UCLA In the News November 20, 2018

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

Just before Thanksgiving, a turkey supplier is recalling 91,000 pounds of raw meat because of salmonella fears | BuzzFeed

But Michael Roberts, executive director of the Resnick Center for Food Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law, said he sides with consumer advocates in this case. “I do think once the linkage to specific producers is made, the USDA should move quickly to exonerate the other producers to avoid damaging further their reputation and business,” he said by email. “But, until then, the names should be disclosed so consumers can better protect themselves and their loved ones.”

Preschoolers take on math with the help of college students | EdSource

The “Preschool Counts” program enlists undergraduate students to work one-on-one and in pairs with young children to boost their math skills through games and activities. The program began in 2013 on a pilot basis at Stanford University. Students at UCLA and San Francisco State University are also participating in the program…. Focusing on promoting learning of math concepts among young children, especially those from low-income families, is one of the reasons UCLA adopted Preschool Counts into its curriculum, said Megan Franke, a professor in UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and director of Preschool Counts at UCLA. “There are some prevailing narratives about who can do math and not do math and a lot of those (place) young people who live in poverty as not as capable or coming in behind,” Franke said. “And I wanted us to investigate those issues, get into the schools and see what is working and get to know the young people and their teachers.”

Facial exercises make you look appreciably younger, study finds | Wall Street Journal

In one possible shortcoming of the study, the trial lacked a control group, something that the study itself noted. Without a control group, it is possible the results were skewed by a placebo effect, says Jenny Kim, a professor at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine and director of cosmetic dermatology at UCLA Health. In addition, Dr. Kim says, the participants were a self-selected group, and those who stuck with the study may have had an incentive to take better care of their skin.

Social media posts by marijuana companies may have teen appeal | Reuters Health

The findings of the new paper may be just the tip of the iceberg, said Sean Young, founder and director of the Center for Digital Behavior at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California Institute for Prediction Technology. Young notes that some of his research has been funded by marijuana companies. More people get their cannabis information from websites devoted to the promotion of marijuana than from Facebook and Twitter, explained Young, who was not affiliated with the new research. “These sites . . . are much more within the grey zone than companies like Facebook and Twitter which are publicly traded and which face much more scrutiny.”

For those grappling with California wildfires, dangerous air quality is a new risk | Vogue

“The main pollutant that comes from the fire is called [particulate] matter, or PM. The most health-relevant particles are in sizes smaller than 2.5 microns — they’re pretty tiny particles,” says Yifang Zhu, Ph.D., professor of environmental health sciences and acting dean of UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health.

Mueller might soon bring charges that even Trump die-hards can’t trivialize | Los Angeles Times Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Harry Litman) Even if Mueller is not about to close up shop, it is increasingly likely that the full contours of his inquiry will be sketched out and known to the public by year’s end. For the president and his circle, it is not shaping up to be a pretty picture.

First gen: inspiring stories of MBAs who beat the odds | Poets & Quants

In all, 21 MBA candidates share their life-transforming journeys. Their stories demonstrate the enduring value of higher education to lift people from poverty, to open doors to a different world, to help them live more fulfilled and productive lives.… “My extended family would sometimes say that I thought I was better than them because I went to college,” says UCLA Anderson’s Denice Gonzalez-Kim. “I just tried not to take it personally. Now that I’m older, they respect me a lot because most of my younger cousins went to college after me, and I helped them through the process. I will never forget my uncle telling me that I’ve helped change the trajectory of my extended family. It feels incredible.”

What is food security and how is it measured? | San Francisco Chronicle

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research also conducts a California Health Interview Survey that includes questions about food insecurity, such as whether households have had trouble reliably getting food. Survey questions include: “In the last 12 months, did you ever cut the size of your meals or skip meals because there wasn’t enough money for food?”

Villanueva’s momentum continues in bid to replace McDonnell as L.A. County sheriff | Los Angeles Times

Villanueva, a retired sheriff’s lieutenant, has been buoyed in large part by Latino voters. He won an estimated 84% of the Latino vote, said Matt Barreto, a professor of political science at UCLA who also runs Latino Decisions, a polling and research firm.

Charter school backers spent millions on statewide races in 2018. They still lost twice | Sacramento Bee

“The group of people who have provided significant funding to candidates that are associated with a charter-friendly agenda have proven that they don’t have the ability to capture statewide offices,” said John Rogers, an education policy expert at UCLA. It’s only the latest big loss the pro-charter school movement has suffered in California.

UC regents approve budget to enroll 2,500 more California students without a tuition hike | Los Angeles Times

UCLA and UC Berkeley have just about reached their on-campus capacity, enrolling between 40,000 and 45,000 students each. Other campuses — particularly UC Merced and UC Riverside — have more capacity to grow, but it will take more investments in housing, classrooms, labs and offices, according to a briefing paper from UC President Janet Napolitano’s office.

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