UCLA In the News December 18, 2017

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

Professor’s book on prison history is one of the year’s best | Los Angeles Times

UCLA historian Kelly Lytle Hernández painstakingly documents how Los Angeles became “the carceral capital of the United States,” a city where prison architecture has long been a sickeningly busy field.

Program tailors addiction treatment to Asian-Americans | NBC News

According to Dr. Timothy Fong, professor of psychiatry and co-director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program, although rates of addiction across Asian-American populations are lower than the general population, it is still a significant problem. “The rates and prevalence of addictive disorders among APIs is lower than non-Asian American populations whether it’s alcohol, cocaine [use], meth, cannabis, but it’s not zero — that’s the key.”

Fracking tied to low birth weight | Los Angeles Times

Coauthor Katherine Meckel, an assistant professor at UCLA, acknowledged that the study could not pinpoint the source of the environmental hazards that affect human health and birth weight. “Until we can determine the source of this pollution and contain it, local lawmakers will be forced to continue to make the difficult decision of whether to allow fracking in order to boost their local economies — despite the health implications — or ban it altogether, missing out on the jobs and revenue it would bring.”

Will Disney face a culture clash after Fox acquisition? | Los Angeles Times

“This will come down to their streaming needs. They need to have a greater variety of content that goes beyond Pixar, Marvel and the Disney-branded content,” said Tom Nunan, a lecturer at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and a veteran movie and TV executive. He said he remains optimistic about the Disney-Fox marriage.

Housing next to freeways is a health risk, but state funds it anyway | Los Angeles Times

“I see the economic incentives for doing this,” said Beate Ritz, an environmental epidemiologist at UCLA who has studied the health effects of traffic pollution for more than two decades. “But it’s kind of stupid, because we all know we will pay for it with long-term health effects.”

Could downtown parking garages be headed for extinction? | Stateline.org

Donald Shoup, a professor of urban planning at UCLA and the author of “The High Cost of Free Parking,” notes that in Los Angeles, parking takes up 40 percent more land than all the freeways and streets combined. Shoup predicts that parking garages and surface lots in his city, and many others, will be torn down and redeveloped into housing, office and retail space.

Five years after Sandy Hook, gun control groups still looking for big win | NBC News

Eugene Volokh, a professor at the UCLA School of Law who has also written extensively on gun issues in the U.S., agreed, adding that the splintered voices within the gun violence prevention space may not only harm their ability to deliver an effective message, but upends any one group’s ability to persuade politicians. “The real power of the NRA is delivering votes,” he said. “We don’t see that on the gun control side.”

Tax bill would curb breaks for sexual abuse settlements | New York Times

“The new rules are very well-intentioned, but the impact is likely to only be symbolic,” Gordon Klein, a lawyer, certified public accountant and faculty member at the University of California, Los Angeles’s Anderson School of Management, said in a phone interview on Saturday. “The reason for that is companies cherish nondisclosure agreements because they significantly help protect the company’s reputation and protect them from follow-on lawsuits or additional lawsuits.”

Thomas fire could become largest on record in California | Los Angeles Times

“The Thomas fire is still going and it potentially could exceed that 300,000-acre estimate,” said Jon Keeley, a research ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and an adjunct professor at UCLA. “It could end up being the biggest fire.” (UCLA’s Daniel Swain is also quoted in Pacific Standard)

Healthy diet can reduce disabilities involving multiple sclerosis | Healthline

“This is a very important study, providing evidence that one might be able to modify neurological status with appropriate diet and lifestyle,” Dr. Barbara Giesser, professor of clinical neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and clinical director of the UCLA MS program, told Healthline.

Now, a different clash of civilizations | Reuters

In another article in Foreign Affairs this month, Rogers Brubaker, a sociologist at the University of California in Los Angeles, detects a new ideology – civilizationalism – developed by far right, anti-immigrant parties, mainly in Europe. According to Brubaker, it’s a warrior ideology, “a pan-European civilizational identity”, threatened by and ready to threaten another civilizational identity – Islam. In doing so, it “poses grave dangers to liberal democracy.”

Could tea really lower the risk for glaucoma? | The Guardian (U.K.)

“Tea drinkers should feel comfortable about drinking tea but should realise that the results are preliminary and drinking tea may not prevent glaucoma,” said Anne Coleman, co-author of the research from the University of California, Los Angeles. (Also: Consumer Reports)

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