UCLA In the News May 14, 2018

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

NASA finds signs of plumes from Europa, Jupiter’s ocean moon | New York Times

“With the Hubble data in hand,” [UCLA’s Dr. Margaret] Kivelson said, “we had an idea of how big a plume might be reasonable. That we could translate into how long it would take Galileo to move across a plume that had been proposed.”

$200 million Toys ‘R’ Us debt problem could lead to $348 million in fees | New York Times

The high cost of bankruptcy has been an issue for years. The fees in the Lehman Brothers case topped $1 billion two years after the investment bank filed the largest corporate bankruptcy case in history and help set off the global financial crisis in 2008. “The fees have been increasing, and there is no effective means to control them,” said Lynn LoPucki, a bankruptcy professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Trump, Schneiderman, Greitens and changing shape of sex scandals | Washington Post

“Sex scandals, underneath the salacious details and entertainment value, offer a window onto our cultural perspectives on sex, gender and sexuality,” said Juliet Williams, a gender studies professor at the University of California at Los Angeles. “It seems almost quaint to consider that just 20 years ago, a mere extramarital affair was enough to create a national crisis. The dominant frame then was a moral one — adultery, a young woman being taken advantage of.”

Trump’s welfare reform plan misses a key piece: Transportation | Washington Post

“Since the 1990s, things have become much more difficult for welfare recipients,” said Evelyn Blumenberg, a professor at the Luskin School of Public Affairs at the University of California at Los Angeles. “And I have not seen an upswell in movement for supporting the transportation part of this.” The link between access to reliable transportation and employment opportunities is well-documented. Studies show that transportation, or the lack thereof, remains the greatest barrier to low-income people seeking steady employment.

Too many mothers are dying after childbirth | NBC News

Researchers and doctors there decided to grapple with the issue of maternal deaths and the state has managed to cut its mortality rate by 55 percent, says Dr. Rashmi Rao, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at the University of California, Los Angeles. “California has one of the lowest mortality rates in the country,” Rao says. “It’s similar to the rate in Canada, which is about seven per 100,000. Other countries have reduced their maternal mortality rate by standardizing the process.”

Scholarship seeks to solve Hollywood’s gender, diversity problem | Marie Claire

However, a new scholarship seeks to close the gap and elevate Middle Eastern female cinematic voices, in the hopes of smashing through stereotypes and bringing authentic Arab experiences to the big screen. Founded by Saudi-Egyptian entrepreneur Hani Farsi and the dean of UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film and Television Teri Schwartz, the Mohamed S. Farsi Foundation’s Arab Women Filmmakers scholarship is aimed at elevating voices of women across 22 Arab League countries through cinematic storytelling and giving them a leg up in an industry where diversity can be lacking.

Asians-Americans open doors for other Asian-Americans in Hollywood | HuffPost

Nonetheless, data continuously show that audiences are very receptive to diversity on screen. Projects with diverse casts had the highest box office as well as viewership numbers, UCLA found in its analysis of the major movies released in 2016 and the TV series that aired or streamed online during the 2015-16 season. “Diversity sells, but the TV and film product continues to fall short,” Ana-Christina Ramón, co-author of the UCLA study, wrote, so audiences are left starved for more representation on screen that reflects the world they see in their daily lives.

Segregation alive and well in so-called land of opportunity | NBC News

When it comes to education policy, highly touted school voucher programs and charter schools have so far shown only limited results. For example, the longest running American voucher experiment, in Milwaukee, has yielded minimal solid evidence of student gains. And as UCLA Professor Gary Orfield has documented, there is also substantial evidence that charter schools are even more segregated than traditional public schools.

Experts have new advice on prostate cancer screening | Los Angeles Times

 A man’s decision should also take into account such intangibles as his tolerance for uncertainty and his willingness to act in response to an ambiguous threat to his health. “Don’t ask the question if you’re not sure what you’ll want to do with the result,” said Dr. Christopher Saigal, the vice chair of urology at UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine who studies how doctors and patients make decisions about prostate cancer treatment. Saigal, who was not involved in the task force’s deliberations, said he remains convinced that for most men in the designated age group, PSA screening is a sensible choice. “This is still the most common solid cancer in men, and it’s treatable,” he said.

Auto executives got more than they bargained for in lobbying Trump | Los Angeles Times

The car companies “opened up a Pandora’s box when they asked for these fuel economy standards to be loosened around the edges,” said Ann Carlson, an environmental law professor at UCLA. “What they did instead is unleash this anti-regulatory monster, and a process that has been driven entirely by antipathy toward regulations.”

Receptor may be targeted to repair heart after cardiac arrest | Medical Xpress

“This study clues us in to how we might be able to better help patients heal when they experience heart conditions,” said Dr. Soban Umar, first author of the study and an assistant professor in residence in the department of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “For the first time, we’re finding a particular receptor in the heart that could unlock new pathways for treatment.”

Please explain: Medical myths | WNYC-FM

“Being a surgeon has really helped me think about how to bash hype. We can’t do the latest and greatest surgery and just expect the latest and greatest outcomes from just changing something very quickly. We use an expression, ‘Technology is no substitute for technique,’” said UCLA’s Nina Shapiro.

Students in high poverty areas are used to lockdowns | KPCC-FM

A UCLA study found schools in high poverty areas like hers are twice as likely to have lockdowns as schools in affluent areas.

Life, liberty and pursuit of corporate happiness | PRI’s “Innovation Hub”

“We’re really seeing a flourishing of corporate rights cases, and indeed there’s a major case before the Supreme Court this term, the Masterpiece Cake Shop, case that deals with whether a Colorado baker can refuse to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple. And if the Supreme Court rules in favor of that baker, and the bakery, Masterpiece Cake Shop, it will give corporations and businesses more leeway to discriminate in the field of same-sex marriage,” said UCLA’s Adam Winkler.

A cure for hangovers? | Sydney Morning Herald

(Article written by UCLA’s Yunfeng Lu) “Civilisation begins with distillation,” said William Faulkner, a writer and drinker. Although our thirst for alcohol dates back to the Stone Age, nobody has figured out a good way to deal with the ensuing hangover after getting drunk. As a chemical engineering professor and wine enthusiast, I felt I needed to find a solution. As frivolous as this project may sound, it has serious implications. (Also: KABC-TV, Medical Daily)

UK has seen ‘Brexit-related’ growth in racism | The Guardian (U.K.)

[Tendayi] Achiume, from Zambia, was appointed the UN’s special rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance in September 2017. A professor of law at University of California, Los Angeles, she is the first woman and the first person from southern Africa to fill the role. “The discourses on racial equality before, during and after the 2016 referendum, as well as the policies and practices upon which the Brexit debate has conferred legitimacy, raise serious issues at the core of my mandate,” she said.

These 16 songs broke ground for ‘This is America’ | PBS NewsHour

NewsHour asked several music experts for songs that can be seen as musical predecessors to “This Is America.” In their own words, here are 16 suggestions…. Robin Kelley, professor of history at UCLA, and Shana L. Redmond, professor of musicology and African American studies at UCLA, weigh in.

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