UCLA In the News June 25, 2018

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

To answer Hollywood’s diversity problem, program hands kids the camera | NPR’s “All Things Considered”

The program is crucial to solving the lack of diversity in Hollywood, says Ana-Christina Ramón, director of research and civic engagement for the Division of Social Sciences at UCLA and a co-author of the Hollywood Diversity Report every year. The report is widely read in the industry and measures diversity in front of and behind the camera. “You have to start somewhere,” Ramón says. “And thinking about Hollywood and increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in the industry, you have to attack the problem from all different angles.”

Educators turn to programs for top students to narrow ‘excellence gap’ | New York Times

It’s not enough to simply reserve a small number of elite seats for disadvantaged students, said Jeannie Oakes, an emeritus professor of education at the University of California, Los Angeles. Instead, the goal should be to “provide rich, wonderful opportunities to all kids,” she said. “This whole stratifying system doesn’t pay off for us.”

Mayor says L.A. can resume ban on overnight sidewalk sleeping | Los Angeles Times

Despite the need, roughly one out of seven shelter beds went unused on a typical night last year, according to data collected by the homeless services authority. UCLA School of Law professor emeritus Gary Blasi said the city might point to empty beds to make their legal case, but countered that forgoing a bed is reasonable if shelters are unsafe or force people to leave behind almost all of their belongings. “What matters is whether people without housing have a real choice between the shelters and the streets,” Blasi said.

Trump may be exaggerating the threat of MS-13  | San Francisco Chronicle

But MS-13’s threat in Los Angeles, where the gang was born three decades ago, “is probably the lowest it has ever been,” said Jorja Leap, a professor of social welfare at UCLA who has studied MS-13 and other gangs in California’s largest city. Constantly citing the danger of MS-13, as Trump is doing, could backfire, Leap said. Having a U.S. president broadcasting its brutality and power is likely to help MS-13 in recruiting, she said.

Aldrin fights family for control of his space legacy | Wall Street Journal

In April, Col. Aldrin voluntarily submitted to a mental evaluation by Dr. James Spar, a professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral sciences at UCLA Medical School. Dr. Spar concluded that Col. Aldrin is “cognitively intact and retains all forms of decisional capacity,” according to the report, reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

USC scandal sparks a reckoning in gynecology  | Los Angeles Times

Dr. Julie Cantor, a law professor at UCLA, said university student health centers could help students by providing brochures detailing the steps of a normal gynecological exam so they can detect any issues. “You don’t have to put people on the defensive. Just say, ‘Here’s what to expect’ — have it right there in the clinic,” she said. (Also: Los Angeles Times)

How to design workplaces that support mental health and well-being | Forbes

Dr. Richard Jackson, University of California Los Angeles School of Public Health, says that “We now know that developers and architects can be more effective in achieving public health goals than doctors in white coats.”

How we deal with sexual rejection | HuffPost

Of course, women struggle with rejection, too, but they’ve been socialized to deal with it in a more internal way, said Kimberly Resnick Anderson, a sex therapist and a clinical instructor of psychiatry at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. “If a woman is ghosted or blown off, she will be more likely than a man to take it personally,” Resnick Anderson told HuffPost in an email. “She’ll assume she did something wrong (‘I shouldn’t have slept with him on the first date’ or ‘I should have waited until I fit in my size 6 jeans’).”

How many people used California’s assisted suicide law | LAist

Dr. David Wallenstein, a palliative care doctor at UCLA Medical Center, said, “my impression is that people who tend to think in terms of aid-in-dying medications probably are people who really need — for whatever reason — to feel a sense of control.” Many of those who request the aid-in-dying medication “want it as an insurance policy” even if they end up not using it, he said. (Also: KPCC-FM’s “Take Two” – audio download)

‘Sweet Charity’ from Reprise: Dancing never gets old | Los Angeles Times

The inaugural offering, “Sweet Charity,” which is playing at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse through July 1, has plenty of juicy Cy Coleman-Dorothy Fields numbers to satisfy the voracious appetites of Reprise’s loyal patrons. The chance to experience once again the louche glory of “If My Friends Could See Me Now” is all the enticement an old-time Broadway enthusiast needs.… This Reprise 2.0 production, a collaboration with UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, exploits the musical numbers for all their worth.

The invention of human rights | PRI’s “Innovation Hub”

“They were humans, but they were closer to animals.… Their passions had got the better of their reason. They didn’t have sensibility in the way that the superior upper classes did,” said UCLA’s Lynn Hunt. (Approx. :50 mark)

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