UCLA In the News September 20, 2017

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

A brain built from atomic switches can learn | Quanta Magazine

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.

Herb Alpert School of Music among 15 best music business schools | Billboard

Among the courses recently added to the [UCLA] Herb Alpert School’s curriculum are “Between Art and Commerce in the Record Industry,” taught by Bob Hurwitz, chairman emeritus of Nonesuch Records, and “Music and Entrepreneurship,” led by music and tech executive Dae Bogan. Coming in 2018-19 is a hybrid degree program that combines studies in musicology and the music business. In 2016, EDM superstar Paul Oakenfold was the judge of a DJ competition staged by the school.

DACA recipients claim violation of ‘due process’ | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“Due process is inherently a vague idea but it’s really at the foundation of the rule of law. Due process means that the government cannot throw you in jail or take your property away from you without affording you basic legal protections. At its core, due process means the government must have valid and legitimate reasons for when it hurts you or when it takes something away from you,” said UCLA’s Adam Winkler.

College students uninformed about free speech | Wall Street Journal

[UCLA’s] John Villasenor surveyed more than 1,500 undergraduates, and among the alarming findings: Most American college students do not know that even hate speech is constitutionally protected; half agree that it’s okay to shout down a speaker whose views they don’t agree with; and nearly one of five believe it is acceptable for a student group opposed to a speaker to use violence to keep him from speaking. Some of the answers vary by political identification, but overall the findings suggest great confusion. (Also: Teen Vogue)

Dukakis: From brink of presidency to quiet life of significance | Boston Globe

[Michael] Dukakis teaches public policy at UCLA in the wintertime and spends the rest of the year at Northeastern, where he is a distinguished professor of political science. Dukakis is able to teach his students about the hard work, the nuts and bolts, and the political minefields that accompany the confrontation of expensive and nettlesome social issues. And he knows about the euphoria and searing personal pain that come with electoral wins and losses.

Grant awarded to study Lyme disease treatment | Los Angeles Daily News

The National Science Foundation awarded a three-year, $800,000 grant to explore Lyme disease-related predictive analytic techniques using data collected by the MyLymeData patient registry, which will collaborate with researchers at UCLA and Claremont McKenna College on the project.

Center designated specialized program of research excellence | KPCC-FM

UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and Brain Tumor Center are now among only five institutions designated as a specialized program of research excellence by the National Cancer Institute. (Audio download)

How behavior and environment affect lifespans | MinnPost

The approach is based on research done at University of California, Los Angeles by a biomathematician named Steve Horvath. A 2014 profile in the journal Nature said he has “discovered a strikingly accurate way to measure human ageing through epigenetic signatures.”

L.A. River can’t save the city, but L.A. can kill river | City News Service

If Los Angeles seeks to increase its reliance on local water sources it could severely reduce the Los Angeles River’s water levels and negatively impact its plant and wildlife, according to a study released Tuesday by UCLA. “What we’ve learned is that the L.A. River can’t be everything to everyone all the time,” said Katie Mika, a postdoctoral scholar at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and one of the study’s lead researchers.

California weighs paid maternity leave for teachers | Education Week

Most of the 193 countries in the United Nations have a national paid parental leave law, according to the World Policy Analysis Center at the University of California Los Angeles School of Public Health. The United States is one of a few UN countries that does not.

Cancer treatment can affect your food preferences | HealthDay News

“Increased taste sensitivities are more common than a muting of taste,” said Catherine Carpenter, professor of clinical nutrition at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. “Usually, the type of taste sensitivity encountered is one of a metallic nature.”

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