UCLA In the News November 7, 2017

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

Sleepless night leaves some brain cells as sluggish as you feel | NPR

A study that recorded directly from neurons in the brains of 12 people found that sleep deprivation causes the bursts of electrical activity that brain cells use to communicate to become slower and weaker, a team reports online Monday in Nature Medicine. The finding could help explain why a lack of sleep impairs a range of mental functions, says Dr. Itzhak Fried, an author of the study and a professor of neurosurgery at the University of California, Los Angeles. (Also: KCBS-TV, Press Association, Medical Xpress and New York Post)

How to talk about sexual harassment with colleagues | CNN Money

Abigail C. Saguy, sociology professor at the University of California in Los Angeles, says that when discussing this topic with others, tone is everything. "Hearing people make light of, make jokes about, somehow belittle the experience of victims of sexual harassment and sexual assault can [make] people feel like they don't matter, what they suffered somehow isn't real, and they don't have a right to feel upset about it," she says.

How mass shootings, domestic violence are linked | KCRW-FM’s “Press Play”

“Yes, in fact there is federal law on the books today that says if you are convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor or you’re currently under a restraining order in a domestic violence case, you’re prohibited from purchasing a firearm,” said UCLA’s Adam Winkler. “We’ve also seen a number of similar laws passed at the state level, even in states that are very solid red states, usually beholden to the NRA. Taking guns out of the hands of domestic violence perpetrators is one of those things that people across the aisle on guns generally agree on.” (Approx. 2:35 mark. Audio download)

In the Green Room with UCLA’s Gary Segura | Zócalo Public Square

“Most Americans don’t understand the law of large numbers and the central limit theorem, which are the two mathematical tools that allow us to use a thousand interviews to approximate 200 million adult American citizens,” said Gary Segura, dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Naming abusers online may be ‘mob justice’ but it’s still justice | Quartz

Sarah Roberts, an information studies professor at University of California, Los Angeles, who’s written on digital ethics, notes that public shaming is “not as novel as our short-term memory suggests.” She recalls, some 12 years ago, women in her community posting flyers in public venues and women’s restrooms about a man who had sexually assaulted them. “The difference now is one of scope, scale, immediacy of dissemination,” she says. “Whereas that activity was limited in terms of logistics and geography, there are fewer of those barriers” online.

Mental health of transgender individuals under stress | Ebony

According to researchers, transgender individuals are also more likely to attempt suicide. The data, released earlier this week, is part of the annual UCLA California Health Interview Survey. It seeks to highlight health disparities among the marginalized population, who is also more likely than their non-transgender peers to face severe psychological distress, the study finds. “There are also national debates and national policies that impact individual trans folks regardless of where they live in the country,” said Bianca Wilson, a senior scholar at the institute. “And on the national front, we still have a lot of work to do.”

Science battles politics in debate on HIV felony charges | CNBC

According to research at the Williams Institute of Law at UCLA, the California law before its reform disproportionately affected women and people of color, and 95 percent of HIV-specific criminal incidents impacted sex workers or suspected sex workers.

How white TV writers pick stories to tell America | Washington Post

Hollywood essentially “whitewashes” the narratives that influence the country, with shows that ignore or gloss over racial injustice, said Darnell Hunt, a sociologist and dean of social sciences at UCLA, who wrote the report and also co-authors the annual Hollywood Diversity Report pegged to the Oscars. 

Wedding cake free speech case vexes lawyers | New York Times

In the new case, [UCLA’s] Professor [Eugene] Volokh is on the other side. Cakes may be tasty and pretty, he wrote in a brief supporting the couple, but creating them is not expression protected by the First Amendment. “A chef, however brilliant, cannot claim a free speech clause right not to serve certain people at his restaurant, even if his dishes look stunning,” Professor Volokh wrote. “The same is true for bakers, even ones who create beautiful cakes for use at weddings.”

Uber tackles assault problem with training | Associated Press

"No study or data shows any effectiveness of high-risk males," said Neil Malamuth, a psychologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, who studies sexual violence. His research on programs at colleges and universities, however, found that there may be benefits for low-risk men.

Few gains for minority chemistry professors | Chemical and Engineering News

When Miguel García-Garibay came to the University of California, Los Angeles, 25 years ago, he was one of just a handful of Hispanic professors in top U.S. chemistry departments. And that hasn’t changed. “Over a quarter of a century I haven’t seen a significant increase in the number of Hispanic and Latino scientists in top-ranked institutions,” he says. “I think we know each other by name.”

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