UCLA In the News March 23, 2017

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

UC is moving forward with Mexican initiative | Los Angeles Times

Patricia Gándara, a research professor of education at UCLA, said the systemwide initiative has made an “enormous difference” collaboratively. “It’s brought some campuses together to do much more than any one of us could have done alone,” she said.

‘Sea of despair’ seen among white, working-class Americans | Washington Post

“Their paper documents some facts. What is the story behind those facts is a matter of speculation,” said Adriana Lleras-Muney, a University of California at Los Angeles economics professor, who will also speak at Brookings. She noted that less-educated white Americans tend to be strikingly pessimistic when interviewed about their prospects. “It’s just a background of continuous decline. You’re worse off than your parents,” Lleras-Muney said. 

Theaters get ready for ‘1984’ Trump protest screenings | Hollywood Reporter

“When you think about threats to democracy, threats to personal liberty, ‘1984’ is one of those key texts that you refer to,” said UCLA Film and Television Archive programmer Paul Malcolm.

How L.A. should grow | Los Angeles Times

Although Measure S was not the answer, neither is returning to business as usual. With the vote behind us, it’s time to take stock of the city’s very real challenges and devise a more effective strategy for inclusive growth in L.A. (Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Scott Cummings)

Facebook rape stirs questions about witnessing crimes online | Associated Press

Few if any states have amended their laws to incorporate the phenomena of witnessing crimes online, explained Eugene Volokh, a law professor at UCLA who has studied the issue. In theory, he says, laws that apply to in-person witnesses could be applied to social media witnesses.

UCLA doctors cure boy with rare form of seizures | KNBC-TV

“We essentially cook it with thermal energy. So we’re cooking this lesion from the inside out, and that cures the epilepsy,” said UCLA’s Dr. Aria Fallah. (Also: KTLA-TV, ABC Philadelphia)

Pavlovian response cells found by UCLA scientists | San Diego Union-Tribune

A small grouping of cells deep inside the brain regulates the classical Pavlovian response to anticipated feeding, a study by UC Los Angeles scientists has found. Moreover, these same cells in the striatum region malfunction in serious neurological disorders such as Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease and Tourette syndrome, according to the study.

No way to hold onto excess water in California | Marketplace

“Most of the great sites have been taken, and so the sites that still exist — they might be small, they might be oddly shaped to represent certain engineering designs that are particularly tricky at this stage,” said UCLA’s J.R. DeShazo.

City of Santa Monica joins lawsuit against President Trump | City News Service

An analysis by the UCLA Undocumented Legal Services Center cites multiple reasons why the order may exceed executive authority or be deemed unconstitutional. “The Supreme Court has ruled on several occasions that under the 10th Amendment, the federal government cannot require states and local officials to carry out any federal regulatory program,” according to the analysis.

Solving parking scarcity with fewer spaces and higher prices | The Argonaut

UCLA professor of urban planning Donald Shoup, author of the book “The High Cost of Free Parking,” argues that cities should strive to eliminate free parking and roll back off-street parking requirements because more parking only contributes to automobile dependence and traffic congestion.

Yves Meyer, wavelet expert, wins Abel Prize | Quanta Magazine

Meyer’s “work on wavelets has been transformative in the area of signal processing,” said the mathematician Terry Tao, of the University of California, Los Angeles, who presented the prize to Meyer by phone from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. “I myself have only met Meyer a few times, but he is certainly fun to talk to; he has an infectious love and enthusiasm of mathematics.”

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