UCLA In the News October 31, 2017

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

Electrical impulses sent deep in brain can improve memory | Popular Mechanics

People with epilepsy who have had ultra-fine wires implanted in their brains to track seizures are the perfect group to extend this research. A new study from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA shows, incredibly, that targeting one area of the brain with low-level electrical impulses from these wires can improve human memory.

What experts know about men who rape | New York Times

Early studies relied heavily on convicted rapists. This skewed the data, said Neil Malamuth, a psychologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, who has been studying sexual aggression for decades. Men in prison are often “generalists,” he said: “They would steal your television, your watch, your car. And sometimes they steal sex.” But men who commit sexual assault, and are not imprisoned because they got away with it, are often “specialists.” There is a strong chance that this is their primary criminal transgression.

Stretchy robotic skin senses when object slips out of grasp | Forbes

Engineers from the University of Washington College of Engineering and the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science say they’ve developed a stretchable electronic skin with sensors that can detect shear forces and help a robot sense when an object is slipping out of its grasp.

‘Get Out’ and the black horror genre | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“When ‘Get Out’ came out earlier this year, I realized it was the missing piece I needed as someone who loves horror, someone who has written, read and watched black horror my whole life — but we never had that piece of work that we could pin the entire sub-genre on. Especially with this concept of the Sunken Place, because it so captures what a lot of artists are talking about,” said UCLA’s Tananarive Due (Audio download. Approx. 1:30 mark) (Also: CBC Radio)

Who are California’s transgender adults? | San Francisco Chronicle

Transgender adults in California have about the same poverty and education levels as people who identify as the gender they were assigned at birth, but they are more likely to be white and to be struggling with suicidal impulses, according to a new UCLA study. The report, which is being released Tuesday as part of UCLA’s annual California Health Interview Survey, found that there are an estimated 92,000 transgender adults in California, or 0.35 percent of the state’s over-18 population. UCLA billed the study as the most comprehensive survey of transgender demographics ever conducted in California.

Can Trump pardon his way out of trouble? | Los Angeles Times

[Commentary by UCLA’s Mark Greenberg and Harry Litman] Does Trump have any viable alternative at this point to sitting back and watching the probe unfold, hoping it stops short of the Oval Office? He could, theoretically, order the Department of Justice to fire Mueller. The drumbeat for that option has resumed recently in conservative media and among proxy members of Congress, likely with the tacit approval of the White House. Trump might ultimately prove unable to resist that course. But at least the grownups on the Trump legal team — who have restrained his tweet war with the special counsel — understand that at present the move would carry outsize political risk.

Samuel Goldwyn writing awards winners revealed | Hollywood Reporter

Four students from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television were honored tonight as winners of the 62nd annual Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards, which recognize excellence in dramatic writing. 

CVS-Aetna deal could have same result as telecom mergers | Los Angeles Times

Some health care experts see CVS and Aetna complementing one another and being able to provide greater convenience to consumers. “It might be similar to an airline buying a rental car company, so it can offer package deals to its customers,” said Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “This is a bold move that is more likely to benefit customers.”

Death rates from lupus still disproportionately high | Medical Xpress

Researchers at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA used a national mortality database and census data to identify temporal trends and demographic and regional differences in lupus mortality in the United States over a 46-year period from 1968 through 2013. They found that the reduction in mortality attributed to lupus was less than the reduction in non-lupus mortality, and the ratio of lupus to non-lupus mortality was about 35 percent higher in 2013 than in 1968. (Also: Washington Times)

Why Papadopoulos is more dangerous than Manafort  | New York Times

[Commentary by UCLA’s Harry Litman] Though the White House will surely try to deny it — indeed, on Monday, its spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, insisted that Mr. Papadopoulos was merely a volunteer — the plea agreement says plainly that Russia reached out to Mr. Papadopoulos because of his status as a named foreign policy adviser to the campaign. For all of the talk about collusion with Russia since Mr. Trump’s election, this is by far the most damning evidence of it.

Schiff says Trump’s pardon power can’t obstruct probe | New York Post

But a law professor said there are few “clear limits” on the president’s pardon power. “Congress cannot overturn a pardon, nor can the courts, barring some procedural irregularity,” Adam Winkler of the University of California, Los Angeles, told The Post on Sunday. “If the president issues a pardon in the Mueller probe, then that person will be safe from federal prosecution. However, state prosecutors could conceivably step in.”

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