UCLA In the News April 16, 2018

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

L.A., long a destination for young people, is becoming increasingly out of reach | Los Angeles Times

According to a survey released Monday by the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA, residents across L.A. County are increasingly anxious about the cost of living, with housing costs at the top of their worries. Young people are feeling it the most. “It’s a perfect storm for young people who are spending a disproportionate amount of their income just to have shelter over their head, and as a result some of them tend to live farther out where housing is cheaper and so their commutes are longer,” said Zev Yaroslavsky, a former county supervisor and current professor at UCLA who led the survey. As a result, younger residents rate their quality of life the lowest.

You share everything with your best friend — even brain waves | New York Times

“I was struck by the exceptional magnitude of similarity among friends,” said Carolyn Parkinson, a cognitive scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles. The results “were more persuasive than I would have thought.” Dr. Parkinson and her colleagues, Thalia Wheatley and Adam M. Kleinbaum of Dartmouth College, reported their results in Nature Communications.

Story behind ‘black national anthem’ that Beyoncé sang | Washington Post

“To have someone on the scale of Beyoncé in a space like Coachella, is really a departure,” [Shana] Redmond, an associate professor of musicology and African American studies at the University of California at Los Angeles, said in an interview with The Washington Post. “It’s really something to pay attention to.”

UCLA launches crowdsource fundraiser for immigrant students | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

In response to the evolving needs of the university’s foreign-born students, UCLA launched a fundraising campaign to help called #UCLAForAll. The campaign aims to help specifically undocumented students, but also those who are under DACA or at UCLA under student visas and affected by current travel restrictions. Abel Valenzuela serves as Special Advisor to the Chancellor on Immigration Policy. He works with fellow faculty, administrators, and students to come up with ways to help students get to graduation day, regardless of immigration troubles. 

Doctors keep licenses despite sex abuse | Associated Press

“It’s insufficient,” said Rory Reid, a UCLA psychology professor who studies addiction and hypersexual behavior. While some types of sexual behavior, such as the compulsive viewing of pornography, might best be addressed through addiction treatment therapy, rehabilitation programs for sex offenders typically focus on restitution and empathy for a person’s victims. “We have clinical trials for everything underneath the sun,” Reid said. “But there’s not one clinical trial that I’m aware of on the efficacy of treatment for doctors who have engaged in sexual misconduct.”

Colleges recruit at richer, whiter high schools | New York Times Opinion

[Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Ozan Jaquette] The clearest finding from our study is that public high schools in more affluent neighborhoods receive more visits than those in less affluent areas. Only about a third of households across the country earn more than $100,000 annually, but nearly half of high schools receiving visits by private colleges and universities were in neighborhoods where average incomes were higher. Connecticut College visited neighborhoods with an average median household income of $121,578. Private colleges also disproportionately visited private high schools over public high schools. (Also: Inside Higher Ed)

Drop in new opioid prescriptions to benzodiazepine patients could reduce overdoses | CNN

“We focused on new prescriptions, and that’s not something that most studies have done,” said Dr. Joseph Ladapo, an internal medicine physician at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles and a leading author on the study. “And new prescriptions are key because once you start [taking opioids], you have to consider how you’re going to stop it and how you’re going to manage it.”

Fruitvale a model of development without gentrification | East Bay Times

Researchers from UCLA’s Latino Policy and Politics Initiative say the transit village has been a boon to the surrounding neighborhood without resulting in gentrification. As many low-income and working class residents across the state are forced to leave urban areas due to rising rents and home prices, the UCLA researchers said Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood has held onto its existing residents, along with its signature Mexican-American culture.

What should be done next in Syria | CNBC

[Commentary by UCLA’s Wesley Clark] The U.S., British and French strikes on Syria’s chemical warfare facilities are over, for now. Militarily, they were masterfully done-on target, little collateral damage, and minimal risks of escalation. Perhaps they will deter, for a while, another Syrian chemical attack on civilians. But the most significant aspect of the strikes was that the British and French participated, for this has great implications for the future.

Why are African Americans better off in San Diego than St. Louis? | Los Angeles Times Opinion

[Commentary by UCLA’s Richard Sander] On nearly every dimension, social and economic conditions are far better for African Americans in moderate- versus high-segregation cities, in San Diego rather than, say, St. Louis. The benefits of lower segregation especially accrue to low- and moderate-income blacks. In high-segregation areas, unemployment among young black men averages about three times the white rate; in moderately segregated areas, it’s 1 1/2 times.

