UCLA In the News April 9, 2018

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

Why the pope helping strangers drew tears | CNN

“Kama muta.” That’s what Alan Page Fiske, an anthropologist at UCLA, calls the emotion that washed through me when I saw the pope blessing the elderly and the sick. The phrase means “moved by love” in Sanskrit. (The more well-known phrase “kama sutra” roughly translates as “love book.”) Fiske says the closest we can come to the meaning of “kama muta” in English are words such as moved, touched, stirred or smitten. (UCLA’s Daniel Fessler is also cited.)

Everything posted publicly on Facebook has likely been harvested | CBC

“It’s less about you personally,” says Sarah Roberts, an assistant professor of information studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, who also studies social media. “It’s more about you as a part of a massive, at scale, data hoovering — the sucking up of all the data which can in turn be reconstituted, sliced and diced, and manipulated, and can then have repercussions back on you in a way you can’t even perceive. And that’s where it becomes disturbing. In fact, it’s your total lack of control and understanding that should worry you,” Roberts said.

Museum defends hiring of white curator of African art | New York Times

Marla C. Berns, a director at the Fowler Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles, which highlights art and material culture from Africa, among other regions, said on Friday that there were not a lot of curators and academics of African-American or African descent who specialized in African arts. “Graduate departments seek diversity in making decisions about admissions,” she said, “but the pools of candidates still remain predominantly white.” (UCLA’s Steven Nelson is also cited.)

What rolling back fuel economy standards could mean | Los Angeles Times

“For many, many years until these standards were issued we saw no increase in average fuel economy,” said Ann Carlson, an environmental law professor at UCLA. “Now we’re seeing many more models that are either zero-emission or very high-economy hybrids. We see larger cars getting more fuel-efficient and regular combustion engines getting more fuel efficient. I don’t think that happens without government regulations.”

Food allergies in kids may be result of ‘perfect storm’ | NBC’s “Today”

While the study doesn’t prove soap is one of the culprits, “common sense tells me that a substance that decreases the natural protective oils in the skin would facilitate absorption,” said Dr. Maria Garcia-Lloret, an associate professor of pediatrics in the division of allergy and immunology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a pediatric allergist at the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. But “that’s all speculation.”

Trump is not first to deploy National Guard to border | USA Today

Beginning in 1954, Attorney General Herbert Brownwell launched the offensively titled Operation Wetback intended to round up and remove more than 1 million Mexican immigrants that were believed to be in the country illegally. Brownwell sought to coordinate the Border Patrol with the Army, but the request was rejected. University of California Los Angeles history professor Kelly Lytle Hernandez said federal troops stayed out of the operation due to the Posse Comitatus Act, which prohibited the use of military personnel to enforce domestic policies. But the Border Patrol was aided with military equipment. 

What will happen after a huge quake hits California | Vice

“There is no fault that is more likely to break [in California] than the San Andreas Fault,” says Jonathan P. Stewart, professor and chair of UCLA’s Civil and Environmental Engineering department and an expert in earthquakes. “Small local earthquakes — the Northridge earthquake, the San Fernando earthquake — they can kill people in the dozens, they can have freeways coming down, they can affect dams, and all of that is bad,” he says. “But it doesn’t really pose an existential threat to our economy, our ability to live here.”

How to avoid financial procrastination | USA Today

People also have a “present bias,” or tendency to underestimate the importance of future consequences when making decisions, according to Shlomo Benartzi, a UCLA professor and author of the book, “Save More Tomorrow.” “People greatly prefer to spend now rather than save for the future,” he noted. Procrastination also is linked to inertia, which “traps people into continuing to do what they are currently doing,” and to “loss aversion,” Benartzi wrote.

DeVos shouldn’t roll back guidance on racial discipline disparities | Washington Post Opinion

In what was seen as a groundbreaking finding, GAO researchers determined that the disparities could not be explained by poverty levels. Black students were suspended more often than their white peers regardless of the income level of schools studied. “There’s a racial discrimination problem, and that can no longer be disputed,” Daniel J. Losen, of the University of California at Los Angeles’s Civil Rights Project, told the New York Times.

Assembly bill to improve labor standards for domestic workers | KABC-TV

The number of domestic workers is on the rise here in California. By 2022, the number of domestic care aides in the state is expected to increase to more than a half million workers. That’s according to the UCLA Labor Center.

Bacterial memories | KPCC-FM

A team led by UCLA scientists says it found that bacteria appear to have a memory of sorts that passes on sensory knowledge from one generation to the next.

Teachers, tariffs and savings-savvy tech workers | KPCC-FM’s “Marketplace”

“Itemizing deductions is painful. You have to go through receipts, you have to collect your statements from the bank for your mortgage interest and you have to file separate schedules. And so I figured, there has to be some people who claim the standard deduction even though they could benefit from itemizing. And so I had to come up with a clever strategy for looking at them,” said UCLA’s Youssef Benzarti. (Approx. 15:00 mark)

Woman’s birthday puts her in rare company | Kansas City Star

The Gerontology Research Group at the University of California-Los Angeles is tracking 38 living super-centenarians, all of whom are 112 or older. The oldest worldwide is Nabi Tajima of Japan at 117 and the oldest in the United States is Delphine Gibson of South Carolina at 114.

Big pharma, insurance giants battle over drug coupons | Healthline

“Insurers tier branded drugs to make them much more expensive than the generic, in order to steer consumers to buy the generic. The copay coupons undermine that tiering,” said Matt Schmitt, an assistant professor of strategy at the University of California at Los Angeles Anderson School of Management.

Startups are turning CO2 pollution into something useful | Wired 

Civil engineer Gaurav Sant leads the UCLA-based team also focusing on concrete. “Not only does cement manufacture produce CO2 — we make five billion tons of cement and 30 billion tons of concrete per year,” he explains. “If you can use that as a sink for CO2 then you can deal with a lot of CO2.” The team has integrated several technologies into a closed-loop. Exhaust fumes from power plants and cement plants are enriched using waste heat from the same flue. 

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