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This is what America could look like when our coasts are under water | Vox

Building [sea]walls also summons images of a dystopian future. “You could end up with these walled city-states and then everyone else is just left to fend for themselves,” said Liz Koslov, an assistant professor at the UCLA Department of Urban Planning and Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. “These protected cities would be seen as too big to fail and increasingly become the provinces of the wealthy.”

Hawaii telescope protest shuts down 13 observatories on Mauna Kea | Nature

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 July 16 to collect data on the motion of stars around the supermassive black hole at the center of the Galaxy…. 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.

Trump DOJ escalates big tech scrutiny with new antitrust probe | Bloomberg

“The history of these DOJ investigations is that they kill the company that they investigate” as the firm turns its focus to defending itself, said Mark Grady, a law professor at the University of California Los Angeles. “It’s a giant distraction.”

As climate change threatens California, officials seek ‘sustainable insurance’ | Los Angeles Times

After a roundtable discussion at UCLA with lawmakers, state Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara announced that his agency would work with officials from the U.N. Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative over the next year to develop a plan to confront California’s climate risks, which are manifold…. “Climate change is the third rail in some parts of the country and here in California we’re more clear eyed about what some of those risks are,” said Sean Hecht, an environmental law professor at UCLA. “If we have insurers that are taking those risks into account, we might be able to better prevent the next catastrophic wildfire from destroying a community.”

Bad news for Gavin Newsom’s housing goals: New home permits are down in California | Sacramento Bee

The University of California at Los Angeles Anderson School of Management predicted in March that the California housing market would continue to grow more slowly through 2019 and 2020. “With our national forecast for slowing economic growth, continued discussion on when the next recession will be, and the Fed indicating that the peak of the interest rate cycle could be near, we now expect weaker housing markets into 2020,” wrote Director Jerry Nickelsburg.

Study: U.S. could have averted about 15,600 deaths if every state expanded Medicaid | Vox

Four researchers — University of Michigan economist Sarah Miller, University of California, Los Angeles public health scholar Laura Wherry, National Institutes of Health’s Sean Altekruse and Norman Johnson with the US Census Bureau — used that difference to study what happened to people’s health outcomes in states that expanded the program compared to those that did not. A new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research details their results. They found that by the fourth year of Medicaid expansion, mortality rates in states that expanded the program were 0.2 percentage points lower than in states that did not.

Sex with HIV still a crime? Updated laws divide advocates | Associated Press

It’s not clear how many people have faced prosecution under HIV laws around the country, but data from two states analyzed by a think tank at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law indicate they aren’t isolated occurrences. Florida and Georgia authorities made nearly 1,500 arrests on suspicion of HIV-related crimes from the 1980s through 2017, hundreds of which resulted in convictions, according to the Williams Institute.

Heart disease is the price of becoming human, study finds | San Diego Union-Tribune

Jake Lusis, a UC Los Angeles researcher who studies the genetics of heart disease, said by email that the study convincingly reveals a human-specific risk factor for atherosclerosis. “It should be noted, however, that this is one of hundreds of factors contributing to the disease, and its relative importance is still unclear,” Lusis said.

A society’s values and beliefs matter for its economy | The Economist

Mr. Spolaore has deployed cultural arguments in his own research. In work with Romain Wacziarg of the University of California, Los Angeles, he studied how cultural barriers within Europe created social distance, which impeded the flow of ideas and practices.

Best film schools in the world for 2019 | CEOWorld magazine

The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles, United States: UCLA was the first leading university to combine all three aspects: theater, film, and television into a single administration. Its archive is the second-largest collection of media materials in the United States — only the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., is larger!

Fact check: Joe Biden misleads with claim that Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All plan would cause a ‘hiatus’ | CNN

Gerald Kominski, a health policy professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, said Biden was employing a “classic scare tactic that politicians use, particularly with the Medicare program. If you tell Medicare recipients that they might lose their coverage ‘for a while’ during the transition to a Medicare for All program, they are obviously going to be skeptical of Medicare for All.”

As rats overrun California cities, state moves to ban powerful pest-killers | Modesto Bee

And in Southern California, rodenticides are playing hell on a fragile population of mountain lions in the bushy foothills above Malibu’s celebrity mansions. “We’ve seen exposure everywhere we’ve looked,” said biologist Laurel Serieys, whose research at UCLA found that Southern California bobcats were suffering from severe mange outbreaks tied to rodenticide contamination.

Health equity is declining as income inequality grows, JAMA study shows | Medical Economics

Frederick Zimmerman, the study’s lead author and a professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, told NPR that health outcomes for wealthy people remain stable — or stagnant — but the health of the lowest income groups is “declining substantially over time.”

When you need money for prescription psychedelics, Burning Man is your destination | Bloomberg

In 1994 and 1995, Doblin helped fund a small MDMA Phase I drug trial at the University of California at Los Angeles. (Phase I trials evaluate the safety but not the efficacy of a proposed therapy in humans.) After that study and several others showed it was safe, MAPS started Phase II studies in 2000 to ask whether the drug actually worked to treat PTSD.

Antibiotics before liver transplants lead to better results | Medical Xpress

“So the idea behind this is to identify which bacteria is the good guy and which is the bad guy,” said Dr. Jerzy Kupiec-Weglinski, the Paul I. Terasaki Professor of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the study’s senior author.

Technologies for the directed evolution of cell therapies | ScienceDaily

New research highlights how the next generation of therapies are moving beyond the use of small molecules and proteins to using whole cells…. The research, led by Dino Di Carlo, Ph.D., (University of California Los Angeles) highlights how the next generation of therapies are moving beyond the use of small molecules and proteins to using whole cells.

Children with OCD: Hoarding symptoms do not negatively impact therapy response | Medical Xpress

“Pediatric hoarding symptoms are prevalent, as nearly half of all youth affected by OCD also experience hoarding symptoms,” said UCLA’s Michelle Rozenman. “Given the contrast between our data and studies of hoarding in adulthood that suggest poorer CBT treatment response, clinicians should assess for hoarding in their pediatric OCD patients in order to address these symptoms prior to adulthood when symptoms may worsen and interfere with an individual’s functioning,” Dr. Rozenman added. The findings are based on data from children and adolescents presenting for services at the UCLA Child OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program, a university-based specialty research and clinical program directed by John Piacentini, Ph.D.