UCLA In the News January 10, 2018

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

UCLA among top public and private colleges in the west | Wall Street Journal

UCLA is the highest ranked among these top-tier Western public schools in two of the four categories that make up the overall ranking: student outcomes and academic resources.

California, others seek to sidestep provision of tax overhaul | Los Angeles Times

Some of them fund state-supported activities such as public schools and college scholarship programs, said Kirk Stark, a UCLA law professor who has studied the issue. He and seven other tax experts released a 44-page paper Monday arguing that states would be allowed to turn tax payments into charitable contributions. “There’s nothing new here,” Stark said. “It’s just an attempt to fit it into what the IRS and the courts have consistently blessed over the decades.”

‘Gyroscope’ molecules form crystal that’s solid, full of motion | Phys.org

“For the first time, we have a crystalline solid with elements that can move as fast inside the crystal as they would in outer space,” said Miguel García-Garibay, a UCLA professor of chemistry and biochemistry and senior author of the study.

Scooter-sharing startup Bird takes flight | KCRW-FM’s “Design and Architecture”

“I have used a Bird scooter and I have also used a human-powered kick scooter and they’re incredibly useful for shorter trips. But there’s a lot of ways to make money off of public space if you can just squat on the public space and use it to launch a business. That’s where the city’s concern comes from,” said UCLA’s Juan Matute. (Approx. 09:20 mark)

Top 10 books about time | The Guardian (U.K.)

[Dean] Buonomano, a neuroscientist at the University of California Los Angeles, is one of the leading scientists trying to understand how the brain tells and navigates time. Here, he takes the reader on a tour of the latest research, from the workings of our neurons to the notion of “mental time travel” — how we project ourselves into the past and future.

Vehicles caught in 1920s downpours | Los Angeles Times

These images from the Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive at UCLA do not have complete caption information, but were all taken during rainstorms in the 1920s.

Tips to reduce risk for catching a cold | News-Medical

There a few common sense, if perhaps overlooked, steps one can take to reduce one’s risk for catching a cold, says Dr. Joseph Ladapo, associate professor of medicine in the division of general internal medicine and health services research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Effects of estrogen treatment combat MS in mice | HealthCanal

A study by UCLA researchers reveals the cellular basis for how the hormone estrogen protects against damage to the central nervous system in women with multiple sclerosis, or MS. The researchers found that estrogen treatment exerts positive effects on two types of cells during disease — immune cells in the brain as well as cells called oligodendrocytes.

Secrets to succeeding in your first month at a new job | Time

Research from UCLA’s Corinne Bendersky suggests that over time extroverts lose status in groups. So, at the outset, concentrate on accomplishing a few meaningful achievements, and once you’ve gained status by demonstrating excellence, feel free to be more assertive.

Initiative promotes collaboration to improve math performance | EdSource

The center was founded last November by UCLA Professor Pedro Noguera, who has been a vigorous voice in calling for a truce in the charter school wars and to focus on what each sector can learn from the other. Instead of trying to improve failed practices such as a reliance on high-stakes testing and “zero tolerance” discipline policies, Noguera said the center will push for transformations — new approaches to educational challenges such as improving the educational outcomes of African-American and Latino students.

Apple pressured over psychological risks of kids’ screen time | Forbes

The letter, written by Barry Rosenstein of JANA Partners LLC and Anne Sheehan of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, brings up all the relevant research: The Alberta, Canada study reporting that teachers have noticed considerable changes in the social-emotional capacities of their students; the research by San Diego State University’s Jean Twenge last month finding that teens who use phones more than an hour a day have increased risk for depression and suicide; the UCLA study finding that stopping phone use for five days boosted kids’ empathy; and the APA survey finding that checking electronics is linked with stress in myriad ways.

Healthier kids? Just hand their families cash | Politico

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Adriana Lleras-Muney) But what’s the most effective way to fight the health effects of poverty? That answer isn’t as obvious. The U.S. welfare system, which should combat poverty and its adverse effects, focuses primarily on ensuring that only the deserving poor receive aid.

5 things 2018 will bring to the Middle East | U.S. News & World Report

(Commentary written by UCLA’s James L. Gelvin) It’s always dangerous to make predictions about the Middle East. After all, few experts foresaw Anwar al-Sadat’s trip to Jerusalem in 1977, which led to the first peace treaty between Israel and an Arab state, nor did they predict the Iranian Revolution of 1978-79 or the Arab uprisings of 2010-11.

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