UCLA In the News December 15, 2017

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

UCLA again leads way in record high freshman applications | Los Angeles Times

UCLA has shattered its own record as the nation’s most popular college choice for high school seniors, attracting more than 113,000 freshman applications for fall 2018, according to preliminary data released Thursday. Applications to the Westwood campus soared among California high school students and across all racial and ethnic groups. UCLA again led the University of California’s nine undergraduate campuses, which collectively received more than 181,000 freshman applications — a 5.7% increase over last year.

A fourth of California kids seen as gender nonconforming | Associated Press

The study did not find that gender nonconforming children have statistically significant higher levels of suicide, but psychological distress is a risk factor for suicide, said lead author Bianca Wilson. The study, conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles, was among the first of its kind in the nation and the first representative survey measuring gender expression among California’s youth population, Wilson said. (Also: Capital Public Radio, PinkNews, KABC-TV, KCRW-FM [Audio download])

Internet content moderators don’t escape unscathed | The Atlantic

[UCLA’s Sarah T.] Roberts has been studying the labor of content moderation for most of a decade, ever since she saw a newspaper clipping about a small company in the Midwest that took on outsourced moderation work. “In 2010, this wasn’t a topic on anybody’s radar at all,” Roberts said. “I started asking all my friends and professors. Have you ever heard of people who do this for pay as a profession? The first thing everyone said was, ‘I never thought about it.’ And the second thing everyone said was, ‘Don’t computers do that?’ Of course, if the answer in 2017 is still no, then the answer in 2010 was no.”

The growing partisan divide over feminism | The Atlantic

In other words, Clinton, along with Donald Trump, has done for gender what Barack Obama did for race. Obama’s election, UCLA political scientist Michael Tesler has argued, pushed whites who exhibited more racial resentment into the Republican Party and whites who exhibited less into the Democratic Party. Something similar is now happening around gender.

Bombing exposes vulnerabilities of New York’s subway | CNN

“We should not underestimate the vulnerability of transit systems, because people expect them to be open,” said Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, a professor at the UCLA department of urban planning. “Thankfully, these are exceptional instances when you think about the millions of trips that people are doing every day.”

UCLA Hammer Museum show is one of best of 2017 | Los Angeles Times

Is human identity genetic or cultural? Is it determined by DNA or by government decree? Is it authentic and fixed or fictional and fluid? In 200 sculptures, drawings, collages and videos, expatriate American artist Jimmie Durham located one’s own conception of self as the nucleus of things.

Medical companies profit from harvesting poor peoples’ blood | AlterNet

One expert on the subject finds the practice notably creepy. “For a majority of people, apparently, it’s relatively safe. We really don’t know the long-term effects because it’s a relatively new phenomenon,” Roger Kobayashi, a clinical professor of immunology at UCLA, told ABC. However, he said that what used to be “a simple gift of life has now evolved into a multi-national, highly profitable corporate enterprise.”

Could a hot cup of tea preserve your vision? | HealthDay

A spot of hot tea in the afternoon might help you save your sight, new research suggests. The study of U.S. adults found that people who drank hot tea on a daily basis were 74 percent less likely to have glaucoma, compared to those who were not tea fans. Experts were quick to stress that it may not be tea, itself, that wards off the eye disease. There could be something else about tea lovers that lowers their risk, said senior researcher Dr. Anne Coleman. But the findings do raise a question that should be studied further, according to Coleman, a professor of ophthalmology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Do not raise taxes on Ph.D. students | National Review

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Gabriel Rossman) If, as the ancient philosopher Polemarchus and the labor leader Samuel Gompers agreed, justice and politics are about rewarding friends and punishing enemies, then I can see the appeal to the House Republican caucus of taxing the tuition waivers that universities grant to Ph.D. students. After all, Vegas bookies list doctoral students as the odds-on favorite in any contest for the group of people least likely to support the GOP on anything, ever, for any reason.

Latent homophobia looms over blood donation waiting periods | Pacific Standard

To many, this policy change represented a historic step toward LGBTQ equality—an arguably tectonic move to help those who might need a blood transfusion in an emergency. Indeed, the Williams Institute at the University of California–Los Angeles found in 2014 that lifting the yearlong celibacy rule would allow some 360,600 men to donate 615,300 additional pints of blood annually; this, in turn, could potentially save over 1.8 million lives every year. 

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