UCLA In the News February 20, 2018

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

America at home: Multigenerational households | New York Times

“As elderly people’s income increased, they chose to live independently,” said Kathleen McGarry, an economist at the University of California, Los Angeles, and co-author of the study. “When they could afford it, they purchased privacy.”

Why so few new laws after school shootings? | NPR’s “All Things Considered”

“Well, Columbine was a very-high-profile shooting that did encourage many Americans to think seriously about gun control and especially because this was a mass shooting committed by kids at a high school,” said UCLA’s Adam Winkler. (Also: Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News)

A history class on WWII internment | Los Angeles Times

In 2004, UCLA launched the nation’s first endowed academic chair focusing on the internment; but most universities that cover the subject do so in broader classes on Asian American studies, U.S. history or constitutional law.

Social media giants try to combat Russian meddling | MSNBC

“I think quite clearly based on what we’re seeing in terms of Facebook’s responses it’s quite clear that they think that they can solve the problem in house in secretive and in non-transparent ways,” said UCLA’s Ramesh Srinivasan. (Approx. 00:52 mark)

Felon gets book deal; state wants him to pay for imprisonment | New York Times

“He’s put his talents to productive use in a way that’s making the world a better place,” Sharon Dolovich, a law professor and the director of the prison law and policy program at UCLA’s School of Law. “It’s something that we as a society should be 100 percent supportive of.”

Transit-oriented development? More like transit rider displacement | Los Angeles Times Opinion

UCLA’s Will Dominie correlated the arrival of higher-income households to L.A.’s transit-adjacent neighborhoods with the loss of transit riders. A report by the Center for Urban and Regional Policy warns this is a national trend.

Twitter trolls make false claims at ‘Black Panther’ screenings | Los Angeles Times

“It’s very unfortunate that a film that is poised to become a cultural icon is being marred by this fake news,” said Darnell Hunt, dean of social sciences at UCLA. “In the long run, it will not detract from the cultural significance of ‘Black Panther,’ but it does blunt some of the positive force it has as it opens. It is both surprising and not surprising.” (Also: Washington Post)

Cafritz collection of African American art rises from ashes | Washington Post

In addition, UCLA professor Uri McMillan articulates the significance of her curatorial eye, and conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas shares how his Duke Ellington education helped frame his creative path.

How do you talk about gun violence with kids? | KTLA-TV

“Especially with middle school and high schoolers, we really want to make sure that we as adults start the conversation. We don’t know what they’ve been seeing on their social media, through texting, or what their friends are saying so the best way is, talk to them,” said UCLA’s Melissa Brymer. (Approx. 00:25 mark)

Diverse film, TV casting makes economic sense | KPCC-FM’s “The Frame”

“Movies that, on average, look like American society — that is to say, with casts from somewhere between 20 to 40 percent minority — those films on average have the highest box office sales. And in broadcast TV, it’s even more pronounced. We found that for viewers 18-to-49, TV shows with casts that were from 41-to-50 percent minority had the highest ratings. And then among specific households, for African Americans and for whites, majority-minority cast shows on average had the highest ratings,” said UCLA’s Darnell Hunt. (Also: KPCC-FM’s “Marketplace” [Audio download])

Why don’t the sex scandals seem to stick? | The Guardian (U.K.)

It does not appear to be the case that society has, in the 20 years since the Clinton impeachment, simply grown blase about sex scandals, said Juliet Williams, a professor of gender studies at UCLA and the co-editor of Public Affairs: Politics in the Age of Sex Scandals. “It certainly would be wrong to conclude that we’re in a post-moralizing society,” she said, noting that the former senator Al Franken had recently succumbed in a scandal that was less serious than the controversies attached to Trump.

Korean Christian community seeks empowerment, social impact | KPCC-FM

A 2016 University of California, Los Angeles, study found Koreans have the lowest median net worth of any Asian population in Los Angeles and the lowest homeownership rate of any ethnic group.

Copies of original Frankenstein text to be published | The Guardian (U.K.)

Others have seen Percy Shelley’s changes differently: Anne Mellor, professor of English literature and women’s studies at UCLA, writes of how his “endearments” such as “pretty Pecksie” “may be charming, but they also demonstrate that he did not regard his wife altogether seriously as an author, but rather as a lovable, teasable, and not yet fully educated schoolgirl.”

After shooting, Florida students push for gun control | Politico

The suspension rate for black males was more than three and one-half times greater than for other students in California public schools in 2016-17, according to an analysis out today from the Community College Equity Assessment Lab at San Diego State and the UCLA Black Male Institute.

Macron’s French language crusade bolsters imperialism | The Guardian (U.K.)

The award-winning novelist, 51, is hailed as one of the world’s best writers in French — winner of France’s top Renaudot literary prize and a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. On Martin Luther King Day, [Alain] Mabanckou published an open letter to Emmanuel Macron, refusing to work on the French president’s new plans to boost the French-speaking world. Since then, other writers have joined him in criticising what they describe as France’s imperialist and out-of-touch approach.

Electrical implant reduces side effects from spinal injury | Scienmag

Krassioukov and his colleagues are currently collaborating with colleagues in the U.S. on a larger trial, examining the benefits of epidural stimulation on a bigger group. They are also involved in research on a similar but non-invasive version of the treatment that involves stimulating the spinal cord with a device positioned on top of the skin at the University of California, Los Angeles. (Also: News-Medical, Medical Xpress)

Time to ‘shine a light’ and ban conversion therapies | Reuters

In the United States, nearly 700,000 LGBT adults have undergone conversion therapy, according to estimates by The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law in California.

America’s Corn Belt is making its own weather | Science

Rong Fu, a climate scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles, agrees with the team’s assessment. She also thinks that though human influence might be “greater than we realize,” this regional climate change is probably caused by many factors, including increased irrigation in the region.

What’s missing in push for mass transit | San Diego Union-Tribune

A Jan. 31 report detailed a survey done by the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies that found public transit ridership was falling across Southern California as more low-income residents buy cars.

Officials on water storage: What, me worry? | San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial

UCLA postdoctoral researcher Daniel Swain reports on his California Weather Blog that the past three months have seen the same ridge of high-pressure air off the coast blocking storms from reaching shore that was seen throughout the 2012-16 drought, which was the worst in the state’s history.

Making surge pricing work without turning off customers | Wall Street Journal

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Christopher Tang) Anyone who has taken Uber during a rainy rush hour has encountered surge pricing, where companies charge a premium when demand is highest. The practice has many advantages—boosting revenue and reducing congestion among them—but it can also alienate customers, who might object to a spike in prices just when they need the service the most.

Reducing red tape for traveling nurses | Kaiser Health News

[Lauren] Bond, the traveling nurse, said additional courses don’t make her more qualified to do her job. “Across the board, wherever you go to nursing school, everybody comes out with a similar experience,” said Bond, who works at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica. “Then most of the training you are going to do is on the job.”

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