UCLA In the News October 3, 2018

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

How to be culturally sensitive when learning names that are unfamiliar to you | Quartz

In 2012, a study by Daniel G. Solórzano, professor of education at the University of California-Los Angeles, and Rita Kohli, assistant professor of education at the University of California-Riverside, found that mispronouncing names in the classroom can have racial undertones, even if unintentional, and might affect the “self-perceptions and worldviews of a child.” … Robert Bjork, a UCLA psychology professor, told KQED earlier this year that the discomfort of admitting someone’s name is hard to pronounce can aid in recall. This concept, called “desirable difficulties,” posits that the challenges of learning something gives that thing more importance, and carrying out “clarifying exchanges” to get the thing right helps with retention.

UCLA’s Roussève shines a light on Duke Ellington’s unsung arranger at a REDCAT premiere | Los Angeles Times

David Roussève, the choreographer behind “Halfway to Dawn,” was drawn to the songwriter largely for the emotional tone of his work…. Roussève, who spent much of the 1980s around the modern dance scene in New York’s East Village and now teaches at UCLA, became aware of Strayhorn in the late ’90s.  

The ‘queen of green’s’ upcoming bout with the president | The Atlantic

“The fact that [Mary Nichols] has occupied so many different positions and perspectives over the years has just given her a really incredible ability of knowing what’s coming next,” says Cara Horowitz, an environmental-law professor at UCLA. “The thing that strikes me when I talk with her is she’s not backward-looking at all. She looks deep into the chess game and moves ahead, and she’s just wickedly smart.”

Startup has raised $25 million to unleash ‘virgin market’ of psychedelic research | Business Insider

“Is this going to be the Eli Lilly of psychedelics? No one ever imagined that,” Charles Grob, a professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles, and an author on one of the first studies of psilocybin in cancer patients, told Business Insider. Grob is also affiliated with the nonprofit research institute LA Biomed. “Capitalism comes to psychedelics? I don’t know what kind of fit that will be,” Grob said.

Indonesia earthquake: Torrents of ‘liquid soil’ washed away buildings | CNN

“Liquefaction occurs when loose sandy soils with shallow groundwater are subjected to sudden loading such as shaking from an earthquake,” said Jonathan Stewart, a professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California, Los Angeles.

California test scores have barely improved. What to do about it is hotly debated | Los Angeles Times

UCLA education professor Patricia Gandara pinpoints school enrollment patterns that separate black and brown students from their higher-achieving peers. In large measure, the gap represents students in schools with too few resources and unstable staffing, said Gandara. “The standards that are being set are reasonable if three-quarters of the Asian kids … and two-thirds of the white kids are meeting or exceeding them,” Gandara said. “We want the same for all children.”

Raised by YouTube | The Atlantic

To explore this question, I sought out Colleen Russo Johnson, a co-director of UCLA’s Center for Scholars & Storytellers. Johnson did her doctoral work on kids’ media and serves as a consultant to studios that produce children’s programming…. For kids to have the best chance of learning from a video, Johnson told me, it must unfold slowly, the way a book does when it is read to a child. “Calmer, slower-paced videos with less distracting features are more effective for younger children,” she said. “This also allows the video to focus attention on the relevant visuals for the song, thus aiding in comprehension.”

225 million phones just received a presidential alert. No, it wasn’t a text from Trump | Time

Tim Groeling, a professor of communication studies at the University of California-Los Angeles, says that he believes the Presidential Alert system is an inevitable extension of the existing emergency alert systems. He says that the #Godark103 hashtag on Twitter has more to do with some people’s aversion to Trump than any reasonable fear of the alert being abused.

Difficulties of providing for children with developmental disabilities can be even harder for immigrant parents | KPCC-FM

“Most parents who don’t have an education or health care background, when they find themselves with a child with a developmental disability, they’re having to learn so many things in addition to just being a parent,” said UCLA’s Alice Kuo. (Approx. 2:50 mark – audio download)

Are big tech companies providing the workplace services their content moderators need? | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“I think it is helpful to discriminate between traumatic events that happen frequently, post-trauma stress reaction, which is very common, and then post-traumatic stress disorder, which is a psychological condition,” said UCLA’s Emanuel Maidenberg. (Approx. 8:56 mark)

Will the Democrats wake up before 2020? | Washington Post

How serious are the ideological differences? Lynn Vavreck, a political scientist at the University of California at Los Angeles — and author with John Sides and Michael Tesler of a new book about the 2016 campaign called “Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America” — explained to me over lunch this summer a key finding from the book. “One thing that people will find the most surprising and that will probably get the most commentary is Democratic primary voters have the same opinions on issues, whether they were supporting Sanders or Clinton,” she said. “People like to say they’re so different.… They’re different on demographics. But in terms of what they want and what their positions are on issues, they’re not different.”

Newborn syphilis has spiked and here’s what parents can do about it | Healthline

“Syphilis has been known to affect every single organ in the body,” said Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Program in Global Health at UCLA. And babies may be born with no apparent symptoms at all. In some cases signs of serious health problems may not appear for weeks or even years later.

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