UCLA In the News June 8, 2017

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

How Jewish identity of ‘Wonder Woman’s’ star is causing stir | Washington Post

While they share a Jewish identity, American Jews and Israeli Jews have many cultural differences, said Dan Lainer-Vos, a sociology professor at University of California at Los Angeles, who is Israeli. “American Jews integrate themselves remarkably successfully and they don’t think of themselves as a separate tribe that is somehow chosen,” he said…. “Israeli women have an element of being exotic,” he said. “There’s a reverence or admiration toward them.”

The secret social media lives of teenagers | New York Times

In a recent study, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that the areas of teens’ brains focused on reward processing and social cognition are similarly activated when they think about money and sex – and when they view a photo receiving lots of likes on social media.

Pro-charter majority to take power on L.A. school board  | Washington Post

Still, Los Angeles is becoming a crucial laboratory for testing whether market-oriented reform will help or hurt public education, said Pedro Noguera, an education professor at UCLA. “The campaign didn’t provide any clear indications of what we have to look forward to,” Noguera said. “This is a whole new world we’re entering.”

UCLA alum among 12 NASA astronaut candidates | CBS News

Looking ahead to a new era of exploration in low-Earth orbit and beyond, NASA named 12 new astronauts Wednesday, five women and seven men selected from a record pool of more than 18,300 applicants…. The new astronaut candidates are: … Jessica Watkins; post-doctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology; earned a Ph.D. in geology from the University of California-Los Angeles. (Also: KABC-TV, KNBC-TV, KPCC-FM [Audio download], Fox News, Quartz, Gizmodo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Staying up late and sleeping in on weekends may take toll | HealthDay News

The study suggests it’s not just the amount of sleep that matters for our health, but the consistency of the schedule, said Dr. Alon Avidan, director of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center.… “It shed light more on the fact that we need to have more of a consistent sleep-wake schedule in addition to a regular and sufficient amount of sleep,” Avidan said. (Also: Health Medicine Network)

Marketing opportunities for Comey’s testimony | NPR’s “Marketplace”

“We don’t really know how many people are going to want to watch this thing live in real time,” said Lynn Vavreck, a political science professor at UCLA and expert in political ads. “If tens of millions of people tune in like one of those debates, then it is a nice marketing opportunity.”

Trump’s not the only one blocking constituents on Twitter | ProPublica

Eugene Volokh, a constitutional law professor at the UCLA School of Law, said that for municipalities and public agencies, such as police departments, social media accounts would generally be considered “limited public forums” and therefore, should be open to all. “Once they open it up to public comments, they can’t then impose viewpoint-based restrictions on it,” he said, for instance allowing only supportive comments while deleting critical ones.

The problem with teen characters played by adults | Teen Vogue

Myrna Hant, a researcher at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, says that the inconsistency surrounding female age on film feeds a larger, systemic problem in our culture. “Viewers never really know what an older woman, say 50 or 60 or 70, should realistically look like,” she tells Teen Vogue. “This precludes women from having any positive role models for aging.”

Monkey see, monkey do, depending on age, experience, efficiency | Phys.org

Barrett worked with a population of capuchin monkeys in northwest Costa Rica that was part of a 27-year study by UCLA professor Susan Perry. Capuchins are interesting because they have sophisticated social behaviors, and the kin relationships and early developmental histories of these monkeys were known.

Behavioral ‘nudges’ offer a cost-effective policy tool | ScienceDaily

“We had a hunch that nudging, and especially digital nudging, would be very cost effective, but I was truly surprised to see that the cost effectiveness of nudging is often 100, and even 1,000, times greater than more traditional interventions,” says co-author Shlomo Benartzi, a professor at the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles. “This has huge implications for governments and businesses alike.” (Also: Medical Xpress, Scienmag)

Nevada bill would track insulin makers’ profits | California Healthline

The number of people who potentially need insulin medication is growing. In California, nearly half of adults have either undiagnosed diabetes or elevated blood sugar levels that can lead to diabetes, according to a study by University of California-Los Angeles researchers.

Three ways to help first-generation students  | Inside Higher Ed

That is one reason why institutions like the University of California, Los Angeles, have resources and entire programs dedicated to parent and family involvement.

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