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The days have been getting shorter since June. So why does the weather keep getting warmer? | Washington Post

“The hottest day of the year is related to how long it takes any given place to heat up in response to the heat incoming from the sun,” said Karen McKinnon, a climate scientist at UCLA who studies variability in the Earth’s climate. “The Earth is interesting because we have land and we have ocean, and they respond to the heat that comes from the sun in different ways.” It all comes down to something called heat capacity.

Don Suggs, influential teacher and restless painter, dies at 74 | Los Angeles Times

There are artists who shape the history of art through their outsize presence in the collective consciousness. There are other artists who shape the history of art through their quiet commitment to craft and their dedication to teaching. Don Suggs was one of the latter. The painter, known for his wry, carefully composed investigations into the nature of art making — say, analyzing every shade of paint used in Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles D’Avignon,” then rendering those shades in abstraction — was also profoundly dedicated to his students as a professor of painting and drawing at UCLA, where he taught for more than three decades. (Also: Artforum)

Test of ‘preemptive’ autism therapy detects few benefits | Spectrum

“This group did a really rigorous controlled study,” says Connie Kasari, professor of human development and psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, who wrote a commentary on the study2. It’s unclear why the treatment had limited success in this case, she says, but it’s unlikely that any single strategy would work for all families. She argues for a personalized approach to early intervention. “We really need to rethink preemptive interventions for kids at risk [of autism],” she says.

Pushed by consumers, some sponsors join soccer’s fight over equal pay | New York Times

“More than ever, corporations are expected to reflect the values of their customers,” said Adam Winkler, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who studies corporations and civil rights. But he cautioned that, ultimately, corporate decisions are driven by money, not beliefs. “I don’t think we would see businesses wading into the political thicket if they didn’t think it was in their interests,” Winkler said.

U.S. seniors fulfill dreams, fight depression with virtual reality | Tech Xplore

A team from the University of California, Los Angeles, studies the use of VR to treat anhedonia, a symptom of depression that creates an inability to experience pleasure or interest in a range of activities. Psychiatric researcher Michelle Craske and her team are focused on providing patients with positive experiences, such as those produced by VR, and meditation in order to treat anhedonia and increase well-being.

More water ice could be hiding at the dark poles of Mercury and the moon | New Atlas

Now, a team from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) has analyzed data from MESSENGER and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and found new evidence of even more ice in craters in those locations than previously thought. (Also: UCLA’s Lior Rubanenko quoted on Weather.com)

Hong Kong crisis escalates with citywide strike, spreading clashes | Wall Street Journal

If authorities continue to rely on a combination of waiting for the movement to exhaust itself and using police force, rather than concession and negotiation, they are making a grave mistake, said Ching Kwan Lee, a professor of sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. “They are in denial about Hong Kong people’s frustration and determination to fight and defend their way of life, freedom and civil liberty,” said Ms. Lee. “More repression and police brutality, injuries and arrest will only create more solidarity for people who find a common enemy.”

Ben Carson defended Trump’s racist tweets. Here’s how that affects his reputation | Washington Post

(Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Gregory John Leslie) Conservative people of color often defend the president when he’s accused of racism. For example, African American public figures such as Stacey Dash, Candace Owens and Kanye West have defended the president’s controversial statements on immigration and on the deadly “Unite the Right” demonstration in Charlottesville. So does the race of the messenger matter? Are voters more receptive when racially insensitive remarks come from conservatives of color? We investigated this in our recent research article. The answer is a resounding yes.

For older people, surgery poses risks that aren’t always made clear | Washington Post

Older patients, it turns out, often have different priorities than from younger ones. More than longevity, in many cases, they value their ability to live independently and spend quality time with loved ones, said Clifford Ko, professor of surgery at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.

Do animals work out? | Gizmodo

“Many species of animals play and play works out both the muscles and mind,” says UCLA’s Daniel Blumstein. “If you’ve ever been to a dog park you know that dogs play, but so do many other wild species. In many species, play is restricted to young animals. In predators, play provides necessary practice for later hunting, and in prey, play provides a safe place to learn to escape.”

What the most productive people keep on their desk | Fast Company

A UCLA study found that when we’re in a cluttered space, our cortisol levels rise, heightening our fight-or-flight response and stress levels. Clutter overloads your senses, just like multitasking overloads your brain, causing you to feel stressed out and anxious. This can lead to distraction and inability to focus, says Haselberger.

Historian: Don’t blame us for the mess we’re in | CNN Opinion

Indeed, that has been the impetus behind a spate of new initiatives such as the Lepage Center for History and the Public Interest at Villanova University (for which I am the inaugural director), the Luskin Center for History and Policy at UCLA, the National History Center of the American Historical Association, History & Policy in the United Kingdom, the Australian Policy and History Network, and many others.

