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

Rare L.A. mega-storm could overwhelm dam and flood dozens of cities, experts say | Los Angeles Times

Daniel Swain, a UCLA climate scientist, said hydrological and forecast data used by the corps must be updated. “The Army Corps’ estimates of the impacts of an extremely serious weather event … are categorically underestimated,” he said. “That’s because we only have about a century of records to refer to in California. So, they are extrapolating in the dark.”

Technology helps sustain K-pop popularity | Christian Science Monitor

The seeds may have been planted in another form of entertainment, reckons Suk-Young Kim, a professor at the School of Theater, Film and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles. Ms. Kim, the author of “K-pop Live: Fans, Idols, and Multimedia Performance,” recalls how different things were during her early days in Chicago as a graduate student from South Korea in the mid-’90s. “Nobody knew or cared about Korean pop culture back then,” she says. “One of my classmates even asked me if Korea made TV shows.”

New recommendations say not all women need genetic testing for cancer. Critics say it could cost lives | CNN

Task force member Dr. Carol Mangione said most primary care providers take a patient’s personal and family history of cancer into consideration when deciding whether to recommend a genetic test. Most, though, are unlikely to use the available standardized questionnaires to score a woman’s risk for breast, ovarian, tubal and peritoneal cancers, said Mangione, a primary care physician and a professor of medicine and public health at the University of California, Los Angeles.

UCLA is among the top 10 costume design schools | Hollywood Reporter

With the industry at its backdoor, UCLA TFT has been a costume design powerhouse with industry champion Deborah Nadoolman Landis, director and chair of the David C. Copley Center for Costume Design, at its helm. Students benefit from lectures by notables such as Cate Adair (Man in the High Castle) and Laura Jean Shannon (Black Lightning), who participated in a panel on superhero costumes. Visiting profs often find their next assistant at the Swarovski Designer in Residence mentoring program. “UCLA Costume Design provides students with new digital platforms for budgeting and script breakdown, tech tools in preparation for current design practice,” says Landis.

Housing is already in a slump. So it (probably) can’t cause a recession | New York Times

“Housing is not in a position to lead this thing down,” said Edward Leamer, an economics professor at the University of California, Los Angeles…. While housing has never accounted for more than 7 percent of total output, it has on average accounted for about a quarter of the weakness in recessions since World War II, according to a 2007 paper by Mr. Leamer titled “Housing IS the Business Cycle.”

McKinsey will return $15 million in fees over disclosure failures | New York Times

The settlement was comparatively small in the corporate world, but in the niche of corporate bankruptcies, it was unusually large, said Lynn M. LoPucki, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who runs a bankruptcy database that includes fees and fee reductions. “This is a different environment,” he said. “In this environment, they don’t take money away from the professionals.”

Ultra-light ceramic aerogel stands up to intense temperature swings | New Atlas

Ceramic aerogels have been protecting industrial equipment and space-bound scientific instruments for decades, thanks to their incredible lightness and ability to withstand intense heat. The problem is they can be pretty brittle. Now, a team led by researchers at the University of California Los Angeles has developed a new ceramic aerogel that’s far hardier and more flexible, even after repeated exposure to wild temperature swings.

How the homeless ended up being blamed for typhus | Los Angeles Magazine

“One of the problems is that people may be confusing endemic and epidemic typhus,” says Dr. Tim Brewer, a professor of medicine and a member of the division of infectious diseases at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.

More homeless people are dying of hypothermia in Los Angeles than in New York. Is climate change a factor? | Pacific Standard

Research by scientists at the University of California–Los Angeles shows that climate change will lead to even more of the whiplash from dry to wet weather that California has seen this year and in recent years.

UCLA grad students analyze Magnolia Park in urban design project | Los Angeles Times

The students are from a class called “Transportation and Land Use: Transportation and Urban Design Studio.” It is taught by lecturer Gaurav Srivastava every winter quarter at UCLA, in which graduate students find a real-world planning issue that focuses on transportation and develop feasible solutions. “It aims to expose students to real-world issues that planning practitioners will encounter in their professional lives,” Srivastava wrote in an email. “The focus of this class is to study the relationship between land-use patterns and transportation networks and analyze how, together, they shape cities.”

