UCLA In the News March 10, 2016

Half of California adults are pre-diabetic | Los Angeles Times

“One of the biggest problems with pre-diabetes is that most people don’t know they have it,” said Dr. Susan Babey, the paper’s lead researcher and a co-director of the Chronic Disease Program at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research…. The UCLA researchers found that pre-diabetes in California increases with age, from 33% of adults ages 18 to 39 having the condition to 60% in those 55 to 69. (Also: CBS Los Angeles, Sacramento Bee and KABC-TV)

The stock market’s role in recessions and recoveries | Los Angeles Times

(Interview with UCLA’s Roger Farmer) If people are not out in the shops buying things, then firms are not going to be hiring people and one of the ways they respond is laying people off. And when people get laid off, profits fall along with demand and the drop in profits validates the original belief that their wealth was worth less. The stock market is a reflection of how wealthy we all think we are.

Hillary Clinton talks race and intersectionality | The Atlantic

“It’s tremendously important for new frames to enter our political lexicon to deal with old problems. They mark a space and set of realities that might otherwise slip through the cracks,” said Kimberlé Crenshaw, a law professor at Columbia University and UCLA who originally coined the term. “It’s refreshing that people are starting to talk about intersectionality in ways that are far more inclusive of the variety of challenges we face as a society, and understanding that this isn’t just about an identity politics.”

Why the Republican Party let Donald Trump happen | Reuters

(Op-ed by UCLA’s Bill Schneider) Wouldn’t that be suicidal? Wouldn’t it ensure the election of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, now the likely nominee? Of course it would. But anti-Trump Republicans may be making a longer-run calculation. If Trump became president, he would destroy the Republican Party. If Clinton became president, she would unite the Republican Party — against her. And the party would live to fight another day.

The distance between education reformers and the system | Mother Jones

Pedro Noguera, a professor of education at UCLA, points out that most people with the greatest power over school reforms in black and Latino communities — politicians like Rahm Emanuel or philanthropists like Bill Gates — are typically white, affluent, and don’t have their kids in public schools. As a result, issues like race, class, and segregation are not addressed by policy, Noguera told Mother Jones in 2015.

For women, concussions during development affect social skills | Scientific American

Concussions, especially in developing adults, may play a role in social development, according to Mayumi Prins, a neurobiologist at UCLA….”There are not only sex differences but age related sex differences, even within the adolescent time period,” Prins says. “Social interactions were different.” Concussed female animals avoided play and interaction with others.

Marco Rubio’s unexpectedly mediocre presidential run | KCAL-TV

“All his advantages turned out to be disadvantages,” said UCLA’s Bill Schneider. “He lined up all of these endorsements from senators and governors, but that’s just made him look like the candidate of the establishment. Not a good thing to be this year. And he’s also very smooth and very polished, but after the attack from Governor Christie, that made him look inauthentic, too programmed and robotic.”

Shrinking middle class a result of missing opportunities | CNN Money

Manufacturing was once a path to the middle class for these folks. In the 1960s, 28% of American workers were employed in manufacturing. That’s down to 8.7% today, said Edward Leamer, economics professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. “What’s a high school graduate going to do?” Leamer said. “They used to be able to get manufacturing jobs.”

Using data to analyze crime, not criminals | Australian Broadcasting Corporation

“What type of event is it, where did it occur and when did it occur. It has always been about the crime events themselves, less so about the criminals,” said UCLA’s Jeff Brantingham. “So a lot of criminology is focused on, well, who are the offenders and why are they the way that they are, why are they different from everybody else? We’ve mostly just focused on the events themselves, where they occur, when they occur.”  

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