UCLA In the News September 5, 2017

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

The sorry state of U.S. subway systems | NPR’s “Weekend Edition”

“But I think that the common thread in a lot of these cities is just that these systems are old. The systems are old and maintenance has been deferred on them. And in different ways and at different times, that’s starting to catch up,” said UCLA’s Michael Manville.

Workers fight for schedule predictability | NPR’s “Marketplace”

Janna Shadduck-Hernández, a professor of labor studies at UCLA … said most of those surveyed “had experienced at least one challenging work practice in that week. Whether it was asked to be on call or not getting advance notice, or that their schedules fluctuated so that they had no predictability whether they’ll work this week twenty hours or the following week 40 hours.”

New programs aim to prevent re-hospitalization | Washington Post

The University of California at San Francisco Medical Center, the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and the Montefiore Medical Center in New York are among many hospitals nationwide that have begun “meds to beds” or “meds in hand” programs, in which prescription drugs are given directly to patients just before they are sent home.

Bike sharing and misbehavior in China | New York Times

Yunxiang Yan, an anthropologist who serves as director of the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies, said China’s roots as an agricultural society made people more dependent on a small circle of relatives and friends and less trusting of strangers. As a result, he said, many people do not see the purpose of public property and are skeptical of communal rules.

Goodbye, Yosemite. Hello, what? | New York Times

California spent the equivalent of $45 million in today’s money on two dozen state militia expeditions that murdered at least 1,340 California Indians, according to Benjamin Madley, a historian at UCLA and the author of “An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873,” whose work I am heavily indebted to. 

First-year students: “Alone with all these people around” | New York Times

Their peers … use Facebook and Instagram to perform pantomimes of uninterrupted fun and unalloyed fabulousness. And these “highly curated selves,” as the UCLA psychologist Elizabeth Gong-Guy called them, “amplify the fact that you’re sitting in your residence hall alone.”

The primal impact of an infant’s cry | New York Times

“If a stimulus stays the same, it’s easy to tune out,” said Katherine S. Young, a psychologist at the University of California, Los Angeles. “But something that changes over time is very difficult to ignore.”

New service offers “subscriptions” to movie theaters | Los Angeles Daily News

UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television lecturer Tom Nunan … worried that [MoviePass] will not be able to retain its new subscriber base beyond the next few months. “I’m rooting for MoviePass. There’s something broken with the theater-going experience. …  But if I was on the board, I would advise, let’s walk before we run.”

San Francisco sets heat record | Los Angeles Times

The heat wave marks the finale for what has ended up being the state’s hottest summer on record, UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain said. In a tweet, Swain said June through August temperatures were above average everywhere in California except the north coast.

Preparing your family for a disaster | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“Parents have to go through alerts all the time, whether it’s when the child and parent are crossing the street and all of a sudden a car is coming. So a child will know when they have to take a parent seriously. And so you can already say to your child when an earthquake happens, you’re going to hear that urgent voice, or that voice that it’s time for you to follow my commands,” said UCLA’s Melissa Brymer.

Toward better dental treatments for people with diabetes | Philadelphia Inquirer

“This article,” said Renate Lux, professor of periodontics at the UCLA School of Dentistry, “provides new and important understanding of the interplay between the microbiome and the host in patients with diabetes.” Lux was not associated with the study.

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