UCLA In the News March 26, 2018

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

Teens were prepared to take the national stage | Christian Science Monitor

Current high schoolers’ interest in politics did not happen overnight, says John Rogers, director of the Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access at the University of California, Los Angeles. They have come of age in the shadows of the Black Lives Matter movement, LGBTQ advocacy, and Dreamers legislation — all societal issues that are relatively easy to understand and spread quickly on social media.

A call to action for girl squads everywhere | New York Times

Why then … is friendship as an institution not afforded the same benefits and privileges as marriage? It’s a position that has been gaining steam in the legal community, among advocates of so-called friendship law like Rachel Moran, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who has argued that platonic bonds ought to matter “not only in my own intimate life, but in the eyes of the law.”

Personal care aides and the “chain migration” debate | New York Times

[M]ore people would do blue-collar work they now shun if wages were higher — but not enough of them would, according to Chris Tilly, a labor economist at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Wage is not the main issue,” he said. “There are also expectations and status. Not everybody wants to work with their hands touching people; not everybody will do dirty work.”

Sierra snowpack water content more than tripled in a month | San Francisco Chronicle

Daniel Swain, a meteorologist at UCLA, commented on the NWS’s tweet, “California’s snowpack has experienced a pretty amazing recovery in recent weeks, which is great news! And yet despite the feet of new powder, stored snow water still remains far below long-term average — a testament to just how bad things were in February.”

How a new housing bill could affect Los Angeles | Los Angeles Times

“In the process, you will destroy neighborhoods, destroy the sense of place that many of our neighborhoods and our villages represent,” said former Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who is now director of the Los Angeles Initiative at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and the Department of History.

Stars speak about climate change at UCLA gala | Variety

The UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability held its annual gala Thursday night with celebrities, philanthropists, and business leaders to raise funds to protect the environment. In attendance at the event, held at Jeanne and Tony Pritzker’s home in Beverly Hills, Calif., were CNN commentator Van Jones, and actor Pierce Brosnan along with his wife and philanthropist Keely Shaye Brosnan, who were all being honored by the UCLA IoES for their environmental work.

Is Trump right for blaming Obama on bump stocks? | USA Today

Adam Winkler, a constitutional law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, told PolitiFact that it is accurate to say the Obama administration approved the sale of bumps stocks. ”Not because they liked it, but because the law did not permit them to prohibit it,” Winkler told the fact-checking organization, which explored the issue after the National Rifle Association said in October that the Obama administration approved bump stocks on two occasions.

5.7 million Americans now living with Alzheimer’s | Forbes

Accurate counting of Alzheimer’s cases is difficult, said Ron Brookmeyer, professor of biostatistics at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. … “Different researchers can use different thresholds, and that can really impact the numbers,” Brookmeyer said.

“Black Panther” and the conversation on bias in Hollywood | The Guardian (U.K.)

“Normally, what Hollywood does when something is successful is they try to copy it,” said Darnell Hunt, a sociology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and co-author of an annual report on diversity in Hollywood. “I would hope that this movie becomes a milestone in the industry’s thinking about what’s viable both domestically and internationally.”

Tight job market might help those relaunching careers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Among the family members who provide “informal” care for aging parents not in long-term care facilities, 70 percent are daughters, said Kathleen McGarry, professor of economics at the University of California at Los Angeles, and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Black male students find common bond | Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Tyrone C. Howard, a professor of education at UCLA in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies’ Urban Schooling Division, and director and founder of the Black Male Institute at UCLA … who delivered the keynote address at the retreat … said that it was powerful to see young Black males from across the nation in one place committed to building community. “We want to help fortify these young men. We want to normalize Black male excellence.”

You’re likely ingesting plastic from water, food, toys and cosmetics | Healthline

“So many of our plastic products that come in contact with food and beverages are made with endocrine-disrupting chemicals that leech into the environment and end up in our bodies in measurable quantities,” Nancy Wayne, Ph.D., a professor of physiology and reproductive endocrinologist at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles, told Healthline.

The risks of eliminating wrinkles | Web MD

“I cannot tell you how many patients I have seen who have had very bad filler,” says [Brent] Moelleken, a clinical associate professor of surgery at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.

How air pockets can form during brain surgery | Healthline

Dr. Nader Pouratian [is] chief of functional neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). “Normally, there are three main things in the head: the brain, blood, and spinal fluid,” Pouratian told Healthline. “During brain surgery, some spinal fluid rolls out.” An air pocket will occupy what used to be brain space.

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