UCLA In the News June 21, 2018

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

How experts would fix the U.S. immigration system | CNBC

Hiroshi Motomura, a professor of law at UCLA specializing in immigration, agreed with Brown that Sessions’ April memorandum should be removed. “The administration adopted this policy. They can change their mind” on zero tolerance, Motomura said. “There’s nothing in the law that requires the administration to do this.”

Big tech isn’t the problem with homelessness — it’s all of us | Wired

A recent report from the UCLA Anderson School retells a familiar tale. Housing starts nationwide have doubled since the 2008 crash but still aren’t keeping up with demand. That problem is at its worst in California and the Pacific Northwest... As the UCLA economist David Shulman puts it in his section of the report, if you own a home in those parts of the world, you are psyched. Value is way up. If you’re a renter without rent control or you hope to buy a home, you are a person whom it sucks to be.

How the hours pass on Venus | Asia News Network

Thomas Navarro, Gerald Schubert and Sébasien Lebonnois from the University of California at Los Angeles and the Sorbonne in Paris describe in the journal, Nature Geoscience, their simulation of the atmosphere of Venus, which may explain how disturbances in the dense atmosphere would affect the planet’s rate of rotation.… The simulation carried out is to reproduce an unusual feature, a planet-sized pattern, which may be an atmospheric wave that has been found in the upper atmosphere of Venus. This can explain the variation of about seven minutes that has been observed in the length of the day on Venus over the last 40 years, the paper says. (Also: BGR)

What makes something truly addictive | Associated Press

Under a looser definition, addiction is considered “a disease of extreme behavior. Any behavior carried to extreme that consumes you and keeps you from doing what you should be doing becomes an addiction as far as life is concerned,” said Dr. Walter Ling, a UCLA psychiatrist.

California lottery popular among ethnic minorities | KPCC-FM

“They don’t surprise me. We know that in a lot of ethnic minority populations, gambling is celebrated and promoted. It is highlighted as an activity not just for entertainment, but also for actually earning money,” said UCLA’s Dr. Timothy Fong. (Audio download, approx. 2:45 mark)

An immigrant group becomes a powerful force in philanthropy | Inside Philanthropy

The Nazarian Family Foundation gave a $5 million gift to UCLA to establish the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, which “promotes the study of the history, culture and society of Israel as a modern Jewish and democratic state.”… The foundation also enjoys a long relationship with UCLA, where it is the sole sponsor of the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s annual Celebration of Iranian Cinema. In early May, the foundation awarded a $1 million gift to the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music to establish an academic minor in Iranian music.

This device pulls water out of desert air | Smithsonian

The idea of sucking water out of the atmosphere is not new, says Eric Hoek, an engineering professor at the University of California, Los Angeles and editor of the journal npj Clean Water. It’s long been noted that when you run an air conditioner, water drips out — this is because the machine is cooling the air to the dew point, the temperature at which the air is saturated with water vapor and condensation occurs.

College leaders ramp up protest of Trump’s family-separation policy | Chronicle of Higher Education

Jennifer Silvers, an assistant professor of developmental neuroscience at the University of California at Los Angeles, co-authored a Washington Post op-ed on the damaging effects of parent-child separation in mid-May… “I’ve been tweeted at and been called un-American,” Silvers said. “It is really just a knee-jerk, automatic response to hearing anything about immigration [that] seems to really get people riled up to a point where it’s difficult to have a conversation. It wasn’t our intention to create something highly political. We just felt compelled, as scientists and mothers, by what we know from the data and from our own personal experiences, which is that parents and their children belong together, period.” (UCLA’s Jaana Juvonen is also quoted.)

The immigrants fueling the gig economy | The Atlantic

Saba Waheed, the research director at the University of California, Los Angeles’s Labor Center, a left-leaning research and policy organization dedicated to labor rights, told me, “The entire risk of this employment is on the worker,” while the company reaps the profits.

Why gunmakers would rather sell AR-15s than handguns | Bloomberg

A federal law in 1994 blocked the manufacturing of most assault weapons for 10 years but didn’t stem growing interest in military-style rifles, said Adam Winkler, author of “Gunfight” and professor at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. “The assault weapons ban itself didn’t prevent the rise of AR-15 culture,” he said. “It was already gaining a lot of steam.”

Providing a taste of Oaxaca in the Central Valley | KPBS-TV

Migration from indigenous Mexican communities to the U.S. started earlier, but rose significantly in the 1980s, says Gaspar Rivera-Salgado of the UCLA Labor Center. “That coincided with a Mexican economic crisis that affected the countryside the most.” Part of the problem? Corn exported from the U.S. “NAFTA opened up that market, so all these peasants, it didn’t become cost-effective to produce corn anymore.”

A funder’s push for evidence-based local policy | Inside Philanthropy

Based out of UC Berkeley and UCLA, the California Policy Lab has already engaged researchers in a wide array of partnerships with local governments. Despite the difficulties that government data sharing can pose for researchers who want to “move at the speed of policymaking,” as the lab puts it, LJAF sees a lot of promise in the initiative.

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