UCLA In the News January 25, 2018

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

Gay conversion therapy is still legal in 41 states | New York Times

A new report tells us just how huge it is. Nearly 700,000 adults in the country have received conversion therapy at some point, including about 350,000 who received the treatment as adolescents, according to a study by the Williams Institute, a think tank on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy at UCLA.

Metro ridership fell to lowest level in more than decade | Los Angeles Times

One study prepared by UCLA for the Southern California Assn. of Governments suggests that the region simply has more cars available per resident than in the past, making driving easier and making traffic worse.

Films ignore harbinger of apocalypse: ignorance of science | The Verge

Scientists at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability — including director Peter Kareiva and undergraduate researcher Valerie Carranza — surveyed disaster blockbusters released between 1956 and 2016 to get an idea. These films didn’t feature God-ordained destruction, and they had diverse malefactors, including alien invasions, genetically engineered viruses, evil AI, global war and “technology run amok.” But their survey found that only 10 of the films — or 17 percent — dealt with environmental catastrophe.

Pros, cons of Stockton’s universal basic income project | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“It is a very small amount of money, but also it’s temporary. And that’s an important distinction. So if you were one of those who’s chosen for this experiment, you’ll receive your $500 a month but you know that rounds out. So this is a kind of windfall and it doesn’t represent a fundamental change in the way in which you relate to your income and the way in which you relate to work,” said UCLA’s Jerry Nickelsburg. (Approx. 4:52 mark)

$2.7 million to UCLA Fielding School to train undergrads | Los Angeles Sentinel

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded a five-year, $2.7 million grant to the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health to launch a program to inspire undergraduates to pursue public health careers, it was announced Monday. Those participating in the eight-week summer program at UCLA will be partnered with Los Angeles-based organizations, health systems and government agencies, where they will contribute three days per week toward substantive public health projects, according to the university.

YouTube cycle of stunts, views, revenue | KPCC-FM’s “Marketplace Tech”

“This question of, ‘Is there something about the actual architecture and impetus for money making at YouTube that has people pushing the line more and more to not only gain new followers but maintain the ones they have?’” said UCLA’s Sarah Roberts. (Approx. 1:45 mark)

Right-to-die law working but challenges remain | Bay Area News Group

But some speakers, including Cindy Cain, an assistant professor at the UCLA School of Public Health who has been researching data related to the law, said there’s a need for more information to better understand how the End of Life Option Act is being implemented around California. “We do not have an adequate estimate of the health care systems that have adopted strategies,” she said. “Patients lack knowledge about the process and wish they had more information about it.”

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