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The top 25 American film schools, ranked | Hollywood Reporter

[UCLA ranked No. 3.] The school continues to churn out class after class of top-notch screenwriters, most recently “Pose” creator Steven Canals (’15) and Gaia Violo (’15), whose student project “Absentia” became an Amazon series. Add up the worldwide box office grosses for films that UCLA grads had a hand in making during the past year — “A Star Is Born,” “The Lego Movie 2” and “Spider-Man: Into the SpiderVerse,” to name a few — and you’re talking nearly $6 billion.

Hong Kong waits for Beijing’s next move. Here’s what the experts say | Washington Post

“Last but not least, sending in the tanks will irreparably ruin the prospect of peaceful reunification with Taiwan and Chinese President Xi Jinping’s legacy and honor,” said UCLA’s Ching Kwan Lee. “Beijing has a nationalistic stake to show the world that Chinese people can run Hong Kong as well as the British colonialists.”

Summer learning loss: How teachers mobilize when kids return to school | Los Angeles Times

Sunanda Kushon, a math teacher and teacher advisor at Mann UCLA Community School, also assesses her students, and then jumps into the grade-level curriculum. As soon as she realizes a group of students don’t understand the basic concept beneath the problem, she backs up and reviews. This approach saves time, Kushon said. Students don’t relearn what they already know, and the review comes at the moment they need it.

Francis Ford Coppola revisits his classic ‘Apocalypse Now’ and plans an ambitious movie on utopia | The Wall Street Journal

He studied theater at Hofstra University before heading west to California. While studying film at the University of California, Los Angeles, he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Jim Morrison of the Doors.

Nearly 200,000 trans people have been exposed to conversion therapy, study says | NBC News Online

Using data from the National Center for Transgender Equality’s 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey and UCLA’s Williams Institute, researchers from Harvard and The Fenway Institute estimated that 187,923 trans people across all 50 states — or approximately 13.5 percent of the country’s estimated 1.4 million self-identified trans individuals — have been subjected to attempts to change their gender identity by a “professional,” such as a psychologist, counselor or religious adviser.

The case for publishing the names of mass shooters  HuffPost

“We’re living in an age of social media,” said Jeffrey Simon, a visiting lecturer in the UCLA department of political science and an expert on terrorist attacks in the U.S. “If a media organization doesn’t publish the name, people are then going to go online and try to learn more about the individual. You’re almost giving them more publicity, because now people are going to be really curious as to who this person was,” he said.

Piero Tosi, who outfitted stars of Italian films, dies at 92 | New York Times

Deborah Nadoolman Landis, a costume designer and historian and founding director of the David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design at the University of California, Los Angeles, recalled a story Mr. Tosi once told her about sitting at a train station in Milan, taking photographs of women as they got off trains, searching for the right look for Ms. Magnani’s character. One woman’s coat struck him; he approached her and offered to buy it. The startled woman balked until he explained that the coat would be for a film role for Ms. Magnani, one of Italy’s biggest stars. “And she looked at him,” Dr. Landis said in a telephone interview, “and she took off her coat and said, ‘For Anna Magnani, you can have my coat.’”

New studies challenge the claim that black students are sent to special ed too much   | The Hechinger Report

One Morgan critic, Daniel Losen, director of the Center for Civil Rights Remedies, an initiative at the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles, says that the test scores themselves are the product of an uneven, racially biased playing field and shouldn’t be used to prove that disability rates are right or wrong. From Losen’s persective, Morgan is controlling for the racial bias that civil rights advocates want to highlight.

To power AI, start-up creates a giant computer chip  | The New York Times

“Connecting all these chips together actually slows them down — and consumes a lot of energy,” said Subramanian Iyer, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who specializes in chip design for artificial intelligence.

Scientists uncover more proof that genetics determine autism risk | Healthline

That’s a pretty significant finding, and for anyone who has one of those particular genes it’s going to be even more significant,” Dr. Daniel Geschwind, senior author of the study and a professor of human genetics, neurology, and psychiatry at UCLA, told Healthline. “These genetic mutations you should think of as causes of autism. They are contributing to the likelihood of that child having autism. We anticipate that there might be up to 1,000 genes that might be mutated in autism,” he said.

Number of L.A. residents dealing with commute times over 90 minutes surges | Curbed Los Angeles

In a recent analysis of local bus speeds, UCLA professor Juan Matute found that vehicles in Metro’s system traveled 12.6 percent slower in 2017 than they did in 1994.

Hospital offers pregnant women VR headsets to take their mind off the pain of childbirth | Daily Mail (U.K.)

Another study, at UCLA, found women who used VR headsets for more than five minutes during an abortion in the first trimester felt less anxious.

People with chronic pain can benefit from virtual reality experiences, study finds | International Business Times

“We found that VR helped reduce pain across many types of pain gastrointestinal, cancer, orthopedic, neurologic, etc. and that it reduced pain the most in people with the most severe pain,” lead researcher Brennan Spiegel, a professor of medicine and public health at Cedars-Sinai Health System and the University of California, Los Angeles, told Reuters.

50-year chemistry mystery solved by wild new carbon ring | Gizmodo

Scientists have long been hunting for cyclocarbons, hoping to figure out what their structure was like…. A group then at UCLA and another at Osaka and Tokyo Metropolitan Universities in Japan synthesized the molecule in a gas phase in the late 1980s and ’90s, respectively.

Gender roles shape public attitudes about transgender military service, study finds | Phys.org

Haider-Markel became interested in exploring this topic when he came across an unusual statistic discovered by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law: Transgender individuals are more likely to have served or be serving in the U.S. military when compared to the general population.