UCLA In the News February 11, 2019

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

The #MeToo paradox: Movement topples the powerful, not the ordinary | New York Times

Michael Chwe, a political scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles, argues that creating common knowledge usually requires “public rituals”: rallies, media events and other shared experiences that cannot only persuade people but show them what others believe.

How UCLA students fought for — and won — the right to shape Westwood’s future | Los Angeles magazine

Paavo Monkkonen, an associate professor of urban planning and public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Policy, says that for decades, single-family homeowners in neighborhoods adjacent to campus worked against the interests of UCLA students, faculty, and staff, “by restricting bike lanes, nightlife, and new housing.” The previous council was the official voice of the area, and, according to Monkkonen, it too often used that voice to object to necessary new housing construction…. In September, Monkkonen released a position paper on how and why opportunities for new, dense housing to address the state’s housing need are often blocked by vocal opposition neighborhood councils like in Westwood. In part, Monkkonen concluded, “The vocal advocacy of a handful of neighbors is often framed as local democracy, but many of these processes exclude the majority of a neighborhood’s residents and explicitly favor those with more money and time.”

New Trump policy makes it easier for big tech to discriminate, insiders say | The Guardian

Industry groups have long pushed for these kinds of changes that would make it harder for the government to scrutinize their labor practices, said Tia Koonse, legal and policy research manager at the UCLA Labor Center.

U.S. colleges raise $47 billion in ninth straight record year | Bloomberg

Among top fund-raisers, second-place Stanford University attracted $1.1 billion and Columbia gathered $1 billion. The University of California at Los Angeles raised $787 million and UC San Francisco took in $730 million. (Also: Chronicle of Higher Education)

Racist dormitory door messages bring new attention to policy | Inside Higher Ed

With the rule, Michigan is meeting its First Amendment obligations, said Eugene Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz distinguished professor of law at University of California, Los Angeles, and a constitutional scholar. By allowing students to hang whiteboards and decorate their doors, Michigan has created a “limited public forum” that it cannot regulate with restrictions on viewpoints, Volokh said.

CIA may have used contractor who inspired ‘Mission: Impossible’ to kill RFK, new book alleges | Washington Post

Pease and others argue that there were simply “too many holes” in the pantry for Sirhan to have been a lone gunman, and that witnesses were certain the holes in the frames were caused by bullets. She even found a video in an archive at the University of California at Los Angeles that appears to show bullets in the frames. Wolfer’s work as a crime scene analyst was later harshly discredited by California authorities.

Taking gun control to the people after Parkland | The Atlantic

Adam Winkler, a law professor at University of California, Los Angeles and the author of “Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America,” explained to me that Florida has been a leader in the gun-rights movement for over thirty years, on the forefront of both the concealed-carry movement and stand your ground laws. It would be a particular feat if BAWN passed such a strict gun control measure in Florida’s gun-friendly political climate, he said.

Six steps to turn regret into self-improvement | New York Times

(Column written by UCLA’s Jennifer Taitz) As a clinical psychologist, one of my most important tasks in helping people lead healthy, happy and meaningful lives is to teach them evidence-based strategies to manage their emotions. That includes how to use regrets to motivate them. I’ve found that even when people feel stuck in endless what ifs, it’s possible to recalibrate. Here’s how.

UCLA researchers use music therapy to help premature babies | KPCC-FM

At UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, music therapists are working with parents of premature infants to write songs and make recordings that the babies can listen to when parents can’t be there. But the music is also used to help preemies learn to feed so they can leave the hospital sooner. (UCLA’s Sandra Chea is cited; UCLA’s Jenna Bollard is interviewed.)

Does social media push teens to depression? | HealthDay

“It’s definitely more sophisticated than the prior reports,” said John Piacentini, director of the UCLA Center for Child Anxiety Resilience Education and Support. “I believe it. I think it’s a nice contribution, and it clarifies this question in an important way.” 

Nuclear winter is still a hot topic as a new arms race heats up | The Verge

As nuclear tensions start rising again, the threat of a nuclear winter is coming back into the frame. It’s a subject worth talking about, says Richard Turco, a professor emeritus at UCLA and one of the authors of the 1983 scientific paper that first proposed the idea. “Although there is a relatively low probability of nuclear winter happening, the potential consequences would be catastrophic — namely the destruction of human civilization,” Turco says in an email to The Verge.

