UCLA In the News June 20, 2017

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

An unceasing housing crisis | San Francisco Chronicle

California’s housing crisis isn’t easing anytime soon. That’s the message from the latest Anderson forecast, a quarterly economic analysis from UCLA. Projections show that rents will continue to surge, especially for low- and moderate-income people in coastal areas of California, and that home prices will continue to spiral out of reach for first-time home buyers…. Thanks to a variety of grim reasons, California’s housing starts remain far below prior peaks.

A South L.A. church is the center of a lawsuit | Los Angeles Times

According to Jorja Leap, an anthropologist at UCLA who has specialized in L.A.’s gangs, the Playboys formed in Central Los Angeles in the 1950s and fanned out across the city. They use the Playboy bunny as a symbol and refer to their meeting points as “rabbit holes,” she said. “They’re a fairly entrenched group,” Leap said, adding that the gang has ties to the Mexican Mafia. “You have youth who are looking for their identity, and they are drawn by the reputation of the gang.”

UCLA graduates in the spotlight | KCBS-TV

One of UCLA’s youngest graduates is on his way to Silicon Valley. (Also: ESPN.com)

How much paid leave is enough? | Slate

Jody Heymann, dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, is leading a study analyzing paid family leave systems around the world. “The good news is, countries have demonstrated you can be economically competitive and provide paid family leave,” she said. “It’s crucial that we do, too. We need to unite for the future of our children. It’s fundamental for the future of our country.”

Superhero power for our time: How to handle truth | New York Times

(Commentary by UCLA’s Lynn Vavreck) A decade ago, the comedian Stephen Colbert introduced viewers to the idea of “truthiness,” a quality belonging to claims that were based on gut feelings instead of facts. Last year, the Oxford Dictionaries named the word “post-truth” the word of the year. It’s a description of a general characteristic of our time — objective facts becoming less influential than emotions or personal beliefs.

Addiction treatment: The new gold rush | San Jose Mercury News

Larissa Mooney is a board-certified psychiatrist and director of the UCLA Addiction Medicine Clinic. She teaches the principles of evidence-based treatments to psychiatrists-in-training. She doesn’t claim much expertise at the business side of treatment, but offers a general rule-of-thumb to those seeking services. “The cost of the program is not a guarantee of the quality of the program,” Mooney said. “I wouldn’t use cost as a proxy for quality.”

How to beat jet lag this summer vacation | HealthDay News

“Anyone who has ever suffered jet lag knows firsthand that our bodies are persistent in how they keep track of time,” said Dr. Alon Avidan, director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. “During jet lag, a rapid shift in the light-dark cycle temporarily disrupts one’s normal sleep-wake pattern, and our bodies become desynchronized,” he explained in a university news release.

Results of scaling back higher ed inquiries | Diverse Issues in Higher Education

A U.S. Department of Education memo that suggests a more narrow approach to civil rights investigations is being blasted by civil rights advocates as a “retreat” from the protection of students against acts of discrimination. “This sounds like, ‘We see no evil. We only investigate what is requested and otherwise we see no evil,’” said Dan Losen, director of the Center for Civil Rights Remedies within The Civil Rights Project at UCLA. “To me, that’s really an injustice.”

Summer’s hottest toy could pose choking hazard | WCBS-TV (New York)

“I think parents need to educate their children about the danger of these,” Dr. Nina Shapiro from UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital said. “So I think just not to give these to younger children, children under six, and for older children to really explain that these are toys, but they also have risks. They should not be put in their mouths, they should not be taken apart.”

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