UCLA In the News August 27, 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. 9 national university by Washington Monthly | Washington Monthly

The Washington Monthly magazine today released its 13th annual College Guide and Rankings, which rate colleges and universities on their contributions to social mobility, research, and public service. Unlike U.S. News & World Report, which rewards institutions for prestige, wealth, and exclusivity, the Monthly calls attention to colleges that serve the best interests of taxpayers and the country as a whole — including by enrolling and graduating students of modest means. UCLA ranked No. 9 on the list. Full rankings list here.

Which college campuses have the fastest wi-fi? | PC Magazine

Ookla pitted schools in the same or neighboring states against each other in head-to-head “bowl game” matchups such as “The Crosstown Showdown,” in which UCLA at 114.09 Mbps beat out USC at 102.83 Mbps. (Overall, UCLA was No. 7 out of 33 in the College Campus Wi-Fi Bowl.)

FBI’s fight with Facebook could have impact on smartphone users’ privacy | Washington Post

“It essentially applies to any smartphone user,” said John D. Villasenor, a professor of technology and public policy at the University of California at Los Angeles. “Most of us would be able to say our phones haven’t been in the custody of law enforcement, but we all use messaging platforms of one kind or another.”

Sex, lies and tabloids: hush payments to women that spell danger for Trump | The Guardian (U.K.)

“What I think is so ironic and satisfying about the Cohen deal is that the president is going to be brought down by having taken this huge risk, and compromised himself legally, to hide something that nobody cares about, because it’s like one tiny straw of hay in a giant haystack of bad behavior,” [UCLA’s Juliet] Williams said.

How VR is changing the future of e-commerce, and how our brains process it | KPCC–FM’s “AirTalk”

“One of the big points about virtual reality that’s been a struggle is making it feel real,” said UCLA’s Don Vaughn. “Virtual reality really is a brain hack; it’s tricking your brain into thinking you’re in a place, experiencing objects that you’re actually not.” (Approx. 4:45 mark)

Californians face an ‘uphill battle’ in challenging costly Trump tax law | CALmatters

Kirk Stark, tax law and policy expert at UCLA, says it remains to be seen whether and how California will chime in during the IRS’ comments process in the next two months. There also is a likelihood of litigation. “Challenging the validity of Treasury regulations is always an uphill battle (as courts typically give deference to administrative regulations), but the rules announced yesterday represent a sharp break from 100+ years of established law,” Stark said in an email.

Team Trump’s last-ditch defenses against Cohen’s charges | USA Today Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Harry Litman) Caught flatfooted by Michael Cohen’s sudden guilty plea to crimes he swore he committed at the direction of President Trump, the president and his defenders have trotted out three lines of defense in the last 24 hours. All of them are wrong, and one of them is outrageous.

Is Los Angeles getting better or worse? | Los Angeles Times

“Those who earn much above the average income feel much better about L.A. than those who earn a barely livable wage or less,” said Zev Yaroslavsky, who runs UCLA’s Quality of Life Index. “Where this shows up in sharp relief is in the category of housing costs.”

NYU’s tuition-free medical school sparks multimillion-dollar debate | Los Angeles Times

In 2014, UCLA announced it would provide merit-based scholarships covering the entire cost of medical education (not just tuition, like NYU, but also living expenses) to 20% of its students.

Skim reading is the new normal. The effect on society is profound | The Guardian (U.K.)

As UCLA psychologist Patricia Greenfield writes, the result is that less attention and time will be allocated to slower, time-demanding deep reading processes, like inference, critical analysis and empathy, all of which are indispensable to learning at any age.

Brown to fill a vacancy on the California Supreme Court | Los Angeles Times

[UCLA’s Joshua] Groban, 45, is a key player in making judicial picks, and analysts said Brown might be postponing the appointment so he can continue to benefit from Groban’s guidance. Last week there were 59 vacancies statewide, and Brown wants to fill them all before stepping down.

New IRS rule limiting tax deductions condemned by charities, blue-state governors | USA Today

“Many programs for school scholarships have 100 percent tax credits, like the ones in South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Arizona,” said Kirk Stark, a tax law professor at the University of California in Los Angeles. “The reaction from advocates for these programs is extreme displeasure about the approach the IRS has taken, because it’s adverse to their donor base.”

Pot for pain | KNBC–TV

“This is something where the public consumption of cannabis far outpaced our scientific understanding,” said UCLA’s Jeffrey Chen. “We really, desperately need to catch up.” (Approx. 1:23 mark)

Electric scooters’ sudden invasion of American cities, explained | Vox

Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of scooters will be that they will force a larger discussion of whom or what we prioritize when we design cities. “I’m hoping that all of this disruption will help us think more systematically about these things,” said UCLA’s [Brian] Taylor.

Swapping daily pills for monthly shots could transform HIV treatment and prevention | Science

Raphael Landovitz, a clinician at the University of California, Los Angeles, who studies long-acting drugs for PrEP, says the ATLAS data are “incredibly encouraging and exciting” and are “certainly reassuring” to people doing similar prevention work.

What forehead wrinkles might tell you about your heart health | Live Science

The exact reason for the link is unknown, but “some factors that may lead to premature aging of the skin can contribute to premature aging of the arteries” and atherosclerosis, said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was not involved with the study.

Which MS symptoms give people the most problems? | Healthline

“This study underscores the importance of treating symptoms in people with MS, in combination with DMT, and also that while obvious problems such as mobility disorders affect QOL, the ‘invisible’ symptoms such as fatigue, mood disorders, and spasticity also may significantly impact QOL and should be recognized and treated.” Dr. Barbara Giesser, professor of clinical neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles and clinical director of the UCLA MS program, told Healthline.

Why does the Earth rotate? | Live Science

As it grew, space rocks continued colliding with the nascent planet, exerting forces that sent it spinning, explained Smadar Naoz, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Los Angeles.… Despite these kinds of disturbances, everything in space rotates in one direction or another. “Rotating is a fundamental behavior of objects in the universe,” Naoz said.

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