UCLA In the News November 22, 2017

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

Bringing cheap hydrogen cars to the masses | International Business Times

“People need fuel to run their vehicles and electricity to run their devices,” said [UCLA’s Richard] Kaner. “Now you can make both electricity and fuel with a single device. If you could convert electricity to hydrogen, you could store it indefinitely.” (Also: Economic Times, Transportation Today)

California shows its Obamacare support via ads | Los Angeles Times

The huge discrepancy reflects conflicting attitudes toward the ACA, commonly known as Obamacare, said Gerald Kominski, director at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “A $10-million advertising budget for healthcare.gov, which supports exchanges in 30-something states, is … in keeping with the goal of this administration to destroy the ACA,” Kominski said.

When politics makes Thanksgiving dinner unbearable | CNN

The Thanksgiving dinner paper, which is forthcoming in the journal Science, is co-authored by M. Keith Chen and Ryne Rohla, a professor at UCLA and graduate student at Washington State University, respectively. The analysis was computed from location data gathered on over 10 million Americans’ smartphones and a dataset of election results from 172,000 precincts. This level of granularity gives a window into voters in which small behavioral differences can be analyzed. (Also: KROQ-FM’s “Kevin and Bean Show”)

NASA reveals historic visitor from another solar system | Fox News

With colleagues from UCLA and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), Kotulla’s team captured some of the first images of U1 using the 11.5-foot (3.5 meters) WIYN Telescope on Kitt Peak in Arizona. These first images confirmed that the object doesn’t have a coma — the cloud of dust and gas that fizzes from a comet as it approaches the sun — and is therefore an irregularly shaped asteroid. (Also: Daily Mail [U.K. ])

UCLA among best public colleges for LGBTQ students | San Diego Union-Tribune

UCLA ranked No. 9 in the rankings issued by BestColleges.com. “UCLA is home to a spectacular array of over 20 LGBTQ student organizations that offer support and services to people from a variety of diverse backgrounds,” BestColleges.com said. “UCLA places special attention on the transgender community and includes medical and mental health services specifically for transgender students.” (Also: BestColleges.com)

Ronstadt’s ‘Canciones’ changed my life, my culture | Los Angeles Times

Ronstadt “revive[d] the mariachi tradition for both old and new audiences,” wrote UCLA musicology professor Steven Loza in his 1993 book, “Barrio Rhythm: Mexican American Music in Los Angeles.” She also “brought to [mariachi] an even larger, international level of commercial recognition and diffusion.”

County will pay man $15 million after he was wrongly convicted | KPCC-FM

“There needs to be a recognition that it’s not simply about a bad apple or two,” said UCLA Law School Professor Diana Schwartz, who has studied police litigation involving excessive force and wrongful convictions across the country. “It’s almost always that there is a system failure, multiple system failures.”

China could dominate global economy; leading it tougher | Zócalo Public Square

[Jerry] Nickelsburg, director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast, said that China, although it now rivals the United States in the size of its overall economy and in trade, remains a poor country that is not blessed in natural resources or farmland. So it needs to trade and build infrastructure links in other countries in order to procure an adequate food supply—which, in turn, is essential if the communist regime wants to keep control over the country’s massive population. “They need to trade, because having hungry citizens is not really a recipe for staying in power,” Nickelsburg said.

What happens when arts school adds STEM focus | Los Angeles Daily News

Project-based learning, such as show productions, is a key to success at Renaissance Arts, said Frank Heuser, head of music education at UCLA’s Department of Music. Heuser has been visiting the school frequently since 2012 and has made presentations on the school at education conferences. He said the school is also successful because it carefully manages peer learning in the multi-age classes.

Innocent habits that lead to acne scarring | Reader’s Digest

Acne is caused by inflammation, and depending on the degree of that inflammation and your skin type, that blemish could leave discoloration or an indentation when your skin tries to heal, says Ivy Lee, MD, a dermatologist based in Pasadena, California, and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at UCLA.

This calendar destroys stereotypes about ‘undesirable’ Asian men | HuffPost

For people of color who aren’t often seen in media, they could question whether they’re truly valued in society, Ana-Christina Ramón, assistant director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, previously told HuffPost.

Monkeypox on the rise: How worried should we be? | NPR

“The name is actually a little bit of a misnomer,” [UCLA’s Anne] Rimoin says. Perhaps it should be called “rodentpox” instead.

America is facing a diabetes epidemic | U.S. News & World Report

[Commentary written by UCLA’s Jonathan Fielding] America is now in the grip of a worsening diabetes epidemic. With more than 30 million people estimated with Type 1 and 2 diabetes, every U.S. age group and ethnicity are impacted. According to a new Gallup and Sharecare report, Type-2 diabetes cases are hitting all-time highs in the U.S. Communities are struggling with the impacts.

When sexual harassment is legal | Fortune

[Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Jody Heymann] In the U.S., where sexual harassment is legally prohibited, the #MeToo movement is giving rise to an overdue reckoning with workplace culture—and a newfound commitment to implementing laws already on the books. Since the movement began, prosecutors are increasingly investigating allegations of sexual assault, and numerous companies and professional associations have vowed to step up enforcement of their policies.

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