As Trump mulls retaliation against Mueller, where do Republicans draw the line? | Christian Science Monitor

Echoes of President Richard Nixon and the “Saturday Night Massacre,” in which an embattled president ordered the firing of the special prosecutor, would ring loudly. “The story would be, ‘He’s another Nixon; he’s trying to hide something,’ “ says political expert William Schneider, a visiting professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, farmhouse next door, and unexpected ties in between | Los Angeles Times

In “Farmhouse/Whorehouse,” presented by UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance at the Theatre at Ace Hotel on Saturday, Bocanegra, sitting inconspicuously at a desk in dim light, feeds lines directly into an earpiece worn by actor Lili Taylor, who delivers a tantalizingly digressive talk. The retrospective address, vibrating with eccentric observations and quiet humor, centers on the memory of Bocanegra’s grandparents’ farm in La Grange, Texas.

Sitting too much may weaken areas of brain tied to memory | Business Insider

The UCLA scientists behind the new research recruited 35 healthy middle-aged and older adults between the ages of 45 and 75. Researchers asked about the participants’ physical-activity levels and about how much time they spent sitting during the work week. To assess people’s brain health, the researchers conducted high-resolution MRI scans of the participants’ brains so they could get a close look at the medial temporal lobe (MTL) — a brain region important for memory formation. (Also: Live Science, Medical News Today)

Strikes on Syria | KTTV-TV

“Limited strikes of this nature will not destabilize the regime, nor will they deter future aggression. All it indicates is that the United States is willing to engage on a very limited basis, but essentially it’s going to prolong what has become a proxy war,” said UCLA’s Benjamin Radd. (Approx. 1:55 mark)

UCLA expands its mobile stroke unit | KCAL-TV

It’s a unique ambulance equipped with a mobile CT scanner. It allows doctors to diagnose and treat strokes in the field with appropriate medications. UCLA says every minute that goes by without treatment is critical.

The unlikely history of corporations’ rights | KPCC-FM’s “On the Media”

“The first Supreme Court case on the rights of business corporations was decided in 1809. To put that in some perspective: the first Supreme Court cases on the rights of African Americans and the rights of women weren’t decided until 1857 and 1873, respectively. So a half century earlier, corporations were in the Supreme Court seeking the protections of the Constitution,” said UCLA’s Adam Winkler. (Approx. 22:00 mark)

What could come next with Mueller investigation | Fox News

“If Rosenstein is fired, that’s going to really start a real hullabaloo over what’s going to happen to Mueller’s investigation. Rosenstein has the authority to fire Mueller and to control Mueller’s investigation. And so if you replace that person with someone who’s more of a Trump loyalist, we might expect a real change in the nature of the Mueller investigation,” said UCLA’s Adam Winkler.

‘Scary’ lung disease now afflicts more women than men in U.S. | Kaiser Health News

“The effects of COPD are delayed for decades and decades,” said Dr. May-Lin Wilgus, assistant clinical professor and pulmonologist at UCLA Health. “We are seeing the effects of women smoking in large numbers, especially in the 1960s and ’70s.”

Justice Department could make it tougher to track crimes against LGBT people | Philadelphia Inquirer

The survey “provides crucial data on criminal victimization of LGBT people, who are subject to high rates of hate crimes and other violence,” Adam P. Romero, a scholar of law at the UCLA School of Law, said in a statement slamming the proposal. Romero said the Justice Department “seems to want to bury its head in the sand.”

Managing up in academe | Inside Higher Ed

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Kristy Sherrer) According to the 2013 Gallup “State of the American Workplace” study, the most significant factor influencing an employee’s job satisfaction and engagement in their work is their manager. With so much emphasis on this relationship, a growing body of research and even new terminology has emerged to support employees taking a more active role in developing it.

UCLA honors Jackie Robinson Day with No. 42 emblazoned on hats | NCAA.com

In what has become a cherished tradition, UCLA unveiled its annual dedication to Jackie Robinson’s breaking the baseball color barrier: each Bruins player will wear Robinson’s No. 42 on a newly customized hat Sunday against Utah. This is the fourth straight year UCLA has rolled out a Robinson-styled uniform or hat to honor the baseball legend.

He’s no longer my ex-husband — he’s my co-grandparent | New York Times

(Commentary by UCLA’s Jennifer Taitz) When my sister was born, she went nameless for months because my parents could not agree on anything. Thirty years after this conflicted couple contentiously uncoupled, my mother started cooking dinner for my father once a week. What reconnected them? The grandchildren.

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