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For months, he lingered in a purgatory between wakefulness and nothingness | Los Angeles Times

Doctors have long relied on behavior to measure consciousness — in other words, they ask patients to respond to commands, such as lift your right hand or move your left toe. But that method is flawed, said Martin Monti, an associate professor in UCLA’s Department of Psychology and Department of Neurosurgery. How can a patient who can’t move tell you he’s there? Monti asked. What’s more, once consciousness is established, there is little or no therapy offered to patients to treat their condition or accelerate their awakening, he said. But Monti and his co-researcher, Caroline Schnakers, who is also his wife, are hoping to change that. They are partnering on a research project that uses an ultrasound device the size of a hockey puck to shake neurons in the brain back into action.

Is it time to upend the periodic table? | New York Times

“That opened the door for what I like to call the simultaneous discovery by six individuals, over a period of about seven years, culminating in Mendeleev,” said Eric Scerri, a historian and philosopher of science at the University of California, Los Angeles, and an expert on the history of the periodic table. (An updated edition of his book “The Periodic Table: Its Story and Significance” will be published in October by Oxford University Press.)

UCLA’s Katelyn Ohashi and Valorie Kondos Field talk about changing gymnastics from the inside out | Bustle Column

(Column by former UCLA assistant coach Jordyn Wieber) “UCLA allowed me to be really non-traditional and to show that you can develop champions by putting the development of the whole human being first,” said Valorie Kondos Field…. “UCLA taught me to use my voice,” said Katelyn Ohashi. “We’d become so voiceless as gymnasts. No one wanted to hear what we had to say. But we are more than gymnasts, and I feel like I've been a pretty good example of that.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg treated for tumor on pancreas | Los Angeles Times

Dr. Mark D. Girgis, a cancer surgeon at the UCLA Medical Center, said pancreatic cancer is rarely cured. “The likelihood of a relapse is very high. This may be very good local treatment. If it is caught early and treated, patients live longer and survive longer,” he said. “She is the very unusual patient who has had pancreatic cancer twice. We rarely see pancreatic cancer at a very early stage. Only time will tell. We all hope for the best for Justice Ginsburg.”

Humans are impetuous and shortsighted. Can we change? | New York Times

Decisions about saving money, for instance, are heavily distorted by impatience, which helps explain why so many struggle in retirement. Pigou’s perspective suggests that saving might be easier if we could somehow imagine the future more vividly, a hypothesis supported by the work of the U.C.L.A. economist Hal Hershfield.

How much longer will mountain lions roam LA? | KCRW’s “Greater LA”

Mountain lions now roam the hills surrounding Los Angeles. But there's a 99.7% chance they will be extinct in the Santa Monica Mountains and Santa Ana Mountains in less than 50 years, according to a study by the Park Service and UCLA. Environmentalists have filed a petition to protect the big cats under the California Endangered Species Act.

Research provides insight into birds’ brains | NPR

“It’s really tricky to define smart…. But if we think of it within psychology as how, kind of, intelligent are you in the way that we think that humans differ in intelligence between each other, then you can start looking at some basic aspects of smartness like what is their cognition like,” said UCLA’s Aaron Blaisdell.

The best apps for helping students stay organized and safe | Digital Trends

If you’re studying late in the library, you should be able to feel safe, and Circle of 6 lets you connect with up to six trusted friends nearby who you can count on to have your back if you find yourself uncomfortable with your surroundings for any reason…. Students at UCLA, Williams College, Hobart & William Smith, the University of Houston, and Prince William County Public Schools can use a specific map of their own campus in the app.

How much behavioral therapy does an autistic child need? | Spectrum Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Connie Kasari) We need to better understand what dose is effective for which types of behavioral therapy, and for which children. Our goal should be to develop potent therapies that can be delivered within a reasonable time frame and that can be personalized for autistic children with distinct needs.

With all eyes on ‘Empire,’ Starz’s ‘Power’ has become the real ratings powerhouse | Los Angeles Times

“‘Empire’ had a certain aura that this show on Starz was not going to get,” said Darnell Hunt, director of UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies. “There were no Oscar nominees. It wasn’t going to get the same amount of attention. It’s a grittier show, where ‘Empire’ was more like a soap opera, campy. ‘Power’ was never going to cross over into the mainstream the same way.”

Live Nation’s bid for a Mexican concert promoter could bring big changes to region’s ticketing business | Billboard

“Ticketmaster has a wealth of data on its customers, but as a licensee, Ticketmaster Mexico may not have that same flexibility to share data,” says Gigi Johnson, founder of the Center for Music Innovation at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Having all of the data under the same hood would allow Ticketmaster to gain a massive competitive advantage fairly quickly.”

Donald Trump challenges a ruling that prevents him from blocking Twitter critics | Daily Mail (U.K.)

Eugene Volokh, a University of California Los Angeles School of Law professor who specializes in First Amendment issues, said the decision´s effect would reach beyond Trump. “It would end up applying to a wide range of government officials throughout the country,” he said.

Four Hours: Celebrating African American culture in Leimert Park | Los Angeles Times

If you haven’t heard people calling out “Hey, Barbara!” at least a handful of times during your stroll, you haven’t walked far south enough to reach the community staple known as the California Jazz & Blues Museum, at 4317 Degnan Blvd. Barbara Morrison, a well-known jazz singer and adjunct associate professor of global jazz studies at UCLA, opened the museum to educate the community on prolific jazz performers and to share historical information about California’s influence on the genre.

Fire doesn’t burn Universal Music Group | Los Angeles Business Journal

“What may have been destroyed is a tiny portion of the pie for UMG,” said Gigi Johnson, a music business professor at UCLA. Most of UMG’s revenue today, Johnson said, comes from contemporary artists with easily reproduced, digitized sound recordings. Platforms such as Spotify are charging listeners a monthly fee to stream music, about half of which goes to the record labels. “For the music industry, subscription streaming is what is paying the bills now,” Johnson said.

New ‘public charge’ rule targets immigrant use of health and nutrition services | Capital Public Radio

More than 2 million Medi-Cal recipients could lose or drop their coverage as a result of the new rule and its “chilling effect,” according to an analysis from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. That’s despite the fact that most of these people would not be legally subject to the public charge test.