UCLA In the News December 19, 2017

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

Discovery proves life on Earth began at least 3.5 billion years ago | Newsweek

Scientists may have found oldest evidence for life on Earth, building the case for life elsewhere in the universe. That evidence came in the form of samples of microorganisms on a tiny, nearly 3.5-billion-year-old piece of rock found in Australia. The team, led by J. William Schopf, a paleobioloigst at UCLA, with collaborators from the University of Wisconsin Madison, published their results in a new study in PNAS. (Also: AFP-Relaxnews, The Sun (U.K.), Gizmodo (Australia), RT)

Is California headed for another drought? | San Francisco Chronicle

“We’ve known for a long time that cool water temperatures in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean associated with La Niña can produce a ridge in the Gulf of Alaska, which often tilts the odds in favor of winter high pressure near California and drier than average conditions, especially in Southern California,” Daniel Swain, a meteorologist at UCLA previously told SFGATE. “But there’s new, emerging evidence that the tropical west Pacific is just as important — and that unusual warmth there can produce a rain-blocking high pressure pattern right over California.”

It’s the perfect time to fire Robert Mueller | Los Angeles Times

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Harry Litman) Rumors are flying that President Trump will try to fire special counsel Robert S. Mueller III by the end of the year. Although this nightmarish prospect can’t be counted as likely, and Trump insists he’s not contemplating it, there are several reasons why he will not see a better time to lower the boom — and the White House has surely taken them into account.

UCLA cellist to capture “real” Beethoven | Los Angeles Times

Cellist Antonio Lysy’s traversal of the sonatas, joined by Tom Beghin playing historical fortepianos, at the Broad Stage on Sunday promised a fine way to spend the day after Beethoven’s 247th birthday. Because Lysy is a star cellist in the UCLA music department, the program also proved a fascinating rival school’s response to an exceptional recording of the sonatas that USC star cellist Ralph Kirshbaum released on Beethoven’s birthday last year.

In D.C.’s gentrifying areas, school segregation declines | Washington Post

Racial segregation declined over a 15-year period in D.C. schools in the city’s most rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods, with traditional public schools seeing more of a change than charter schools, according to a report released Tuesday by the UCLA Civil Rights Project. The study’s findings carry implications for the school choice experiment in the nation’s capital.

Why women are rarely accused of sexual harassment | USA Today

“One of the reasons it is men who harass women, and sometimes other men, is that this is about power and overwhelmingly [workplace] upper management is male, so the positions of power are disproportionately occupied by men and the bottom is disproportionately occupied by women,” says Abigail Saguy, professor of sociology and gender studies at UCLA and author of the 2003 book, “What is Sexual Harassment?” 

How caring for elders denies women a paycheck | New York Times

Sean Fahle of the State University of New York at Buffalo and Kathleen McGarry of the University of California, Los Angeles, tracked women in their early 50s to their early 60s for 20 years. Those who provided care, they found, were 8 percent less likely to work. Those at work cut their hours and had lower wage growth. Over time, Professor McGarry told me, caregivers risked lower incomes and a higher risk of poverty in old age.

Experts are skeptical of Elon Musk’s tunnels | Curbed LA

Juan Matute, the associate director of UCLA Lewis Center and the Institute of Transportation Studies, where he also teaches a CEQA course, agrees. “CEQA review is a very long process. It can vary project to project, but given how new this is, that it’s a novel technology with, maybe, novel construction methods, there isn’t precedent.”

Why board games bring out the worst in us | NBC News

“The human brain never evolved a mechanism to separate a game from reality,” says Don Vaughn, a postdoctoral scholar at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. “If a lion was chasing one of our ancestors on the savanna, it was real, every time. There were no movies, plays or simulations. Modern neuroscience has revealed that just thinking about imagined situations activates the same brain regions as the actual experience. So when you have to pay $2,000 to your sister for landing on Boardwalk, your brain is really experiencing loss.”

Drinking tea could preserve your vision | Los Angeles Times

Approximately 3 million Americans are affected with glaucoma, making it the leading cause of blindness in the United States. The secret to protecting those peepers could be as simple as having a cup of tea now and then. Researchers from UCLA found in a recent study that one cup of hot tea per day decreased participants’ likelihood of glaucoma by 74 percent.

Teaching civility in the age of Trump | Citylab

In a recent UCLA survey of more than 1,500 public high school teachers, more than half reported a greater number of students experiencing “high levels of stress and anxiety” than in previous years, due to worries about Trump’s policies, particularly immigration, the environment, and LGBTQ rights.

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