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Three ways to fight bias in machines | Wall Street Journal

In an age when search engines and social media surface false information, internet users must demand “factual and just information as a pillar of democracy,” said Safiya Noble, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and author of “Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism.”

Why the fight over abortion is unrelenting | New York Times Opinion

Martie Haselton, a professor of psychology at UCLA, and David Pinsof, a graduate student there, together argue that “the debate boils down to attitudes about promiscuity.” Picking up the same theme as Kurzban, Haselton and Pinsof found in their research that the people who are most likely to oppose abortion are those that 1) believe that abortion promotes promiscuity, and 2) pursue a more restrictive mating strategy.

Sneezing a lot? Handheld allergen detector can help | Voice of America

“This device can look into the contamination in the air — particles, their density,” said UCLA’s Aydogan Ozcan…. “Thanks to billions of users of these mobile phones that need those cameras, it’s helping us to miniaturize these devices, while at the same time being competitive in performance to state-of-the-art instrumentation. “

Ending ‘right on red’ could improve pedestrian safety | KPCC-FM

Madeline Brozen at UCLA’s Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies specializes in pedestrian and bike planning. She says there isn’t much “red on right” safety data, but in New York City, where you cannot turn at a red light, they experimented with restrictions on left turns. “They found that having a left turn restriction — so either blocking it or making sure [turns are allowed] only on an arrow — it reduced injuries of people walking or biking by 41%.” 

Cannabis analysis lights the way for better policy | Forbes

UCLA’s Cannabis Research Initiative (UCLA-CRI) is also dedicated to producing scientific knowledge about “the therapeutic potential and health risks of cannabis on the body, brain, and mind.”

Schools aren’t so inclusive to opponents of abortion | San Francisco Chronicle Opinion

According to a 2017 survey by scholars at UCLA, an increasing number of schools have become “hostile environments for racial and religious minorities.” The report focused especially on attacks against Muslims, who received slurs and threats in the months after Trump called for a ban on Muslim travel to the United States.

California may extend Medicaid to undocumented immigrants | Pacific Standard

California’s expansion, even watered down, could help close this coverage gap: 90 percent of low-income undocumented adults in California are uninsured, a University of California–Los Angeles analysis has found. As a result, they’re more likely to have less access to care or worse care than their native-born counterparts.

Consortium gets up to $35 million to fight deadly viruses | San Diego Union Tribune

Ollmann Saphire [leader of the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Immunotherapeutic Consortium] is working closely with Anne Rimoin, a public health researcher at UCLA. Rimoin directs labs at UCLA and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where an Ebola outbreak is located.

Swiss court blocks Italy’s bid for possible da Vinci portrait | Reuters

There is discussion among art experts about whether it is really a da Vinci. Carlo Pedretti, a da Vinci expert and professor at the University of California Los Angeles before he died last year, told media in 2015 its origins merited more study but could not confirm whether da Vinci was involved in painting it.

Joe Biden accuser reveals details of her new talk show | Hollywood Reporter

Flores is hoping her new show can help address the shortage of Latinx representation onscreen. Latinx characters made up only 5.2 percent of speaking film roles in 2017 despite making up nearly 18 percent of the population, according to a February diversity report from UCLA.

How diet affects brain health and mood | South China Morning Post

Emeran Mayer, a gastroenterologist, neuroscientist and professor in the departments of medicine, physiology and psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California in Los Angeles, is a pioneer of medical research into brain-gut interactions. He says that broader acceptance of the concept of interactions between the brain and the gut in the medical community is leading to a renewed interest in diet in the treatment of mental health disorders.

Poverty, isolation drive students away from rural California schools | EdSource

The Butte County Office of Education, along with its counterpart in Orange County and the UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools, is leading a project, funded by a $15-million state grant, to develop programs and strategies aimed at creating better school climates and keeping students in school.