UCLA In the News September 25, 2018

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

Ashley Kavanaugh revives old-fashioned script in a newfangled era | Washington Post

“One thing that was remarkable about Brett and Ashley Kavanaugh’s performance tonight was that, certainly 20 years ago, when the allegations against Bill Clinton broke, it was de rigueur for a wife to, as Tammy Wynette says, ‘stand by your man,’ to provide the character bona fides for her husband,” said Juliet Williams, a professor of gender studies at the University of California at Los Angeles. “But it’s also true that over the last 20 years, we’ve seen some quite remarkable and, in the moment, shocking divergences from that script, which is to say that it is no longer uncommon for the accused man to stand alone, and an increasingly large proportion of wives have refused to play this kind of symbolic role.”

How drones and lasers will help us predict volcanic eruptions | CNET

A Neolithic mural painted around 6600 B.C. in central Turkey shows what appears to be the double-peaked Hasan Dağı volcano erupting next to a nearby village. To verify whether those twin peaks were, in fact, the now-dormant volcano, scientists at UCLA used zircon geochronology to date volcanic rock samples taken from the volcano, then compared the dates of those samples to the mural’s archeological date.

A summer of smog | USA Today

“There’s no question that people with pre-existing lung diseases, particularly asthmatics, have had a harder time this year than they would have in previous years where there weren’t so many exceedances,” Michael Jerrett, chair of environmental health sciences at UCLA, told the Los Angeles Times. 

CDC issues new guidelines for treating student athletes with head injuries | Capital Public Radio

Physicians from the University of California, Los Angeles, who helped write those guidelines said it’s an overdue document, and that children have long been overlooked in concussion research. That’s despite the fact that kids are more likely to receive hard hits, and less likely to properly manage their recovery, said Dr. Chris Giza, a pediatric neurologist at UCLA. “A lot of the focus has not been on children,” he said. “And it’s important because they’re at particular risk, and we have an obligation as a society to make sure they meet their potential.”

This is the best college in every state | Money

Roughly half of freshmen at four-year colleges go to a college within 100 miles of their home, according to an annual survey of freshmen from the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California-Los Angeles. That means while it may be interesting for rising juniors and seniors to learn about the country’s top-ranking colleges, it’s likely more useful to pay attention to how the colleges in your home state perform.

California push for women on corporate boards prompts SEC backlash | TheStreet

“This issue is not going to go away,” said Jim Park, a law professor who specializes in securities law and federal regulation of corporate governance at the University of California, Los Angeles. 

Proof husbands can love housework! | Daily Mail (U.K.)

In my heart, I knew messy or dirty homes make us more unhappy. A report from the University of California, Los Angeles found a relationship between high levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, and the clutter and disarray of our homes.

New law makes retailers share liability for misclassified truck drivers at California ports | Los Angeles Times

According to Scott Cummings, a law professor at UCLA who has researched labor in the trucking industry, the bill intervenes in a long process where trucking companies — which have little negotiating power along the supply chain — ­­­often resist paying court-ordered awards and declare bankruptcy, change names or hide funds in other ways. “The bill is smart because it assigns liability to the actors with the most economic power to change the situation,” Cummings said.

Scientists create immature human eggs out of blood cells for the first time | Smithsonian

“For the first time, scientists have been able to convincingly demonstrate that we are able to make eggs — very immature eggs,” Amander Clark, a developmental biologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, who wasn’t involved in the research, tells NPR’s Rob Stein.

One in three older Americans is lonely | Time

In the new research, more than 3,000 adults answered questions on the UCLA Loneliness Scale, a 20-item survey designed to measure social connection and loneliness. They also answered questions about their health, lifestyles, socioeconomic profiles, social networks and more.

Watch out for varicose veins if you’re tall | KTLA-TV

Doctors at UCLA also singled out the strong genetic link.

What happens to the Mueller investigation if Rosenstein leaves Justice? | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“I think with Rosenstein, we just need to wait and see what’s going to happen. There’s a lot of conflicting reports out, as you’ve already discussed.… It’s important to remember that Rosenstein is a lifelong Republican who was appointed by President Trump. He was confirmed to this position as Deputy Attorney General. And he does not work directly, or have a loyalty pledge, directly to the president,” said UCLA’s Matt Barreto. (Approx. 16:25 mark)

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