UCLA In the News November 28, 2018

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

The hidden costs of commuting for women | CNN

Women in low-income industries often juggle work in remote places with shifts in the early morning or late evening. If they don’t have a vehicle, they’re reliant on public transportation, which brings a whole new set of potential encounters with harassment, catcalling or worse. Women in these situations may avoid a job altogether for fear of a potentially dangerous commute, says Evelyn Blumenberg, professor of urban planning at the University of California in Los Angeles. “A lot of those actual and perceived fears influence the likelihood that a woman is even going to use public transit,” Blumenberg says. “So it’s off-peak hours, say nighttime when the bus doesn’t come very often — there’s lots of fears about security, about hanging out at a bus stop. You’re likely to not take that trip, which may have economic consequences.” 

UCLA-Berkeley study finds change in ACA could increase statewide uninsured to 4.4 million by 2023 | Los Angeles Business Journal

More than 4 million Californians will lack health insurance by 2023 because of a pending change in the federal health insurance law that drops an individual mandate to get health coverage, according to a UCLA and Berkeley study released Nov. 27. The study by researchers at UCLA and UC Berkeley projects the change in the Affordable Care Act effective Jan. 1 to strip the penalty for those who don’t have health insurance will add 800,000 residents to the ranks of uninsured…. “Federal decisions threaten to reverse health coverage gains around the country,” said Gerald Kominski, a senior fellow at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, and a co-author of the study. “These policies could help to ensure that California continues to build on its successes and drive toward its goal of achieving universal health coverage.”

The neuroscience of mind-control gaming | Variety

It may be surprising that the technology necessary for bridging the wall between mind and machine has existed in some form since an era of rotary dial telephones and computers the size of living rooms. The term “brain-computer interface” was first coined in 1973 by Jacques Vidal, Emeritus Professor and founding member of UCLA’s Computer Science department, who posited a direct communication pathway could be created between the brain and an external device.

Border incident a ‘humanitarian crisis’ | KPCC- FM’s “AirTalk”

“I think what happened yesterday was very unfortunate. It really can be described as a humanitarian crisis, not only for the migrants who are in waiting, but then what happened yesterday with the tear gas being shot to disperse the crowd. It not only affected those who were protesting the decision but also many others because it was a quite windy day yesterday in Tijuana, and the tear gas blew all over the place,” said UCLA’s Matt Barreto. (Approx. 2:05 mark)

The cruel irony of the migrant mom in a ‘Frozen’ T-shirt | CNN

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Yalda Uhls) As a former movie executive, a researcher who studies how media affect young people and the current founder of UCLA’s Center for Scholars & Storytellers, I know images and stories are extremely powerful. Studies show that stories even work on a cellular level. Through emotion and relatable characters, media can deeply resonate and encourage attitude and behavior change at a scale that is rarely realized by mere words.

High consumption by some nations puts all of us at risk | National Geographic

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Jared Diamond) It’s certain that within our lifetimes, per capita consumption rates in the developed world will be lower than they are now. The only question is whether we’ll reach that outcome by methods of our choice or by unpleasant methods not of our choice.

In historic upset, Villanueva beats incumbent McDonnell in race for L.A. County sheriff | Los Angeles Times

The Chicago-born son of a Puerto Rican father and a Polish American mother, Villanueva owed his win to Latino voters, who turned out in large numbers, said Matt Barreto, a professor of political science at UCLA who also runs Latino Decisions, a polling and research firm.

New California report projects rising uninsured rates | Politico

Unless the state acts, the rate of uninsured Californians will grow to 11.7 percent, or by 4 million people by 2020 and to nearly 13 percent by 2023. That’s according to projections released today by the UC Berkeley Labor Center and UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. The report attributes much of the increase to the end of Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty.

Federal climate change report | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“The science has really advanced, even in the last four years. The top line message of this report, as you said, is that climate change is here, it’s harming and will continue to harm our economy, our communities, our health and safety, and even more so than in prior versions of this report, it makes clear that it’s harming our economy and the health of our communities,” said UCLA’s Cara Horowitz. (Approx. 0:51 mark)

What’s next in the border crisis? | KTTV-TV

“It’s creating a pressure cooker. So this is not at all surprising, that it’s going to blow up like this.… The obvious solution has to be to allow this relatively small group of people to come and apply for asylum inside the United States. That is the legal obligation of the United States under treaty and its internal U.S. law,” said UCLA’s Raúl Hinojosa. (Approx. 1:18 mark – video download)

UCLA neurosurgeon treats boy with giggling epilepsy | MSN

Dr. Aria Fallah, a pediatric neurosurgeon at UCLA, discovered a benign mass was causing 9-year-old Justin’s giggling fits. They were actually seizures and signs of a serious medical problem.

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