UCLA In the News October 4, 2017

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

UCLA nurse treats her wounds, hails cab to Vegas hospital | Washington Post

As a nurse at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, Natalie Vanderstay is used to treating trauma victims. On Sunday night, during Stephen Paddock’s rampage at a country music festival here in Las Vegas, she had to treat herself…. Recalling her medical training, Vanderstay took off her flannel shirt and wrapped it around her leg wound. She then got up — moving a few feet at a time before having to dive back to the ground with each new influx of bullets.

Artificial synapses could lead to brainier, super-efficient computers | WIRED

Now engineering researchers at the California NanoSystems Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, are hoping to match some of the brain’s computational and energy efficiency with systems that mirror the brain’s structure. They are building a device, perhaps the first one, that is “inspired by the brain to generate the properties that enable the brain to do what it does,” according to Adam Stieg, a research scientist and associate director of the institute, who leads the project with Jim Gimzewski, a professor of chemistry at UCLA.

Will Las Vegas push Congress to act on gun laws? | KCRW’s “Press Play”

“Well, I think it’s a complicated question. It might depend on where we look to see that push. If we look to Congress and the federal government I think we’re unlikely to see any new restrictive laws passed. The NRA has a virtual stranglehold on the Republican Party which has a majority in both houses of Congress, and the NRA was one of Donald Trump’s earliest and steadiest supporters,” said UCLA’s Adam Winkler. [Audio download] (Approx. 01:22 mark) (Also: HuffPost)

Data on NRA spending mislead in gun debate | New York Times

The point that more permissive gun laws did not lead to a huge spike in gun violence has merits, said Adam Winkler, a Second Amendment expert at the University of California, Los Angeles. But the chart itself, he said, “is a bunch of hokey.”

‘Heartbreak’ is physical, not just emotional, pain | Washington Post

Right now, Kross’s lab and others, such as the Social and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of California at Los Angeles, are trying to figure why and how the processes overlap, but they agree that the underpinnings are probably evolutionary.

UCLA launches Bruin Bike Share | KCBS-TV

UCLA officially joined the region’s growing bike share network Tuesday. A celebration was held on the Westwood campus to launch Bruin Bike Share — a bike rental program featuring 130 bikes and 18 hubs located throughout the main campus and adjacent Westwood Village. (Also: KNX-AM [Audio download])

Flu shot: myths, facts and why doctors recommend it | NBC News

“Children have had less experience with flu, whereas adults have more antibody from previous infections,” says Dr. James D. Cherry, a distinguished research professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital.

Court could prevent workers from suing employers | Mother Jones

Katherine Stone, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who studies the history of arbitration, says arbitration was initially created in order to allow workplace disputes to be settled by leaders in the same industry, who would understand the issues at hand. Today, Stone says, the argument for arbitration has changed: It’s now described by proponents as a means for faster justice.

Questions remain despite renewal of presidential panels | NBC News

The news surprised Patricia Gándara, a UCLA professor serving on the Educational Excellence for Hispanics commission. “I’m fascinated by it because, of course, there’s been no communication with us, so I actually don’t know what my or any of the commissioners’ actual status would be at this point, whether we completed our terms as of this weekend,” Gándara told NBC News by phone Monday.

D.C. weighs gun law appeal, with fate of limits in balance | Washington Post

“We’ve been here before,” said UCLA law professor and Second Amendment expert Adam Winkler. After the D.C. Circuit’s ruling against the handgun ban in 2007, he said, many gun-control advocates advised the District not to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. “D.C. did not follow that advice, and the result was the Heller case,” Winkler said.

How to best respond during mass shootings | Los Angeles Magazine

“Social media can be an important tool for communication in a mass shooting,” [UCLA’s Adam] Winkler says. “It can direct one to the latest news, help-lines, and public announcements.” It can also, he warned, spread rumors and falsehoods.

Cell stiffness method could lead to improved cancer treatment | Phys.org

“Measuring cells with our calibrated instrument is like measuring time with a standardized clock,” said senior author Amy Rowat, UCLA associate professor of integrative biology and physiology. “Our method can be used to obtain stiffness measurements of hundreds of cells per second.”

Architects whose houses set off bidding wars in L.A. | Los Angeles Magazine

“We’ve had so much bad building recently,” says Eleanor Schrader, a longtime instructor of architectural history at UCLA Extension. “People find a Paul Williams or a Wallace Neff, and they see instantly that they are well put together and they are certainly not garish.”

Drinking black tea may help you lose weight | Indo-Asian News Service

However, “our new findings suggest that black tea, through a specific mechanism through the gut microbiome, may also contribute to good health and weight loss in humans,” said lead author Susanne Henning, professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. (Also: The Independent (U.K.), Scienmag, Medical Xpress)

Grant for sharing research on AIDS, substance abuse | EDGE Media Network

The five-year grant, called Collaborating Consortium of Cohorts Producing NIDA Opportunities, will connect groups of investigators with National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded research and data ranging from state-of-the-art bioinformatics to laboratory specimens, said Pamina Gorbach, professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and the principal investigator on the project.

CalViva-Kaiser split highlights health care complexities | Valley Public Radio

Nadereh Pourat of UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health says this isn’t all that surprising coming from Kaiser. “There are some health plans that actually take enroll a lot of Medi-Cal populations and some that historically have not taken on a large proportion,” she says. “Kaiser is one of those.”

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