UCLA In the News February 19, 2019

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

How a ballet dancer brought balance to UCLA gymnastics | New York Times

“I know what it’s like to have to go through puberty in a leotard,” said Kondos Field, a former professional ballerina who had little experience in gymnastics instruction when she joined the program nearly four decades ago. “I know what it’s like to have disordered eating. I know what it’s like to have to go out there by yourself.” Kondos Field’s presence has special import right now, and not simply because another routine by a UCLA gymnast became an internet sensation. She is retiring at the end of the season…. “I’m not retiring because I don’t like my job or I’m bored,” she said as she rattled off her goals: speaking engagements, promoting her book, maybe creating a Broadway musical. “But ever since I got cancer, I realized that we all have an expiration date. I just don’t know when mine is.” (Also: Los Angeles Daily News)

Supreme Court weighs a Trump census question that could undercut California’s power | Los Angeles Times

In the California case, UCLA professor Matt Barreto cited a survey he conducted which suggested that more than 12% of the households in California would refuse to respond. Justice Department lawyers called Barreto’s prediction of a steep decline in responses “inaccurate and misleading,” but told the judge that “the true extent of any decline [in responses] is unknown.” If fewer households respond to the census, they said, “the non-response follow-up workload may be increased,” so that in the end, “the Census Bureau may capture” those who are missing from the count.

The new trend toward ‘missing middle housing’ | Washington Post

Paul Habibi, a professor at UCLA’s Ziman Center for Real Estate, disagrees. His experience is that conventional wisdom holds for young buyers. “People generally want to buy the largest home they can,” he said. “I don’t know too many millennials who would turn away a larger house if they could afford it.”

The instant, custom, connected future of medical devices | New York Times

At least three different research groups — Mayo Clinic, University of Louisville and the University of California, Los Angeles — are now aggressively expanding their trials to include more patients.

A disadvantaged background doesn’t have to be a barrier to success | Nature Opinion

“My mother supported our family of six, and she pushed us to get an education,” said UCLA’s Laura Martínez.  “I was admitted to the University of California, Los Angeles. I couldn’t be too far away from home because I needed to help my younger brothers and sister. Still, it was challenging…. Even now, as I begin a postdoctoral position at UCLA studying AIDS-related non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, I still struggle with impostor syndrome. I feel as though there is a club that doesn’t change — and for the club to be more inclusive of women and people of colour, someone like me has to keep pushing for it.”

Mass shootings can impact young survivors’ mental health far beyond their childhood | Bustle

Dr. Melissa Brymer, director of terrorism and disaster programs at the UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, tells Bustle, “In some of these events like Parkland, this one year means one year without their loved ones. We’re dealing with both trauma and grief in many of these cases.” She says it’s important to make the distinction “because trauma we can treat, there are good treatments for it. Grief, we learn to adjust, we learn to find meaning of the loved ones lost, but it’s a different course of recovery.”

Reading fuels empathy. Do screens threaten that?  | EdSurge

That was the focus of a talk at the Learning and the Brain conference in San Francisco this week delivered by Maryanne Wolf, director of the Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice at the University of California, Los Angeles. Wolf started off by explaining to an audience of educators and neuroscientists that the human brain wasn’t made to read. Rather, “when the brain has to learn something new, it creates a new circuit, and that’s what reading does,” explained Wolf, who authored the book “Reader Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World.”

The good news: Social-emotional learning is hot. The bad news: Some of it gives cognition a bad name | Washington Post Perspective

The following piece was written by Mike Rose, a highly respected research professor in the University of California at Los Angeles Graduate School of Education and Information Studies…. “In this case, do we need all these studies to demonstrate what any good teacher knows: that the nature and quality of the relationship between teachers and students matters? Thus do the wheels of education policy turn in our country.”

How Social Security could get benefits boosted to help most vulnerable | USA Today

That’s one issue discussed in an academic paper authored by researchers at UCLA and City University of London. The researchers suggested that the Social Security Administration might want to offer a small lump-sum payout at age 62 to encourage people to hold off on claiming their regular benefits until a later age. The rationale for delaying is that beneficiaries who wait receive higher monthly benefits later.

Tom Cade, a savior of the peregrine falcon, dies at 91 | New York Times

Tom J. Cade, an ornithologist who was a leader of a remarkable effort that re-established the majestic peregrine falcon on the East Coast after the pesticide DDT had wiped it out there, died on Feb. 6 in Boise, Idaho. He was 91…. He earned a master’s degree at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1955 and his Ph.D. there in 1957.

Therapy dogs show love to UCLA hospital patients | Patch

Therapy dogs Oliver and Foxy Lady made their rounds at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica to spread the love to hospital patients and staff on Valentine’s Day…. Patients Cristian and Eliza were especially happy to see them, Simi Singer, UCLA Medical Center Marketing and Media Relations Analyst, said.

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