UCLA In the News February 16, 2018

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

NRA’s big spending pays off with clout, wins in D.C.  | USA Today

The NRA’s use of independent spending — on ads, mailers and emails — to mobilize voters has made it “one of the most powerful political organizations in America,” said Adam Winkler, a UCLA law professor and author of 2011 book, “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America.”Politicians don’t listen to the NRA simply because they spend money, they listen to the NRA because the NRA’s money is effectively spent swaying voters,” he said.

Top film school deans use #MeToo as a teachable moment | Variety

Teri Schwartz, dean of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, agrees. “We think it’s important that we have open dialogue about what’s going on in the industry,” she says. “We think it’s important for our students to understand the challenges they might face in the world.”

North Koreans find faith and family in L.A. church | KPCC-FM

The Kim regime saw Christianity, imported from the West and embraced by a growing number of South Koreans, as a threat, said Sung-Deuk Oak, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who studies Korean Christianity. “New liberal thought connected to America or South Korea — that’s not good for dictators or authoritarian government,” Oak said.

‘Black Panther’ roars. Are we listening? | National Post (Canada)

While echoing the broad picture of under-representation, research conducted by Darnell Hunt, Ana-Christina Ramon and Michael Tran at UCLA’s Ralph Bunche Centre for African American Studies also points to the positive incentives towards diversity. Canada and the U.S., which together make up the “domestic” film market, are becoming more diverse, and young people, who are the biggest purchasers of cinema tickets, are the most diverse of all. As a result, according to Hunt, Ramon and Tran, films with diverse casts have higher global box returns and higher returns on investment. (Also: Diverse Issues in Higher Education)

Household product emissions may rival that of cars, trucks | KPCC-FM

Suzanne Paulson, an atmospheric scientist at UCLA who studies urban air pollution, said quantifying VOC emissions from consumer products is just plain hard. “When you have a can of paint open, the emissions can be very high. When they’re stored in a cabinet they can be a lot lower,” she said. “So just in general, assembling high quality emissions inventories is a challenging task.”

Breast MRIs may lead to more biopsies that catch fewer cancers | Reuters

“These findings are concerning,” said Dr. JoAnn Elmore, a researcher at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, who wasn’t involved in the study. “Because screening involves healthy women, we do not want to introduce harm by our screening,” Elmore said by email. “Having more women undergoing breast biopsy without improving the cancer detection rate is a harm.”

Environmental sciences lack diversity | Grist

[Aradhna] Tripati is an associate professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, whose work straddles the climate sciences and geology. Her research on the history of the Earth’s climate landed her on former President Barack Obama’s radar: Just prior to leaving office last year, he presented her with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. And with the help of this distinction, Tripati launched the UCLA Center for Diverse Leadership in Science in July, which focuses on the role of race in the environmental sciences.

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