UCLA In the News May 9, 2018

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

EPA’s move to fast-track groundwater cleanup questioned | Los Angeles Times

Though the Orange County site may warrant federal attention, its expedited selection is unusual, “procedurally fishy” and “looks like a process shortcut that sent this request to the top of the list,” said Sean Hecht, an environmental law professor at UCLA. “The Pruitt EPA in general has not been particularly responsive, to say the least, to other requests made by California’s environmental officials, making it look more likely that Hewitt may have influenced the process in some way,” Hecht said.

How Trump could make history by pleading the Fifth | Time

“The political fallout might be considerable or it might not, given that pretty much everyone in the country seems to have made up his or her mind one way or the other,” says Jon Michaels, professor at UCLA School of Law.

Musk outlines plan for brick-making business | Bloomberg

How many affordable housing units those bricks will create, though, is a different matter, says Juan Matute, a lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles, and associate director of UCLA’s Institute of Transportation Studies. Musk’s tweet “assumes that housing costs are driven by construction materials, and particularly, construction materials that can be replaced by bricks,” Matute said.

Cal State Long Beach’s 49ers have complicated history | Los Angeles Times Opinion

Did people during the gold rush kill Indians in California? Absolutely. In his masterful 2016 book “An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873,” UCLA history professor Benjamin Madley documented how vigilantes, soldiers and regular citizens slaughtered California’s native population to the point that it went from about 150,000 people to just 30,000.

People of color lose more years of life to U.S. police violence than whites | The Guardian (U.K.)

“This is the first study that quantifies years of life lost due to police violence in the U.S. by age and by race,” said Anthony Bui, a researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles. “We found that deaths from law enforcement are a major public health concern.”

Experts have new advice on prostate cancer screening | Los Angeles Times

“Don’t ask the question if you’re not sure what you’ll want to do with the result,” said Dr. Christopher Saigal, the vice chair of urology at UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine who studies how doctors and patients make decisions about prostate cancer treatment.

Toll areas could ease congestion in Los Angeles | KTTV-TV

Cordon tolling is “when you draw a boundary around a particularly congested area and you charge people to drive into it and that charge might vary by time of day, or it might be flat,” said UCLA’s Michael Manville. (Approx. 00:40 mark)

Being called ‘fat’ in early teens tied to later eating disorders for girls | Reuters

“How we talk about weight — especially with young girls — can have really negative effects on mental and physical health,” said lead author Jeffrey Hunger, a psychologist at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Labeling young girls as ‘too fat’ will never spur positive health behaviors; it is simply going to result in poor body image, unhealthy weight control practices, and disordered eating,” he told Reuters Health in an email.

The impact of sleep apnea is worse for women | News-Medical

Studies led by UCLA School of Nursing professor Paul Macey have repeatedly shown that there are significant differences between the impacts of sleep apnea on men and women. While men are more likely to have sleep apnea, women with sleep apnea have a higher degree of brain injury. “Because women report different symptoms, they tend to be misdiagnosed,” Macey said. “Early detection and treatment is the best way to protect against damage to the brain and other organs.”

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