UCLA In the News September 21, 2018

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

UCLA women’s gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field to retire after 2019 season | Los Angeles Times

As a former ballerina with no competitive gymnastics experience, Valorie Kondos Field took an unconventional path to becoming coach of the UCLA women’s gymnastics team and guiding the Bruins to seven NCAA titles. Her retirement won’t be conventional, either…. She began as an assistant coach and choreographer in 1983 and became head coach in 1991, creating an atmosphere that nurtures flare and self-expression. (Also: ESPN, NCAA.com, Los Angeles Daily News)

Southern California just saw its longest streak of bad air in decades | Los Angeles Times

“There’s no question that people with preexisting lung diseases, particularly asthmatics, have had a harder time this year than they would have in previous years where there weren’t so many exceedances,” said Michael Jerrett, who chairs the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health.

Skeletal stem cells found in humans for first time, promising new treatments for fractures and osteoporosis | Science

“This is a major step forward,” says John Adams, a molecular biologist and physician at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. But he says the researchers still need to prove they can scale up the production of these cells. “Whether they can isolate them in large enough quantities to be clinically useful, that’s going to take a while to find out.”

Like it or not, immigrant children are our future | Washington Post Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco and Carola Suárez-Orozco) If the 20th century was the century of mass migrations, the 21st century will be the century of the children of immigrants. The reality is that the children of immigrants are the only sector of the population in nearly all high-income countries that is growing, and we must seek to integrate them. After all, when these children successfully integrate in the United States, they gravitate toward American cultural norms, fully embrace the English language, and improve the education levels, occupational distribution and incomes of their immigrant communities. As a new report further reveals, the children of immigrants in OECD countries are more motivated to achieve in school than their non-immigrant peers.

Inglewood home values are soaring — is the NFL stadium to blame? | Curbed LA

It’s not just the stadium that’s enticing buyers, says Stuart Gabriel, director of the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate. The arrival of the Crenshaw/LAX rail line, which is set to open next year, along with a proposed arena for the Los Angeles Clippers and new development in and around nearby LAX, could further inflate home values in the area. The city’s location — close to the beach cities of the South Bay and emerging tech hubs on the Westside — may also be attracting new buyers.

Molecular master may stifle assembly of many autism proteins | Spectrum

“This is just part of what I think is going to be a barrage of different kinds of studies that is going to really begin to make it crystal clear that understanding gene regulation at the protein level is critical,” says Daniel Geschwind, distinguished professor of neurology, psychiatry and human genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Why international students study in China | Inside Higher Ed

The study by Wen Wen, an associate professor of higher education at China’s Tsinghua University, and Die Hu, a Ph.D. candidate in international education at the University of California, Los Angeles, is based on both survey results and interviews with 30 international students. The authors found that the reputation of the institution was the most important factor affecting international students’ decisions to study in China. They noted that China has a sizable number of top-ranked universities compared to countries in Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America.

Suspensions in California schools drop, but trouble spots remain | EdSource

But alarming levels of lost days of instruction from suspensions remain, especially among African-Americans, Native Americans and students with disabilities, according to the report released this week by UCLA’s Center for Civil Rights Remedies. The report also identified troubling trends in middle schools and rural districts.… “I’m happy to see these reductions across the state of California,” said Daniel Losen, who is director of the UCLA center and co-authored the report with Kacy Martin. “It makes me believe that we are seeing a cultural change in California schools and [educators] are embracing the concept that there are better ways to address minor misbehaviors.” (Also: KCRW-FM – audio download)

Do carpool lanes really work? | KCRW’s “Press Play”

“Well, in Los Angeles, they first came about in the early 1970s, and they came about via conversions, rather than construction of new lanes. There was a carpool lane on the I-10, eastbound heading from Santa Monica to downtown L.A. that proved extraordinarily unpopular,” said UCLA’s Juan Matute.

South Los Angeles families fight colon cancer with garden-fresh food choices | Los Angeles Sentinel

(Article co-written by UCLA’s William McCarthy) Ms. Viveca Finley, a member of the health ministry at the Lincoln Memorial Congregational Church in South Los Angeles, has been teaching healthy eating for decades. She and other members of the health ministry jumped at the chance to make use of Viveca’s nutrition expertise to reduce community members’ risk of colon cancer. With academic support from UCLA public health researcher William McCarthy, Viveca created and tested ten weeks’ worth of healthy recipes that made use of produce freshly harvested from the Church’s community garden.

Six things other governments provide that Americans still have to pay for | Business Insider

In fact, the U.S. is the only advanced economy without a paid vacation policy, reports the Boston Globe, citing the World Policy Analysis Center at the University of California Los Angeles. Only 13 countries are in the same boat. Most offer universal paid vacation policies — in the UK, employees receive about 28 days of paid leave, and in Denmark, workers get 25 days of paid annual leave.

UCLA chancellor visits American University of Armenia | American University of Armenia

On September 19, the American University of Armenia hosted distinguished guests from the University of California, Los Angeles — Professor Gene D. Block, Chancellor of the University, and Professor Eric Esrailian of the David Geffen School of Medicine, who were in Armenia by invitation of the President of the Republic, Armen Sarkissian, to explore potential areas of collaboration between UCLA and higher educational institutions in Armenia.

Scientists create immature human eggs from stem cells | KPCC-FM

“For the first time, scientists have been able to convincingly demonstrate that we are able to make eggs — very immature eggs,” says Amander Clark, a developmental biologist at UCLA who wasn’t involved in the research. The technique might someday help millions of people suffering from infertility because of cancer treatments or other reasons, Clark says.

Foods swaps to make at breakfast to prevent and control Type 2 diabetes | Las Vegas News

Matthew Freeby, MD, director of the Gonda Diabetes Center at UCLA Health, says one particular food that falls into the carbohydrate category should be avoided all together. He explained: “Many of my patients with diabetes think about sugar as being the worst thing that’s impacting their blood sugar, but it’s really about carbohydrates. “I tell them to look at nutrition labels for the total carbohydrate content, not just the sugar content. “Donuts and bagels made with refined and processed grains are major sources of blood-sugar-spiking carbs.”

The electric scooter craze is officially one year old — what’s next? | Las Vegas News

“What’s been most surprising from a public perspective is the pace at which the e-scooters are being formalized into cities,” Juan Matute, deputy director of the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies, said in an email. “They provide a direct and tangible mobility benefit. Now a year after launch, Santa Monica, San Francisco, Los Angeles and other cities have formalized their existence. The public sector doesn’t always move that fast, but I think that it is testament to the e-scooters’ viability as a beneficial, zero-emissions, low-footprint mode for places seeking to move beyond the dominance of the automobile.”

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