UCLA In the News March 17, 2017

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

Unlikely China ally in pollution fight: public activists | Christian Science Monitor

Alex Wang, an assistant professor at the UCLA School of Law who specializes in Chinese environmental law, writes in a soon-to-be published study that the overlapping interests of citizens and the nation’s leaders have “enabled the seemingly paradoxical flowering of disclosure law in China.” That has led the government to demand that more than 15,000 factories and plants release hourly emissions data – a requirement, Professor Wang writes, “seen nowhere else in the world.”

Florida moves to bolster its ‘stand-your-ground’ law | Washington Post

Adam Winkler, a professor at the UCLA School of Law, said stand your ground has been a long-standing legal principle to justify the use of deadly force, but Florida’s measure would give special weight to defendants including, he argues, gun defendants. “This new revised stand-your-ground law may really inhibit the proper functioning of the judicial system,” he said. “No other criminal defendant gets the benefit of a trial before a trial, a trial to see if they can go on trial.”

Bill would reduce penalty in HIV status notification cases | Los Angeles Times

Between 1988 and June 2014, there were 357 convictions in California for an HIV-specific felony that would have been downgraded by SB 239, according to a study by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, which conducts research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy.

Gorsuch view of the ‘living’ Constitution | Los Angeles Times

“An originalist asks if the original understanding of the equal protection clause was to mandate same-sex marriage. Obviously the answer is no,” said UCLA law professor Adam Winkler. “For many Americans, that is not where the analysis should end. They have to recognize we can’t fulfill the promise of equal protection without equal rights for LGBTs. We should look to the basic principles behind a constitutional provision and read those principles broadly to meet a changing society.”

Hollywood takes on a tragedy — in films of opposing views | Washington Post

“The Armenian genocide is one of the most well-documented humanitarian catastrophes of the 20th century,” said Eric Esrailian, lead producer for Survival Pictures, which produced “The Promise” — his first film, as he’s also a physician at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. “It was, in real time … frequently written about in U.S. newspapers. There was a huge humanitarian relief effort.”

Dutch voters rebuff far-right party | CNN

“I think that what happened yesterday, and this was very much a response to the enormous international attention bestowed on the Netherlands in this election, is that in recent years there’s been a decline in voter turnout,” said UCLA’s Dominic Thomas. “What we saw yesterday was a surge. Over 80 percent of Dutch people came out and voted and the message they sent was very strong…. We are not the divided society that is France, we are not the Britain of Brexit, we are not the Trump of America and we are certainly not the Turkey of Erdogan.… The Dutch people have reaffirmed a fundamental belief in the ways in which society in the Netherlands operates.” (Approx. 01:15 mark)

Why cuts in climate science matter | Christian Science Monitor

Indeed, some scientists are hurrying to secure federal grants while they’re available, says Mia Bennett, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles. “I was in Alaska last week for a meeting, and one researcher [was] trying really hard to get a grant proposal in as soon as possible,” she adds.

Hold Metro to account for cost of world-class transit system | Los Angeles Times

If history is any guide, L.A. transit leaders have a habit of prioritizing politically expedient projects over ones that would benefit more riders. Faced with NIMBY opposition, our leaders too often cave. Just look at the Expo Line from downtown L.A. to Santa Monica, a route that remains hampered by slow travel times after transit leaders failed to give the train priority over automobiles along city streets. (Commentary by UCLA’s Ethan Elkind)

Sean Spicer is misinformed about Medicaid | Vox

Miller’s co-author, University of California Los Angeles’s Laura Wherry, pointed out: “Not only do we find that access to care improves with Medicaid, but we also find evidence indicating that low-income adults gain financial protection in the event of illness or injury. We find fewer reports of inability to pay medical bills and of worry about medical bills in the event of an illness or an accident.”

D.C. wants employers to pay workers not to drive to work | Washington Post

“People who walk or ride the bus get nothing. It is unfair,” said Donald Shoup, a professor at the University of California in Los Angeles, and author of “The High Cost of Free Parking.”

Water source less reliable as climate warms | International Business Times

“Losing 85 percent of that snowpack severely threatens the ability for California to rely on melted snowpack as a primary source of drinking water,” said Neil Berg, a UCLA researcher and author of the study.

How Trump’s new budget might affect California | KPCC-FM

“It’s this … sense of irony over the potential we now have given our tools and technologies to really make breakthroughs that are going to have a positive impact on society, and then to have brakes put on that is disappointing,” said Dr. Kelsey Martin, dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Doing group work? Don’t be afraid to fight with your colleagues | Quartz

Status conflicts typically stem from concern over one’s relative position in a group or team, according to Corinne Bendersky, a management and organizations professor at the University of California in Los Angeles who co-authored the study…. “In low-hierarchy teams, social conflicts help members attend more carefully and in more detail to the explicit metrics or criteria by which they will assign status and influence.”

Trump budget could deal a painful blow to California | KCRW-FM’s “Press Play”

“It will have some pretty serious and specific effects on California if the EPA isn’t able to maintain its programs here. A lot of our regulation of air and water quality and greenhouse gases that can cause at climate change is done at the state level by state agencies, but a lot of what those agencies do is they implement federal EPA programs and those programs, of course, rely on funding,” said UCLA’s Sean Hecht. (Approx. 08:45 mark)

Private equity firms should be big fans of Trump’s tax plan | New York Post

The private equity industry will likely breathe a big sigh of relief after digesting President Trump’s tax plan, says UCLA law professor Steven Bank.… “I think leveraged buyouts are structured assuming there is this deduction,” UCLA’s Bank said.

How UCLA students hope to redefine ‘sanctuary campus’ | Fusion

UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block earlier this month also sent a message to students stating that UCLA valued the presence and vital contributions of all its students, including “immigrant members of our community — especially those from the countries listed in the executive order.” He has also promised to create an Immigration Advisory Council “to analyze the impact of new policies on UCLA, recommend strategies for mitigating any negative consequences and advise me on the relevant needs and concerns of the UCLA community.”

The GOP’s “three-pronged” health care strategy, explained | Vox

Getting rid of some regulations might actually increase the number of uninsured by shutting them out of the insurance market, said Nadereh Pourat, director of research for the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “What I don’t understand is how any of this is going to somehow increase the number of individuals covered,” Pourat said.

All California children would get lead screening under bill | KPCC-FM

John Froines, a professor emeritus at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, said screening all children is a good step toward addressing lead contamination, but scientists still disagree on what should be considered safe levels of lead. “For years, regulatory agencies have tried to set blood lead standards, but the fact of the matter is that there are no safe levels,” Froines said.

Finding holds promise to prevent decline in brain injury cases | Medical Xpress

“It’s really very hopeful. It means there’s something we can do about this,” said Robert Asarnow, the study’s senior author and the Della Martin Professor of Psychiatry in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. “If we understand which kids are showing this neurodegeneration and why, then it’s possible to start using existing treatments to forestall this process or identify new ones to forestall this process.”

This double star system puts ‘double rainbow’ to shame | Gizmodo

“Because of the orbital motion of the mass-losing red giant, the cold molecular gas constituting the wind from that star is being spun out like the sprays of water from a rotating garden sprinkler, forming the outflowing pattern of spiral shells,” UCLA astronomer and study co-author Mark Morris explained in a statement.

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