UCLA In the News September 7, 2018

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

Scooter use is rising in major cities — so are trips to the emergency room | Washington Post

“When I see people using the scooters, they’re smiling and having fun,” said [UCLA’s Wally] Ghurabi, whose team treated the 18 patients seriously injured in electric-scooter accidents during the final two weeks of July. “But if you lose control and get ejected into the air at 15 miles per hour and land on your head in the street, that’s enough force to kill you — and almost nobody on these scooters is wearing a helmet.”

Why you can look forward to being happier in old age | Time

In some ways, our youth and middle years are really a sort of training period for the unanticipated pleasure of being an older adult, psychologist Alan D. Castel of the University of California, Los Angeles, argues in his new book, “Better With Age: The Psychology of Successful Aging.” In one 2006 study, Castel cites, a group of 30-year-olds and 70-year-olds were asked which of the two age cohorts was likely to be happier. Both of them chose the 30-year-olds. But when those groups were asked about their own subjective happiness, the 70-year-olds came out on top.

How self-driving cars could ruin the American city | The Atlantic

“The concept of the highway was all about the idea of unfettered mobility,” Eric Avila, a historian at UCLA, told me. “You might think of the early highway system kind of the way that we thought about the internet 20 years ago. People had access, autonomous access, in a way that they had not had before.”

What if greenhouse gases could be used for good? | Los Angeles Times

When Gaurav Sant thinks about how the planet might dodge catastrophic climate change, at the front of his mind are not solar panels or wind turbines or electric cars. It’s cement. Sant spiritedly talks of how cement production is exhausting the Earth, accounting for an absurd share of the greenhouse gases that industry spews into the air. The director of a team of civil and environmental engineering innovators at UCLA, he poses an intriguing question: What if all those cement-factory emissions blowing into the atmosphere were instead bottled up and transformed into a useful product?

How communications issues between doctors and nurses can affect your health | U.S. News & World Report

Jo-Ann Eastwood, associate professor in the advance practice program at the UCLA School of Nursing, says one of the most common places for miscommunication to become a problem is during what's called hand-offs — when one care provider is passing a patient to another provider. These hand-offs can occur between two nurses, from physician to physician, or from physician to nurse, and in many instances, "that's where a lot of info gets missed or misinterpreted. Patient care is much safer and more personalized if we share vital information" at the time of hand-off… In interprofessional training groups at UCLA, physicians, dentists and nurses all take certain classes together to help foster better understanding and communication. "We talk about things like implicit bias or ethical situations and having [students] talk about things that cross disciplines and patient care. It's eye opening to them as students."

If you think California is too expensive, John Cox says he’s your guy for governor | Sacramento Bee

Those ideas fall far short of what is needed to understand how he’d address the state’s deep affordability challenges, said David Shulman, an economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast specializing in housing. “Cutting regulations is very easy to talk about, but very hard to do,” Shulman said. “Every Republican candidate for governor since at least 1966 has said ‘cut red tape.’ It’s the boilerplate talking point, but you have to have some kind of a concrete solution to what red tape you want to deal with and what regulation do you want to change. Otherwise it’s just a talking point.”

LGBT Americans typically poorer than straight peers, study finds | HealthDay

Kerith Conron, director of research at the Williams Institute-UCLA School of Law, is first author of the study. Compared to straight men, gay or bisexual men were more likely to be college-educated. But even so, they earned less and were more likely to have had financial problems in the previous year. This pattern points to possible "wage discrimination," Conron and her co-authors wrote in the study published online Sept. 6 in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

Many young Jews look at Israel differently than their parents and grandparents | KPCC-FM

“It’s a generation in many respects cut off from the memory of the Holocaust; that hardly knows of the existential threat that Jews faced. A generation that has a very different understanding of Israel,” said UCLA’s David Myers. (Approx. 3:10 mark)

What’s the most important issue for voters in this midterm election? | “The Takeaway”

“It isn’t so much that the state of the economy is irrelevant in these midterm elections. It’s just that it comes into peoples’ vote choice in a different way. It comes through presidential approval, or through their assessment of the president,” said UCLA’s Lynn Vavreck. (approx. 4:00 mark)

ELAC, UCLA to partner to help veterans get degrees in sciences | Pasadena Star-News

East Los Angeles College announced Thursday it was awarded a five-year, $1.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to help veteran students earn STEM degrees and transfer to four-year colleges and universities. “Partnering with UCLA’s Department of Bioengineering and working with ELAC’s Veterans Resource Center and other student support services departments, the NSF grant will provide much-needed academic and support services for U.S. armed forces veterans who have re-entered civilian life and are pursuing a STEM degree,” according to an ELAC statement.

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