UCLA In the News May 16, 2017

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

Can lawmakers rein in Wells Fargo's arbitration clause? | Los Angeles Times

Katherine Stone, a UCLA law professor, said it’s hard to say how the Supreme Court might rule but that there’s at least a chance that Dodd’s bill could hold up. While it’s true that the Supreme Court has generally struck down rules that could be seen as impediments to arbitration, she said, it could be argued that Dodd’s bill promotes arbitration as long as it is consensual. “There’s where this California bill kind of threads the needle,” she said. “It might stand.”

Affordable housing plans struggle in face of new Trump policies | KPCC-FM

The market uncertainty resulting from a new presidency and Trump’s proposal to cut corporate tax rates has decreased the value of the tax credits, said Paul Habibi, a developer and lecturer on real estate at UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management... “You’re calling into the question the value of the tax credits which makes them less favorable for those looking to purchase,” Habibi said.

Scientists question state report on camp safety | KNBC-TV

Dr. Yoram Cohen, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at UCLA, and Dr. Hal Morgenstern, a professor of epidemiology and environmental health sciences at the University of Michigan, explained the significance of their findings: “The UCLA study found evidence of potentially significant off-site exposures to hazardous chemicals and radioactivity from SSFL. The second study found rates of key cancers in the community were more than 60 percent higher within two miles of the site than farther away.”

New UC program to speed development of life-saving drugs | City News Service

The UC Drug Discovery Consortium will combine research at the system’s medical center campuses to remake the “ecosystem of drug development in California,” said Robert Damoiseaux, a UCLA associate professor of pharmacology, director of the Molecular Screening Shared Resource in the California NanoSystems Institute and campus lead for the consortium.

L.A.’s elder immigrants suffer from housing issues | KPCC-FM

“In the ’30s we built millions of units of public housing around the country. In the ’60s there was Section 202, which built tons and tons of senior buildings. And nowadays it’s just very hard to get the financing even if you’re a nonprofit organization and you want to build low-income housing, subsidized housing, senior housing. So, something more needs to be done,” said UCLA’s Steven Wallace. [Audio download] (Approx. 02:40 mark)

Sales tax to affect Amazon, other online retailers | KPCC-FM’s “Marketplace”

“The idea is to tee up the issue for litigation so that it can be taken up very quickly by the US Supreme Court…. So it could actually bring together both liberal and conservative justices who for different reasons think that the states ought to have more latitude on this question,” said UCLA’s Kirk Stark. [Audio download] (Approx. 02:05 mark)

Council seats up for grabs, LAPD discipline on ballot | Los Angeles Daily News

“I think there is just a yearning in that district for some longer-term representation than they’ve gotten,” said Zev Yaroslavsky, who represented some of the same northeast Valley communities while on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Yaroslavsky now teaches Los Angeles history at UCLA and leads the Los Angeles Initiative at the university’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. “When people aren’t around for a long time, there isn’t a lot of long-term thinking,” he said. “Right or wrong, in politics you try do things you can cut the ribbon on while you’re still in office.”

Will Komodo dragons yield the next blockbuster antibiotic? | The Scientist

In 2013, Ellie Goldstein, a professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and colleagues surveyed the oral microbiomes of 10 captive adult dragons and found no virulent species (J Zoo Wildl Med, 44:262-72, 2013). “It was all basically environmental flora from their food,” Goldstein said. “Nothing there was pathogenic.”

Second Amendment case may be headed to Supreme Court | Fox News

According to Eugene Volokh, professor of law at University of California at Los Angeles, this case is primed for the Supreme Court, as it deals with a basic constitutional right and “the lower courts are split on the issue.” It would be a good time for the highest court to step in and settle the controversy. He also feels that while no one is sure how Gorsuch will vote, there is a “sense that he’s sympathetic to a broader view” of the Second Amendment.

How to prevent high blood pressure | KTLA-TV

“Unfortunately, probably just aging is a big part of it. Just as we get older, our blood vessels get stiffer. But, contributing to that is stress, bad diets, too much salt, not enough exercise,” said UCLA’s Dr. Matthew Budoff. (Approx. 00:25 mark) 

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