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The extraordinary trek of George Takei | Washington Post

After enrolling as an architecture student at the University of California at Berkeley, Takei transferred to UCLA to pursue acting at a time when there was almost no work for Asian Americans except dubbing Japanese monster movies like “Rodan” into English and portraying crass caricatures in the Jerry Lewis vehicles “The Big Mouth” (1967) and “Which Way to the Front?” (1970).

Women who work for a salary see slower memory decline in old age, reducing their risk of dementia, a new study suggests | Washington Post

Elizabeth Rose Mayeda, a professor at UCLA and the lead author of the study, said her findings, especially if confirmed by further research, point to the importance of policies and programs that incentivize women’s participation in the workforce. “Paid leave, affordable child care, equal pay for equal work — all of these things could help improve women’s health in later life,” she said…. Mayeda said the UCLA team is not recommending a clear recipe — work for this long, at this time of life — to stave off dementia. “We can’t say based on our study for sure what is the exact key period,” she said. “It just seems to be that being engaged in the paid labor force is protective. You don’t need to spend your entire lifetime working.” (Also: The Guardian, NPR, Quartz), CNN en Español)

Stroke research: UCLA study finds 15 minutes can make a huge difference | KABC-TV

Study co-lead author Dr. [Reza] Jahan and his colleagues looked at 7,000 stroke cases. They discovered 15 minutes truly matters. For every 1,000 stroke patients, they found: “Seventeen more patients being able to walk when they leave the hospital. Eighteen more patients having no disability when they leave the hospital. Twenty-one more patients being able to go home and 15 fewer deaths,” Jahan said.

Google Glass may have an afterlife as a device to teach autistic children | New York Times

The concern with such studies is that they rely on the observations of parents who are helping their children use the technology, said Catherine Lord, a clinical psychologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of autism. The parents are aware of the technological intervention, so their observations may not be reliable.

One of these 12 women astronauts will go to the moon | KCRA-TV

Selected as an astronaut in 2000, [Megan] McArthur served as the mission specialist on board the final space shuttle journey to the Hubble telescope in 2009, logging nearly 13 days in space. She has a Ph.D. in oceanography and completed her graduate research at the Scripps Institution in San Diego. She also has a degree in aerospace engineering from UCLA. McArthur has not traveled to the International Space Station.

It may not seem that way, but politicians often do what voters want | New York Times Commentary

(Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Lynn Vavreck) In reality, policy outcomes at the state, congressional district and city levels suggest politicians at least act as if they care. Both within and across parties, there is a clear connection between the opinions voters hold and the actual policies that politicians put in place. To take a recent example, why did the overwhelming majority of Republican politicians remain silent this week after President Trump directed four minority congresswomen to “go back” where they came from? It’s surely significant that according to YouGov, only 19 percent of Republicans thought the president’s weekend tweets were racist (compared with 88 percent of Democrats).

Can Taylor Swift actually re-record her old songs like Kelly Clarkson suggested? | People magazine

Susan Hilderley, co-founder of UCLA Law’s Music Industry Legal Clinic, explains that artists are subject to common “re-recording restrictions” in contracts. Typically, those restrictions end at the later date of either five years after releasing the tracks or two to three years after the end of an agreement. “Taylor Swift signed with Republic Records last fall so that presumably is when the term of her Big Machine agreement ended,” Hilderley tells People. “Right now, she’s probably still under a re-recording restriction with Big Machine. That doesn’t mean though, that in a couple years, she wouldn’t be able to re-record those songs.”

Moscow is holding elections for city council. But will it be a fair competition? | New York Times

“Even pretty repressive dictators claim to be democratic,” Daniel Treisman, a professor of political science at the Los Angeles campus of the University of California, said in a telephone interview. Holding an election while barring opposition figures “doesn’t delegitimize the election as much as it might seem,” he said.

9th Circuit seems poised to require arbitrators to disclose ownership interest in dispute resolution service | Reuters

After the arbitration concluded, City’s lawyers found a 2015 UCLA Entertainment Law Review article, Mandatory Arbitration Provisions Involving Talent and Studios and Proposed Areas of Improvement, revealing that some JAMS arbitrators receive not just their fees for overseeing JAMS proceedings but also a share of the profits of the entire enterprise.

DNA test predicts everything from longevity to whether you’ll get heart disease or cancer | Daily Mail (U.K.)

Now, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have devised a method for analyzing DNA biomarkers to predict how long you’ll live, when you’ll develop coronary heart disease or cancer, and even the age you’ll reach menopause. They’ve called their “epigenetic clock” GrimAge. As Steve Horvath, a professor of human genetics and biostatistics at UCLA, explains, it “was named after the grim reaper for a good reason: it works remarkably well at predicting lifespan.”

Boosting genetic diversity may save vanishing animal populations. But it may also backfire | Science

Most biologists have assumed that larger populations are better sources of new blood. But Chris Kyriazis, a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, used computer models to study the impact of deleterious mutations hidden in a source population. Because such mutations tend to be harmful only when both parents pass the mutation to offspring, they are likely to be eliminated from historically small, inbred populations and to persist in larger ones. Kyriazis’s modeling suggests intermediate-size populations, not the biggest ones, could be the best source for genetic rescues, he reported at the meeting and in a preprint posted June 21 on bioRxiv.

Intermittent fasting: Is eating in an 8-hour window actually beneficial? | Women’s Health

“It might be wise to gradually ease into longer periods of fasting,” says Dana Hunnes, PhD, RD, a senior dietitian at Ronald Reagan-UCLA Medical Center. However, she points out, the long-term weight loss benefits from the 16:8 diet, i.e. intermittent fasting, weren’t that much greater than those you’d reap if you just ate less throughout the day or switched to a more plant-based diet — so you could try simply cutting back on how much you’re eating or adding in more plant-based foods, too. “It’s a personal choice, and everyone needs to make these choices based on their own lifestyles and ability,” Hunnes says.

Tug-of-war debate over interest rates has to include taxes, inflation | MarketWatch Opinion

A recent study circulated by the National Bureau of Economic Research devised several sophisticated methods for determining the net, real-world role that taxes play in setting interest rates. The study, “Are Interest Rates Really Low?,” was conducted by Ivo Welch, chair of the finance department at UCLA’s Anderson School of Business; Clinton Tepper, a PhD candidate at UCLA, and Daniel Feenberg, a research associate at NBER. They estimated that “the financial-market relevant taxation on interest payments” is currently at a rate of between 20% and 25%.

It’s as simple as giving it a name | Medium

UCLA’s Matthew Lieberman, who has conducted and published extensive research in this area, found that these effects can be detected at a biological level. When we label our emotions, we decrease activity in our amygdala, the brain’s emotional center.

Public tickets on sale for UCLA arts season | Broadway World

CAP UCLA presents another remarkable season of theater, dance, music and literary arts housing 41 different programs, of which over half will take place on the UCLA campus, eight will be staged at The Theatre at Ace Hotel DTLA and the remaining at new and returning partners.