UCLA In the News May 30, 2018

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

The price of racist tweets | Washington Post

Darnell Hunt, director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies and the University of California, Los Angeles, said he applauded ABC’s decision to cancel its top-rated show in light of the star’s Twitter use. He hopes other networks will learn from the scandal. “The day of reckoning is going to eventually come,” Hunt said in an interview, “and you’re going to have to pay for that.” The move blows up a major investment, he said. Up until the network parted ways with Barr, it was heavily promoting her show and planning an Emmy campaign for it, Deadline reported.

Westwood students, community leaders vote to create neighborhood council | Los Angeles Times

“We’re absolutely ecstatic that for the first time in many years, perhaps the first time ever, there was a free and open election,” said Michael Skiles, UCLA’s graduate student association president and a Westwood Forward group leader. “Above all, it’s about those segments of the community — the younger, the less permanently present, the less affluent segments of the community that usually have very little voice in local decision making — having come together.”

Art gives lifeline to help vets cope with traumatic memories | Los Angeles Times

Tess Banko, 37, executive director of the UCLA Veteran Family Wellness Center and a Marine Corps veteran, took up acrylic painting after she was diagnosed with PTSD related to traumatic experiences while stationed in Okinawa, Japan. “The ways in which trauma can manifest are shocking,” said Banko, a speaker on a panel discussion devoted to trauma and relationships. “I’ve dealt with veterans who can’t be touched. Some others could not bear the sound of a cigarette lighter, or even the click of a ballpoint pen…. Many veterans turn to physical therapy, medication and acupuncture for help. But a growing number are looking into art and music programs.”

UCLA offers innovative approach to fighting depression on campus | NBC Nightly News

The university offers an anonymous, online questionnaire to help identify students at risk of depression and also trains student coaches who can help and understand what those struggling are going through. (UCLA’s Nelson Freimer interviewed)

‘Markers’ of Alzheimer’s don’t doom you to dementia | U.S. News & World Report

“Just because you have amyloid [proteins] in the brain doesn’t mean you’re going to get dementia tomorrow. It doesn’t mean you’re going to get dementia in five years,” said lead researcher Ron Brookmeyer. He’s a professor of biostatistics with UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health. “It could be many years, and it could be longer than your natural life expectancy,” Brookmeyer added.

Put a ring on it? Millennial couples are in no hurry | New York Times

“People are not postponing marriage because they care about marriage less, but because they care about marriage more,” said Benjamin Karney, a professor of social psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Owning a rental home is almost as lucrative as stock market | USA Today

Still, it’s an approach that hadn’t been used much before on single-family rentals, researcher Andrea Eisfeldt of UCLA’s Anderson School of Management said. Andrew Demers of Structured Portfolio Management in Stamford, Conn., was the study’s other author. “The crazy thing is that a lot of the previous studies talked about capital gains or yields or how expensive rents are but not (incorporating all those components as) total returns,” Eisfeldt said in an interview.

Hotter years ‘mean lower exam results’ | BBC News

Students taking exams in a summer heat wave might have always complained that they were hampered by the sweltering weather. But this study, from academics at Harvard, the University of California Los Angeles and Georgia State University, claims to have produced the first clear evidence showing that when temperatures go up, school performance goes down. Researchers have tracked how secondary school students performed in tests in different years, between 2001 and 2014, across the different climates and weather patterns within the U.S.

These Valley students are first in their families to college | Los Angeles Daily News

After high school, while working as a makeup artist at Nordstrom and MAC, [Ronnell] Evans started taking community college classes, one at a time. In 2016, he got a boost from a week-long summer program under UCLA’s Center for Community College Partnerships. He and other students stayed in the UCLA dorms, ate their meals on campus and attended lectures and workshops. To see so many successful black professors inspired him, he said.

How artificial intelligence may help decode your baby’s cries | CBC Radio

Now, [UCLA’s Ariana] Anderson is making it easier for new parents to decipher their child’s howls with an app called Chatterbaby that hopes to contribute to autism research. Anderson and her team at UCLA collected recordings of crying babies, reported to be hungry, fussy or pained. Using the app, a parent can record their baby’s cries and an algorithm offers a prediction of how the child is feeling based on those three emotions. “Within our own sample, it looks like it’s about 90 per cent accuracy for flagging pain. About 70 per cent accurate overall,” she told “Day 6” host Brent Bambury.

Cuba calls on U.S., Canada to investigate ‘sonic attack’ claims | The Guardian

Mark Cohen, a professor of neurology and pioneer in functional brain imaging at University of California, Los Angeles, said there was insufficient evidence to link the diplomats’ health problems to the sounds they heard. “These are symptoms which are typical of many, many causes,” he said. “It is an incautious leap to presume that the cause was related to the reports of sounds heard by these diplomats.”

Paint companies lobby to overturn ruling forcing them to clean up lead in homes | Los Angeles Times

The cities and counties that sued Sherwin-Williams and ConAgra vigorously disagree with the companies’ legal argument, and independent observers share that stance. Sean Hecht, a UCLA School of Law professor who has followed the litigation, said the court decision doesn’t increase homeowners’ liability. The companies “want to scare people into thinking this is going to be this dramatic problem for the real estate community and maybe tenants, and it’s hard for me to see how the ruling does what they say at all,” Hecht said.

Too much meat, dairy tied to heart failure risk | HealthDay

However, one U.S. heart expert isn’t convinced the study conclusions are valid. “It is not entirely clear from this study whether these findings are related to the diets reported by participants or related to other factors,” said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Enhance your awareness to improve your family’s well-being | U.S. News & World Report

[Commentary by UCLA’s Daniel Siegel] You might be surprised as I was to find that science has recently confirmed what some wisdom traditions have known for quite some time: Focusing our attention and increasing awareness — to stay in the present moment — can enhance our health and well-being. As busy parents often stressed with the responsibility of taking care of the many details of raising our children, this is exciting and very practical news! And there are a number of ways you can apply this knowledge to strengthen your mind, which will benefit not only your health but the well-being of your children as well.

Can this bird adapt to a warmer climate? Read the genes | The Conversation

[Commentary by UCLA’s Rachael Bay] These special adaptations are encoded in the genome and passed down from generation to generation. This information can help scientists project into the future as well: Reading an animals’ genes may help us anticipate if, and how, an organism might adapt to rapid changes in their environment, like those brought on by climate change. Understanding climate vulnerability at the level of an animal’s DNA could reveal which populations and species are more at risk, allowing us to match conservation efforts with at-risk species and expected climate scenarios.

5 ways to avoid norovirus on your summer vacation | Healthline

“I would anticipate that if someone is going on a cruise there is a very good chance they might contract norovirus. Cruise ships are well-known to be particular places where norovirus can enter the water supply and the ice system. Once it’s present on a cruise ship, it easily spreads from person to person and it’s really hard to effectively decontaminate and remove the virus from the ship,” Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, professor of medicine and public health at the University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine, told Healthline.

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