UCLA In the News September 27, 2017

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

UCLA ranked best state school in the U.S. | Wall Street Journal

Despite limited state support and more crowded classrooms, nearly two dozen public schools cracked the top 100 in this year’s Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings. These institutions proved they could offer a lower-cost option, often to a more diverse student body, and provide comparable outcomes to the private schools that dominate the top of the charts. The University of California, Los Angeles was the highest-ranked state school, coming in at No. 25.

UCLA forecast offers solution to unaffordable housing | Los Angeles Daily News

The forecast notes that churches have engaged in a similar practice for years. It’s relatively common for a church to buy a rectory or parish house as a residence for a priest or pastor to keep them in the community of their parishioners. The sticking point in California’s overall economy would be deciding who the privileged groups are. “This would really be a political decision,” said Jerry Nickelsburg, a senior economist and director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast who compiled the California portion of the report. “You could also see this being use for police, firefighters — or even artists. There are no economics behind it. It just comes down to what you want your community to look like.” (Also: East Bay Times)

UCLA offers depression screening to incoming students | Kaiser Health News

Hoping to head off depression and reduce the stigma of seeking help, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block announced that the school is offering voluntary mental health screenings to all incoming students — freshmen and transfer students. New student orientation on campus typically involves various activities meant to ease the transition to college — dorm parties, talks with advisers as well as webinars on drinking and sexual conduct. In recognition of the stress that sometimes comes with such a transition, UCLA is adding screening for depression into the mix. “To our knowledge, no other university has ever attempted screening of this nature and scale,” Block said during a speech earlier this month at the One Mind Initiative in Napa Valley.

Police, public at odds on release of shooting videos | Los Angeles Daily News

Jorja Leap, professor at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, said she believes every police video of critical incidents should be released, but the timing should be determined on a case-by-case basis. Leap said she’s very concerned about a potential repeat of the scenario in Chicago that involved the fatal police shooting of teenager Laquan McDonald, who was walking away from officers, in 2014. Chicago city officials did not release the dash cam video of that incident until they were ordered to by a court in 2015. “We have come too far with LAPD and with the community to have a repeat of that kind of suppression of videotape evidence,” said Leap, whose husband is a retired LAPD commander.

What to know before getting your smile ‘fixed’ | Los Angeles Times

Edmond Hewlett, professor and associate dean for outreach and diversity at the UCLA School of Dentistry, says the best practitioners emphasize planning. “You really need to have a blueprint of what is going to be the best thing for any individual patient and not just what will make them the most attractive. The mouth is not a fashion accessory. 

Would congestion pricing work to reduce traffic? | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“Well, London and Los Angeles are certainly very different. I don’t think anyone would ever argue otherwise. But I think what they share, and what cities all over the world share, is that congestion fundamentally has the same root source which is that valuable land, in this case the roads, is underpriced,” said UCLA’s Michael Manville. (Approx. 2:04 mark)

Weighing in on Newhall Ranch getting a new city | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“We have an incredibly severe housing shortage here in the state of California. We’re building a modest fraction of what we need. House prices have risen through the roof, the area has become completely unaffordable and one piece of the bigger picture is that households and firms are footloose, they’re mobile and to the extent that housing costs sort of move into this unaffordable range, we will find firms leaving the area, households leaving the area, jobs not coming to the area. We will define our own lack of economic viability by virtue of an unwillingness to build,” said UCLA’s Stuart Gabriel. (Approx. 4:30 mark)

Travel ban threatens U.S. military ties with Chad | NPR’s “All Things Considered”

Adam Moore is a UCLA geographer who’s done a report on the U.S. military presence in Africa. Americans, he says, have collaborated for years with Chad. “They have advisers and troops stationed in the capital, working with Chad and military officials — Chadian military officials and French military officials as well,” said Moore.

State’s rate of sexually transmitted diseases at all-time high | KPCC-FM

“That jumps out because we should not be seeing steady increases in curable infections,” said UCLA’s Jeffrey Klausner. (Audio download)

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