UCLA In the News May 31, 2018

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

Full-time Uber and Lyft drivers in L.A. struggle to make ends meet | Los Angeles Times

That narrative is no longer true in 2018, according to research released Wednesday from UCLA’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, which found that more than half of Uber and Lyft drivers in Los Angeles drive full time. Many also struggle to pay for expenses such as gas, insurance and vehicle maintenance costs, and around a third either purchased or leased their car specifically to drive for the companies and must now continue driving to pay off those loans. “We knew from seeing the news coverage that conditions for Uber and Lyft drivers were bad, but it was shocking to see how bad it was,” said Lucero Herrera, a co-author of the report. (Also: KCRW-FM, KCBS-TV and KNBC-TV)

After 50 years of ‘Asian American,’ advocates say term is ‘more essential than ever’ | NBC News

“There was a recognition that the term Oriental was a Eurocentric term that geographically referenced the East relative to Europe,” said Karen Umemoto, director of UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center, which was co-founded by Ichioka in 1969. “Many of the stereotypes of Orientals and Orientalism was part of the project of imperialist conquest — British, and later, American — in Asia, with the exoticization of the Oriental as well as the creation of threat and fear, as evidenced in the yellow peril movement.” The U.S. Census first used the term Asian American in 1980, according to Paul Ong, a professor of Asian American Studies at UCLA who has also served as an advisor to the U.S. Bureau of the Census.

Amid shooting fears, parents and students count down till school’s out | NBC News

Protests and other advocacy work can be therapeutic for people experiencing distress, said Melissa Brymer, director of terrorism and disaster programs at the UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. She added that it’s also important for students to have access to counseling and other mental health services in school.

American schools dominate the global rankings again | Daily Mail (U.K.)

UCLA made the top 10 for the first time since 2014 after jumping four places in the standings. (Also: University World News)

New app analyzes the cause of a baby’s cry | KPCC-FM

“Babies who are in pain have a higher pitch to their cry with much more energy. When you see someone in pain, their face tenses up and the same thing happens to the vocal tracts, which causes this difference in the pitch and the sound that the baby makes,” said UCLA’s Ariana Anderson.

Medicaid could be key issue for Democrats hoping to win control of a crucial state | Mic

“Medicaid expansion is almost certainly more popular almost everywhere in the state than [Sens.] Marco Rubio, Ben Nelson, or [Gov.] Rick Scott,” said John Logan Ray, senior adviser to DFP and political science Ph.D. candidate at UCLA. “It’s certainly more popular than the Florida legislature is at the moment,” he said. “None of our survey data could provide a single example of a Florida legislator whose popularity would be harmed by talking more about Medicaid expansion.”

Campaign 2018 | KCAL-TV

“I think a lot will be dependent on where the turnout is, how heavy the turnout is. Antonio [Villaraigosa] has to have a reasonably robust turnout in Los Angeles and Southern California, where he’s best known. I spoke with election officials at the county today who say that the turnout based on absentee votes that have come in so far are mimicking the 2014 election, and the 2014 election had a 17% turnout in the June primary in 2014,” said UCLA’s Zev Yaroslavsky.

California aims to get around last year’s tax bill | KPCC-FM

“I’m personally taking a wait-and-see approach. I want to see exactly what the California State Legislature enacts because I think this is an area where details matter,” said UCLA’s Jason Oh.

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