Some colleges target jargon in the name of student success | Chronicle of Higher Education

In mid-April, on a Facebook page focused on first-generation college students’ success, La’Tonya Rease Miles posed a question: “Can you think of any college terms or lingo that students are presumed to know?” Rease Miles, director of the University of California at Los Angeles’ First Year Experience office, was compiling a guide to define the terms many students — first-generation or not — find confusing or confounding. More than 100 responses flooded in.

California rent control bill could impact 1.2 million L.A. homes | Curbed Los Angeles

Michael Lens, an associate professor of urban planning and public policy at UCLA, says that while it’s good that the realtor groups are working with lawmakers and tenant advocates, the cap might be too high to have the most impact. “We’re definitely at a time more tenant protection in California generally and especially LA, San Francisco, and other hot markets, is necessary,” he says. “[But] there’s a really small number of homes in which a landlord in a given year is even mulling a 10 percent hike.”

Libraries can have 3-D printers but they are still about books | The Conversation Column

There are so many reasons why reading matters. As UCLA literacy scholar Maryanne Wolf so compellingly argues, learning how to read and the habits of deep reading connect in important ways to brain circuitry related to our capacities for critical thinking, empathy and reflection. Reading matters for the ways our brains develop, and being able to read deeply affects the way we think and feel. This has consequences for how we live our lives, but also for how we make judgements about the world and our places in it.

Why pre-college service is good for everyone | Forbes Column

The most recent study of first-year college students from UCLA’s Cooperative Institutional Research Program, conducted in 2017, found that 97.7% of new college students had graduated from high school earlier that year. The 2015 version of the study showed that slightly more students had taken some time off, with a mere 96.9% having graduated that year. Either way, it’s not a lot.

We asked real dietitians if Beyoncé’s 22 Days diet plan would actually work | Vice

Dana Hunnes, a senior dietitian at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, told VICE that while 22 Days seems more like a “lifestyle” diet and doesn’t read as crash-diet-y as Beyoncé’s personal plan, it’s still overly aggressive in terms of quantities. “The foods themselves are healthy, but even for weight loss and especially for maintenance, portion sizes need to be increased, or snacks need to be added,” she said.

Seven tips to get glowing skin, according to skin care experts | Good Housekeeping

To tackle stubborn skin hyperpigmentation issues such as large or numerous dark spots (from sun damage or other causes) and melasma for long-lasting clarity, visit a board-certified dermatologist, who can recommend the best options for you. These can include prescription topical products, in-office treatments like professional facial peels, microdermabrasion and lasers, or a combination of therapies, says Pearl E. Grimes, M.D., clinical professor of dermatology at UCLA in Los Angeles. “For sun damage, like dark spots and pigmentation from acne scars, lasers such as broadband light and intense pulsed light are very effective,” Dr. Price says.

University of Arkansas relaxes academic standards for out-of-staters to get tuition-gap aid | Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Researchers said similar universities in other states also have sought to boost out-of-state enrollments. “My sense is it’s pretty darn competitive,” said Ozan Jaquette, assistant professor of higher education and organizational change at the University of California at Los Angeles. He said many public research universities similar to UA “are primarily looking for tuition revenue from these out-of-state students.”

Free health care clinic aims to serve 2,000 under- and uninsured | Chico News and Review

Though the number of Californians with health insurance has increased more than 90 percent under the Affordable Care Act, there are still over 3 million statewide who are uninsured, according to a 2016 report by a team of researchers from UC Berkeley and UCLA. About 73,000 are uninsured in Northern California (not including the Sacramento Valley).

Migraine affects women three times as much as men | KCRW-FM’s “Press Play”

“The estimates are hundreds of millions of people worldwide. In the U.S., the estimate is somewhere around 40 million. And if you use the term ‘prevalence,’ which is what is the percentage of the population that has migraine, in women of reproductive years, it’s between 18 and 25% of women,” said UCLA’s Andrew Charles.

How to ‘beat the clock’ and reach max potential at your job and home | Medium

In a Live Science article entitled “Here’s What Happens in the Brain When You Don’t Get Enough Sleep,” they use the words of Dr. Itzhak Fried, a professor of neurosurgery at UCLA, to explain the negative impact of sleep deprivation on cognitive functions. He states his research “discovered that starving the body of sleep also robs neurons of the ability to function properly … [paving] the way for cognitive lapses in how we perceive and react to the world around us.” He goes on to say that during sleep deprivation, brain cells “slow down” and “neurons … fired more weakly.”