UCLA In the News February 13, 2017

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

Metro can take you farther than ever, but ridership dropping | Los Angeles Times

Although year-to-year ridership changes are worth noting, the bigger issue is how Metro has fared over time, said Michael Manville, a professor of urban planning at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs.… “We’ve made a lot of investments, and we’re going forward to make a lot more investments,” Manville said. “And at best, ridership hasn’t grown.”

Conservation on the slopes of the Sierra Madre | National Geographic

In another study, researchers from UCLA are investigating the ecological relationship between cattle and habitat, as well as the impact of climate change, using methods of tropical tree censusing modeled from work documenting forest dynamics in Panama.

FHA loans were getting cheaper until rate cut suspended | Los Angeles Times

Stuart Gabriel, director of the Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA, said he expects the administration will have a conservative tilt in housing policy, but he noted that it’s uncertain how the debate over housing policy will play out. “Ben Carson is a complete unknown in the housing world,” he said.

Will Trump’s travel ban reach high court? | U.S. World News & World Report

During the arguments before the three-judge panel, “it seems like the government’s lawyer did have a very challenging time,” UCLA’s [Adam] Winkler says. “He was even saying at one point, ‘My argument does not appear to be convincing the justices.’“

People trying to save prefer accounts that are hard to tap | Wall Street Journal

In other words, restricted accounts are so appealing that people appear to be willing to give up money just to get one. And that willingness holds important clues to ways individuals, lawmakers and institutions may be able to close the gap between what experts say people should be saving for retirement and other financial goals and what they actually are saving. (Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Shlomo Benartzi)

Signs of life’s building blocks on white dwarf star | International Business Times

“The study presents evidence that the planetary system associated with the white dwarf contains materials that are the basic building blocks for life. And although the study focused on this particular star — known as WD 1425+540 — the fact that its planetary system shares characteristics with our solar system strongly suggests that other planetary systems would also,” said [UCLA’s Benjamin] Zuckerman, as stated in a media release by UCLA. (Also: Popular Mechanics)

Why storytellers of color ignore usual gatekeepers, bet on web | KPCC-FM

Hollywood has struggled with diversity. And though the entertainment industry has recognized more people of color lately with Golden Globe and Oscar nominations, it isn’t enough, said Darnell Hunt, director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA. Hunt heads an initiative called the Hollywood Diversity Report.

Powerful women lead way to hold Trump accountable | NBC News

“Anybody who has an experience of vulnerability is likely to feel an urgency to act in ways that those with privilege do not, and that for sure includes women,” said Juliet Williams, a professor of gender studies at the University of California-Los Angeles. “People who are in positions of social vulnerability understand the implications of Trump’s rhetoric and his polices in a way those not accustomed to seeing themselves as vulnerable don’t,” she added.

Latest on Trump’s political and legal battles | “The Tavis Smiley Show”

“I think that’s right [Neil Gorsuch’s] positions on reproductive rights, LGBT rights, on gun rights are very conservative. I think if there’s one hopeful aspect of the Gorsuch nomination it’s that he is not going be a lapdog for Trump; he is not going to do what Trump wants or vote in the way Trump wants. He has a very robust view of the power of the Supreme Court,” said UCLA’s Adam Winkler. (Approx. 03:58)

Report finds D.C. schools remain intensely segregated | Phys.org

“In 1957, Dr. Martin Luther King stood before the Washington Monument in his first national speech and called upon the country to implement the vision of equality in the Brown v. Board of Education, calling the ruling a ‘great beacon light of hope’, says Professor Gary Orfield, Co-Director of The UCLA Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles. “Unfortunately, that vision remains unfulfilled. This report makes clear that substantial school desegregation was never achieved for black students through the U.S. Supreme Court-ordered desegregation of the D.C. schools 63 years ago.”

Liquid biopsies, device hasten cancer diagnosis | News-Medical

Hsian-Rong Tseng, Ph.D., professor, Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the other lead investigator, said that his work with Posadas is focused on improving the quality of life for cancer patients. “We’re on a mission to dramatically change patients’ everyday lives and their long-term outcomes,” Tseng said. “We now have powerful new tools to accomplish that.”

10 tips to better heart health | Medical Xpress

Despite recent progress, cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States,” said Dr. Sheila Sahni, interventional cardiology fellow at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the UCLA Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Health Program. “Making heart-healthy lifestyle choices and taking control of your cardiovascular risk factors can help prevent or slow the progression of heart disease.

PrEP access for men of color is thornier than thought | VICE

Dr. Ronald Brooks, an Assistant Professor in UCLA Health’s Department of Family Medicine, is leading a study called the LA PrEP Stories Project, designed to solicit stories from and interviews with black and Latino MSM who are or are not on PrEP. Launched on January 23, the project is recruiting those men to share their experiences with the drug, with the hope of gaining a more nuanced understanding of what’s impeding access and what role stigma is playing in their decision to take it (or not).

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