UCLA In the News August 7, 2017

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

Legendary property on market for $180 million | Los Angeles Times

Paul Habibi, professor of real estate at UCLA, said it is about finding a buyer who recognizes the property as a historic one-of-a-kind estate. “Those streets in Holmby Hills have some of the highest prices in the nation,” said Habibi. “If there is a property that is going to command a price at $180 million, it is going to be in that area.” Habibi also said putting a $180-million price on the home could be a marketing strategy to give the home more buzz.

Trees in the Amazon make their own rain | Science

Previous research showed early accumulation of moisture in the atmosphere over the Amazon, but scientists weren’t sure why. “All you can see is the water vapor, but you don’t know where it comes from,” says Rong Fu, a climate scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The environmental impact of U.S. pets | Marketwatch

UCLA geography professor Gary Okin found that the country’s 163 million cats and dogs are “responsible for 25% to 30% of the environmental impact of meat consumption in the United States,” the university announced. That adds up to some 64 million tons of carbon dioxide a year. Okin compared how much meat humans eat versus pets, then analyzed the environmental impact of each. (Also: Food and Wine)

Are emissions cut when electricity comes from coal? | NPR’s “Marketplace”

“They’re often called ‘criteria air pollutants,’ and those cause asthma, respiratory disease, heart disease in individuals,” said J.R. DeShazo, a professor of public policy at UCLA. “Just reducing people’s exposure to those emissions improves their health.” DeShazo said driving an electric vehicle, even if it’s fueled by a polluting power plant, moves these “criteria air pollutant” emissions to power plants, most of which are located farther away from where people live.

How indigenous peoples gained voice on world stage | Los Angeles Times

(Commentary by UCLA’s Ulia Gosart) The U.N. estimates that indigenous communities account for more than 370 million people who live across 90 countries, and speak a majority of the world’s languages. In legal terms, indigenous communities are distinguished from other minorities in that they are recognized as the only cultural groups with the right to self-determination. This allows them to claim autonomy from their states’ governments.

Scandal tightens gridlock over transportation future | San Diego Union-Tribune

All regions that raise public money for transportation grapple with divergent interests, but many are able to hammer out compromises, said Brian Taylor, director of UCLA’s Institute of Transportation Studies. “Every single region faces that exact same issue,” he said. “That’s why you end up increasingly with these Christmas tree measures, where there’s a little prize under there for everybody.”

Google drops firm reviewing YouTube videos | Wired

To some, the abrupt end to the contract highlights the differences between Google’s full-time employees, who have secure and well-paying jobs, and a hidden workforce that makes its products run more smoothly. “For some, tech can be incredibly lucrative and rewarding,” says Sarah T. Roberts, a media studies scholar at UCLA who studies commercial content moderation. But, she says, many others “don’t fall into those types of categories, and are more subject to a kind of labor precariousness.”

Southland summer temps predicted in triple digits by 2100 | KPCC-FM

“Everywhere will get hotter, but there will be some difference in terms of which areas get hotter than others,” said Daniel Walton, who’s with the Institute of Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. Southern California is made up of a lot of different micro-climates. So areas near the coast are protected by their proximity to the ocean, Walton said, while inland areas like the San Fernando Valley will see warmer conditions as heat gets trapped in the bowl-like valley.

Democratic Socialists of America has hit 25,000 members | Salon

“Within a year or two of Roosevelt’s election, we saw the sudden emergence of a mass militant working-class movement,” said UCLA history professor Robert Brenner in a Jacobin magazine interview. “This provided the material base, so to speak, for the transformation of working-class consciousness and politics that made Roosevelt’s reforms possible.”

Future of marketing requires a new business model | Forbes

Furthering the failed idea of magical marketing, Dominique Hanssens, Professor of Marketing at UCLA Anderson and former CEO of the Marketing Science Institute, shows in his book “Empirical Generalization About Marketing Impactthat marketing and sales promotion have no significant effect on business growth. His research found that a 10% increase in advertising spending only returned a 1% effect on short-term business performance while having an insignificant effect on long-term growth.

Rhode Island’s experiment in decriminalizing prostitution | NPR’s “NewsWorks”

“I think more people should be talking about Rhode Island,” said Manisha Shah, an economist at UCLA. “I think, for me, the biggest takeaway is that decriminalization really does improve public health outcomes.” Shah studies the worldwide economics of prostitution, and for her, the Rhode Island experience was pure gold in terms of its research opportunities. “I was excited,” she recalled. “I was like, we can do really, really great research from, you know, from this natural experiment.”

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