UCLA In the News August 17, 2017

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

UCLA ranked No. 12 in the world in ShanghaiRanking | Times Higher Education

The Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017 says UCLA is home to leading research centers and institutes, top performing arts programs, an elite Division I athletics program and the preeminent hospital in the Western United States.

When white nationalists’ genetic tests show African ancestry | The Atlantic

Two years ago — before Donald Trump was elected president, before white nationalism had become central to the political conversation — Aaron Panofsky and Joan Donovan, sociologists then at the University of California, Los Angeles, set out to study Stormfront forum posts about genetic ancestry tests. They presented their study at the American Sociological Association meeting this MondayAfter the events in Charlottesville this week, their research struck a particular chord with the audience. (Also: STAT, Technology Review)

Surf art exhibit tells complex story of access, environment | KCET-TV

Do we need to enjoy nature in order to protect it? That’s one of the questions at the heart of a surfing art exhibit in Malibu this summer. The show was co-sponsored by the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA, a new lab dedicated to environmental storytelling across cultures and media, with the Depart Foundation in Malibu.

Farming fish in tiny area of oceans could feed the world | New Atlas

But the new UCLA study, led by Peter Kareiva and Rebecca Gentry, indicates that if aquaculture could be moved into deeper offshore waters or, eventually, into the open sea, then the yields produced would easily dwarf the output of the entire present fishing industry. In addition, it would do so with not only less environmental damage, but would actually help reverse the effects of wild fishing, and would be a great economic and nutritional boon to many developing countries.

Tech firms ban white supremacists | Wall Street Journal

Businesses that offer their services to the public must comply with state and local laws banning various kinds of discrimination. Those laws typically protect against discrimination on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity and gender. Unless a company is targeting supremacists because of their gender or race, those laws probably wouldn’t apply, according to UCLA constitutional scholar Eugene Volokh.

The ACLU needs to rethink free speech | New York Times

[Commentary by UCLA’s K-Sue Park] The American Civil Liberties Union has a long history of defending the First Amendment rights of groups on both the far left and the far right. This commitment led the organization to successfully sue the city of Charlottesville, Va., last week on behalf of a white supremacist rally organizer. The rally ended with a Nazi sympathizer plowing his car into a crowd, killing a counterprotester and injuring many.

Is Robert Mueller on a ‘fishing expedition’? | Los Angeles Times

[Commentary by UCLA’s Harry Litman] There is a critical difference between developing evidence of new crimes while pursuing an authorized investigation, and straying outside the borders of legal authority. It’s a familiar principle from other areas of the law. If, for example, the police legally search someone’s house for drugs and find illegal guns, there is no impediment to a gun prosecution.

First Amendment revisited | KPCC-FM’s “Air Talk”

“Now to be sure, violence is sometimes justified when we’re talking about defense against an imminent physical attack. If somebody is at a demonstration and somebody else charges at them with a club, then they are entitled to physically protect themselves against imminent physical attack. But not just attack somebody because of their words,” said UCLA’s Eugene Volokh. (Approx. 4:20 mark)

The story of the internet | BBC Radio 4

“What drove [the formation of the internet] was the magnificent funding profiling culture of the Advanced Research Projects Agency. This group was formed as a result of Sputnik in 1957,” said UCLA’s Leonard Kleinrock. (Approx. 3:10 mark) (Audio download)

ABC loses Rhimes to Netflix’s ‘limitless possibilities’ | Associated Press

“Shonda Rhimes paved the way for a lot of the transformation that we are seeing in television today,” said UCLA Professor Darnell Hunt, who studies diversity in the entertainment industry. Hunt said television executives are beginning to understand that getting more minorities in top roles isn’t just marketable, but “demanded by increasingly diverse audiences.” He said digital platforms like Netflix have lagged traditional TV in diversity — and Rhimes could help change that.

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