UCLA In the News October 5, 2018

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

Content for humans about the content of humans | New York Times

“DNA is not destiny,” said Timothy Taylor, a professor of ethnomusicology and musicology at UCLA. “Every study I’ve ever seen about people’s musical choices talk about them as being related to culture and generation and cultural position.” (UCLA’s Gigi Johnson also quoted)

The ‘new science’ on infidelity | The Guardian (U.K.)

[UCLA’s Brooke] Scelza’s research on the semi-nomadic Himba tribe of Namibia provides a window into alternative ways of dealing with what anthropologists call “extra-dyadic sexuality” (AKA consensual cheating). With the Himba men periodically away at remote cattle stations, their wives keep busy by “going to the far place to collect water” — another way of saying they bunk off to meet their lover. If a baby is the result, no one sees any reason to fuss: the child will simply have two dads (AKA partible paternity). Indeed, Scelza reveals that those Himba women who are particularly keen on going to collect water end up with more and healthier children than those few who to decide to stay “true” to their husbands.

Gov. Brown veto of school-suspension ban’s expansion deals a blow to reformers | EdSource

California schools have cut their suspensions significantly in recent years. A report issued late last month by UCLA’s Center for Civil Rights Remedies showed that for K-12 students, days lost to suspensions dropped by nearly half between the 2011-12 and 2016-17 school years… “California remains one of the nationwide leaders in terms of providing some sort of accountability as well as funding to ensure that discipline reform is effective and helping all students,” said Dan Losen, who is director of the civil rights remedies center at UCLA.

Valley fever | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“Valley fever is a fungus that basically grows in the soil,” says UCLA’s Robert Kim-Farley. “There’s a phenomenon we call ‘grow and blow’ in the sense that when you have rainy seasons, you have this fungus growing in the soil. And when it becomes a dry spell, these dry up and create spores. Then when the wind blows, that’s when you can get it in the air and people can inhale these spores and that is how the disease comes about.” (Approx. 34:50 mark)

As bombers and supersonic transports near the runway, aerospace hiring heats up | Los Angeles Times

To attract young talent, aerospace firms are constant presences on college campuses. Last fall, Mia Reyes, 20, met Northrop Grumman recruiters through a resume workshop at a UCLA Society of Women Engineers event and took a tour of one of the company’s local facilities through her involvement with the Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists.… Reyes has always been intrigued by aerospace engineering; her grandfather was an aerospace engineer at Rocketdyne and worked on aspects of the Apollo missions. But she hadn’t heard of Northrop Grumman until she arrived at UCLA and saw company representatives on campus.

Dr. Bernard J. Carroll, ‘conscience of psychiatry,’ dies at 77 | New York Times

In 1998, after winding down his professional life, Dr. Carroll moved with his wife to California, where he began another kind of career. He and a lifelong friend, Dr. Robert Rubin, a professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles, dissected psychiatric studies as they appeared, flagging sloppy work and sniffing out conflicts of interest…. “We weren’t after anyone, nor did we care how much money people were making — we were concerned about how corrupt the science had become,” Dr. Rubin said in a phone interview. “The tragedy in all this was that the corrupt science was affecting countless people’s lives.”

SoCal ties of MacArthur Foundation’s ‘eclectic class’ of 2018 fellows | Los Angeles Times

In the social justice realm, in addition to Gupta, San Jose-based community organizer Raj Jayadev, who graduated from UCLA, is blending community organizing principles and criminal justice reform toward developing a new model of “participatory defense” in indigent defense cases…. Several other fellows have SoCal connections…. New York computer scientist Deborah Estrin is an L.A. native who taught for many years at USC and UCLA. New York filmmaker and performance artist Wu Tsang received an MFA from UCLA.

13 things every person should know about breast cancer | Business Insider

[UCLA’s Deanna] Attai explained that mammography is currently the only FDA-approved test to screen for breast cancer, but some women may also get breast ultrasounds or MRIs in addition to mammograms. "Ultrasound can be used as a supplemental screening tool, especially in women with dense breast tissue," she said. "MRI is primarily used for screening in women considered to be at high risk for breast cancer, such as those who carry the BRCA or other genes that increase the risk of breast cancer."

Researchers discover prostate and lung cancers are driven by common mechanisms | Medical Xpress

"Small cell cancers of the lung, prostate, bladder, and other tissues were long thought to be similar in name alone—and they were treated by oncologists as different entities," [UCLA’s Owen] Witte said. "Over the past few years, though, researchers have increasingly begun to realize that there are similarities in the cancers, and that's what our work confirms."

Every cell has a story to tell in brain injury | ScienceDaily

University of California, Los Angeles professors Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, Ph.D. and Xia Yang, Ph.D., along with their colleagues, used a novel method known as Drop-seq to closely look at individual brain cells in the hippocampus, a region involved in learning and memory, after TBI or in uninjured control animals…. “These tools provide us with unprecedented precision to pinpoint exactly which cells and genes to target with new therapies,” said Dr. Yang.

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