UCLA In the News July 14, 2017

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

UCLA plans online education expansion | Inside Higher Ed

The University of California, Los Angeles, is planning a major expansion in the online certificate and graduate degree markets that it hopes will reach as many as 15,000 students by early next decade. Wayne Smutz, dean of continuing education and UCLA Extension, said in a statement that UCLA is in the planning stages to launch UCLA Global Online, which will offer for-credit courses and programs, as well as certificate programs from the university’s extension arm. Smutz will serve as UCLA Global Online’s founding dean. “The programs and courses will focus on the needs of Los Angeles’s largest industries such as entertainment, aerospace, health care and advanced manufacturing in order to develop and attract talent to our community,” Smutz said.

Female sex offenders more common than thought | Independent (U.K.)

A U.S. study has revealed that female sex offenders are more common than first thought. While cultural stereotypes lead us to consider sexual offenses by women as rare, a team of researchers at the UCLA School of Law have found this to be far from the truth. Led by Lara Stemple, the researchers analyzed data from four large-scale federal agency surveys and found that these types of cases against both male and female victims are surprisingly common. 

The schools transforming immigrant education | The Atlantic

Gary Orfield, who co-directs the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at the University of California, Los Angeles, and conducts extensive research on school segregation, also opposes keeping English-language learners in separate environments for too long, he said. But he knows it doesn’t benefit students to put them in a classroom where they don’t understand what’s going on either.

Revised health bill making things worse | Los Angeles Times

“The new Republican plan has gone from horrible to absolutely awful,” said Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “The first version guts Medicaid, and now this version does the same for exchange marketplaces,” he told me. “Republicans should be ashamed.” (Also: San Francisco Chronicle)

Companies like Uber are staying private longer | Los Angeles Times

“The board of a private company is there at the behest of the CEO, the owners, and the investors, so your responsibility is to enhance the value of that enterprise,” said Eric Flamholtz, a professor emeritus at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. “In a public company, you have a responsibility to help the company, but you also have a responsibility to make sure the company is on the straight and narrow.”

Trump’s presence in France on Bastille Day | KGO-AM (San Francisco)

“So there’s a lot of symbolism attached to this trip. Obviously, this is all taking place on Bastille Day, which is the celebration of the national holiday of France, of the storming of the Bastille in 1789, which of course played a major role in getting the French Revolution underway. But it’s really a symbolic reminder to the world and to President Trump that the United States has not always been a protectionist, closed or ‘America-first’ country,” said UCLA’s Dominic Thomas. (Audio download)

GPS rules send California juveniles into jail cycle | Associated Press

It is difficult to determine how the rules in California counties compare across the U.S. because in other large states, including Florida and Texas, the rules also vary from county to county, said Laura Abrams, who chairs the social welfare department at the University of California, Los Angeles. Some smaller states have centralized probation systems, meaning all offenders need to follow the same set of rules, she said. “I’m not sure disparities are this large in other states, partly because California is so diverse,” Abrams said.

Scientists criticize climate change doomsday warning | Independent (U.K.)

Dr. Daniel Swain, of University of California, Los Angeles, was more nuanced, arguing the article “accurately describes some of the most dire consequences of unabated global warming,” but he added that it failed to explain the risk of this happening.

Separating food facts from fiction | Medical Xpress

As a nutritional epidemiologist devoted to prevention, Karin Michels has spent much of her career studying how health can be optimized through a proper diet. “People think it all comes down to their genes, but there is so much we can control by not smoking or being overweight, eating right and exercising at least moderately,” says Michels, professor and chair of the epidemiology department in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

Placenta pills scrutinized after link to newborn’s infection | Healthline

Dr. Leena Nathan, an assistant clinical professor at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Health Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, said many women are interested in consuming the placenta for health reasons, despite a lack of scientific evidence. “They use it for improved breastfeeding and helping with mood after delivery,” Nathan told Healthline. “I tell them there’s no good evidence to consume the placenta, and it costs some money.”

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