UCLA In the News August 4, 2017

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

A survey of first-year students reveals some freshman trends | New York Times

How are new students feeling? What matters to them? Are they where they want to be? [UCLA’s] Higher Education Research Institute, which has been surveying first-year students across the country for more than half a century, has some of the answers. (Also: Christian Science Monitor)

L.A.’s rising rents could force 2,000 into homelessness | Los Angeles Daily News

Jonathan Zasloff, a UCLA law professor with expertise in urban planning law, said the study points to the need to build more housing. “We have to be able to have more density,” Zasloff said. “That doesn’t mean turning the Valley into Manhattan, but it does mean that people need to see multifamily units, apartment buildings as important amenities, as important resources.”

Tallying environmental impact of feeding meat to our pets | Los Angeles Times

But one sleepless night about five years ago, UCLA geographer Gregory Orkin realized something: Those environmental assessments rarely if ever took into account the consumption by dogs and cats. The thought gave him pause — perhaps even paws. “Because I couldn’t sleep, I got up and just kind of started throwing some numbers together,” he said. “It’s evolved a lot since then.” (Also: Washington Post, FOX News and San Francisco Chronicle)

Researchers explore the science of gender identity | Reuters

Among the leaders in brain scan research is Ivanka Savic, a professor of neurology with Sweden’s Karolinska Institute and visiting professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her studies suggest that transgender men have a weakened connection between the two areas of the brain that process the perception of self and one’s own body. Savic said those connections seem to improve after the person receives cross-hormone treatment.

A glimpse inside a violent gang | Weekly Standard

“It is neither completely disorganized nor highly structured,” says Jorja Leap, an anthropologist at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs who studies gangs. “When we go beyond the main story and look at processes and the dynamics and the hierarchy, MS-13 is very reminiscent of a fraternity or a start-up business.”

Essays light on responses for Trump era | Washington Post

For UCLA historian Robin D.G. Kelley, honesty is less about the president than the nation. “How do we teach our children our history — in the United States and the world?” he asks. “They are taught to cherish equality, to disdain inequality, but never how inequality is produced.”

What we can learn from suicide-related Google searches | Healthline

Joan Asarnow, a psychiatrist and director of the University of California, Los Angeles Youth Stress and Mood Program, said she was upset that the show depicted the suicide in a graphic and glamorized manner. “It’s a very compelling show and it’s a very disturbing show,” Asarnow said. “It’s not going to affect every kid, but there are some kids who it’s really going to affect.”

Californians prefer cremation | KPCC-FM

For those looking for something that’s both portable and environmentally friendly, there could be a new option coming to market soon. It’s called alkaline hydrolysis, and it uses water and potassium hydroxide to break down tissue…. [UCLA’s Dean] Fisher is the only person in California to possess the technology. The device itself comes from Europe.  

Paying doctors more — will they treat more poor Californians? | CALmatters

“The whole contracting process creates a black box and we don’t really know what’s going on in there,” says Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

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