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Giant Hawaii telescope to focus on big unknowns of universe | Associated Press

Andrea Ghez, a University of California, Los Angeles physics and astronomy professor who discovered our galaxy’s black hole, said scientists believe black holes play a fundamental role in how galaxies are formed and evolve…. “We think of these things as esoteric. But in fact, in the long run, they have profound impacts on our lives,” Ghez said.

Comic-Con 2019: Creators use pop culture to start a discussion about mental health | Los Angeles Daily News

Friday night’s panel illustrates a trend within the medical community to embrace pop-culture when talking about mental health. “I would say in the last five years we’ve seen in our community more and more practitioners and experts being involved in this landscape and understand how instrumental it can be to use pop-culture and fictional narrative to educate the public, to engage the public around mental health and well-being issues,” said panelist Andrea Letamendi, clinical psychologist and UCLA associate director of mental health for resident life. Letamendi has long been using her love of comics to help demystify mental health and wellness. Taking something familiar and comfortable, like a favorite comic book character or television show character and using it to discuss mental health can make people feel safe, she explained.

White anxiety, and a president ready to address it  | New York Times

“All of a sudden, these people who had no vehicle to express these attitudes are now being invited to express them,” said Lynn Vavreck, a political scientist at U.C.L.A. and occasional Upshot contributor, and a co-author of a book with Mr. Tesler and John Sides on the role of racial identity in the 2016 election. “Trump is a huge element in what’s going on. He’s insufficient, but he’s necessary. The voters are not sufficient but they’re necessary.”

Higher education faces affirmative action, other equity and diversity issues in courts | Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Whether they succeed or fail, current anti-affirmative action lawsuits against schools could benefit affirmative action proponents — even though the issue has been distorted, said Dr. LaToya Baldwin Clark, assistant professor of law at the University of California at Los Angeles. “The narrow issue in the Harvard case is how whites are being advantaged in the Harvard admissions process to the detriment of Asian students,” said Clark. “The rhetoric has become damning of affirmative action. But the case is not about affirmative action, in terms of correcting historical rights and wrongs against black and brown people.”

Why diversity is the new superpower | TheWrap

A UCLA study earlier this year found that films with casts consisting of at least 51 percent people of color had the greatest return on investment at the box office.

How to prepare for earthquakes, wildfires, mudslides and other possible SoCal doom | Los Angeleno

According to David Eisenman, director of the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters, having a disaster kit at the ready is a must. The three most important things you should have in it are food, water and any prescription medication. Eisenman recommends storing at least a week’s worth of water — that’s one gallon a day — in case local aqueducts are affected. He also recommends stashing away some cash. “When electricity’s down that means there’s no access to ATMs, so while some stores may be giving their food away, a lot of them will be requesting cash,” he says.

The Los Angeles theaters you need to know if you love film | Los Angeles Times

The home of public programming for the UCLA Film and Television Archive, the Billy Wilder Theater is of course named for the Hollywood filmmaker and features an Instagram-ready wall-sized portrait of its namesake. The programming is a spot-on mix of the surprising and the familiar, such as current spotlights on the American Genre Film Archive and Hollywood productions made abroad after WWII.

When the safety net pays for itself  | The Wall Street Journal

For the Medicaid expansions, economists estimated recipients were willing to pay almost 14 times as much to get the coverage as the government paid for it up front. “I think [the study] clearly shows that government programs that are targeted to low-income children are a smart investment,” said Laura Wherry, a UCLA health-policy researcher whose work on Medicaid expansions helped inform the economists’ calculations.

Genomics guides help for dwindling species | 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.

‘Hidden homes’ could make Census collection difficult | KPCC-FM

“Between populations that might be undocumented and buildings that are undocumented, there will definitely be an undercount there,” said UCLA’s Dana Cuff.

Newly discovered biosynthetic pathway in bacteria recipe for drug discovery and production | Scienmag

[Wilfred] van der Donk, who is also the Richard E. Heckert Endowed Chair in Chemistry, and his colleagues at Illinois collaborated with the laboratory of HHMI Investigator and University of California, Los Angeles Professor of Biological Chemistry and Physiology, Tamir Gonen, to confirm their findings, which were published this week in Science…. “Genome mining allows you to start looking for compounds where you have absolutely no idea what they are going to be,” van der Donk said. “Many labs in [our team] are trying to find new antibiotics by genome mining . . . you look for unusual things where we don’t know what is being made, and then you try to make the compound in a friendly organism.”

15 best eye creams for mature skin that hydrate and tackle fine lines | Independent (U.K)

Dr. Nick Lowe, Consultant Dermatologist in London and Professor of Dermatology at UCLA, confirmed that although topical eye creams “cannot do anything to change the structure of the skin,” while the product is on the skin, they can temporarily “improve its appearance by hydrating, smoothing lines and camouflaging eye bags.”