UCLA In the News April 5, 2018

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

Honoring King 50 years after his death | KCRW-FM

KCRW talked to Chair of the Department of African-American Studies at UCLA, Marcus Anthony Hunter, about Dr. King’s legacy and what ties his work has to today’s activists. He says one takeaway from Martin Luther King’s leadership is that “you can’t afford to have a freedom struggle that isn’t inclusive. So you need to include all of the strategies that are possible. You need to include all of the people who are possible, says Hunter. “The only way for everybody to be free is for everyone to be involved in that freedom project.”

Documents show Shell grappled with climate change 20 years ago | Scientific American

The newest revelations show that Shell had extensive research into climate change for about the same amount of time. The release of the documents could influence the lawsuits filed by eight cities and counties against oil companies for contributing to sea-level rise, said Ann Carlson, co-director of the UCLA School of Law’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. Information revealed in the documents about Shell’s global contribution of carbon dioxide emissions could be used against the company, she said. “When you start getting real percentages of total global emissions from some years going forward, that paints a much more devastating picture about what the defendants knew,” Carlson said.

Why U.S. militarization of border isn’t new | Associated Press

Kelly Lytle Hernandez, a University of California, Los Angeles history professor and author of “Migra!: A History of the U.S. Border Patrol,” says initially there were no restrictions on Mexican immigration at the time because U.S. growers wanted a steady stream of agricultural workers.

How car culture killed promise of 20-minute commute | KPCC-FM

“California was the right place, but it was also the right time,” said Brian Taylor, an urban planning professor who directs UCLA’s Institute of Transportation Studies. The rise of the automobile was happening everywhere, but California was uniquely poised to embrace it, said Taylor, because it coincided with the state’s period of maximum growth. In the two decades after World War II, there was booming industry, plenty of land to develop and the population doubled.

GAO finds racial bias in school discipline | New York Times

Daniel J. Losen, director of the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the University of California at Los Angeles’s Civil Rights Project, called the finding “groundbreaking.” He said it affirms other research that shows that even black boys raised in rich neighborhoods were likely to earn less than their white peers. “This further shows that poverty is not explaining the disparities,” Mr. Losen said. “There’s a racial discrimination problem, and that can no longer be disputed.”

Big storm raises Northern California flooding fears | San Francisco Chronicle

Flash floods, rising rivers and mudslides are possible across Northern California as a storm that’s more January than April barrels in from the Pacific, the National Weather Service warns. “This is not the time of year when we see these big precipitation events,” said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA. “This storm will be comparable to some of the big storms we’ve seen over the past couple of years.” (Also: Vox)

Stress can cause weight gain, and it’s not about eating | NBC’s “Today”

That makes sense to Dr. Anthony Heaney, an endocrinologist and an associate professor of medicine and neurosurgery at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine. “It would suggest that any method people can use to beat stress could be of benefit,” Heaney said. “I think the challenge is for people who are stressed often. I don’t think jumping into a 30-minute yoga or Pilates class will be enough to address that.”

Initiative would relieve paint firms of cleanup cost | KCRW-FM

“There is a provision that quite clearly seems designed to absolve the lead paint companies of liability from the lawsuits that were decided against them,” said UCLA’s Sean Hecht. (Audio download)

Swarms of black holes at galaxy’s core | Scientific American

The study appears to vindicate predictions from theorists such as Mark Morris, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Los Angeles, who in 1993 penned a key paper predicting tens of thousands of stellar-mass black holes would form a disk around the galactic center. Across the decades, other theorists tackling the problem have arrived at similar estimates. “There hasn’t ever been much controversy about this idea, because it’s just an inevitable consequence of simple Newtonian dynamics,” Morris says. “The only thing is, it has been really hard to prove.”

Zika exposure after birth linked to brain damage | Scientific American

“We don’t really have any data yet to back this up but it is a suggestion that should be considered,” says Karin Nielsen-Saines, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist at the University of California, Los Angeles, who studies Zika and was not involved in the macaque study. “We’re not sure what triggers development of schizophrenia and I don’t think we can jump from ‘Monkeys develop this,’ to ‘Kids with Zika early in life will develop schizophrenia or other psychiatric conditions’—that’s a bit of a leap,” she says. (Also: Stat)

UCLA celebrates Ida Lupino’s centennial | LA Weekly

Hollywood movie star and trailblazing director Ida Lupino was born 100 years ago. To celebrate her centennial, UCLA will present a series of double bills featuring the British-born Lupino both in front and behind the camera.

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