UCLA In the News March 7, 2016

Study confirms Zika virus’s effects during pregnancy | Washington Post

“The frequency was so high,” said study co-author Karin Nielsen, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at UCLA, who collaborated with scientists at Fiocruz, an institution in Brazil. “These abnormalities are very significant; they are not minor. These are serious, serious problems.”… Nielsen said she and her colleagues are continuing to enroll women for ongoing research and will follow their babies’ development. (Also: New York Times, NPR , Reuters, USA Today and other outlets)

New potential evidence won’t convict O.J. Simpson | Washington Post

“Because of double jeopardy, even if O.J. Simpson and the victims’ DNA was found on this knife, he can’t be charged” in the murders, UCLA law professor Peter Arenella told the Washington Post. Simpson never testified during his criminal trial, so a perjury charge wouldn’t be an option, nor does he face any tort liability since a civil jury already found him financially responsible, Arnella said. (Also: The Guardian)

Book clubs help immigrant parents participate in children’s education | Los Angeles Times

Parental involvement is known to improve educational outcomes, said Carola Suárez-Orozco, the co-director of UCLA’s Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education. But often immigrant parents do not feel welcome at schools, or are ashamed that they didn’t progress in their education, she said.

California bullet train price tag may come after completion | Los Angeles Times

With any such project “you can’t be completely sure of what it will cost,” says Martin Wachs, an expert on transportation and urban planning at UCLA and a member of the peer review committee monitoring the business plans of the high-speed rail project. “The technology changes as it’s being built, the demand pattern changes as it’s being built. There’s an enormous amount of uncertainty.”

New campus for preservation and protection of UCLA film collection | Los Angeles Times

“Frankly, I can think of no one and no institution which has done more for the cause of film preservation, specifically the preservation of classic American films,” than David Packard, said Jan-Christopher Horak, director of the UCLA Film and Television Archive. “There are a lot of wealthy people in the film industry, but no one has stepped up to the plate the way David has. The amount of funding he has provided is staggering.”

The economic impact of same-sex weddings | Washington Post

As of last fall, an estimated 486,000 same-sex couples were married — more than double the figure in 2013, according to the Williams Institute, an LGBT-issues think tank based at UCLA School of Law. That figure represents 45 percent of all same-sex couples. Although no figures exist for how big the wedding industry has become, the Williams Institute estimated in 2014 that making same-sex marriage legal nationwide could generate a total of $2.6 billion within the first three years.

Finding peace in L.A. chaos | Los Angeles Times

(UCLA’s Nathan Deuel in an op-ed) We could do it, we realized. If we worked hard enough, we could fashion a livable space near something as unpleasant as a bus lot…. Eventually I was able to articulate hidden benefits: all that airspace, how cool it was to contemplate our city’s infrastructure, the way those massive lights and the constant presence of a security guard kept our street safe from crime. I explained to our daughter that it was special to share a neighborhood with bus drivers.

Protecting gun manufacturers from liability | Vox

Adam Winkler of the UCLA School of Law said many of these challenges were likely to fail anyway, since “the law generally doesn’t hold people liable for other people’s criminal behaviors.” Still, the PLCAA provides an easy way to get a lawsuit dismissed without paying for expensive court proceedings. “It not only staved off litigation,” Winkler said, “but it provided gun dealers with the ability to stave off this litigation without paying lawyers’ fees.”

UCLA sells rights to prostate cancer drug | Inside Higher Ed

UCLA announced Friday that it has sold its royalty interest in a leading prostate cancer medication, Xtandi, for $520 million…. UCLA plans to use the proceeds to support research programs, as well as undergraduate and graduate scholarships. (Also: CBS Los Angeles and STAT)

Tribute to Jackie Robinson on UCLA’s campus | KPCC-FM

UCLA has unveiled a monument to the late Jackie Robinson on the school’s Westwood campus. The monument is a 42 inch bronze number 42 sculpture and is a tribute to the number that Robinson wore for the Brooklyn Dodgers when he broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947. [audio download] (Also: KNBC-TV and KCAL-TV)

First Amendment protection while filming police | Vice

Kearney’s decision in the Pennsylvania case could be viewed as a good thing in encouraging higher courts to take a closer look at the filming police issue and begin to set legal precedents about what is and isn’t allowed, according to Adam Winkler, a constitutional law professor at UCLA. “I think it makes this an issue that the courts have to deal with or lawmakers have to deal with sooner rather than later. We have major questions about police practices these days,” Winkler said.

UCLA Sound Body, Sound Mind donates middle school fitness centers | KABC-TV

“A school like this one, 1400 children, about half of them are going to be overweight,” said UCLA’s Bill Simon. “700 kids. We have a chance to make an important and profound impact. We come we say how would you like some physical fitness equipment, and we have a curriculum, and we have a training program for PE teachers.”

USC tuition raises make it most expensive in the country | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

Pedro Noguera, distinguished professor of education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences at UCLA, said that schools that have risen quickly, like USC, have smaller endowments than others — and rely heavily on tuition. Noguera said this tuition-driven model, however, is not sustainable. “We’ve seen a number of universities — including the publics — have become increasingly dependent on foreign students who are willing to pay the cost as a way to try to subsidize other students,” Noguera said.

Improving life for the aging “hidden poor” | San Francisco’s KCBS-AM

“The hidden poor is a group of older adults who have incomes that are above what the federal government determines as the poverty level, but don’t have enough money to make ends meet,” said UCLA’s Steven Wallace. “You end up either in substandard housing, doubling up, spending more than you should on housing and then less than you should on other expenses.” [audio download]

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