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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ confronts rape in a bare-knuckled, #MeToo-themed episode | Los Angeles Times
Almost four years ago, “Grey’s Anatomy” writer Elisabeth Finch participated in a Writers Guild-sponsored tour of the Rape Treatment Center at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica. “What stuck with me was how they treated every single person who walked through their doors as an individual; everyone’s needs are different,” says Finch. “I wanted our [TV] doctors to figure out how to do that for one patient on the fly.” … [UCLA’s] Beth Cranston, senior director and legal counsel of the Rape Treatment Center, says it “respectfully addressed a lot of issues rape victims face, from self-blame to issues in the criminal-justice system. … I thought those were all addressed very realistically, from my experience here at the hospital.” [UCLA’s] Gail Abarbanel, founder and executive director of the Rape Treatment Center, added, “They did a really good job portraying the impact on victims. The passage near the end … ‘Too often, trauma is discussed as in our head, but the pain’s real, you feel it in our muscles, in our cells, in our hearts, in our heads. And there’s no magic fix, there’s no pill you can take to make it disappear, but we can ask for help. And we can tell our truth whenever we’re ready.’”
Daniel Swain, an atmospheric scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles who has extensively researched California, pointed to a shift in the Madden Julien Oscillation (MJO) as one potential cause. The MJO is characterized by a swath of clouds and thunderstorms that moves back and forth around the western Pacific and affects weather downstream. Swain wrote that it’s “been very active for the time of year” and has helped strengthen the jet steam enough to steer storms to California. But climate change could also be playing a role. Swain pointed to the unusual heat that’s been gripping the Arctic as well as disappearing sea ice — both symptoms of climate change—as another potential driver of the weird jet stream pattern. A growing body of research has linked changes in the Arctic to unusual weather patterns to the south, and this could be no exception. At the same time, Swain’s own research also shows that weather whiplash between wet and dry years will become more common for California.
‘Big Bang Theory’ stars reflect on show’s end, next steps | Associated Press
“If I were a young student at UCLA and this show had existed, I would have loved the male characters as much as the female, because I think for a lot of women that kind of (science) interest is very genderless,” said UCLA alumna Mayim Bialik. “That it’s inspired a lot of young girls to go into STEM is so exciting to me,” said Melissa Rauch.
When our surroundings feel full, it can also make us feel more anxious and stressed, with one study by psychologists Rena Repetti and Darby Saxby at University of California, Los Angeles finding mothers living in messy houses had higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Clutter can also make it harder to fall asleep and can even make us more likely to reach for junk food, according to one study, which found participants using a “chaotic kitchen” ate twice as many cookies as those in an organized kitchen.
Paul R. Williams’ artwork resurrected at UCLA | Los Angeles Sentinel
Now, part of that history is being brought to life in one of Williams’ projects, the La Kretz Botany Building and Psychology Tower—at UCLA. The two are currently being renovated by Los Angeles-based CO Architects. The redesign will feature an originally planned, but abandoned piece of original art, a mural created by Williams in 1959. The project is set to be finished in 2022.
The dietary-intervention group fell short of the goal; they managed to reduce their fat consumption to about 24.5 percent, and then “drifted up to about 29 percent,” according to lead study author Rowan Chlebowski of the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Members of the group lost 3 percent of their body weight on average. Still, the women in that group who developed breast cancer had a lower risk of death than the women who followed their regular diets and developed the disease. Chlebowski said the study showed that women could improve their health by making modest changes in what and how much they eat. “This is dietary moderation, it’s not like eating twigs and branches,” he said. “It’s what people were eating, say, 20 years ago, before you could pick up 900 calories in one candy bar.”
Jackie Goldberg returns to L.A. school board with resounding election win | Los Angeles Times
Though most charter reform requires state action, Los Angeles Unified is by far California’s largest district and adding as vocal an opponent as Goldberg could have far-reaching significance. Beyond state lobbying, the board “could call for more, tougher oversight of the charter schools,” and more aggressively seek payment for use of district property, within the boundaries of existing law, UCLA education professor Pedro Noguera said.
65 years after Brown v. Board of Education, we risk going backward | Chicago Sun-Times Opinion
A recent report, “Harming our Common Future, America’s Segregated Schools 65 Years After Brown,” by the UCLA Civil Rights Project and the Pennsylvania State University Center for Education and Civil Rights, detailed the bleak reality. As the Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss summarizes, “Over the past three decades, black students have been increasingly segregated in intensely segregated schools (defined as 90 to 100 percent nonwhite).” By 2016, 40 percent of all black students were in segregated schools.
Trump’s defense of tariffs based on dubious claims | Associated Press
It’s certainly possible that a huge retail chain, for example, could push its Chinese supplier to cut its prices to offset the tariffs. China’s currency may also decline in value, which makes Chinese exports cheaper. And international corporations may decide to locate their plants elsewhere, such as in Mexico or Vietnam, depriving China of jobs and export revenue. But studies released in March found that those factors haven’t made much difference, and that nearly the entire cost of the import taxes is falling on U.S. consumers and businesses. One of the studies, by economists at UCLA and the World Bank, found that American firms and shoppers lost $68.8 billion last year because of higher tariffs.
[UCLA’s Gregg] Fonarow noted that the findings are based on survey responses, rather than a clinical trial tracking cardiovascular results among supplement users versus non-users. “Observational studies for multiple different dietary supplements have produced similar types of findings, only to then be tested in large-scale, randomized clinical trials which failed to confirm any benefits,” Fonarow explained. For now, the bottom line is that “there is not a sufficient evidence basis to recommend glucosamine supplements for cardiovascular benefit,” he added. Fonarow’s advice: “Those wishing to lower their cardiovascular event risk should follow current guideline recommendations to not smoke, be physically active, and maintain a healthy blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and body weight.”
Restored ‘Paris Is Burning’ re-release trailer earns 10s across the board | Entertainment Weekly
Paris Is Burning’s restoration cut (remastered by the UCLA Television Archive in conjunction with the Sundance Institute and Outfest UCLA) returns to New York City’s Film Forum on June 14 for a special two-week run in theaters, with a nationwide rollout to follow.
RVs are more efficient than ever, thanks to eco-friendly manufacturing | Popular Mechanics
Winnebago has not yet introduced this concept, which it is aptly calling the All-Electric/Zero Emissions project. And yet it has already garnered its fair share of attention: at RVX, it won the Sustainability Award. Potential commercial users include Red Cross, which needs mobile blood donation vehicles. Already the University of California Los Angeles is planning to use an example to service surgical equipment from its medical center. The American Lung Association is interested in using these platforms for screening — which would be the organization’s first commercial vehicle partnership — under the assumption that a zero-emissions vehicle would be beneficial to those with respiratory issues.
Inflammation induces anhedonia in women but not men | Medical Xpress
“Our study is the first to show that there are sex differences in neural sensitivity to reward in response to inflammation, which has important implications,” said senior author Naomi Eisenberger, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles. “This may suggest one reason women experience depression at a far greater rate than men, particularly for the kinds of depression that may be inflammatory in nature.”
In 1977, evolutionary biologist Carl Woese and his colleagues described archaea as a third, distinct form of life — one that reached back billions of years. Life, Woese said, should be divided into three bins rather than two. He was not without his detractors. In the 1980s, evolutionary biologist James Lake at the University of California, Los Angeles, proposed that eukaryotes are sisters to archaea that he called eocytes, which means dawn cells. The idea evolved into the two-domain scenario.