UCLA In the News October 31, 2018

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

Trolling the monster in the heart of the Milky Way | New York Times

“We already know Einstein’s theory of gravity is fraying around the edges,” said Andrea Ghez, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. “What better places to look for discrepancies in it than a supermassive black hole?” Dr. Ghez is the leader of a separate team that, like Dr. Genzel’s, is probing the galactic center. “What I like about the galactic center is that you get to see extreme astrophysics,” she said.

Can we predict when and where a crime will take place? | BBC

“PredPol was inspired by experiments run by the University of California in collaboration with the Los Angeles Police Department,” says PredPol co-founder and [UCLA] anthropology professor Jeff Brantingham. “That study demonstrated that algorithmically driven forecasts could predict twice as much crime and, when used in the field, prevent twice as much crime as existing best practice.”

U.N. human rights expert urges states to curb intolerance online | Voice of America

[UCLA’s Tendayi] Achiume, whose mandate is the elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, noted in her annual report that “Jews remain especially vulnerable to anti-Semitic attacks online.” She said that Nazi and neo-Nazi groups exploit the internet to spread and incite hate because it is “largely unregulated, decentralized, cheap” and anonymous. Achiume said neo-Nazi groups are increasingly relying on the internet and social media platforms to recruit new members.

UCLA receives $25 million gift for Parkinson’s research | Los Angeles Business Journal

UCLA has received a $25 million gift from a Beverly Hills-based foundation to launch an initiative to research treatments and care for Parkinson’s disease, the university announced Oct. 30. The award from the Steven Gordon Family Foundation will establish the UCLA Laurie and Steven Gordon Commitment to Cure Parkinson’s Disease at the David Geffen School of Medicine…. “The Gordons’ gift is a vote of confidence in the promise of team science to elucidate the causes and possible treatments for this debilitating disease,” said Kelsey Martin, dean of the medical school. “Laurie and Steve are fabulous partners because they understand the power of collaboration and focus within an academic medical center.”

Two years after it started, San Diego declares end to deadly hepatitis A outbreak | Los Angeles Times

He applauded San Diego’s willingness to spend the money necessary to get its outbreak under control, as did Dr. Jonathan Fielding, distinguished professor of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. “Hepatitis A is very contagious,” Fielding said. Getting something like this under control, it takes money, it takes an enlightened bureaucracy and it takes a heck of a lot of coordination. It’s clear that you have that in San Diego.”

Touring the re-created 1969 birthplace of the internet at UCLA | Curbed Los Angeles

The ARPANET [the precursor to modern internet] was a defense department project centered on the first router, the Interface Message Processor. The IMP [interface message processor] was built by BBN Technologies (now a subsidiary of Raytheon) and based on theoretical work done by UCLA Professor Leonard Kleinrock.

California has a posse in tug-of-war with Trump over electric cars | Bloomberg News

Having more states line up with California could affect the outcome, said Ann Carlson, a law professor at the University of California at Los Angeles. If electric-car sales rise as more states require them, manufacturers could have a harder time arguing that compliance costs are too high. And the states that are requiring zero-emission car sales are doing so not just to fight climate change but to limit toxic pollutants like soot and smog, as required by the Environmental Protection Agency itself. “States are relying on the zero-emission standard to comply with federal law,” Carlson said, “and the federal government is trying to undercut their ability to do that.”

President’s rhetoric has stoked anti-semitism and hatred, experts warn | The Guardian

“He has dramatically elevated the level of rhetorical tension in ways that do not discourage people from acting out their terrifying views,” said David N. Myers, a professor of Jewish history at the University of California, Los Angeles.

California rent control initiative leaves communities of color split | NBC

“Rent control is not the panacea,” [Joan] Ling, the UCLA lecturer, said. “It’s really a short-term solution to help with stabilizing renters’ ability to stay in their homes while the state and local cities sort out the longer-term land use policies that need to be in place to create and produce more housing for people in every category on the income spectrum.”

UCLA buys historic Crest Theater in Westwood | Hollywood Reporter

The University of California Los Angeles on Tuesday announced that it has acquired the Crest Theater in Westwood, which will be converted into an off-campus performing arts space. Backstopping the deal were donations by writer-director Susan Bay Nimoy and an anonymous donor. The venue, which is currently scheduled to open in 2021, will be renamed the UCLA Nimoy Theater, in honor of Nimoy’s late husband, actor Leonard Nimoy. (Also: Deadline Hollywood)

Platelet immunotherapy grenades home in on leukemia by riding on blood stem cell delivery trucks | Forbes

“In our design, the hematopoietic stem cell is like a homing vehicle to bring the platelet and aPD-1 to the bone marrow where the residue leukemia cells located and traditional treatment hard to reach,” said Zhen Gu, a professor of bioengineering at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering who led the study.

Is anti-Semitism that fueled Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect part of larger trend? | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“I think we need to see a much stronger response. And it’s not just these two attacks, but if you really go back to what happened in Charlottesville a year ago, it’s really troubling that there has not been a complete and immediate condemnation of anyone who purports to be following in some of his own rhetoric or ideology in carrying out these attacks,” said UCLA’s Matt Barreto. (Approx. 10:45 mark)

A dry fall may make fire season worse | KCRW-FM

“You may end up seeing more precipitation concentrated in these core winter months as the climate in California continues to warm. That’s a general observation of the direction where we think things are headed,” said UCLA’s Daniel Swain. (Approx. 0:15 mark – audio download)

LGBTQ individuals more likely to deny medical care | Georgia Voice

According to co-author [UCLA’s] Susan Babey of the study, fear of being discriminated against by medical personnel is one reason LGBTQ adults skip seeing a doctor. “Sexual minorities who have had a bad experience with a medical provider because of their sexual orientation may try to avoid repeating it,” stated the co-director of the Chronic Disease Program at the center.

Can attending a top high school reduce teens’ marijuana abuse? | Medical Xpress

“We concluded that schools play an important role in influencing adolescent behavior,” said the study’s first author, Dr. Rebecca Dudovitz, an assistant professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and pediatrician at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. “Investing in schools offers a tool for improving teen health.” (Also: HealthDay)

Researchers design delivery system to guide drugs directly to cancer cells ‘hiding’ in bone marrow | Medical Xpress

Zhen Gu, a professor of bioengineering at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering who led the study, said the approach could be used in concert with other therapies, such as chemotherapy and stem cell treatment, to improve their effectiveness. Gu said the approach would have to be tested in human clinical trials and then approved for use before it could be incorporated in treatments for people with leukemia.

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