UCLA In the News September 28, 2017

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

Earth had life from its infancy | The Atlantic

“The authors have done as many checks as they could for whether they are indeed analyzing 3.95-billion-year-old graphite rather than later contamination,” adds Elizabeth Bell, a geochemist from the University of California, Los Angeles. “They make a plausible case that the graphite is original.”

Facebook’s ad-targeting problem, captured in a literal shade of gray | New York Times

“What we’re actually talking about is all of the social issues one can think of — any social issue, social debate, social strife — being reproduced in this arena,” said Sarah T. Roberts, an assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who studies content moderation on digital platforms.

L.A.’s iconic Fatburger prepares for Wall Street | Los Angeles Times

“This used to be a deal-breaker most of the time,” said Gonzalo Freixes, an associate dean at UCLA who teaches taxes, business law and ethics. “I think there is a growing trend in society, both legally and culturally, to be more forgiving about past convictions.”

Trump vows another healthcare vote next year, eyes executive order | Reuters

UCLA Professor Mark Peterson expressed doubt that insurance prices would be reduced by selling across state lines because insurers would still be subject to ACA regulations requiring coverage of hospital care, prescription drugs, pregnancy and childbirth needs and mental health services. “What drives cost of care is the cost of medical care. If I’m in California, which is an expensive medical care state and I buy my insurance from Delaware, which is not, I’m still going to doctors and hospitals that are very expensive and the insurance plan is either going to cover that or not,” he said.

How the GOP tax plan might affect California homeowners | KPCC-FM

It’s designed to persuade more American taxpayers to take the standard deduction on their income taxes rather than itemizing their deductions. But in California, where high home prices translate to big mortgage interest write-offs, most homeowners would likely find it more financially advantageous to keep itemizing, and they’d likely pay higher taxes than they do now, said Jason Oh, a tax professor at UCLA’s School of Law.

Can ‘Will & Grace’ maintain its LGBTQ legacy in 2017? | The Wrap

Tom Nunan, the former head of NBC Studios who is now a lecturer at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, was the executive working to sell the sitcom to the network at the time. In a conversation with TheWrap, he said how the show succeeds because of those influences. “It was in this great tradition of Norman Lear comedies — let’s call them socially-conscious comedies from the 1970s,” he explained.

Will psychedelic therapy transform mental health care? | NBC News

They’re encouraged to go as “deep” as possible into the experience, says Charles Grob, a UCLA psychiatry professor who has done research on MDMA, psilocybin, and ayahuasca. As the session ends and the hallucinogenic effects wear off, patient and therapist discuss the experience. Follow-up psychotherapy sessions facilitate lasting results, Grob says.

ABC wins nightly news with fast-moving show, young anchor | Bloomberg

“To the extent the network news can distinguish itself from perceived biases of cable news operators, it will always have a niche to exploit,” said Lynn Vavreck, a political science professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who has written about TV news.

UCLA is No. 1 public university in new rankings | Teen Vogue

Diversity accounted for a measly 10 percent of a school's total score, and data shows public schools are leading the way, with UCLA coming out on top. Based on the numbers of students who are the first in their family to attend college, those who require grants to fund their education, and those traveling from abroad, public schools are a welcome antidote to the often alienating and unattainable nature of higher education.

Amid professors’ ‘doom-and-gloom talk,’ humanities Ph.D. applications drop | The Chronicle of Higher Education

Another factor contributing to the downward trend could be that hypercompetitive graduate programs are scaring away potential applicants, said Stephen Aron, chair of the history department at the University of California at Los Angeles. The department admits a fraction of the share of applicants it did 30 years ago. “People may be deciding they’re not viable,” he said.

Meet the hummingbird whisperer at UCLA | Sierra

Ask around the UCLA campus for the crazy hummingbird lady and they will direct you to the office of Melanie Barboni—a post-doctoral fellow on the ground floor of the geology building. There, Barboni overseas a fairyland of hummingbirds, where over 200 of the diminutive feathered sugar-fiends perch on four 80-ounce feeders. Not only do they nest in the surrounding trees, some even fly into her office and perch on her fingers for belly rubs. Barboni is so bonded with the birds, she has named and can easily recognize 50 of the resident hummers, including Marshmallow, Zircon, and Stromboli.

Many adults with diabetes delay insulin therapy | Reuters

Patients need to understand that insulin can help them quickly feel better and get their diabetes under control, said Dr. Vanessa Arguello, an endocrinologist at the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles, who wasn’t involved in the study. But there’s a lot people can do to minimize the odds that they will need insulin, Arguello said by email.

The truth about changing careers when your job makes you unhappy | Forbes

“It’s likely to be very challenging to initiate a necessary abstinence from alcohol in the presence of alcohol,” says Dr. Emanuel Maidenberg, a clinical professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Clinic.

Intercept Pharmaceuticals CEO insists drugmaker is still on track | Bloomberg

“People have this chronic liver problem and the last thing you want to do is give them medication that will make it worse,” said Sammy Saab, professor of medicine and surgery and head of outcomes research in hepatology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles. “People are very scared.”

Scientists may be on the way to developing a test for CTE | The Huffington Post

Biomarker tests to diagnose CTE would be a game changer for patients and their families, because “knowing is half the battle,” said Dr. David Merrill, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Earthquakes in New Zealand have increased heart attack rates | Reuters Health

Dr. Boback Ziaeian, a cardiologist and clinical instructor at the University of California, Los Angeles, said healthcare providers and hospitals should be prepared for small increases in hospitalizations for cardiovascular conditions after natural disasters. “Rates of heart attack go up after big sports matches, especially for men at high risk,” he said by email.

GOP tax proposal could put high-tax California at a disadvantage | Capital Public Radio

“The details matter and individual tax situations matter,” says [UCLA’s Eric] Zolt. “The loss of the local and state tax deduction would be mitigated a lot by the repeal of the Alternative Minimum Tax. And for many taxpayers, doubling the standard deduction will mean that it’s not that important.”

Signs of disease your teeth can reveal | Reader’s Digest

“Diabetes makes periodontal disease worse,” says Paulo Camargo, DDS, professor of periodontics and associate dean for clinical dental sciences at UCLA School of Dentistry. “Periodontal disease can also make the blood sugar more difficult to control.”

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