UCLA In the News March 3, 2016

Parking requirements place economic burden on the poor | Washington Post

(Op-ed by UCLA’s Donald Shoup) City planners cannot do much to counter the inequality of wealth in the United States, but they can help to reform parking requirements that place heavy burdens on minorities and the poor. Removing minimum parking requirements may be the cheapest and simplest way to achieve a more just society, and will produce a cascade of benefits for cities, the economy and the environment.

Racism helps Republicans win elections | The Washington Post’s “Wonkblog”

“The underlying racial hostility goes on in the culture, passed on from generation to generation,” said David Sears, a psychologist at UCLA. “Local culture doesn't change very quickly.” … Sears… has found that even among white voters with equally conservative views on issues unrelated to race, those with more negative views about African Americans are more likely to vote Republican.

Donald Trump taps into hate and prejudice in America | Chicago Tribune

University of California at Los Angeles political scientist Lynn Vavreck has documented that many of Trump's supporters are “people who are responsive to religious, social and racial intolerance.” Latinos and Muslims get the blunt end of their response.

What the Super Tuesday results mean for the election | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“The party can no longer hold that strange coalition together in which working-class whites show up and vote for a Mitt Romney and his economic policies of free trade,” said UCLA’s Mark Sawyer. “Trump is appealing to both their sort of racial conservatism and their general authoritarian personality. You can see how he uses it in his rallies. He’s going to get rid of this, he’s going to shut down that, he’s going to build a wall. He’s going to tell people what to do.”

The importance of meat and the brain | Nature

There is a clear, but underappreciated link between meat and the mind, says Charlotte Neumann, a pediatrician at the University of California, Los Angeles, who has studied meat eating in Africa and India for the past three decades. Deficiencies in the micronutrients found in meat have been linked with brain-related disorders, including low IQ, autism, depression and dementia.

The potential impact of Bernie Sanders’ campaign | Zócalo Public Square

So yes, a losing socialist can change politics. But another lesson is that the general electorate tends to reject perceived radicalism, even when such candidates attract a cadre of loyal enthusiasts. And even if elected, such candidates would have to face the complex checks and balances of the American political system that make it easier to block great plans than to enact them.

Powering cars with mammal waste | Inverse

“For about eight years, we have worked on converting waste proteins, including animal wastes, algal biomass, fermentation residues, and other agricultural wastes to usable products,” says UCLA engineer and study co-author James Liao to Inverse, who emphasized the lab is more focused on animal waste rather than human poo. “We now have an even better organism, Bacillus mamaransis, which can grow in extreme alkaline solutions, where very few (if any) other organisms can survive.”

Risk of heart attack, stroke increase after consuming alcohol | HealthDay

Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, said, “Alcohol has complex effects that may increase or decrease cardiovascular risk.” Heavy drinking is associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke in the hours and days after drinking, “and for this, and a variety of other reasons, is best avoided,” he said.

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