UCLA In the News January 9, 2019

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

Long way to go before artificial intelligence systems take over humans’ jobs | Economic Times (India)

Artificial intelligence systems have a long way to go before they can take over tasks and jobs traditionally performed by people, say scientists who highlighted the severe limitations of deep learning computer networks. Researchers at University of California, Los Angeles conducted various experiments which showed that it is easy to fool the deep learning neural networks. “The machines have severe limitations that we need to understand,” said Philip Kellman, a UCLA professor and senior author of the study published in the journal PLOS Computational Biology.

Los Angeles braces for major teachers’ strike | New York Times

With many wealthy and white families opting to choose charter or private schools, or move to other surrounding school districts, the Los Angeles school district is disproportionately African-American and Latino. A study from UCLA’s Civil Rights Project found that Latino students in Los Angeles are more segregated than anywhere else in the country.

‘Surviving R. Kelly’ revealed black women’s roadblocks to exposing abuse | Vice

As reported by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, more than 20 percent of black women are raped during their lifetimes — a higher share than among women overall. Furthermore, Dr. Gail Wyatt, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA who’s written extensively about black women and sexual assault, found through semi-structured qualitative interviews that African-American women will discuss the unwanted sex with family and friends, but are less likely to disclose to trained professionals.

Trump used Oval Office to make his border wall pitch, but experts doubt it will sway voters  | CBC (Canada) Analysis

The end result may be that Trump has set himself to be seen as someone in a “cry wolf scenario” from the most revered office in the West Wing, said Jon Michaels, a constitutional law professor at UCLA…. “On the merits, I would be hard-pressed to say we’re facing an emergency right now,” Michaels said. “Under any type of reasonable perspective, thankfully, we are far from a national emergency.” 

Los Angeles teachers are ready for first strike in 30 years | Associated Press

Both sides say they don’t want a strike, but John Rogers, a professor of education at the University of California, Los Angeles, said one seems inevitable. “I would be surprised if a strike doesn’t come about, because I think each side has a real interest in demonstrating the dominance of their positions,” Rogers said.

Fewer women directed top-grossing films in 2018, study shows | CNBC

“When women are systemically unrepresented behind the camera, in directing roles and writing roles that create and shape characters, they end up producing movies that don’t appeal to everyone,” Darnell Hunt, UCLA’s Dean of social sciences and the co-author of the annual Hollywood diversity report, told CNBC Make It…. “Hollywood is leaving money on the table. On average, movies that look more like America in terms of diversity and inclusion do better,” Hunt said.

UCLA professor makes 2019 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings list | Education Week

Today, we unveil the 2019 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings, ranking the university-based scholars in the U.S. who did the most last year to shape educational practice and policy. Simply being included in this list of 200 scholars is an accomplishment, given the tens of thousands who might qualify. No. 17 is Pedro Noguera of UCLA. (Registration required)     

UCLA professor Bryonn Bain on arts activism and justice reform | Spectrum News 1

Bryonn Bain takes the LA Stories cameras inside his innovative classroom and on-stage for his critically acclaimed one-man show at the prestigious Kennedy Center…. “We have the opportunity to find ways to connect with some of the most brilliant minds who have been incarcerated. It’s been a lot of work but we have an amazing team of folks here [at UCLA] who are supporting this vision, so I’m excited about what the future holds.”

Marie Kondo is on Netflix — but you don’t need her to get organized | Chicago Tribune

At UCLA, research on family life showed that the stress hormones of mothers spiked whenever they had to deal with the family’s possessions.

18 key education stories to watch this year, according to the experts  | The 74

“My prediction is that the court finds DACA unconstitutional and phases it out — not immediately ending it,” said Patricia Gándara, co-director of the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles. “But, of course, that means that day by day, DACA recipients begin losing their status. This will set off a new round of discussions about immigration policy and something to protect the DACA recipients.”

Asylum-seekers in California wait for their day in immigration court | NPR

“Finding a lawyer is powerfully associated with positive outcomes,” said UCLA law professor Ingrid Eagly. In a study that tracked outcomes for families after being released from detention, Eagly and her colleagues found that between 2001 and 2016, released families that did not have a lawyer were only allowed to stay in the country 7 percent of the time. Those who had a lawyer increased their odds to 49 percent.

Look for ways to diversify and strenghten the workforce | Associated Press

(Excerpt of editorial from the Marietta Times) Of those customers leaving Ohio, 16.9 percent said they were leaving to move to a new location in retirement; 13.78 percent cited “family” reasons; 8.77 percent cited “lifestyle” changes; and a massive 60.75 percent said they were moving for a job. As Michael Stoll, economist, professor and the chairman of the Department of Public Policy at the University of California in Los Angeles put it, “That says a lot about Ohio’s ability to provide employment.”

Gavin Newsom’s inauguration as California’s new governor | KCAL-TV

“I don’t think most inaugurals are concrete-type speeches. Those are left for State of the State, which I assume he will give in the next few weeks, and the budget he will present to the legislature shortly. I’m reminded of when I was first sworn in in 1975 and the president and the city council said ‘today you’re sworn in, the rest of your career you will be sworn at,’” said UCLA’s Zev Yaroslavsky.

Newsom’s health plan could help lower your insurance costs — or make you pay a fine  | Fresno Bee

California’s uninsured rate dropped dramatically under the Affordable Care Act. But researchers at UC Berkeley and UCLA project the federal government’s roll back of the individual mandate will cause California’s uninsured rate to rise again. The researchers estimate that in 2020 as many as 450,000 more Californians will be uninsured than if the federal government had left the individual mandate in place.

Flu season has kicked in; here’s how to protect yourself | Healthline

“At the first sign of the flu — fever, muscle aches and fatigue — call your doctor. Prescription flu medicine started early can shorten the duration of symptoms,” Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, a professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at the University of California Los Angeles, told Healthline.

Even older drugs are getting steep price hikes, study finds | HealthDay

“The United States market for prescribed drugs is really a free-for-all market, and I think we’ve made peace with that, by and large,” said Stuart Schweitzer, a professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

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