UCLA In the News November 26, 2018

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

How to record and share your family history in 5 steps | New York Times

Ask your relatives to dig back in their pasts: What’s your first memory? What was your favorite song growing up? How did you win that medal? If you don’t want to put your interviewees on the spot, send them the questions ahead of time. And ask them to tell treasured family tales in their own words. If you’re not sure what to ask, search a few family history websites like Ancestry.com or The Genealogy Guide for sample questions. The Center for Oral History Research at the University of California, Los Angeles, also has a good list of questions.

Southern California doctors travel to Tijuana to heal migrants | NBC7 San Diego

A group of Southern California doctors crossed the border into Tijuana on Saturday to treat members of the migrant caravan who are camping in overcrowded shelters. About 20 medical professionals — doctors and medical students from UCLA and UC Irvine — traveled from the Los Angeles area to the border with medical supplies. “We’ve been watching the pain and suffering on the news and just sitting there and feeling sorry for them isn’t enough. We have to do something,” said Margarita Loeza, a doctor at UCLA’s Providence St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica…. “We’re also immigrants,” Loeza said. “Our family migrated in different ways. They’re human beings and we want to help them. It’s the right thing to do.”

How can we improve a teen’s brain? One sleep study may have a simple answer — good pillows | Washington Post

(Article written by UCLA’s Adriana Galván) Research from my developmental neuroscience lab shows one solution to the sleep deprivation problem that is deceptively simple: Provide teens with a good pillow. Because getting comfortable bedding does not involve technology, expensive interventions or lots of time, it may be particularly beneficial for improving sleep among disadvantaged adolescents. Studies in my lab have shown that seemingly small differences in the quality and duration of sleep make a difference in how the brain processes information.

A 24-year-old has invented a new way to break down plastic waste and prevent it from landing in the ocean | Business Insider

In early November, Wang’s company received a $100,000 prize for the invention from UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. The annual award, funded by the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation, honors innovators under the age of 40.

Move over, phones! Make room for books that fit in a back pocket | Christian Science Monitor

“I don’t think this is going to be the disruptor,” says Carol Jago, associate director of the California Reading and Literature Project at the University of California, Los Angeles. “For every invention and idea that does disrupt how things have been done for years, there are 10,000 others that were interesting ideas but ultimately didn’t make it.”

What’s next for Harvard’s affirmative action case? It’s complicated | Boston Globe

Several legal experts say it’s possible that the justices may give the case a pass, given the complexity of the arguments, the racially tense climate of the country, and the fact that they’ve grappled with the issue as recently as 2016. “This is a complicated case at a particularly fraught moment,” said Rachel Moran, the former dean of the University of California Los Angeles School of Law. “It’s a messy case. It’s a very, very important case. I wouldn’t say the path to the Supreme Court is uncomplicated or unswerving.”

Trump’s yearning to prosecute his political enemies | The Atlantic

Trump likely would have faced significant pushback from DOJ officials if he’d issued such an order, said Harry Litman, who served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the 1990s and now teaches law at UCLA. “It is totally contrary to the DNA of the DOJ for the president, or anyone, to try to dictate the initiation of criminal charges in the absence of a full investigation of the facts and the law,” Litman told me. “If push actually came to shove and there were an order from the White House to prosecute, just about any DOJ official would resign first, I’m confident.”

Why bigotry is a public health problem | Medical Xpress

Although correlation does not prove causation, clinical psychology professor Vickie M. Mays and colleagues at UCLA have hypothesized that the experience of race-based discrimination may set in motion a chain of physiological events, such as elevated blood pressure and heart rate, that eventually increase the risk of death.

Bail bond referendum | Politico

California could lose up to $2.8 billion under a worst-case scenario in which 35 percent of immigrants drop out, according to estimates from UC Berkeley and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

Warning signs mount for Trump reelection bid | Politico

Lynn Vavreck, a professor at the University of California-Los Angeles and a member of the advisory board for the American National Election Studies, said she’s skeptical public opinion of Trump will change markedly in the next two years. “It’s so divided by partisanship,” said Vavreck. “Republicans approve of him, and Democrats don’t. And that’s pretty much the floor and the ceiling. There’s not a lot of room for movement, unless Republicans turn on him, or Democrats learn to like him. I don’t see either of those things happening.”

Floods ‘on steroids’ could bring new dangers to wildfire areas. Are Malibu, Paradise at risk? | Sacramento Bee

“If you live in one of these areas, folks have to have one eye on the hillsides and the other on the weather forecast,” UCLA climate scientist Dan Swain said. “You can’t turn your back on it.”

Family, friendship and politics collide on Thanksgiving | NPR

“As everyone, I’m sure, still painfully remembers, 2016 was a very surprising election. What me and my coauthor experienced was just politics infecting everything. It was just impossible to not talk about what had just happened, and sometimes in very emotionally negative and raw ways at the water cooler, at lunches with friends, and eventually even in close family settings,” said UCLA’s Keith Chen. (Audio download)

Hairy nanotechnology provides green anti-scaling solution | ScienceDaily

Lead author Amir Sheikhi, now a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Los Angeles, says despite its green credentials cellulose was not an obvious place to look for a way to fight scale. “Cellulose is the most abundant biopolymer in the world. It’s renewable and biodegradable. But it’s probably one of the least attractive options for an anti-scaling agent because it’s neutral, it has no charged functional groups,” he says.

Do cancer treatments accelerate brain aging? | Medical News Today

In a new study, researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles delve deeper into this issue by working with women who went through breast cancer treatment in the past. These women, they saw, present markers of biological aging associated with decreased cognitive function…. “These findings,” says [UCLA’s Judith] Carroll, “are important because they provide further information about what might be happening after cancer treatment that impacts cognitive decline in some individuals. This information … may lead to new interventions to prevent these cognitive declines,” she adds.

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