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What’s really going on with the California super bloom? | New York Observer

These are textbook examples of the increasing “precipitation extremes” predicted by UCLA climate scientists, who published research in 2018 which postulated that by the end of this century, California will see a dramatic increase in its number of extremely dry and extremely wet seasons, as well as a major uptick in the likelihood of flooding incidents. Therefore, it’s likely that the especially rainy California winter that prompted the Lake Elsinore poppies wasn’t an isolated event, but rather an indication that radical transitions in California weather are causing unprecedented botanical anomalies. These changes, UCLA researchers said, are due to “a warming atmosphere and warming oceans.”

‘Black Panther’ and ‘Captain Marvel’ pave way for a more inclusive Marvel Cinematic Universe. Is it evolving fast enough? | Los Angeles Times

“Diversity does make for better movies, especially with a U.S. population that is almost 40 percent minority,” wrote Ana-Christina Ramón, director of research and civic engagement for UCLA’s social sciences division and coauthor of UCLA’s Hollywood Diversity Report, in an email. “People of color are avid moviegoers and want to see themselves represented as heroes on the big screen.”

Is Betomania real or phony? | New York Times Opinion

Lynn Vavreck, a political scientist at UCLA, looked at the same issue from a different angle. “The ways these races get framed depends a lot on who the candidates are and what their constraints are — if O’Rourke finds himself in a race against another young white male who is inspiring, these things won’t be a strength of his; but if he finds himself running against an older person who isn’t inspiring, they could be.”

When civility is used as a cudgel against people of color | NPR’s “All Things Considered”

Such laws and ordinances were designed to contain communities of color, says Gaye Theresa Johnson, who studies the intersection of civility and race at the University of California, Los Angeles. They allowed white citizens to, in effect, civilize people they considered less than. And many assumed that this civilizing mission came from a higher authority. “It’s always been a situation where people assume that civility is something that’s sort of God ordained,” Johnson says.

Plant-based diets can reduce risk of death from heart disease by 10% | Healthline

“The synergy of all the nutrients, fiber, water content, anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidants, and quality of a whole-foods, plant-based diet is both known from longitudinal and observational studies — though they may not be able to fully ‘ID’ causation — and also from shorter-term prospective studies that follow patients who improve their diets and improve their overall health status,” said Dana Hunnes, a senior dietitian at UCLA Medical Center, who was not affiliated with this research.

How biomaterials will support China’s aging population | Nature

“The need from China for advances in these fields is tremendous,” says [Zhen] Gu, a chemist who studies drug-delivery systems at the University of California, Los Angeles. “The population is huge and the market is there. People have higher incomes, are living longer and have a growing awareness of the importance of health and quality of life. For them, the biomaterials field is essential. Perhaps more so than in the States.”

Be skeptical of law school and other college rankings. Very skeptical | Los Angeles Times Opinion

We have failed to achieve true intellectual diversity; our litigation clinics tilt left, and in my field, constitutional law, we need more top conservative professors. Several other schools do a better job populating the top tier of the private bar (“Biglaw”). Because we are small, our curriculum is at times spotty. Some Los Angeles schools, especially the sometimes underappreciated UCLA (ranked 15th), may be a better and more affordable fit for those intending to practice in Southern California.

Facebook apologizes for banning Trump’s social media director | NPR’s “Morning Edition”

“They construe that as ‘social media is biased against me, a conservative person.’ Or ‘social media is unfairly taking me down, radical socialist.’ Or anywhere in between,” said UCLA’s Sarah Roberts. (Approx. 1:45 mark)

What data do we need to accelerate progress on sustainable development? | Medium

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Jody Heymann) Despite great steps forward, around the world, millions of children continue to die of preventable diseases. Poor nutrition and repeated early infections threaten the health of many more. Girls, students from poor families, and children with disabilities remain more likely to be excluded from education, while the economic inequality women face is so great it will take centuries to eliminate at the current rate of progress.

For this giant of cancer care, a holistic approach was always in the treatment plan | OncLive

A pioneer in cancer survivorship and the late effects of cancer treatment, with heavy clinical and research involvement in breast cancer and its prevention, [UCLA’s Patricia] Ganz has spent much of her life working to improve the quality of care for patients with cancer. Treating the whole patient and delivering high-quality cancer care are concepts she has embraced throughout her career.

What is female ejaculation — and can every woman do it? | Health.com

But “what women define as ‘ejaculation’ varies widely, and there is no accepted scientific standard for qualifying as female ejaculation by the volume or speed of the expulsion,” Nicole Prause, PhD, a sex researcher at UCLA, tells Health.