UCLA In the News August 15, 2017

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

People still believe some myths about the solar eclipse | Gizmodo

“For some reason the moon and the sun appear to have powerful hold on people’s imagination, and for instance there are a variety of beliefs associated with the moon that have long been debunked and yet persist,” Jean-Luc Margot, a professor in the department of Earth, planetary, and space sciences at UCLA, told Gizmodo. “I think in part it’s related to some cognitive biases that we all have so our brain is wired in certain ways to make quick assessments and quick judgements, which is extremely helpful in most situations, but in some situations, it gets us in trouble.”

A new way to activate stem cells to grow hair | United Press International

“Our observations about hair follicle stem cell metabolism prompted us to examine whether genetically diminishing the entry of pyruvate into the mitochondria would force hair follicle stem cells to make more lactate, and if that would activate the cells and grow hair more quickly,” Healther Christofk, an associate professor of biological chemistry and molecular and medical pharmacology at UCLA, said in a press release.

Is being a white supremacist grounds for firing? | The Atlantic

In many cases, firing someone for their political ideas raises few legal issues. Though public-sector workers can’t be terminated for their political views, and many union contracts require that an employer demonstrate “just cause” for firing someone, federal law doesn’t offer any protections for expressing political views or participating in political activities for those who work in the private sector and don’t have a contract stating otherwise, according to Katherine Stone, a law professor at UCLA who focuses on labor law.

Fifth of Americans find workplace hostile or threatening | Associated Press

The American workplace is grueling, stressful and surprisingly hostile. So concludes an in-depth study of 3,066 U.S. workers by the Rand Corp., Harvard Medical School and the University of California, Los Angeles. Among the findings: Nearly one in five workers — a share the study calls “disturbingly high” — say they face a hostile or threatening environment at work, which can include sexual harassment and bullying. Workers who have to face customers endure a disproportionate share of abuse. Nearly 55 percent say they face “unpleasant and potentially hazardous” conditions.

Government may inadvertently be helping MS-13 to recruit | The Economist

Jorja Leap, an anthropologist at the University of California, Los Angeles Luskin School of Public Affairs who studies gangs, says MS-13 targets undocumented immigrants because it knows they may hesitate to report crimes for fear of deportation. An MS-13 gangster may approach a street vendor or a prostitute and threaten to kill them unless they pay weekly “rent” money.

Should Confederate monuments be taken down? | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“In a nutshell, the people who desire to take down Confederate monuments say that they’re symbols of white supremacy in support of mythic history, if you will. A fake history. And that history could be summarized by the lost cause,” said UCLA’s Joan Waugh. (Audio download)

New battlefield in enrollment war: a boys school | Los Angeles Times

“The district is trying to give parents a unique opportunity they feel they can’t get through charter schools,” said Tyrone Howard, a professor and associate dean for equity and inclusion at UCLA’s education and information school. But, he said, “you can’t just say it, you have to ensure the quality of the school.”

The economic productivity of Northern vs. Southern California | CALmatters

Michael Storper, a professor at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs, asked himself the same question and, with the help of a research team, delved into both the data and the history. They learned that the regions were roughly equal in the early 1970s but soon began an immense divergence. They explain how it happened in a book, “The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies,” that was, ironically enough, issued in 2015 by Stanford University’s publishing arm. (Also: Los Angeles Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle)

As toll lanes boom, why are new freeway lanes rarely free? | Press-Enterprise

“The idea is catching on quickly and spreading throughout the country,” said Martin Wachs, a professor emeritus of urban planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and an expert on transportation policy and planning.

Students at most colleges don’t pick ‘useless’ majors | FiveThirtyEight

Jennie Brand, a sociology professor at UCLA whose research focuses on the impact of and access to higher education, said that attending college is a big financial sacrifice for many lower-income students. “So the actual job payoff becomes more front and center relative to students who have always thought they would go to college,” Brand said.

Three tornadoes in three states, but no warnings | USA Today

“There has been a general trend to reduce the false alarm rates associated with tornadoes, which means you tend to be cautious when issuing a warning,” said meteorologist Roger Wakimoto, the president of the American Meteorological Society and vice chancellor for research at UCLA. ”The rationale is that a false alarm rate that is high is similar to crying wolf too much — the public starts ignoring the warnings,” he said. 

What’s behind all those butterflies | Toronto Star

“The gut is in fact a theatre in which the drama of emotion plays out,” writes Dr. Emeran Mayer in his 2016 book, “The Mind-Gut Connection: How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health.” … “Any emotion or stress response that originates in the brain will send signals to the gut, which will change many gut functions,” Mayer, a gastroenterologist, neuroscientist and professor of medicine at UCLA, said in an interview.

Number of dialysis patients In California surges | California Healthline

The number of Californians who are getting care at dialysis centers has jumped in recent years — but not because kidney disease is more prevalent. The reason is that people are living longer with end-stage renal disease, said Anjay Rastogi, a professor of nephrology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. The number of new cases has generally leveled off in recent years, Rastogi said.

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