UCLA In the News October 10, 2017

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

‘Diablo winds’ fuel destruction from wine country fires | Los Angeles Times

[UCLA’s Daniel] Swain said the winds were well in excess of 50 mph, with gusts getting close to 70 mph. And the fires ignited during the peak of the wind event. “They coincided with extremely low humidity.… It’s just about the worst case weather conditions to spread a wildfire quickly, given the fuel,” Swain said.

Simple lifestyle changes can cut your carbon footprint | Fox News

Dr. Jennifer Jay, professor of environmental engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles, compared the carbon emissions in a serving of beef chili to that of a serving of lentil soup. “If someone chose lentil soup, it has around 70 grams of carbon dioxide equivalent in that serving,” Jay said. “Beef chili has just over 3,000 grams of CO2 equivalent, so you can see the big difference in where we choose to get our protein.”

Nobel economist makes sense of irrationality | Wall Street Journal

In 2004 Mr. Thaler and Shlomo Benartzi, a UCLA economist, proposed what they called “Save More Tomorrow.” The idea was that when workers get a raise, their employers, with the earlier consent of employees, would automatically increase the percentage of their gross pay directed into their 401(k) accounts. (Also: Business Standard)

How a brain gets hooked on opioids | PBS

The Mu-opiate receptor is responsible for the major effects of all opiates, whether it’s heroin, prescription pills like oxycodone or synthetic opioids like fentanyl, said Chris Evans, director of Brain Research Institute at UCLA. “The depression, the analgesia [pain numbing], the constipation and the euphoria — if you take away the Mu-opioid receptor, and you give morphine, then you don’t have any of those effects,” Evans said.

Korean music shows became epicenter of K-pop culture | Billboard

According to Dr. Suk-Young Kim, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, MTV was first imported to Korea around the same time as the birth of K-pop. “In the mid-’90s when [father of modern K-pop] Seo Taiji and the Boys became sensational hits, that’s when music videos also started gaining traction in the Korean consumer market,” she explains to Billboard over the phone.

Knowingly exposing others to HIV no longer felony | Washington Post

Of the 379 HIV-related convictions in California between 1988 and 2014, only seven — less than 2 percent — included the intent to transmit HIV, according to a recent series of studies from the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute.

We have to build the delta tunnels | Los Angeles Times

Without a doubt, cities and counties across the Southland need to diversify and modernize the way in which they source water, as well as conserve, conserve, conserve. Yet wade through the challenges enumerated in the fine print of the latest Sustainable Water Project Report out of UCLA and it’s also clear that far too many of these modernization plans are still conceptual.

Can Weinstein Co. survive without Harvey Weinstein? | Los Angeles Times

“It would come as no surprise to me if the company would turn to David,” said Tom Nunan, a lecturer at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and a veteran movie and TV executive. “He’s an expert on independent film, high-profile acquisitions and an expert in TV. Those qualities would make him a serious candidate for the board to consider.”

Pharmaceutical firms will have to disclose price increases | KPCC-FM

“Insurers can certainly go out and look more aggressively, knowing that the price of a particular product is about to go up sharply, and let them see if they can find another product,” said UCLA’s Stuart Schweitzer. (Audio download)

UCLA plans housing expansion | KNBC-TV

UCLA is planning a major student housing expansion that will also serve as some housing for the 2028 Olympic Games. (Also: Curbed LA)

Treatment targeting glucose in brain cancer is promising | Medical Xpress

UCLA scientists have discovered a potential combination treatment for glioblastoma, the deadliest form of brain cancer in adults. The three-year study led by David Nathanson, a member of UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, found that the drug combination tested in mice disrupts and exploits glucose intake, essentially cutting off the tumor’s nutrients and energy supply. This treatment then stimulates cell death pathways — which control the cancer cells’ fate — and prevents the glioblastoma from getting bigger.

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