UCLA In the News August 22, 2018

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

UCLA ranked No. 1 Best Value School for 2018; No. 8 top public college | Forbes

Five more UC schools make the top 25 this year with the University of California, Los Angeles, maintaining its No. 8 spot. UCLA was also named the No. 1 Best Value School by Forbes for 2018 with its yearly net price for in-state students at only $14,200. With more than 137,000 undergraduate applications for fall 2018, UCLA is the most applied-to school in the country.

Cohen pleads guilty, says he coordinated hush money with president | Los Angeles Times

Harry Litman, a former U.S. attorney in Pittsburgh who teaches constitutional law at UCLA and UC San Diego, said the significance of Cohen’s guilty plea is “pretty much equivalent to the question, what does Michael Cohen know” about Trump’s conduct. Much will hinge, Litman said, on Cohen’s knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the payments to McDougal and Daniels, and “whether Trump knew about them.’’ Those payments, Litman said, “very possibly amount to wire fraud, and if Trump was in on them, that’s flat out conspiracy.”

As rents rise, seniors struggle across California | California Health Report

Seniors can move to a cheaper part of California, such as its sparsely populated rural northern counties, but relocation can be disruptive. “If you are forced to move to a place like Stockton (50 miles south of Sacramento), it disrupts medical care, social relationships and all sorts of other things” that can impact health, said Steven Wallace, associate director of the UCLA Center and the study’s lead author. (UCLA’s D. Imelda Padillo-Frausto also quoted)

In Kenmore sale, Sears’ pension liabilities come back to bite | Reuters

“When a company gets into financial trouble, creditors try to improve their position, lending more money, giving more time, in exchange for a security interest, a better chance to be repaid,” said Lynn LoPucki, a University of California, Los Angeles Law School professor, explaining that the PBGC has taken this tactic. “We call this the dance of death.”

Brushers are buying Sensodyne’s pitch | Wall Street Journal

[UCLA’s Edmond Hewlett] added that many people with sensitive teeth have conditions such as cavities or gum disease that require medical treatment. Studies on the prevalence of sensitive teeth aren’t definitive, he said, with research showing the condition in anywhere from 4% to 75% of the U.S. population. Anecdotally, he said, the dental community sees a potential link between more tooth problems and the growing popularity of acidic beverages such as seltzer water and sports and energy drinks.

In Hammer installation, Lauren Halsey riffs on nature of space and black identity | Los Angeles Times

“She’s one of those people who is much more than just an artist,” says Erin Christovale, a [UCLA] Hammer curator who helped organize the “Made in L.A.” biennial. “She’s an archivist. She’s a funk aficionado. She’s an architect. And she utilizes her art practice as a way to continue the legacy of black cultural production in this city in a really honorable way.”

How to make police accountable | CALmatters

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Jim Newton) The long effort to establish systems and practices that hold police properly accountable to the public has been characterized by excesses on both sides. Police unions argue for something close to immunity for officers, while reform advocates often gloss over the real dangers of policing and the genuine courage of those who do that work. Now, however, the Legislature has the chance to restore some needed balance. Legislation under consideration would maintain protections that officers enjoy regarding personal information while allowing the public to evaluate the performance of officers who have previously run into trouble.

Trump administration pushes states’ rights — as long as they are coal states | Los Angeles Times

Meredith Hankins, an environmental law scholar at UCLA, wrote in a blog post that she was surprised to see the administration talking up states’ rights around emissions considering how aggressively it is working to keep California from exercising them. “The naked hypocrisy that allows the EPA to cite federalism concerns in rolling back the Clean Power Plan mere weeks after eviscerating states’ rights to set more protective vehicle standards is truly staggering,” she wrote.

Mentors play critical role in quality of college experience, new poll suggests | The Conversation

In the landmark 1977 work “Four Critical Years,” Alexander Astin of UCLA noted that “student-faculty interaction has a stronger relationship to student satisfaction with the college experience than any other student involvement variable.”

Trump administration dropped its pro-coal alternative to Obama’s clean power plan | Gizmodo

As University of California, Los Angeles, law professor Cara Horowitz notes at Legal Planet, any arguments the administration makes in court defending the rule “will be made against the backdrop of EPA’s own determination that carbon dioxide pollution is a danger to public health.” In other words, the administration will be tasked with defending weakening a policy to regulate a pollutant its own agency deems a threat.

Cervical cancer screening without Pap test OK for some women | Reuters Health

“Screening more frequently than every five years does not substantially improve the benefits for women — it simply increases the number of screening tests and follow-up procedures women receive,” said Dr. Carol Mangione of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles. “A 5-year screening interval for HPV testing alone or co-testing offers the best balance of benefits and harms,” Mangione, a task force member, said by email. (Also: Healio)

Spine stimulation may help paralyzed patients regain bladder control | HealthDay

“Most spinal cord injuries are not anatomically complete; the spinal cord retains a weak, residual connection with the brain,” says UCLA’s Daniel Lu. “We are restoring bladder function by amplifying these faint signals and enhancing the spinal circuits’ ability to respond to them,” Lu explained. “We were excited to see a positive effect in all five patients after only four sessions of mild magnetic stimulation,” he said. “The benefit gradually wore off over two weeks, suggesting that the spinal cord’s neural circuitry retains a ‘memory’ of the treatment.” (Also: Medical Xpress)

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