Does LAUSD have the money to honor terms reached with L.A. teachers? | KCRW-FM

“So now the strike is over, and it’s clear the district is in fact in financial trouble. And so much of what was agreed to may not be honored.… Because L.A.’s problem is occurring in other districts — Oakland, Sacramento, several others — the state is going to have to figure out what to do to address this problem,” said UCLA’s Pedro Noguera. (Approx. 0:45 mark – audio download)

The Lypla1 gene impacts obesity in a sex-specific manner | Medical Xpress

“In addition, we were able to show that there is sex-specific regulation for the ‘beiging’ of white adipose tissue and sex-specific interactions for mitochondrial function,” said UCLA Professor Aldons J. Lusis, last author and head of the study.

SoCal office market weakens while multifamily development continues to grow | Commercial Observer

Despite the flurry of coworking company expansions, the office market in Southern California shows signs of increased weakness between now and 2021, according to the winter-spring 2019 Allen Matkins and UCLA Anderson Forecast California real estate survey.

Indian American historian Subrahmanyam wins $500,000 Dan David Prize for ‘macro history’ | IndiaWest

Subrahmanyam, a distinguished professor and Irving and Jean Stone Endowed Chair in Social Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles, has been recognized for his contributions to macro history. His scholarship, UCLA stated in a press release, focuses on the encounters between Asians, Europeans and indigenous and colonial Americans from 1400 through 1800. “I greatly appreciate the international recognition afforded to my scholarship, which is a great encouragement,” Subrahmanyam, who has written 16 books and edited almost as many, said.

What would a national emergency over climate change look like? | Grist

Dan Farber, professor of law at the University of California, Los Angeles, examined the idea of a climate change national emergency in a blog post. It turns out there are a few things a future president might be able to do to mitigate climate change through such a move.

To fulfill clean water law, state must focus on L.A.’s small systems | CALmatters

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Nathaniel Logar) As my co-authors and I detail in a new UCLA Law report, the two greatest challenges these systems face are contaminated groundwater sources and underfunding. Across L.A. County, more than 900,000 people depend on groundwater that has been contaminated by industrial pollutants, agricultural products, or naturally occurring elements before it is treated.

California to sue Trump administration over national emergency declaration | Los Angeles Times

California faces a challenge in showing it has standing to sue over the declaration, said Adam Winkler, a professor at UCLA School of Law. “It’s not clear how California or any of its agencies is injured by Trump’s declaration of a national emergency,” Winkler said. “It may come down to which programs he uses to finance the wall.”

2019 leaders to learn from: Shomari Jones | Education Week

Bellevue is among a small but growing number of wealthier districts that are investing heavily in closing achievement gaps, said Pedro Noguera, an education professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. And it’s a movement he sees being driven at the district level by local leadership much more so than by state policymakers. “If you ran a hospital, but you were only known for serving people who are healthy, well, then you wouldn’t be a very good hospital,” he said. “You have districts that for a long time, they took pride in being able to serve affluent children well. Well, serving affluent children well is no great accomplishment because they already come with a lot of support from home.”

Low-income undocumented adults are largely locked out of health care in California, study finds | Medical Xpress

Implementation of the Affordable Care Act cut in half the percentage of low-income, uninsured Californians under age 65, from 23 percent in 2013 to 11 percent in 2016-17. But federal law bars undocumented residents from federally funded Medicaid health services and from purchasing health insurance on the ACA Marketplaces. This leaves them the largest group of uninsured people in California, according to a new study by UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.… “Federal law is creating a class of people who would otherwise be able to access health care,” said Nadereh Pourat, director of the center’s Health Economics & Evaluation Research Program and lead author of the study.

This is why paper cuts hurt so much | MSN

“Fingertips are how we explore the world, how we do small delicate tasks,” says Hayley Goldbach, a dermatologist at UCLA, via BBC. “So it makes sense that we have a lot of nerve endings there. It’s kind of a safety mechanism.”

As drug use rises, so does syphilis | Kaiser Health News

Fighting the rising rates of syphilis will also require more resources, said Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, a professor of medicine and public health at UCLA. “The STD workforce has almost entirely disappeared,” he said. “While policies could be put in place that require syphilis testing, those policies also have to come with resources.”

This Jewish duo escaped the Nazis to break sound barriers with Blue Note Records | Times of Israel

“White companies, big record companies, did not record African-Americans during that time,” said professor Eddie Meadows of the UCLA global jazz studies department. Lion and Wolff were different, he said: “Because both were from outside the U.S., I think they witnessed the music culture of African-Americans and saw an opportunity.”