UCLA In the News March 6, 2017

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

Prices for Universal, Disneyland, other parks rising fast | Los Angeles Times

And although consumers can now stream movies and concerts on their smartphones, digital tablets and laptop computers, theme parks can be enjoyed only in person, said Dominique Hanssens, a marketing professor at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. That may explain, he said, why concert and movie ticket prices have increased at a slower pace than theme park tickets.

‘Street seats’ aim to revolutionize cities through sitting | BBC News

“American cities have an excess of roadway space,” says Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, an urban planning professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. The street seats movement aims to reclaim some of that road for the pedestrian. The seats “make public space more vibrant,” Loukaitou-Sideris added. “They bring in more people, which improves business.”

How Gorsuch the clerk met Kennedy the justice: a tale of luck | New York Times

“He seemed very calm, measured, thoughtful, polite, gentlemanly — very much like what one notices about him now,” said Eugene Volokh, who clerked for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and now teaches at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Trump’s fast-track deportations face a legal hurdle | Los Angeles Times

But how much process is due for immigrants who entered illegally or overstayed their visas remains “a gray area,” said UCLA law professor Hiroshi Motomura. “It’s possible that a court might find that a full immigration court hearing isn’t constitutionally required,” he said. But it is also possible “that a single field agent making the decision is constitutionally deficient.”

‘Overwhelming’ number of lesbians, bisexual women incarcerated | NBC News

“Sexual minority inmates have very different experiences behind bars … but we haven’t ever had really solid data to back it up,” Lara Stemple, one of the study’s authors and the director of the Health and Human Rights Law Project at UCLA, told NBC Out.

Frustration with rising crime is challenge for Garcetti’s bid | Los Angeles Times

UCLA professor Jorja Leap, who helps run a leadership program in Watts, believes finding employment and deportation fears are more of an issue for South L.A. residents than crime. But there’s concern among locals about the uptick, she said, and residents want to continue working with the LAPD on community initiatives.

College affordability debate spurs plans by state legislators | Los Angeles Times

Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) wants to eliminate community college tuition in the first year for all full-time students. Santiago said his proposal, AB 19, was inspired by his own background as the child of immigrant parents whose time at Moorpark College enabled him to transfer to UCLA. “There are a lot of students with histories and backgrounds like mine,” Santiago said.

The coming clean-air war between Trump, California | The Atlantic

“California was the first state — the first, really, governmental entity — to enact tailpipe standards,” says Ann Carlson, a professor of environmental law at the University of California Los Angeles, who has written extensively about the waiver.

Unpacking the assault weapon ban | Bloomberg Radio

“What the majority said, in an opinion written by Judge Robert King, was that assault weapons are not covered by the second amendment and as a result the government did not need particularly strong justification to limit access to them,” said UCLA’s Adam Winkler. [Audio download]

Immigrant dad in limbo after ICE arrest near school | Capital and Main

“Schools are ahead of the game — more than city officials,” said Victor Narro, a long-time immigrant rights activist and project director at the University of California, Los Angeles’ Labor Center. Narro said the city of L.A. could make it clear that ICE agents aren’t welcome anywhere near schools, but it has yet to do so.

More women are smoking weed while pregnant | International Business Times

“The prevailing science is that marijuana is detrimental to the fetus,” UCLA obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Leena Nathan said in the university’s statement. “Consuming edible marijuana is sometimes perceived as safer than smoking it, but I advise pregnant women against both. You may, in fact, experience more THC exposure when eating marijuana rather than smoking it, so there could potentially be an even greater health risk to the fetus.”

Traditional medicine's role in Latino health care | The Conversation

Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, professor of medicine and director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at the School of Medicine at UCLA, has encouraged the medical community’s involvement with botánica networks. He echoes claims that Latin Americans generally prefer a more holistic and natural approach to medicine.

Elephants never forget and barely sleep | Newsweek

Researchers fitted two wild African elephants in Chobe National Park in Botswana with the scientific equivalent of a fitness tracker in their trunks and a GPS collar to monitor when they went to sleep, and for how long. The study followed the elephants for 35 days…. The study was carried out by researchers from the University of Witwatersrand, the University of California, Los Angeles, and Botswana-based NGO Elephants Without Borders.

Deportation plans continue legacy of discrimination | Newsweek

Soon a series of U.S. Supreme Court rulings could grant unrestrained power to Congress and the president over immigration control. More than 50 million people could be deported. Countless others might be barred from entering. Most of them would be poor, nonwhite and non-Christian. This may sound like wild speculation about what is to come in President Donald Trump’s America. It is not. It is the history of U.S. immigration control (Commentary written by UCLA’s Kelly Lytle Hernandez)

Los Angeles needs toll roads to help with traffic | Los Angeles Times

The reason that electrical power and air travel don’t fail every time they get crowded is that we raise prices to manage demand. If things cost more, people use less of them. We all accept that airline tickets are more expensive during the holidays. And yet we miss that this very same, simple system of pricing could solve our congestion problem. (Commentary written by UCLA’s Herbie Huff)

Building remedial education’s support structure | Chronicle of Higher Education

Mike Rose, a research professor of education and information studies at the University of California at Los Angeles, would like to see intervention strategies continue beyond a student’s first year. When someone graduates from a two-year program in which she has received intensive support, “there should be some kind of mechanism to address the fact that another big transitional change is about to happen. Every juncture in the pipeline is a huge potential rupture point,” Mr. Rose says.

DNA could store all of the world’s data in one room | Science Magazine

“I love the work,” says [Sri] Kosuri, who is now a biochemist at the University of California, Los Angeles. “I think this is essentially the definitive study that shows you can [store data in DNA] at scale.”

Do white vegetables have health benefits? | Health Medicine Network

“The ‘eat the rainbow’ advice stemmed from the 1980s, when experts were trying to get people to eat vegetables besides white potatoes and corn,” says Dana Hunnes, R.D., Ph.D., an adjunct assistant professor at the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA.

Are our brains the biggest risk to healthy financial future? | The Huffington Post

Hal Hershfield, an assistant professor of marketing at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, demonstrated this in a 2011 study that had participants come face-to-face with their future selves through an immersive virtual reality program that showed a realistic digital version of themselves.

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