UCLA In the News May 24, 2017

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

Facebook’s rulebook is changing | BBC’s “Outside Source”

“I think they certainly do have a rather serious kettle of fish to deal with,” said UCLA’s Sarah Roberts. “Although, Facebook’s statement sort of takes out of the picture the fact that they thrive on this user-generated content which they solicit and which underpins the entire economy of their platform.”

How to protect yourself against vision loss | Chicago Tribune

And scientists at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles report promising results from transplanting stem cells from embryonic cells into patients who had been blind for decades from AMD and another disease. A study in 2014 reported that 10 of the 18 patients who received the cells experienced significantly improved vision.

L.A. looks to “reimagine” lagging Metro bus service | LA Weekly

“Given the fact Metro is losing a lot of bus riders, it makes sense for them to sit down to figure out what’s going on and what they have to do,” says UCLA urban planning professor Michael Manville. “But you don’t want to get into a situation where people perceive that the bus system is being reimagined in a way that it’s being undermined.”

How automation will affect the future | BBC

“Automation has happened before,” says Bhagwan Chowdhry, professor of finance at the University of California, Los Angeles. Chowdhry points to the shifts that took place in factories during the industrial revolution when automatic looms and other machines took over from human weavers.

TV’s race, gender problems are more systemic than ever | Mic

In a Hollywood diversity report compiled by UCLA’s Bunche Center for African-American Studies that looked at the 2014-2015 television season (the last season for which substantive data was available), only 11% of lead broadcast roles went to people of color, and 38% went to women.

Presidents can’t undo national monuments | Salt Lake Tribune

“If you look at both the original Antiquities Act in context of other statutes of its time and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act that overhauled public land management in 1976, the evidence is clear Congress intended this to be a one-way designation,” said [Sean] Hecht, co-executive director of UCLA’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. “It can be proclaimed, but not revoked or reduced.”

Single-payer health plan tab could be $400B | United Press International

About $367 billion was spent on healthcare last year statewide, according to the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. (Also: California Healthline)

Immigrant stance may be slowing wage-theft claims | Los Angeles Daily News

According to statistics from the UCLA Labor Center, workers in Los Angeles are estimated to be cheated out of $26.2 million a week in wages.

Chemical reaction may yield new fuels, medications | Scienmag

Hosea Nelson, a UCLA assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry and senior author of the study, said the energy industry has been interested in taking very simple hydrocarbon molecules like methane and turning them into new fuels. “This new method will enable scientists to incorporate methane into bigger molecules,” he said. (Also: News-Medical, ScienceDaily, Health Medicine Network)

Atomic structure of irradiated materials studied | Phys.org

“The molecular dynamics technique is based on numerically solving Newton’s laws of motion for a group of interacting atoms,” said Mathieu Bauchy, an assistant professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at UCLA. “All atoms apply a force on each other that can be used to calculate the acceleration of each atom over time.”

‘Dictionary of genes’ could lead to biofuels, medicine advances | Science Daily

Knowing the genome is like having a “dictionary” of the alga’s approximately 15,000 genes, said co-senior author Sabeeha Merchant, a UCLA professor of biochemistry. “From there, researchers can learn how to put the ‘words’ and ‘sentences’ together, and to target our research on important subsets of genes.” (Also: Technology.org)

New test to identify appropriate gonorrhea treatment | News-Medical

The research was conducted at UCLA Health’s hospitals, emergency departments and primary care clinics. After developing a test to detect a genetic change in gonorrhea that makes it resistant to ciprofloxacin, the researchers noted what treatments UCLA physicians had been using to treat gonorrhea.

Taking on tuberculosis | American Society of Mechanical Engineers

“Medical professionals want to know how drugs are working in terms of efficacy and toxicity,” [UCLA’s Chih-Ming] Ho says. “We look at the input, which are the drug and the dose, and the efficacy or the toxicity as the output,” he explains. “Then what we need to do is calibrate each patient with a few calibration tests to find out the coefficient of the parabolic surface.”

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