UCLA In the News January 8, 2016

Economic turmoil in China has little effect in U.S. | Los Angeles Times

“The Chinese really depend much more on America than we depend on the Chinese,” said William Yu, an economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast who has studied the intersection of the California and Chinese economies. “The good side of this is that we don’t rely on exports much. We never have. The backbone of our economy is the American consumer.”

We must keep talking about concussion risk | U.S. News and World Report

(Op-ed by UCLA’s Dr. Christopher Giza) Despite all the current focus on high-level sports at the collegiate and professional levels, our team wants to emphasize that the vast majority of sports concussions and brain injuries occur in youth sports. Unfortunately, public attention to concussion at different levels of sport is inversely proportional to the numbers of affected athletes. (Also: Orange County Register)

Tools to reduce volatility in market trading induce panic | Wall Street Journal

Circuit breakers can have an unexpected effect on trading, especially when they are set too low, said Avanidhar Subrahmanyam, a finance professor at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at University of California, Los Angeles, who has studied them. The Chinese regulators set the level so low that it had a “magnetic or gravitational effect,” he said, meaning that as prices neared the threshold, it actually caused more panicked trading from those wanting to get their trades finished before it was tripped.

Segregation in Israeli schools merits U.S. boycott | Los Angeles Times

(Op-ed by UCLA’s Saree Makdisi) Boycotts have been among the most effective means of nonviolent protest against institutional injustice in the modern era. They played a key role in bringing about the transformation of the Jim Crow South and the downfall of apartheid in South Africa, both of which bear an unmistakable resemblance to the situation in Israel. It is as unthinkable to turn a blind eye to the racism of the Israeli educational system as it would have been to disregard those earlier forms of injustice.

How do we solve segregation in schools? | PBS Newshour

(Interview with UCLA’s Pedro Noguera) And that’s after we made quite a bit of progress in this country, especially in the South, but now we know that schools in the North and the West are more segregated now than they were 30 years ago. So, we now find ourselves in a situation where not only are schools increasingly racially separate, but we’re also concentrating the poorest children in schools that have the fewest resources.

USDA’s dietary guidelines influenced by corporate, special interests | Time

“It’s upsetting to see cycles of misinformation coming back over and over again,” says Dr. David Heber, founding director of the University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Human Nutrition. “The public has been confused and will remain confused by these guidelines.”

Water from El Niño is sent straight to sea | KCRW-FM’s “Which Way, L.A.?”

“This is a perfect example of how what we sometimes think of as natural disasters are just as much human-made disasters as they are natural,” said UCLA’s Jon Christensen. “The system that we have in Los Angeles was built to be resilient to these kinds of big storms, and channel as much water as possible as quickly as possible into the oceans.”

To protect your memory, ban midnight snacking | KPCC-FM

[UCLA researchers] took two groups of mice, one that ate during the day, one only given food during sleeping hours… They found that the late night snackers were significantly worse at remembering things they just learned than the ones that ate during the day…. They also found there was less activity in these late night snacking mice in an area called the hippocampus. [audio download]

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