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Catherine Opie’s work is more urgent now than ever | New York Times

While she has long made work that feels ahead of its time, in this digital age, she notes, our engagement with politics and photographs is prone to more rapid shifts. “Six or seven years ago, I asked my class what a meme was, and I was so embarrassed,” says Opie, who has taught photography at the University of California, Los Angeles, for almost two decades. She hopes to continue teaching for a few more years, offering guidance to students who increasingly question photography’s place in an image-saturated world.

L.A. vows to void 2 million court citations and warrants. Homeless people will benefit most | Los Angeles Times

Gary Blasi, a retired UCLA professor who specializes in researching homelessness, said erasing warrants and citations will have significant impact on people who can see a bench warrant spiral into a situation that prevents them from getting a job or housing. L.A. officials “saw the reality they were spending a lot of resources,” Blasi said. “If you are going to spend police resources on misdemeanors, it makes sense to prioritize.”

Astronomers find our second interstellar visitor looks like the locals | Scientific American

An early attempt at measuring the cometary nucleus will come from David Jewitt of the University of California, Los Angeles, who has been awarded observing time on Hubble in mid-October. “The main science objective is to try to pick out the nucleus from the coma [the dust and gas surrounding the nucleus],” he says. Jewitt notes that getting a better handle on the size of 2I/Borisov will tell us more about other interstellar objects in the galaxy, too. “When we have some estimate [for the mass], we’ll be able to say something about the mass of these bodies spread through the whole galaxy.”

L.A. Police open ‘homicide library’ to help solve cold cases | Associated Press

Officials said Wednesday the library will house files for more than 15,000 cases to create a centralized database for what detectives call “murder books.” … Authorities will hold a news conference to dedicate the library, which will also help researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, who are studying methods that can be used during investigations.

Warren turns corporate criticism into bona fides in 2020 race | Associated Press

“In the general election, the same people who kind of are not thrilled with Elizabeth Warren, this will not make them any more thrilled with her,” said Tim Groeling, a UCLA communication studies professor whose research focuses on political communication and new media. “But the moderates aren’t going to be voting in the primary.”

Martin Bernheimer, tartly eloquent music critic, dies at 83 | New York Times

He won the prestigious Ascap Deems Taylor Award for writing about music twice, in 1974 and 1978, and served successively on the faculties of the University of Southern California, the University of California, Los Angeles, and other nearby colleges.

Juul hires ‘political dark arts’ firm led by ex-Clinton campaign director in its fight for survival | CNBC 

Edward Walker, a sociology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who studies corporate lobbying, said his research shows that companies tend to mobilize their customers when they face significant policy threats or are involved in controversial issues. Juul fits both. “This is an incredibly widespread thing,” Walker said in an interview. “I think Juul is in the perfect scenario to be using this because it’s both kind of a start-up and it’s also talking about a controversial, highly regulated substance.”

Wayne Fitzgerald, the king of movie title sequences from ‘Godfather’ to ‘Chinatown,’ dies at 89 | Los Angeles Times

Fitzgerald won three Emmys from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, of which he was a two-term governor representing title designers. He also was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. During his career he lectured at UCLA and the American Film Institute, and after retirement, taught at ArtCenter College of Design.

Student strikers recall their 1951 protest and urge that its role in Brown v. Board not be forgotten | The 74

But in the very state that led the charge to desegregate schools in America, history is beginning to repeat itself. In 2010, 6 percent of Virginia schools were “intensely segregated,” according to a 2013 report by the University of California, Los Angeles’s Civil Rights Project. That figure was just half that — 3 percent — two decades prior in 1989.

Judge sides with Harvard on affirmative action case | Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Gary Orfield, Distinguished Research Professor of education, law, political science and urban planning and co-director of the Civil Rights Project at University of California, Los Angeles hailed the decision as a victory. “It’s a pretty sweeping victory for affirmative action and a rejection of the idea that there is discrimination against Asians going on at Harvard, and respect for the fact that university admissions is a complicated process and admissions officers that are implementing affirmative action plans tend to be very conscientious about doing the very best to be fair to everyone,” said Orfield. “I think it’s a strong decision.”

What would it be like to live in an era of geoengineering? | Gizmodo

Holly Jean Buck, a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA who studies emerging environmental technologies, believes that geoengineering strategies are being too quickly dismissed by environmental activists. Although Buck focuses primarily on CCS she believes that solar geoengineering deserves more publicly funded research as a fail-safe measure, too. “There is sometimes a hope among environmentalists and social justice advocates that confronting climate change will itself bring about social transformation — that it will flip us into a new narrative that could take on the climate pollution challenge,” Buck writes in her new book, “After Geoengineering: Climate Tragedy, Repair, and Restoration.”