UCLA In the News October 30, 2018

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

Hanging body as Halloween décor is scary ‘historical imagery’ for some, UCLA professor says | NPR

Tananarive Due, a black horror scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles, says, “Just because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean that we can forget the visual impact of lynching imagery.” “[Halloween] is supposed to be scary about imaginary things. It’s not supposed to be scary about real things,” Due says. “For a lot of us, that’s not supernatural imagery. That’s historical imagery.”

A novel solution for the homeless: House them in your backyard | New York Times

Even those who support the idea of backyard housing say it would be impossible to build enough units to significantly reduce the city’s homeless population. “In the total picture of homelessness, we know this will not necessarily change that much,” said Vinit Mukhija, a professor of urban planning at University of California, Los Angeles. “The value goes beyond that, though, because it is finally somewhat of a departure of the purity of single-family housing in the region. It’s a good step to change what people here really consider a dogma of private housing.”

California’s dry October could be a sign of more concentrated rainy seasons | Capital Public Radio

The first part of fall has been dry so far in California, and that trend might continue. UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain said it's not unusual for rain to be scarce in October, but that dry conditions — like the ones forecast over the next few weeks — are increasingly being pushed deeper into autumn. “We expect there to be a further concentration of California's already narrow rainy season into even fewer months during just the middle of winter,” Swain said, as laid out in his recent blog post. Swain’s research suggests this trend is already evident, especially in Southern California. This could make fire season worse and make 2018 another piece of evidence regarding dry autumns in the state.

In a highly partisan era, those who dislike both sides could have the deciding votes | Los Angeles Times

That shouldn’t have come as a surprise, say political scientists John Sides of George Washington University, Lynn Vavreck of UCLA and Michael Tesler of UC Irvine. In their new book examining the 2016 election, “Identity Crisis,” they noted that those “double negative” voters were disproportionately Republicans.

Trump’s manufactured menace | Washington Post Opinion

UCLA political scientist Matt Barreto, who runs the Latino Decisions political consulting firm, said Democrats’ reluctance to engage Trump on immigration as a campaign issue means “Latino voters are essentially confused — they don’t know who to vote for.” But Barreto expects Trump’s latest immigration attacks might not work as well with white voters as they did in 2016.

L.A. County Sheriff’s Department pays price as clandestine deputy cliques persist | Los Angeles Times

“It seems to me the government would have an uphill battle banning tattoos,” said Eugene Volokh, a 1st Amendment law professor at UCLA. He said California labor law also prohibits employers from interfering with an employee’s political activities, which covers a broad array of behavior that could include being part of a group.

Westwood’s Crest Theater to be reborn as UCLA Nimoy Theater, an experimental performance space | Los Angeles Times

For years, Kristy Edmunds, director of UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance, has cruised by the old Crest Theater on Westwood Boulevard on her way to and from work. “I’d go past the Crest and I kept feeling, ‘There is something there,’” she says. “I kept thinking, ‘I wonder if I can get in there.’” … The Crest, which seats about 300, will allow for more intimate and more spontaneous events. “It has flexibility,” Edmunds says. “It allows a range of work, including digital film, live cinema and music — and it allows us to work with certain kinds of dance forms. We’ll have spoken word.” (UCLA’s Brett Steele also quoted)

Superfoods for skin care: What that really means | Los Angeles Times

Dr. Jenny Kim, a professor of clinical medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and chief of dermatology at the Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Veterans Affairs, says an ingredient such as avocado is chock-full of healthy stuff — when it’s served on a plate. When it’s used as a topical ingredient, “research shows it may play a role in collagen synthesis and wound healing — but how much are they putting in?”

Yes, we’ll pay to house the homeless, but not here, or here, or here or... | Los Angeles Times column

[Chris] Tilly, a professor of urban planning at UCLA, told me he’s often annoyed by the hassles of living near homeless encampments, and he thinks public officials can be accused of doing too little too late. He says police need to be part of the solution, but you can’t police away a problem created largely by a housing crisis that has left the working poor, the out-of-work poor, the mentally ill, the sick, the addicted and victims of domestic abuse sprawled on sidewalks.

National database could be ‘game changer’ in MS, Parkinson’s research | Healthline

“Having a database for any condition is helpful in terms of collecting epidemiologic and demographic data that can help drive research questions and clinical care,” Dr. Barbara Giesser, professor of clinical neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles and clinical director of the UCLA MS program, told Healthline.

Plenty to learn from the booming economy of ‘Taxifornia’ | The Hill Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Jerry Nickelsburg) But California’s leap into the Top 5 economies in the world should be instructive, and we should not be led astray by the nomenclature “business-friendly” for metrics which are in fact describing a particular tax and regulatory environment.

From ancient Egypt to today, these women rule the world | National Geographic

In ancient Egypt women enjoyed the sort of human rights that their counterparts today are still fighting for — they worked, owned property, ran businesses, and divorced their husbands. Their society was, writes Kara Cooney, a professor of Egyptology at UCLA, in her new book “When Women Ruled the World,” “light-years ahead of us in their trust of female power.”

Biology’s role in horror music | NPR

“Through a serendipitous experience I had, I was holding a baby marmot and suddenly it screamed, and I had this emotional response. And I wondered why I was having an emotional response to a rodent screaming.… Maybe there’s a general principle at play that can help us understand why we respond certain ways to certain types of music and certain types of soundtracks,” said UCLA’s Daniel Blumstein. (Approx. 4:07 mark – audio download)

Photo ID requirements to vote may disproportionately affect the transgender community | KPCC-FM

“Trans people are in a unique position, that there is a whole administrative system governing how trans people are able to get accurate IDs,” said UCLA’s Jody Herman. (Approx. 1:00 mark – audio download)

Zapping substances with electrons can quickly map chemical structures | Science News

X-rays mostly pass through matter, whereas electrons bounce off matter more readily, says Tamir Gonen, an electron crystallography expert at UCLA and a coauthor of the ChemRxiv study…. By making the value of this technique to chemists clear, these studies have provoked wonderment on chemistry blogs and social media. It took a couple of years for the team to overcome technical hurdles, says UCLA organic chemist Hosea Nelson, but once it had, it obtained six or seven structures in one afternoon. At that point, Nelson recalls, “we said — with expletives mixed in — that this was the most exciting day as scientists that we’d ever experienced.”

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