UCLA In the News July 12, 2018

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

UC opens doors to record number of Californians, led by growth in transfer students | Los Angeles Times

UCLA, for instance, admitted 562 fewer freshmen but 64 more transfer students this year. Berkeley, Merced, Riverside, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz also boosted their admission offers to state transfer students. Offers to California freshmen were down at Berkeley, Irvine, San Diego and Santa Cruz in addition to UCLA. “Transfer students are the future of our university,” said Youlonda Copeland-Morgan, UCLA vice provost of enrollment management.

The good and bad of ride-sharing when it comes to race | Wired

But a UCLA urban planning dissertation published this spring that looked at Uber and Lyft riders and drivers in the County of Los Angeles shows that the tale takes some interesting turns. Let’s start with the good news. Urban planner Anne Brown looked at 6.3 million Lyft trips taken by 828,616 riders in LA County during the fall of 2016, and she found that the ride-hail service has picked up or dropped off passengers in more than 99 percent of neighborhoods — it didn’t just serve rich, white enclaves, or, as taxis tend to do, concentrate in dense, downtown areas.

What happens if the gender gap becomes a gender chasm? | New York Times

Karen Kaufmann, a political scientist at UCLA, and John Petrocik, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Missouri, were among the first to show that men were moving to the right and that it was this movement that drove the gender gap. In their 1999 paper, “The Changing Politics of American Men: Understanding the Sources of the Gender Gap,” Kaufmann and Petrocik demonstrated the growing conservatism of men — a process that had actually begun in 1968.

Thinking skills may suffer on hot days | Reuters

The new study “is adding to a very quickly growing literature on the effects of heat exposure on student outcomes,” said Jisung Park, an assistant professor of environmental health sciences at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. “It’s very consistent with other studies showing that hot temperatures, whether at home or in the classroom, can have a detrimental effect on learning.”

Climate change is heating up Los Angeles | Los Angeles Times Opinion

The number of days over 95 degrees could triple or quadruple by 2050, UCLA scientists have forecast. That means increased electricity demand as people crank up the AC. It also means more residents will install air conditioning, putting additional strain on the electrical grid. Such temperatures can be deadly to residents without air conditioning — or those who lose their air conditioning in a power outage.

Should compulsive sexual behavior be classified as a mental health disorder? | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“Well, they are definitely two different professional organizations. They have different processes and different mechanisms of reviewing data, in terms of how it comes to a diagnosis. What’s very clear though is that ITD11 does not call this an addiction. It’s calling it a compulsive sexual behavior disorder. And it’s saying based on the data that they reviewed, that there is enough data to suggest that this a trend globally that should be monitored and researched,” said UCLA’s Timothy Fong. (Approx 1:15 mark – audio download)

Judge weighs competency of man accused of mailing explosives | Daily Mail (U.K.)

Phan’s behavior leading up to the mailings was not enough to take him into custody, said Adam Winkler, a professor of constitutional law at the University of California, Los Angeles. “If he threatened violence, the FBI could take action,” Winkler said. “You can’t arrest someone because they have crazy ideas.”

The wild parrots of Pasadena | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“So they were brought here through the pet trade. That much is true. And the ones that are out there now are the descendants of escaped pet parrots. The stories about pet store fires are likely not true. But what is for sure is that one way or another, a sufficient number of these parrots got out in the ’70s and ’80s when they were massively poached in northeastern Mexico and brought to the United States as pets. And they were adaptable enough to survive in a city like Los Angeles, which is in and of itself quite amazing,” said UCLA’s Ursula Heise. (Approx 1:00 mark – audio download)

After years of searching, scientists finally trace high-energy neutrinos to a blazar | Los Angeles Times

“In my opinion, this is as significant as the first steps in X-ray astronomy, which were awarded the Nobel Prize,” said Alexander Kusenko, a particle astrophysicist at UCLA who was not involved in the study. Such neutrino discoveries could help astronomers to better understand the inner workings of these cosmic events, Kusenko said.

How extreme heat is affecting L.A.’s electric grid | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“Well, definitely high heat and increased frequency of extreme heat days is going to be the new normal. How many of those days we’re going to encounter really depend on how many CO2 emissions we end up putting into the atmosphere globally. But, yes, it’s definitely going to be something that we’re going to have to incorporate in our planning for the power systems going out in the future,” said UCLA’s Eric Fournier. (Approx 2:52 mark – audio download)

UCLA granted $9.75 million for battery research | Los Angeles Business Journal

University of California–Los Angeles has received a $9.75 million grant from the United States Department of Energy to advance research in rechargeable batteries. The four-year grant was given to UCLA’s Synthetic Control Across Length-scales for Advancing Rechargables (SCALAR) and the funds will be used to conduct research into increasing the strength, safety and stability of renewable batteries. “Improving energy storage has tremendous potential to impact intermittent renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, as well as the future of electric vehicles,” said [UCLA’s] Sarah Tolbert.

Now more than ever, we need diversity in admissions | Chronicle of Higher Education Opinion

(Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Rachel Moran) Although the Trump administration has not offered guidelines that contravene the court’s holdings, college administrators can justifiably infer that the withdrawal signals dissent from the diversity rationale. This change in policy does not, after all, come in a political vacuum.

Can Democrats shield Californians from new GOP tax law? | CALmatters

It’s what many states — including Trump-supporting red ones — already have been using to fund some of their public programs, says Kirk Stark, tax law and policy professor at University of California, Los Angeles. In 2013, he co-authored a report outlining how states could capture federal money by creating state tax credits for contributions. “The big question now is whether the IRS will attempt to undercut the tax advantages of all of these programs, which would be politically unpopular but somewhat more defensible legally, or if they’ll somehow try to nix only the newer blue state programs, which would be more palatable for advocates of red state programs but would be legally dubious,” Stark told CALmatters.

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