UCLA In the News November 9, 2018

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

The weather and climate behind the blazing inferno that wrecked Paradise | Washington Post

“The fact that things are still this warm, windy, and extremely dry is becoming progressively more unusual as we head into mid-November,” tweeted Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California Los Angeles. In an email, Swain said that climate change has “shortened the rainy season at both ends and caused significant aridification [drying] of regional vegetation.”

UCLA among best universities for psychology degrees 2019 | Times Higher Education

This year Times Higher Education has released a ranking of the 463 best universities for psychology degrees. The ranking features 47 countries. UCLA maintained its 2018 ranking of No. 8.

Our climate is headed for disaster, but voters still shrug | Wired

“There’s certainly a sense of increased responsibility to curtail greenhouse gas emissions at the state and local levels,” says Sean Hecht, co-executive director of the UCLA law school’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. But he stresses that it’s not some great sea change from the pre-Trump era. States have always been the ones pushing the boundaries.

Immigrant advocates slam video hearings for detained children | Associated Press

Ingrid Eagly, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who has analyzed thousands of cases of detained adult immigrants, found that those who saw judges on a monitor were more likely to be deported than those who appeared in court. The reason: During in-person hearings, detainees often better understood their options and sought legal counsel and other relief. Inside the detention centers, immigrants were frustrated with technical problems and felt the proceedings were unfair, so tended to give up, she found.

Educators challenged to reduce racial trauma  | Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Tyrone C. Howard warned educators that they have to do a better job at eliminating racial trauma for black children who attend urban schools. Howard — who holds the Pritzker Family Endowed Chair and is director of the Black Male Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles — told several hundred attendees at the International Conference on Urban Education that it is their responsibility to disrupt the racial trauma that minority students encounter on a daily basis at the hands of school teachers and administrators…. “School induced racial trauma is real,” said Howard. “And we cannot use a one-size-fits all approach when we talk about school induced trauma.”

NSF moves to pilot LGBT questions on national workforce surveys | Science

Told about Esposito’s concerns, letter co-author Adam Romero—the director of legal scholarship and federal policy at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law—acknowledged her concerns but expressed confidence that they were not a reason to scrap the survey questions. “In my experience, the federal government does a very good job to keep the personal demographic and other responses of survey takers highly confidential and protected,” he says.

Parents: ‘above all, do no harm’  | U.S. News & World Report

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Robin Berman) On the first day of medical school, we learned the Hippocratic oath: “Above all, do no harm.” The same mantra should be applied to parenting. Unfortunately, the incredibly well-intentioned helicopter parenting of the recent generation has been a bust. Rates of anxiety and depression in young adults are at an all-time high, while resiliency and capacity to tolerate emotional distress are at an all-time low.

Sushi mislabeled | Technology Networks

“Sushi mislabeling is pervasive; intentional fraud is much less common,” said Paul Barber, a UCLA professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and senior author of an article on the project published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. “If we can solve the mislabeling issues, then we can focus on the intentional fraud.”

UCLA names Paula Vogel Playwright-in-Residence | American Theatre

UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television has named Paula Vogel as the school’s inaugural Hearst Theater Lab Initiative Distinguished Playwright-in-Residence for the 2018-19 academic year. “Paula’s works explore and illuminate the deepest aspects of our human condition, all created with her searing intelligence, tremendous warmth, and extraordinary humanity,” said Teri Schwartz, dean of UCLA TFT, in a statement. “She is the consummate theatre artist.

In these bilingual classrooms, diversity is no longer lost in translation | Christian Science Monitor

Two-way dual immersion, which combines fluent English speakers with English language learners (ELLs) is taking off. “These two-way programs with English-speaking kids are just exploding all over the country. Now it’s an advantage for the middle class, for English-speaking parents to have their kids in a program like this. So it has changed the dynamic,” says Patricia Gándara, professor of education and co-director of the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles. 

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