UCLA In the News March 15, 2017

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

Tension and collaboration among school choice, public school camps  | Christian Science Monitor

That’s somewhat more diverse than the average D.C. public school, and is an exception to the trend of charters here being somewhat more segregated than district schools, according to a recent report from the UCLA Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles. If school choice policies are shaped differently and coupled with strong civil rights policies, it “could give D.C. families a choice that has never been present in most of the city — strong schools, well-integrated by race and income, where students … learn skills essential to living and working … [in a] multiracial city,” the Civil Rights Project notes.

Experts explain how people will lose insurance under ‘Trump Care’ | KCBS-TV

“I think that the numbers sound reasonable,” said professor Gerald Kominski, director of UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Kominski predicts many in the first group of 14 million who will lose coverage by 2018 will likely be young and healthy, while many of the 24 million who lose coverage by 2026 will be older and sicker…. “Generally anybody over 50 is going to be paying more in some cases a lot more starting in 2020,” Kominski said. “They’re going to find it much more difficult to afford insurance.”

What building permits say about San Diego home building | Los Angeles Times

Most experts predict there will be more housing built in Southern California in 2017, with the majority of it multifamily, said the state Department of Finance and the UCLA Business Forecasting Project.

ABC News to face jury over ‘pink slime’ story | Wall Street Journal

Michael Roberts, director of the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy at University of California Los Angeles School of Law, says Beef Products pioneered a system to produce a safe meat product that reduces the number of cattle that need to be slaughtered. But, he says, food disparagement lawsuits can “detract from that process” of open public discussion on food safety.

‘Get Out’ and Jordan Peele just made movie history | Washington Post

Movies with racial and ethnic diversity more reflective of America’s demographics actually perform better on average, according to the latest report on diversity in Hollywood from the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA. “Despite false claims to the contrary, there is no tradeoff in Hollywood today between diversity and profitability. Diversity is clearly a plus factor for the bottom line,” according to the report.

Turkey halts high-level relations with Netherlands | CNN

“It’s incredibly serious. Turkey has been a member of NATO since the 1950s. It’s been working very closely with the European Union since 2016 in particular over the management of migrant crisis and the level of discourse has escalated … it doesn’t seem as if this will go away any time soon,” said UCLA’s Dominic Thomas.

Netherlands set for parliamentary vote on Wednesday | CNN

“It plays into elections both in Turkey, where President Erdogan is next month facing this referendum where he’s trying to consolidate his powers. And let’s not forget that since the coup in Turkey a while back the decline of democratic principles there have been absolutely staggering and have actually fed into this debate,” said UCLA’s Dominic Thomas.

Walnuts make men more fertile | The Guardian (U.K.)

“This animal research sheds light on how walnuts may improve sperm quality and is a great follow up to our human study that showed what effect walnuts may have,” said Dr. Wendie Robbins, of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and School of Nursing, who led the first trial.

Social media’s silent filter | The Atlantic

Missing from this evolving self-portrayal, however, has been significant mention of a distinct kind of editorial practice that Facebook and most other prominent social media platforms are involved in. Thus far, much of the post-election discussion of social media companies has focused on algorithms and automated mechanisms that are often assumed to undergird most content-dissemination processes online. But algorithms are not the whole story. In fact, there is a profound human aspect to this work. I call it commercial content moderation, or CCM. (Article by UCLA’s Sarah T. Roberts)

California gun sales shattered records last year. Why? | KPCC-FM

Think of it as the “the gun control paradox.” That term comes from UCLA Law professor Adam Winkler, who points to the way gun control sparks gun sales. But the people rushing to the stores often already own a gun — or several. “Increasingly, you’ll find fewer and fewer gun owners owning more and more guns,” Winkler said.

Nationwide, multiracial survey of attitudes about politics and policy | Phys.org

UCLA political scientist professors Matt Barreto and Lorrie Frasure-Yokley served as co-principal investigators with Janelle Wong, professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland and Edward Vargas, a researcher at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. “With this data, we can better understand how racial and ethnic groups differ in their views toward today’s most pressing political and policy issues,” Frasure-Yokley said.

Gel effective in treating burns and scalds | Medical Xpress

In a recent research paper, published in the open access journal BioDiscovery, Dr. Madalene Heng, Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the David Geffen School of Medicine, stresses that use of topical curcumin gel for treating skin problems, like burns and scalds, is very different, and appears to work more effectively, when compared to taking curcumin tablets by mouth for other conditions. (Also: Scienmag, Science Daily, News-Medical)

Baby gear injuries surging, often due to falls | Reuters Health

Rising injury rates in recent years might mean at least some parents are busier and more distracted than in the past, said Dr. Tanya Altmann, founder of Calabasas Pediatrics in California and a researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles. “I see more and more parents at the park or out and about with their babies, not interacting with their babies but with their face in their phone,” Altmann, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.

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