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UCLA No. 1 on list of 10 best colleges for transfer students | Money

You’ll notice California colleges dominate our list. That’s not surprising: the state’s two four-year college systems have a clearly defined pathway for community college students, supported by a statewide set of general education courses that will transfer between institutions. University of California-Los Angeles ranks No. 1…. UCLA only accepts transfer students for the fall term, and the university requires they have junior-level status, meaning they’ll have completed 60 credits by the end of the spring semester before transferring. For the fall of 2017, the university received some 21,000 applications from transfer students. One quarter were accepted, with an average GPA of 3.5.

‘Wild’ salmon may be straight from the farm, report finds | Associated Press

A 2017 study from researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Loyola Marymount University found that almost half the sushi from 26 Los Angeles restaurants that they tested between 2012 and 2015 was mislabeled.

Spielberg’s Amblin Partners is taking a bigger bet on TV | Los Angeles Times

“It’s a little surprising they haven’t done more, given the brain trust there and the talent that Steven Spielberg represents,” said Tom Nunan, a former network and studio executive who lectures at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Still, Nunan praised their endurance as industry players. “They’ve weathered every evolution and disruption in TV in the past 25 years,” he said. “It’s highly unusual for a company to be as stable and have the same team as long as Darryl, Justin and Steven have run this company.”

Why this broadband pioneer wants engineers to run the world | PC

Back then, Dr. [Henry] Samueli was a tenured engineering professor at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), but already looking to an entrepreneurial future. He built Broadcom into a communications giant, taking it public in 1998, and selling it for $37 billion to chipmaker Avago Technologies in 2015.

Abiomed sells $600 million of its pencil-sized heart pump. But some doctors have big questions about it | Forbes

Abiomed earned an FDA approval in 2016. Not good enough, says Will Suh, a cardiologist at the University of California, Los Angeles. “The highest-quality evidence is lacking.” He still uses the Impella, because he believes he’s seen it work in certain situations, but points out it can cause bleeding complications.

Trump thinks he’s winning on immigration, despite what election results say | New York Times Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Matt Barreto) A recent analysis by the Latino Policy and Politics Initiative, a research center at UCLA that I helped found, revealed that across eight states with sizable Latino communities, the Latino vote grew by 96 percent from 2014 to 2018, compared with a more modest 37 percent in growth in the votes cast by non-Latinos. In a postelection analysis, Latino Victory Project and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee noted that early voting among Latinos increased by 174 percent. The UCLA study also concluded that higher Latino turnout was influential in flipping 20 of the 40 House seats that Democrats gained.

Big Oil front group’s affiliation with labor groups questioned | Bloomberg Law

The practice of masking the identity of sponsors of a political message is typical of “astroturfing,” Edward Walker, a UCLA sociologist who studies corporations’ political activities, told Bloomberg Law. He studies the concept in his book “Grassroots for Hire.” … “One of the things that companies and industries go for in these kinds of campaigns is really trying to signal a broad and diverse coalition,” Walker said. “Because it looks a lot more impressive if it’s not just your garden-variety energy interests doing what they do.”

Health care paradox threatens to add to Japan’s debt problems | Bloomberg Businessweek

“Good access to care leads to better health only when the quality of care is high,” says Yusuke Tsugawa, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles. Tsugawa trained as a doctor in Tokyo and spent a stint as a health specialist with the World Bank before completing a doctorate in health economics at Harvard. A redesign of the health system “is imperative” for Japan to clamp down on overservicing, he says.

Taylor Mac’s ‘Holiday Sauce’ at UCLA is a madcap brew of Christmas spirit | Los Angeles Times Review

Imagine a Christmas tree ornament made by Picasso on an absinthe bender and you’ll have some idea of Taylor Mac’s initial costume for “Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce,” the festive fandango that brought some drag dazzle, queer straight talk and cabaret radicalism to Royce Hall for two performances this weekend. Presented by the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, the show was another of Mac’s “radical faerie realness ritual sacrifices” — this one a jolly deconstruction of Christmas.

Record Latino turnout was a huge factor in Democrats’ midterm election wins | NPR’s “Weekend Edition Sunday”

“First, over a quarter of the Latino vote were first-time voters, had never voted before. I mean, that’s a phenomenal aspect. And we’re going to see that continue in future years. There are so many young people coming into the process. But we also saw this year a number of people who had voted in the presidential election of 2012 or 2016. But they had not voted in that 2014 midterm. So there were some presidential voters who weren’t used to voting in off-year elections who came out in force this year,” said UCLA’s Matt Barreto.

