UCLA In the News November 13, 2018

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

Climate change helped make California a tinder box for its record-setting wildfires | Quartz

In all likelihood, it’s a scenario that climate change helped to create, according to Daniel Swain, a researcher at University of California-Los Angeles’ Center for Climate Science. In a detailed thread on Twitter, Swain walked through the conditions that contributed to the fires now burning across the state, and the research showing how climate change made them possible…. While climate change didn’t itself cause the fire, Swain explains, it played a “starring role.”  (Also: Popular Science)

UCLA’s Patricia Bath has overcome major cultural hurdles, and saved the sight of millions | Cosmos

Patricia Bath has achieved an impressive number of firsts. Overcoming sexism, racism and poverty, she was the first African-American to complete a residency in ophthalmology, at New York University, in 1973. Two years later she became the first female faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of California at Los Angeles’ Jules Stein Eye Institute. She was the first African-American woman to serve on staff as a surgeon at the UCLA Medical Center, and after her retirement became the first woman elected to the honorary staff there. She is also the first African-American woman doctor to receive a medical patent. In 1986, she invented the Laserphaco Probe for cataract treatment, which was patented in 1988.

Massacre sparks gun debate again, with a community torn over a path forward  | Washington Post

Adam Winkler, a law professor at the University of California Los Angeles and the author of “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America” said the shooting is likely to prompt state officials to pursue more stringent gun measures, noting that the Democratic governor-elect, Gavin Newsom, has vowed to take the issue on and to “raise the bar” on gun control. “California already has a strong political will to do this, it doesn’t need the people of Ventura County to sign off on it,” Winkler said.

UCLA climate scientist experiences firsthand the deadly rage of California’s wildfires | Daily Beast

UCLA’s Glen MacDonald and his family were among the hundreds of thousands of people evacuated from their homes in Southern California as wildfires continue to sweep through the region, gutting houses and leaving much of the area engulfed in smoke and fumes…. MacDonald said the best way to fight wildfires was not blaming management. “You can look at it in different ways,” he says. “Wildfires are natural here. There are records of early Spanish settlers that used fires for necessary land clearance but times have changed and the ecosystem, and number of people living in California. [But] there are 30 million people here now.” (UCLA’s Jon Keeley also quoted)

FilmStruck’s closing ignites fears that Hollywood’s march toward streaming will erase movie history | Los Angeles Times

To film experts, FilmStruck’s doom reflects a long-term challenge of preserving films for future generations. Jan-Christopher Horak, director of the UCLA Film & Television Archive, estimates that every time there’s a transition from one film-viewing medium to another — VHS to DVD; DVD to digital downloads; digital downloads to streaming — 15% to 20% of the existing material doesn’t make the jump because of the expense. “It ends up being a vicious circle,” Horak said. “If the material doesn’t get out, less people know about it, and the group of cognoscenti gets smaller and smaller.”

Latino, minority voters helped drive Democrats’ gains in U.S. House, experts say | NBC News

“The net wave of the Democratic pickup is due entirely to strong support from minority communities who voted Democrat,” said UCLA’s Matt Barreto…. Although the Latino Decisions and the national exit poll do not provide turnout numbers, Barreto said Texas counties from El Paso through the Rio Grande Valley that are majority Latino saw increases of Latino turnout of more than 100 percent.

Ben Is Dead returns from the dead — for one Sunday, at least | Los Angeles Times

Sure, you can see copies of the zine at UCLA’s Herb Albert School of Music, which has archived them alongside a huge cache of L.A. punk images and ephemera. But you can’t often flip through copies while the formative emo-punk band Jawbreaker plays in a tiny upstairs room just a few weeks after its sold-out Hollywood Palladium reunion.

The growth of yoga and meditation in the U.S. since 2012 is remarkable | Vox                

Michael Irwin at UCLA’s medical school, one of the authors of a 2015 descriptive review on inflammation and mind-body exercises, told Vox, “When you look at the aerobic exercise necessary to decrease inflammation, people have to maintain very vigorous levels.” But not with yoga, he continued. “Even practices with minimum levels of physical activity [like Iyengar stretches] can have large effect sizes.” Researchers don’t yet know why, though they think the meditative components of yoga, tai chi, and meditation may have something to do with it.

Major disease outbreak strikes California sea lions | Smithsonian

Sea lions that get leptospirosis and survive develop antibodies that fend off the parasite in the future, says Katie Prager, a veterinarian researcher at UCLA’s Lloyd-Smith Laboratory who collaborates with the Marine Mammal Center. These antibodies, however, cannot be inherited by offspring. “It’s not something that can be passed on,” Prager says. “Antibodies are something that the pup has to develop on its own.”

L.A. and O.C. vote counts continue, plus the Latino vote in this year’s midterms | KPCC–FM’s “AirTalk”

“We saw an average increase in the number of ballots cast upwards of 77 percent,” said UCLA’s Sonja Diaz. “So we saw that the Latino vote, at least right now, increased substantially.” (Approx. 9:05 mark)

Is California’s economy cooling or collapsing? | Orange County Register

UCLA Anderson Forecast sees statewide employment growth of 1.7 percent for 2018; 1.8 percent for 2019 and 0.8 percent for 2020.

Public charge’ rule changes could lead to hardship, economic losses | California Health Report

The Trump administration’s proposed changes to public charge rules for deciding immigration cases could push thousands of Californians out of government assistance programs and result in billions of dollars of losses to the state’s economy, according to a forthcoming analysis from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

Prostate cancer radiotherapy more precisely targeted with nuclear medicine imaging | Medical Xpress

“The planning of radiotherapy for prostate cancer starts with precise delineation of the anatomic targets for delivery of radiotherapy,” explains Nicholas G. Nickols, MD, Ph.D., of UCLA and the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System in Los Angeles, California. “The prostate is always included in the irradiated volume, but there is currently no consensus about whether pelvic lymph nodes that appear to be free of cancer on standard imaging should also be irradiated.

UCLA receives endowment of $1 million to support Taiwan Studies | Taiwan News

A foundation established by a Taiwanese-American family, the J. Yang and Family Foundation, has provided a $1 million endowment to help support the field of Taiwan studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Of the $1 million, $750,000 will go toward establishing the J. Yang and Family Foundation Taiwan Studies Endowment, while the remaining $250,000 will establish a Centennial Scholars Fellowship Endowment.

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