UCLA In the News October 19, 2017

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

Simple ways to be better at remembering | New York Times

Robert Bjork, the chair of UCLA’s psychology department, said that quickly stuffing facts into our brains leads us to forget them in the long term (he even filmed a YouTube video series on the subject).

Is it against the law for players to kneel during national anthem? | CBS News

The key word in that section of code is ‘should,’ according to Eugene Volokh, a law professor and First Amendment expert at the UCLA School of Law. “It’s not clear to me that 36 U.S.C. 301 was ever meant to be legally binding — it says what people should do rather than what they shall or must do,” Volokh told CBS News.

How has China’s magnificent Forbidden City withstood centuries of earthquakes? | PBS NewsHour

“You have to keep in mind that this area (pointing north China on map) is far away from plate boundaries. So this is a very peculiar place to have earthquakes, inside the plate," said UCLA’s An Yin.  (Approx. 9:00 mark)

Is a proposed item ban at public demonstrations in LA a city overreach?| KPCC-FM “AirTalk”

“I think there’s an interesting Second Amendment question here. Some courts have held that the Second Amendment does protect stun guns and I think the same would be so for pepper spray. There’s also a question of the fairness of banning these kinds of defensive weapons,” said UCLA’s Eugene Volokh. (Approx. 05:45 mark)

We don’t need tax cuts for the middle class | Washington Post

[Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Kirk Stark and Eric Zolt] How a country raises revenue strongly influences how the money is spent. Countries with more comprehensive social programs impose higher taxes on the middle class. Paradoxically, then, we may need less progressive taxes to fund more progressive spending programs.

The Great Wall of Los Angeles: The story behind the world’s longest mural | KPCC-FM  “AirTalk”

“Beginning in ’74, all of this time it’s been seen all around the world and known by thousands of people and yet there was nothing in writing that would be a source for teachers and people who were teaching about the Great Wall,” said UCLA's Judith Baca. (Approx. 03:05 mark)

Global warming creates worst possible situation for California | LA Weekly

Global warming might have had a hand in California's recent string of deadly wildfires, UCLA researchers said this week. Climate change is producing "the worst of all possible worlds, and that is what keeps me awake at night," study co-author Glen MacDonald, a UCLA distinguished professor of geography and of ecology, said in a statement.

Hypertension a health epidemic for adults | KCAL-TV

“You can have heart attacks from that. You can have an increased incidence of stroke,” said UCLA’s Dr. Ravi Dave. (Approx. 00:44 mark)

New bill could let companies retaliate against hackers | CNN

Kristen Eichensehr, assistant professor at UCLA School of Law, explained in Just Security, a national security publication. "The FBI's participation in the review process may trigger the U.S. government's international legal responsibility for actions of private actors," she wrote.

Opioid crisis spurs change at medical schools | U.S. News & World Report

"Nobody wants the patient to suffer because their pain was undermanaged," says Dr. Karen Sibert, an anesthesiologist and associate clinical professor with the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California—Los Angeles.

Hollywood won’t solve its sexual abuse problem until it has more women bosses | Quartz

As of 2015, film studio heads were a truly pathetic 100% male and senior management was 83% male, according to a report from UCLA’s Bunche Center for African American Studies (which, you won’t be shocked to learn, also found that the industry is overwhelmingly white). TV didn’t fare much better: Network heads were 71 percent male, and senior management was 73 percent male.

Diabetes technology moves closer to making life easier for patients | NPR “Shots”

University of California, Los Angeles endocrinologist Dr. David T. Ahn, who specializes in diabetes technology, believes that in the U.S., the Libre will be more useful for people with type 2 diabetes. Most people with type 2 do not use CGMs and may also not perform frequent fingerstick checks. "I think it's something that really empowers people, and that's what's really exciting," Ahn says.  (Also: Health Medicine Network)

Did LA’s violent crime drop during Villaraigosa’s time as mayor? | Politifact California

"Gang members and gangs altogether have gone underground, pure and simple," Jorja Leap, a UCLA professor who researches gangs and criminal justice, told VICE News. She noted that social media has allowed gang members to retreat indoors, and that they have become more involved in lucrative illicit activities such as human trafficking. "They have not disappeared but become more knowledgeable."

New analysis suggests that preserving rare species is vital to tropical forests | Phys.org

The new method, he said, is based on local scale information and the neutral ecological theory of Stephen Hubbell of the University of California, Los Angeles, and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. It emerged in a 2007 Nature paper that looked at distinct behaviors of coral reefs and tropical forests. (Also: Scienmag)

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