UCLA In the News May 30, 2017

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

How custom blazer in 90 minutes might alter apparel business | Washington Post

It is hitches such as these that make Felipe Caro, a professor at University of California-Los Angeles who studies operations and technology management, skeptical that mass customization can become ubiquitous in the retail business. “Sure, there’s almost no labor involved. But how many of those can you produce in an afternoon?” asked Caro, who previously worked on supply chain strategy for fast-fashion powerhouse Zara. (Also: Los Angeles Times)

Challenges of single-payer system not insurmountable | Los Angeles Times

Last August, the Center for Health Policy Research at UCLA estimated that health care expenditures statewide would come to $367 billion in 2016, including government funding and employer and private premiums — and that left out California’s 3 million uninsured residents (including undocumented residents), who would be absorbed into the state plan.

A climate change effect you could lose sleep over | New York Times

Jerome M. Siegel, head of a sleep laboratory at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was not involved in the study, said the assumptions and data limitations gave him pause. “It’s sort of a nice exercise — yes, this is something that might affect people,” Dr. Siegel said. “But this would be way down on my list of things to worry about with climate change, even though I’m a sleep researcher.”

How to fix L.A.’s failed parking policies | Los Angeles Times

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Ethan Elkind) “The excessive parking requirements imposed on builders and businesses have artificially inflated housing prices and rents: a single parking spot adds 12.5% to the price of a housing unit, and two spots add 25%. It’s, of course, low-income residents who feel the marginal price increases most severely, and many of them don’t even own a vehicle.”

Law that could send online bullies to jail criticized | Associated Press

Similar laws in New York and North Carolina have been ruled unconstitutional in recent years, said UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh, who called Utah’s measure a violation of the First Amendment. He helped launch a lawsuit last week challenging a similar law in Ohio. “There are some situations where you might say this is punishable, especially if it’s a threat,” Volokh said. “But again, it deliberately applies to speech that doesn’t fit within any First Amendment exception.”

3 steps to lower hearing aid cost for consumers | U.S. News & World Report

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Jonathan Fielding) Most adults with hearing loss would benefit from the use of hearing aids. There are several types of hearing aids available, but they all work the same way. Age-related hearing loss is characterized by damage to or reduction in the number of nerve cells in the ear that send sound to the brain. Hearing aids collect, amplify and broadcast sound in the ear, helping the remaining or damaged nerve cells.

Handshake-free zones target germs in hospital | NPR’s “Morning Edition”

Dr. Mark Sklansky, a self-described germaphobe, can’t stop thinking about how quickly microbes can spread.” If I am at a computer terminal or using a phone or opening a door, I know my hands are now contaminated, and I need to be careful and I need to wash my hands,” says Sklansky, a professor of pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Woods’ case should raise awareness to prevent DUI | KCBS-TV

“I’m glad he’s making the statement about it now so that hopefully other people will make the decision not to drive before they get behind the wheel…. There are several prescription medication categories that can impair you,” said UCLA’s Dr. David Baron. (Approx. 01:00 mark)

Report shows rising deaths from Alzheimer’s | KPCC-FM’s “Air Talk”

“I think … this is really a multifactorial observation. The reasons are primarily the increased awareness of people … and then the other thing is from the health professional standpoint I think more health professionals are more aware of how Alzheimer’s disease causes things like pneumonia, falls with head trauma, that initially several years ago … they may not have attributed to dementia,” said UCLA’s Zaldy Tan. (Approx. 02:40 mark)

Social media’s role in moderating content  | KPCC-FM

“Social media platforms are reliant upon user-generated content to gain and keep users. And at the end of the day these platforms are interested in delivering those users to advertisers. One way to cut in on the magnitude of this issue is to think about how much content is being produced,” said UCLA’s Sarah Roberts. [Audio download] (Approx. 01:15 mark)

Rohrabacher is California pot industry’s great federal hope | KPCC-FM

Mark Kleiman, a drug policy expert and UCLA professor emeritus, agreed. “I’m sure Sessions is aware and [Trump advisor Steve] Bannon is aware that marijuana is more popular than Donald J. Trump,” Kleiman said.

