UCLA In the News October 25, 2017

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

October is deadly month for fires in California | Sacramento Bee

Some scientists believe climate change may have contributed to the carnage. Daniel Swain, of UCLA’s Center for Climate Science, said the hotter-than-ever summer left the grassy areas and forests more prone to ignition. “Vegetation is absolutely drier than it would have been,” Swain said. “I don’t think it’s a coincidence that it happened (following) the same summer that was the hottest it’s ever been.”

History is filled with self-destructing dictators | Bloomberg

According to Daniel Treisman, a UCLA political scientist, that’s not necessarily the case. For a recent paper, he analyzed 218 episodes of democratization between 1800 and 2015 and found they were, with some exceptions (such as Danish King Frederick VII’s voluntary acceptance of a constitution in 1848), the result of authoritarian rulers’ mistakes in seeking to hold on to power.

Could worst gas leak in U.S. history be causing health problems? | VICE

According to scientists like UCLA professor Michael Jerrett, this is because there is not enough scientific evidence to prove anything. He says it’s important to conduct a comprehensive study to determine if residents are still getting sick from the blowout.

UCLA archive spotlights Japanese filmmaker | Los Angeles Times

The Japanese writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda operates in such a delicately restrained register that his films are often mischaracterized as being more or less the same — visually modest, emotionally perceptive family dramas in which the specters of death, loss and abandonment are never distant. While that description certainly applies to several of the pictures he has directed over his 26-year career, including “Still Walking” (2009), “Our Little Sister” (2015) and this year’s superb “After the Storm,” one of Kore-eda’s hallmarks as a filmmaker is his ability to locate startling dramatic nuance and tonal variation within a seemingly narrow range.

Should Californians tap into their water reserves? | KPCC-FM

“We don’t live in a climate of drought, we live in a dry climate where there are periods of time where it’s even more dry,” said UCLA’s Stephanie Pincetl. [Audio download] (Approx. 03:57 mark)

Calling an Uber in a medical emergency might save lives | OZY

It’s also dangerous to make sweeping generalizations about every trauma system, says Dr. Medell Briggs-Malonson, director of quality of emergency medicine at UCLA Health and founder and CEO of IPA Healthcare Solutions in Redondo Beach, California. Her recommendation? Trauma systems need to take a look at their own data and see how they can improve their processes.

Nanodiamonds could improve recovery after root canal | News-Medical

“Harnessing the unique properties of nanodiamonds in the clinic may help scientists, doctors and dentists overcome key challenges that confront several areas of health care, including improving lesion healing in oral health,” said [UCLA’s] Dean Ho, professor of oral biology and medicine in the dental school and a co-corresponding author of the study.

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