UCLA In the News March 22, 2018

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

Bezos hosted roboticists, astronauts and other brainiacs | New York Times

Amazon and Mr. Bezos handpick the roughly 200 attendees, most from the fields of artificial intelligence, robotics and space. There are astronauts, philosophers, rocket scientists, Nobel prize winners and gravitational-wave astrophysicists…. While there were dozens of multimillionaires among the attendees, many savored the luxury. “This is quite opulent compared to what I’m used to,” said Ann Karagozian, a rocket scientist from the University of California, Los Angeles. “Definitely not any academic conferences.”

Pineapple Express dumping rain on the West Coast | Vox

“In an instantaneous sense, they’re moving more water than the Mississippi River, in the sky, above your head,” said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California Los Angeles. “It’s a tremendous volume of water already under normal conditions.”

Should Democrats embrace the center or abandon it? | New York Times Opinion

Since 1976, there has been a steady reduction in the number of conservative voters participating in Democratic primaries, according to Seth J. Hill and Chris Tausanovitch, political scientists at UCLA and UCSD in their paper “Southern realignment, party sorting, and the polarization of American primary electorates, 1958 to 2012.”

Schools struggle to use data to get better | Education Week

“New data systems really have to allow [teachers and principals] to say what they want to accomplish, and determine whether they’ve accomplished it,” said Louis Gomez, a professor of education and information studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a co-author of the 2015 book, “Learning to Improve, How America’s Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better.” “Just monitoring how we’re doing is not going to help us get better.”

Genes likely to blame for severe morning sickness | Fast Company

“It has long been assumed that the pregnancy hormones, human chorionic gonadotropin or estrogen, were the likely culprits of extreme nausea and vomiting, but our study found no evidence to support this,” said Marlena Fejzo, associate researcher at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, in a press statement. (Also: The Times [U.K.], KCBS-TVKTLA-TV)

Ohio called one of worst states for undocumented immigrants | Cleveland Plain Dealer

“It is frustrating that so many states have policies that ignore or exclude a group of people who work hard and contribute so much to our society,” said Steven Wallace, associate director of the [UCLA] Center for Health Policy Research, who co-authored the report, in a statement. “The neglect or outright discrimination of the undocumented does not just hurt workers and their families; it hurts the communities that rely on them for the basic labor that makes our society function.”

Survey  on proposed citywide surveillance system called skewed | Desert Sun

Matt Barreto, a political science instructor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who also runs a company that conducts surveys, said survey creators must balance the questions to include both positively oriented and negatively oriented questions, not just one or the other. Questions should also not prime respondents into giving socially desirable answers.

Fertility clinic failures raise question of industry regulation | Cleveland Plain Dealer

“While the vast majority of clinics do report those data, nothing horrible happens to those that don’t. The clinic is just listed by the CDC as a ‘non-reporter,’” said Julie Cantor, a lecturer-in-law at UCLA School of Law. “A savvy patient might avoid non-reporting clinics — it’s a loose proxy that the clinic may not play by other rules and guidelines — and it could be a good marketing point for clinics that do report, but there’s no daunting penalty.”

Many barriers for women fighting breast cancer | KCBS-TV

According to a new UCLA study, researchers there found women battling breast cancer face major obstacles to winning that fight… “Breast cancer care is very expensive for everybody,” said UCLA’s Jennifer Scheitler.

Running out of time to curb suspension rates for black, brown students | Rewire.News

Amir Whitaker, a staff attorney for the ACLU of Southern California and a staff attorney and researcher for the UCLA Civil Rights Project, said underrepresented students have borne the brunt of suspensions…. “We used to say millions of students drop out every year, but now we understand what’s actually happening is that students are pushed to drop out,” Whitaker said.

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