UCLA In the News October 18, 2018

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

Microaggressions at school? The ‘Hate U Give’ Team has been there | New York Times

“But in recent memory,” said Darnell Hunt, dean of social sciences and professor of sociology and African-American studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, “I’m not aware of any films that foreground this theme in the same way that ‘The Hate U Give’ does.”

Music copyright law is finally out of the analog age; UCLA professor explains | Pacific Standard

On Thursday, the Musical Works Modernization Act was signed into law, bringing changes to digital music royalties, copyright privileges for oldies, and the payment model for music producers. While the legislation didn’t address the persistent complaints of low pay rates for streaming, “some of the changes are pretty important and pretty huge,” according to entertainment lawyer and University of California–Los Angeles professor Don Franzen. In a conversation with Pacific Standard, Franzen broke down what the legislation means for the music industry, and what industry-rattling strategies Spotify might be cooking up.

Artwork of Adrian Piper at Hammer makes a stern proclamation | Los Angeles Times

Near the end of the UCLA Hammer Museum’s big retrospective exhibition of American expatriate artist Adrian Piper, who has lived in Berlin since around 2005, four vintage blackboards spell out a theme the artist has engaged for many years. A single sentence is repeated over and over again in neat rows, written in chalk in the manner of a classroom punishment — the kind a naughty schoolgirl might be required to complete. The outlook is brusque: “Everything will be taken away.”

The extreme discomfort of sharing salary information | The Atlantic

The two researchers — Harvard Business School’s Zoë Cullen and UCLA’s Ricardo Perez-Truglia — asked their subjects, some 750 employees of a large bank in Asia that generates billions of dollars in revenue, how much they’d be willing to pay to learn what some of their co-workers earn. The median response was $13, which indicates that many employees were not all that curious. But some cared a lot more: The average of the top half of responses was $369, and the average of roughly the highest quarter of responses was $640. Some said they’d pay more than $1,000. (Also: Marketwatch)

A new study reveals the real reason Obama voters switched to Trump | Vox

The three scholars who wrote the study — UCLA’s Tyler Reny, UC-Riverside’s Loren Collingwood, and Princeton’s Ali Valenzuela — drew on a database that has information on more than 64,000 American voters. Inside that huge sample, they restricted their analysis to white voters who switched their presidential vote from 2012 to 2016 (most commonly from one major party’s candidate to the other’s, but occasionally from a third party in 2012 to Clinton or Trump)…. The results were quite striking. First, attitudes on race and immigration were crucial distinguishing characteristics of both Trump and Clinton switchers. The more racially conservative an Obama or third party voter was, the more likely they were to switch to Trump. Similarly, the more racially liberal a Romney or third-party voter was, the more likely they were to switch to Clinton.

California residents are having their power shut off over wildfire fears | BuzzFeed News

“This is a bold switch to flip and it’s interesting that a private entity is making these unilateral decisions and are determining what these thresholds are,” said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles. “It’s showing that we have no choice but to think and do things differently to prepare for extreme wildfires. The way we have managed these risks in the past isn’t going to cut it.”

Six artists working as teachers share the lessons they’ve learned | Artsy

“You can’t just expect to go and teach the things that you know, and then leave and get paid for all that knowledge that you think is so great inside you,” says Rodrigo Valenzuela, a Chilean-born artist now based in Los Angeles, where he has been an assistant professor of photography at the University of California–Los Angeles since 2017. “This capacity of wanting to learn, and the capacity to speak out loud about the doubts that you have, it requires a certain openness. A lot of times, some 18-year-old will prove you wrong, or an 18-year-old who hasn’t made any art will have better ideas than you. You have to have the generosity to let them be on their own and give them freedom.”

National Academy of Medicine taps UCLA neurosurgeon | Los Angeles Business Journal

[Linda] Liau, a scientist at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, has spent a quarter century studying how to cure glioblastoma, a deadly brain cancer. She created one of the first personalized vaccines to trigger the immune system to fight off cancer. “I am thrilled to see Dr. Liau’s scientific creativity and unwavering dedication to brain cancer patients recognized by the National Academy of Medicine,” said Dr. Kelsey Martin, dean of the Geffen School of Medicine, in a statement. “She is a true pioneer in immunotherapy.”

Why do California babies have syphilis in numbers rivaling those of poor nations? | CALmatters

Jeffrey Klausner has seen the damage congenital syphilis can do to newborns, and it makes him a little sick. “It’s one of the horrible outcomes,” said Klausner, an infectious disease professor at UCLA’s medical school. “You have devastation of the newborn.” It’s not just the neurological harm the illness causes, or the infant deaths or stillborn deliveries, he said, but the fact that it’s all preventable — with a single antibiotic shot.

New study answers old questions about why tropical forests are so ecologically diverse | Phys.org

Working with high-resolution satellite imaging technology, researchers from Brown University and the University of California, Los Angeles have uncovered new clues in an age-old question about why tropical forests are so ecologically diverse.… Kellner and co-author Stephen Hubbell, an ecology professor emeritus at UCLA, used high-resolution satellite images to track individuals on Barro Colorado Island, a six-square-mile island in the middle of the Panama Canal, over 10 years. They looked for Handroanthus guayacan, a tropical rainforest tree that produces bright yellow flowers for a few days a year.

Even with health insurance, lesbian, gay and bisexual adults are more likely to delay medical care | Medical Xpress

Lesbian, gay and bisexual adults in California have rates of health insurance coverage on par with or better than that of straight men and women in the state, but they are more likely to wait to see the doctor when they need medical care, according to a new policy brief by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Why the delay? According to Susan Babey, a co-author of the study, one reason cited in other research is that sexual minorities sometimes experience discrimination when they seek health care. “Sexual minorities who have had a bad experience with a medical provider because of their sexual orientation may try to avoid repeating it,” said Babey, who is also co-director of the Chronic Disease Program at the center.

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