UCLA In the News November 3, 2017

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

Scientists detect suspected hidden chamber in Great Pyramid | Gizmodo

Kathlyn M. Cooney, an Associate Professor of Ancient Egyptian Art & Architecture at the University of California Los Angeles, says it’s too early to speculate about the true nature of the void, but a hidden chamber is not an impossibility. Cooney, who wasn’t involved in the new study, said Khufu and his father Sneferu, unlike their Third Dynasty predecessors, began to “float” chambers within their pyramids. “To construct these internal structures they had to build from the bottom up,” she told Gizmodo, “They had to create the chambers and passages as they built upwards.”

Drugmaker’s ties to nonprofits pose ‘conflict of interest’ | CNN

Ian Larkin, a research professor at the management school of the University of California, Los Angeles, who studies the marketing tactics used by pharmaceutical companies, said Avanir’s ties to nonprofit dementia advocacy groups are “deeply troubling” and represent a conflict of interest. But the relationships are particularly concerning, he said, because Nuedexta has not been approved specifically for Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Trump nominates Powell for Federal Reserve chair | ABC News

Senior Economist at UCLA Anderson Forecast David Shulman told ABC News that interest rates are currently much lower than normal and described the Fed’s current strategy of bringing them back up as “normalization. His policies will be consistent with [current chairwoman Janet] Yellen on the monetary policy side,” said Shulman. “And he’s probably less hawkish on regulation.”

Can the Day of the Dead survive commercialization? | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“So, I think there’s a way in which outsiders can pick up certain traits of Day of the Dead and celebrate it, without perhaps understanding it, but they also escape the oppressive side of being Mexican. So, they can act like they’re Mexican easily and move about the world easily when there are Mexican people, Latino people in the United States who have trouble simply being at this moment,” said UCLA’s Charlene Villaseñor Black.

U.S. withdraws from extractive industries anti-corruption effort | Reuters

“It put more information in the hands of the public,” said Michael Ross, executive director of the Project on Resources Governance and Development at the University of California Los Angeles. “It involved the U.S. government disclosing all the money it was getting from oil, gas and mining companies and getting these companies to publicly disclose the payments they were making.”

GOP wants to get rid of deduction for state and local income taxes | KPCC-FM

“Because of how high the state and local taxes are in California, more Californians itemize than in many other states,” said UCLA’s Jason Oh.

Is football too rough for young minds? | KCAL-TV

“Skull thickness is less, neck strength is less. The wires in the brain have insulation on them. And the younger your brain is, the less insulation you have. That insulation turns out to be a factor in protecting you from injuries. So the less insulation, the younger, even more vulnerable you are,” said UCLA’s Christopher Giza. (Approx. 1:10 mark) (Audio download)

Climate meeting forges ahead, despite Trump’s contempt | Scientific American

Nations have a lot to figure out. The 2015 Paris accord “was a landmark agreement,” says Cara Horowitz, co-executive director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law. “But it left many of the details about [implementation] still to be negotiated.” 

Lupus survival is improving slowly | Reuters Health

“Based on our experience in the clinic and according to previous reports showing improvement in the short-term (5- to 10-year) survival in lupus, I was expecting to see a greater decrease in lupus mortality rate over time,” Dr. Ram R. Singh from University of California, Los Angeles, told Reuters Health by email. “So, I was surprised to find that lupus mortality rate has decreased only 24% in a 46-year period, whereas mortality from all other causes has decreased 44% in the same 46-year period.”

3 questions researchers should ask about sexual violence | Inside Higher Ed

[Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Jessica Harris] While our answers are always changing, we understand that critical approaches to sexual violence account for systems of domination, power and privilege. Critical approaches challenge dominant ways of knowing and expose hidden assumptions that are often taken for granted. Critical approaches center on the lived experiences of minoritized individuals who are pushed to the margins by those systems of domination, dominant ways of knowing and hidden assumptions.

Is there a real medical benefit to stents? | KCRW-FM’s “Press Play”

“The reason why these patients felt better is that during the six-week period when they were titrated on medications, there was a very intense titration of medications. These patients were being called on a regular basis and the medications were increased over the phone or with consultation with cardiologists, something that we don’t do as much in the United States,” said UCLA’s Ravi Dave. (Audio download)

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