UCLA In the News March 5, 2018

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

The Oscars, television and diversity | NBC News

That assessment is basically correct, according to Ana-Christina Ramón, co-author of the UCLA diversity report and director of research and civic engagement for the division of social sciences at UCLA. “People may look at successful shows with diverse casts like ‘Superstore’ and ‘Jane The Virgin’ and think that the diversity numbers are getting better,” Ramón said, “but when taken in context with the proliferation of productions across broadcast, syndicated, streaming and cable TV, for Latinos the numbers have been pretty stagnant.” (Also: Salon, Quartz, NPR’s “It’s Been A Minute” [Audio download], PBS News Hour)

Box office hit or Best Picture? You can rarely have both | New York Times

“The Oscars aren’t just about the most popular movie,” said Jonathan Kuntz, film historian and lecturer at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Instead of mass appeal, the best picture award recognizes intangible qualities such as originality, technical innovation, cultural significance and artistic value.

Welcome snow slows California’s plunge back to drought | Associated Press

California’s rainy season is often this kind of a cliffhanger, Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles, said last month. (Also: Phys.org)

Yellow fever circles Brazil’s huge cities | New York Times

“Brazil’s public health response was very delayed,” said Dr. Karin A. Nielsen, an infectious disease expert at the University of California, Los Angeles, who does research in Brazil. “Monkeys were dying in the wild two to three years ago.”

‘Billboards’ has inspired activists | The Atlantic

Edward Walker, an associate professor of sociology at UCLA, has studied how movies and other cultural products can change perceptions of social issues and influence political outcomes. In a 2015 study, he found that local screenings of the anti-fracking documentary “Gasland” in a given state spurred anti-fracking mobilizations, which, in turn, affected the likelihood of passing fracking bans in those states.

How businesses became people | New York Times

These corporations did not merely come to America; according to Adam Winkler, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, arguably they founded it. From 1607, when the Virginia Company established the Jamestown colony, corporations have been inextricably embedded in American life, Winkler maintains in his excellent and timely new book, “We the Corporations.”

Case shows how drug prices soar for rare diseases | Los Angeles Times

“There are millions being made out there on these kids — it’s a huge business,” said Dr. Doris Quon, medical director of the Orthopaedic Hemophilia Treatment Center at UCLA.

Del Toro, master of monsters and double Oscar winner | Agence France-Presse

After that, he insisted on putting “his own signature” on his films, said A.P. Gonzalez, professor emeritus at the film school of the University of California, Los Angeles. “He’s a true artist,” Gonzalez told AFP.

A chance to transform urban planning | The Economist

“America is a great place to be — if you’re a car,” says Donald Shoup of the University of California at Los Angeles.

Assault weapon ban is more complicated than it seems | Business Insider

Adam Winkler, a professor at the UCLA School of Law and author of a book on gun violence in America, wrote in a 2015 Los Angeles Times op-ed that assault weapons bans are “largely ineffectual” because “it is hard for legislators to effectively regulate [guns] without banning half the handguns in the country.”

Creating diverse schools, workplaces requires inclusion | Phys.org

Tiffany Brannon’s (University of California, Los Angeles) research provides evidence that school settings can affirm identity among members of negatively stereotyped groups — by, for instance, incorporating diverse cultural ideas and practices within academic courses or extracurricular activities — and, in turn, afford an increased sense of inclusion.

50 years after walkouts, we’re still fighting for Latino students | HuffPost Opinion

Latino students in the U.S. attend some of the most segregated schools, according to a report from the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles. The researchers found that Latinos in schools are more segregated now than they were in 1970. In California, there’s been an “extremely dramatic increase in the segregation of Latinos, who on average attended schools that were 54 percent white in 1970, but now attend schools that are 84 percent nonwhite,” the Civil Rights Project says.

Richard Weinstein, public-minded urban planner, dies | New York Times

Mr. Weinstein moved to California in 1985 and became dean of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. He held that post until 1995 and was a professor emeritus until 2008. As dean, he incorporated computer technology and robotics into the curriculum. He also helped select designs for the Walt Disney Concert Hall — Frank Gehry’s was chosen — and the new Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, designed by José Rafael Moneo.

Washington state moves to ban gay conversion therapy | HuffPost

It’s estimated that 698,000 LGBTQ adults in the U.S. have received treatment to change their sexual orientation or gender at some point in their lives, according to a recent report by the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy at UCLA School of Law. Of that estimate, 350,000 received treatment as adolescents.

Costume designers’ art is focus of talk | Hollywood Reporter

On the eve of the 2018 Academy Awards, this year’s leading costume designers gathered in the James Bridges Theater at UCLA for the 8th annual Sketch to Screen Costume Design and Celebration panel to discuss the importance of their craft and to share their industry experience

Snowpack has declined dramatically across U.S. west | KNBC-TV

The study led by scientists from Oregon State University and the University of California, Los Angeles, found drops in snow measurements at more than 90 percent of regional snow monitoring sites that have consistently tracked snow levels since 1955, said Philip Mote, director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State University. (Also: KCRW-FM [Audio download])

Moon formed inside hot cosmic doughnut, scientists say | NBC News

Dr. Paul Warren, a University of California, Los Angeles, geophysicist who has done extensive work on lunar formation but was not involved with the new study, called the new theory innovative but said it had limitations. Chief among them, he said, is that it relies on an impact of almost unimaginable scale.

Training boosts language in nonverbal kids with autism | Spectrum

“Parents really took to the intervention,” says lead investigator Connie Kasari, professor of human development and psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. “They really could master the strategies to the same extent as therapists.”

Women’s hormonal cycles, from puberty to menopause | News-Medical

Women’s hormones contain a hidden “intelligence” that women can use to make the best decisions in their lives — decisions that will help them to choose mates, avoid danger, compete with female rivals and produce healthy children, said [Martie] Haselton, a UCLA professor of psychology and communication studies.

Media Contact