UCLA In the News June 26, 2017

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

What are the challenges, possibilities for classical music?  | Los Angeles Times

“The value of discovery in an audience is diminishing,” lamented Kristy Edmunds, executive and artistic director of the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA. But her solution is simply “listen to and support the artist.” She said that her guiding principle is something that the French director Ariane Mnouchkine once told her: “For somebody in the audience, this will be their first experience with theater, and for somebody it will be their last.”

Investing app’s pitch: Save when you spend | Los Angeles Times

To that end, the company in April added Shlomo Benartzi, a prominent UCLA behavioral economist, to its board of directors. Benartzi’s research has focused on finding ways to increase savings and on how to influence online behavior. Acorns’ updated app incorporates some of his insights. Benartzi said if customers don’t save enough, they might abandon the app and stop saving altogether.

Fact check: MS-13 gang members deported ‘by thousands’ | Washington Post

Jorja Leap, an anthropologist and professor at the University of California at Los Angeles whose research focuses on gang activity, said conviction and deportation of MS-13 members can take up to two years to build, and warned of rhetoric that makes it seem like deportations can happen overnight. “I was at a community gathering [last week]. No one is being swept up and deported. In the traditional hot spots with gang activity, there’s nothing going on,” Leap said. “They’re acting like there are these overnight deportations of thousands of people. The law does not operate that way.” (Also: The Atlantic)

To remember random errands, turn them into a story | The Atlantic

If you’ve got a lengthy to-do list, and you’re not ready to commit to bullet journaling or whatever to keep track of it all, Gary Small, the director of the Longevity Center at the University of California, Los Angeles, has a little trick to hold it all in your head: Turn the words into a story.

UCLA steps in to rescue a struggling middle school | LA School Report

Families have fled Horace Mann Middle School and its low student achievement, but L.A.’s largest public university thinks it can turn that around. After two years of planning, Mann has become UCLA’s second community school and will welcome its first high schoolers in August.

Universities form nonprofit innovation alliance | Pacific Coast Business Times

Seven universities [including UCLA] announced the formation of the nonprofit organization Alliance for Southern California Innovation on June 22…. The group will work to support tech entrepreneurs and researchers, connect with venture capitalists and recruit talent to the Southern California region.

Single-payer health care put on hold in California | Bay Area News Group

Rendon’s announcement didn’t surprise Gerald Kominski, a health care policy expert at UCLA. He noted that the bill left many details unspecified and “did not have broad support among the coalition of groups that have advocated for single-payer in California in the past.” Nevertheless, he said, “this bill has played an important role in elevating single-payer as an important option for California in light of the proposed carnage being offered by the U.S. Congress and the president.” (Also: KCRW-FM’s “Press Play”)

Secrets of breast-feeding from moms in the know | NPR’s “Morning Edition”

“This is just surprising because breast-feeding was a critical function for child survival in the past, and if you couldn’t figure it out, your infant was going to be in really big trouble,” [UCLA’s Brooke] Scelza says.

Magnetic therapy an alternative treatment for depression | WCBS-TV (New York)

“We are used to thinking of the brain as a chemical organ, but it’s also an electrical organ,” said Dr. Andrew Leuchter of UCLA Health. “The idea that by using non-chemical means, we can change the brain and how it functions,” said Dr. Ian Cook of UCLA Health.

White supremacists target town of Cudahy | KCRW-FM’s “Press Play”

“It’s a very small city off the 605 freeway. It has about 23,000 people in it, overwhelmingly Latino,” said UCLA’s Jonathan Zazloff. (Approx. 1:40 mark)

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