UCLA In the News August 13, 2018

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

Firms pair with high schools to provide vocational training | Wall Street Journal

By tailoring programs specifically to individual companies, they say, the programs risk handicapping students who want, or need, to make a switch later. “The culture is so vulnerable to thinking that some children are just not very smart and they should be given a less-challenging course of instruction,” said Jeannie Oakes, an emeritus education professor at UCLA.

White House counting on Kavanaugh to battle ‘administrative state’ | Washington Post

Julia Stein, a UCLA law professor who specializes in environmental law, wrote in an analysis that Kavanaugh’s rulings would limit the agency’s efforts in the face of congressional gridlock. “In a world where comprehensive climate change legislation appears to be a long way off, a Justice Kavanaugh would likely present a hurdle to future agency attempts to regulate climate change within the existing statutory framework.”

A UCLA professor’s call to root out racism in research | KPCC-FM

Chandra Ford is the director of UCLA’s Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & Health. She says assumptions about race influence studies in all sorts of ways, starting with the call for proposals. “They say they’re looking for studies about African-Americans’ poor behavior on something. That’s how I’m going to submit my proposal.”

California’s fires and high temperatures send a warning | Los Angeles Times

Alex Hall, a UCLA climate scientist, has no doubt. … “If you look at any transformation in history, it hasn’t happened all at once everywhere,” Hall said. “It’s been a small group of people committed to change. They’ve made change in their communities and it scaled up from there.”

July was California’s hottest month on record | Washington Post

“This is not some fluke. This is part of a sustained trend,” Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California at Los Angeles, told the Los Angeles Times. … The weather station at UCLA, which has kept measurements since 1933, posted a high of 111 degrees, crushing the previous July 6 record of 89 and topping its record of 109 set Sept. 20, 1939.

California’s wildfires | KPCC-FM’s “Science Friday”

“Historically, we have had big fire events,” says UCLA’s Jon Keeley. “There are really two things we can point to that have changed. … One of them [is] simply, they are more destructive. More people are affected by these fires. For example, in Southern California we have a 300,000 acre fire in 1889, and nobody died. There were no homes destroyed. What’s changed over that period of time is we have more people on the landscape that are at risk.”

L.A. taxis discriminate against black riders | Los Angeles Times Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Anne Brown) Last fall, I conducted L.A.’s first “equity audit” of ride-hailing and taxi services to compare wait times and trip cancellation rates by race and ethnicity. I hired UCLA students to take more than 1,700 rides in Lyfts, Ubers and taxis between two designated spots along the Expo Line, an unusually large sample for this kind of study. I found that when it comes to timeliness, technology and — most troublingly — racial discrimination, taxis lag significantly behind their flashy new competitors.

Fixing parking policy would improve San Francisco | San Francisco Chronicle Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Donald Shoup) Cities should carefully manage their public real estate used for private parking. Free curb parking that now subsidizes cars, congestion and carbon can instead pay for better public services. Parking benefit districts will improve transportation, the city, and the environment, one parking space at a time.

Short, intense therapy sessions help some with PTSD, OCD | New York Times

In Atlanta, Emory University is in its third year of a two-week therapy program for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, funded by the Wounded Warrior Project. Similar offerings for veterans are now available at UCLA Health in California, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Is nicotine actually bad for you? | The Verge

Though nicotine can make your heart race and temporarily boost blood pressure, it’s the non-nicotine components of tobacco smoke that are thought to damage and harden blood vessels, says Holly Middlekauff, a cardiologist at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “Nicotine itself hasn’t been largely studied compared to nothing,” she says. “We better be darned sure that it’s not the nicotine that’s triggering heart attacks — and that I don’t know.”

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