UCLA In the News November 1, 2017

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

UCLA ranked No. 2 on Large Colleges of the West list | Wall Street Journal

Seven of the top 10 schools in all three size categories analyzed based on the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings are based in California. Among large schools in the West, UCLA is ranked No. 2.

101 Freeway causing genetic differences in California wildlife | KPCC-FM

“Reptiles and mammals and birds, all of these things have trouble passing that 101 in terms of like connecting populations,” said UCLA’s Ryan Harrigan. [Audio download] (Approx. 00:18 mark)

Astronomers race to learn from first interstellar asteroid ever seen | Nature

“It’s fascinating,” says astronomer David Jewitt of the University of California, Los Angeles. “We are seeing a body from elsewhere in the galaxy passing through our solar system. It’s the first time we’ve seen such a thing.”

Judge blocks part of Trump’s transgender military ban | Washington Post

One recent study by the Rand Corp. put the number on active duty at about 2,500, while another from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law estimated that there were 15,500 on active duty, in the National Guard and in the reserves. (Also: KPCC-FM)

Lucrative, but dubious, business of treating sex addiction | CBS News

A UCLA study in 2012 found that the brain activity of self-reported sex addicts was no different from the brains of people with a high libido. But another study two years later found that so-called compulsive sexual behavior is associated with the type of abnormal brain activity associated with drug addiction.

Why does the Las Vegas shooter’s motive even matter? | CNN

“Everybody is talking about this. Everybody is asking ‘Why’d he do it? What’s the reason?’ “said Jeffrey Simon, a visiting lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the author of “Lone Wolf Terrorism: Understanding the Growing Threat.”

Putin’s pro-Trump trolls targeted Clinton, Mueller | Mother Jones

Leah Lievrouw, a professor at the University of California-Los Angeles who researches the intersection of media and information technologies, says the government could model regulation of the tech companies using rules that historically have governed the broadcast media or telecom industries — but she says that she sees an even higher bar for social media companies, pertaining to the First Amendment.

Estate tax won’t survive the new tax bill | KPCC-FM’s “Marketplace”

“There is actual money there. We’d have to replace it. The cost of repealing it is projected to be $269 billion over the next decade,” said UCLA’s Steven Bank. [Audio download] (Approx. 04:10 mark)

Court could change gun laws by ending gerrymandering | Washington Post

[Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Adam Winkler and Mark Kaplan] The justices are being asked to decide if this practice of manipulating district lines to guarantee one party a disproportionate number of seats unconstitutionally dilutes the other party’s supporters’ right to vote. If the court agrees, it could have a broad impact on American politics — and one of the biggest effects could be on guns.

Student eats more than 8,000 calories as prank | Newsweek

Erin Morse, a registered dietitian at UCLA, said there’s not a lot of research on competitive eating, but she doesn’t exactly encourage the pastime. “Training for a competition like this can actually be dangerous,” she told Newsweek. While Metcalf reportedly only exercised in preparation, Morse said some participate in a dangerous technique called water loading, where the person drinks one or two gallons very quickly. This dilutes electrolytes and could cause headaches on the benign end to potentially death.

Hub for call center jobs sees fast change from tech | San Francisco Chronicle

In the U.S., call center workers may earn $20 to $30 an hour. In the Philippines, [UCLA’s Chris] Tang said, they earn around $2 an hour. The Philippines was once a U.S. territory, so its citizens are familiar with U.S. geography and trends, making it easier to talk to American customers.

How treating sleep may ease all forms of autism | Spectrum

[Commentary written by UCLA’s Shafali Jeste] The inability to fall or stay asleep, called insomnia, can have far-reaching consequences. Sleep helps us to consolidate memories, learn and grow. Insomnia can aggravate cognitive and social and communication problems, behavioral challenges and anxiety; it can also exacerbate seizures.

Economists warn of too-high housing, aging workforce | Los Angeles Times

[UCLA’s Jerry] Nickelsburg noted how home prices in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco have not only rebounded from the recession, but have surpassed their 2007 housing bubble highs. He said recent bills passed in the state Legislature that look to spur new housing by as much as 300,000 units will help, but only nominally in a state of some 40 million people.

Turn up the spice to avoid salt | HealthDay

Dr. Gregg Fonarow is co-director of preventative cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He said high blood pressure is a leading contributor to heart attacks, strokes, heart failure and kidney failure. However, “further studies are needed to determine if increased consumption of spicy food would have a favorable impact on health,” Fonarow said.

Insight into demographics, health of state’s transgender adults | Medical Xpress

The health data used in a new policy brief by The Williams Institute and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research are among hundreds of new California Health Interview Survey estimates released today. Included are updated statistics on health insurance that show the number of uninsured Californians at record lows in 2016, primarily as a result of Medi-Cal expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

New biomarkers help diagnose traumatic brain injury | News-Medical

In the lab, Ina Wanner, an associate neuroscientist at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, mechanically “injured” human astrocytes using abrupt pressure pulses. She found that the astrocytes leaked substantial amounts of certain proteins. When the researchers analyzed cerebral spinal fluid from patients who had suffered a TBI, they found the same set of astrocyte proteins.

Can pot-related drugs wean abusers off hard stuff? | Scientific American

At the conference, scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles discussed early research, which found that behavioral therapy techniques that tamp down negative emotions might be effective in reducing cravings for marijuana.

I don’t spend a lot of time with conspiracy theories | Zocalo Public Square

“I think loyalty to one’s country is important. It’s not the most important thing. My parents weren’t loyal to their country, the Soviet Union, so they moved to a country, the United States, they could be loyal to. It seems to me that one should, in a large country, or a large community, feel a great deal of concern about it, and give back to the country,” said UCLA’s Eugene Volokh.

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