UCLA In the News November 13, 2017

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

Fewer return visits to hospital, but higher death rates | Wall Street Journal

One author of the paper, Dr. Gregg Fonarow, director of the University of California, Los Angeles cardiology division, said he would like to see CMS suspend and review the heart failure penalty program. (Also: Scienmag, Health Medicine Network, Medical Xpress)

Logo recall is not what you’d think | New York Times

Should Apple be worried? Not necessarily. [UCLA’s] Dr. Alan Castel, a psychology professor who was one of the authors of the study, said that the inability to accurately recall such daily ephemera as a brand logo really might be a beneficial quirk of our memory system. ‘‘We don’t burden our memory with things we don’t need to know,’’ Dr. Castel said.

Burnett surprised about Oscar, offers advice to filmmakers | Los Angeles Times

The last time Charles Burnett was on the film promotion trail was in 2007 when “Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation” premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival. As such, he wasn’t expecting the call from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president John Bailey informing him he’d be one of four people to receive honorary Oscars this fall…. Burnett’s debut “Killer of Sheep,” about a slaughterhouse worker in Watts, opened in 1977. The film, his thesis from UCLA’s MFA filmmaking program, became a foundational work of black cinema and set off a decades-long career.

Opera star awarded UCLA’s highest honor | KCBS-TV

Opera singer Placido Domingo received the UCLA Medal today, the highest honor the university gives. He was recognized for his contributions to music and nurturing young talent. (Also: KPCC-FM)

Artist is helping Princeton confront its ugly past | The Atlantic

The University of California, Los Angeles, architecture professor Dell Upton, who wrote the book “What Can and Can’t Be Said,” has been researching monument building in the contemporary South. He cautions that the impact of Princeton’s art will prove tremendously limited if it can’t show students the vast economic tentacles between past and present.

The $1 million school board race | The Economist

Pedro Noguera of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, attributes the growing focus on school board races to the perception — especially among the very rich — that America’s school system is a failure.

Transgender military ban is stigmatizing, judge says | Washington Post

One recent study by the Rand Corp. put the number on active duty at about 2,500, while another from the Williams Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law estimated that there were 15,500 on active duty, in the National Guard and in the reserves.

Surprising effects of basic income supplied by government | Wired

One fear about basic income is that people will be content living on their subsidies and stop working. But a 2010 analysis of the data, led by Randall Akee, who researches public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, found no impact on overall labor participation.

Enrollment of first-time foreign students dips in U.S.  | Los Angeles Times

But four California universities made the top 20 list — USC, UCLA, UC San Diego and UC Berkeley. USC and most of the UC campuses bucked national trends and increased their numbers of first-time international students in 2016-17. The number of undergraduate and graduate international students in the UC system rose to 38,908 in 2016-17 from 35,035 the previous year. (Also: KCBS-TV)

Song speaks to black Americans | Mother Jones

Shana Redmond, a professor of musicology at the University of California–Los Angeles, says many of those teachers relied on “Lift” to “instill in their students those things that would best arm them” for a hostile world. “One of those things was about pride in self, about knowing your own heroes, your own ancestors.”

Covered California far outspends administration on ads | Sacramento Bee

“One of the reasons enrollment numbers matter is that you want a mix of healthy and not-so-healthy people in your exchange because people who are healthy this year help to pay for people who are sick this year,” said Gerald F. Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

Two tax overhaul plans in House and Senate | KPCC-FM’s “Marketplace”

“If the top rate ever mattered for economic growth, and that’s debatable, then delaying a cut in the top rate for a year is going to affect projections,” said UCLA’s Steven Bank. (Audio download) [Approx. 01:10 mark]

What these British horses teach us about free markets | Wall Street Journal

[Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Lee E. Ohanian] Since the 1970s, politicians have artificially pushed resources into renewable energy. Today the solar industry employs nearly 400,000 workers. That sounds impressive, but it accounts for only 1% of America’s electricity production.

How climate change is affecting California | Sacramento Bee

Alex Hall, a UCLA professor whose research focuses on reducing uncertainties associated with climate change, said there is mounting evidence that the pattern of long droughts followed by big wet years will become more exaggerated. “The past few years are a harbinger of what is to come,” he said.

How to dress for work and why it matters | BBC World Service

Albert Mehrabian, emeritus professor of psychology at UCLA, conducted some of the most definitive work on nonverbal communication, which showed that when you say something with feeling or attitude, most of the communication, 93% of that, comes through nonverbal expressions, e.g., body language and tone of voice, rather than through the words themselves. (Approx. 01:05 mark) [Audio download]

Global aspects to racial capitalism | SoundCloud’s “New Dawn”

“And for us that national endeavor was important not because the study of race and capitalism is new, but because perhaps this moment both in academia and outside it demands a new engagement with this topic, and demands an engagement not just with the unfolding processes of white power and white supremacy and right-wing populism, but also with the very core of our discipline,” said UCLA’s Ananya Roy. (Approx. 02:07 mark)

Note to autism scientists: Control for z’s | Spectrum

Some researchers say they don’t worry about circadian effects confounding gene expression studies. “It’s an interesting idea, but it is a very unlikely driver,” says Daniel Geschwind, distinguished professor of neurology, psychiatry and human genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Heart’s pumping function not sign of heart failure survival rates | Scienmag

Contrary to popular practice, a measure of the heart’s pumping function known as “left ventricular ejection fraction” is not associated with the long-term outcomes of hospitalized heart failure patients, a UCLA-led study of Medicare patients has found. (Also: Health Medicine Network, HealthCanal, Medical Xpress)

Electronic glow may disrupt sleep for people on the spectrum | Spectrum

[Commentary written by UCLA’s Christopher Colwell] These effects only exacerbate sleep problems among people with autism. Children with autism are often particularly drawn to electronic devices. And for those who have difficulty sleeping, sleep disruption may boost the use of electronic devices at night, contributing to the problem.

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