Is kombucha good for you? | The Guardian

“Inside our gut, each of us has at least 100tn microbes,” says Prof Zhaoping Li, head of clinical nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Even if one of these foods contains 100m microbes, it’s very trivial in comparison. Many of them will be killed when passing through our stomach and if they make it to the gut, it’s not touching anything.” … “Koreans have a lower risk factor for bowel disease than Americans,” Li says, “but that isn’t necessarily because they eat more fermented foods. It could be genetics or because they eat more fish or the fact that overeating is less common. There are so many potential confounding factors at play.”

Blood cells may hold key to ‘fountain of youth’ | Press Trust of India

Steve Horvath of the University of California, Los Angeles, crunched cellular ages using 353 distinct methylation sites found on blood cell DNA. The researchers provided the first experimental evidence that the aging clock of blood cells is cell-intrinsic, and not set by interactions with other cell types in the body. They are now working to identify mechanisms that can change the clock.

California made it hard to avoid vaccinating kids. Medical waivers have tripled. Now what? | CALmatters

Robert Kim-Farley, professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, said adapting for doctors requirements similar to those veterinarians must meet to exempt dogs from rabies vaccines. Vets must submit a form to a local health official for review, and a granted waiver expires after one year. ”When that oversight occurs, they quickly learn they are not going to get this through unless it’s a really serious situation like the dog is having chemotherapy,” Kim-Farley said. Similarly, “physicians need to give a cogent, logical reason why this patient should not receive a vaccine.”

From paradise to landfill: Beloved California beach covered in trash | The Guardian

Tina Treude, the director of the marine center at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, says that California is far ahead of most places when it comes to political actions like banning single-use plastic bags statewide. But it’s far from enough. Biodegradable plastic bags, too, make their way into the ocean, and Treude is skeptical about their ability to break down. When she and a student buried typical plastic polyethylene plastic bags and biodegradable plastic bags in sediment in their lab in 2016, they didn’t see any change in either set of bags after 100 days. Biodegradable plastic bags may break down in landfills where the temperatures get high, but the natural conditions in the ocean don’t appear to help degrade the plastic microbially, she explained.

New treatment for painful Peyronie’s disease | New York Times

“For the most part, men suffer in silence,” Dr. Jesse N. Mills, director of the Men’s Clinic at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in an interview. Given his urological specialty, Dr. Mills said he sees about 20 new patients a week with Peyronie’s, many of whom seek help after seeing ads for Xiaflex online. “I don’t think the incidence has changed in the last 500 years, but more men are realizing there may be an effective treatment, though we still lack a celebrity patient who will do for Peyronie’s what Bob Dole did for erectile dysfunction,” the urologist said.

How gambling can turn addictive for Southeast Asian refugees | Connecticut Public Radio

“Gambling is seen as an opportunity out of poverty,” said Dr. Timothy Fong, a professor of addiction psychiatry and co-director of UCLA’s Gambling Studies Program. “When you have tremendous amounts of poverty, especially in the Southeast Asian refugee population, that tends to be a very tempting idea.”

Green New Deal aims to move United States to 100 percent renewable energy | KPCC-FM

“It’s also a new vision of our transportation system, to have zero-emission vehicles over time. And including building for adaptation and resilience, and understanding the impacts of climate change. All of that is work that we have been doing in California, with our various programs,” said UCLA’s Sean Hecht (Audio download)

‘Roma’ explored 1970s Mexico. Here’s how issues in the film have played out | KNBC-LA

“She is very lucky,” said Kevin Terraciano, professor of history and director of the Latin American Institute at UCLA. Indigenous servant women are not always treated well.

Can utilities survive with ‘massive’ wildfire risks? | E&E News

“The amount of liability is massive,” said Sean Hecht, co-executive director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law. “It’s massive because climate change is making fires burn faster and hotter.... It’s also massive because we have more people living in areas that are more vulnerable. And it’s also because utilities don’t do as good a job as they ought to of maintaining all of their lines.

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