UCLA In the News September 11, 2017

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

Cows and the science of group dynamics | The Atlantic

The idea came to some of the collaborators many years ago, says Mason Porter, a senior author of the paper and an applied mathematician at the University of California, Los Angeles. He and Marian Dawkins, a zoologist at University of Oxford, had started talking about the difficulty of creating realistic mathematical models of biology, and the subject of cows came up. “They aren’t simple at all, really,” Porter says. 

A mobile microscope that could help reduce pollution | Futurism

According to Aydogan Ozcan — UCLA Chancellor Professor of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering, and associate director of the California NanoSystems Institute — researchers have found that air pollution monitoring benefits from accurate, rapid, high-throughput quantification and sizing of particulates in air. 

Charles Young takes Sonoma school chief post | The (Sonoma) Press Democrat

Concerned the district would not be able to find a quality superintendent by the start of the new school year, Tim Wallace, board chairman of the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, thought of the former UCLA chancellor. As the foundation’s top fundraiser, [Charles] Young was instrumental in expanding early literacy and preschool programs throughout the district. Hoping to convince him to take the job, Wallace asked Vadasz to make the initial call. (Also: Associated Press)

Students easily become derailed in their first year of college | Washington Post            

More than one-third of students say the transition to college classes was difficult for them, according to a survey of freshmen by the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles. … In the UCLA survey, some students reported they found it difficult to manage their time effectively, develop effective study skills, or understand what professors expect.

Too few women with breast cancer get genetic testing | Reuters

“Over a million women with breast or ovarian cancer who should get getting genetic testing have not,” said lead study author Dr. Christopher Childers of the University of California, Los Angeles. “Perhaps more shocking was that over 75 percent of these women have never even discussed the possibility of genetic testing with a healthcare provider.”

Spanish fluency on the decline in U.S. | USA Today

Another reason is that for many immigrants from Latin America, lacking a command of English has held them back in the labor market, so they make learning English a priority for their children. “They highly value English, and when it comes at the expense of maintaining Spanish, they may value it too much,” says Patricia Gándara, a research professor at UCLA. 

Trump cannot restrict both trade and immigration | Washington Post

[Commentary by UCLA’s Margaret Peters] If the Raise Act or something like it passes and/or if the Trump administration continues to deport large numbers of undocumented immigrants, including the dreamers, we are likely to see more firms close or move overseas, taking jobs for native-born Americans with them.

Internet scrubbers face the worst of the web | Rolling Stone

Sarah T. Roberts, an associate professor of information studies at UCLA and author of the forthcoming “Behind the Screen: Digitally Laboring in Social Media’s Shadow World,” is one of the few academics that studies commercial content moderation closely. She has conducted research in the Philippines on the people doing content moderation there as well as in the U.S.

Lesson from Canada: Teaching media literacy | CBC News

Even the term “fake news” itself is becoming less reliable, as politicians of both parties use it to dismiss unflattering stories in the media. But according to UCLA professor Jeff Share, the focus on fake news education has increased since Trump became president.

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