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The Top 25 Schools in the West 2019 | Forbes

This year sets the record-high number of public schools in the West’s top 25, with 11 public universities across three states in the region. Six out of all 10 public universities in the University of California System are in this year’s top 25 schools in the West. University of California Berkeley continues to be at the forefront of innovation and leadership claiming spot No. 4 on the list. Other UC’s jumped to higher ranks than last year, such as the University of California, Los Angeles (8), the University of California, San Diego (14), the University of California Santa Barbara (15), the University of California, Irvine (16), which jumped up five spots this year, and the University of California at Davis (16). 

Something weird is happening to the black hole at the center of the Milky Way | Space.com

“The black hole is always variable, but this was the brightest we’ve seen in the infrared so far,” Tuan Do, an astronomer at the University of California, Los Angeles, and lead author of the new study, said on Twitter. “It was probably even brighter before we started observing that night!”

America’s top STEM schools for women | Forbes

The majority of these institutions are private. Only five — the University of Virginia; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, Berkeley; and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor — are public. (University of California, Los Angeles, No. 20)

Air-conditioned schools would narrow the racial achievement gap | USA Today Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s R. Jisung Park) The effects of heat on learning are more pronounced for African-American and Hispanic students and for those living in poorer neighborhoods. School air conditioning is unequally distributed: Black and Latino students are significantly more likely to report inadequate air conditioning. For them, a 90-degree school day has a negative effect on learning that is nearly 2 1/2 times what it is for white students. 

Will we ever control the world with our minds? | BBC

Fifty years later computer scientist Jacques Vidal’s research at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) led him to coin the term “brain–computer interface.”

How young volunteers step up for caregiving programs | Forbes

[UCLA’s Nihal] Satyadev wants to educate more young people about the disease, and create a grassroots movement to seek a cure. YMAA’s UCLA chapter offers students conducting Alzheimer’s-related research in humanities or life sciences a $1,000 stipend to help inspire them to remain at the forefront of treatment efforts. The organization also launched YouthCare, an intergenerational respite care initiative, in partnership with the University of Southern California…. “I might not convince someone who’s dead set on being a lawyer to become a geriatric physician, but maybe they’ll focus on elder law instead of entertainment law, or people who are pre-nursing, maybe they’ll focus on geriatric nursing,” Satyadev says.

Most U.S. towns qualifying for the Little League World Series have one concerning thing in common | MarketWatch

These economic barriers worry some observers. Youth sports can play a role in helping children way beyond trophies. For one thing, they help teenagers get past traumatic childhoods, according to a recent study released by the University of California, Los Angeles. Researchers said men and women who played team sports — from soccer to cheerleading — had lower diagnosis rates for anxiety and depression, and better mental health.

L.A. Unified may issue ratings to its schools and charters to help parents choose | Los Angeles Times

“Ranking systems... all they do is that they tell us what we already know, which is that the schools serving the most disadvantaged students are not doing well,” said UCLA education professor Pedro Noguera. “What you don’t want to do is penalize schools for serving disadvantaged kids,” Noguera said.

Beyond androgyny: nonbinary teenage fashion | New York Times

The word “nonbinary” became something people asked the internet about in 2014, making a steady upward climb to present day. Gender identity has become an international conversation, especially among teenagers. In 2017, a University of California, Los Angeles study found that 27 percent (796,000) of California youth between the ages of 12-17 believed they were seen by others as gender nonconforming.

Should patients use marijuana instead of opioids for pain? Doctors are skeptical | HuffPost

Many of the about 40 randomized controlled trials that have tested whether cannabis and its chemical compounds, called cannabinoids, reduce chronic pain have found that they work as a pain reliever, said Ziva Cooper, research director of the University of California, Los Angeles Cannabis Research Initiative…. “We don’t know yet how effective cannabis and cannabinoids are for pain when they’re administered by themselves,” Cooper said. “We also don’t know how cannabis and cannabinoids stack up next to opioids for pain relief.”

Ethnic-studies scholars hoped their curriculum would break boundaries. Critics are calling it propaganda | Chronicle of Higher Education

The dispute in California is yet another example of how, for decades, the field has fought to justify itself to a skeptical public, said Gaye Theresa Johnson, an associate professor of Chicana and Chicano studies and African-American studies at the University of California at Los Angeles. The proposal, for instance, mentions Arizona’s attempt in 2010 to ban ethnic-studies curricula in its public schools, which a federal judge declared unconstitutional in 2017.

2020 Dems embrace federal gun buyback program in wake of mass shootings | Fox News Online

“If you’re going to have a buyback, you have to pay people money, and then presumably most of these buybacks the government tries to destroy those guns and so it’s spending money and not getting any money in return,” said Eugene Volokh, a law professor at UCLA…. Volokh said at the end of the day, buybacks are counterintuitive to the goal of reducing gun crime. “The people you’re most worried about — criminals — they’re either not going to turn in their guns, or if they do turn in their guns, they’ll turn in some old broken down guns, get some money for it, and buy a new gun,” he said.

We must disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline | EdSource Opinion

According to the 2018 report, “Get Out: Black Male Suspensions in California Public Schools,” by professors at UCLA and San Diego State University, research has shown that African-American males “are over-criminalized in society and this translates into experiences in school where they are singled out for punishment, over-regulated for minor innocuous actions, or misidentified when no wrong-doings occurred.” In fact, the suspension rate for black males in California schools is 12.8 percent compared to 3.6 percent for all students.

L.A. officers shot Ryan Twyman 34 times. He was one of four they killed that day | The Guardian

Advocates hope a new landmark law in California, which dictates that police should only use deadly force when “necessary,” will prevent this kind of death in the future. Current standards allow police to use deadly force whenever it’s “reasonable.” The footage suggests the killing was unnecessary, said Joanna Schwartz, a University of California, Los Angeles, law professor. “Could it have been avoided? It seems like the answer is yes, in about 50 different ways.”

L.A. County supervisors scrap $1.7 billion contract to replace jail | City News Service

Isaac Bryan, a researcher for the Million Dollar Hoods Project at the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA was not swayed by the sheriff’s argument. “We cannot and will not be moved to act in fear by iterations of a Willie Horton story,” Bryan told the board, referencing an ad campaign from the 1988 United States presidential race that featured a black man convicted of murder who raped a white woman and stabbed her partner while on furlough.

Bagel and schmear? Not here | Inside Higher Ed

It’s a common tradition within graduate programs: students bring food and drinks to meetings with their thesis committees, especially to their final defenses. And for many years, the psychology department at the University of California, Los Angeles, was no exception…. Kate Wassum, an associate professor in the department, said that faculty members are “in positions of authority and need to be open to students’ concerns, and what we can do to correct them.” There’s always more to do, she said, but “this was one small, easy thing.” (UCLA’s Anna Lau also quoted)

Atomic ‘Trojan Horse’ could inspire new generation of X-ray lasers and particle colliders | Scienmag

The synchronization between the electron bunch, rushing through the plasma with nearly the speed of light, and the laser flash, lasting merely a few millionths of a billionth of a second, was particularly important and challenging, says UCLA’s Aihua Deng, one of the study’s lead authors: “If the flash comes too early, the electrons it produces will disturb the formation of the plasma wake. If it comes too late, the plasma wake has moved on and the electrons won’t get accelerated.”

All-optical diffractive neural network closes performance gap with electronic neural networks | Phys.org

According to SPIE Fellow Aydogan Ozcan of the University of California, Los Angeles, and one of the paper’s authors, these results “provide a major advancement to bring optical neural network-based low-power and low-latency solutions for various machine-learning applications.”