UCLA In the News November 1, 2018

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

New data brings daylight to the graduation gap in higher education | Forbes

California public universities are setting the standard. On the other end of the spectrum, California has particularly strong public university options for students receiving Pell Grants…. The University of California, Los Angeles, is the No. 1 public, high-quality PSI in the country, with 39 percent of students receiving Pell Grants, and 88 percent of Pell Grant-eligible students graduating on time. This is not far from UCLA’s graduation rate for students overall, which is over 90 percent.

Massachusetts law on transgender protections draws strong support ahead of vote | Washington Post

Recent research does not bear out opponents’ fears. A study published in September by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law found crimes did not go up when the Massachusetts “public accommodations” statute took effect. Before the law, some local communities had protections for transgender people in public places, while others did not. Lead researcher Amira Hasenbush compared bathroom safety in both. “The study found there was no empirical reality” to fears that the law would make public bathrooms less safe, she said. “There didn’t seem to be any impact on privacy or public safety.” (Also: The Guardian)

UCLA ranked No. 13 on Best Global Universities list | U.S. News & World Report

UCLA has more than 350 research labs, centers and institutes, and nearly 300 of these facilities are dedicated to medical research. Undergraduates can assist faculty with research at UCLA — and earn academic credit — by participating in the Student Research Program.

Tapping into the brain’s star power | Nature

Unlike neurons, astrocytes are electrically quiet, so their activity goes undetected by conventional electrophysiology methods. They’re also astoundingly complex: a single astrocyte can connect to tens of thousands of neurons. That’s why “there hasn’t been a set of tools with which we can probe these cells selectively and reliably throughout the brain,” says Baljit Khakh, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Los Angeles. But Khakh and a growing number of researchers worldwide are starting to move past the field’s neuron-centric focus to take a closer look at astrocytes. They are developing technologies to classify the cells into distinct subtypes with diverse roles and uncover how astrocytes support and shape neural circuits. The tools might even help researchers to engineer approaches for treating brain diseases. (UCLA’s Jean de Vellis also mentioned)

Our democracy is on the line next Tuesday | CNN

A recent poll found that African-American and Latino voters were roughly three times as likely as white voters to report trouble finding their polling place. One-third of transgender people report having no identity documents that reflect their gender identity, meaning voter ID laws forcibly out transgender voters to poll workers, putting them at risk for discrimination and harassment, according to the Williams Institute at UCLA.

Birthright citizenship | KNBC-TV

“No, he cannot constitutionally revoke birthright citizenship… which created a racially neutral and equal principle of citizenship for all people born in the United States. And even those scholars who think that you can revoke birthright citizenship short of a constitutional amendment, don’t think you can do it by executive order,” said UCLA’s Jennifer Chacon. (Approx. 1:00 mark – video download)

Something is changing on American television and online streaming services — there are more Muslim characters | KCRW-FM

The 2018 Hollywood diversity report from UCLA found that despite progress, minorities are still underrepresented in key jobs from lead actors to directors to writers. (Approx. 2:45 mark – audio download)

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