UCLA In the News June 21, 2017

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

Student well-being higher in diverse schools | KPCC-FM

A study by University of California Los Angeles researchers published in the journal Child Development on Tuesday finds that students who attend more racially and ethnically diverse schools report less vulnerability, loneliness, insecurity and bullying. “There’s more of a balance of power in these diverse schools,” said report co-author Sandra Graham. (Also: Christian Science Monitor, Daily Kos, City News Service, Quartz, ScienceDaily, KCAL-TV, KMEX-TV)

Free speech on college campuses in Senate spotlight | Associated Press

Eugene Volokh, a professor at the UCLA School of Law, said that a “heckler’s veto” should not be allowed. “I think the answer is to make sure they don’t create a disturbance and to threaten them with punishment, meaningful punishment, if they do create a disturbance,” Volokh said. “If thugs learn that all they need to do in order to suppress speech is to threaten violence, then there will be more such threats.” (Also: Chronicle of Higher Education)

What to do with dying malls? | Los Angeles Times

[UCLA’s Michael] Manville said he’s opposed to the fee as well. His view, in short, is that developers shouldn’t be forced to fix a problem that has many causes. And even if the linkage fee is approved, it won’t pay for more than 1,000 or so new units a year in a region that has a shortage of several hundred thousand.

Same-sex parents have no negative impact on youths, study finds | BBC News

Gary Gates, research director at the Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law, said although several review articles have made arguments that there is a consensus that the gender of the parents doesn’t matter, he wasn’t aware of any other in-depth study of this nature. “That to me actually sounds like a fairly novel approach and I’m not sure that others have done it,” he said.

L.A. is nation’s most unaffordable housing market | Sacramento Bee

“It was already bad before, but it’s getting worse,” said David Shulman, a senior economist for the Anderson Forecast. “California is still attracting high-income people, who are creating an enormous amount of wealth, but low and middle-income people like teachers are leaving because housing has become extraordinarily expensive.” (Also: Curbed LA)

Study casts doubt on existence of Planet Nine | Globe and Mail (Canada)

David Jewitt, an astronomer at UCLA who opened up the field in 1992 by co-discovering the first small object beyond the orbit of Neptune, said he favoured the way Mr. Shankman’s analysis set out the biases inherent in a survey of the region. “Planet Nine sounds cool and everyone wants it to be here,” said Dr. Jewitt, who is not affiliated with either side of the emerging debate, “But that doesn’t mean it is.”

How yoga can strengthen mind and body | Independent (U.K.)

Sticking to a weekly routine of yoga and meditation can improve mental skills and fend off age-related cognitive decline, according to scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles.

EPA head’s air quality decision is a mistake | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

(Commentary by UCLA’s Maya Golden-Krasner) Like a lot of Southern Californians, I have a front-row seat to some of the nation’s worst smog, the dangerous pollutant known to scientists as ground-level ozone. And recently the view got a little uglier.

Judaism, neuroscience and free-will hypothesis | Jewish Journal

Similarly, in early March, 2017, researchers led by neurobiologist and physicist Mayank Mehta at UCLA published a report in the journal Science in which they claim that the brain is much more active than previously believed and that neurons are not purely digital devices, as scientists have held for 60 years, but also “show large analog fluctuations.” If so, according to Mehta, this changes the way we understand how the brain computes information.

Hospital welcomes first class of medical residents | Pasadena Star-News

The inaugural class includes graduates of medical schools in the U.S. and abroad, as well as graduates of the UCLA International Medical Graduate Program, which provides bilingual international medical school graduates committed to the caring for under-served communities with additional family medicine training.

Alzheimer’s bike ride to focus on possible treatments | Miami Herald

Valdés specializes in cognitive decline and has studied under Dr. Dale Bredesen at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in California. Bredesen, director of neurodegenerative disease research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, has performed studies related to the early stages of Alzheimer’s. In one study of 10 people who had age-related memory decline, improvements were tracked based on a 36-point program related to diet, exercise, sleep and other areas.

Hope for those with no insurance or access to care | Arizona Republic

The health of 11 million people was left to a patchwork of charity and community clinics. It was a safety net full of holes: The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research found that undocumented immigrants are significantly less likely than legal immigrants to see a doctor, visit the emergency room or report themselves in good health. Just 21 percent of them said they were in “very good” or “excellent” health.

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