UCLA In the News December 11, 2017

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

Is climate change to blame for California’s fires? | KPCC-FM

“There is no singular cause for any real significant event,” said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA. “It’s usually a confluence of factors that are important. And in a lot of cases, global warming definitely plays a role and is one of those factors.” (Also: BuzzFeed)

A lesson about mass killings from 200 years ago | New York Times

The scene as described is painfully familiar. Someone snaps, for whatever reason, and sets off on an “aggressive, homicidal, frenzied attack.” In short order, “a lot of people lie dead, and there’s blood everywhere.” Those words could have readily applied to the American cascade of shooting rampages. But the speaker, Geoffrey Robinson, a professor of Southeast Asian history and politics at the University of California, Los Angeles, was instead offering a glimpse of what life was sometimes like two centuries ago in lands that are the modern Malaysia and Indonesia.

Secret to getting workers to save more for retirement | Wall Street Journal

To help these workers save enough for retirement, it is most effective to make savings increases automatic, with incremental boosts taking place every year. Although workers can opt out, research suggests 80% to 90% will choose to remain in the program. (By changing the default, inertia is turned into a positive force.) For comparison, a study we conducted with Ehud Peleg of UCLA using data from Vanguard Group found that only about 25% of workers were enrolled in a savings escalator before Save More Tomorrow was made the default choice.

L.A. should preserve CBS Television City | Los Angeles Times

[Commentary by UCLA’s Zev Yaroslavsky] For starters, movie and television production is our hometown industry. At the moment, production facilities are already in great demand. The nonprofit Film L.A. recently reported that studios and soundstages in the greater L.A. area had an average occupancy rate of 96% in 2016, most of them with television production. The loss of valuable production space would drive thousands of well-paying jobs to other parts of the region, or out of California entirely. No rational city would allow its employment and economic base to shrink without a fight.

Homeless in L.A.: a growing problem | KPCC-FM’s “All Things Considered”

“Well, the thing that almost all homeless people share is that they were really poor starting out, and then it just takes one or two things to push you over the edge and into homelessness. That can be one episode of a domestic abuse, or it can be being evicted because the landlord wants to use your apartment for some other purpose. It can be any one of a number of things. But everyone ends up in the same situation as Joryelle and her crew on Skid Row,” said UCLA’s Gary Blasi.

How to talk to kids about fires, other natural disasters | KTLA-TV

“Families are having different experiences right now. And some are having to evacuate, some have extensive loss and are experiencing significant damage. So how people will react depends on some of their experiences right now,” said UCLA’s Melissa Brymer.

Dealing with poor air quality from wildfires | KCAL-TV

“You don’t always see bad air quality. So just because it looks better doesn’t mean it necessarily is better. So I always recommend to be on the side of caution,” said UCLA’s Dr. Nina Shapiro.

Unique chemical signature in atmosphere could help find alien life | ScienceAlert

But now, using a state-of-the-art instrument that managed to detect the difference, researchers from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) have discovered there’s a little too much of this heavy form of nitrogen. A whole two percent extra, to be exact. “Our one-of-a-kind Panorama mass spectrometer allows us to see this for the first time,” says Edward Young, a geochemist and senior author of the study.

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