UCLA In the News April 6, 2017

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

Colleges turn ‘fake news’ epidemic into teachable moment | Washington Post

In his classroom at UCLA this spring, Jeff Share teaches his students — all current or future teachers in the university’s education program — to apply the concept of triangulation to the news by searching out multiple sources and points of view to arrive as close as possible to the truth. Share, a former photojournalist and teacher who has spent nearly 20 years teaching media literacy, cites the example of climate change. “There are people out there who say climate change is fake or not caused by humans,” he says. “But if you triangulate the data from multiple sources, you quickly realize that the vast majority of scientists … are saying that climate change is very real and humans are contributing to it.”

Race for L.A. congressman a contest of two communities | Los Angeles Times

“This is really ethnic politics 101,” said Matt Barreto, a UCLA professor of political science who helps run the polling firm Latino Decisions.… “When [Ahn is] running against a guy named Gomez, as good as his outreach might be in the Latino community, Latinos’ gut and heart is going to be more with Gomez,” said UCLA professor Barreto.

Meeting to apply for legal residency results in arrest | Washington Post

Absent serious criminal violations, the five arrests on March 29 in northeastern Massachusetts were less likely to happen in the Obama years, said Hiroshi Motomura, an immigration law professor at the University of California at Los Angeles. “This is not to say that, under Obama, they absolutely would not have been removed and arrested. That could have happened,” Motomura said. “But there is less bureaucratic constraint now than during Obama, and this means that their arrest, detention and removal is more likely than before.”

Fear of Trump’s policies evident in survey of L.A. residents | KPCC-FM

“We need to do something to increase the level of confidence among people who worry about their immigration status. That just because they have an immigration issue doesn’t mean they’re going to be deported,” said UCLA’s Zev Yaroslavsky. [Audio download] (Also: KCBS-TV)

The depravity of the Assad regime | BBC News “Background Briefing”

“It is appalling, of course. If you go back to the beatings last summer, that’s when the regime was on the ropes. Assad at that point asked the Russians to help him move away from just the defensive line that he and his troops were actually holding. The Russians did and turned the tide of battle. Ever since then there really is nothing to prevent Assad from doing what he chooses to do,” said UCLA’s James Gelvin. (Approx. 01:45)

U.S.-Chinese relationships to change as U.S. turns inward | NPR

“They’re doing quite a lot, but they are tremendous contributors to the problem…. I think one of the fears about what’s going on in the US with Trump stepping back from climate action is that some people think Chinese leaders may not want to be out there by themselves,” said UCLA’s Alex Wong. (Approx. 03:10 mark) [Audio download]

UCLA tops in humanities-arts doctorate recipients | Chronicle of Higher Education

The 10 institutions that produced the most doctorate recipients in letters were public institutions, and so were seven of the top 10 institutions producing doctorates in foreign languages and literature. In contrast, private universities predominated among the top 10 for granting doctorates in history.

Ruling against Gorsuch unlikely to derail nomination | San Francisco Chronicle

Another law professor, Adam Winkler of UCLA, said it’s not fair to expect Gorsuch to publicly challenge every questionable ruling his court issues. Gorsuch “could easily have voiced any objections in his opinion,” Winkler said. “At the same time, we don’t want every judge calling into question every precedent thought to be wrongly decided. That would create chaos.”

Gay rights advocates just won a big legal victory | Mother Jones

Because courts elsewhere in the country have ruled the opposite way in other cases, the Supreme Court will likely take up the issue in the relatively near future, says Adam Romero, director of legal scholarship at the Williams Institute at UCLA, which researches LGBT law and policy. (Also: NBC News)

A filibuster threatens to block Trump’s Supreme Court pick | Quartz

Gregory Kroger, a professor at UCLA and author of “Filibustering: A Political History of Obstruction in the House and Senate,” defines a filibuster as wasting time in order to delay a proceeding.

Skin’s bacterial ‘balance’ may help trigger acne | HealthDay

The results suggest “that the make-up of the bacteria in the follicles can reflect, as well as influence, the skin condition in acne or healthy skin,” study leader Huiying Li said in a news release from the Microbiology Society. Li is an associate professor of molecular and medical pharmacology at the University of California, Los Angeles. (Also: Medical Xpress, News-Medical, Scienmag)

Study identifies nerve cells relating breathing to states of mind | Xinhua

This cluster, located in an area Mark Krasnow, professor of biochemistry at Stanford, calls the pacemaker for breathing, was discovered in mice by study co-author Jack Feldman, a professor of neurobiology at University of California, Los Angeles, who published his findings in 1991.… “The preBötC now appears to play a key role in the effects of breathing on arousal and emotion, such as seen during meditation,” said Feldman. “We’re hopeful that understanding this center’s function will lead to therapies for stress, depression and other negative emotions.”

Researchers discover new cause of high plasma triglycerides | Health Canal

This newly discovered syndrome, dubbed the “GPIHBP1 autoantibody syndrome,” represents an important advance in understanding hypertriglyceridemia, said Dr. Stephen Young, UCLA cardiologist and molecular biologist, who led the study along with his colleagues Anne Beigneux and Loren Fong. All three are professors of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “It’s important to recognize this new syndrome because it is life threatening and potentially treatable,” Young said. (Also: Medical Xpress, News-Medical)

UCLA made history with over 100,000 applications | Huffington Post

If you guessed the sunny campus of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), then you are correct! UCLA’s academic rigor, sports program, and vacation-like campus make it a top choice for students across the United States and around the world. UCLA received over 102,000 applications for the Class of 2021 — the first college in history to break 100,000.

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