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World Reputation Rankings 2019. UCLA ranked No. 9 globally | Times Higher Education
The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2019 are based on the world’s largest invitation-only opinion survey of senior, published academics. It asks scholars to name no more than 15 universities that they believe are the best for research and teaching in their field, based on their own experience…. UCLA (No. 9) offers opportunities for inquiry, discovery, and education — and yet is a close community that provides a sense of belonging. The campus is home to world-renowned faculty who teach in 230 undergraduate and graduate majors, with more than two dozen academic programs ranked among the top 20 in their disciplines.
The author, R. Jisung Park, assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, writes that compared with a 72-degree day, “taking an exam on a 90◦F day leads to a 10.9 percent lower likelihood of passing a particular subject (e.g. Algebra), which in turn affects probability of graduation.”
In 1977, Cynthia Telles founded the Spanish Speaking Psychosocial Clinic at the University of California, Los Angeles. Over the past 42 years, Telles says her clinic has helped thousands of Spanish-speaking patients, all the while training generations of mental health care professionals who go on to provide bilingual care at different institutions across the country.
Distrust of science is as American as apple pie | Zócalo Public Square
The mistrust of science is not new, said UCLA sociologist Jeffrey Guhin. He said that the roots of today’s suspicion of science lie in the Second Great Awakening in the United States, during the early 19th century. The objections then were not to science; instead, some ministers became suspicious of so-called elite ministers who they felt were telling them how to read and interpret the Bible. So a backlash developed against the expertise not just of ministers, but also of lawyers, government officials, and medical doctors, Guhin said. Guhin added that the American idea of equality can have a dangerous effect when it’s used to insist on an intellectual equality. The notion of expertise being suspicious, Guhin said, is “a very old American sensibility.”
Both the ‘top’ and ‘bottom’ blood pressure numbers can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke, study says | CNN
The findings don’t come as a surprise to hypertension experts like Dr. Karol Watson, co-director of the UCLA Program in Preventive Cardiology. “Fifty years ago, most people thought diastolic BP was more important than systolic BP,” Watson, who was not involved in the study, said in an email. “But diastolic BP has always been important, and increasing levels do confer increased risk. This study verified that.”
“People who feel closer or stronger relationship with their future self are more willing to make more sacrifices for that distant self,” Hal Hershfield, one of the 2011 paper’s co-authors and psychology professor at UCLA, tells Inverse. “They’re more likely to save, and they’re also more likely to exercise.”
Working women may have slower memory loss later in life than stay-at-home moms, research finds | ABC’s “Good Morning America”
“Though preliminary, our research provides evidence that participation in the paid labor force may help prevent late-life memory decline among women in the United States. Possible pathways include mental stimulation, financial benefits, and social benefits,” Elizabeth Rose Mayeda, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of epidemiology at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, said in a statement.
15 minutes matters with strokes | HealthDay
“We're trying to improve treatment with better staffing on off-hours and getting doctors to the hospital quicker when they’re on call,” said study co-lead author Dr. Reza Jahan, a professor of interventional neuroradiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Patients who arrive at the hospital at 2 a.m. should be treated no differently than people who arrive at 2 p.m.,” Jahan added in a university news release.
L.A.’s ShakeAlert earthquake warning app worked exactly as planned. That’s the problem | Los Angeles Times
“We’ve long treated citizens as people who need to be protected, rather than people we need to empower,” said [UCLA’s] David Eisenman, a lead scientist on the Los Angeles County Community Disaster Resilience Project. “More information is always the way we need to go. It’s undeniable.”
How do mosquitoes track you? Researchers used a tiny flight simulator, cut into their brains to find out | Seattle Times
It began with fruit flies, said Mark Frye, a professor of integrative biology and physiology at the University of California Los Angeles. “Molecular tools to target regions of the genome were created,” Frye said. “In the last 10 years, that effort has exploded.” ... Frye said scientists increasingly understand that animals’ senses might be wired together and working in concert.
Businesses wake up to sleep concerns | China Daily
“The amount of sleep needed differs as a function of age and differs across individuals,” Jerry Siegel, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the UCLA Center for Sleep Research, told China Daily. “If you are not sleepy during the day, you are getting enough sleep.”
Epstein and Friedman revisit the making of their 1989 landmark AIDS documentary ‘Common Threads’ | Variety
The 79-minute doc went on to win the Academy Award for best documentary feature. To mark its 30th anniversary, 56 panels of the quilt will be on display at the Academy in Beverly Hills on July 20 and July 21 ahead of the premiere of a 2K digital restoration of the film on July 22. The restoration was completed through a partnership with Academy Film Archive, Milestone Film & Video and Outfest UCLA Legacy Project, Outfest and UCLA Film & Television Archive.
Affected projects include Andrea Ghez’s ongoing studies of the center of the Milky Way. Ghez, an astronomer at the University of California, Los Angeles, had planned to use one of the Keck telescopes on 16 July to collect data on the motion of stars around the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy. Scientists use such information to test predictions of general relativity. But Ghez isn’t bothered by Keck’s temporary closure. “If I lose a night in order that everyone can figure out how to move forward in the long run, that’s far more important than one night of observing,” she says.
However, that logic flouts the legal precedent of severability, according to Jill Horwitz, a law professor at the UCLA School of Law. Essentially, the long-standing legal practice is to look at what Congress intended to do when it invalidates, or excises, a part of an act…. “If the Fifth Circuit upholds the lower court’s decision, insured patients are going to have some nasty surprises,” Horwitz said.