UCLA In the News September 25, 2017

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

Major study of college freshmen kicks off at UCLA | Mercury News

Called the Depression Grand Challenge, UCLA’s initiative — which seeks to cut the incidence of depression worldwide in half by 2050 — is launching the screenings as new students move into their dorms and prepare for the first day of classes on Thursday. “It’s a massive undertaking,” said Dr. Nelson Freimer, a geneticist and professor of psychiatry at UCLA who is overseeing the initiative. “We don’t think anybody has done this in a university before, and it’s the first of many steps to come.’’ (Also: KNBC-TV)

The future of detecting brain damage in football | The Atlantic

Two years ago, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, published a brain-imaging study of 14 former football players using a tracer called FDDNP to identify what appeared to be CTE. But that same tracer also binds to amyloid, making it difficult to differentiate the disease from Alzheimer’s.

Is Disney paying its share in Anaheim? | Los Angeles Times

“You have one of the most sophisticated corporate entities around negotiating with a small, capacity-constrained local government,” said Stuart Gabriel, director of the Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA. “There is an imbalance of sophistication, an imbalance of power and an imbalance of resources.”

For town, a planned road is a lifeline and a worry | New York Times

Renée Hagen, a Dutch anthropologist with the University of California, Los Angeles, who studies Agta in the Sierra Madre, said the group had long acquiesced to the decisions of government officials. “It’s very difficult for them to oppose anything,” she said. “They feel that they don’t have say in local issues, and in practice they don’t really.”

Washington cyberstalking law on thin ice | Associated Press

Eugene Volokh, a University of California-Los Angeles law professor, said the law criminalizes online speech intended to harass, torment or embarrass someone else — restrictions that clearly cover speech protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. “We think that cannot be constitutional,” he told the judge. “If you think of much of what goes on in elections, President Trump might have been guilty of cyberstalking Secretary Clinton.”

Golden age Latin American films return to downtown | LAist

Starting this weekend, the UCLA Film & Television Archive showcases over three dozen of these films in the series “Recuerdos de un cine en español: Latin American Cinema in Los Angeles, 1930-1960,” happening as a part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.

Why Mexico quake shook up disaster predictions | Scientific American

Husker says there are two reasons to doubt that a section of a fault is “due” to break simply because it hasn’t broken in a long time. The first reason is that what humans consider “long” is meaningless in geologic time.… The second is he and other seismologists, notably David Jackson at the University of California, Los Angeles, have argued that the Guerrero Gap releases its energy over long periods through slow earthquakes — nearly invisible movements that relieve stress without causing damage.

Little Rock school reflects on 60 years; chasm persists | Arkansas Online

Gary Orfield, co-director of The Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles, was co-chairman of a committee that studied Pulaski County desegregation in 1980, he said. The committee’s recommendations led to the long-running desegregation case involving three Pulaski County school districts, including the Little Rock district. “It is kind of surprising that Central High is still biracial after all these years,” Orfield said. “I think there ought to be some effort to actually, successfully integrate and keep that school integrated.”

Politics and comedy: Where has joke telling gone? | LA Progressive

(Commentary by UCLA’s Jack Rothman) Sure, there’s more sophistication and social weightiness in the new style of comedy. It has a cutting edge and pushes for greater social awareness. But I really wish the old school had continued and we could have side-by-side comedy forms that include just plain fun and ironic scorn.

Did meteorites create Earth’s tectonic plates? | Cosmos

Tectonic plates were until recently thought to be unique to Earth, at least within the solar system. However, research by scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2012, using satellite imagery, established that Mars also experiences plate movement, although on a smaller scale.

Don’t call them ‘Dreamers,’ or pawns | Daily Bulletin

“This line (that) ‘they were brought to this country of no fault of their own’ implies it’s their parents’ fault. They reject that,” said Kent Wong, executive director of the UCLA Labor Center, which includes a Dream Resource Center.

A way to ‘kick and kill’ HIV | Edge Media Network

“The latent HIV reservoir is very stable and can re-activate virus replication if a patient stops taking antiretroviral drugs for any reason,” said lead author Matthew Marsden, assistant professor of medicine, division of hematology-oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “Our studies suggest that there may be means of activating latent virus in the body while the patient is on antiretroviral drugs to prevent the virus from spreading and that this may result in the elimination of at least some of the latent reservoir. With further development, this approach may lower the viral reservoir such that a patient might be able to stop their anti-viral therapy.”

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