UCLA In the News August 17, 2018

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

The strongest ‘firenado’ in California history? | Washington Post

“Depending on the final number, this might actually be the strongest ‘tornado’ in California history, even if it wasn’t formally a tornado,” UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain told the Los Angeles Times. He said that although EF-3 tornadoes have swept through California in the past, “this fire whirl was almost certainly longer-lived, larger in spatial scope and perhaps even stronger from a wind speed perspective.”

3 knockout art shows to see in Los Angeles right now | New York Times

Adding to a Los Angeles museum winning streak, “Striking Iron” at [UCLA’s] Fowler Museum is the most beautiful sculpture show in recent memory. The Fowler is a smallish museum of global cultural history on the University of California, Los Angeles, campus. Under the direction of Marla C. Berns, it’s one of the most consistently interesting art spaces in town. “Striking Iron” is a characteristic product: unfamiliar material, passionately researched, utterly gorgeous. (“Made in L.A. 2018” at the Hammer Museum at UCLA is also highlighted.)

Till victory is won: the staying power of ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ | NPR

Shana Redmond, a professor at UCLA who studies music, race and politics and author of the book “Anthem: Social Movements and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora,” says it’s a song about transcending difficulties — and those difficulties have never fully receded. “Black communities across the globe continue to be vulnerable in very unique and unsettling ways,” Redmond says. “To sing this song is to revive that past — but also to recognize, as the lyrics of the song reveal, that there is a hopeful future that might come of it.”

Elon Musk’s company proposes 3.6-mile tunnel to Dodger Stadium | Los Angeles Times

“It doesn’t seem like Dodger Stadium’s traffic problems have been solved as a result of the bus-only lanes,” said Juan Matute, a UCLA lecturer in urban planning. “It seems like people have a different available option to get there, and this could be another different viable option.”

‘We the Animals’ author Justin Torres: Latinos are ‘dehumanized,’ but literature is an antidote | NBC News

(Q&A with UCLA’s Justin Torres) “I get to teach creative writing, but also literature courses of my own design. I regularly teach a course which I’ve given the rather lengthy title, ‘Queering Latinx Lit: From Machismo to Feminism and Beyond.’ It’s always over enrolled — which is just lovely that there’s such demand for a course — but it’s over enrolled with just the best students. The large majority are Latinx, a lot of them are first generation, every single one has worked incredibly hard to get to UCLA and they make the most of their education,” Torres said.

Ready for a linguistic controversy? Say ‘Mhmm’ | NPR

As for mhmm? Historians and linguists disagree. Ugo Nwojeki, a professor of African-American studies at the University of California, Berkeley, says he “always assumed” that the word was African. Lev Michael, a linguist at the same school, says it “doesn’t seem very plausible.” Roslyn Burns, a linguist at UCLA, says that “it’s hard to say.”

Smoke from wildfires is bad enough, but there’s another air pollutant to worry about | Fresno Bee

There are studies that have looked specifically at exposure to PM2.5 from wildfires and the research points to respiratory effects and even deaths. Studies in California after fires in 2008 found “effects that were significant for hospital admission,” said Michael Jerrett, a professor of environmental health sciences at UCLA. The admissions were for respiratory problems and not for cardiovascular, he said.

When Aretha Franklin offered to post bail for Angela Davis | Quartz

Discussing her offer to pay — “whether it’s $100,000, or $250,000” — to free the University of California, Los Angeles, philosophy instructor and “admitted communist” [Angela] Davis, Franklin explains that she was going against the advice of her own father, a Baptist minister and close associate of Dr. King, in making the offer. Her argument for why she did so is a poignant, pithy defense of the fight for freedom and racial equality: “My daddy (Detroit’s Rev. C.L. Franklin) says I don’t know what I’m doing. Well, I respect him, of course, but I’m going to stick by my beliefs. Angela Davis must go free. Black people will be free.”

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