UCLA In the News January 8, 2019

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

Does L.A.’s narcissistic and pricey mindfulness trend have its benefits? | Los Angeles magazine

“The word ‘mindfulness’ is being applied in a very general way so that singing bowls and visualization and chanting — all these things — are trying to fall under the category of mindfulness,” says Diana Winston, director of Mindfulness Education at the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, which has been offering free or affordable meditation services for 12 years. “Especially in Los Angeles … there’s also a lot of hype masquerading as the latest fad.”

Why it’s important for diverse, emerging artists to win awards | Vice

On the other hand, winning an award can be career-defining for emerging artists. “That’s how stars are made. When you are nominated, you instantly become recognisable and known in ways that you might not have been before, [...] and it tends to bode well for the rest of your career,” says Dr. Darnell Hunt, Dean of Social Sciences at UCLA and co-author of the annual UCLA Hollywood Diversity Report.

Looming teachers’ strike complicates a Garcetti presidential bid | Los Angeles Times

“What’s disappointed me is that I think he has a lot more to offer than what the public is seeing,” said Pedro Noguera, a professor of education at UCLA who counts himself as a Garcetti admirer. Garcetti has an obligation as the city’s leader “to use his bully pulpit to call on both sides to come together and work something out,” Noguera said. L.A. Unified is a major employer in Los Angeles, Noguera added, and “just from that point of view, the mayor should be involved” and bring to bear the same forcefulness he used to secure the 2028 Olympics.

In a reversal, ‘car-rich’ households are growing | CityLab Opinion

At the opposite end of the spectrum is Los Angeles, where car-free households dropped by 11 percent since 2012. L.A. also shows car ownership greatly outpacing population growth (10 percent versus 4 percent). This picture is consistent with a recent UCLA study that linked declines in transit ridership to increased car ownership among low-income and in particular immigrant communities in the L.A. area.

L.A. schools have bigger problems than a looming teacher’s strike | Los Angeles Times Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Pedro Noguera) The district, as the teachers’ union has pointed out, does have a reserve fund of close to $2 billion. These funds could definitely help in reaching a settlement with the union. However, the existence of the reserve can’t make up for the fact that LAUSD currently spends about half a billion dollars more each year than it takes in, according to a recent analysis. Without painful corrective action, its financial situation will worsen considerably over the next few years.

How gender-fluid fashions elevated men’s looks at the Golden Globes | Vox

A national study about teens and gender identity conducted by UCLA in 2017 found that just under 1 percent of teens identify as transgender, roughly the same as the general U.S. population.

This tidying expert’s new Netflix show has drawn breathless attention | Motherboard

Clearing away that clutter, or watching someone do it on TV, can act as a way of relieving that stress, Saxbe said, adding that her research was part of a larger study at the Center for the Everyday Lives of Families at the University of California, Los Angeles. That study also found that many families are suffocating under mountains of stuff, with 75 percent of them using their garages as storage rather than to park their car. That could explain why modern viewers would be particularly interested in watching someone else’s space get magically sorted out in a matter of 35 minutes-long episode of “Tidying Up.”

California and Puerto Rico officials join in climate fight | USA Today

Climate change made both natural disasters worse, said Alex Hall, director of UCLA’s Center for Climate Science. With continued use of fossil fuels, climate change makes hurricanes in Puerto Rico more severe and increases the frequency and devastation of California wildfires. Communities need to adapt to climate change and think about how to respond to challenges together, he said. 

UCLA alumna Carol Burnett gets inaugural Globes prize for TV achievement | Associated Press

More than 50 years after Carol Burnett became the first woman to host a variety sketch show, a stint that would last 11 years and make her a household name, the 85-year-old accepted the very first Carol Burnett Award for lifetime achievement in television at the Golden Globes on Sunday…. In addition to her work on TV, theater and movies, Burnett has established several scholarships around the country, including the Carol Burnett Musical Theatre Competition at her alma mater, The University of California, Los Angeles, and the Carrie Hamilton Foundation, to honor the memory of her daughter, who died in 2002.

Here’s what you need to know about the possible LAUSD teachers strike | Los Angeles Daily News

“If you go back to 2010, 2011, that was the period toward the end of the recession when for a variety of different reasons some teachers unions were at their low point in terms of public perception,” UCLA education professor John Rogers said. “In the last years we’ve seen changes … teachers and teachers unions are being viewed more favorably.”

Documentary ‘Horror Noire: The History of Black Horror’ coming to Shudder next month | ComicBook.com

“After I saw Oscar winner Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out,’ I created a UCLA class around Black Horror called The Sunken Place,” executive producer Tananarive Due shared. “The text I recommended was Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman’s ‘Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to the Present.’ So I was so thrilled to help bring this story to life on the screen. ‘Horror Noire’ is about the history of black horror films, but it’s also a testament to the power of representation and how horror is such a visceral way to fight racial trauma: our real pain and fear, but from a safer distance — while we get stronger.”

Dog breeds do have distinct personalities — and they’re rooted in DNA | Science magazine

Until more of those connections are made, “I am not sure how widely accepted the results will be,” says Robert Wayne, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California, Los Angeles. He and dog genetics expert Elinor Karlsson from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester point out that this study finds a much bigger role for genetics in shaping behavior than previous studies and so think more work needs to be done to verify the findings.

Some drug users in western U.S. seek out deadly fentanyl. Here’s why | Stateline.org

In Los Angeles, an addiction medicine expert at UCLA, Steven Shoptaw, is building statewide coalitions of academics and public health and law enforcement officials to fortify the state’s defenses against the deadly synthetic drug. “We know we’re in a privileged position to have been spared a lot of the fentanyl mess,” he said, “and we want to keep it that way.”

Should California adopt a lower passing score for the bar exam? | Sacramento Bee Opinion

“More clients insist on having diverse lawyering teams, and this is an irony,” said UCLA School of Law Dean Jennifer Mnookin. “We are this extraordinarily diverse state that is reducing the pool of good lawyers.” (Also: KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”)

UCLA neurosurgeon receives award | Healio

Linda M. Liau, MD, PhD, MBA, received the Abhijit Guha Award in recognition of her work treating brain tumors. The award — sponsored jointly by Society for Neuro-Oncology, the Joint Section on Tumors of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons — is presented to an outstanding clinician who has an active research laboratory and has played an active role in the mentorship of neuro-oncology professionals. Liau is chair of the neurosurgery department at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, as well as a neurosurgeon-scientist at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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