UCLA In the News June 4, 2018

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

California’s race for governor has become a referendum on resistance | Washington Post

The contest between Villaraigosa, with his political base in the state’s south, and Newsom, who draws much of his support from the Bay Area, appeared early on to be one between state heavyweights. But Villaraigosa, 65, has been out of public office for nearly five years and simply hasn’t caught on. “It’s always harder to get back in once you’ve been out,” said Matt Barreto, a political science and Chicano studies professor at UCLA.

California’s open primaries are a cautionary tale about political reform | Washington Post

“What [Democrats] probably didn’t anticipate is that what is a big asset [nationally] this time around is turning out to be a potential liability in California,” said Chris Tausanovitch, a political scientist at UCLA.

Let’s stop talking about the ‘30 million word gap’ | NPR’s “All Things Considered”

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana, a professor of education at the University of California, Los Angeles, has called attention to the “word wealth” experienced by children who grow up learning a different language or even a different dialect than the dominant standard English spoken in school. This would describe not only recent immigrants, but also anyone whose background isn’t white, educated and middle or upper class. When they get to school, they must learn to “code switch” between two ways of speaking…. “Should adults direct lots of questions to children in ways that prepare them to answer questions in school?” she asks, calling that a “middle-class, mostly white practice.”

L.A. County supervisors rarely lose a reelection bid | Los Angeles Times

“You have a different board … it’s more willing to ask the voters for taxes,” said Zev Yaroslavsky, a former 3rd District supervisor who is now a lecturer at UCLA. Yaroslavsky, who took office in 1994 as the county teetered on the edge of bankruptcy, served on a board that was much more fiscally conservative.

L.A. tenants increasingly engaging in rent strikes amid housing crisis | Washington Post

“We don’t know how people become homeless, but we can look at the data and look at the explosion in homelessness and draw some pretty firm conclusions,” said Michael Lens, an associate professor of urban planning and public policy at UCLA.

What happens to ‘Roseanne’? | USA Today

Resurrection chances are “somewhere between slim and none,” predicts Tom Nunan, a former UPN president who now teaches at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. It’s “not only because of the controversy, but I think you’d have a very difficult time getting the cast together (and) working out the licenses. I think it would be more trouble than it’s worth.”

Why L.A. Unified may face financial crisis even with big surplus | Los Angeles Times

Although it may sound counterintuitive, the district actually may need to spend more to solve its budget woes long term, said John Rogers, an education expert at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Any real or perceived deterioration in quality could drive more families, and thus revenue, away. “Then enrollment becomes even harder to sustain, and you’re in a downward spiral that no cost-cutting can help to solve,” Rogers said.

‘The Book of Why’ examines science of cause and effect | New York Times

And yet, as Prof. Judea Pearl and the science writer Dana Mackenzie note in their illuminating new work, “The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect,” scientists and statisticians lacked a common language until recently to distinguish between these very different kinds of observation. Indeed, within academia, “causal vocabulary was virtually prohibited for more than half a century.”

How to secure a better future for California | Sacramento Bee

“I believe the biggest problem confronting California in the next decade is its employee and retiree pension obligation,” said UCLA’s Jim Newton. (UCLA’s Matt Barreto is also quoted.)

We now know a lot more about students who receive federal college grants | NPR

The University of California system is a good example, with UCLA, UC San Diego and UC Irvine leading the way. UCLA boasts an 88 percent graduation rate for its Pell recipients, and 85 percent of Pell students graduate from UC San Diego and UC Irvine.

With Ebola at ‘critical point’ in Congo, aid groups scramble to limit outbreak | Washington Post

“The outbreak is at a critical point where good contact tracing is going to determine its extent,” said Anne Rimoin, a researcher at UCLA who has worked with the Congolese government for 16 years on Ebola.

California on front line as STDs run rampant in U.S. | Agence France-Presse

Congenital syphilis had been essentially eliminated from the United States, as it had in developing countries such as Cuba, Thailand and Moldova in the former Soviet Union, said Jeffrey Klausner of the UCLA School of Medicine. “But you know the fact that congenital syphilis is roaring back in the states and in California is a shameful reminder of our inadequate public health programs,” he said.

Drivers for Uber, Lyft struggle to make ends meet, UCLA survey says | San Gabriel Valley Tribune

“Over a third of drivers buy or lease their car so they can drive for one of these companies, and this locks them into a variety of costs,” said Janna Shadduck-Hernandez, project director for the report and a faculty member at UCLA. “Many of these drivers initially see this as a novelty and an easy way to make some added income. But with all of the expenses they end up paying, some drivers find they are not even making minimum wage.”

In Hammer’s ‘Made in L.A.’ biennial, dance moves back into picture | Los Angeles Times

The Hammer Museum’s “Made in L.A.” biennial opens Sunday, and among the 32 artists in the show are two experimental dancer-choreographers known for their work in alternative spaces. Flora Wiegmann and Taisha Paggett fit right into the mix, curators said, considering that the body and body movement turned out to be important topics in this year’s “Made in L.A.” “Having dancers in the space and having movement shown is very much in dialogue with other artists in the show,” said Hammer senior curator Anne Ellegood, who selected Wiegmann and Paggett with assistant curator Erin Christovale.

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