UCLA In the News September 19, 2018

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

More expectant moms want an alternative birthing experience, and hospitals such as UCLA’s are listening | LAist

Hospitals in California, including UCLA’s medical centers, are listening to these moms, said Debbie Suda, director of the perinatal unit at UCLA Health. “We’ve heard from women’s voices throughout the community and throughout the nation asking for this different type of delivery,” she said. “So hospitals responded by taking those single maternity rooms and building them to look like bedrooms or living rooms.”

So far, former gun-friendly Democrats are battling the NRA and winning | CNBC

“An NRA endorsement is toxic in the Democratic Party. But in this general election, Democrats appealing to swing state voters in rural districts might need that endorsement,” said UCLA law professor Adam Winkler.

UCLA’s Mary Nooter Roberts, champion of African art, dies | New York Times

In 1999, Professor Roberts became chief curator of the Fowler Museum at UCLA, and in 2001 she was appointed deputy director. There, in 2003, she and her husband organized the exhibition “A Saint in the City: Sufi Arts of Urban Senegal.” The exhibition focused on the Mouride movement, devoted to the Sufi saint Sheikh Ahmadou Bamba. Professor Roberts asked the Fowler’s security staff to permit devotees visiting the show to touch the portraits of Bamba, physical contact being an essential part of Mouride religious practice.

Long Beach police ‘using Tiger Text app to conceal evidence’ | Al Jazeera

Joanna Schwartz, an expert on police litigation at the UCLA School of Law, believes it is difficult to predict the legal problems that the use of a self-deleting app will bring for the Long Beach Police Department. “The use of Tiger Text by the police makes it more difficult to bring winning civil cases against them and effectively to defend criminal cases. The immediate question is: Is this the kind of police department that the City of Long Beach wants to have?”

California still suspending black and Native American students way more than whites | Sacramento Bee

California has made strides to reduce student suspensions for minor classroom disruptions, but a new study concludes the state still has not gone far enough — and in some districts, pernicious disparities remain. Statewide, school districts in 2017 issued some 381,845 suspensions that resulted in an estimated 763,690 missed days of instruction, according to the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at UCLA.… [UCLA’s] Dan Losen, who co-authored the report, said awareness around the issue and a 2014 state law that banned suspensions in kindergarten through third grade has helped. “Across the state, there have been local community advocates and there’s been a lot of research before 2011 that says you do not have to remove students for defiance and disruption,” Losen said. “It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when the change started. Our concern is that it’s starting to level off.”

State workers looking to recover ‘fair share’ fees must overcome new California law | Sacramento Bee

Will Baude, a University of Chicago law professor, wrote in a July article for Reason that unions face some risk in the lawsuits. The court majority in the Janus decision used sweeping language that declared the fees unconstitutional, and the fees could be considered to have always been unconstitutional. He and his co-author, UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh, outlined other precedents that could give the unions trouble in court. They pointed to a 2012 Supreme Court decision that raised the possibility for fair-share fees to be invalidated.

State bill on pre-existing conditions falls short of ACA protections | Wisconsin Public Radio

Nadereh Pourat, the associate director of the UCLA Center for Policy Research, said it would also mean insurance companies could once again impose lifetime limits on the most expensive customers, like cancer patients. “People used to hit the limit and then nobody would insure them anymore,” Pourat said.

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