UCLA In the News lists selected mentions of UCLA in the world’s news media. Some articles may require registration or a subscription to view. See more UCLA In the News.

Can Taylor Swift really rerecord her entire music catalogue? | Washington Post

When a teenage Swift originally signed with Big Machine, which released her first six records, she signed away the copyright to her master recordings. “It’s nothing out of the ordinary,” said Susan H. Hilderley, music attorney and instructor at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, calling it the “kind of terms … you would expect for somebody who was an unknown artist when she signed.”

‘Dark pools’ of hate flourish online. Here are 4 controversial ways to fight them | Science

This [is] worrisome on many fronts,” says Sarah Roberts, an internet scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles, who studies content moderation. For one thing, she says, users who engage in either of these two policies could experience negative mental health effects. “What support systems would they have to deal with these engagements? What conflict resolution training? And what would happen if these interactions spread from online engagements into real-world interpersonal violence?”

Bargain-hunting robocars could spell the end for downtown parking | The Conversation

Researchers at UCLA estimated that about 5% to 8% of urban land is devoted to curb parking. They estimated that the parking coverage — the ratio of parking area to total land area - in downtown Los Angeles and Houston are about 81% and 57%, respectively.

Is left-leaning California a problem for Joe Biden? | USA Today

The former vice president needs to put greater emphasis on the fact that his core beliefs are the same as Democrats writ large, argues Gary Segura, a California-based pollster and UCLA political scientist. “Right now, it cedes too much ground,” Segura said. “His argument should start with, ‘There’s a reason I’m the most popular candidate, and it’s that the preponderance of the Democratic electorate agrees with me on most issues, and in fact, the preponderance of other Democratic candidates agree with me on most issues.’ “He can better frame the argument by drawing attention to the fact that there is a huge portion of the American public that sees him as the logical, rational alternative to what we’ve been experiencing under Trump.”

L.A. is again considering limits on where homeless people can sleep | Los Angeles Times

Gary Blasi, professor emeritus of law at UCLA, said that whether L.A.’s proposed rules could survive a court challenge would depend on how they were implemented, including whether homeless people have a practical way to know where they can legally sleep and whether the proposed rules leave enough room on city sidewalks for them to do so. “Could anyone reasonably be expected to know if a particular spot is more than 500 feet from something?” Blasi asked.

Yes, Google is disrupting our democracy. But not in the way Trump thinks | Washington Post Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Ramesh Srinivasan) The president, here, is wrong. Not only is he inaccurately summing up research on the effects of bias in Google’s search engine; he is also ignoring some key flaws in that research. But there’s a troubling kernel of truth here: Online companies wield powerful technology that shapes our beliefs, how we work and how we live. Their technologies act on all of us, regardless of our gender, race, age or political persuasion.

George Takei is on a mission to teach the lessons of internment in the era of Trump | Los Angeles Times

Actor George Takei has told the story of his childhood incarceration in an autobiography, a TED talk and a Broadway musical. With his new graphic memoir, “They Called Us Enemy,” he hopes to reach a generation that may know little of how 120,000 Japanese Americans were rounded up during World War II and imprisoned for years in internment camps…. After graduating from Los Angeles High School, he attended UC Berkeley, then transferred to UCLA, where he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in theater arts.

Progenitor cells linked to age-related prostate growth, UCLA study finds | Science Times

Researchers at UCLA have discovered a link between progenitor cells and age-related prostate growth. The study found that the prostates of older mice contained more luminal progenitor cells than the prostates of younger mice. Progenitor cells are cells that are capable of generating new prostate tissue.

Fact-checking Trump’s claims that 92% of mental institutions have closed | CNN

D. Imelda Padilla-Frausto, from UCLA’s Center for Health Policy Research, believes Trump has “misunderstood” the situation. “There has never been a time period in the U.S. where 92% of mental institutions were closed,” Padilla-Frausto told CNN. “From 1950 to 2015 there has only been a 39% reduction in state and county psychiatric hospitals — which are often referred to as ‘mental institutions.’ As of the most recent data in 2017, there has actually been about a 5% increase.”

