UCLA In the News November 16, 2018

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

See how a warmer world primed California for large fires | National Geographic

That vegetation-drying effect compounds with every degree of warming, explains Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles, meaning that plants lose their water more efficiently today than they did before climate change ratcheted up California’s temperatures…. “We’ve been lengthening fire season by shortening the precipitation season, and we’re warming throughout,” says Swain. “That’s essentially what’s enabled these recent fires to be so destructive, at times of the year when you wouldn’t really expect them.”

Governor Brown picks UCLA Law lecturer to serve on state Supreme Court | Los Angeles Times

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday appointed Joshua Groban, a senior advisor who has helped him vet judicial candidates, to the California Supreme Court… He graduated from Stanford, received a law degree from Harvard and is married to television writer and novelist Deborah Schoeneman. He currently teaches state appellate practice at UCLA’s law school.

Former walk-on Sam Handler embraces legacy as UCLA’s logo protector | Orange County Register

Sam Handler didn’t intend for this to be his legacy. He didn’t plot all day long about how to stop the USC drum major from stabbing his sword into the UCLA logo at the Rose Bowl in 2014 before the rivalry game that year. He didn’t tell any of his teammates of an elaborate plan, and he definitely didn’t think he was going to end up trending on Twitter. The injured walk-on just walked out there. He planted his feet and crossed his arms and suddenly became a UCLA cult hero. The magnitude of it all still baffles Handler four years later as the Bruins prepare to host USC again Saturday.  

Does greater Latino participation in midterms mean voters have turned a corner?  | KPCC-FM

A new UCLA study suggests that turnout among Southern California’s Latino voters jumped in this midterm election, with more voters in majority-Latino precincts casting ballots this year than in 2014 midterm election. The researchers say in nearly 40 percent of precincts where Latinos make up the majority of registered voters, the number of ballots cast jumped by at least 70 percent. That’s in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties compared to the last midterms in 2014.

The smallest spark can ignite the biggest blaze | USA Today

UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain said that “if Northern California had received anywhere near the typical amount of autumn precipitation this year (4-5 inches of rain near the Camp Fire point of origin), the explosive fire behavior and the stunning tragedy in Paradise would almost certainly not have occurred.” It was also very hot: “The entire state was above average with the Sierra Nevada region (the Camp Fire location) having the warmest summer on record,” Swain said.

Are gummy vitamins even good for you? | HuffPost

There’s no evidence that one form of vitamin is superior to another, according to Zhaoping Li, a professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Clinical Nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles. She acknowledged that people are often skeptical about the ingredients used in gummy vitamins. “Gummy is made of gelatin,” Li said. “They also often have other things in it — glucose or glucose syrup. They often have to add food coloring. And citric acid to keep it stable.”

A new ‘Network of Concerned Academics’ | Inside Higher Ed

Christopher Newfield, professor of English and American studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Michael Meranze, professor of history at the university’s Los Angeles campus, on Monday announced the formation of the Network of Concerned Academics against anti-intellectualism and other threats to higher education. “The effectiveness of this network depends on its ability to bring together and activate people who are committed to preserving the university as a space in which diversity of perspectives, academic expertise, and critical thought can flourish,” reads the announcement.

As a candidate, Newsom laid out robust vision for state’s future. Now he must enact it | Sacramento News & Review

Discussions about a single payer plan in California have fallen short in the past, largely because of costs. Those challenges will likely keep Newsom from pushing for single-payer out of the gate, said Gerald Kominski, senior fellow at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “He understands the barriers are difficult to overcome,” Kominski said. “I suspect he’ll support ways to reduce the remaining uninsured further.”

What’s lost when we don’t read deeply | KCRW-FM’s “Press Play”

“What we are doing when we are ordinarily reading, let’s say print, is allocating time to processes that I’ve been calling ‘deep reading,’ in which we pull together our background knowledge, make analogy to inference, the scientific kind of method processes that our reading brain does,” said UCLA’s Maryanne Wolf. (Approx. 8:00 mark)

3 states vote to expand Medicaid | DrBicuspid.com

Dental health policy expert Nadereh Pourat, PhD, believes the expansion could be a positive for dentists who accept Medicaid. However, the impact will depend on how many dentists accept Medicaid patients in the few states with dental coverage for adults. “The impact would depend on how many dentists are willing to provide care to Medicaid beneficiaries,” Pourat, director of research at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Center for Health Policy Research, told DrBicuspid.com. “Many dentists choose not to because Medicaid reimbursement rates are often lower than commercial plans.”

New measure would hurt immigrants, children | La Opinión

In a seminar at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), the director of the Center for Health Policy Research, Ninez Ponce, stressed that if this measure were to be implemented, “many of the 2.2 million Californians who are registered in the CalFresh and Medi-Cal programs “would be affected.” (Translated from Spanish)

Astronomers detect once-in-a-lifetime gamma rays | Science Daily

“I double checked everything before sending the data to our collaborators,” Williamson said. “Then one of our partners, Ralph Bird at UCLA, confirmed he’d gotten the same results; that was exciting.”

These are the 15 worst cities for black Americans | USA Today

A recent report by the Civil Rights Project of the University of California, Los Angeles, found that segregation persists de facto in the Rochester metro area’s schools. From 1990 to 2010, white enrollment in Rochester’s inner-city public schools fell from more than 34 percent to just 15 percent. As white families relocated to the suburbs, the share of black students in urban Rochester schools climbed from 49 percent to 60 percent.

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