UCLA In the News September 7, 2017

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

Scientists prolong life, slow aging in fruit flies | United Press International

“We think the fact that the mitochondria become larger and elongated impairs the cell’s ability to clear the damaged mitochondria,” David Walker, a professor of integrative biology and physiology at UCLA, said in a news release. “And our research suggests dysfunctional mitochondria accumulate with age, rather than being discarded.” (Also: Medical Xpress, New Atlas and Earth.com)

University dining halls respond to students’ culinary queries | Wall Street Journal

The University of California, Los Angeles has installed aeroponic grow towers that grow plants with just mist. Thyme, butter lettuce and microgreens are flourishing in the breeze on the roof of UCLA’s Bruin Plate dining hall.

Donors of Chinese descent step up higher ed philanthropy | Los Angeles Times

Shirley Wang, a UCLA graduate, is the first Asian American to head the UCLA Foundation and donated $1 million to the campus for middle-class scholarships last year. The Wangs estimated they gave between $20 million and $30 million over the last 15 years, mostly to enhance education, public health and the environment in the United States, Africa and Asia. (Also: KPCC-FM audio download)

UCLA among world’s top universities again | San Francisco Chronicle                              

UCLA … came in at No. 15. (Also: KCBS-TV)

Middle-aged women aren’t sleeping enough | CNN

Sleep experts agree that the findings are consistent with other studies on the topic, particularly data in the perimenopausal women who complain of difficulties with insomnia, said Dr. Alon Avidan, professor and vice chair of the UCLA Department of Neurology at UCLA and director of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center.

UCLA media arts professor takes on Amazon’s Alexa | Observer

The UCLA Media Arts professor is engaging in this project not as a commercial enterprise but as an aspect of her art practice. Like most contemporary art, it’s meant to raise questions and stimulate conversation. It’s not a minimum viable product of any kind. [Laura] McCarthy knows that this approach would be impossible to scale. Much like the myth of John Henry, that’s not really the point.

Economists favor a second term for Fed chief  | Wall Street Journal

“A non-economist is a good idea,” said David Shulman, senior economist at UCLA Anderson Forecast. Mr. Trump told The Wall Street Journal in July he was considering asking Ms. Yellen to stay on and that Mr. Cohn was also in the running for Fed chief.

Mexico educates Americans whose parents were deported | USA Today

High school is not compulsory in Mexico, and thousands of American kids are unable to enroll because the schools are already overcrowded, UCLA researcher [Patricia] Gandara said. On top of that, getting dual-Mexican citizenship for kids, which is required to enroll in school, can be difficult and expensive.

Stroke rates have increased in Hispanic populations | KPCC-FM

“Stroke in Hispanics has remained and will continue to be a major challenge and I think there’s a lot of work to be done in terms of steps of care from prevention through effective treatments,” said UCLA’s David Liebeskind. (Audio download)

The pros and cons of “BPA-free” | Undark

“I find it hard to believe that the chemical industry and manufacturers using these chemicals didn’t think about this,” said Nancy Wayne, a reproductive neuroendocrinologist at UCLA. “What made them think that BPS would be safer?”

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