UCLA In the News March 23, 2018

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

Eviction laws are pushing families onto the streets | Los Angeles Times

UCLA law professor Gary Blasi studied outcomes for tenants facing exorbitant rent increases who fought eviction without legal help. In 151 randomly sampled cases, the tenants lost every time. Even if a tenant were to mount a winning defense, a landlord could endlessly refile until the tenant throws in the towel.

San Francisco has a people problem | Wall Street Journal

The broader Bay Area is the most robust metro region in the nation in terms of payroll job growth, according to the most recent regional analysis from the University of California-Los Angeles Anderson Forecast, an economic forecaster.

Colleges swap lectures for active learning | Christian Science Monitor

Only 48 percent of students from a racial minority at the University of California-Los Angeles continued studying STEM courses through their senior year of college, compared with 74 percent of white students, according to a 2017 study from the university’s Higher Education Research Institute.

Should we expect 3 weeks of bad luck? | Fox News

“The idea that the gravity from these very distant bodies affects our lives in some way just doesn’t work in the framework of physics,” Jean-Luc Margot, a planetary astronomer and professor at UCLA, told LiveScience back in 2016.

See everything bad about climate change in single town | Wired

For the last few days, a plume of tropical moisture carrying as much water as the Mississippi River has been wringing out between four and nine inches of water along the coast and in the foothills. According to Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California Los Angeles, that’s nothing unusual. In fact, it’s what he would call a “textbook” atmospheric river. So why all the fuss? “It’s not the strongest atmospheric river we’ve seen in a long time,” says Swain. “But it’s aimed directly at these burn scar regions which are incredibly vulnerable to flooding and debris flows.”

The long history of corporate civil rights | KPBS-FM

But the rights of corporations have a long tradition in American law, according to UCLA law professor Adam Winkler, author of “We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights.” He wrote that businesses took advantage of constitutional reforms originally meant to protect minorities, including the Fourteenth Amendment’s protection of newly freed slaves. (Also: San Francisco Chronicle)

Obesity battle: what you eat, how you think | Voice of America

Dana Hunnes teaches at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California Los Angeles. She says fast foods, soft drink companies and other businesses are having a major effect on the overweight and obesity epidemic in developing countries. She adds they are adding calories and processed foods, with salt and sugar, into the diet that many people have not been normally eating.

Short bursts of activity can boost long-term health | HealthDay

Dr. Gregg Fonarow is director of the Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center. He wasn’t connected to the study. “These findings suggest that it is the total physical activity that is accumulated that matters, aiming for 150 minutes a week total, whether divided up into short duration more frequently or longer bouts of exercise,” Fonarow said.

How YouTube trains AI to moderate videos | Wired

Sarah T. Roberts, who researches content moderation at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information and Studies, says it has become more common for platforms like YouTube to use micro-labor sites such as Mechanical Turk to complete “secondary or tertiary activities” like training algorithms. “That has become more of a question, and people like [LaPlante] and others who have long-term experience with working on micro-labor websites have a pretty sophisticated eye to spot that sort of thing.”

What’s next for cancer immunotherapies | Axios

Cancer immunotherapies that trigger a person’s own immune system to recognize and attack cancer cells have logged some success in certain patients and with certain types of cancers. “But overall that is a minority of cancer patients,” says Antoni Ribas from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Why doctors are worried about latest e-cigarette trend | Men’s Health

The JUUL is a compact, USB-shaped vaping device. In most respects, it isn’t much different from most other e-cigarettes, says cardiologist Holly Middlekauff, M.D., professor of medicine and physiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “The liquid is pretty much the same. It has solvents, nicotine, and flavorings,” Middlekauff told MensHealth.com. The solvents help deliver the nicotine and flavors in the form of tiny particles into the lungs.

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