UCLA In the News October 3, 2017

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

Trump calls for unity after Vegas massacre | Washington Post

Adam Winkler, a law professor at the University of California at Los Angeles who has written a history of the gun debate, said: “Many presidents have tried to use mass shootings to spur gun reforms. We can go back to Franklin Delano Roosevelt.” Gang shootings in Chicago led to a push to outlaw machine guns in 1934, and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy led to further regulations in 1968. But this time, the president declined to make the killings in Las Vegas into a call for specific action.

What it will take to realize Musk’s rocket travel plan | Los Angeles Times

“You may end up saving some number of hours, but you would have to get to the launch site, and then you’d have to launch and then you’d have to arrive at the destination,” said Richard Wirz, a professor at UCLA and director of the university’s Plasma and Space Propulsion Laboratory. “There would have to be hours on either end of you embarking and disembarking on your trip.”

What do we call the Las Vegas attack? | New York Times

“That’s not our conception of terrorism,” said Mr. [David] Rapoport, a retired professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and founding editor of the journal Terrorism and Political Violence. Mr. Rapoport’s well-known taxonomy identifies four major waves of terrorism since the 1880s: the anarchists; anticolonial activists; leftists around the time of the Vietnam War; and since 1979, religious zealots, including non-Muslims. He said each of the earlier waves lasted about 40 years, and that he expected the period of religious terrorism to fade by 2025.

Average CEO makes millions in retirement | Los Angeles Times

“This whole business of treating executives like rock stars is completely out of kilter,” said David Lewin, a professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. “It just pushes us further down the road of inequity.”

Breast-cancer death rate drops almost 40 percent  | Washington Post

Deanna Attai, a breast cancer surgeon at the University of California at Los Angeles who was not involved in the study, said the advances in treatment included much better chemotherapy regimens — developed in the 1980s and refined ever since — that are administered post-surgery to reduce the risk of recurrence. Other improvements have included tamoxifen, an anti-estrogen agent that was approved in the late 1970s; Herceptin, a drug used to treat tumors with a higher-than-normal level of a protein called HER2 and drugs called aromatase inhibitors.

Cancer-fighting couple tackles immune system mysteries | Washington Post

That work led to a 1996 landmark paper describing a radical new anti-cancer approach targeting the immune system, not the malignant cell. It was called “checkpoint blockade.” “Jim Allison’s conceptual insight opened up the whole field,” said Antoni Ribas, a leading oncologist and immunologist at the University of California at Los Angeles.

What law enforcement knows about Vegas shooting | 88.5-FM’s “1A”

“Obviously they’re going to look into the firearms as well, and it does appear, just from the sounds of the shooting, that there was some kind of machine gun that was being used. It’s important to recognize that machine guns are really not for sale to the common citizen in America; you have to get a special license to even get one. So I think there’s going to be a lot of investigation to find out if he did have a machine gun, how he got it and how he was able to fire so many rounds in such a small amount of time,” said UCLA’s Adam Winkler. (Approx. 3:25 mark) (Also: Fox News)

More colleges add free food pantries  | Los Angeles Daily News

UCLA also doesn’t require identification. And the school doesn’t know how many students use the program, said Antonio Sandoval, director of UCLA’s Community Programs Office, which oversees the food pantry. UCLA was one of the first in the nation to open a food pantry, in 2009, after Michigan State and Oregon State universities, Sandoval said. Since then, UCLA has been contacted by hundreds of colleges considering starting programs, he said.

Appeals court blocks D.C. concealed carry law | Bloomberg Radio

“It sounds from our report that none of the judges asked for a re-hearing as far as we know. It’s kind of surprising in light of the fact that the D.C. circuit has a majority of appointees from democratic presidents. President Obama put several people on the court. One might expect, given what we’ve seen in previous circuits, that democratic appointees would be more likely to take this case en banc and reconsider a decision striking down discretionary permitting,” said UCLA’s Adam Winkler.

Black tea may help with weight loss, too | HealthCanal

Dr. Zhaoping Li, director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, chief of the UCLA Division of Clinical Nutrition and the study’s senior author, said the findings suggest that the health benefits of both green tea and black tea go beyond their antioxidant benefits, and that both teas have a strong impact on the gut microbiome. “For black tea lovers, there may be a new reason to keep drinking it,” she said.

STD rates in California reach record high | KQED-FM

“As Dr. Bauer said, congenital syphilis is highly preventable and it’s a sentinel event which shows the failure of our public health and medical systems, so many countries around the world — Cuba, Belarus, Thailand — have eliminated mother and child syphilis through effective public health programs. So when we see rises in congenital syphilis like this we know that our public health systems have failed us,” said UCLA’s Jeffrey Klausner. (Approx. 4:15 mark)

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