UCLA In the News September 28, 2018

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

Expecting women to describe how sexual assault affected them creates barriers to reporting it | New York Times

“I think we intuitively understand that if a gun was forced into your mouth or put to your head, you would be traumatized,” said Neil Malamuth, a social scientist at UCLA who studies sexual violence. But in the realm of sexual assault, many people’s view of the crime continues to be shaped more by the response of the victim than by the actions of the perpetrator, he said.

David Wong Louie, who probed ethnic identity in fiction, dies at 63 | New York Times

David Wong Louie, an American writer who drew on his experiences as the son of Chinese immigrants to create stories that explored identity, alienation and acceptance, died on Sept. 19 at his home in Venice, California… He taught writing at the University of Iowa, Vassar and colleges in the University of California system before settling at UCLA, where he also taught Asian-American studies, in 1992.

Kavanaugh confirmation fight has consequences for climate law | Scientific American

Ann Carlson, co-director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the University of California, Los Angeles, said the Supreme Court likely would be interested, especially in the California waiver question, because it’s “novel.” “It would raise questions that the justices would find interesting,” she said. “They’ve never weighed in on the power of California under the waiver.”

Ford testimony was bloodbath for Kavanaugh, Trump, Republicans | USA Today Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Harry Litman) Above all, the hearing showcased the rawness and human devastation of the process, on both Ford and Kavanaugh. But at the political level, it also was apparent that the White House and Republican committee members erred seriously in refusing to allow an FBI investigation when the allegations surfaced.

Republicans shift course after outside counsel falters | The Hill

Harry Litman, a former U.S. attorney who now teaches at the University of California in both San Diego and Los Angeles, said he didn’t think Mitchell’s questioning worked, partly because the format of the hearing allowed Democrats to interrupt every five minutes with broad re-assertions of her allegations. “I don’t think it’s a bad idea, per se, for someone to be asking questions on the committee’s behalf, but having one side doing it comes off as partisan,” he said.

Huntington Beach district boosts school safety through federal security assessment | Los Angeles Times

The school district also has partnered with Frank Quiambao, director of the National Education Safety and Security Institute at UCLA. “The goal is for us to use that tool [from DHS] and then to train people in the schools that could learn how to do their own professional assessments,” Quiambao said.

California economy will continue to grow, but pace will slow in 2020 | Los Angeles Business Journal

California’s economy will continue to grow in the coming years but the pace is expected to slow alongside a slowing economy on the national level, according to the UCLA Anderson Forecast, which was released on Sept. 26. (Also: San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Neighborhood streets shouldn’t be speedways or parking lots | Los Angeles Times Opinion

Speed isn’t all that great for a city’s quality of life, says Michael Manville, associate professor of urban planning at UCLA: “We need to think about streets as more than conduits. They are multipurpose public spaces.” Manville calls small neighborhood streets like mine “yield streets,” because cars must yield to other cars on them. He likes yield streets. They force the city to operate on a more human scale.

Clinical trial touts dramatic benefits of fish oil capsules | Philly.com

Matthew Budoff, a cardiologist at UCLA and a Vascepa study investigator, told STAT, “this is absolutely the most significant study in the field of cardiovascular risk reduction.”

Will a defibrillator ‘vest’ protect recent heart attack patients? | HealthDay

While implanted defibrillators are known to save lives in the months and years following a heart attack, “prior clinical trials have found that implantable cardioverter defibrillators did not lead to a survival benefit in the first 40 to 90 days” right after a heart attack, said [UCLA] cardiologist Dr. Gregg Fonarow. So guidelines prohibit implantation during the first 40 days after a heart attack, or during the first 90 days among patients who’ve had bypass surgery or stent implantation, explained Fonarow.

Genetic tests may predict whether antidepressants will work | STAT

Dr. Erika Nurmi, a UCLA psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies the genetic basis of psychiatric disorders and personalized medicine in psychiatry, has been an outspoken critic of companies that she says overhype the promise of pharmacogenetics in her field. But Nurmi said she might consider ordering Color’s test if she suspected that a patient might have a drug metabolism problem, based on multiple medications not working or causing side effects. The goal, she said, would be to inform the dosing levels she prescribes. She added that she was pleased to see that Color is only basing its reports on genetic variants that she considers to be vetted. “This is an example of where the industry needs to go to protect patient health,” she said.

In California, 2 in 3 kids fail to meet exercise standards, according to study | Medical Xpress

“It’s encouraging that adults showed improvement, but a lot of Californians still need to move more,” said [UCLA’s] Susan Babey, co-director of the center’s Chronic Disease Program and lead author of both studies. “Regardless of age, exercising helps people stay in better physical and mental shape.”

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