UCLA In the News March 30, 2017

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

SpaceX hopes to launch a recycled rocket | Los Angeles Times

The recycling of the main shuttle engines, in particular, was seen as an “absolute engineering marvel” at the time, said Richard Wirz, director of UCLA’s plasma and space propulsion laboratory. “The space shuttle has shown you can bring these engines back and fire them again,” he said.

Here’s what you need to know about ‘Brexit’ | Los Angeles Times

“There is no precedent for this,” said Kal Raustiala, professor of law and director of the Burkle Center for International Relations at UCLA. “It’s hard not to imagine that this wouldn’t be one of the most protracted and difficult negotiations in European history. This is going to be really, really quite complex.”

Democrats pen letter to Trump on health care reform | Christian Science Monitor

“It’s at this point a political strategy more than a policy strategy,” Mark Peterson, chair and professor of the University of California, Los Angeles Luskin Department of Public Policy whose research focuses on interactions between Congress, the president, and interest groups in policy making, tells the Monitor. “For President Trump to accept this invitation would, number one, mean that he would have to declare that he wasn’t going to do something that he made big promises about. And two, he’d have to work up a coalition built almost entirely around Democrats and some moderate Republicans.”

China poised to take lead on climate after Trump’s move | New York Times

“Trump’s rejection of regulatory action on climate change creates a vacuum in global climate leadership that China can now seize,” said Alex L. Wang, a law professor and China environmental expert at the University of California, Los Angeles. “In recent years, a variety of factors — crisis levels of pollution, economic opportunities from green development and concerns about the domestic risks of rising temperatures — have pushed China to action on climate change. Trump’s actions don’t affect these underlying drivers.”

Immigration crackdown spurs exploitation, Labor staff say | The Guardian (U.K.)

Tia Koonse, legal and policy research manager at the University of California, Los Angeles Labor Center, also said she has heard from DoL contacts that some agency officials are encouraging staff to collect as little information as possible about workers and destroy identifying documents after investigations are complete in an effort to minimize risks to undocumented workers. Koonse said she has learned of multiple recent cases of undocumented workers withdrawing claims of labor violations out of fear. “They do not want their status to be used against them.… It just breaks your heart.”

For Ivanka Trump, rising profile comes with backlash | Associated Press

“Ivanka Trump is a woman, who happens to be a mom, who works,” said Juliet Williams, a professor of gender studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. “That is really not the same caliber of qualifications to install her as a leader of this administration’s efforts to address challenges facing working women.”

Five surprising facts about seizures | U.S. News & World Report

“All seizures are generated from the brain, but with epilepsy the brain’s normal rhythmic activity goes away in the absence of a stressor or environmental trigger,” explains Dr. John Stern, professor of neurology and director of the epilepsy clinical program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “The seizure ends when the brain reclaims its normal [electrical] rhythm and function.”

Lions, big snakes and leopards in Bay Area cities? Oh my! | Mercury News

And mountain lions in L.A.? Just ask Seth Riley, a UCLA professor who also works for the National Park Service and for years now has tracked 40 of the big cats living in the Santa Monica Mountains surrounding Los Angeles. “In many ways it’s surprising how adaptable all three species have been,” Riley once said. “Mountain lions, for instance, willingly limit themselves to 25 square miles instead of their staggeringly large range of around 370 square miles in the wilderness.”

Solving L.A.’s black jobs crisis | Los Angeles Sentinel

Los Angeles is in the throes of a black jobs crisis, indicates a new study released by the UCLA Labor Center, the Los Angeles Black Worker Center, and the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. “Ready to Work, Uprooting Inequity: Black Workers in Los Angeles County,” was authored by Saba Waheed, Tamara Haywood, Lola Smallwood-Cuevas, Psalm Brown, and Reyna Orellana. It details how the lack of access to quality jobs negatively impacts the black community.

Scarlett Johansson and the perils of white feminism | Salon

According to a recent study by UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, people of color make up almost 40 percent of the U.S. population but occupy 13.6 percent of the lead roles in films. And the study also found that more diverse films made more money in the global box office.

Report urges elevation of black women’s leadership | Our Weekly

“Historically, black women have been hardest hit by economic and social crisis,” said Lola Smallwood-Cuevas, UCLA Labor Center Project Director and LABWC co-founder. “Our legacy of leadership has inspired generations to fight, but most of the black women leaders who participated in the Black Space for Women workshops had stories of backlash to their leadership ambitions.”

Coldest place in universe marks a double stellar grave | New Scientist

That evolution explains why the Boomerang is atypical. “In most of these situations, the outflowing gas comes out in a trickle,” says Mark Morris at the University of California, Los Angeles. But thanks to the binary interaction, Boomerang’s gas came out in a gush instead.

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