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

2018 was one of the hottest years on record — and this year could be even hotter | Los Angeles Times

“If you smooth out these year-to-year variations and look at the big picture, the overall trend in the past few decades is one of accelerating change,” said Alex Hall, who directs the Center for Climate Science at UCLA and was not involved in either government analysis. “We are seeing more and more warming that is happening at a faster and faster rate.”

California Space Center in Downey tackles ‘Hidden Figures’ problem and honors UCLA alum | PC magazine

“We have a great relationship with an alumni group of aerospace engineers,” Dickow confirmed. “In 2015, I got to know one of them by the name of Shelby Jacobs. He’s a great personality; everyone knows him. He graduated from University of California, Los Angeles, in 1953, and got his first job in rocketry as a mechanical engineer at Rocketdyne. “In fact, Shelby played a crucial role in the Apollo 6 launch on April 4, 1968, and we wanted to mark his achievements as we launch a year of celebrations around the Apollo program.”

Is the urban jungle the answer to helping some endangered species? | VOA

“They are good at making a habitat for themselves in major cities, and this is what happened in Pasadena and East L.A. So, these are birds that live pretty much exclusively off of trees that are also not native to our area,” explained Ursula Heise, who teaches at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Department of English and at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability…. As transplants to Southern California, the red-crowned parrots have become such permanent fixtures that they are on the California Bird Records Committee’s list of birds in the state. “They’ve been naturalized as California citizens,” Heise said. (UCLA’s Brad Shaffer also quoted)

Venezuela’s collapse exposes the fake socialism debated in U.S. | Wall Street Journal Column

Under former President Rafael Correa, Ecuador did force foreign oil companies to renegotiate contracts under threat of nationalization. But unlike Mr. Chávez, Mr. Correa couldn’t finance a massive expansion of the state by printing money: Ecuador gave up its own currency for the dollar in 2000. Inflation averaged just 3.8% during Mr. Correa’s 10 years in office, noted Sebastian Edwards, an economist at the University of California at Los Angeles.

The rain has washed our sins onto Southern California’s beaches | LAist

“As a result, our beaches look like landfills after every major rain,” Mark Gold, vice chancellor at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, recently told KPCC’s “Take Two.” Gold said that while the much-needed rain is good for local plant life and collecting water, it’s “not so great for human health or for aquatic life and our ecosystems.”

The ‘stress interview’: a technique that goes too far? | BBC

Some say there are benefits in simulating a stressful, while still realistic, work incident to identify a candidate’s problem-solving skills. But virtually all agree that using any level of derision and humiliation is unacceptable and outdated. Corinne Bendersky, professor of management and organisations at UCLA, says there are “much more legitimate interview techniques,” such as asking people about situations that they’ve encountered and how they’ve reacted to stressors that are relevant to their job experience.

UCLA researcher to share in $1 million prize for cancer research | Los Angeles Business Journal

Dennis Slamon, a UCLA scientist whose research led to the development of the blockbuster breast cancer drug Herceptin, will share in a $1 million prize from Sweden for outstanding cancer research, the university announced Feb. 5. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and Sweden’s Sjoberg Foundation awarded the 2019 Sjoberg Prize to Dr. Slamon and Dr. Brian Druker of Oregon Health & Science University.

Rapid regression distinguishes rare condition from autism | Spectrum

Some children with autism also show a dramatic loss of skills years after diagnosis, notes Catherine Lord, professor in residence of psychiatry and education at the University of California, Los Angeles. (Lord was also a member of the group that defined the U.S. diagnostic criteria for autism.) Severity of regression may not distinguish the conditions, either: In some cases, regression before age 2 may be less striking because children have fewer skills to lose at that age, Lord says.

How to improve California’s education, housing affordability | San Francisco Chronicle Opinion

(Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Lee Ohanian) Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first budget comes when California is the most challenging state in the country for low- and middle-income households: California has the highest poverty rate of any of the 50 states. California also ranks 49th in both housing affordability and cost of living. It ranks 50th in homelessness, 40th in the overall tax burden and 42nd in how well it is educating its kindergarten through high school-age young people. Newsom and the Legislature have an opportunity to improve these dismal outcomes.

