UCLA In the News June 27, 2018

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

Blacks face longer wait times on Uber, Lyft, taxis than other races, study finds | USA Today

African-Americans waiting on taxis in Los Angeles are likely to face longer wait times and have a greater chance of being cancelled on than whites, Asians and Hispanics, according to a new study out Wednesday from the University of California at Los Angeles. They also faced longer wait times and more cancellations with Lyft and Uber, which show drivers the passenger’s first name — and in Lyft’s case, a name and photo — though far less so than with taxis, according to “Ridehail Revolution: Ridehail Travel and Equity in Los Angeles,” a doctoral dissertation by Anne Brown of UCLA’s Institute for Transportation Studies.

Denunciation of travel ban bittersweet, Japanese-Americans say | Los Angeles Times

Jerry Kang, a University of California, Los Angeles, law professor and expert on the Japanese-American internment cases, said he believed the court did officially overturn the Korematsu decision by calling it “gravely wrong the day it was decided.” But, he said, the court did so using subtle language that did not focus on what he called the ruling’s central mistake of “excessive deference and willing blindness to racial prejudice.” Kang added that the court majority “oddly replicated” that same mistake Tuesday by again deferring to the government’s national security arguments supporting the travel ban and declining to see anti-Muslim prejudice.

High-resolution snapshot of Zika virus reveals clues to fighting it | New York Times

“Previous studies didn’t hit this level of granularity,” said Dr. Peter Katona, an infectious disease specialist at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was not involved in the study…. “A vaccine is a key that must fit perfectly into a virus’s lock,” Dr. Katona said. “The better we know the details of the lock, the better we can design the key.”

How driverless cars are going to change cities | Wall Street Journal

Another change could be in the design of buildings. Half of a new building’s footprint is typically devoted to parking, says Ryan Snyder, a principal at consultancy Transpo Group and a faculty member at the University of California, Los Angeles, urban-planning department. If fewer spaces are needed for autonomous cars, those spaces could be turned into retail or living space—potentially leading to lower costs for residents and businesses.

Tax law impact may extend beyond high-tax states | Wall Street Journal

Part of the fundamental challenge is that charitable contributions and state taxes pay for very similar and often interchangeable services, said Kirk Stark, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. As a result, any difference in the federal tax treatment of state taxes and charitable donations creates an opportunity for taxpayers and state governments to put the favored label on any program. “States would very quickly occupy whatever space is preserved by the IRS,” Mr. Stark said.

From community college to a selective university | Inside Higher Ed

ATI universities like Smith and the University of California, Los Angeles, have spent decades working to improve their transfer rates and processes. At UCLA, for instance, more than 33 percent of the undergraduate population are transfer students. More than 90 percent of those students come from the state’s community college system.

Mutation-counting blood test could predict if cutting-edge immunotherapies can beat a cancer | Science

University of California, Los Angeles, research oncologist Antoni Ribas notes that in May, half the cancer patients admitted to his hospital had been on checkpoint inhibitors in the previous 6 months. “It’s a remarkable thing that we’re using these agents so much,” he says. In some patients the response is dramatic, but most still don’t benefit, and others are never prescribed the drugs. And except for the 4% of patients whose tumors have a specific DNA repair defect, doctors cannot reliably tell who will benefit.

Judge accepts climate change science, but throws out suit blaming oil firms | Los Angeles Times

“These lawsuits are on dramatically different tracks right now,” says Sean Hecht, an environmental law expert at UCLA. Both lawsuits were based on the doctrine of “public nuisance.” … At the federal level, Hecht says, public nuisance doctrine is not as well-established.

Supreme Court ruling on Japanese internment finally tossed out | New York Times

The fallacies in Korematsu were echoed in the travel ban ruling, warned Hiroshi Motomura, a University of California, Los Angeles, law professor who has written extensively about immigration. “Overruling Korematsu the way the court did in this case reduces the overruling to symbolism that is so bare that it is deeply troubling, given the parts of the reasoning behind Korematsu that live on in today’s decision: a willingness to paint with a broad brush by nationality, race or religion by claiming national security grounds,” he said.

Here are California’s best children’s hospitals | Patch

U.S. News & World Report says eight children’s hospitals in California [including UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital] are among the best in the country across numerous pediatric specialties. The news organization released its 12th annual “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings Tuesday.

L.A. weighing plan for more density along Expo Line through Westside | Curbed LA

The Expo Line plan is important, says UCLA urban planning associate professor Paavo Monkkonen, because it will offer Angelenos a chance to see that changing zoning to allow more housing units to be built does not mean, as some opponents have described it, instantly “demolishing” neighborhoods. “Look at how often a single-family home sells on a block. You’ll have a gradual change, not some crazy transition overnight,” he says. “But we need some proof-of-concept model because it has never happened, really.”

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