UCLA In the News August 9, 2017

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

Contentious memo strikes nerve inside Google and out | New York Times

“There’s no free speech in the private sector workplace,” said Katherine Stone, a labor and employment law professor at University of California, Los Angeles. “Clearly, the company was concerned that he was making the environment difficult for people to do their jobs.”

Is Airbnb causing your rent to go up? | Fast Company

There’s been plenty of debate in cities around the country in recent years over Airbnb’s impact on neighborhoods, amid concerns that the home-sharing platform accelerates gentrification and causes rents to increase. Now a new study from academics at MIT, UCLA and USC shows that Airbnb is indeed having an impact on real estate prices. 

China’s ‘giant infant’ syndrome | New York Times

A Shanghai court discovered after reviewing its divorce cases in 2011 and 2012 that among married couples born after 1980, around 40 percent end up divorcing within three years. Further complicating those marriages is the involvement of the couples’ parents, according to a study by Yunxiang Yan, an anthropology professor at UCLA. Their efforts to defend their child during marital conflicts often end up precipitating the dissolution of the marriage.

The environmental impact of U.S. pets | KTLA-TV

[UCLA] Professor Gregory Okin published a study that suggests dogs and cats leave a significant carbon pawprint. That’s because of their meat-based diet and the amount of waste that they produce.

North Korea tops Trump’s ‘working vacation’ agenda | Voice of America

If Kelly wanted to prevent Trump from quickly responding on Twitter to televised comments that upset him, he “would have to order all television sets out of the White House, including the 60-inch screens that Trump had mounted, including in the residence,” said Mark Peterson, a professor of public policy and political science at the University of California-Los Angeles. “And that does not seem likely.”

Communicating the urgency of climate change | The Conversation

(Commentary by UCLA’s John Christensen) Dystopian visions are easy to conjure these days; they come with scientific probabilities. The second part of that communication strategy — making a compelling connection to how we can act, individually and collectively, to avoid the worst consequences of climate change when so much of our lives depend on fossil fuels — is the really hard part.

Human-caused changes seen to California’s climate | San Francisco Chronicle

“One of the clearest signals that is summarized in this report is that California is already a warmer place than it used to be,” said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA whose work is cited in the report. “That’s not a future prediction anymore. It’s the reality we’re living, and the warming we’re seeing so far pales in comparison to what we’re likely to see in the future on our current carbon emissions trajectory.”

Yoga may boost aging brains | HealthDay News

But the study does add to a bigger body of evidence on yoga and brain function, said Dr. Helen Lavretsky, a researcher who was not involved in the work. “This contributes to the evidence that yoga practice has neuroplastic effects on the brain that may translate into other health benefits — like better mood and cognition,” said Lavretsky, a professor-in-residence of psychiatry at the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine.

Most successful bus line in San Fernando Valley | Curbed LA

It’s been a success on multiple levels, says Juan Matute, a transportation researcher at UCLA. “The Orange Line has been an extremely cost-effective transportation amenity,” he says. “You could build five Orange Lines for the cost of a light rail corridor.” What’s even more impressive, he says, is that it’s succeeded despite serious Metro handicaps.

IBM claims big breakthrough in ‘deep learning’ | Axios

Ameet Talwalkar, a professor at UCLA and co-founder of Determined AI, told me, “the results do look impressive.” But, he added that IBM appeared to be using its ultra-quick computers. “These results seem to rely on using a very fast network, so it’s not clear that the results would also apply to more standard cloud-based setups,” he said.

Skin cancer symptoms you can’t see | Men’s Health

But if you feel lumps beneath your skin — especially in areas like your groin, armpit, or neck—those may be an indication of skin cancer that has spread to your lymph nodes, says Jeremy Davis, M.D., a clinical instructor and surgeon at UCLA Health. ”It’s not common, but there are situations where your immune system takes care of the primary mole or skin lesion even though the cancer itself has metastasized,” he explains. “So the cancer started on your skin, but you never saw it.”

Proposed state-run STEM school raises questions | Capital & Main

“I think that there’s a lot of agreement that it’s important for K-12 education to play some role in that,” University of California Los Angeles education professor John Rogers told Capital & Main. But it’s not clear why you would want to have a new state governance structure over one small school.”

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