What is it going to take to get the sky to fall? | Riverside Press-Enterprise Opinion

California’s Legislative Analyst Office, reports CalMatters columnist Dan Walters, is concerned about three down months in its state “fiscal health index.” UCLA’s Anderson Forecast, meanwhile, praises the state’s low jobless rate but then worries it’s actually bad news, saying California might simply run out of employable people.

How to rebound after a disaster: Move, don’t rebuild, research suggests | New York Times

“I’m so glad that these kinds of pieces are getting written and that they’re laying out this sort of agenda for research and practice and thinking around these like very inevitably thorny and conflictual questions of retreat,” said Liz Koslov an assistant professor in the department of urban planning at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was not involved in the study.

Program allows high school students in foster care to spend summer at UCLA | KTTV-TV

“[It’s] the total college experience. We work with RAs who help do evening activities, and we hire undergraduates to be their youth coaches, who are their staff as well during the school year. And a lot of our staff are former foster youth as well,” said Karina Garcia, Bruin Guardian Scholars Academy program director.

Climate change is one of the biggest threats to American health | The Hill Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Jonathan Fielding) Climate change is insidious. It is an important contributor to devastating hurricanes, extreme heat, desertification, drenching rainstorms, and other life-threatening environmental changes. Yet it is not the sole cause, so it is easy for the remaining small band of climate change deniers to disavow its true impact. But the pattern of changes clearly confirms its effects are protean and increasing.

Prescription Omega-3s can help lower triglyceride levels, heart disease risk | Healthline

“Because non-prescription fish oils do not undergo the same rigorous testing and do not all have the same active and inactive ingredients we cannot know for certain if they will lead to the same outcomes, so for people with very high triglycerides we only recommend the prescription forms,” Karol Watson, PhD, a professor of cardiology and co-director of the UCLA Program in Preventive Cardiology, told Healthline.

‘Crazy cat ladies’ are not a thing, study finds | CNN

That’s according to researchers at UCLA, who analyzed more than 500 pet owners and found nothing to support the long-held “crazy cat lady” stereotype…. “We found no evidence to support the ‘cat lady’ stereotype: cat-owners did not differ from others on self-reported symptoms of depression, anxiety or their experiences in close relationships,” the study said. “Our findings, therefore, do not fit with the notion of cat-owners as more depressed, anxious or alone.”

Actually, maternity leave is not a vacation | Self Opinion

In places where paid maternity and family leave is the expectation, studies have shown better maternal and infant health outcomes, according to a 2018 report from the World Policy Analysis Center at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

Big business is beginning to accept broader social responsibilities | The Economist

What the world has not yet seen is a situation where ESG issues come into material, systemic conflict with profits. Purpose is flavour of the month, says Stephen Bainbridge, professor of law at the University of California, Los Angeles, “but are companies really going to give shareholders a 10% haircut for the sake of stakeholders?”

Dementia care: How to improve conditions for sufferers and carers of the health epidemic | Express (U.K.)

Dr. David Reuben, chief of the UCLA division at the David Geffen School of Medicine and the study’s lead author, said: “Although the program was implemented at only one site, the principles of the program and model of care can be adopted and adapted to fit other health systems. “This study shows that providing a high quality of care for persons with dementia, and providing caregiver support and education, can make a difference in health outcomes that are important to people.”

Technique could make better membranes for next-generation filtration and desalination | Phys.org

“There are a lot of materials out there that in the lab can do nice separations, but they’re not scalable,” said Richard Kaner, UCLA’s Dr. Myung Ki Hong Professor of Materials Innovation and the study’s senior author. “With this technique, we can take these materials, make thin films that are scalable, and make them useful.”

Study explores barriers of access and acceptability for treatment of opioid use disorder | Medical Xpress

In a newly published paper in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, lead author [Elizabeth] Evans, along with researchers at UCLA and the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle, identify factors that inhibit the long-term use of buprenorphine, which was approved in 2002 by the FDA to treat opioid use disorder.