UCLA In the News July 26, 2018

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

UCLA surpasses $4.2 billion fundraising goal | Los Angeles Times

UCLA has surpassed its $4.2 billion fundraising goal 18 months ahead of schedule, marking one of the nation’s most successful efforts by a public university to woo philanthropic dollars, campus officials announced Wednesday.… “The extraordinary resources that this campaign has brought in for us is going to help us in manifold ways — student scholarships, new research programs, support for faculty,” [UCLA Chancellor Gene] Block said in an interview. “It will help launch us into the next 100 years moving smoothly.” (Also: KCRW-FM – audio download, KTLA-TV, KTTV-TV)

Jonathan Gold’s brother remembers his impact | Los Angeles Times

(Remembrance by UCLA’s Mark Gold) What I’ve always admired most about Jonathan was his innate ability to bridge cultural divides by writing about the one thing we all love: food. His lyrical prose about the joys of consuming dishes lovingly prepared by immigrants from far-off lands, and the complexity and origin of these dishes, allowed Jonathan to seamlessly bring L.A.’s vast megacity together in a way that social justice leaders have labored to do for decades.

Ferguson fire forces largest closing of Yosemite in decades | New York Times

Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA, said that long-term drying caused by rising global temperatures has exacerbated the risk of wildfires in the western United States. “Over decades there has been a trend toward less moisture in the soil and forest, and that is affecting how dry the vegetation is becoming in summer,” he said.

Thai cave boys ordained as Buddhist novices | NPR

Becoming a Buddhist novice is a common rite of passage for most young Thai boys, Robert Buswell, director of the Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California Los Angeles, told NPR. Similarly, most adult men in their early 20s are ordained as monks, he added… “For the boys it’s an indication that they have transitioned into adulthood. And everything about it — the shaved head, the orange robes — is showing that you’ve left behind the petty concerns of the secular world and are now focusing on more serious concerns instead,” Buswell said.

Star’s black hole encounter puts Einstein’s theory of gravity to the test | Science

“It’s really exciting. This is such an amazing observation,” says astronomer Andrea Ghez of the University of California, Los Angeles, who heads a rival group that is also tracking the star. “This is a direct test [of relativity] that we’ve both been preparing for for years.”

Because of climate change, wildfires are inevitable. Who should be liable for damage? | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“There are a few different things that happen. So one thing is typically that Cal Fire — the state’s agency that addresses wildfire and coordinates addressing fire risk and firefighting — does an investigation. There are also typically insurance claims, which result in insurance company investigations. But the Cal Fire investigation often drives the debate and the dispute over liability,” said UCLA’s Sean Hecht. (Approx. 1:30 mark – audio download)

One woman’s plan to reform a bail system that disadvantages poor defendants | Christian Science Monitor

It was over a late-night Chinese meal in New York with her then colleague, now husband, that [UCLA’s] Robin Steinberg first hit on the idea for a bail fund. Ms. Steinberg and David Feige were both public defenders in the Bronx, a borough of New York, where they saw every day how cash bail hampered clients who couldn’t afford to pay to get out of detention. “We were venting about some client who had just pled guilty [to avoid being stuck in jail] and how frustrating it was and how outrageous it was. And he said, ‘You should just start a bail fund and start bailing people out of jail,’” Steinberg says.… The Bronx Defenders now has 300 lawyers who represent more than 30,000 people a year. Steinberg stepped down last December as its executive director so she could run The Bail Project from her new position as a senior fellow at the UCLA School of Law.

Body camera footage and transparency in the LAPD | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“The new wrinkle here is audio and video, obviously. But this tension between the department wanting to contain information and the public, principally the press, trying to seek that information certainly goes back at least to the early ’90s when I was covering the police department full time,” said UCLA’s Jim Newton. (Approx. 1:15 mark – audio download)

As temperatures rise, L.A. must cope with higher power demand and other climate change impacts | KCRW-FM’s “Press Play”

“So through LARC, we developed this framework called ‘A Greater LA: Climate Action Framework’ that lays out the priorities for addressing climate change and impacts such as extreme heat, which we are absolutely feeling right now throughout the region. The city of L.A. is doing a lot. In the long term, they have the Sustainable City pLAn. They’ve got the Resilient Los Angeles strategy they just released,” said UCLA’s Laurel Hunt. (Approx. 1:00 mark – audio download)

Legal opinions or political commentary? New judge exemplifies Trump era | NPR

Eugene Volokh, a professor at the UCLA School of Law, said he’s been following Ho for years. “What we’re seeing from Judge Ho is a judge who, because he’s really interested in law and ideas, wants to write more about the bigger picture,” he said. “It’s indisputable that he’s writing opinions that express particular ideas that some people disagree with, even sharply disagree with.”

How to escape the tyranny of the to-do list | Inc.

Human beings generally look at time from a ground-level perspective, says Cassie Molignar Holmes, an associate professor at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, who studies the relative contributions of time and money to happiness. That is, when making decisions, people consider only the present and the immediate past and future.

Check out the first-ever 3-D color X-rays | Healthline

“It helps to visualize data normally acquired in two dimensions in a three-dimensional format instead,” said Dr. Juan Pablo Villablanca, a professor of radiology and chief of diagnostic neuroradiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. “This can be helpful for surgical planning as it reveals the three-dimensional shape of an object, visualization of impact of a lesion on adjacent critical structures, and for understanding the spatial location of a lesion.”

Officials announce end of Congo’s deadly Ebola outbreak | Healio

“There is a great need in Central Africa for health systems and disease surveillance strengthening, especially in the areas where it is most difficult to do. It is important that the momentum for assisting the DRC to build capacity and continued provision of laboratory reagents and other tools for rapid diagnostics continues, not just when there is an acute event such as an Ebola outbreak,” said UCLA’s Anne Rimoin.

Sober living: Modern family or big business? | Orange County Register

Richard Rawson, retired co-director of UCLA’s Integrated Substance Abuse Programs and longtime consultant for California regulators, said there’s a difference between “the theory of sober living and the reality of sober living.” “In theory, having a place to live in early recovery — first several months for many people — is useful, particularly for stimulant and alcohol users who do not have effective medication support,” Rawson said.

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