UCLA In the News January 24, 2019

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

Educators across the U.S. are inspired by L.A. teachers’ win | NBC News

UCLA education professor Pedro Noguera said the apparent victory in L.A., where more than 600,000 students were invited back to school Wednesday, will “inspire teachers around the country to focus beyond salary and benefits and think about the conditions they work under.” (UCLA’s Kent Wong also quoted)

L.A. may charge freeway drivers by the mile | 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. (Also: UCLA’s Michael Manville quoted in LAist)

Supreme Court signals an appetite for future controversies | Washington Post

“Nothing illustrates that change is on the way than the decision to take the Second Amendment case,” said Adam Winkler, a law professor at the University of California at Los Angeles who wrote “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America.” (Also: The Atlantic)

High-pressure ridge along coast keeping California dry | San Francisco Chronicle

“Nearly every winter tends to feature at least one weeks-long dry interlude,” says Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles. “The real question is whether the upcoming dry spell persists for more than a couple of weeks. That’s when we’d start falling behind average once again from a precipitation and water supply perspective.”

Audrey Wells scholarships set at alma mater UCLA film school | Deadline

Pearl Studio, which is turning Audrey Wells’ final screenplay “Over the Moon” into an animated movie, has gifted $100,000 in scholarships to the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television in Wells’ name. Wells, a UCLA TFT alum, died in October at age 58 after a long battle with cancer, just one day before the release of 20th Century Fox’s racial drama “The Hate U Give,” which she adapted from Angie Thomas’ novel. (Also: The Wrap)

The latest on government shutdown negotiations | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“I don’t think the offer’s going to go forward, because it’s not really much of a new offer. [President Trump is] really just giving back all the stuff that he already broke by himself. So, the whole reason we have a DACA crisis is because the president and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions decided to end it,” said UCLA’s Matt Barreto (audio download.)

Oscar nominations: Female directors, Asians are shut out again | USA Today

If we’re talking show business, diversity actually brings a boon. Films with casts that were from 21 percent to 30 percent minority enjoyed the highest median global box-office receipts and the highest median return on investment,” UCLA’s 2018 Hollywood Diversity Report found.

Making women feel safer could boost transit ridership | Wired

Fears of harassment are justified, past research has found. “We know that women are much more afraid than men,” says Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, an urban planning professor at UCLA who has studied how women use transit around the world for decades. “As expected, many more women are sexually harassed, and it is a big concern and extremely underreported.”

UCLA’s Adam Winkler among nominees for 2019 National Book Critics Circle Awards | Los Angeles Times

UCLA law professor Adam Winkler’s “We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights” was nominated in the nonfiction category.

Three spectrums, not one, may define autism | Spectrum

Clinical assessments of autistic people suggest that those two categories are closely linked, says Catherine Lord, distinguished professor in residence of psychiatry and education at the University of California, Los Angeles. (Lord was a member of the working group that defined the current diagnostic criteria.) “These scores are not truly independent, and that is one of the most important aspects of autism,” Lord says.

Three female showrunners changed the TV landscape. Now their shows are ending | Time

For all the gains female showrunners have made, a 2017 UCLA study found that parity remains elusive: 90% of showrunners are white, and 80% are male.

Michael Avenatti accused of mismanaging law firm | Daily Beast

Neil Wertlieb, an adjunct professor at UCLA School of Law, said losing client funds is “a very sensitive area” that could lead to disbarment. “Attorneys act in a fiduciary capacity with their clients, and as it pertains to receipt of settlement proceeds, they have to act in accordance with their fiduciary responsibility.”

The water in your toilet could fight climate change one day | Wired

“If you look at what we’re actually doing today, it’s quite far from what the authors are suggesting,” says UCLA environmental engineer Michael Stenstrom, who has researched wastewater treatment and carbon sequestration. “Some of the roadblocks are not great science — they’re management and getting people to do what we want them to do.”

Study provides new insight about how fast the universe is expanding | Space Daily

Now, by pioneering a new way to measure how quickly the cosmos is expanding, a team led by UCLA astronomers has taken a step toward resolving the debate.… “The Hubble constant anchors the physical scale of the universe,” said Simon Birrer, a UCLA postdoctoral scholar and lead author of the study. Without a precise value for the Hubble constant, astronomers can’t accurately determine the sizes of remote galaxies, the age of the universe or the expansion history of the cosmos. (Also: R&D)

New Year’s resolutions can last throughout the year | Santa Monica Daily Press

Don’t adopt too many changes too quickly, cautions Nicole DiBona, a dietician at UCLA Health. Instead, DiBona urges clients to set reasonable goals and follow through on them. “Gyms or fitness studios will be much more packed in the beginning of the year because of everybody’s resolutions. And then, over time, that dwindles down. I think people go too big, too hard, too soon,” DiBona said. “Small changes over time can create a big impact.”

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