UCLA In the News December 7, 2017

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

Job growth expected to keep slowing in California | Los Angeles Times

The latest UCLA Anderson Forecast, released Wednesday, calls for job growth of 1.8% by year’s end, 1.6% in 2018 and 1.2% in 2019. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, economist and forecast director Jerry Nickelsburg said.

Jerusalem decision was the ‘best and the worst of Trump’ | CNBC

“Well, I thought that it was the best and the worst of Trump. The best of Trump in that he seemed very committed, very strong on trying to bring peace. The problem was that I think this is a disastrous step. It was too much, too fast, too early,” said UCLA’s Steven Spiegel. (UCLA’s Saree Makdisi also quoted on KPCC-FM’s “Marketplace” [Audio download])

Did climate change worsen the Southern California fires? | The Atlantic

Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles, argues that the ridge forms in part because the West is warming up much faster than the East. If this is the case, then scientists might expect to see the phenomenon fade in decades to come, as the East Coast catches up to the West. (Also: Washington Post, CBS News )

Luxury in no man’s land | Wall Street Journal

“Developers are selling authenticity and the urban experience, which is more in favor than 15 years ago, when suburbia was viewed as the utopia,” said Paul Habibi, a lecturer in development at UCLA’s Ziman Center for Real Estate.

Lawmakers back new rules on marijuana industry | Los Angeles Times

While other cities have shied away from marijuana, “this is a city that is ready to make the jump and not just put their toe in the water,” said Brad Rowe, an adjunct professor at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and chief executive of the research and consulting firm Botec Analysis.

How cash bail hits poor people of color the hardest | Vox

The report notes that the amount of bail levied disproportionately fell onto low-income blacks and Latinos. “This is an extraordinary amount of wealth taken primarily from low-income, communities of color,” Kelly Lytle Hernandez, the interim director of UCLA’s African American Studies department and one of the authors of the report, said in a statement.

Rethinking coverage of Clinton | U.S. News & World Report

“There are a lot of things” about the Filipovic opus that disappoint Lynn Vavreck, a UCLA political scientist and co-author with George Washington University’s John Sides of “Identity Crisis,” a forthcoming dissection of the 2016 campaign. Indeed, she deconstructs the sentiment, which is central to the thesis, that “a pervasive theme of all of these men’s coverage of Mrs. Clinton was that she was dishonest and unlikable. “

Can Musk make subway tunnels cool again? | CNN

“The viability of the business model is a significant hurdle probably only eclipsed by the complexity of the environmental review and the possibility of legal challenges,” cautioned Juan Matute, associate director of UCLA Lewis Center and the Institute of Transportation Studies.

What are the Santa Ana winds? | CNN

 The weather condition is most common in the period of October through March when the desert is relatively cold, and the winds develop as high pressure builds over the Great Basin in Nevada, according to the UCLA Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

Neurolaw and order | BBC World Service’s ‘The Documentary’

“So here we are in the controlled room where we communicate with the participant, where we run the computers that run the MRI scanner.… In the past two decades we’ve learned a lot about how the adolescent brain is different than the adult brain,” said UCLA’s Adriana Galvan. (Approx. 04:58 mark)

Republicans defend tax bill process as transparent  | ABC News

While simply looking at the number of hearings is an imperfect measurement, said Mark Peterson, the chair of the Public Policy department at UCLA, he noted that while health care affects 1/6 of the economy, certainly no small fraction, tax reform has a more universal impact – and yet much more time was spent in hearings and in public debate for the Affordable Care Act than for the tax bill. “[Tax reform] is affecting almost every single American in one way or another,” Peterson said.

Patagonia vows to sue Trump over monuments | CBS News

The move to shrink monuments by the Trump administration is unlikely to succeed in court, a group of law professors led by the University of California, Los Angeles’s Nicholas Bryner [said] in a piece published on the academic website The Conversation and in a June edition of the Virginia Law Review.

