UCLA In the News June 19, 2017

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

UCLA graduates its largest class ever | Los Angeles Daily News

Pauley Pavilion at UCLA was packed Friday afternoon with graduates, their families and friends for one of two major commencement ceremonies that would see almost 5,800 College of Letters and Science students turn their tassels from right to left to mark this step in their lives.

Cosby’s ties with African-Americans not black and white | Los Angeles Times

Added Darnell Hunt, director of UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies: “There has always been this ambivalence with blacks when it comes to Bill Cosby. On one hand, he’s the Sidney Poitier of TV. He’s definitely been a major contributor — his philanthropy alone has been very important. But he’s also rubbed some people the wrong way by this ‘pull yourself up by your bootstraps’ approach. He talks down to some people at times.”

Everyone loves L.A. — and that’s the problem | Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles alone can’t solve a regional or national housing crisis, said professor Jerry Nickelsburg of the UCLA Anderson Forecast, nor can it stem the tide of people who want to live here. “People moving into California are better-educated and have higher incomes than those who are moving out,” he said, and that’s having a direct effect on rising rents.

Time for action on opioids | U.S. News & World Report

(Commentary by UCLA’s Dr. Jonathan Fielding) The opioid crisis is getting worse, and rapidly. In 2015, 33,000 Americans died from opioids. According to the Centers for Disease Control, almost half of those deaths were from prescription opioids. The New York Times reports that in 2016, overdoses from all drugs was the leading cause of death of people under the age of 50. Drug overdoses now kill more Americans each year than at the height of the HIV epidemic and the worst year for auto accident deaths.

State weighs cutting traffic fines for low-income drivers | NPR’s “Marketplace”

Donald Shoup, a research professor of urban planning at UCLA, said the bill is about giving low-income Californians a break. “It’s just bringing traffic fines into line with everything else we do about helping poor people,” Shoup said.

Explore seven types of college campus visits | U.S. News & World Report

But [virtual tours] also have disadvantages, says Jasmin Pivaral, assistant director of freshman recruitment for the University of California—Los Angeles undergraduate admissions. “This way you’re not able to really get a sense for the environment, student life — even weather, which can sometimes be very important,” she says. “So it’s very limiting and probably one of the last cases if you’re unable to come in person.”

Suspension discrepancies in Anchorage schools | Alaska Dispatch News

Daniel Losen, director of the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in an interview last week that over the past five years he has noticed a stronger effort by school districts nationwide to reduce out-of-school suspensions. “There has definitely been a much stronger recognition that this is a concern rather than just a story of, ‘Oh well, what do you do? They’re bad kids. We’ve got to kick out bad kids so good kids can learn.’”

Higher fuel efficiency rules waiver ‘not under review’ | NPR’s “Marketplace”

“California standards are partially responsible for the development of the hybrid engine and for increasing the share of electric vehicles. Manufacturers have not always kept up with the kinds of technological trends that they really should be meeting,” said UCLA’s Ann Carlson. (Approx. 1:20 mark)

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