Ucla in the news september 24, 2018 ucla

The title of Valorie Kondos Field’s book, “Life is Short, Don’t Wait to Dance,” offers wise advice, a metaphor and a tribute all at once. The coach of UCLA’s women’s gymnastics team built her extraordinarily successful career on encouraging self-direction and being 1% better each day at a form of expression that feeds your soul. The “dance” in the title can mean actually dancing but also is a touching reference to late UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, an avid supporter of the women’s gymnastics team and a mentor to Kondos Field. Diversity is important to viewers — with or without an Emmy | Mother Jones

“America is becoming increasingly diverse each year [and] if Hollywood’s going to remain viable and profitable, it’s going to have to restructure the way it’s organized to be able to make more films [and TV] that look more like America,” says Darnell Hunt, a sociology professor at the University of California-Los Angeles and co-author of an annual report on Hollywood diversity.


California’s fortunes rise and fall with the wealthiest | Los Angeles Times

The longest national economic expansion in history was a 10-year stretch in the 1990s. The current growth, which began in July 2009, is gaining on that record. For the next governor to make it through a four-year term without a contraction, the expansion would have to last at least 12 1/2 years, said Jerry Nickelsburg, an economist and director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast. “Twelve and a half years is longer than any expansion in the U.S. economy,” Nickelsburg said. “So the next governor may well have the good fortune of not having to go through a recession — but may not.” Pasadena to study minimum wage hike | Pasadena Star-News

The city has tapped economists Michael Reich, a UC Berkeley professor, and Edward Leamer of UCLA. They’ll independently sift through data to see the possible impacts the wage hikes have had on Pasadena before working together, according to a city release. The analysis will require a nuanced look at data from the federal Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, especially because California’s statewide minimum wage has also increased, Leamer said. Archstone Foundation awards $1 million to UCLA to help seniors | Los Angeles Business Journal

The 10-year award by the Long Beach-based nonprofit will expand an Archstone Foundation Endowed Chair now held by Dr. David Reuben, chief of the geriatrics division in the David Geffen School of Medicine. It will allow Reuben to conduct further research into improving health care for seniors, including fall prevention and care for those with Alzheimer’s disease. “This enhancement comes at a perfect time to take lessons learned as the Archstone Foundation Endowed Chair and work to extend them to older persons beyond UCLA,” Reuben said in a statement. Looming primary care crisis hits low-income communities the most | Salon

African-American and Hispanic patients are less likely to have a doctor than white Americans, according to a joint study from UCLA and the National Institutes of Health. One in four black and Hispanic Americans lives in a “healthcare desert,” an area with dangerously low numbers of primary care doctors. That’s true of just one in ten whites. Fresno heat and foul air set stage for Trump tailpipe debate | Bloomberg

“The Central Valley supported Trump over Hillary Clinton and its auto dealers have been plaintiffs in cases challenging California’s emissions standards,” said Ann Carlson, a University of California at Los Angeles law professor. “This is ironic because the auto standards Trump wants to repeal would go a long way toward cleaning up the valley’s air pollution.” This implant helps heal knees with a patient’s own cartilage | Bloomberg Businessweek

Dr. Cheryl Hoffman, medical director for the UCLA Health-Manhattan Beach Interventional and Imaging Center, singled out “the strong genetic link.” “We know that varicose veins and venous disease are genetic, so it makes sense there might be something wrong with the vein walls that runs in families,” said Hoffman, who was not involved in the research. Beware the baby walker | Healthline

“The majority of injuries were in children who were about 8 months old. There is no reason for an 8-month-old to be walking; they are barely crawling at that age,” said Dr. Nina L. Shapiro, Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and author of “Hype: A Doctor’s Guide to Medical Myths, Exaggerated Claims, and Bad Advice.” Electric scooter riders zoom along on shifting regulations | NPR’s “Marketplace”

“For some people, they’re blight,” said Scott Cummings, a law professor at UCLA. “They’re strewn around, they’re everywhere. They’re in walkways.” Cummings said it’s easy to see why some cities have banned them while others have been more welcoming. “The business model of these companies is to put their product out in the market, whether it’s legal or not, to try to generate demand and then to force local governments to adapt law in their favor,” Cummings said.