UCLA In the News May 24, 2018

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

What NFL’s new anthem protest rules really mean for First Amendment | Washington Post

Eugene Volokh, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law who until the end of 2017 anchored an opinion blog for The Washington Post, said that many states have laws that protect the political speech of the employees of private companies that could potentially apply, but said that the legal grounding was untested. “A considerable amount of states including those that have NFL teams and stadiums do in fact have laws that bar private employers from retaliating against employees because of their political activity,” Volokh said. The locker room exception included in the league’s new rules — allowing players to opt out of standing for the anthem as long as they are off the field — helps make it a “pretty solid case for the NFL.”

UCLA doctor uses medicine, science to improve quality of life | New York Times

[UCLA’s Antoni] Ribas is a patient favorite not only because of his bedside manner. He has also saved their lives. For the last 17 years, Dr. Ribas, 52, has been at the forefront of a revolution in treating cancer, by turning the patient’s own immune system against it. In 2001, when cancer immunotherapy was mostly dismissed as hopeless, Dr. Ribas began one of the first clinical trials to test it. His first patient to respond is still alive.

This backward-traveling asteroid could be an interstellar space fossil | Los Angeles Times

“If it’s a good result, it’s a little bit surprising — but promising,” said David Jewitt, a planetary astronomer at UCLA who was not involved in the research, who added that there were some questions about the model the researchers used. “It means we can do measurements in the solar system and find material that formed, probably, around some other star.”

IRS takes aim at California and other states trying to help residents avoid new tax-deduction limit | Los Angeles Times

The IRS already allows people to claim contributions for payments to more than 100 charitable programs in 33 states. Some of them fund state-supported activities such as public schools and college scholarship programs, said one of those experts, Kirk Stark, a UCLA law professor who has studied the issue. Stark said Wednesday that it would be difficult for the IRS to draft regulations that allow those programs to continue while invalidating efforts like those of California and New York to use credits for state and local taxes. Unless the IRS eliminates all such programs, he predicted their new rules “will be subject to rigorous litgation.” (Also: CNN Money)

Trump’s blocking of critics on Twitter violates Constitution | Reuters

Eugene Volokh, a University of California Los Angeles School of Law professor who specializes in First Amendment issues, said the decision’s effect would reach beyond Trump. “It would end up applying to a wide range of government officials throughout the country,” he said.

Many college grads from Great Recession are still trying to catch up | CNN Money

It can take 10 to 15 years for students who graduate in a recession to catch up, said Till von Wachter, an economics professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, citing studies of prior downturns. Recession graduates usually start at lower-paying firms and move to bigger companies offering better salaries once the economy recovers, he said. That can typically take up to five years. Then, they still have to move up the job ladder at those larger employers, which can take several more years.

Frida Kahlo’s popularity soars, but family struggles to manage legacy | Reuters

There is irony in her reincarnation at the hands of Mattel, said Charlene Villasenor Black, an art history professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. “How many other communist Barbie dolls are there?” she said.

Can you catch up on lost sleep on the weekends? | Time

Another part of the new paper deserves attention, says Jerome Siegel, a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the University of California Los Angeles Center for Sleep Research (who was not involved with the study). People who regularly slept longer than seven hours per night had a 25% higher mortality risk than the control group, a result that appears to be independent of chronic health issues that could cause excess sleep. “Being an inactive ‘couch potato’ is not good for you,” Siegel said in an email to Time. “It may well be that just as sitting all day is bad for you, lying in bed for extended periods of time is also bad for you. The key issue is determining whether restricting sleep in long sleepers improves their health.”

How to find top anesthesiology med school programs | U.S. News & World Report

Dr. Karen Sibert, the president of the California Society of Anesthesiologists and an associate clinical professor with the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California—Los Angeles and UCLA Health, says she chose to become an anesthesiologist because she was intrigued by the idea of putting patients to sleep so they could endure a medical procedure. “I thought it was absolutely fascinating that anesthesiologists could take people and put them into this state of induced coma and take care of their heart and their lungs and their neurologic function and their diabetes... and then bring them out of it and wake them up,” Sibert says. “And the patient has no idea that time has even passed.”

Getting to know CBD and why it’s becoming more popular | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“We are in a frankly desperate situation where we are searching for new therapies that are safe and effective. And if we were to turn back the clock a few years ago, we were hearing these reports of medical marijuana being a savior for some of these patients. And most of us in the field were quite skeptical, to put it simply. And as time went by, though, the barriers to believing that this was effective have slowly been eroded and now we have a series of high-quality clinical trials showing that pure cannabidiol is quite effective in reducing seizures associated with several of these very severe, early-life epilepsies,” said UCLA’s Shaun Hussain. (Approx. 4:30 mark)

The risks of sending money through phone-based apps | KCBS-TV

“Unfortunately, security is often an afterthought when there’s a lot of market pressure to introduce new products to compete, for example, in the money transfer space,” said UCLA’s John Villasenor. (Approx. 3:35 mark)

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