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A flashing mystery is unfolding at the center of the Milky Way | Popular Science

“It was so bright you could see it in real time,” says Andrea Ghez, the principal investigator of the Galactic Center Group at UCLA, which recorded the activity. “It was very clear that something was up this year.” (UCLA’s Tuan Do also mentioned) (Also: CNN, CBS News, USA Today, Gizmodo, Daily Mail [U.K.)])

UCLA’s Film & Television archive has a classical yet state-of-the-art home in Santa Clarita | Los Angeles Daily News

When you’ve got more than 450,000 films, TV shows and other moving image materials, almost all of them in their original photochemical or video formats, you’ve got to store all that stuff somewhere. UCLA’s Film & Television Archive does. And it keeps that vast and varied collection of films that date back from 1889 to recent blockbusters at a monumental facility in Santa Clarita that combines state-of-the-art preservation technology with awesome, classical beauty…. “We have 120 vaults” for storing decomposition-prone and highly flammable nitrate film, the archive’s director Jan-Christopher Horak said as an elevator took us 35 feet underground. “Not only is this more efficient for energy conservation, it stays cooler.”

Lightning struck near the North Pole 48 times. It’s not normal | National Geographic

“It has been an extraordinary year and an extraordinary summer in the far north,” says Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles. Weird things are happening in the Arctic, and quirky lightning is yet another peculiarity to add to the growing list…. “This is a year of extraordinary warmth and lack of sea ice throughout the Arctic,” he says, and those unusual preconditions may have in part set the stage for lightning.

As California’s recycling industry struggles, companies and consumers are forced to adapt | Los Angeles Times

Even during the days when China absorbed the bulk of American recyclables, much of what they purchased wasn’t actually recycled. After more desirable materials were gleaned, the bulk of it was burned or landfilled, according to David Colgan, director of communications at the Institute of Environment and Science at UCLA…. “We need to stop looking at recycling as a primary solution to our waste problem,” said Colgan of UCLA.

UCLA professor talks about climate change | KCBS-TV

“What this project allows us to do is to take a really comprehensive view using genomic tools — these are the cutting-edge genetic tools that are helping humans and helping wildlife — use those genomic tools in a very synthetic way to be able to ask what populations in plants and animals are going to be best able to adapt to climate change and to deal with that climate change. And then we can use that information to deal with those plants and animals,” said UCLA’s Bradley Shaffer.

Screen all adult patients for drug use, national panel urges | New York Times

“We don’t want doctors and nurses to get hung up on one tool or another,” said Dr. Carol Mangione, an author of the proposals who is a professor of medicine and public health at the University of California Los Angeles. “Just that they do it.”

Half the movies at Toronto Film Festival are made by women | Irish Times

The latest diversity report from the University of California, Los Angeles, showed progress, but confirmed that women are still dramatically unrepresented in most areas of production. The report found that women made gains in seven of 12 key positions, but, despite all efforts, managed to fall back in three categories. In one crucial area, the lag is still appalling. The UCLA report found that only 12.6 per cent of film directors were women.

Scientists uncover more autism genes | HealthDay

The findings improve understanding of how genetic variants or mutations are passed from parents to children with autism, said co-lead author Elizabeth Ruzzo, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). “When we look at parents of autistic children and compare them to individuals without autism, we find that those parents carry significantly more, rare and highly damaging gene variants,” Ruzzo said in a UCLA news release. (UCLA’s Daniel Geschwind also quoted)

Common ADHD medication may affect white matter in boys’ brains | Healthline

“Based on our long clinical data for many years there is no current knowledge that there are significant negative effects on the brain development of children with ADHD treated with methylphenidate,” [UCLA’s Dr. Rolanda] Gott told Healthline.

Can live theater help spur climate action? | Pacific Standard

And yet, as [UCLA’s Neil] Berg admitted later in the evening, there’s only so much we can do. An insert in the program included a list of 10 ways everyone can fight climate change, including eating less meat, taking public transit, and generally using energy more wisely. Sure, everyone should do those things, Berg told the crowd. But honestly, even if everyone in California did so, “it wouldn’t make a dent” in the overall global problem, he said. It’s that big, and time is that short.

A Green New Deal would fail, just like the original New Deal | Los Angeles Daily News Opinion

Today, many economists and historians agree that these policies backfired. Harold L. Cole and Lee E. Ohanian of UCLA have shown that wage and price inflation actually made things worse for working-class Americans. In 1934, an average employee in the manufacturing industry brought home $18.93 a week for just under 35 hours of work. According to Cole and Ohanian, that wage was 23 percent higher than it would have otherwise been without government intervention.

