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Where’s the urban plan for L.A.’s biggest museum makeover in a decade? | Los Angeles Times

We have this museum district,” says architect and theorist Dana Cuff, who oversees cityLAB, an urban research and design center at UCLA, “but the stuff that holds everything together is the part we call the city, and that is the part that Los Angeles has never gotten right.” … “There is no there there,” Cuff says. “There is no urban design that has been created for this chunk of Wilshire that will be one of the most pedestrian and populated parts of the city.”

A Mississippi politician denied access to a female reporter. What is the ‘Billy Graham rule’ he cited? | Los Angeles Times

Generally, the way exclusion of women plays out at work is more subtle than in Foster’s case, where he explicitly attributed his decision to the practice, said Kim Elsesser, whose research at UCLA and the book she wrote, “Sex and the Office: Women, Men, and the Sex Partition That’s Dividing the Workplace,” focused on gender issues in the workplace. It was true long before #MeToo that some men were hesitant to meet one-on-one with junior female employees, Elsesser said. She has a term for the invisible barriers between men and women at work: “the sex partition.” … “If women don’t have access to those same leaders they’re not going to have the same opportunities at work,” Elsesser said. “It is sexism — it is discrimination if you allow access to someone because of their gender or deny access to someone because of their gender.”

Should you find out if you’re at risk for Alzheimer’s? | Wall Street Journal

Dale Bredesen, a professor in the department of molecular and medical pharmacology at UCLA and founding president of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, advocates for specific changes. His protocol — which costs $75 a month — entails getting regular blood tests to track markers such as insulin resistance and inflammation, as well as following a low-carb, high-fat diet, fasting intermittently and taking supplements. Dr. Bredesen says he has published two small studies and one 100-person study showing that his protocol can reverse cognitive decline in patients with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease.

How white nationalists see what they want to see in DNA tests | New York Times

But what happens when users’ results show that they fail to meet their own genetic criteria for whiteness? Are they still willing to post them? And if so, how do other users respond? Such questions have long intrigued the sociologists Aaron Panofsky, who studies the social implications of genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Joan Donovan, whose research at Harvard University focuses on how information is manipulated on the internet…. “Science cannot save us,” Dr. Panofsky said, noting that in the years since he first began working on this study, genetic tests have increasingly been used to encourage the “mainstreamification” of white nationalism. “The political problem of white nationalism needs to be confronted on the level of values and law enforcement,” he said.

Brain implant restores partial vision to blind people | The Guardian

Some vision was made possible — with the participants’ eyes bypassed — by a video camera attached to glasses which sent footage to electrodes implanted in the visual cortex of the brain. University College London lecturer and Optegra Eye Hospital surgeon Alex Shortt said it was a significant development by specialists from Baylor Medical College in Texas and the University of California Los Angeles.

How Joe Biden became the Democrats’ anti-busing crusader | New York Times

“I don’t know whether he’s just reconstructed this history in his own mind, but he’s factually untruthful, that’s for sure,” said [UCLA’s] Gary Orfield, a California professor who has written extensively about school desegregation, including in Wilmington, and who testified before Mr. Biden in 1981. He said that for politicians like Mr. Biden, the busing question was “a real test of conscience and courage. I think he failed.”

Oklahoma among states setting higher reading expectations for 3rd-graders | NPR

Pedro Noguera is a professor at UCLA who has studied the experience of students of color in public schools. He thinks that retaining kids who have trouble reading can be an inappropriate response. “It starts with diagnosing the learning need and then developing a response tailored to the needs of that child. That’s what affluent parents do. They’ll get an expert outside of school.”

Californians prepare for future earthquakes | NPR

“As engineers, what we care about with faults rupturing the surface like this is it impacts our infrastructure,” said UCLA’s Jonathan Steward. “In this case, it’s impacted this pipeline.”

How will the 2020 Census take stock of L.A. County’s homeless population? | Los Angeles Daily News

Census Bureau first began counting the homeless population in 1970, when it emailed forms to hotels and motels across the country to distribute to residents, according to a 2012 UCLA report called “Down for the Count: Overcoming the Census Bureau’s Neglect of the Homeless.” The effort was called “Transient Night,” and was followed up by “Mission Night” — which sent workers to missions and other short-term shelters.

Citizenship question on 2020 Census through executive order: How do we interpret Trump’s action? | CNN en Español

“The Census is an X-ray of who we are and where we are,” said UCLA’s Marcelo Suarez-Orozco. “It is not concerned with who is a citizen, who is an immigrant, who is not an immigrant, but rather how many individuals — how many human beings — are counted in the Census every 10 years.” (Translated from Spanish)

How tax cuts get ‘paid for’ | Marketplace

“So the thing about ‘paid for’ is that you’ve taken a verb ‘pay’ and you’ve gotten rid of all of the arguments,” said Jessica Rett, an associate professor of linguistics from UCLA. “We’re used to it in a sentence like, ‘Kai paid Jessica $10 for the beer.’ … When you say, ‘Kai paid Jessica $10 for the beer,’ you know exactly how much, and who is doing the paying, and who is receiving the paying. But if I just say, “The beer was paid for,” you just interpret the sentence as meaning, ‘OK, well, the beer was the thing that was paid for, and I’m just gonna have to assume that someone paid someone some amount,” she said.

Kombucha 2.0: why you're going to be hearing a lot about koji, kvass, and tempeh | The Telegraph

For example, given the enormity of microbes that live in our gut, microbiologists believe that a small dose of fermented food or drink is insufficient to change the picture. “Inside our gut, each of us has at least 100tn microbes,” Prof Zhaoping Li, head of clinical nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles, has said. “Even if one of these foods contains 100m microbes, it’s very trivial in comparison. Many of them will be killed when passing through our stomach.”

1 big thing: Fish and humans sleep in similar ways | Axios

“You can’t just say sleep is sleep,” Jerry Siegel, a sleep scientist at UCLA who was not involved in the study, told National Geographic. He cautioned that connections between sleep in young zebrafish and sleep in humans are less straightforward than the study suggests. For example, he said, many mammals lack REM sleep completely, and some mammals sleep 20 hours a day whereas others just need 6 to 8 hours or less.

Immune system effectiveness appears key to antibiotic success against persistent bacteria | Medical Xpress

Tsuyoshi Mikkaichi and Alexander Hoffmann of the University of California, Los Angeles, and the MRSA Systems Immunobiology Group present this work in “PLOS Computational Biology.” … "These slow-growing variants may be hiding from the immune system by entering the patient's tissue or immune cells and growing inside them," Mikkaichi says. Principal Investigator Alexander Hoffmann adds "Training the immune system to recognize MRSA hiding in host cells could be an effective treatment strategy."

New alternate cell growth pathway could lead to better treatments for metastatic cancers | Scienmag

While researchers have a basic understanding of how primary cancer cells grow, less is known about metastasis, the deadly process by which cancers spread. A team led by Dr. Paul Krebsbach, dean of UCLA’s School of Dentistry and professor of periodontics, has found that mEAK-7, a gene they discovered last year, may play a significant role in cancer metastasis, at least in lung cancers.

Movie pick: catch a grindhouse thrill | LA Weekly

“Catch a Thrill!” is a series designed to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA), an Austin-based collection of grindhouse features, trailers, and neo-classics that has expanded to over 6,000 holdings. UCLA’s seven-night screening series will feature some of the choicest titles in the archive, by which we mean some of their weirdest and wildest. The series kicks off with “Don’t Panic” (aka “Dimensiones ocultas”), boldly billed as “the greatest movie you’ve never seen.”