UCLA In the News October 25, 2018

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The coming clashes between Democrats and Republicans | The Atlantic

In their recent book “Identity Crisis,” political scientists John Sides, Michael Tesler, and Lynn Vavreck reported that multiple post-election surveys found that “whites’ attitudes about race, ethnicity and religion came to play a larger role in 2016 than in other recent elections.” … In an interview, Vavreck, a political scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles, said the combination of Trump-like appeals from the GOP and the diversity of Democratic candidates could lock in that heightened correlation between voting choices and attitudes about racial and cultural change. “Now we have a diverse set of candidates and the identity-inflected rhetoric still coming out of the White House and from some other [Republican] candidates,” Vavreck said. “That is not unlike what happened in 2016, with Trump and Hillary Clinton, the first woman. You might think that’s about the equilibrium we may now expect to be repeated in terms of how important these attitudes are.”

When Sears flourished, so did workers. At Amazon, it’s more complicated | New York Times

The Sears approach was not without flaws. By putting much of its assets into company stock, it made workers even more exposed to their employer’s fate. It also favored men over women, who lost out when they took time off or left earlier than male colleagues, according to Sanford Jacoby, a professor of management and public policy at University of California, Los Angeles. Still, it was very popular with employees. “People were retiring with nice chunks of change,” Professor Jacoby said. “People loved this fund and Sears was a wildly successful company.”

Why we can’t resist the promise of that lottery ticket | NBC News

Timothy M.D. Fong, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and co-director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program, says this discrepancy might come down to availability. For example, he says lottery tickets are sold in liquor stores, which are more often found in lower-income neighborhoods. Fong cautions against a commonly repeated phrase — that the “lottery is a tax on the math impaired.” He chalks it up to classism. “There’s no truth to this whatsoever,” Fong says.

Sandra Day O’Connor, first woman on Supreme Court, reveals dementia diagnosis | New York Times

Justice O’Connor led an illustrious life that was defined by more than just her time on the bench, said Eugene Volokh, a professor of law at the University of California, Los Angeles, who clerked for Justice O’Connor in the 1990s. “She was a lawyer, she was a politician,” Mr. Volokh said. “She was an advocate for civics education. She was also a mother and a wife, which I think was tremendously important to her.” (Also on KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”)

Family feuds become part of divisive political campaigns across the country | NPR

“We don’t actually have very good survey data on how often it is that families have deep partisan splits within them,” said UCLA’s Keith Chen. “We do know that it’s becoming more common.… Families that voted differently in swing states actually saw reductions of over an hour and a half, shorter Thanksgiving dinner in 2016 than in 2015.”

A 100-dance Merce Cunningham celebration is coming to Brooklyn Academy of Music | New York Times

For the Cunningham event — 75 minutes of 100 uninterrupted solo dance excerpts — 25 dancers will perform at each participating venue: BAM; the performing arts center at the University of California, Los Angeles; and the Barbican in London. Former Cunningham dancers (his company dissolved at the end of 2011, after a farewell tour) will help stage the evening in each city.

UCLA receives $20.1 million to treat veterans with PTSD | Los Angeles Business Journal

“UCLA Operation Mend provides life-changing services for veterans and families in need of specialized medical, psychological and social support services,” said Johnese Spisso, chief executive of the UCLA Hospital System and president of UCLA Health, in a statement. “Thanks to the generosity of the Warrior Care Network, patients and their families will have greater access to the care they need.”

The future of health is here | Politico

As he watched Azar stroll to the podium to deliver a lunchtime address on opioids, David Heber, director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, was thinking about another crisis: diabetes and obesity. He doesn’t see the Trump administration employing the same attack philosophy against this equally severe health issue, for a simple reason: “There’s a cultural divide, and Trump is feeding it. He doesn’t care about diet — he’s not politically correct. He eats McDonald’s hamburgers because he’s a germaphobe. He’s like, ‘in your face, this is who I am.’ And a lot of people, especially in red states, feel the same way.”

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