UCLA In the News March 27, 2017

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

Will Salton Sea worsen Imperial County’s asthma problem?  | Sacramento Bee

Asthma causes wheezing, tightness in the chest and coughing, particularly at night or early in the morning, said Ying-Ying Meng, co-director of the chronic disease program at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. The disorder may be caused by genetic or environmental factors or both. Some children outgrow asthma, which cannot be cured, but managed through medication, constant monitoring of your environment and regular visits to a physician, she said. “You really need to have an asthma self-management plan and tailor it to the patient’s need,” Meng said.

Ivanka Trump’s new post could create ethical minefield | Business Insider

“It doesn’t make much sense to exclude the White House from an anti-nepotism statute, but that’s the law’s interpretation as it stands,” said Jon Michaels, an expert on the government, constitutional law, and national security law at the UCLA School of Law. “Why exempt White House staff from the law when they’re part of the federal government?”

California commits to cleaner cars | Los Angeles Times

Ann Carlson, an environmental law professor at UCLA, said negotiations still could resolve disagreements and preserve a single national standard. And if they don’t? “The other possibility is it’s full-out war,” Carlson said. (Also: Christian Science Monitor)

Do you suffer an ‘illusion of poverty’ or ‘illusion of wealth’?  | Wall Street Journal

These days, investors can track at any moment how the market’s daily ups and downs are affecting their wealth…. One might think that having all of this information would make people more financially savvy, especially when it comes to saving for retirement. New research, however, suggests that for many people, it may be the opposite. (Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Shlomo Benartzi and Hal Hershfield)

Move to the suburbs, leave your car behind | Boston Globe

Tenants have to sign a stipulation that bars them from applying for a city parking permit. And that is the key to addressing the overarching concern in communities that reducing parking at apartment buildings will only push more cars onto street parking and crowd the surrounding neighborhood, said Donald Shoup, retired professor of urban planning at the University of California, Los Angeles and author of “The High Cost of Free Parking.” He suggests communities around Boston should implement a resident parking system, where drivers pay fees to park, and residents in buildings with restricted parking cannot apply for on-street permits.

State to fight methane leaks from pipes, underground storage sites | KPCC-FM

“Here in Los Angeles we have a high concentration of oil drilling in communities like Wilmington,” said Sean Hecht, Co-Executive Director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law. “And in those situations, it affects people’s health directly,” because often they are living alongside well pads, pipelines, and other gas infrastructure.

Crisis in African-American employment  | KNBC-TV’s “News Conference”

“Our data shows that black workers are some of the most educated workers today, and have closed the gap in terms of bachelor degrees and high school diplomas. Yet, the gaps in terms of employment and unemployment have been wider than they have been before the recession and really in the last 20 years,” said UCLA’s Lola Smallwood-Cuevas.

Pluto, most moons count under proposed definition of a planet | Space.com

A separate, 2015 proposal for the definition of a planet sought to quantify the rather ambiguous term “round” mathematically rather than intuitively. Author Jean-Luc Margot of the University of California, Los Angeles, defined the size of planets as being large enough to clear their orbits, leaving Pluto and the rest as dwarf planets. (Margot is not involved in the new proposal.)

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