UCLA In the News September 11, 2018

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

UCLA tops public schools in new college rankings | KNBC-TV

“It is wonderful to see UCLA recognized for our many academic achievements and the impact of our research,” UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said. “As a world-class university dedicated to the public good, we can also take great pride in being acknowledged for the access, opportunity and economic mobility UCLA provides to students from all backgrounds throughout California and the world.” (Also: Mercury News)

UCLA scientist among recipients of prestigious Lasker Award for pioneering work on proteins | New York Times

“I went into the field thinking, everyone’s working on gene activity, I want to work on packing material,” [UCLA’s Dr. Michael] Grunstein said in a video produced by the Lasker Foundation. “I didn’t want to go the direction everyone else was going in.” (Also: Associated Press, Medical Xpress)

How teeth became tusks, and tusks became liabilities | New York Times

Shane Campbell-Staton, an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and his colleagues have begun systematically comparing tusked and tuskless elephants in Gorongosa, seeking not only to identify the genes involved in tusklessness but also to solve perplexing patterns of inheritance…. “We know tusks play an important role in obtaining food,” he said, “so if individuals don’t have that tool, are they using the environment differently, and could those changes have consequences for other animals dependent on elephants as ecosystem engineers?”

With a single sentence, Obama moves Medicare for all into the political mainstream | Los Angeles Times

“President Obama’s endorsement is significant because it acknowledges that we still have important steps to take to guarantee universal healthcare in the U.S.,” said Gerald Kominski, a professor of health policy and management at UCLA. “Adults in America are still very vulnerable to being uninsured, or subject to disruptions in insurance they get through their employer,” he told me. “As more baby boomers become eligible for Medicare, they understand that, for the first time in their lives, they have insurance that can’t be taken away from them. And they like having that security.”

8 college majors with great job prospects | U.S. News & World Report

Strong undergraduate nursing programs are offered at Georgetown, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, the University of California Los Angeles, the University of Washington and Emory University in Atlanta.

L.A. County to consider temporary measure to cap rent increases | Los Angeles Times

Paul Ong, director of UCLA’s Center for Neighborhood Knowledge, said his research on the four cities in L.A. County that have adopted some form of rent control — Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and West Hollywood — show no significant difference in the amount of rental housing added there compared with the county as a whole…. “The short-term solution is protecting those who are most vulnerable,” Ong said. “It needs to be complemented in the long term by strategic planning about increasing the supply of affordable housing.” (Also: Orange County Register)

Does Washington cyberstalking law violate free-speech rights? | Seattle Times

Eugene Volokh, who represents Rynearson and teaches law at the University of California, Los Angeles, characterized the rulings so far as a procedural “detour” from the First Amendment question at hand. Under state law, cyberstalking includes anonymous, repeated or obscene electronic communications sent “with intent to harass, intimidate, torment, or embarrass any other person.” “Your freedom to speak shouldn’t turn on a prosecutor’s judgments about whether your intentions were pure,” Volokh said.

Fine line between racism and free speech is tested at high school football game | Los Angeles Times

In a 2017 nationwide survey, about a quarter of teachers said they were observing more contentious relationships between different student groups than they had in the past. In some cases, teachers reported that the students were mirroring national political rhetoric, UCLA education professor John Rogers said. Though the survey did not ask which groups of students were most often the aggressors, in follow-up interviews and in an open-ended question on the survey, teachers often reported “white students taking action against nonwhite students,” Rogers said.

Do immigrants get a fair day in court when it’s by video? | WNYC–FM

The most comprehensive study on video in immigration courts was published in 2015 by Ingrid Eagly, a law professor at UCLA. She reviewed thousands of cases involving detained immigrants and found those that had all of their hearings by video were more likely to be deported. But she said that doesn’t mean the impersonal nature of video somehow biased the judges. Immigrants who applied for asylum were just as likely to get it, she said, whether their cases were heard in person or by video. However, immigrants in detention whose cases were heard by video “were less likely to find a lawyer, they were less likely to apply for relief to remain lawfully in the United States,” she said.

Clinical trial seeks to prevent heart disease in those living with HIV | Los Angeles Daily News

“For people who are living with HIV and doing well on medications, this study will give us a good look at some of the challenges they face and the clinical issues or problems people living with HIV have,” [UCLA’s Judith Currier] said. (Also: Orange County Register)

Schizophrenic people are less reactive to social rewards like smiling faces, study shows | Medical Xpress

In imaging studies, UCLA researchers found that the brains of people with schizophrenia are less sensitive to social rewards, such as the positive feelings that can come from social interactions with people, than they are to so-called nonsocial rewards, such as money or objects. People generally find social stimulation rewarding, which in turn motivates them to seek more social interactions. Conversely, in people with schizophrenia, abnormalities in how the brain processes social rewards likely contribute to human interaction problems.

The dark origins of genetics, and of clinical psychology | Philly.com

The eugenics movement is usually regarded as an (illegitimate) offshoot of Charles Darwin’s evolutionary biology. In “Genetics in the Madhouse,” Theodore Porter, a professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles, maintains that it is “better understood” as a reaction to the failure of insane asylums in Western Europe and North America to reduce the number of defectives assigned to their care…. Genetics in the Madhouse” provides a fascinating examination of investigations of human heredity, conducted long before DNA could be studied in laboratories. 

Heat killed record number of Phoenix residents last year as days, nights grow warmer | Arizona Republic

“There hasn’t been sort of a broad look at what are the programs that Arizona needs,” said [UCLA’s David] Eisenman, who studies how communities can reduce heat-related illnesses and deaths. “It’s really important to start to figure out who is at risk in your state, what are the underlying social trends that are affecting the risk.”

Racial wealth inequality overlooked as cause of urban unrest, study says | Phys.org

The racial wealth gap that helped fuel the urban violence of the 1960s has only grown, says new research from Duke University, UCLA and the New School. “Los Angeles may be headed into a new round of problems given growing economic inequality and declining housing affordability,” the authors write.

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