UCLA In the News June 19, 2018

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

A new school of thought for transit | Los Angeles Times

If the L.A. school includes a significant number of students who have been homeless, in foster care or arrested, teachers and administrators should be prepared to work through unresolved trauma, familial issues and other emotional needs, said Pedro Noguera, a professor of education at UCLA. “A lot of times, you don’t see high-quality education and support being provided to disadvantaged kids,” Noguera said. But, he said, the idea of training students for high-quality jobs in the future “is a promising concept.”

Inside a firearm training where educators learn to take down shooters | NBC News

Adam Winkler, a professor at the UCLA School of Law who specializes in the Second Amendment and gun control, said he believes that bringing guns into the classroom “will have a severe impact on learning,” but will not have any effect on the number of mass shootings. “There is no evidence to show that arming teachers will see a reduction of mass shootings — we’ve seen them occur on campuses where there are armed security personnel,” Winkler said, adding that he hoped there was not an increase in accidental school shootings.

Is democracy really in danger? | Washington Post Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Daniel Treisman) How serious are the challenges to democracy today? One way to assess this is to examine historical experience, using the best global data available. Doing this, I find a picture that — although hardly inspiring — is less dire than much commentary suggests.

Mysterious mountain waves in Venus’s atmosphere put new spin on a day | ABC (Australia)

Measurements taken 16 Earth years apart by the Magellan and Venus Express missions differ by up to seven minutes, said Thomas Navarro, a planetary scientist at the University of California in Los Angeles. “We have to average the displacement over a long period of time to get an estimate. We kind of know what the average duration of the day is, what we don’t know very well is how the fluctuations of the rotation rate could make the day vary.”

After a bar opens, the Baka pygmies of Cameroon have fewer babies | Science

Other researchers say Ramirez Rozzi’s argument is convincing. “The case for alcohol abundance causing a drop in fertility is persuasive,” says Nicholas Blurton-Jones, professor emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles. Blurton-Jones was not involved with the new work, but he has studied another group of hunter-gatherers, the Hadza, who also struggle with alcohol when they settle in towns.

Are video games addictive? | KCBS-TV

“Hallmarks of addiction are preoccupation, loss of control and inability to stop, said UCLA’s Dr. Timothy Fong.

Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ border policy sparks outrage | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“It certainly is a disaster.… It’s not only a political disaster for the Republican Party. It’s a moral disaster for our country, what’s happening right now,” said UCLA’s Matt Barreto. (Audio download, approx. 6:00 mark)

What can be done to make housing less expensive? | Sacramento Bee

“There is no question that access to affordable housing is a top issue facing California,” said UCLA’s Matt Barreto. “We cannot continue to thrive as a state when half the population could never afford to buy a home. To address this issue we can start by passing the housing bond measure on the ballot in November 2018 which creates incentives for building more affordable housing, multifamily housing, loan assistance for first-time buyers and much more. (UCLA’s Jim Newton also quoted.)

‘Cutting edge’ program for children with autism and ADHD rests on razor-thin evidence | NPR’s “All Things Considered”

Dr. James McGough, a professor of clinical psychiatry at UCLA’s David Geffen Medical School, wasn’t convinced by Brain Balance’s published research. “It means absolutely nothing.... What we have here, in my view, is a marketing piece.”

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