UCLA In the News December 7, 2018

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

L.A. school district partners with community groups to improve outcomes for students of color | Los Angeles Sentinel

The meeting was called in response to a recent report published by Million Dollar Hoods, a project of UCLA’s Bunche Center for African American Studies. The report, “Policing Our Students,” analyzed data on Los Angeles School Police Department arrests, citations, and diversions between 2014 and 2017…. “The meeting was incredibly productive. It was very clear that everybody at the table believed that improving outcomes for students is a primary goal,” said Isaac Bryan, public policy advisor, Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA & public policy director, Million Dollar Hoods. (UCLA’s Kelly Lytle Hernandez also quoted)

Los Angeles honors 1,457 of its unclaimed dead | New York Times

Stefan Timmermans, a professor of sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles, who researches how people die and how communities grieve, began attending several years ago as part of his work. He has spent time with workers at the medical examiner’s office, diving into files and going on ride-alongs with coroners. But he has kept attending the ceremony because he found it personally meaningful. “I just find it also very moving and very touching that people come together around this, and there’s something very powerful about stepping up to the plate, taking time from L.A. traffic and your everyday life,” he said. “It contrasts very strongly with the abandonment of these people.”

How do you capture Los Angeles in one book? | New York Times

“I found [the first text that made it into my book] in the enchanted UCLA Special Collections Library,” said David Kipen, who edited the book “Dear Los Angeles: The City in Diaries and Letters, 1542 to 2018.” “They have the diaries of Glenn T. Seaborg in there, the Nobel Prize-winning co-discoverer of plutonium, who grew up in an L.A. County suburb called South Gate. On June 7, 1927, before he went to bed, Seaborg — one of the fathers of the atomic bomb — sat down and wrote only five words in his diary: ‘School. Made fire by friction.’ That’s when I knew I had a book.”

Could banning Bird scooters leave behind a city’s most economically vulnerable citizens? | Pacific Standard

“On-demand micro-mobility — in which people pay the full costs of transportation on a per-trip basis — is a much more viable means of transportation for low-income people than the high-fixed-costs model of financing a vehicle, paying for insurance, maintenance and operations costs,” says Juan Matute, a professor and deputy director of the University of California–Los Angeles’ Institute of Transportation Studies.

It’s time for 2018’s superheroes to score top awards | Variety

Each year, the same debate rages: Can a movie about superheroes be a legitimate contender for a best picture Academy Award nomination? The answer, so far, has been a taunting laugh followed by a hard no. After all, as UCLA associate professor of sociology Gabriel Rossman — who worked with University of Arizona assistant professor of management and organizations Oliver Schilke to develop an algorithm that determines what they’ve dubbed a film’s “Oscar appeal” — puts it: The rules have routinely been that “you can sell popcorn or get Oscars” and cinema based on comics “are movies that sell popcorn.”

California’s economy will fall in the next two years, UCLA report predicts | La Opinión

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of California will fall in the next two years, according to a projection presented today by the Anderson School of the University of California Los Angeles. “We do not believe that the 3 percent growth in real GDP that California has reached this year can be sustained in 2019,” Jerry Nickelsburg, director of UCLA Anderson Forecast, said today in presenting the report. According to the expert, factors such as the increase in interest rates by the Federal Reserve and the increase in tensions in international trade, especially in relations with China, will negatively affect the economy of this state. (Translated from Spanish)

Turmoil at the border concerns families whose children cross daily for school | San Diego Union-Tribune

“The parents do understand that that is a huge advantage for their children. That’s a trade-off that many parents would be willing to make,” said Patricia Gándara, a research professor and co-director of the UCLA Civil Rights Project. “Being bilingual is the big advantage, whether you’re here in the U.S. or in Mexico.”

Guide to at-home fermentation for foods with beneficial bacteria | Outside

Robert Schiestl, a professor at UCLA and the study’s senior author, found that the most beneficial bacteria was a strain of Lactobacillus found in yogurt, kefir, kombucha and sauerkraut.

Common chemicals in toiletries may lead to early puberty | Live Science

This shift may not seem like a big change. But there are multiple hormone-disrupting chemicals acting at once, and "it all adds up," said Karin Michels, an epidemiologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was not involved with the study. Michels has conducted similar research, which also found that these chemicals appear to hasten puberty.

Cigna launches online survey to help people assess loneliness and improve vitality | Associated Press

Global health service company Cigna Corporation is furthering its commitment to address the impact of loneliness on Americans’ health and well-being by launching an abbreviated, 10-question version of the UCLA Loneliness Index on Cigna.com. The short questionnaire will be available to the general public at no charge. Based on each participant’s responses, Cigna will provide tailored tips and suggested actions to help increase social connections and improve feelings of vitality. The UCLA Loneliness Index is one of the world’s most widely referenced academic measures used to evaluate loneliness.

Botox may help prevent post-operative atrial fibrillation | HealthDay

Dr. Gregg Fonarow is director of the cardiomyopathy center at the University of California, Los Angeles, and co-director of the UCLA preventative cardiology program. Developing effective and safe strategies to lower atrial fibrillation risk after surgery has been a challenge, he said. “These new studies, while modest in size, suggest that there is the potential for epicardial fat pad injection of botulinum toxin performed during the cardiac surgery to lower the risk of postoperative atrial fibrillation,” Fonarow said.

Health systems aiming to expand telemedicine | Newsday

A UCLA study shows for every 15-minute-faster interval of treatment, stroke sufferers were 2 percent more likely to go home, while walking at the time of discharge was 4 percent more likely.

Obesity ups survival in heart failure, but that’s no reason to pile on pounds | HealthDay

Obese people with heart failure may live longer than those who are thinner — especially if they are “metabolically healthy,” a new study suggests. The study, of more than 3,500 heart failure patients, is the latest to look into the so-called “obesity paradox.” … “It has consistently been observed in large studies,” said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, co-chief of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. “But the mechanisms contributing to this paradox continue to be debated.” Fonarow was not involved in the new research, but has worked on studies reaching similar conclusions.

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