”

Algorithm predicts which heart failure patients will live or die better than we can | IFL Science

Just in case you needed more convincing that artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are more life-saver than world-ender, a team at the University of California Los Angeles have been showing off their new toy: A computer program that’s able to predict whether people will survive heart failure, and for how long.

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