Confusion reigns over LGBTQ rights in Arkansas | Daily Beast

But should justices decline to weigh in on Fayetteville’s ordinance for the third time, it has profound implications for the estimated 79,000 people in Arkansas who identify as LGBTQ. According to the UCLA-based think tank The Williams Institute, that’s 2.6 percent of the state’s population.

Medical marijuana: Chronic pain is the most common reason for a prescription | Associated Press

The study shows people are learning about the evidence for cannabis and its chemical components, said Ziva Cooper of University of California Los Angeles’ Cannabis Research Initiative. Cooper served on the National Academies report committee, but wasn’t involved in the new study. About two-thirds of the about 730,000 reasons were related to chronic pain, the study found. Patients could report more than one pain condition, so the figure may overestimate patient numbers.

Only 28% of Americans say they have easy access to healthy foods | Healthline

“There is a lot of conflicting information about what constitutes a healthy food,” UCLA’s Dana Hunnes said. “Front-label packaging on foods often misleads consumers into believing that a food is healthier than it is. For example, many children’s cereals will say ‘good source of vitamin D.’ However, it might have a lot of sugar and not much fiber in the cereal. That is misleading the consumer to believe this cereal will provide an added benefit when they could easily get the vitamin D from a supplemental pill, drops, or milk or non-dairy product,” Hunnes, who wasn’t affiliated with the new report, told Healthline.

Valley resident frustrated over frenzy of residential development | KCBS-TV

Eric Sussman is a professor of real estate at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. He says cities don’t take into consideration how many homes are under construction when they issue new permits. Once someone owns the land and obtains the proper permits, construction can begin. Sussman says “McMansions” used to be just a Westside phenomenon, but that has changed. “It’s contagious, so land values in Sherman Oaks and Studio City have also skyrocketed, so it’s not surprising the trend has caught fire,” he said.

To make transit work, does L.A. need to make driving harder? | Curbed Los Angeles

Metro ridership declined for the fifth straight year in 2018, and census data show nearly 75 percent of Los Angeles County commuters still drive to and from work by themselves. Less than 7 percent use public transit. A new UCLA study suggests there may be a good reason for that: Transit systems thrive in places where it’s difficult or expensive to drive. In 2016, when LA County voters approved Measure M, a sales tax measure funding transportation infrastructure, backers of the initiative billed it as a solution to LA’s traffic congestion… “It doesn’t get us anywhere to pretend that we can change LA and make it more sustainable and accessible without having some sort of reckoning with the extent to which we’ve organized the landscape around the car,” says UCLA urban planning professor Michael Manville, who authored the report released last month.

Have we mismeasured the universe? | Scientific American

A University of California, Los Angeles, study that looks at how light is bent by distant galaxies gives a Hubble constant of 72.5, close to the distance-ladder result.

According to experts, this diet rule is the key to weight loss | PopSugar

“Increasing your calorie expenditure beyond what is consumed will result in the number on the scale going down,” says Dr. Adrienne Youdim, an associate clinical professor of medicine at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine and a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine, the National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists, and the American Board of Obesity Medicine.

English-language-learner classification can impede student growth, study finds  | Education Week

In 2017, research from Nami Shin — a research scientist at CRESST, the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards & Student Testing at the University of California, Los Angeles — found that being identified as an [English language learner] motivated the students, pushing them to catch up with the initial English-proficient students and native English-speaking peers.

If you love her like you say you do ... stop snoring | Ozy

“When people snore we suspect that they experience resistance of airflow in the upper airways,” says Alon Y. Avidan, director of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center. “Traditionally speaking, the most effective treatment for obstructive sleep is continuous positive airway pressure,” he explains. Luckily, there are a few devices designed to do just that. Anti-snoring tech can help both a loud snorer and their partner get a better night’s sleep. For many users, these devices seem to do the trick. But, cautions Avidan, if you’re a persistent snorer, it’s still a good idea to see a doctor to ensure your snoring isn’t indicative of a more serious problem — like sleep apnea.