UCLA In the News February 21, 2018

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

When is a child Instagram-ready? | New York Times

Will our children become fame-obsessed and learn only to care about themselves, as some recent research from the Children’s Digital Media Center at Los Angeles suggests? Patricia Greenfield, a psychology professor at the University of California at Los Angeles and a co-author of the study, said it showed that the more children engaged with the “like” culture of social media, the more they tended to have self-focused aspirations to do with fame, image, money and status.

Court leaves in place state’s wait period for gun buyers | Los Angeles Times

But since then, the justices have turned down gun rights advocates who have sued to challenge gun regulations based on the 2nd Amendment. “There are simply not four justices who are eager to jump back into this fray,” said UCLA law professor Adam Winkler, an expert on gun rights. It takes the votes of at least four justices to grant review of a case. “The California case highlights that the gun debate will play out in the legislatures and in Congress.”

Thriving transgender children want to help others do same | New York Times

An estimated 150,000 people ages 13 to 17 in the United States identify as transgender, according to a January 2017 report by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, which researches law and public policy on gender identity and sexual orientation. In December, a Williams Institute study of gender nonconforming youths in California found that they were more than twice as likely as their gender conforming peers to have experienced psychological distress.

Mass shooting conversation: how this time could be different | MSNBC

“Like any major public health problem — and gun violence is a public health problem, it takes 30,000-plus lives every year — we have to do everything we can. We should focus on if there are better gun laws that we can enact to keep the criminals and the mentally ill from getting their hands on guns, we should do it. We should have better mental health protections and services for people in need,” said UCLA’s Adam Winkler.

Exploring Ancient Egypt without assassinating people | Forbes

Ubisoft also hopes that this new game mode helps a broader audience — including teachers in classrooms — learn more about ancient Egypt. A course in Egyptology at UCLA has already employed it in its curriculum, and the mode itself lends itself to education.

Changing how doctors treat leukemia, other cancers fed by fat | Medical Xpress

Dr. Steven Mittelman, chief of pediatric endocrinology at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, is among those looking for clues to improve children’s survival and recovery from cancer. But unlike most other researchers, Mittelman explores the connection from the perspective of the fat cell, not the cancer cell; he’s trying to understand the environment in the body that fat itself cultivates that leaves some people more vulnerable to cancer.

New way to recycle batteries uses half the energy | Scientific American

This is why Chen and his colleagues (Yang Shi and Gen Chen, of UCSD and UCLA, respectively) worked to develop a way to recycle this battery material while still preserving the cathode’s microstructure — in other words, preserving all of the engineering, energy and time that went into making the cathode in the first place. Their method involves taking degraded cathode material from used batteries and soaking it in a hot lithium salt bath. The solution is then dried and quickly heated up to 800 degrees Celsius (1,572 F). After cooling the material, the researchers are able to reinject lithium ions into the cathode material and create new batteries.

Competing visions of L.A. River’s future | KCET-TV

[Commentary by UCLA’s Spencer Robins] The many plans reflect many possible future rivers, and even the process for choosing between them is undecided. So when you hear a piece of news about the many plans swirling around the river, it can be helpful to ask: What version of the future river is being offered here? Which opportunities does a given plan embody, and which does it ignore? What follows is a guide to some of the values the river might hold for different stakeholders and the ways that these different visions and interests could come into conflict as the L.A. River continues to be remade.

‘Grand challenges’ reshape universities’ research agendas | Times Higher Education

Michelle Popowitz, assistant vice-chancellor for research and executive director of UCLA’s grand challenges office, said that, despite initial hesitations, the challenge of chasing a specific target struck a chord with the majority of academics. “These are messy problems; they are not things that can be solved by one or two people,” she said of the challenges set. “What we try to do is bring people together from different disciplines to bring different perspectives that can open up a new approach…. for many researchers, that’s why they went into academia in the first place.”

As ‘Black Panther’ shows, inclusion pays at box office | Associated Press

“Diversity does in fact, sell,” said Darnell Hunt, a professor and director of social science at UCLA whose research has detailed the connection between diversity and bottom lines. “In hindsight, it’s kind of a no-brainer. The American public is about 40 percent people of color now, and we know that people of color over-index in terms of media consumption. The patterns we’ve been seeing are only becoming more pronounced as time goes on.”

Black male students’ suspensions in state higher for foster youth, rural students | EdSource

The report, titled “Get Out! Black Male Suspensions in California Public Schools,” looked at suspensions through the 2016-17 school year. It was authored by J. Luke Wood and Frank Harris III, co-directors of San Diego State University’s Community College Equity Assessment Lab, and Tyrone C. Howard, director of UCLA’s Black Male Institute. Their report found that while black male suspensions have declined statewide — from 18 percent of all suspensions in the 2011-12 school year to 13 percent last year, the rates are still disproportionate when compared to the overall student population.

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