UCLA In the News April 17, 2018

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

Spanish-language ads can be effective tool for political candidates seeking Latino vote | NBC News

As Matt Barreto, professor of political science and Chicano Studies at UCLA and Latino Decisions co-founder pointed out: “The data for the Nevada Senate indicate that Cortez Masto started [placing Spanish-language TV ads] in March 2016 and advertised consistently through November 2016, and this correlated with an increase in her favorability ratings among Latino voters, resulting in her winning 79 percent of the Latino vote,” said Barreto.

Why young Angelenos feel California Dream is out of reach | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

A new study from UCLA finds that Los Angeles’ rising cost of living is causing a lot of agitation among residents — particularly younger folks who feel squeezed by how expensive housing costs have become. Larry speaks with Zev Yaroslavsky, former L.A. County supervisor and current UCLA professor who headed the study. (Also: KABC-TV, KCAL-TV, KNBC-TV, Fox Business Network and KCRW-FM [Audio download])

Garcetti heralds L.A.’s progress, touts plan for homeless shelters | Los Angeles Times

UCLA professor emeritus of law Gary Blasi was skeptical of the new effort, saying that if Garcetti truly wants to create effective shelters, they must address the needs of homeless people, not those of neighbors wanting them off the street. “Virtually all the existing shelters are not a rational choice for people living in encampments,” Blasi said. “I’m concerned that this is an effort to manage the image of homelessness in Los Angeles” for political reasons. (UCLA’s Bill Parent was also cited.)

New tech revolutionizes fight against older diseases | CNN

Over the years, major California universities — UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA — have built cellphone microscopes geared to look at other blood-borne diseases in Africa and Asia, such as malaria and tuberculosis.

Search engines, social media used to predict syphilis trends | Medical Xpress

“Many of the most significant public health problems in our society today—HIV and sexually transmitted infections, opioid abuse and cancer—could be prevented if we had better data on when and where these issues were occurring,” said Sean Young, founder and director of the UCLA Center for Digital Behavior and the UC Institute for Prediction Technology. “These two studies suggest that social media and internet search data might help to fix this problem by predicting when and where future syphilis cases may occur. This could be a tool that government agencies such as the CDC might use,” added Young, who is also an associate professor of family medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Fewer women than men receive recommended drugs after heart attack | NBC’s “Today”

The new study’s results are “incredibly disappointing though not totally surprising,” said Dr. Karol Watson, a professor of medicine/cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and director of the UCLA Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Health Program. “Women are clearly getting the short shrift.” Watson and others suspect part of the problem is that the public still doesn’t seem to appreciate the danger women face from heart disease.

The big sum Facebook pays for Zuckerberg’s personal security | Washington Post

“He’s the founder and face of that company, and has been the subject of specific threats,” [UCLA’s Jim] Barrall said, according to Facebook’s proxy. “If I were on the board, I would want him protected 24/7.” He also noted Zuckerberg’s total security costs are presumably much higher for business-related events that occur during business hours, which don’t have to be disclosed in the compensation table.

L.A. River can be better than what we have now | Los Angeles Times Opinion

But that leaves us in a new quandary, as set forth in a UCLA study published last September and discussed in a recent story by Times staff writer Deborah Netburn: If we divert to groundwater storage all of the cleaned-up water that flows through us, it will no longer be flowing down the river.

Study finds 78,000 U.S. children are — or have been — married | Medical Xpress

A new report by UCLA Fielding School of Public Health researchers found that approximately 78,400 children in the U.S. are or have been married. Although all states in the U.S. set 18 as the legal age minimum for marriage, exceptions to the minimum can be granted in every state under varying conditions, including parental consent and official approval.

How robotic surgery is helping patients and doctors | Healthline

“While the robot is extremely expensive … the fact that nearly every major hospital in the country owns at least one, and many own several systems, shows it is an expense well justified by the benefits it offers,” Dr. Abie Mendelsohn, a head and neck surgeon at the University of California Los Angeles, told Healthline.

Elite dating apps threaten to make U.S. wealth gap worse | Bloomberg

Education-based marriage-matching moves in lockstep with inequality, according to research by University of California at Los Angeles sociologist Robert Mare. What Mare calls educational homogamy was high in the Gilded Age, fell off in the 1950s — when incomes were more even — and has marched higher in recent decades.

UCLA, other college campuses celebrate 70th birthday | Jewish Journal

One such campus was UCLA, which held its Celebrate 70 event on April 14 during UCLA’s Bruin Day, an event tailored to prospective students and their families to learn more about the school and the programs it has to offer. Julian Markowitz, AEPi’s Director of Israel Engagement, told the Journal in a phone interview that around 250-300 people attended the Celebrate 70 event.

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