UCLA In the News August 20, 2018

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

Is it a Silver Lake historic treasure — or ‘a junky old gas station’? | Los Angeles Times

Paavo Monkkonen, a UCLA associate professor of urban planning and public policy, said clashes over historic preservation and development are nothing new, but groups that want cities to build more housing — broadly known as YIMBYs, for “yes in my backyard” — have become increasingly vocal when such disputes arise. In the past, Monkkonen said, “a lot of this stuff happened without anyone questioning it.”

Strict ID laws could disenfranchise 78,000 transgender voters, report says | NBC News

Obstacles similar to those that Oliver faced may not be uncommon for transgender voters — especially those who live in states with strict voter ID laws. Less than 90 days ahead of the midterm elections, a new report from the Williams Institute, a think tank at UCLA School of Law, shines a spotlight on the “substantial barriers” that trans voters may face.… In these eight states alone, the Williams Institute estimates “about 78,000 voting-eligible transgender people may face substantial barriers to voting at the polls and possible disenfranchisement in the November 2018 general election.”

Have fun at college, freshmen, but read this first | Washington Post Perspective

More than a third of students said the transition to their freshman year was difficult, according to an annual survey of first-year students nationwide by the University of California at Los Angeles. Nearly half of those students who struggled indicated it was difficult to manage their time effectively…. Feeling lonely in the first weeks of college is a common experience. In the UCLA survey, almost three-quarters of students reported that they felt lonely or homesick, and more than half said they felt isolated from campus life.

Amazon could be coming to a movie theater near you | CNN

The company is “in the running” to buy Landmark Theaters…. The theater chain could also help juice Amazon’s reputation, said Jonathan Kuntz, a film historian and lecturer at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. If the deal goes through, he said, “Amazon is buying a little bit of prestige — the quality end of the market.” The company already has had its eye trained on the awards circuit. “Manchester by the Sea,” which was nominated for Best Picture at the 2017 Academy Awards, was distributed by Amazon Studios.

Booming economy may be little felt as voters decide | New York Times

That election was an outlier. Political scientists — including Lynn Vavreck at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Seth Masket at the University of Denver, among many others — have shown that economic conditions matter far less to midterm results than presidential approval ratings. In 1950, when the economy grew at a blistering 8.7 percent for the year, President Harry Truman’s party still lost 28 seats in the House.

Happy children do chores | New York Times Opinion

Between 2001 and 2005 a team of researchers from UCLA’s Center on the Everyday Lives of Families recorded 1,540 hours of footage of 32 middle-class, dual-earner families with at least two children going about their business in Los Angeles. They found that the parents did most of the housework and intervened quickly when the kids had trouble completing a task.

Checkup with pediatrician may soon include prescription for play | Los Angeles Times

“It’s liberating to be able to offer them this advice: that you spending time with your child and letting him play is one of the most valuable things you can do,” [UCLA’s Carlos Lerner] said. “It doesn’t have to involve spending a lot of money or time, or joining a parenting group. It’s something we can offer that’s achievable. They just don’t recognize it right now as particularly valuable.”

Solving the homeless problem in Southern California | KCRW-FM

“We have to be a little skeptical of numbers like 7,500. And I say this against a backdrop where some agencies have claimed to have housed thousands and thousands of people. They’re really the same people being housed over and over again, which is not really a success,” said UCLA’s Gary Blasi.

Researchers plot maps, collect data to fight future infectious disease outbreaks | Voice of America

Anne Rimoin is an associate professor of epidemiology at the UCLA School of Public Health. She’s also the director of the UCLA-DRC Health Research and Training Program, an effort based in Kinshasa, Congo, that’s been underway for 16 years. Rimoin returned to the U.S. last month from fieldwork in the DRC. She told VOA that her group is collecting data that will benefit responses to not just Ebola but emerging infectious diseases as well. “In an outbreak, you have to understand where people are and what their patterns of travel are. Where they’re going, where they’re working, where their fields are,” Rimoin said. “If you don’t know where things are, it becomes very difficult to define a response.”

Inside one of the world’s largest taxidermy collections | ABC News

“This museum has endangered, extinct and exotic animals that some people have never seen before,” said Dr. E.A. “Billy” Hankins, a lifelong taxidermist and professor of dermatology at the University of California’s Los Angeles campus — and the driving force behind nearby La Sierra University’s World Museum of Natural History… “Natural history museums are important because they serve as an archive to preserve species that are endangered, extinct or rare — in the future, they may actually be gone due to pet trades, food consumption, poaching and habitat loss,” Hankins said.

Are Los Angeles home prices finally about to dip? | Curbed Los Angeles

Eric Sussman, adjunct professor of accounting and real estate at UCLA, agrees. “I don’t think there’s any question that the housing market is slowing,” he says, adding that he “wouldn’t be surprised” if prices in LA start dropping “in the next few months.”

Ebola crisis worsens in Congo, health workers infected | The Hill

“Health care workers are at the front line and extremely vulnerable to infection. They work in poor conditions, often without personal protective equipment, and thus [are] often exposed before an outbreak is detected,” [UCLA’s Anne] Rimoin said. “The reason this is so important is because health-care workers can easily propagate disease given that they have contact with many sick people and their own families.”

Parents file claim against county after losing custody for treating daughter’s epilepsy with CBD oil | Orange County Register

While Keppra can be effective at controlling seizures, it causes aggression in as many as one in five patients, according to Dr. Shaun Hussain, a pediatric neurologist at UCLA.

In a sexist world, it’s still possible for women to oppress men | Quartz

But while both men and women are equally capable of bad behavior, men are the ones who benefit from sexist power structures. And so the gender of the perpetrator means that their actions will carry different weight. ”It’s different,” says Juliet Williams, a gender studies professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Does that mean it’s less bad? No, it just takes it out of that sexist realm.” It’s wrong when men in a position of power mistreat women, just as it’s wrong when women mistreat men from a position of aggrieved entitlement, she says. But the two actions are not the same.

Why you shouldn’t buy fluoride-free toothpaste | Healthline

“I’m concerned that individuals choosing these products are missing out on the proven benefits of fluoride for cavity prevention,” Edmond Hewlett, DDS, a professor of restorative dentistry at the University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry, told Healthline. “As a healthcare provider, my patients’ health and wellness is of primary importance, and I want them to benefit from the best that dental science has to offer. Fluoride is a shining example.”

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