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With winters getting worse, UCLA researchers invented a way to generate electricity from snowfall | Gizmodo

As a result of global warming, winters are only going to get more severe, but there’s at least one silver lining as researchers from UCLA have come up with a way to harness electricity from all that snow. The technology they developed is called a snow-based triboelectric nanogenerator (or snow TENG, for short) which generates energy from the exchange of electrons. If you’ve ever received a nasty shock when touching a metal door handle, you’ve already experienced the science at work here. As it falls towards earth, snowflakes are positively charged and ready to give up electrons.

Why history says Notre Dame will rise again | National Geographic

Also gone is the “Forest,” the complex wooden structure dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries that supported a sprawling roof sheathed in lead tiles. While not a sacred relic or ornamental masterpiece, it was a rare example of medieval engineering, says Meredith Cohen, associate professor of medieval art and architecture at UCLA. She’s also worried about the fate of the cathedral’s choir, begun in 1260…. “The building itself is the treasure, and all of the other things are just details of this great project in the Middle Ages to make this really sublime structure that can hold all of this art,” says Cohen. “It was a kind of utopian vision for people in the Middle Ages, and they really wanted it to last forever.” (Also: Los Angeles Times)

UCLA, Howard University partner on internship program to foster diversity in Hollywood | Variety

A new program from the UCLA Anderson School for Management’s Summer Institute at the Center for MEMES (Media, Entertainment & Sports) in partnership with Howard University gives students the opportunity to learn the ropes of the entertainment industry through paid internships. The program enables students to gain firsthand experience in film and television production via a hands-on six-week course centered around the entertainment industry…. Jay Tucker, Executive Director at the Center for MEMES at UCLA told Deadline that Sen. Kamala Harris played a part in getting the program going. “She was one of the catalysts to help raise awareness around this opportunity,” Tucker said. “It really helped to get the ball rolling.”

County supervisors need to get creative to rein in Sheriff Villanueva | Los Angeles Times Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Jim Newton) The struggle to direct a sheriff is nothing new, but Villanueva’s actions call for a creative response by the board. It would be a tragedy if the sheriff’s department, so long hampered by misconduct and sloppy management, were to backslide on the progress of recent years because yet another sheriff was allowed to slip the reins of authority.

We know another recession is coming. And we’re still not ready | Zócalo Public Square

Jerry Nickelsburg, UCLA Anderson Forecast director, said he fears our federal government, with its “unprecedented budget deficits” and “unprecedented borrowing in a time of full employment,” presents a particularly significant risk. If the American economy does go through another downturn, this deficit will almost certainly balloon to unforeseen heights, Nickelsburg said. The government also has failed to prepare for the additional strain on the social programs that a new recession will produce.

Atlanta mayor urges state to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy | Atlanta Journal-Constitution

An estimated 698,000 adults have had the therapy and more than half that amount received the treatment as a teenager, according to the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.

MIT Media Lab fosters innovation with its motto of ‘imagine and realize’  | Forbes India

When developing a technology, the 30-year-old often asks himself how he can design at scale, so that his innovations can impact the diverse socioeconomic realities of the world. “My connection to my country of origin has led to many scientific exchange visits to India, offering a first-hand experience,” said UCLA’s Achuta Kadambi. Kadambi invents cameras that photograph the invisible. His inventions are special because they blend the physics of light with artificial intelligence. For decades these topics were studied separately. Today, his Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based cameras enable robots to see through smoke, fog, or even biomedical tissue. With Kadambi’s cameras, it may be possible for doctors to see inside the body without using X-rays, or driverless cars to avoid pedestrians shrouded in fog.

Kardashian clan is backing UCLA’s newest medical center | Los Angeles Magazine

The new center, part of the university’s David Geffen School of Medicine, will treat patients with an integrative approach that combines cutting-edge cancer treatments with preventive care including nutrition and wellness-based approaches.

With equity top priority in Oxnard Union, district hires consultant to level playing field | Ventura County Star

To that end, the board approved the contract with Pedro A. Noguera Ltd. Consulting Services. Noguera is a renowned expert in education equity and leader of the Center for Transformation of Schools at the University of California Los Angeles. Noguera will lead a “deep equity review, subsequent strategic planning and a series of workshops as developed with teacher leaders and administration,” according to the agenda item. “We have to figure out how to provide the support to staff and to schools so they can better serve the students presently enrolled,” Noguera said. “When the skills of the staff match the needs of the kids, achievement rises for everyone,” Noguera told the board at last week's meeting.

The adolescent brain isn’t so bad, really | Medical Xpress

Humans have an extended period of adolescence, because our brains take a very long time to complete development, [UCLA’s Adriana] Galván said. Adolescence is currently defined as the period between the onset of puberty and the end of developmental plasticity. During this time, teen brains are constantly changing, and these physical changes are linked to socioemotional changes in behavior.

Random searches could soon end at 14 LAUSD schools | Spectrum News 1

Analysis by the University of California Los Angeles Civil Rights Project on a quarter of LAUSD middle and high schools found that from 2013 to 2015, 34,000 students were searched. According to the report, in that time, 37 knives, 18 pepper sprays and one bb gun were confiscated. No firearms were found.