World’s top 50 universities for education degrees, 2019 | CEOWorld magazine

The magazine placed the University of Pennsylvania in sixth on the list ahead of University of Wisconsin-Madison (7th), and the University of Michigan (8th). The University of California, Los Angeles, and University of Cambridge round out the list at nine and ten, respectively.

Here’s what those weather terms you hear often actually mean | San Francisco Chronicle

Take “ridiculously resilient ridge”— that’s a term coined in 2013 by UCLA climatologist Daniel Swain amid California’s most recent drought, and refers to high-pressure ride that hunkers down along the West Coast for an extended period of time, blocking Pacific storms and keeping things dry.

The cruelty of Trump’s ‘public charge’ rule puts Californians ‘in the crosshairs’ | Los Angeles Times Column

Becerra’s comment properly focuses on the potential impact of the public charge rule on Californians. He cites a study by Ninez A. Ponce of UCLA estimating that the state could lose $1.67 billion in federal funds, $2.8 billion from its economy and 17,700 jobs, of which nearly half would be in healthcare. If just one-third of members of immigrant families disenrolled from public programs out of fear of the rules, that would mean a loss of federal benefits for 765,000 people, Ponce calculated.

Detection device identifies parasitic infections faster, with more sensitivity | R&D magazine

A team of engineers have created a cheaper, portable device to rapidly detect motile parasites in more than three milliliters of bodily fluids within 20 minutes. The researchers, which hail from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering, produced the new device to detect motion within a fluid sample, rather than capturing a still image of the sample and searching it for parasites. “Although motility is a common feature of various parasites and other disease-causing micro-organisms, its use as a fingerprint for diagnosis is highly underexplored and our work provides landmark results, highlighting this unique opportunity,” Aydogan Ozcan, Chancellor's Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCLA, said in a statement.

New artificial intelligence system mimics how humans visualize and identify objects | Tech Xplore

UCLA and Stanford University engineers have demonstrated a computer system that can discover and identify the real-world objects it “sees” based on the same method of visual learning that humans use…. “Fortunately, the internet provides two things that help a brain-inspired computer vision system learn in the same way that humans do,” said Vwani Roychowdhury, a UCLA professor of electrical and computer  engineering and the study’s principal investigator. “One is a wealth of images and videos that depict the same types of objects. The second is that those objects are shown from many perspectives — obscured, bird’s eye, up-close — and they are placed in all different kinds of environments.”

Officer pens emotional letter to teen caught speeding  | CBS News

The officer’s message is drawing attention to a harsh reality: teens ages 16 to 20 have more fatal crashes and more injury- and property-damaging crashes than any other age group, according to a recent study. Researchers from UCLA concluded that “the relatively high accident rate of younger drivers (especially male drivers) is most likely due to inattention to safety rather than lack of technical driving ability.”

Small water systems in L.A. County struggle to provide clean water, report says | City News Service

Small water systems in Los Angeles County often struggle to provide their customers with clean drinking water at an affordable rate due to groundwater contamination, financial management problems and other issues, according to a report from UCLA Law released Monday…. “To be clear, many small water systems in L.A. County provide safe and affordable drinking water. The problem is that many others do not,” wrote the report's authors, Cara Horowitz, Nathaniel Logar and James Salzman. “If we take the human right to water seriously, the place to start is with small water systems.”

Should some women get mammograms at 30? | Healthline

“Mammography simply does not work well in younger women, primarily due to the density of the breast tissue,” Dr. Deanna Attai, an assistant clinical professor at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, told Healthline. “In women with a family history of breast cancer, we often start screening 10 years before the youngest relative was diagnosed, but in younger women don’t only rely on mammography.”

Broward Wellness Center is a state-of-the-art STD clinic | South Florida Gay News

Broward County is home to one of the most advanced STD clinics in the U.S., according to at least one prominent public health advocate. ”Broward has the newest and most advanced testing and treatment program in the United States,” said Jeffrey D. Klausner, Professor of Medicine and Public Health at UCLA. “That’s a breakthrough in terms of sexual health services. There is no reason, other than funding, that this couldn’t be replicated in urban areas around the United States.”