UCLA In the News August 16, 2018

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

A playlist for commutes | New York Times

Nina Eidsheim, a professor of musicology at UCLA, agreed. “If a commuter’s goal is to de-stress or to have a productive workday using music, I’d encourage them to think about what music puts them in which mood and to create their own highly personalized commuting playlist with that purpose in mind,” she told us.

UCLA ranked among best colleges for Jewish life | Forward

“Students will find a robust and diverse Jewish life on campus with multiple offerings, while in close proximity to the greater L.A. Jewish community,” said Rabbi Dovid and Elisa Gurevich, Chabad House@UCLA.

Why Saudi Arabia would want to invest in Elon Musk and Tesla | Wired

Musk’s goal of making Tesla the world’s most advanced car company plays to the same audience. “The Saudis want to put forward the idea of a modernizing monarchy,” says James Gelvin, a Middle East specialist at UCLA and author of “The New Middle East: What Everyone Needs to Know.” These projects capture world attention, he says, and “that tends to entrench the regime and demonstrate that it has the capacity to do these things.”

Amid immigration debate, first-generation college students are revolutionizing campuses | ABC News

(UCLA’s Daysy Gabriela) Palma volunteered on campus as a peer counselor, was active in student government and helped lead a student-run immigration advocacy group. She was also instrumental in creating UCLA’s first-ever retention program for undocumented students to help keep them in school and on track for graduation. Palma plans to attend law school to become an immigration attorney so she can work to make the system “more inclusive and tolerance-based.” Guiding her on her path to law school is her UCLA faculty mentor, who is also an immigrant and a first-generation college student. “She definitely gave me my wings to fly,” Palma said.

NYU makes tuition free for all medical students | The Wall Street Journal

UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine expects to provide more than 300 full scholarships between 2012 and 2022, based on merit.

Space is dark and not as full of galaxies as we thought, new study shows | Room, The Space Journal

“It is not that the opacity is a cause of the lack of galaxies,” said Steven Furlanetto, a UCLA professor of astronomy and a co-author of the research. “Instead, it’s the other way around.” The scarcity of galaxies in this region could be why it appears so opaque. The team concluded that since the gas in deep space is made more transparent by ultraviolet light from nearby galaxies, fewer galaxies would make a specific area darker. (Also: Science News)

Unraveling the nature of ‘whistlers’ from space in the lab | Science Daily

Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles, present new research on a curious cosmic phenomenon known as “whistlers” — very low frequency packets of radio waves that race along magnetic field lines…. “We have discovered new effects of these so-called whistler waves,” said (UCLA’s) Reiner Stenzel, an author on the paper. “These new laboratory studies will help expand our knowledge on this intriguing electromagnetic phenomenon and suggest new applications and possible inventions.” (UCLA’s Manuel Urrutia also mentioned) (Also: Live Science)

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