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Will Supreme Court hear Olivia de Havilland’s case over ‘Feud’?  | Los Angeles Times

“The question before the Supreme Court is not whether the [appellate] decision was wrong, but whether it conflicts with decisions regarding the 1st Amendment in other states,” said Eugene Volokh, a professor who teaches free speech law and the 1st Amendment at the UCLA School of Law. He said public figures don’t have exclusive control over their name or likeness. “They do when it comes to commercial purposes, like advertising, but that isn’t the case here.”

‘Sesame Street’ Muppet becomes first to experience homelessness | CNN

Highlighting Lily’s experiences with homelessness can positively impact the way children today think about homelessness and people in poverty, said Rashmita Mistry, a professor of education at the University of California, Los Angeles, who is not involved in Sesame Workshop. “Young children quickly develop ideas about the homeless based on what they see, observe and hear. And, unfortunately, their perceptions lead them to form negative impressions about the homeless,” Mistry said.

Give the gift of an experience this holiday season | Toronto Star

“For instance, a safari adventure can elicit feelings of awe and fear, a rock concert can fuel excitement, a spa package can promote calmness, and an opera may move one to tears,” observed Chan and co-researcher Cassie Mogilner, of the University of California at Los Angeles, in a report two years ago. Whether it’s taking someone out for a coffee or sending a stressed-out parent for a massage, the outing will pay off in a stronger social bond between giver and recipient, Chan said in an interview.

Those 44 former senators are demanding a Senate that no longer exists | Washington Post Analysis

Skimming the list of signatories, something quickly jumps out. Many of those who added their names to the list were not exactly the most ideologically extreme members of their respective caucuses when they served. We can visualize that, thanks to data compiled for each Congress by the VoteView project, now housed at the University of California at Los Angeles. That data includes a measure of ideology on a numeric scale that can be used to track individual and caucus partisanship over time.

Hydrotherapy has a dark and violent history | The Atlantic

Physicians had various scientific-seeming explanations for such therapies: It relieved congestion in the brain. It eliminated toxins that cause insanity. “There were different post-hoc theories to try to make sense of it,” says Joel Braslow, a psychiatrist and history professor at UCLA. It is not, he adds, terribly different from how doctors try to explain antidepressants today. The drugs seem to work, but how exactly they work on the level of neurochemistry is still unclear, even as millions of people take them every day. “We see they have a certain effect on behavior and we see they have a biological effect and we try to argue backward,” Braslow says.

Discomfort with multiculturalism linked to despair | Pacific Standard

Among white and Hispanic Americans, the inability, or unwillingness, to cope with our nation’s new racial realities is associated with elevated levels of depression, as well as feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness. This relationship “is not diminished by controlling for life-stress events such as unemployment and [personal] financial crisis,” writes interdisciplinary researcher Frank Samson of the University of California–Los Angeles. His study is posted in the online journal PLoS One.

School suspensions continue downward trend in California | EdSource

Like other advocates, Daniel Losen, director of UCLA’s Center for Civil Rights Remedies, applauds the progress already made in reducing suspensions. But, he said, the statewide numbers mask problems that appear when the data is compared on a county-by-county or district-by-district basis. “It’s not right when you have a district that has found ways to reduce its dependence on suspensions, but then move one district over and the rates are high,” said Losen, who runs UCLA’s Center for Civil Rights Remedies.

I hired a sleep coach to manage Hollywood stress | Hollywood Reporter column

Add Twitter and Instagram to the mix (“The more you use social media, the less you sleep,” warns [UCLA’s Jennifer] Martin), and a sleep-training program — like the one developed by UCLA in partnership with Equinox — starts to look like a smart investment. “If we think that just the medical community is going to solve the epidemic of insufficient sleep, we’re wrong,” says Martin, who, with UCLA Exercise Physiology Research Lab’s Christopher Cooper, conducted a 12-week study this summer using Equinox’s Tier X elite training clientele.

Heavy snow raises hopes for California’s water supply | Los Angeles Times

Still, researchers are predicting a climate pattern is emerging: one of extreme highs and extreme lows, or “whiplash events,” said Neil Berg, a climate scientist at UCLA’s Center for Climate Science.

Spray gel helps kill tumors left over from cancer surgery | Geek.com

A University of California, Los Angeles-based research team developed a spray gel embedded with immune-boosting drugs that could help the body fend off illness post-operation... The product, according to UCLA bioengineering professor and study lead Zhen Gu, also controlled the development of tumors in other parts of the body. “This sprayable gel shows promise against one of the greatest obstacles in curing cancer,” Gu said in a statement. “One of the trademarks of cancers is that it spreads. In fact, around 90 percent of people with cancerous tumors end up dying because of tumor recurrence or metastasis.” (Also: Futurism)

How to design spaces for people with autism | Spectrum

“People are nicer to each other in positive space, and part of our goal for children with autism in schools is for them to want to be there, and want to be around each other,” says Catherine Lord, distinguished professor in residence of psychiatry and education at the University of California, Los Angeles. (Lord served as an advisor on both projects.)

Fewer than half of the countries provide tuition-free pre-primary education | Scienmag

Researchers from the Higher School of Economics and UCLA Fielding School of Public Health’s WORLD Policy Analysis Center have found that 45% of countries, with only 15% of low-income countries, provide tuition-free pre-primary education. (Also: Tech Explorist)

The best science books of 2018 | Science Friday

“The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect” by UCLA’s Judea Pearl and Dana Mackenzie, was named to Science Friday’s Best Science Books of 2018 list…. This book really gets you thinking about cause and effect as it applies to issues of our time, such as: How come cigarettes were around for years and we never showed they were causing cancer or heart disease?

The end of DACA would be a blow to science | Scientific American Opinion

After graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a B.S in microbiology, DACA allowed [Mario Pizarro Rojas] to apply to graduate programs. “With DACA, I don’t have to constantly worry about survival,” he says. “I have a bit of breathing room.”

Unusual sensory responses in infancy may hint at autism | Spectrum

The study also suggests that baby sibs — children at high risk of autism because they have an older sibling with the condition — who have certain sensory features at 12 months may be at especially high risk for the condition. These children may benefit from early intervention, says Shulamite Green, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was not involved in the study.

Baby gene edits could affect a range of traits | Nature

Silva Alcino, a neuroscientist at the University of California Los Angeles and Kevin Fox’s co-author, agrees that any effect will likely be unpredictable. “In neuroscience the deletion of this receptor confers some advantages and very likely also results in deficits in some forms of cognitive function,” he says.