UCLA In the News October 26, 2018

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

UCLA-based Scarless Labs wins FDA approval to study scar healing treatment | Los Angeles Business Journal

Scarless Laboratories Inc., an early stage biotechnology company based at UCLA, has received federal clearance to conduct two clinical studies of its patented compound to heal scar tissue. The 14-year-old company said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had given a green light for a phase I and phase II trial to study a peptide to promote wound healing and improve scar appearance. The peptide known as SLI-F06 was based on more than 20 years of research on the Westwood campus.

UCLA acquires landmark Crest Theatre | NBC Southern California

UCLA announced it has acquired the Crest Theatre on Westwood Boulevard and said it would turn the landmark venue into a new off-campus performing arts space…. “The acquisition and transformation of the Crest Theater into the UCLA Nimoy is a critical next step in our effort to extend the reach of the arts at UCLA beyond the 420 acres of campus,” said Brett Steele, dean of the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture.

Inside the Met’s construction of a museum without walls" | Mashable

“Now that many people can access representations of museums and objects online, it’s forced museums to really think about what aspect of artwork they think is really special,” Dr. Miriam Posner, an assistant professor of Information Studies at UCLA, said. “Every museum has to decide what its priorities are.” … The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles has a specialized collection of European, American, and contemporary art. Its project manager for digital initiatives is Philip Leers, who says that the museum approaches digitization in a similar way that it would approach creating a dynamic, context-filled exhibition, rather than digitizing its whole collection en-masse. “We create digital resources that highlight parts of our collection that we think are important, or hidden, or that we have something interesting to say about,” Leers said. “It presents us with the opportunity to present the works with fairly rigorous context. We think of this as educational resources, and want to provide more than just images.”

With Congress and Trump on sidelines, climate change battle moves to courts | NBC News

The plaintiffs in the Our Children’s Trust case, known as Juliana v. the United States, are venturing into new territory by arguing that the government’s public trust responsibility should extend to the Earth’s atmosphere. They also contend that responsibility is embedded in the U.S. Constitution. “They are trying to find that right and to ground it in the Constitution, and the Supreme Court has never held that there is any kind of right to environmental protection in the Constitution,” said Ann Carlson, director of the UCLA School of Law’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment…. It’s unclear how the courts will respond to the new round of litigation from the cities. But Carlson, who is offering pro bono advice to some of the plaintiffs, said they might stand a better chance of success this time.

The health benefits of hugging | NBC News

“Childhood adversity increases risk for mental and physical health problems in adulthood,” explains study author Judith E. Carroll, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry at UCLA. What does this have to do with hugging? She told us, in her study, individuals who reported emotional and physical abuse in childhood, and limited love and affection from a parent, were most at risk for health issues later in life.

An Ebola outbreak in a war zone is about as bad as it gets | Wired

“We have a serious problem with security in the area — that’s been the major rate limiter,” says UCLA epidemiologist Anne Rimoin, who’s been running an infectious disease research program in the DRC for the last 16 years. Her team is currently embedded in the region to monitor the effectiveness of the vaccine program. “It’s extraordinary what they’ve been able to accomplish in vaccinating so many people in such a small amount of time. But when you layer on the complexity of an Ebola outbreak to an active conflict area, even the smallest, most important steps to containing the disease become extremely difficult.”

Even for Trump, there is such a thing as too far | New York Times

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Matt Barreto) In poll after poll, voters agree that Mr. Trump’s strategy is an effort to divide the country while distracting voters from other important issues, like access to affordable health care. In these last two weeks of campaigning, Democratic candidates would be wise to call out Mr. Trump’s xenophobia for what it is, to stand up for the most basic human rights and then to remind voters that the 2017 tax cuts were designed, in the main, to benefit the wealthy.

Whether or not to settle over alleged sexual abuse | KPCC-FM

“USC may be getting away with paying less to settle these claims precisely because of the nature of the harm itself,” said UCLA’s David Marcus. (Approx. 0:45 mark – audio download)

‘They’re bold and fresh’: the millennials disrupting Boston’s transit system | Politico

“I’m a fan. I like what they do,” says former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis [UCLA], who rode the T to work at the State House in the 1980s and is still, at age 84, a respected voice in the Bay State’s mass-transit debates. “I like the fact that they’re bold and fresh,” says the former Democratic presidential nominee. “They dig deep, but they’re also creative and imaginative.”

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