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Summer means a parade of long, sunny days, and it’s actually the worst | Washington Post
Generally, sleep deprivation has a profound effect on mood — messed-up circadian rhythm, thrown-off biological clocks, hormone secretion patterns out of whack, increased pain sensitivity. “All of those can feed into depression, not to mention the fact that if people aren’t getting enough sleep, they simply feel tired and feel like they’re running out of gas,” says Andrew Leuchter, a psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences professor at UCLA…. Meanwhile, our culture is telling us that we should be happy in the summer, “and if we’re out of step with that, then that causes us greater distress,” he says. “Many people have a sense that if they say ‘I always get down in the summer,’ that someone else is going to say ‘What’s wrong with you?’s”
The climate change suit that could stop the U.S. government from supporting fossil fuels | CBS’ “60 Minutes”
“Well, I think that Judge Aiken actually does a very good job of saying it's not radical to ask the government to protect the health, and the lives and the property of this current generation of kids,” says UCLA’s Ann Carlson. “Look, If you can't have your life protected by government policies that save the planet, then what's the point of having a Constitution?”
A study published this year by economists at Stanford and the University of California-Los Angeles found that people entering the labor market during recessions have lower lifetime earnings, especially if they have only a high school education. They also have higher death rates in mid life.
About 4.5% of the U.S. population, or 11 million people, identify as LGBTQ, according to the Williams Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles.
How to fight against climate change is exacerbating San Diego’s affordable housing crisis | San Diego Union-Tribune
“If you run a rail line and you get new development, you could have suburbia without suburban sprawl,” said Jonathan Zasloff, a professor at UCLA School of Law who specializes in land use issues.
Amid jitters, experts eye potential California recession | Capitol Weekly
The respected UCLA Anderson School of Management’s report on the state’s economy had this to say on June 5: “While the U.S Department of Commerce’s release of a 3.1% growth rate for GDP in the first quarter was celebrated as evidence there is no recession in the near future, a closer look at the details behind that 3.1% number leaves little reason for celebration.” “The effect of the first quarter of 2019 data is to increase the recession probabilities from near zero to 15% for the next year and to between 24% and 83% for the year after that,” UCLA Prof. Emeritus Edward Leamer writes. “Don’t worry about the coming year; worry about the year after that.”
Preserved by a fiery disaster | Wall Street Journal
The scrolls’ unique state of preservation is due to the hot gases of Vesuvius, which carbonized the scrolls’ exterior but left many of them readable inside. They will be on view in the exhibition while scholars try to decipher more of them using high-resolution CT scanners owned by the School of Dentistry at the University of California, Los Angeles.
‘Designated Survivor’ boss on series’ new Stephen Miller character and how Mitch McConnell’s ‘as bad as ISIS’ | Daily Beast
[Writer-producer Neal] Baer is also a singular figure in the entertainment business: a pediatrician who earned his M.D. at Harvard Medical School, where he still lectures in his spare time on global health and social medicine (while also serving as an adjunct professor at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health), and — as he describes himself — “a cis-gendered gay white writer who was once straight.”
New York just passed landmark renter protections. Why can’t California? | Los Angeles Magazine
“It’s always a difficult fight to win from the standpoint of tenants’ rights organization,” says Michael Lens, an associate professor of urban planning and public policy at UCLA. “There’s obviously a disadvantage of resources.”
Animals’ brain activities ‘sync’ during social interactions, studies show | The Science Times
The senior author of the second paper, Weizhe Hong of the Departments of Biology, Chemistry and Neurobiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, said that if one thinks of the brain like a black box that receives input and gives output in response, studying social interactions is similar to trying to understand how the output of one box provides input to another, and how those boxes work together and create a loop. The team’s research in mice allows them to peer inside those black boxes and get a better look at the internal machinery.
Mutant power resolves protein shapes | Science
Both groups built on work on a bacterial protein fragment called GB1 by a team led by Ren Sun, a systems biologist at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2014, Sun’s team reported creating more than half a million copies of the GB1 gene, each with one or two of its 56 amino acids changed. For the so-called single mutants, the researchers systematically swapped every amino acid for one of the 19 other options.
People are more likely to return lost wallets if they have this amount of money inside | MarketWatch
Professional economists whom the research team contacted to didn’t predict the study’s result very well either. “The results should be considered surprising,” Craig Fox, a professor of psychology at UCLA who was not involved in the study, told MarketWatch.
Jared Diamond is something of a polymath. He trained as a physiologist, and became a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine, before adding ecology, geography, and then environmental history to his professional bow. He speaks six languages, has a fine grasp of political history, and writes eloquently: he won the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction in 1997. He also has a sense of humour. His new book, Upheaval, charts the way in which seven countries, all of which he has lived in, have faced and coped with crises.
Research suggests that T-Rex had a remarkable sense of smell | The Science Times
“I welcome this work-it seems that this is another contribution to the whole body of work, where people are using cues from genes and morphology to infer sensory function and ecological [roles in] extinct species,” says Deborah Bird, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles, who has used similar techniques to reconstruct the smelling repertoire of the extinct sabertooth cat Smilodon.
Is Mayor Garcetti not urgent enough about housing or held back by bureaucracy? | KCRW-FM’s “Press Play”
But Dana Cuff, professor of architecture and urban design at UCLA, says the criticism is misdirected. “Really when you look at why the housing construction problem has exacerbated so terribly, it’s much more at the local level than at the highest levels,” she says. “And so it seems ironic to gather petition signatures from the very people who were standing against putting supportive housing in their neighborhood.”
Freshman reps introduce over-the-counter bill | Refinery29
“Over-the-counter is more convenient, but it’s more expensive to consumers than a prescribed drug that’s covered by insurance,” Stuart O. Schweitzer, PhD, a professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, told Refinery29 previously.
“Many parents are afraid. And if you want to believe your kid doesn’t need that many shots, there’s plenty of places to find people who agree with you,” [UCLA’s] Dr. Jonathan Fielding, former head of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, told The AP. “It’s not so easy to discern what is real and what is not.”