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As China’s economy gets the chills, some California firms catch a cold | Los Angeles Times

Home builders and real estate agents say they are seeing fewer buyers from China these days. But the downshifting Chinese economy isn’t likely to completely shut off that stream of cash, experts say. That’s because much of the investment in California comes from China’s upper-middle class and ultra-wealthy, who have built up vast capital reserves over the years as their economy and real estate market swelled. That cash isn’t necessarily at risk from a slowing economy and a downshift would probably give people more of an incentive to park it elsewhere, said William Yu, a UCLA economist.

How the debate over charter schools is fueling the looming L.A. teachers strike | Time

“Right now, we have a glut of charter schools. We have many charter schools that are under-enrolled. We have charter schools that are in totally inadequate facilities, and very little oversight. The union is raising some valid concerns about the proliferation of charters,” says Pedro Noguera, education professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the director of the Center for the Transformation of Schools.

California asked for money to fight wildfires. Trump responded by threatening to cut off funding | Time

[UCLA’s Glen] Macdonald said he does not understand President Trump’s logic when it comes to federal funding in the state. “What I don’t understand is the President belittles the state in terms of our forest management, and yet then threatens to hold back the money to do that management on the federal land,” he said. “Federal forests make up the majority of the forest land in the state. It does not make any sense.”

‘The Resilience of Religion in American Higher Education’ | Insider Higher Ed

Today the University of California, Los Angeles, is home to nearly 50 religious groups, including the first Campus Crusade chapter, the first Chabad House, a large Hillel building, a 54-year-old Muslim Student Association, a Coptic Orthodox Christian club, a Methodist cafe and a University Buddhist Association…. Responding to this diversity, the field of student affairs is rediscovering a more holistic understanding of student development that recognizes religious, secular and spiritual identities.

How Sweden overcame socialism | Wall Street Journal Opinion

(Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Lee Ohanian) Since 1995, Swedish economic growth has exceeded that of its European Union peers by about 1 point a year. Sweden is now richer than all of the major EU countries and is within 15% of U.S. per capita GDP. While Sweden still has a larger government than the U.S., its tax code is flatter. The progressivity of the U.S. tax code distorts incentives. These distortions would become even larger under the tax-increase proposals of democratic socialists like Ms. Ocasio-Cortez. There is an example for the U.S. here, but the lesson isn’t what Ms. Ocasio-Cortez thinks. Command-and-control economic policies undermined Sweden’s prosperity, and they would do the same to America’s.

Would Georgia murder have been prevented by Trump’s wall? | Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda, an associate professor and immigration expert at the University of California, Los Angeles, said it’s a stretch to imagine that both the police information and the White House statement could be correct — that Ponce-Martinez entered as an asylum seeker in 2015, then got summarily ejected. The system usually doesn’t move that fast, he said. “It does not seem very logical that he somehow had been let into the country under an asylum petition, and that somehow he would have been then just sent back for no reason,” Hinojosa-Ojeda said. “Unless his case was heard, and he was denied asylum, then he would be sent back. But we have no evidence of that.”

Diversification of teachers | KPCC- FM’s “Take Two”

“Nationally still, it’s overwhelmingly white and female,” said UCLA’s Pedro Noguera. “That’s still pretty much of the case in most parts of the country. We’re starting to see some urban districts that are changing the demographics in a greater number of African American, Latino and Asians teachers that enter in the profession so the makeup of the teaching force is beginning to more closely resemble that of the student population.”

Trump’s base would applaud an emergency. But Democrats could win, too | San Francisco Chronicle

“In 2020, states like Arizona and Texas are going to be critical,” said Sonja Diaz, director of the Latino Policy and Politics Initiative at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. “This is going to be very impactful on who they choose on that ballot.”

Here’s what happens if Trump declares a ‘national emergency’ for wall funding | CBC News Analysis

“Presumably, he’ll be laying out a case for a national emergency. It seems like he’ll lay out a more extensive case,” said Jon Michaels, an expert on presidential powers with the University of California, Los Angeles.

Cancer rates steadily decline over past 25 years | KPCC- FM’s “AirTalk”

“There are a few things with breast cancer that are promising,” said UCLA’s Deanna Attai. “We have certainly made a lot of strides in terms of improved detection with newer technology, technology such as 3D mammography, also called tomosynthesis, better quality ultrasound and MRI. So we are able to find more cancers. That improves detection rates.” (Approx. 6:50 mark)

Legal obstacles await if Trump declares emergency for wall | The Hill

“How does a court react to something they know is false?” asked Harry Litman, a former U.S. attorney who teaches at the University of California at San Diego and University of California, Los Angeles, Law School. Courts typically don’t want to be in the business of second guessing a president’s judgment, Litman said, while noting that this time could be different. “The interesting legal question will be: Are they going to second guess Trump the man given his record of falsehoods or do they decline to second guess him in the interest of honest presidents to come, presidents of the future you will want to defer to?” he asked.

How an ancient cataclysm may have jump-started life on Earth | Science magazine

Zircons — those tiny, durable crystals — also pose a challenge, says Elizabeth Bell, a geologist at UC Los Angeles. Zircons are hardy enough to have remained intact even as the rocks that originally housed them melted while cycling into and out of the planet’s interior…. We’re pushing back further and further the time when life could have been formed on Earth,” Bell says.

Newsom diverges sharply from Washington with health care budget | Kaiser Health News

Lee Ohanian, a senior fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution and an economics professor at the University of California-Los Angeles, countered that California would need to cut costs if it wants pay for Newsom’s initiatives. “Newsom has a long list of very expensive things he would like to do,” Ohanian said. “He’s going to have to take money from something else.”

Offering the right treatment at the right time for patients with breast cancer | OncLive

“We’ve historically thought of it as one disease,” said UCLA’s Patricia Ganz. “Now it’s been picked apart into many subgroups as has been done for many cancers, and I think we’re ahead of the game with breast cancer, but I think the real issue is to give the right treatment to the right person at the right time. For example, the session I was just listening to was about the timing of chemotherapy, for example, in triple negative patients. Should we give it right up front? If they experience complete remission with that, can we not really worry much about them? Should we do risk adaptive therapy? Are we overtreating a lot of people? We need to think about that.”

Study overturns dogma of cancer metabolism theory | Medical Xpress

“These findings suggest that tumors are metabolically flexible and can use nutrients other than glucose to fuel growth,” said [UCLA’s Heather] Christofk, an associate professor of biological chemistry and molecular and medical pharmacology. “Understanding all of the nutrients cancers use for growth is critical to developing drugs that can successfully target cancer’s metabolism.” (UCLA’s William Lowry also quoted)

Even in the U.S., poor women often can’t afford feminine hygiene products | Reuters

The findings surprised Dr. Leena Nathan, an assistant clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, Los Angeles, who wasn’t involved in the study. “You hear about this in third world countries, but to actually realize it happens in our country is astounding,” Nathan said. “This is a very important study that can help us understand the needs of these women.”

Organic compound may improve walking abilities for people with MS | Healthline

“This small study adds to previous reports in both animal models of MS and a few human trials, that lipoic acid may have beneficial effects in MS,” Dr. Barbara Giesser, professor of clinical neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles and clinical director of the UCLA multiple sclerosis program, told Healthline. “In this case, on preserving some mobility parameters in persons with secondary progressive MS. Lipoic acid may be of benefit for persons with MS and appears to be well tolerated. Further and larger studies of this agent seem warranted.” Giesser said.