UCLA In the News January 23, 2019

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

What will make teachers’ deal work? New outside funding — and teamwork | Los Angeles Daily News

A nationally recognized education expert said the deal shows that teachers were right to push for support staff and reduced class sizes. Initially supportive of the district, Pedro Noguera, an education professor at UCLA, said his opinion changed as the strike unfolded. “Looking at it from the outside, it seems like the teachers were right to push, and they were right — there was more money in the system and outside of the system to address the needs,” he said.

Supreme Court lets military implement Trump’s transgender restrictions | San Francisco Chronicle

“There is no evidence at all that excluding transgender people from the military does anything to undermine lethality or unit cohesion or military readiness,” said Jocelyn Samuels, executive director of the Williams Institute at UCLA Law School. “There are trans people currently serving in the military, and no indication that our military is in any way undermined as a result.”

Supreme Court to hear biggest gun rights case since 2010 | Reuters

“The issue in the case seems small, but the implications could be tremendous,” said Adam Winkler, a professor at the University of California Los Angeles School of Law. Although a ruling striking down the restrictions would not necessarily have broad impact, the court’s majority could use the case to set a new precedent that makes it easier for gun rights activists to challenge other regulations, Winkler added.

A league of their own, as few Arab leaders attend summit | New York Times

“It’s constitutionally incapable of addressing the real problems that are facing the Middle East,” said James Gelvin, a professor of Middle Eastern history at the University of California, Los Angeles. “That’s everything from bad governance and political violence to climate change, population growth, bad health care and bad educational systems.”

Want to close the pay gap? Pay transparency will help | New York Times

“From a worker’s perspective, without accurate information about peer compensation, they may not know when they’re being underpaid,” said Emiliano Huet-Vaughn, an economist at UCLA who ran a study in 2013 that found workers are more productive when salary is transparent. Without knowing what other workers’ salaries look like, “it naturally becomes harder to make the case that one is suffering a form of pay discrimination,” Dr. Huet-Vaughn said.

In deal between LAUSD and teachers, some parties gained ground while others gave it up | Los Angeles Daily News

The district’s spending increase “will ultimately come from the taxpayer, yes,” reflected UCLA professor of Public Affairs Daniel J.B. Mitchell. “But on the other hand, every time there’s any polling where people are asked about priorities for the state budget, education comes up as very high. It’s just a characteristic of the average California voter.”

‘You’ was ignored on Lifetime. Then it blew up on Netflix. What does it mean for TV’s future? | Washington Post

Plus, as former network executive Tom Nunan said, even if they could afford a major movie star, who knows whether their audience would watch? “In this marketplace, how do channels like these survive? That’s the chill that goes down the necks of these guys,” said Nunan, former president of UPN and a professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. “It isn’t ‘Netflix gets to buy whatever they want,’ which is a daily truth they have to swallow, but, ‘How are we going to survive?’ That’s the harder truth they’re facing.”

Mesh has caused health problems in many women, even as some surgeons vouch for its safety and efficacy | Washington Post

About 3 million to 4 million women worldwide have had mesh implanted to treat urinary incontinence and prolapse, said Shlomo Raz, professor of urology and pelvic reconstruction at UCLA school of medicine. About 5 percent — or 150,000 to 200,000 — of those have complications, he said. “But when you have complications, it’s hard to treat,” Raz said.

UCLA researchers ensure minority representation in nationwide autism study | KCAL-TV

“We know that communities of color are not represented in research at the rate that white families are, and this is a problem.… Autism does not discriminate. It occurs at equal rates across all ethnic groups. And so it is so important to get equal representation in research like this,” said UCLA’s Amanda Gulsrud. (Approx. 1:30 mark – video download)

Turns out your standing desk isn’t solving your sitting problem | Wired

Niklas Krause, a professor in Environmental Health Science at UCLA, explains, studies so far have analysed total sitting time, and failed to differentiate between sitting at work and sitting at home. And that is significant, because it means that although sitting at work seems the most obvious behaviour to change, it is not necessarily the one that is the most harmful. “Sitting during the entire day is definitely associated with higher mortality compared to people who sit less,” he says. “But studies that have investigated sitting at work separately found that sitting work postures were not associated consistently with any increased cardiovascular disease risk.”

School funding is a problem across California | KPCC-FM

“As a consequence, we ended up with the largest class sizes. We ended up with less access to counselors, less access to librarians, less access to nurses than almost any other state,” said UCLA’s John Rogers. (Approx. 0:25 mark – audio download)

Gov. Newsom’s health care initiatives will test what a single state can achieve on its own | Los Angeles Times

According to a 2016 study by UCLA’s Center for Health Policy Research, the federal government provided more than half of the $367.5 billion spent on healthcare in the state. Medicare led the parade, accounting for 20%, followed by the federal share of Medicaid (17.1%), federal tax breaks for employer-sponsored coverage (9%) and ACA subsidies (2.4%). A federal contribution that was $185 billion in 2016 presumably is higher now.

Gavin Newsom proposes ‘down payment’ on universal health care in California | PolitiFact

“I think the governor has made some pretty significant progress,” said Gerald Kominski, director, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “So, I am satisfied that he’s moving things forward. He is not going to achieve health care for all with the proposals that he has proposed so far. But he has also said that is a continuing goal and I think what he’s done is made a down payment on some significant steps.”

National cancer rates saw huge drop in last quarter century, but less so for people who are poor or of color | California Health Report

Roshan Bastani, Director for Disparities and Community Engagement at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA, agrees that discrimination is a likely contributor to the observed differences. “However,” said Bastani, “this is very hard to measure. And in most cases it is unlikely to be a deliberate decision to provide sub-standard care to ethnic minority or poor patients, but rather based on perceived stereotypes and assumptions on the part of providers that result in systematically poorer care.”

Law students head to southern U.S. border to help asylum seekers | PRI

Amaris Montes, a first-year law student at the University of California, Los Angeles, also felt the pull to volunteer at the border because of her background. Her parents came to the US 30 years ago without documentation and are now citizens. “Whenever I see people who have come without documentation, it’s like that could be my family member," she says. "Knowing it could be my family, I just feel the need to provide any services that I can to help in the process.” (UCLA law student Kate Lewis also quoted)

California must build workforce to serve older adults’ behavioral health needs, report says | Medical Xpress

By 2030, there will be 9 million adults over age 65 in California — up from 6 million now — according to an estimate by the state’s department of finance. But a new study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research finds that California’s public mental health workforce is poorly prepared to address their mental health needs and provide treatment for substance abuse.

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