UCLA In the News January 22, 2019

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

LGBTQ-inclusive bullying laws associated with fewer teen suicide attempts, study says | NBC News

But a new study from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law has found a connection between LGBTQ-inclusive state bullying laws and lower rates of teen suicide attempts. “Anti-bullying laws that explicitly protect youth based on sexual orientation are associated with fewer suicide attempts among all youth, regardless of sexual orientation,” the report states.… In an interview with NBC News, [UCLA’s] Ilan H. Meyer, the study’s lead author and a public policy scholar at the Williams Institute, said researchers were surprised that “the impact was the same on both the sexual minority and the straight, or nonsexual minority, youth.”

UCLA’s perfect 10 gymnast targets domestic violence, body shaming | Reuters

The UCLA gymnast whose flawless floor routine became a viral video with more than 40 million views by Thursday said she wants to work with domestic violence victims and publish poetry she’s written about body shaming and other issues she faced. Katelyn Ohashi, 21, of Seattle, a senior who nailed a perfect 10 at the 2019 Collegiate Challenge in Anaheim, California on Saturday, said she hoped her epic gymnastics routine — shared on social media by UCLA Gymnastics on Sunday - conveyed a message of “joy throughout gymnastics.” (Also: Los Angeles Times)

500,000 students are affected by the L.A. teachers strike; most are Latino | New York Times

In a 2008 paper, Patricia Gándara, the co-director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, called the state of Latino education a “crisis.” “These students will form the work force in the immediate future,” she wrote, and, more specifically, “if the state of California does not immediately begin preparing more underrepresented students for higher education, by 2020 the state will experience an 11 percent drop in per capita income, resulting in serious economic hardship for the people of California.”

What King said about northern liberalism | New York Times Opinion

In 2014, the Civil Rights Project at UCLA found that New York State’s schools were the most segregated in the nation. Low-income students of color languish in underfunded schools while wealthier students attend better-resourced ones. And white parents are still tremendously resistant to school rezoning, just as they were 50 years ago.

L.A. teacher strike may be cutting edge of a revolution against what’s rotten in America | Philadelphia Inquirer Opinion

Pedro Noguera, education professor at the University of California-Los Angeles who’s been closely following the labor showdown, told me that one of the questions raised by the teacher strike is “why does California, a very ‘blue’ state, spend like a red state when it comes to education?”

New York passes a ban on ‘conversion therapy’ after years-long efforts | New York Times

An estimated 698,000 L.G.B.T. adults in the United States have received conversion therapy, according to research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, which studies L.G.B.T. issues. About half of them underwent conversion therapy as teenagers.

As fires choke utility, the question of who pays for warming emerges | Scientific American

“If you have climate change damages and a company can’t pay, either private individuals or the government is going to have to step in,” said Ann Carlson, a professor of environmental law at UCLA. “I don’t think this is an isolated incident.”

Smaller class sizes not proven to do better, but teachers strike for them | Associated Press

At the high school level, Los Angeles has routinely had more students per teacher than the national average, said John Rogers, a professor of education at University of California, Los Angeles…. “When your class size can be increased dramatically, you lose the ability to ensure that you can do right by the students you are serving,” Rogers said.

Why you should start your New Year’s resolutions in February | NBC’s “Today”

“They are more likely to start at a meaningful time because they think they are on the path to succeed,” Hengchen Dai, an assistant professor of management, organizations and behavior decision making at UCLA Anderson School of Management, told TODAY. “We don’t know that it will lead to a higher success rate.” People make a change at such calendar milestones because they believe that date represents a new beginning. “That is their fresh start,” Dai explained. “It is the personal meaning that matters.… It’s when they feel high energy and confident.”

UCLA scientists develop renewable source of immune cells to fight cancer | Los Angeles Business Journal

UCLA researchers have developed the first technique for turning certain stem cells into mature T cells capable of fighting cancer. The university announced Jan. 17 its scientists had developed a technique for coaxing pluripotent stem cells — which can create cell in the body and be grown in a lab — into T cells that can attack tumors… “What’s exciting is the fact that we start with pluripotent stem cells,” said Dr. Gay Crooks, a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine and pediatrics, and the co-director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA, in a statement.

Metro weighs charging drivers by the mile, adding freeway tolls to cut congestion | Los Angeles Times

Expanding those lanes to other freeways would be a good first step toward a more complete pricing system, said Martin Wachs, a distinguished professor emeritus of urban planning at UCLA. That change would help regulate traffic flow and let some drivers pay to get places faster, he said.

Why does L.A.’s mandatory retrofit program ignore vulnerable steel skyscrapers? | Curbed Los Angeles

“The consequences of the failure of one of those buildings would be catastrophic,” says Thomas Sabol, an adjunct professor in UCLA’s school of civil engineering, who specializes in seismic design and structural steel.

New Yorker article about marijuana strikes nerve with pot researchers  | Seattle Times

Ziva Cooper, one of the authors of the National Academy of Medicine report, took to Twitter to air her concerns with Berenson’s Op-Ed confusing correlation and causation. Cooper, who is the research director at UCLA’s Cannabis Research Initiative, explained in a thread of tweets that the Academy found an association between cannabis use and schizophrenia. Researchers also found an association between using cannabis and improved cognitive outcomes for people with psychotic disorders, which she points out wasn’t mentioned in Berenson’s piece.

Hospitals stopped readmitting so many Medicare patients. Did that cost lives? | New York Times

“Some of those patients previously would have been readmitted, but because of the financial incentives, they were not,” said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, co-chairman of cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a critic of the readmissions program. In an editorial accompanying the Harvard study, he called on Congress and Medicare to revise the program.

Los Angeles passed a historic transit tax — why isn’t it working? | CityLab Opinion

Those basic disconnects at the heart of a landmark sales tax measure are the subject of new research by Michael Manville, an urban planning professor at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. His research is full of wisdom and warnings for other cities keen to replicate L.A.’s superficial success. When Measure M hit the ballots, Manville suspected that there’d be divergence between Angelenos’ choices at the ballots and on their commutes. He wanted to find out who actually planned to ride L.A.’s shiny new rail system, now that the money was there to expand it. “What I was trying to get at is, how invested are people in the idea of moving around differently?” he told me.

Enhanced bone growth could lead to new treatments for osteoporosis | Asian News International

A new study led by UCLA and UC San Francisco life scientists has discovered a dramatic pattern of bone growth in female mice. The research could potentially lead to stronger bone density in women and new treatments for osteoporosis in older women… Speaking about the study, co-author Stephanie Correa, a UCLA assistant professor of integrative biology and physiology, and member of UCLA’s Brain Research Institute said, “We think we have identified a new pathway by which the brain regulates bone density that holds great promise because it allows the body to shift new bone formation into overdrive.” (Also: News-Medical, Xinhua)

You are what you eat | Los Angeles Daily News

In another study, conducted by the Departments of Medicine and Neurology at UCLA, curcumin, the active ingredient in the curry spice turmeric, was shown to prevent formation of amyloid plaques, one of the hallmark neuropathological changes in Alzheimer’s disease.

Finding a job is work, which is why some colleges use winter break to advise students | Washington Post

Campus career officials are also straining to help students find good jobs — and that’s the reason 85 percent of freshmen said they went to college in the first place, according to a national survey run by a University of California at Los Angeles institute.

You, cash-strapped Californian, are entitled to a beach vacation. Here’s how that could happen | LAist 

In a UCLA survey of California voters, respondents noted the high cost of parking and the lack of affordable accommodations as major barriers to enjoying the coast. The average amount people said they were willing to pay per night was $117.65.

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