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Kindness fever strikes L.A., from homeless singer to a new UCLA institute | USA Today

The public institution [UCLA] announced a global first: it would use a $20 million alumnus donation to start the UCLA Bedari Kindness Institute, an interdisciplinary effort aimed at researching ways in which showing kindness benefits both individuals and society…. If that sounds quintessentially California kooky, UCLA evolutionary anthropology professor Daniel Fessler would like to disabuse you of that notion. “People hear the word kindness and think we’ll be sitting around in circles, holding hands and changing the world by smelling flowers,” says Fessler, who was selected to run the new institute. “We are the opposite of that. This is a scientific effort.” Fessler says professors and even students at the university can apply for grants in a range of disciplines as long as their focus involves the influence of kindness, which he defines as a selfless action whose sole purpose is to improve the beneficiary’s welfare.

CicLAvia Street Festival celebrates UCLA’s 100th anniversary | KCBS-TV

The street festival CicLAvia will celebrate UCLA’s centennial Sunday by taking over parts of Westlake, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Boyle Heights, and downtown Los Angeles, where UCLA originally began as a teachers college. (Also: KABC-TV, KNBC-TV, Los Angeles Downtown News)

It may be time for standard breast cancer treatment to change | Forbes

“Increasing overall survival is the hardest endpoint to move,” said lead researcher Dr. Dennis Slamon, chair of hematology/oncology and director of Clinical/Translational Research at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. “We’re also seeing that the time of progression-free survival is the longest yet reported for any of the drugs in this class. And even when patients are off the drug, the effect seems to be long-lasting in terms of the benefit. It’s important because this means we are helping women live longer and have a better quality of life.”

Inaugural ‘Fine Cut’ student workshop inspires young filmmakers | KCET-TV

Animation students from schools like Cal Arts and UCLA were given the chance to talk to mentors like Jill Gilbert, the Head of Creative Affairs at Luma Pictures, Brendan Burch, Student Committee Chair Women in Animation/CEO and Executive Producer of Six Point Harness, Monica Lago-Kaytis, Producer and CEO of Frogbot Films and the producing team for some of Disney’s classics, and Arielle Rosenstein an animator at Dreamworks Pictures. Gilbert said she was impressed with the diversity of the questions, ranging from how to stand out with an online job application and understanding work/life balance.

San Diego native wins MacArthur ‘Genius’ grant | KPBS-FM

For the last 20 years, [Kelly] Lytle Hernández, a UC San Diego grad and history professor at UCLA, has been on a quest to find the origins of immigrant detention and mass incarceration in the U.S. This week, the MacArthur Foundation recognized her for her work with a 2019 MacArthur Fellowship, commonly referred to as the “Genius Grant.” She is one of 26 recipients. Lytle Hernández joined Midday Edition on Thursday to discuss her research and what the award means to her.

Iranian mothers can now pass on citizenship to children in ‘huge win’ for campaigners | Independent (U.K.)

“The state has to increasingly pay attention to them over time,” said Kevan Harris, a sociologist specialising in Iran at the University of California in Los Angeles. “And not all of these families are poor. There is a rising Afghan-headed middle class.”

Defining ‘things of value’ in Ukrainian scandal | BuzzFeed

Eugene Volokh, a First Amendment expert at the UCLA School of Law, wrote that a broad interpretation of “things of value” in that type of situation could violate the free speech rights of both U.S. citizens and noncitizens in the country, however.