UCLA In the News November 27, 2017

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

Black Friday retail workers need scheduling protections | Los Angeles Times

UCLA researchers recently surveyed 800 retail employees in the L.A. area and found that ever-varying work hours create chaos in many workers’ lives, problems compounded by the city’s size and transportation woes. Some workers complained to the researchers, who are finalizing their study, that they could barely make ends meet because of their part-time hours and because their unpredictable schedules made it difficult to hold a second job.

Ancestral remains of Native Americans come home | Los Angeles Times

Wendy Teeter, curator of archaeology at UCLA’s Fowler Museum, said the ceremonies ­— which have not previously been disclosed publicly — were “the largest repatriation of Native American remains in California history.” The Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe worked with UCLA to rebury the remains after they were analyzed by a team of experts including Teeter and Cindi Alvitre, a member of Los Angeles’ Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe and an expert on the genealogy of Native American artifacts exhibited in museums after 1900.

UCLA to spearhead the fight against depression | Fox News

“We don’t want to make it so that people don’t ever have sadness or aren’t ever blue but we want to have it so that it no longer robs people of their life,” said UCLA’s Dr. Nelson Freimer.

‘Ghost guns’ face growing scrutiny | New York Times

“I think this is going to be a growing problem, especially with the advent of 3-D printed guns,” Adam Winkler, a gun policy expert and law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in a phone interview.

California gold rush for homeowners; poorhouse for renters | Los Angeles Times

“When we collectively decide not to build housing even as our economy grows, we deliver a windfall to people lucky enough to own homes and a punishment to those who rent,” said Michael Manville, a professor of urban planning at UCLA.

Sustainable fuel edges closer with solar breakthrough | Newsweek

UCLA professor of chemistry and biochemistry Richard Kaner and his team have been working on creating a more renewable source of energy and believe they have finally completed this task. The device, not yet named and only referred to as “an integrated electrochemical device based on earth-abundant metals,” is described in a paper published online in Energy Storage and Materials.

Using birth control pills could triple risk of suicide | Sacramento Bee

There may be other factors at play as well, such as a higher rate of emotional turmoil among women taking contraceptives compared to those who do not, Karin Michels, professor and chair of epidemiology at University of California Los Angeles, told TIME.

Seldom-used tactic to prevent wildfires: turn off power grid| Los Angeles Times

“There are certain corridors where the winds tend to travel,” said Alex Hall, a UCLA professor of atmospheric sciences who has helped map Santa Ana wind corridors in Southern California. “We also have the ability to predict event by event where the winds are going to be the strongest.”

FCC unveils plan to repeal net neutrality | MSNBC’s “AM Joy”

“This is not a setup that actually is going to support competition on any level at all. This is a setup that’s going to support large corporations and their lobbyists as the commissioner just said, because essentially the internet fundamentally represents the democratization of information, right? And the democratization of information is essential to a functioning democracy,” said UCLA’s Ramesh Srinivasan. (Approx. 02:57 mark)

Another year of American hilarity | Washington Post

UCLA researchers warned that because Americans’ pets eat meat, they endanger the planet by generating 64 million tons of carbon dioxide. Forty-two years after the government began (with fuel economy standards) trying to push Americans into gas-sipping cars, the three best-selling vehicles were the Ford, Chevrolet and Ram pickup trucks.

For opiate addiction, drug-assisted treatment more effective | Los Angeles Times

Nosyk’s co-authors included addiction and epidemiological experts from UCLA’s Integrated Substance Abuse Programs and the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System of Los Angeles. (Also: Medical Xpress)

The first known interstellar rock gets a name | The Economist

This observation, and the latest estimate of ‘Oumuamua’s dimensions, have just been published by David Jewitt of the University of California, Los Angeles, and his colleagues in a paper submitted to Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Confused by your public school choices? Hire a coach | NPR

“It exacerbates the equity problem,” says Pedro Noguera, a professor of education at UCLA and director of the Center for the Study of School Transformation. “There’s not much you can do about it, because people are going to use their private resources to help their kids. That’s what all parents do. But the people without those resources are always at the disadvantage.”

Politics set aside to help students tackle economic inequality | Christian Science Monitor

The majority also specifically addressed the distribution of income or wealth, report John Rogers of the University of California, Los Angeles, and Joel Westheimer of the University of Ottawa in the journal “PS: Political Science and Politics.” Liberals, conservatives, and moderates mentioned economic imbalances with roughly the same frequency. Among the sample, 24 percent identified as conservative, 40 percent as liberal.

Repeal of SALT deduction to expire with individual tax breaks | Bloomberg News

Lawmakers try to set up situations that will force future Congresses to act, Jason Oh, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, said. “This was the idea with the sequester,” Oh said referring to a process that pulls funding for many popular government programs unless Congress stays within budget limits.

How hospital patients find healing in visual art | KPCC-FM

Before Heather Dodge was a nurse at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, she studied art. That’s what gave her the idea for the program Healing through Art, which she started on her floor of the hospital about a year and a half ago. The premise is pretty simple: Dodge buys art supplies like paints, brushes, and canvas. Then, with the help of hospital volunteers, she brings the supplies to patients, and teaches them how to paint.

Study finds that after 2016 presidential campaign, Americans divided | POLITICO

But a new study by economists Keith Chen of UCLA and Ryne Rohla of Washington State University seems to have proved at least one point conclusively: Trump really did ruin Thanksgiving. With the help of data-tracking service SafeGraph, Chen and Rohla traced the movements of more than 10 million Americans across the past two Thanksgiving holidays.

Holograms reconstructed using deep learning approach | News-Medical

“These results are broadly applicable to any phase recovery and holographic imaging problem, and this deep-learning-based framework opens up myriad opportunities to design fundamentally new coherent imaging systems, spanning different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, including visible wavelengths and even X-rays,” said [UCLA’s Aydogan] Ozcan, who also is an HHMI Professor at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

ACA encourages people to use heart health preventive care | News-Medical

“There has been a lot of concern about women receiving poorer quality cardiovascular care, and our study reinforces this concern,” said Dr. Joseph Ladapo, the study’s lead author and an associate professor of medicine in the division of general internal medicine and health services research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

How to safely navigate diabetes and Thanksgiving | HealthDay

“Above all else, the most important thing that people who are hosting Thanksgiving dinners can provide for their guests who have diabetes is a supportive environment,” [UCLA’s Dr. Vanessa] Arguello said. “Don’t pressure your guests into eating more than they desire or sampling all your delicious plates.” (Also: Medical Xpress)

Learning shows sex bias in mice with mutation tied to autism | Spectrum

The findings are “both exciting and novel,” says Alcino Silva, professor of neurobiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Silva was not involved in the new study but has found that disrupting the ERK pathway can lead to learning problems.

Musk applies to expand tunnel across L.A. | Daily Mail (U.K.)

“Our recent experience with tunnels in the US is that neighbours worry, you run up against various environmental laws, and you just never know what’s underneath the Earth,” Michael Manville, who studies urban planning at the University of California, Los Angeles, told Wired.

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