UCLA In the News October 17, 2018

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

Inherited trauma shapes your health | The Atlantic

“By no means is it saying that whenever there’s trauma, that means it’s going to be transmitted,” Dora Costa, the lead author of the Civil War study and an economist at UCLA, told me. “The epigenetic story is optimistic because it allows for the possibility of reversibility through maternal nutrition.”

Two leaders on a collision course toward a teachers strike | Los Angeles Times

Both leaders believe they are at a crucial turning point that could lead either to disaster or meaningful reform. “This issue is bigger than pay,” UCLA education professor Tyrone Howard said of the labor dispute that has now gone more than 18 months without resolution. “It is about working conditions, the role of charter schools in the district, standardized testing, and the role that teachers will have in public schools in Los Angeles.” The union “has framed this as a ‘let's save public education’ issue.”

Netflix’s latest conquest? Billboard advertising along the Sunset Strip | Los Angeles Times

The billboards are Netflix’s latest way of signaling to the competition its growing level of industry clout and artistic prestige. “Netflix has a way of depositing just the right amount of sand in the bathing suits of studio heads. It’s very irritating,” said Tom Nunan, former president of NBC Studios and UPN, and now a lecturer at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. For studios, billboards along the Strip have traditionally served one purpose above all others: placating the egos of actors and directors. “A lot of people don't realize the degree to which these billboards are directed to the artists more than anyone else,” Nunan said.

NAACP leader opposes rent control bid while taking real estate money | The Guardian (U.K.)

“To have the president of your organization also be on the payroll of the campaign you’re endorsing … it’s a moral and ethical question,” said Zev Yaroslavsky, the director of the Los Angeles Initiative at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. “They have to decide whether their integrity has been compromised.”

Supreme Court deals final blow to lead paint manufacturers’ effort to avoid cleanup costs | Los Angeles Times

The doctrine is typically applied to combat ongoing activities, such as a homeowner operating a crack house or a factory with noxious emissions, “not to something that happened decades ago,” Sean Hecht, an environmental law expert at the UCLA Law School, told me last year.

When Asian women marry outside of their culture, the harshest criticism they face sometimes comes from Asian men | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“I think it’s been an issue for decades,” said UCLA’s Karen Umemoto. “During the Asian-American movement of the ’60s, this was an issue. I think Celeste Ng’s article just calls our attention to the new heights of harassment, given the expanse of social media, which brings a new dimension to the problem of hate speech.”

HPV vaccination not linked to rise in risky sex by teens | Reuters Health

Though the study was done in Canada, its findings probably apply to the U.S., too, said Dr. Anna-Barbara Moscicki, a professor of pediatrics and chief of adolescent medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine. In fact, Moscicki said, “There is another recent paper showing in the U.S. that vaccinated teens do not initiate sex more often.”

Experts skeptical on claims that intermittent fasting can reverse type 2 diabetes | Healthline

“It’s potentially dangerous to tell patients their diabetes has been reversed, because one is always at risk for progression, even if not being treated by medication,” Dr. Matthew Freeby, director of the Gonda Diabetes Center in Los Angeles and the associate director of diabetes clinical programs at the David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine, told Healthline.

Researchers use brain cells in a dish to study genetic origins of schizophrenia | Medical Xpress

A study in Biological Psychiatry has established a new analytical method for investigating the complex genetic origins of mental illnesses using brain cells that are grown in a dish from human embryonic stem cells. Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles examined the process in which new neurons are designated for certain roles, and found that changes in gene expression over the course of neural development were significantly associated with genetic risk for schizophrenia…. “[Large-scale population studies] have shown that psychiatric disorders are heritable traits in which hundreds if not thousands of genes throughout the human genome contribute to disease risk,” said senior author [UCLA’s] Roel Ophoff.

Student affairs leaders lean left | Inside Higher Ed

In an interview with Inside Higher Ed, Abrams said he worked with the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago this year to carefully develop the survey sample. Previously, he has relied on data from Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, to determine that liberal professors are far more common than conservatives by a six-to-one ratio.

Diplomatic implications for U.S. in Saudi journalist case | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“Well certainly, I think [President Trump is] going to need to come out with a very strong response,” said UCLA’s Matt Barreto. “We saw at the very beginning, he said he didn’t have enough information. Now, he has talked to the King, who has denied it. The question will be: as more information comes out, as the Turkish information comes out, if there are recordings, if there’s other evidence, he’s going to have to very strong disavow the Saudi government.” (Approx. 2:10 mark)

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