Test could slow growth of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea | KPCC-FM

“People are … essentially treated with a sledgehammer,” [UCLA’s Dr. Jeffrey] Klausner says. “It would be much better if we could do smarter treatment and treat them on the basis of the susceptibility or the genetic characteristics of the infection they actually have.”

What failed 710 expansion means for transportation | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

And that brings us to Martin Wachs. He’s a professor emeritus at UCLA. He’s spent his life studying transportation, and he’s been following the fight over the 710 since he moved here back in 1971. He spoke to A Martinez about the failed expansion and the future of freeways in Los Angeles. “I think we are at the end of the freeway building era but not the freeway using era,” says Wachs. “We will of course amend freeways — widen lanes, replace overpasses [and] open shoulders for traffic.”

Facebook not designed to create “global community” | Mother Jones

Ramesh Srinivasan, a professor at UCLA, raises this question in his debut book “Whose Global Village? Rethinking How Technology Impacts Our World.” As a researcher focused on the relationship between technology, politics, and society, Srinivasan proposes a deconstruction of Western tech company narratives. He points out that today’s most popular technological tools were developed by just a few men in Silicon Valley.

Trump is making xenophobia more acceptable | Bloomberg

Leonardo Bursztyn of the University of Chicago, Georgy Egorov of Northwestern University and Stefano Fiorin of the University of California at Los Angeles designed an elaborate experiment to test whether Trump’s political success affects Americans’ willingness to support, in public, a xenophobic organization. They find that it does — big-time. It’s a little finding with big implications.

Test could potentially generate new gravitational models | Phys.org

“This is really exciting. It’s taken us 20 years to get here, but now our work on studying stars at the center of our galaxy is opening up a new method of looking at how gravity works,” said Andrea Ghez, Director of the UCLA Galactic Center Group and co-author of the study.

What Congress should ask Comey about Russia probe | Los Angeles Daily News

“My guess is members (of Congress) will want to review the timeline — when they started the investigation, when were people notified — and go specifically through the investigative stages,” says Jon Michaels, professor of law at UCLA. “My guess is maybe some of the Democrats will ask what role, if any, (U.S. Attorney General Jeff) Sessions played” and whether (Deputy Attorney General Rod) Rosenstein gave any sign of dissatisfaction with Comey’s work, Michaels added.

McMaster unconcerned with Trump-Kremlin channel | Business Insider

In that case, McMaster’s “going before the press didn’t do anything to limit” fallout from revelations that Trump disclosed code-word information to the Russians, said Jon Michaels, a professor and expert on national security at UCLA Law.

Special education students help UCLA catalog history | Los Angeles Daily News

UCLA staff has, over the past several decades, taped thousands of hours of local and national newscasts that were broadcast in Los Angeles. It’s all on old Betamax and VHS tapes, kept at UCLA and in off-site storage. There are so many tapes, with little organization, that even UCLA communications professor Tim Groeling, in charge of the project, isn’t sure how much footage needs to be processed.

The White House has a credibility crisis | Business Insider

“He [H.R. McMaster] was brought in as someone who was beyond reproach, who wasn’t in [President Donald] Trump’s inner circle, had a stellar reputation, and was supposed to be distanced from Trump,” said Jon Michaels, a professor and expert on national security at UCLA Law.

Don’t expect big increases in L.A. charter schools | Los Angeles Daily News

Pedro Noguera, who directs UCLA’s Center for the Study of School Transformation, said last week’s election results were “more of a symbolic victory than something that is actually going to have an impact.” The reason, he said, “is that the major issues facing L.A. Unified are very complex, and this election is not going to solve them.”

Dirt microbiome may double as an antidepressant | Quartz

“We’ve forgotten that these were beneficial,” says Emeran Mayer, a gastroenterologist and neuroscientist at the University of California-Los Angeles and author of “The Mind-Gut Connection.” “They might have caused an initial infection, but could then live in symbiosis with us,” Mayer says.

Are pigs linked to Congo’s new Ebola outbreak? | Science Magazine

“Ebola is not even the prime suspect,” says Anne Rimoin, an epidemiologist from the University of California, Los Angeles, who has worked in the DRC for 15 years and is there now.

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