UCLA In the News March 20, 2017

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

From marginalized to welcomed in the workplace | New York Times

In California, 218,400 adults identify as transgender, and nationwide the figure is 1.4 million, according to a study by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. “We can’t afford not to look to this new pool of employment that can really help us,” [Pollo West Corp. owner Michaela] Mendelsohn said. So she began recruiting transgender job candidates for positions in her [El Pollo Loco] restaurants. 

How store became symbol of what’s wrong with U.S. gun laws | The Economist

The two most effective reforms to reduce gun violence, according to Adam Winkler at the University of California, Los Angeles, would be a federal universal background check and a crackdown on rogue gun-dealers. Current rules on background checks apply only to licensed gun-dealers, but up to 22% of gun sales take place at gun fairs or over the internet, which do not require such checks. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, he argues, needs money and orders to go effectively after gun-dealers who overlook fishy sales.

Gorsuch belief: lofty doctrine or excuse to be conservative? | 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.”

Will King’s comments keep tourists out of Iowa? | Christian Science Monitor

The Williams Institute, a think tank at University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, estimated that North Carolina risked $5 billion in federal funding, business revenue, and tourism by implementing the law.

Neil Gorsuch on the issues | CNN

“Although Gorsuch’s exact views on the Second Amendment remain a mystery, several of his decisions made it harder to keep guns out of the hands of felons,” said Adam Winkler, a professor of Law at UCLA School of Law.

Polluters could ‘more easily’ commit crimes under cuts | Salon

“The cuts are so deep it’s hard to imagine we won’t see real effects in air and water quality,” said Ann Carlson, an environmental law professor at UCLA law. “Individual polluters are going to be able to get away with violating the law much more easily.”

Sleep apnea in children tied to changes in brain | Reuters

“It really does seem that there is a change in the brain or that the brain is affected,” said study author Paul Macey, who is director of technology and innovation at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Nursing. (Also: Medical News Today, ScienceDaily)

Trump’s plan for EPA is death by ‘a thousand cuts’ | Public Radio International

The president can’t do away with the EPA altogether because “there are a bunch of statutes on the books that require EPA to do things: to issue regulations, to enforce laws, to clean up hazardous waste sites and so forth,” says Ann Carlson, a professor of environmental law at the University of California, Los Angeles. “So, I think what they’re basically trying to do is kill EPA through a thousand cuts, as opposed to actually abolishing it outright.”

With skyrocketing housing costs, rent control at issue | Los Angeles Times

“It creates an artificial shortage,” said Paul Habibi, a real estate professor at UCLA who owns rent-controlled buildings in Los Angeles.

Astronomers observe a dying red giant star’s final act | Phys.org

“What we are seeing in splendid detail with these observations is the final act of a dying red giant star, as it sheds most of its gaseous bulk in a strong, outflowing wind,” said study co-author Mark Morris, UCLA professor of physics and astronomy. (Also: International Business Times, Health Medicine Network, Archaeology News Network)

Globalization doesn’t have to be winner-take-all deal | Zocalo

Jerry Nickelsburg, a senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, pointed out that the data measuring the effect of globalization “are actually really convoluted,” and that it’s difficult to separate the effect of globalization from advances in mechanization, changing tastes and the overall shift to the information age. We’re seeing much more inequality in terms of income and employment, he acknowledged, but much of that inequality is due to a range of factors, many of which go beyond globalization, such as the replacement of workers by robots.

Jupiter-like planet reveals planet evolution insights | Astrobiology Magazine

“This is such a young star; we have a snapshot of a baby star that just formed its planetary system – a rare peek at the final stage of planet formation,” said Smadar Naoz, a UCLA assistant professor of physics and astronomy, and a co-author of the study. (Also: Archaeology News Network)

Psychological trick that gave Vikings an edge in battle | Quartz

A 2009 University of California, Los Angeles analysis of 41,000 soldiers who fought in the U.S. Civil War found that Union soldiers were most loyal to units made up of men similar to themselves in religion, race, hometown, or socioeconomic background. Desertions were lower in units of men from the same region — where soldiers knew that word of their cowardice would make it back home — than in more diverse units with higher levels of morale.

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