UCLA In the News May 7, 2018

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

California is now the world’s 5th largest economy | New York Times

All economic booms run out of steam sooner or later, and some Californians say they might welcome a little relief from this one. William Yu, an economist with the Anderson Forecast at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, recalls a panel discussion a month ago with real estate developers. “One developer was asked, ‘Are you worried about a recession coming?’” Mr. Yu said. “The developer said, ‘I’m not worried at all. I’m waiting for it.’” Why? So he can snap up some properties at cheaper prices. (UCLA’s Lee Ohanian is also quoted in Associated Press, Axios)

UCLA wins beach volleyball championship for NCAA title No. 116 | Los Angeles Times

UCLA won the NCAA beach volleyball national championship in Gulf Shores, Ala., on Sunday, coming out of the losers bracket to eliminate Hawaii and then defeat Florida State 3-1 in the final, delivering the school’s 116th NCAA title. That ties Stanford for most NCAA titles. It’s the first beach volleyball title for the Bruins in the third year of the championship. USC won the first two.

Surgeons’ skills improve with age | Reuters Health

Medicare patients’ risk of dying in the month after an operation steadily fell as their surgeon’s age increased, Dr. Yusuke Tsugawa of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in Los Angeles and colleagues report in The BMJ. There was little difference between mortality among patients of male or female doctors, with one exception. “Patients treated by female surgeons in their 50s had the lowest mortality across all groups,” Tsugawa told Reuters Health in a telephone interview.

What is Cinco de Mayo? | New York Times

David Hayes-Bautista, a professor at UCLA, published a book in 2012 titled “El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition.” In the book, he called “Cinco de Mayo” a “fake holiday recently invented by beverage companies.” The holiday’s evolution from an earnest show of patriotism to a chiefly corporate celebration has been fitful, to say the least. “I’m trying to get a better sense of how that became so thoroughly lost,” Dr. Hayes-Bautista said in a phone call from Puebla, the site of the 1862 battle. “It’d be like if the Fourth of July were reduced to beer and hot dogs.”

What I learned from gay conversion therapy | New York Times Opinion

The numbers of minors exposed to some form of conversion therapy is already staggering: In January, the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law released a report that estimates that 57,000 youths between 13 and 17 will receive conversion therapy from religious advisers before the age of 18 and 20,000 will receive conversion therapy from a licensed mental health professional before the age of 18 in the 40 states that still allow it.

California ruling updates debate for gig economy | Christian Science Monitor

“It opens up opportunities to think again about … how do we want to shape the future of work?” says Saba Waheed, research director of the University of California, Los Angeles Labor Center.

Chiang touts battles with former California governor | Los Angeles Times

“Nobody has ever said that, ‘Since the age of 4, I always wanted to be state controller or state treasurer.’ It’s not normally a high-profile office,” said Daniel J.B. Mitchell, a state labor expert and professor emeritus at UCLA Anderson School of Management. “There are few moments where the opportunity comes along.”

Utilities beg off wildfire bills | Los Angeles Times

Yet there is wide agreement that California may need to reconsider how to apportion the costs of wildfire damage. “The fire costs are going to be increasing, and there’s probably a limit to what the utilities have the capacity to do,” says Sean Hecht, an environmental law expert at UCLA. “This is emblematic of a whole host of problems we’re going to see from climate change, where in the aggregate everybody loses and the question is how you allocate those costs.”

Mokgosi’s provocative show at Fowler Museum | Los Angeles Times

Meleko Mokgosi describes himself as a history painter, but what he considers to be historic is what sets his work apart. Kids at school, people lounging at home, a young woman getting her hair done — ordinary life is offered with the same focused intensity of classical history and myth, history painting’s usual subjects. At the UCLA Fowler Museum, curator Erica P. Jones is presenting the Botswana-born, New York-based artist’s first West Coast museum show. (Mokgosi, who completed his master’s at UCLA, won the 2012 Mohn Award in conjunction with the Hammer Museum’s “Made in L.A.” exhibition.) In “Bread, Butter and Power,” daily existence and stamina interact.

How Marvel became a $16 billion franchise | The Wrap

“Kevin Feige is doing the same thing Stan Lee did for the comic books in the ‘60s; he keeps everyone on the same page,” Jonathan Kuntz, a lecturer at the UCLA school of theater, film and TV, told The Wrap. Marvel’s 19-film franchise goes against Hollywood’s nature, Kuntz said. A lot of franchises focus on trilogies before they tend to reboot or squash it after diminishing returns.

U.S. airstrikes in Syria nothing more than empty theater | Salon

(Commentary written by UCLA’s James Gelvin) Current conditions make deterrence even more unlikely. The presence of Russian and Iranian troops, military contractors and equipment means that any future response to a Syrian chemical weapons attack has to be as carefully calibrated as this past one was. Otherwise, the United States might find itself in a wider conflict.

Why it’s so hard to convince yourself to buy generic items | Mic

Brands are well aware of everything we think about when considering what to purchase. That’s because consumers are generally “boundedly rational” when it comes to making decisions, according to Rakesh Sarin, professor of management at UCLA and author of a recent paper on the mechanics of human decision-making.

How UCLA surgeons are giving hope to people on transplant list | KABC-TV

“It’s a shame to just discard this beautifully functioning kidney that was working for two years,” said UCLA’s Dr. Jeffrey Veale.

This is the toughest gun law in America | HuffPost

There is also the appeals process, which can serve as a safeguard for constitutional rights. Although police discretion over gun ownership can be “constitutionally problematic,” says Adam Winkler, a UCLA constitutional law professor, “if more than 90 percent of applicants are getting permits, there is an appeals process in place and government has to provide actual evidence that’s reviewed by a neutral arbiter, that seems to me a system that the courts might uphold.” (Winkler was also interviewed on KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”)

Should corporations have same rights as people? | Fox News Channel

“Corporations have been at the cutting edge of American constitutional law, although their role has generally been hidden,” said UCLA’s Adam Winkler.

Should you try an online doctor? | Consumer Reports

But don’t expect it to “completely take the place of meeting your doctor in person,” says John Shen, M.D., a postdoctoral fellow at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

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