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The age of active shooter insurance | Marketplace
“Active shooter insurance is probably something that very, very few businesses, if any, need, but you can understand, increasingly, why businesspeople are looking to protect themselves against any kind of catastrophic risk,” said UCLA’s Adam Winkler. (Approx. 4:44 mark)
“When we look at parents of autistic children and compare them to individuals without autism, we find that those parents carry significantly more, rare and highly damaging gene variants,” co-lead author Elizabeth Ruzzo, a UCLA postdoctoral scholar, wrote in a statement. “Interestingly, these variants are frequently passed from the parents to all of the affected children but none of the unaffected children, which tells us that they are significantly increasing the risk of autism.” (Also: City News Service, News-Medical, Medical Xpress)
Busing in America: Race relations, revisited | Christian Science Monitor
Resegregation in American schools rose after busing ebbed in the 1990s. The share of schools whose enrollment is 90% to 100% nonwhite more than tripled from 5.7% in 1988 to 18.2% in 2016, according to the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles and the Center for Education and Civil Rights at Penn State.
Researchers are trying to find a solution to cut concrete’s carbon emissions | NPR’s “All Things Considered”
“All of the things that we’re used to — petrochemicals, concrete, cement, steel, glass — these are the sectors that are actually very hard to decarbonize because running them off renewable energy is not a trivial undertaking,” said UCLA’s Gaurav Sant. (UCLA’s Gabe Falzone also quoted)
Cosmologists debate how fast the universe is expanding | Quanta Magazine
Tommaso Treu, one of the founders of H0LiCOW and a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, had dreamed ever since his student days in Pisa of measuring the Hubble constant using time-delay cosmography — a method that skips the rungs of the cosmic distance ladder altogether. Instead, you directly determine the distance to quasars — the flickering, glowing centers of faraway galaxies — by painstakingly measuring the time delay between different images of a quasar that form as its light bends around intervening matter.
Ebola outbreaks are about inequality | The New Republic
Ebolavirus has likely been quietly spilling over into humans for millennia, said University of California, Los Angeles biologist James Lloyd-Smith. But human networks have changed: “Even if spillovers are occurring at a fixed rate, because of increased mobility, globalization, and urbanization, the risk that any given spillover will cause a significant outbreak is rising.”
Part of that lack of diversity likely stems from the fact that, until recently, it was rare to see Black men on screen in major Hollywood projects at all, and the statistics are still dismal; a 2018 report by the UCLA College of Social Sciences found that only 12.5 percent of roles in the top films released in 2016 were portrayed by Black people. So it’s a bit of a chicken-or-egg scenario: You can’t exactly examine the nuances of Black hair, if there is no Black hair to be found.
This is what activism does to your body | HuffPost
Jennifer Sumner, a clinical psychologist and associate professor of psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, added that experiencing the type of trauma that unfolded in Ferguson can also threaten a person’s sense of security. “Being exposed to that kind of violence in your neighborhood would lead to people feeling very unsafe,” she said. “You’re protesting and you’re seeing people being attacked by police and other kinds of violence. That’s something we’d call an index trauma and that can trigger PTSD.”
L.A. getting serious about lifting parking requirements in downtown | Curbed Los Angeles
But where parking minimums have been instituted, they’ve been “an unmitigated disaster,” says Michael Manville, an associate professor of urban planning at UCLA. “Right now, it’s illegal to build for a tenant who doesn’t care if their car is in the same building with them,” or who doesn’t own a car at all, says Manville, who is a faculty fellow at UCLA’s Institute of Transportation Studies.
“Right now, the county sources around 60% of its water from outside of the region. So we’ve never really had to rely on the water we have here in the region,” said UCLA’s Cassie Rauser…. “We also do have a lot of groundwater here, and we haven’t traditionally used the groundwater in the past.”
Research indicates there are newer effective ways to prevent cardiovascular issues | San Francisco Chronicle
“Statins have been a great advancement in the cardiovascular space,” said Norman Lepor, M.D., of Smidt/Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “But for many people, they’re not enough. Physicians, health care providers and patients should know that there are new scientific data regarding medications and treating cardiovascular risks, including elevated triglycerides and/or diabetes, and those that further reduce LDL-cholesterol.”
Shootings renew debate on how to fight domestic terrorism | CNN International
“First we have to realize that domestic terrorism is not a new phenomenon. We’ve experienced that throughout our history…. What is happening now with the whole question of radicalization is that we don’t exactly know what are the tipping points that make somebody who has extremist views … go ahead and perpetrate a terrorist attack,” said UCLA’s Jeffrey Simon.
Diet plan promoted by Beyoncé does not contain enough nutrients, leading dietitians warn | Daily Mail (U.K.)
The University of California Los Angeles’s Dr. Dana Hunnes told Vice: “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 added: “It’s a bummer to me that someone with her means and fortune would charge people for this information they could obtain on other healthy plant-based websites or blogs.”
The power of being ‘pushy’ | Allure
However, some humans (roughly half of them) might be hardwired to play nice when the pressure’s on. “There is a biological difference in the way that women and men respond to stress,” says Heinz. “Thanks to the research of UCLA psychologist Shelley E. Taylor, we know that women are far more likely to connect with friends and seek support when they’re anxious. It’s a behavior called ‘tend and befriend.’”
The hot pink emoji house and the problem of Airbnb neighbors from hell | Guardian (U.K.)
And beyond just becoming a neighborly nuisance, Airbnb has faced a global backlash for the effects that converting permanent housing into holiday homes can have on entire communities. One paper from UCLA found Airbnb was “having a significant effect on Los Angeles’ housing market and is contributing to the housing crisis” in the city.
Event Pick: Take a trip to Little India | LA Weekly
Fowler Museum at UCLA’s current exhibit, India’s Subterranean Stepwells: Photographs by Victoria Lautman, features 48 images of India’s “manmade water storage systems called stepwells,” built between the 9th and 18th centuries. In conjunction with the display, the museum hosts Global Dining: Northern India in Artesia, a chance for visitors to learn about Indian culture beyond art that includes a trip to Rajdhani, a vegetarian restaurant in Artesia’s Little India enclave that specializes in thali-style cuisine, which consists of several small, all-you-can-eat dishes served on a steel platter and filled with rice, vegetables, chutney, lentil soup, flatbread and rose-flavored ice cream.