UCLA In the News August 21, 2018

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

Surprising link discovered between bottom feeders and blood suckers | National Geographic

Gary Bucciarelli — a research scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles, and lead author of the new study — was trapping and removing crayfish in California’s Santa Monica mountains when he and his colleagues made this discovery, published in August in the journal Conservation Biology. Given the swamp crayfish’s reputation, when Bucciarelli and his team noticed that the streams loaded with crayfish seemed to have higher numbers of mosquito larvae, it caught their attention. “We were finding very few dragonfly nymphs in the crayfish streams as well,” says Bucciarelli, referring to the dragonfly’s juvenile phase, which live in the water and are voracious predators of mosquito larvae.

NYU offers free tuition to fix one of the biggest problems in health care | Business Insider

Several of the nation’s top medical schools, in response, already offer scholarships that cover some or all of the costs of attendance based on either need or merit. UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, for example, has a $100 million fund that pays for the entire cost of medical school for all four years, including tuition, fees, books and living expenses for its high-merit students, which are approximately 20% of those enrolled.

51% of school violence incidents flared in just 10 states last year | USA Today

Adam Winkler, a professor at the UCLA School of Law and a gun-control policy expert, said certain states could see more threats or violence because of outside influences, such as access to guns in a community or the presence of gangs in urban areas. “There’s a whole bunch of different factors that you can expect to lead to hotspots and gun violence on campus,” Winkler said.

Eerie sky glow called ‘Steve’ isn’t an aurora | LiveScience

According to researchers at the University of Calgary in Canada and the University of California, Los Angeles, Steve does not contain the telltale traces of charged particles blasting through Earth’s atmosphere that auroras do. Steve, therefore, is not an aurora at all, but something entirely different: a mysterious, largely unexplained phenomenon that the researchers have dubbed a “sky glow.”

Cosmic void contains fewer galaxies than expected | Universe Today

By about 12 billion years ago, intergalactic space was filled with gas that was much less transparent than it is now, with variations from place to place. To address why this was, a team of astronomers recently used the world’s largest telescope to search for galaxies of young stars in a huge volume of space…. The study was led by George D. Becker, a professor of astrophysics at the University of California Riverside, and included members from the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California, Santa Barbara.

A SALT test | Politico

A Twitter retort via Kirk Stark, a UCLA law professor who has emphasized the similarities between the blue state and red state efforts: “If donors can claim a full charitable contribution deduction provided funds are used ‘for the neediest and most disadvantaged families’ (per WSJ logic) then gifts supporting public schools have a MUCH stronger basis for deductibility than gifts for private school vouchers.”

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