UCLA In the News October 29, 2018

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

Pope names UCLA professor for think tank | Catholic News Service

Also Oct. 27, the pope appointed to the Pontifical Academy of the Social Sciences Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, who is dean of the graduate school of education and information studies at the University of California-Los Angeles and is a leading expert on the impact of forced, mass migrations on families, children and young people. Suarez-Orozco is a member of the board of governors of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the National Academy of Education and trustee of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He has served as a special adviser to the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in the Hague. He was a co-founder and co-director of the Harvard Immigration Project and a founding member of the executive committee of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

‘Weed the People’ explores medical marijuana for kids with cancer | Time

This means scientists are limited to studying only the products and formulations available from the University of Mississippi, which doesn’t include popular consumer products like vapes and edibles, says Dr. Jeff Chen, director of the University of California Los Angeles Cannabis Research Initiative. “At my office at UCLA, I look out my window and I can count two dispensaries that I can see,” Chen says. “We can’t touch that cannabis — not even to understand what’s in it.”

For highly skilled refugees, an opportunity to translate language skills into work | ABC News

“Recertification is a long and costly process in the United States,” Molly Fee, a Ph.D. student researching forced migration and refugee resettlement at the University of California, Los Angeles, told ABC News. “Since early employment is a necessity for refugees as soon as they arrive, refugees typically have to accept the first job opportunity available,” Fee said.

Why are antiques so cheap? Because everyone lives in the kitchen | New York Times

In 2012, the Center on Everyday Lives of Families at the University of California, Los Angeles, published “Life at Home in the 21st Century,” a pioneering anthropological study of the domestic habits of 32 Californian families between 2001 and 2005. Representing a range of professions and incomes, the families all contained two working parents and at least one child. Their movements and interactions were meticulously monitored for four years by teams of ethnographers.

Vitamin vaping raises awareness among scientists | Scientific American

“I’m really shocked that somebody would accept that study to claim that vitamins can be inhaled to improve health, particularly in adults,” says UCLA’s Virender Rehan. Vitamin D deficiencies can lead to lung development problems in newborns, and the study was partly to see if inhaling vitamin D could fix that problem in rats, he says. “But [it was] also to make sure that not much vitamin is absorbed [into the bloodstream],” he adds. Too much vitamin D can be toxic, especially for newborns.

Supreme Court orders pause in landmark climate change case led by youth | Smithsonian

The fact that the Supreme Court has stepped in to stop the lawsuit, even if temporarily, is “certainly a signal that the court is uncomfortable with the underlying legal theory of the Juliana case,” Ann Carlson, a professor of environmental law at the University of California Los Angeles, tells Irfan.

Heart patients should consider cardiac rehab | Reuters Health

“There are short-term and long-term benefits to participating, including less chest pain, less depression, and a decreased risk of death from heart disease,” said Dr. Tamara Horwich of the University of California, Los Angeles, who co-authored the one-page primer for patients. Horwich, who is medical director of UCLA’s cardiac rehab program, emphasizes the importance of lifestyle changes to prevent and reverse heart disease. She encourages patients to enroll in heart recovery programs for the group support and medically supervised guidance.

Using holograms of dead performers | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“What people call holograms in live performance are almost always an updated version of what was called a “Pepper’s Ghost” effect in the theater, that was actually around since the 19th century,” said UCLA’s Jeff Burke. “Disneyland uses a version of this in their Haunted Mansion. So, a transparent screen is used to pick up a reflection from a hidden room — in the case of Disneyland — and today it’s from a hidden digital projection.” (Approx. 39:00 mark)

‘Fire-floods’ are the new threat in California disasters | Sacramento Bee

“We know where things are headed,” climate scientist Daniel Swain of UCLA said. “We are just entering this era, and it is only going to get more interesting from here.”

Effort to throw out union at USC Verdugo Hills stymied | Glendale News-Press

Unionized environments typically result in a 30% gain in wage and benefits compared to non-unionized environments, according to Kent Wong, director of UCLA’s Labor Center. “So there is a very strong economic incentive for employers to try to resist unionization,” Wong said.

The $91 million fight to reconsider rent control in California | Bloomberg News

Besides, California apartment landlords have been able to enjoy decades of rent increases that have outstripped inflation, said Zev Yaroslavsky, director of the Los Angeles Initiative at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, who helped pass a rent-control ordinance when he was a city council member in the 1970s. “Something has to be done” to address housing affordability in the state, he said. “This is a human crisis of unprecedented proportions.”

Lung cancer risk tied to common blood pressure drug | HealthDay

“ACE inhibitors have been extensively studied in a multitude of large-scale, randomized clinical trials in very diverse patient populations,” said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. In these trials, the benefits of ACE inhibitors have outweighed any potential risks, and many of these studies showed reductions in deaths without any evidence of an increased risk of cancer in general or lung cancer in particular, he said.

California nurses move their ‘Medicare-for-all’ fight to the national stage | Sacramento Bee

Still, individual states face steep challenges in creating, within their borders, a new health care system that operates under a different set of rules and laws than the nation as a whole, said Gerald Kominski, a professor of health policy at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. He said the nurses’ new efforts to apply pressure on Congress, and national candidates, could also be an acknowledgment that California can’t do it alone…. “I think it’s the realization that developing a single-payer system at the state level faces significant legal barriers that maybe they’ve acknowledged … are more substantial than they were willing to admit publicly a year ago,” Kominski said. “It also might be a recognition that you’re pushing the next governor out too far on a limb, where you’re likely to be left hanging.”

Mail bombs put Democrats on high alert | Boston Herald

“They’ll continue to escalate,” UCLA professor Jeffrey Simon, who studies domestic terror and political violence, told the Herald. “That’s something we find with the serial terrorist. They’ll follow patterns in terms of the type of bombs they are making.”

Go Exploring Your Universe, UCLA’s free science festival, on Nov. 4 | Los Angeles Sentinel

Actress and New York Times best-selling author Danica McKellar, who earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with highest honors from UCLA, will be recognized with the university’s 2018 Science and Education Pioneer award at the campus’ Exploring Your Universe science festival on Nov. 4.

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