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Trump plans to revoke a key California environmental power; state officials vow to fight | Los Angeles Times

Other automakers, such as General Motors, have reportedly been interested in joining the agreement. The administration’s move to strip California of its authority to set its own emissions standards has been viewed by some of the president’s critics as retaliatory. “It’s clearly a big slap at California,” said Ann Carlson, a professor of environmental law at UCLA. “It does make you wonder whether there’s a motivation here that’s political rather than legal.” (Also: Ann Carlson interviewed on KCRW-FM; UCLA’s Julia Stein quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, Bloomberg and Scientific American)

Black hole study has people worried it’s going to swallow the Earth | Inverse

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) detected that on one particular day, May 13, the area around the black hole was twice as bright as the brightest it has ever been. Tuan Do, a researcher at UCLA and lead author of the study, remembers thinking that the source of the bright flash of light was so unusual that he thought it was a star. “On that night, I was just observing the stars around the black hole and there was this really bright source in the middle,” Do tells Inverse. “We’ve been looking at this black hole for years now and this was the first time I saw it doing this.”

Comedians are being hired by the hour to help dementia patients. Their goal? ‘A full belly laugh’ | Washington Post

About a year after Dani Klein Modisett moved her mother from Manhattan to an Alzheimer’s care center near her Los Angeles home in 2016, she noticed that her mom, then 84, was sad and withdrawn…. Modisett went home and made a few calls, and soon she had hired a stand-up comedian to visit her mom eight hours a week…. “After that visit, my mom became more engaged and started eating and laughing again,” said Modisett, who has taught comedy classes at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Who is Robert O’Brien, Trump’s pick for national security adviser? | CBS News

O’Brien, who received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his law degree from U.C. Berkeley, is the co-founding partner of Larson O'Brien LLP in Los Angeles. He also served in the Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps. (Also: Fox News)

Rare polka-dotted zebra foal photographed in Kenya | National Geographic

Tira and these other foals have a condition called pseudomelanism, a rare genetic mutation in which animals display some sort of abnormality in their stripe pattern, says Ren Larison, a biologist studying the evolution of zebra stripes at the University of California, Los Angeles…. Tira’s future is likely uncertain — most zebras with such unusual coloration probably don’t survive long, Larison notes. “Research on other species has shown that, while it is harder for a predator to target an individual in a group, it is easier if an individual is different,” she says.

Cornell to offer full rides to all medical students who qualify for financial aid | CNBC

And many other medical schools offer merit-based full-ride scholarships, including the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Colleges are training students to help peers at risk for suicide | Rewire

“A lot of times you may not ask a friend if they’re feeling bad because you don’t know what to do if they say they are,” said Mark Goulston, author, former University of California, Los Angeles professor and suicide specialist…. “Just like you should probably know CPR, you should probably know the suicide prevention landline number” so you can help someone in need, he said.

More evidence supports helmet use by cyclists | Reuters

It’s not clear why some people wore helmets and others did not, said study coauthor Shahrzad Bazargan-Hejazi, a researcher at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. But previous research has offered some clues, she said by email. “Non-users of the bike helmet are more likely to be less educated or aware of the protective nature of the helmet; to be risk-takers and have a perception that they can handle risky road situations; and consider wearing helmet not a practical thing to do, or not a cool thing to do,” Bazargan-Hejazi said.

Could Kavanaugh sue New York Times over allegation report? | Fox News

UCLA Law Professor Eugene Volokh was less optimistic about Kavanaugh’s chances against the Times, telling Law&Crime.com that the case would be a “loser” because he does not believe Kavanaugh could prove actual malice. Volokh also told the outlet that it would be a bad idea for Kavanaugh to keep the media’s attention on this. “This too shall pass as all news stories do,” Volokh said.

Carbon sequestration — the answer to all our problems? | Medium

Startups such as CO2Concrete based at the University of California, Los Angeles, have made great headway in this field. CO2Concrete turns carbon dioxide emissions into products that can replace traditional concrete, with a much lower carbon footprint. The technology is based on the concept of CO2 mineralization — the conversion of gaseous CO2 into solid mineral carbonates, e.g. CaCO3.

Trump in L.A., Carson gun ban, Sustain LA | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“If there’s a way for those big organizations through consumer pressure or through government regulation to change their practices, that also could make a massive impact on reducing our waste,” said UCLA’s David Colgan. (Approx. 27:48 mark)

Motion picture sound editors to honor Cece Hall with career achievement award | Deadline

[Cecelia “Cece”] Hall has worked on several iconic films in her career. In 1987, she received an Oscar nomination for sound editing on “Top Gun” and won the Oscar four years later for “The Hunt for Red October.” She served for many years as senior vice president for post-production sound at Paramount Pictures and currently teaches sound design at UCLA.

The genius next door: What legendary painter Richard Diebenkorn taught artist Tony Berlant | ARTnews

I was already impressed by the paintings of Dick Diebenkorn when I first saw him in a photograph through a magnifying glass in a magazine article that showed him in his studio. I saw a calm but determined alchemist. The image invoked for me the vision of an artist working in such a space finding pleasure in the ability to create art as a manifestation of oneself. Work that would not just exist but live on, filled with the presence of its maker. It was about three years later when we met. I was an undergraduate at the University of California, Los Angeles, taking summer classes in figure painting. Dick was the teacher, the annual famous visiting artist. The classes were intense. Figure drawing at eight o’clock in the morning, followed by two painting classes back-to-back, using the same model. Dick felt there was not enough time in the six weeks to work significantly with each student’s individual style so he thought it would be more productive to show us how he worked. The poses and surroundings were deliberately set up to be “Diebenkorn-like.” Each student had to complete a large painting every day.

Reiki: the science behind an ancient healing art | Medium

In an article published by UCLA Health in 2014, it was reported that “The Touchstone Process has evaluated 25 test studies that appeared in peer-review journals evaluating the merits of Reiki Treatments. Taking into consideration only the most rigorously controlled studies, the team reported that 83% showed moderate to strong evidence in support of Reiki as a viable, therapeutic healing modality.”