UCLA In the News April 13, 2017

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

State and L.A. Unified graduation rates continue to rise | Los Angeles Times

The state should also release the percentage of students who needed remedial help in college and highlight those truly successful districts from which more students are graduating without needing remedial college classes, said UCLA education professor Pedro Noguera. “While we all should be happy to see graduation rates rising, we also know that it’s not necessarily because kids are better-prepared,” Noguera said. “The rates of kids being placed in remedial courses is still very high.”

Chicago schools try new disciplinary tool: empathy | Christian Science Monitor

Schools and unions are often in favor of the policy on a theoretical level, but resist implementing it because they aren’t getting sufficient training or funding, according to Dan Losen, director of Center for Civil Rights Remedies UCLA. “Usually when you unpack that, you find that they’re not against the policy change at all, they’re really saying we need what was promised, which is the training and supports for us and for the kids to do this the right way,” says Professor Losen, who recently co-authored two state-level reports on the negative effects of suspensions in Massachusetts and California.

L.A. metro area posted dip in housing building permits | KPCC-FM

A pullback in bank lending and new land use regulations may be contributing to a slowdown, said Paul Habibi, a developer who lectures on real estate at UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management. He said developers also struggle to find available land to build on. “Anytime you want to introduce a new unit of something, you generally have to tear something down,” Habibi said.

Fake news and First Amendment: How to tell fact from fiction | KPCC-FM

“There is no legal definition of fake news just like there’s no definition of hate speech or of rudeness or a variety of other things. These are terms people throw around, sometimes with more precision, sometimes less. There are certain kinds of fake news and fake non-news that are constitutionally unprotected. The classic example is libel,” said UCLA’s Eugene Volokh. (Approx. 07:35 mark)

How a simple Google search can help your brain | The Sun Herald

A study at UCLA showed that simply using search engines such as Google triggered key centers in the brains of middle-aged and older adults, areas that control complex reasoning and decision-making…. “The study results are encouraging, that emerging computerized technologies may have physiological effects and potential benefits for middle-aged and older adults,” said principal investigator Dr. Gary Small, a professor at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA who holds UCLA’s Parlow-Solomon Chair on Aging. “Internet searching engages complicated brain activity, which may help exercise and improve brain function.”

Gentle guide for applying to grad schools | The Chronicle of Higher Education

Perhaps the most important piece of advice for undergraduates planning to take this step is the most obvious: Start early. But for the focused and determined applicants, a thoroughly considered approach can be managed with forethought and method. The following suggestions will hopefully provide a gentler strategy — gentle on the applicants and on those of us charged with reading their applications. (Commentary written by UCLA’s David Shorter)

Conscious sedation is viable option to general anesthesia | News-Medical

UCLA scientists have found that conscious sedation — a type of anesthesia in which patients remain awake but are sleepy and pain-free — is a safe and viable option to general anesthesia for people undergoing a minimally invasive heart procedure called transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

Gut microbes contribute to age-associated inflammation | The Scientist

The study “helps us better understand the cause and effect relationships between age-related changes in the microbiota and the health of the aging host organism,” said David Walker of the University of California, Los Angeles, who did not participate in the work. “It’s well established that as all organisms age, there’s an increase in inflammation, but the underlying cause of that increase is poorly understood. This work is quite clear in showing that the microbiota itself is actually playing a causal role in these age-related increases in inflammation.”

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