UCLA In the News November 6, 2018

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

Should women rule the world? The queens of ancient Egypt say yes | National Geographic

(Column written by UCLA’s Kara Cooney) “The ancient Egyptians certainly believed in the wisdom of female rulers. Indeed, when there was a political crisis, the ancient Egyptians chose a woman time and again to fill the power vacuum — precisely because she often was the least risky option. For ancient Egyptians, placing women in power was often the best protection for the patriarchy in times of uncertainty…. These queens call out from the past, challenging us to place women into political power, not as representatives of a patriarchal dynasty, but as women who serve their own, different agendas of social connection and emotional cohesion, instead of serving the aggression of their fathers, brothers, and sons.”

Here’s how to survive the darker days now that daylight saving time has ended | NBC News

Dr. John Sharp, psychiatrist on faculty at Harvard Medical School and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and author of “The Emotional Calendar: Understanding Seasonal Influences and Milestones to Become Happier, More Fulfilled, and in Control of Your Life,” also says less light in your day can cause things to slow down. “The interesting thing is, without light, our sleep-wake cycle would be much longer than it is now. But it’s the absence of light that sets us into our sleep-wake patterns,” says Sharp. “When that gets shifted, it really affects us and can cause people to be irritable, sleepy, and want to quit the day earlier. It’s easier just to shut it all down at 5 p.m.”

The pitched election battle over health care is personal for many Southland voters | Los Angeles Times

“The threat of this law being repealed crystallized in some peoples’ minds how valuable it really is,” said Gerald Kominski, a UCLA health policy and management professor and senior fellow at the school’s Center for Health Policy Research. Kominski, who worked on the rollout of the health care exchange in California, said that until last year’s GOP effort, “the debate and the discussion about repeal and replace was all kind of hypothetical. Now it’s become a real possibility that this law is going to be repealed.”

Astronomers creep up to the edge of the Milky Way’s black hole | Wired

Since the 1990s, [Andrea] Ghez’s group at UCLA and the European team, led by Reinhard Genzel of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, Germany, have used ever-sharper techniques to resolve the orbits of stars right around the galactic center…. “It’s a remarkable moment, in terms of these experiments’ ability to start probing how gravity works near a supermassive black hole,” Ghez said.

There’s a rational, evidence-based argument for optimism for humankind. Really | Los Angeles Times Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Jonathan Salk) “I’ve been thinking about our hope for the future for about 40 years, starting when I co-wrote a book called ‘A New Reality’ with my father, polio vaccine inventor Dr. Jonas Salk. Back in 1981, we used scientific data to show that humans were fast approaching the point where global population growth would peak and then slow down. We built a case that after this inflection point, human societies increasingly would value cooperation, conservation, long-range thinking and interdependence.”

The military deployment to the border is a shameless, and dangerous, stunt | Washington Post Opinion

(Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Jon Michaels) At a minimum, the Pentagon owes the country an explanation. Congress has a constitutional duty to oversee the armed forces and to ensure that they are properly and lawfully utilized. As such, Congress must press the defense secretary to ascertain the national security threat posed by the caravans, the troops’ mission and how that mission squares with the Posse Comitatus Act. Absent such an accounting, the inescapable conclusion will be that the military deployment to the border is a shameless, and dangerous, stunt.

It’s time to talk about the NRA | New York Times Opinion

Adam Winkler, a professor of law at UCLA and author of the book “Gunfight,” believes the NRA faces serious challenges, including demographic ones: Its core constituency of white men is shrinking. Yet Winkler is wary of concluding that the NRA has peaked. He notes that after the shooting in Parkland, Fla., there was enormous pressure for federal gun measures. “The reason nothing has happened since is, I think, largely due to the NRA,” Winkler said.

Whether they vote or not, Latinos are poised to play a pivotal role in key midterm races | Los Angeles Times

Sonja Diaz, the founding director of UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative, a think tank focusing on Latinos, said while the burden of increasing Latino voter participation falls on civic engagement groups and family members, political candidates and parties also have to invest in engaging those voters.

Paralyzed man walks again thanks to spinal implant | CNN

Another study also published in September in the journal Nature Medicine unveiled similar results. A man paralyzed since 2013 regained his ability to stand and walk with assistance due to spinal cord stimulation and physical therapy, according to research done in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Another Southern California home-price boom is cooling. Is a crash looming? | Los Angeles Times

“I don’t think we need to worry this time around about a bursting of a credit bubble,” said Stuart Gabriel, director of the Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA. “We can cross that factor off the list.”

Marking a shift, the race for L.A. County sheriff may be up for grabs | Los Angeles Times

More Latinos are expected to vote in the upcoming election than in any midterm in L.A. County history due to the growing size of the Latino population, said Matt Barreto, a UCLA political science professor who also runs Latino Decisions, a polling and research firm. “In nonpartisan elections in L.A. County, [Latinos] have very strong support for Spanish-surname candidates or Latino candidates because there is a sense they will provide better representation for the community,” Barreto said.

A controversial drug permanently cured woman’s adult acne; she has no regrets | Insider Commentary

“I think the public would really like to see newer treatments,” Jenny Kim, associate professor of dermatology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, told INSIDER. “[But] there’s very little support for research in skin disease. Companies are trying to develop new products, but we still need a basic understanding of this disease. We still need research that might not lead to direct drug development. It’s frustrating for dermatologists.”

Blood vessel function takes harmful hit from hookah tobacco smoking | Medical Xpress

“Hookah is the only form of tobacco product that uses burning charcoal briquettes to heat the flavored tobacco in the waterpipe. So, in addition to toxic substances from tobacco and nicotine, hookah smoke exposes users to charcoal combustion products, including large amounts of carbon monoxide,” said Mary Rezk-Hanna, Ph.D., study lead author and assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Nursing.

As election ‘dark money’ debate rages, Arkansas justice loses bid to enjoin attack ads | Reuters

The cure for misleading or even scurrilous political speech, as UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh told me when I previously reported on Justice Goodson’s Arkansas state court injunction litigation, is supposed to be more speech.

Friendly minds think alike | NPR

“So we took everybody in an MBA program — everybody in the same academic program. They live together, they take classes together, they study together.… We characterize all the social relationships between them, specifically friendships. So, we just got everybody, about 300 people, in this academic program to essentially tell us who their friends are. And then using that information, we can reconstruct their social network,” said UCLA’s Carolyn Parkinson. (Approx. 1:30 mark – audio download)

California’s fourth climate change assessment report | KPCC-FM

“The state is a really diverse place, climatically and in terms of populations and how they use resources. So the adaptation challenge really is at the local level,” said UCLA’s Alex Hall. (Approx 0:15 mark – audio download)

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