Why so dry? San Francisco feels like desert | San Francisco Chronicle

“This sort of pattern is reminiscent of what we see during drought years,” says Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA. “If it really does just last two or three weeks, it’s not a big deal. The real question is whether it will continue to come back.”

House passes ‘unthinkable’ NRA-backed bill | The Guardian (U.K.)

Adam Winkler, a gun law expert at the University of California Los Angeles, said the legislation the House is currently considering would also allow local residents in cities with tough restrictions to do an end run around local laws, and get their permit to carry a gun from another state with weaker laws. One of the proposed Democratic amendments to the bill would close that loophole.

Evolutionary advantage of teenage brain | Medical Xpress

“From a neuroscience perspective, we know that the brain keeps growing and developing,” said Adriana Galván, associate professor of psychology at UCLA and director of the UCLA Developmental Neuroscience Lab. “Current literature suggests that it’s around age 25 or so when the brain finishes the period of adolescence.”

Alzheimer’s cases to double by 2060 | HealthDay News

“There are about 47 million people in the U.S. today who have some evidence of preclinical Alzheimer’s,” said study author Ron Brookmeyer. He is a professor of biostatistics at the Fielding School of Public Health at University of California, Los Angeles. (Also: United Press International, Medical Xpress, International Business Times, Health, Health Medicine Network)

New way to use MRI to predict pregnancy problems | HealthCanal

UCLA scientists have developed a new way to use magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, to scan the placenta. The noninvasive approach offers valuable insights into how the mother’s blood enters the placenta and sustains the fetus with oxygen and nutrients during early pregnancy. The technique breaks new ground because most previous studies on this subject occurred in the laboratory after childbirth.

Boost in search for habitable planets | International Business Times

“This excess was not known before because nobody could measure it. Our one-of-a-kind Panorama mass spectrometer allows us to see this for the first time. We conducted experiments showing that the only way for this excess of 15N15N to occur is by rare reactions in the upper atmosphere. Two percent is a huge excess,” said senior author Edward Young, a UCLA professor of geochemistry and cosmochemistry in a press release on UCLA’s website. (Also: Health Medicine Network)

Perceiving sex ratio, threat of group | Medical Xpress

New research from UCLA shows people perceive the sex ratio of a group, and decide if the group is threatening or not, in half a second. The perceptions of the number of men in the group are accurate, according to the research. (Also: Health Medicine Network)

Tool to plan for expected EV growth | Phys.org

“We wanted to provide a tool that decision-makers can use to accommodate forecasted consumer demand for electric vehicles and charging infrastructure,” [UCLA’s J.R.] DeShazo said. For example, the atlas provides planners with critical spatial information for meeting charging demand in multiunit residences and other places. It can also help utilities identify where utility upgrades may be needed to accommodate additional electricity loads.

Do heat waves reduce baby’s future earnings? | Medical Xpress

Still, that’s “completely new,” said Alan Barreca, an associate professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was not involved with the study. “We know temperature affects health in many ways,” he said. “But we haven’t had an understanding of whether the effects of temperature in early life can persist into adulthood.”

Dream Act could bring the rule of law back | Los Angeles Times

 (Commentary written by Hiroshi Motomura) There are compelling humanitarian and economic reasons to pass the bipartisan bill. The so-called Dreamers make real contributions to our society — 800,000 of them made use of DACA to further their educations and do essential work in our communities. Many have loved ones who are U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. Dreamers are American in every sense of the word except for their immigration status.

Harm of concealed carry gun bill | New York Daily News

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Adam Winkler) Carrying guns across state lines can indeed be treacherous to gun owners. State laws are inconsistent. With growing numbers of Americans carrying concealed firearms, lawmakers should be thinking creatively about how to solve that problem.

Death blow to the two-state solution | Los Angeles Times

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Saree Makdisi) Recognizing Israel’s claim to the city endorses this slow-motion ethnic cleansing and the apartheid policies sustaining it. No other state acknowledges Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem because its projection of sovereignty is the product of exactly this ongoing and historical violence.

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