UCLA In the News October 24, 2017

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

UCLA on 2018 Best Global Universities list | U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in education rankings for more than 30 years, today released the 2018 Best Global Universities rankings. The overall rankings evaluate 1,250 universities — up from 1,000 last year — across 74 countries and are the largest and most comprehensive assessment of research universities worldwide. UCLA was ranked No. 13 on the global list.

Global pollution is a major health risk | BBC World News

“Well, the biggest single cause is air pollution, and it’s particularly pronounced in areas of South and Southeast Asia and low- and middle-income countries and in rapidly industrializing countries like China and Bangladesh,” said UCLA’s Michael Jerrett. (Approx. 2:20 mark)

Texas town mixes politics with hurricane relief | Bloomberg Radio

“So I think that it’s a bad idea to try to control what it is that, say, especially individuals who get various benefits do. But I don’t think there’s really a First Amendment problem here. So Texas has a law that bars people who enter into contracts with Texas to affirm that they are not boycotting Israel. Now you can agree or disagree without fault, but it’s basically an anti-discrimination law,” said UCLA’s Eugene Volokh.

Expectations, race and college success | Inside Higher Ed

Near the beginning of a new study on racial attitudes and college attainment, the authors note the story of Desiree Martinez, who attended a high school in a low-income part of Los Angeles and longed to enroll at the University of California, Los Angeles. She confided her ambitions to a teacher. The teacher frowned and said, “I don’t know why counselors push students into these schools they’re not ready for … Students only get their hearts broken when they don’t get into those schools, and the students that do get in come back as dropouts.” … As for Martinez, she made it to UCLA and succeeded there. Her story is known because she wrote an open letter about it to one of her high school teachers. The letter was called, “Dear High School Teacher Who Tried to Discourage Me From Applying to UCLA, I’m a Bruin Now!”

America’s imperial unraveling | Boston Review

[Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Asli Bali] For many commentators, Trump’s refusal to recertify the deal looks like the final death throes of U.S. global leadership and thus the end of the American Century. Combined with Brexit, the ascendance of Trump to the presidency has produced a palpable sense of disorientation among global leaders, with questions abounding about whether the post–World War II order may be nearly over. But if we are today witnessing the collapse of this order, it is an unraveling more than a quarter century in the making. 

Nanodiamonds promising for aiding root canal recovery | Medical Xpress

Researchers at the UCLA School of Dentistry and the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science found in a clinical trial that nanodiamonds protected disinfected root canals after the nerve and pulp were removed, thereby improving the likelihood of a full recovery. The findings are a milestone for the use of nanodiamonds in humans.

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