UCLA In the News January 29, 2018

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

Where are the new boundaries at work? | Washington Post

“My research over the past couple of years showed that men were hesitant to have one-on-one meetings, go out to lunch or go on business trips alone with a woman,” said Kim Elsesser, a psychologist at the University of California at Los Angeles and author of “Sex and the Office.” “Now it’s gotten worse. We need to educate everyone in the workplace not only about what not to do, but that going out to lunch is important — if you segregate by gender, that’s discrimination.”

Twins born 4 minutes apart; only one is U.S. citizen | Los Angeles Times

But Nancy Polikoff, a visiting professor at UCLA School of Law, said straight couples who use assisted reproduction abroad run into similar problems. "The definition of parents that's being used has not caught up to the reality of parentage today, which is that lots of people are recognized as legal parents even though they aren't biological parents and they haven't adopted the child," she said.

New Yorkers may face another tax increase | New York Times

Some states that see increased revenue may choose to keep the extra funds, to plug other fiscal holes, said Kirk Stark, a taxation law professor at the University of California at Los Angeles. (New York is facing down a $4.4 billion budget shortfall.) Other states might actually see a decrease in revenue, depending on where and how their tax codes conform to the federal one.

Immigration plan contains bitter pills for both sides | Washington Post

For Hiroshi Motomura, a law professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, the broader question concerns the kind of United States that Americans want.… “It’s really trying to exact a price in a legislative negotiation, but it’s losing sight of what’s going to make the strongest America 20 or 30 years from now,” Motomura said of the White House proposal. “That’s really what the trade-off is … that’s why it’s shortsighted.”

Kenya is about to swear in another president | Los Angeles Times

The current political morass is bigger than just ethnicity, said Edmond J. Keller, a political scientist and Africa expert at UCLA. "What we have now in Kenya is a struggle among power elites," Keller said.

Why did Hillary Clinton let this happen? | New York Times

Juliet Williams, a professor of gender studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, said, “Women can be not only complicit but enabling in sexual abuse, and we women as a community, as a society, need to recognize that every single one of us needs to take a good look at who we’ve stood up for and who we haven’t.” [UCLA’s Abigail Saguy is also quoted]

The fire that fueled the Iran protests | The Atlantic

Perhaps a result, there were some 400 labor protests in 2015 and nearly 350 in 2016, according to a study by Kevan Harris and Zep Kalb at UCLA; there have been some 900 protests since March of last year, according to labor researcher Zahra Ayatollah. In the recent unrest, five labor organizations issued a statement calling for an “end to poverty and misery,” urging the government to undertake pro-labor reforms.

Did Trump listen to us about not firing Mueller? | Los Angeles Times

“Mr. President, you are a target for obstruction of justice charges.” Those words will likely be spoken to Trump when, during a possible deposition, his lawyer asks Mueller whether the president is the “target” of an obstruction investigation, writes UCLA law professor Harry Litman.

What happens after Governor Jerry Brown? | Christian Science Monitor

Because for all his shortcomings as the state’s chief executive, Brown’s years in office have provided a blend of power and prudence that makes him “a dominant figure in state politics,” says Zev Yaroslavsky, director of the Los Angeles Initiative at the Luskin School of Public Affairs and the Department of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Particularly in the last eight years, he was the 800-pound gorilla in the room.”

Should LGBT-owned firms get leg up in public contracts? | NPR’s “Marketplace”

UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh has examined the issue and is a critic of public contract quotas. “As best I can tell, neither being gay nor straight makes you a better construction manager, let’s say,” Volokh said.

Will next chief build on Beck’s community policing? | Los Angeles Daily News

That sentiment was echoed by Jorja Leap, a professor of social welfare at UCLA and a gang expert, who added that under Beck, the police department — in coordination with the mayor’s office — has done “tremendous” work around combating gangs and gang intervention. “It’s not to say there haven’t been issues — racial tensions and questions around officer-involved shootings — but I think a sea change has begun,” Leap said.

Conservatives don’t understand racism runs deep in U.S. education | Salon

In contrast, Dan Losen, director of the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at UCLA and a former teacher for a decade, tells AlterNet that the 2014 guidelines are crucial for addressing the implicit bias that exists in schools, even among well-meaning teachers, just as such bias exists throughout society. “Stereotypes are in the air we breathe,” says Losen.

Mobile stroke unit brings hospital to patients | Fox News

“One may become paralyzed on one side of their body, unable to speak or understand, or unable to walk,” said Dr. May Nour, medical director of the UCLA Mobile Stroke Program.

Can an algorithm predict schizophrenia? | Healthline

Researchers from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the New York State Psychiatric Institute, the University of California Los Angeles, and other institutions used a computer algorithm to examine the speech patterns of 93 at-risk young people in New York and California.

Should women be tested for breast, ovarian cancer gene mutations? | Healthline

“That is far higher than most studies assume,” Elisa Long, PhD, assistant professor at the University of California Los Angeles Anderson School of Management, told Healthline. Long co-authored a 2015 study that concluded general population testing for BRCA mutations was not cost effective. “The estimates that I’ve seen for BRCA mutations [in the general population] are more like 1 in 400, 1 in 600 or 1 in 800,” said Long. “It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.”

Drug a promising therapy for multiple sclerosis | Healthline

“This is an interesting approach of ‘repurposing’ old drugs for new uses,” explained Dr. Barbara Giesser, professor of clinical neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and clinical director of the UCLA MS program. “The animal results are very intriguing,” Giesser told Healthline, “and if they are shown to translate into efficacy in human trials, [that] would represent significant advances in treating progressive MS.”

What we, as citizens, can do to fight genocide | Washington Post

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Aliza Luft) We observe Holocaust Remembrance Day this year while yet another genocide unfolds — and we seek to motivate Washington to act. But how? Armed humanitarian intervention — the use of military force to alleviate human suffering — is improbable. From a pragmatic perspective, the U.S. has poured trillions of dollars into its never-ending wars, and is said to be quietly preparing for war with North Korea; intervention in Burma, which is also known as Myanmar, is not likely a priority.

Women who want abortion not seeking services; they seek abortion | Los Angeles Times

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Paula Tavrow) These barriers are not only unwarranted but unjust. Clearly, as Foster's research shows, they harm mostly poor women, who may already be contending with domestic violence, addiction or depression.

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