UCLA In the News October 2, 2017

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

At UCLA, a dorm floor dedicated to first-generation students | Los Angeles Times

The dedicated dorm floor is UCLA’s latest effort to support its first-generation students, who make up 32% of undergraduates — a strikingly high number for an elite university…. All the UC campuses are trying to boost support in a concerted systemwide effort that includes a new website and mentoring by more than 900 first-generation faculty members.

What to know about Vitamin D deficiency | NBC News

Dr. Zhaoping Li, MD, PhD, director, center for human nutrition and chief of the division of clinical nutrition at UCLA, notes that if you wear sunblock, you’re also shielding yourself from vitamin D. “Sunscreen blocks out UV rays, so your cells are not activated to vitamin D,” says Li.

Hubble spots farthest-ever incoming active comet | Space

“I think these volatiles are spread all through K2, and in the beginning billions of years ago, they were probably all through every comet presently in the Oort Cloud,” David Jewitt, lead author on the study and a researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in the statement. “But the volatiles on the surface are the ones that absorb the heat from the sun, so, in a sense, the comet is shedding its outer skin.”

Scientists in Mexico scramble to deploy seismic sensors | New York Times

“People get excited when earthquakes occur within or near a gap, but of course earthquakes occur elsewhere as well,” said David Jackson, a geophysics professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who is not involved with the new network in Mexico.

Hammer exhibit a startling show you need to see | Los Angeles Times

Afro-Peruvian poet Victoria Santa Cruz welcomes visitors to the UCLA Hammer Museum’s “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985” with a blast of energy so powerful that it will stop you in your tracks, then propel you through a mammoth exhibition that unfolds in seven sprawling chapters.

Former Uber CEO adds two directors to board  | Los Angeles Times

Eric Flamholtz, professor emeritus at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, said Uber is playing “governance games” by enacting company-wide policies to regulate a single person. He questioned Uber’s proposal that former officer-level employees clear a higher bar to be appointed CEO — a rule that appeared intended to make it harder for Kalanick, who has reportedly expressed interest in “Steve Jobs-ing it,” to return to power.

Photographer’s lasting impression among homeless | Los Angeles Daily News

The focus on helping homeless people is increasing, said Gary Blasi, a retired UCLA law professor who has studied and litigated homeless issues for decades. He said Gutknecht’s photo essay forces the public to make eye contact with homeless people, to recognize them “as full human beings with thoughts and feelings. More people are paying attention to the massive amount of homelessness in Los Angeles, which is a first step,” Blasi said.

Enforcement of D.C.’s strict concealed carry law blocked | Washington Post

“The court will have to step in now to provide uniformity in how we understand the Second Amendment,” said Adam Winkler, law professor at the University of California at Los Angeles. (Also: Fox News)

Tax breaks aimed at small firms may favor wealthy owners | Los Angeles Times

“There is going to be big shenanigans,” said Gonzalo Freixes, a professor of taxation at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Dolores Huerta mobilizes Latino community | NPR’s “Latino USA”

“Well, if we were to be making rational business decisions, I think for an investor it’s almost a no brainer. You would want to invest in the Latino GDP,” said UCLA’s David Hayes-Bautista.

Bumble co-creator’s app helps women find mom friends | Business Insider

The isolation that comes along with having a baby can be difficult, but Yalda Uhls, a researcher at UCLA and author of Media Moms & Digital Dads, emphasized the importance of young mothers also taking time to connect with each other and their babies in non-virtual worlds. “Looking at your face is how kids learn non-verbal empathy cues, and if you are always looking at your screen they won’t learn.” she said.

Toad tadpoles turn homegrown poisons on each other | Nature

Gary Bucciarelli, an ecologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, also praises the work: “I think the researchers present a very compelling study that questions the evolution and ecological role of amphibian chemical defences.” His own research has shown that newts become more toxic in response to stressful conditions.

Kids with craniofacial defects face difficult time in grade school | Medical Xpress

UCLA researchers found that elementary school children with craniofacial anomalies show the highest levels of anxiety, depression and difficulties in peer interactions when compared to youths with craniofacial defects in middle and high schools. The findings suggest that keeping a close watch for these signs and educating the child’s peers about their condition may be necessary for this age group.

Feminist jargon can be used by anyone | The Guardian (U.K.)

It’s not just me: the scholar who coined the term, UCLA law professor and critical race theorist Kimberlé Crenshaw, said in 2009 that she is “amazed at how [intersectionality] gets over- and under-used; sometimes I can’t even recognize it in the literature any more.” This is perplexing, because Crenshaw’s original work, which she began in 1989, is a clever juridical recapitulation of foundational ideas in black feminism.

Central neck dissection underused in some thyroid cancers | Medical Xpress

Eric J. Kuo, M.D., from the University of California, Los Angeles, and colleagues examined risk factors associated with reoperation in MTC and disease-specific mortality in a retrospective analysis of hospital data for a sample of 609 patients with MTC.

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