Social media moderators: ‘I was diagnosed with night terrors’ | BBC’s “World Business Report”

“It’s my sense that this work has always been against the backdrop of an aspiration that, at some point, computation, automation, algorithms, AI, machine learning would be able to adequately overtake it and render the need for the human workforce moot,” said UCLA’s Sarah Roberts.

New Trump rules could deny green cards to immigrants on public assistance | Los Angeles Times

Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda, associate professor in UCLA’s department of Chicana and Chicano studies, said Trump’s new policies run directly against the concept of immigrant integration that propels the state’s and nation’s economy forward. Immigrant integration is an important public benefit to the state, he said. Labor participation rates among immigrants are extremely high, and public assistance is an important gateway to reaching integration, he added. (Also: CALmattersKCRW)

Trump crackdown on legal immigrants could damage California economy | Los Angeles Times

Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda, associate professor in the UCLA department of Chicana and Chicano studies, said Trump’s new public charge policies run directly against the concept of immigrant integration that propels the U.S. economy forward. “What California’s economy needs is to integrate immigrants as quickly as possible,” he said. “As soon as immigrants become legal and become citizens they dramatically increase their productivity and ability to add to the economy.”

Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide is unfathomable | Washington Post Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Harry Litman) Epstein’s death almost certainly means that astounding blunders occurred, perhaps by multiple personnel at the Bureau of Prisons. If any prisoner in the federal system should have been a candidate for suspicion of suicide, it was the high-profile and disgraced Epstein. All administrative and structural measures should have been in place to ensure it could not happen. And yet it apparently did. (Also: Matt Barreto on KPCC-FM’s “Air Talk”)

‘The Terror: Infamy’ is a step forward for depictions of Japanese-American internment | Time

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the government at the time disseminated footage that downplayed the hardship of life in the camps. “There was a newsreel from the War Relocation Authority that showed bathing facilities, exclaiming, ‘Bathtubs! All the comforts of home!’” Renee Tajima-Peña, a filmmaker and professor of Asian-American Studies at UCLA, tells TIME. “There were all these smiley people that were well-fed.”

Fighting school segregation in Sausalito | Los Angeles Times Opinion

“California is the most segregated for Latinos, where 58% attend intensely segregated schools, and the typical Latino student is in a school with only 15% white classmates,” the UCLA report said. That’s in part because of demographic shifts around the state, the report said, but it also stems from “the termination of desegregation efforts.”

New York eased gun law hopeful Supreme Court would drop Second Amendment case — but that hasn’t happened yet | Washington Post

“They’re human beings and this can’t help but color a little bit how they see this case,” said Adam Winkler, a UCLA law professor who has written extensively about Second Amendment litigation. On how to decide when a case is moot, he said, “I think the Supreme Court has enough wiggle room to go in either direction.”

Can 2020 Summer Olympics help Fukushima rebound from nuclear disaster? | Los Angeles Times

Housing subsidies that allowed evacuees to live elsewhere have been discontinued. But some towns remain nearly empty. “People are refusing to go back,” said Katsuya Hirano, a UCLA associate professor of history who has who has spent years collecting interviews for an oral history. “Especially families with children.”

Uber and Lyft add to our terrible traffic, but drivers should take a look in the mirror | LAist

“If [Lyft and Uber] have confessed to slowing you down while you are in traffic, then they have confessed to sharing in the crime that you are also committing,” said Michael Manville from UCLA’s Institute of Transportation Studies. “It’s fun to search for bogeymen, but the enemy here truly is us.”

New ethnic studies curriculum is getting backlash for being too PC | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“What we talk about when we create ethnic studies curriculum… is that we look at how ethnic studies can be a critical tool for diversifying and understanding the ways that all of us contribute to the United States — to its history, to its future — and the ways that often these marginalized groups that we are now trying to elevate in many respects have lived experiences worth knowing,” said UCLA’s Gaye Theresa Johnson. (Approx. 16:10)

The worth of a girl | Voice of America

More than 78,000 children in the United States are, or have been, married, says a new report by the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

19 healthy, high-fat foods to keep you full and satisfied | Self

“[Monosaturated fats] are among the healthiest of all fats,” Dana Hunnes, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., senior dietitian at UCLA Medical Center and adjunct assistant professor at the Fielding School of Public Health, tells SELF.