UCLA In the News September 5, 2018

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

UCLA study reveals consequences of child marriages in the U.S.  | Voice of America

Researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health looked at data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and found from 2010-2014, about 78,000 Americans between the ages of 15 and 17 said they were married. “It’s a problem because they are less likely to finish high school, 31 percent more likely to land in poverty in adulthood, and for girls, their health is threatened when they give birth young and the health of their babies is threatened,” said Jody Heymann, the study’s co-author, dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and founding director of the World Policy Analysis Center.

Women earn more college degrees and men still earn more money | Forbes

(Column by University of California President Janet Napolitano) It’s the college ranking season and especially if you’re a prospective college student or a parent, these shorthand markers of a school’s quality, value, and — let’s face it — prestige, are a big deal. They’re also a big deal to the University of California system I lead…. Forbes also ranked UCLA as this year’s Number 1 Best Value School. All of this is the social media equivalent of a loud “woo-hoo!”

Cataract surgery not tied to longer life for women, after all | Reuters Health

“With cataract surgery, there can be a 10- to 20-year delay between diagnosis and treatment because the surgery is elective,” senior study author Dr. Anne Coleman of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, told Reuters Health by email.... “With this additional factor, it appears that not having surgery (is associated with) longer life, but it is not a cause-and-effect relationship,” Coleman said. “The decision to proceed with cataract surgery should be based on several factors related to visual and overall physical functioning, after a complete assessment and discussion between a patient and his or her family, caretakers, and cataract surgeon,” she said.

Is guacamole healthy? | Time

Guacamole is typically lower in calories than other dips, like those using ranch or sour cream, says Dana Hunnes, an adjunct assistant professor at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health and a registered dietitian. It’s also made of natural, whole foods, which come with their own health-promoting benefits (like fiber from the added vegetables).

Expanded suspension ban gets approval from California Legislature | EdSource

It includes a $15 million grant that will fund a pilot program, overseen by the departments of education in Orange and Butte counties, that will develop a training curriculum based on multi-tiered systems of support, an approach to learning and behavioral problems in which students progress through a range of interventions depending on their need levels. The program will be administered by UCLA’s Center for the Transformation of Schools and emphasize restorative justice, social emotional learning and other alternatives that prioritize mediation and building healthy relationships over traditional punishments.

How the next generation of ground-based super-telescopes will observe exoplanets | Universe Today

The study, “Direct Imaging in Reflected Light: Characterization of Older, Temperate Exoplanets With 30-m Telescopes,” recently appeared online. The study was led by Michael Fitzgerald and Ben Mazin — an associate professor of astrophysics at the University of California Los Angeles and the Worster Chair in Experimental Physics at the University of California Santa Barbara, respectively.

As DARPA turns 60, what’s next? | PC magazine

DARPA is particularly keen to identify rising stars and support its work with early career awards. One is Dr. Paul Hamilton, an atomic physicist from UCLA, whose research centers on matter wave interferometry, which may find a future in applications to detect gravitational waves and navigation alternatives to the Global Positioning System. Professor Hamilton will use his DARPA Young Faculty Award, in collaboration with Dr. Wes Campbell, also at UCLA, to further his research. “DARPA is a great partner in my laboratory’s research,” Dr. Hamilton told PCMag via email. “Their long-term vision towards funding technology of the future has the added benefit that they have been strong supporters of fundamental research in academic laboratories.”

New subtype of MS affects different areas of the nervous system | Healthline

“This novel research further elucidates what has been known for some time, i.e. that there are other processes in MS that result in nerve damage besides demyelination. This finding could provide impetus for new therapeutic strategies,” said Dr. Barbara Giesser, professor of clinical neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles and clinical director of the UCLA MS program.

Requiring insurers to cover pharmacy vaccinations for Californians could save lives | Medical Xpress

Requiring health insurers to pay for adult vaccinations given at retail pharmacies could help prevent the spread of deadly communicable diseases such as influenza, pneumococcal infection and human papillomavirus, according to a new study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research…. “California may be ahead of other states in pushing for health care expansion, but our immunization rates for communicable diseases are fairly dismal,” said Gerald Kominski, senior fellow at the center and one of the study’s co-authors.

UCLA develops tandem solar cell; efficiency record set | PV Magazine

The University of California, Los Angeles’ Samueli School of Engineering has developed a tandem solar cell, by spraying a perovskite layer onto a commercially available solar copper-indium-gallium-selenide cell. The cell developed by UCLA set a new efficiency record for this type of tandem cell.

An avocado a day? | KNBC–TV

“We not only need to watch the calories, but more so, we need to really pay attention to quality of calories,” said UCLA’s Zhaoping Li.

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