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Give California’s college students vaccine priority | Los Angeles Times

(Commentary by UCLA’s Jennifer Mnookin and Eileen Strempel) Faculty, staff and students need to be given access to the vaccine sooner rather than later so that a full university life can resume in the fall. We aren’t arguing that students should be at the front of the vaccine line. They should stand behind the elderly, at-risk front-line workers and those at elevated health risk.

3 ways to maintain anti-racist practices at work | Inc.

D&I boards tend to comprise people who experience the harm and inequity in the workplace. “You don’t want to overtax them because there’s this thing called the minority tax — the stress that minorities often feel when they’re asked to engage in this work repeatedly,” says Julian A. McNeil, an organizational development consultant who collaborates with Slater — and the first Anti-Racism Program Manager at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Californians urged to help conserve power after storms in Texas, Midwest | KCBS-TV

“In a certain part of the region, you have a shortage. The shortage is over electricity, but also energy. So if you think about it, if California consumes less power, with these interconnects between these three grids, you can send power,” said UCLA’s Rajit Gadh (approx. 1:25 mark).

Tech workers seek unions – and a voice | Christian Science Monitor

During the financial crisis of 2008, these young people saw “their own families lose their homes or their friends’ families losing homes,” says Toby Higbie, a professor of history and labor studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. “They saw all that ripped away and realized that [organizing] was the only way to advance their own interests.”

From Lagos to Los Angeles: An African art gallery arrives | New York Times

“It’s a gallery from Lagos that wants to show more artists who are working on the continent,” said Marla C. Berns, the director of the Fowler Museum at UCLA. “That in itself is an accomplishment.”

Facts about the COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy | Well + Good

“Since neither vaccine contains live virus and mRNA does not integrate into the human DNA genome, there is no theoretical reason to assume there is a risk to pregnant women or their fetuses,” says Timothy Brewer, M.D., professor of medicine and epidemiology at UCLA. “However, there are no data.”

UCLA study highlights disparities in COVID care in California | KABC-TV

“Fifty-five percent of California’s essential workforce identify as Latino. When we think about who our workers are right now, and the fact that they’re on our front lines, saving American lives, we know that they’re not over the age of sixty-five. They deserve access to the vaccine,” said UCLA’s Sonja Diaz (approx. 1:20 mark).

Black, Latino residents vaccinated at much lower rates than whites | The State

Vickie Mays, a public health professor at UCLA whose research focuses on racial health disparities, said it’s important to acknowledge the legitimate concerns African Americans have about the COVID-19 vaccine rather than blaming them for having questions about its safety. “I think vaccine hesitancy is a term that should get out of all the media’s vocabulary,” she said, adding that framing African Americans as overly hesitant to receive the vaccine stigmatizes them for behaving as any astute patient should.

McDonald’s franchisee fined for firing workers voicing safety concerns | Los Angeles Times

Tia Koonse, a legal and policy research manager at the UCLA Labor Center, said that it’s rare for the state to fine employers for retaliation and that the many months it typically takes to investigate complaints can discourage workers from voicing concerns. “Retaliation cases are notoriously really, really difficult,” she said. “The workers know it’s going to take a very long time for their employer to be held accountable and to get reinstated.”

Did L.A.’s COVID-19 hospital surge cause unnecessary deaths? | Los Angeles Times

There are other places in the world where experts suspect hospital overcrowding contributed to a high mortality rate, such as in Wuhan, China and in northern Italy in the early months of the pandemic, said Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, medical epidemiologist and infectious diseases expert at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. (UCLA’s Marcia Santini was also quoted.)

Vaccine rollout leaves high-risk workers behind | Los Angeles Times

Some experts say a shift to prioritizing older populations is a more efficient way to administer vaccines than to try to parse the various groups of essential workers. Dr. David Eisenman, director of the Center for Public Health and Disasters at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, said it was necessary to help reduce the strain on hospitals quickly.

Elementary school program helps keep students fit during pandemic | KABC-TV

Experts say once children return to class, it will take some time for them to settle into a new routine after a year away from school. “We expect any change is difficult for children, for all of us actually. But especially children where routine and structure are so important to their emotional well-being,” said UCLA psychiatrist Dr. Jena Lee.

Cable channel’s inclusion initiative backed by UCLA study | The Hollywood Reporter

The premium cabler is launching its #TakeTheLead initiative, which begins with revealing the results of a study it commissioned UCLA’s Center for Scholars & Storytellers to conduct. Analyzing all Starz scripted original series that aired or will air from January 2020 through December 2021 (and including shows in production as of this month), the CSS study found that Starz’s slate hit above industry averages in several categories. (Also: Variety, The Wrap and Deadline.)

Behind NRA’s fall, the high cost of betrayal | Christian Science Monitor

In the past four years, a saga of lawsuits, scandals, and most recently bankruptcy filing, has painted the association as insular and self-interested. Even if it survives, says Adam Winkler, a gun rights expert at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, it has lost the faith of many in the gun rights community, who feel abandoned by their once saving grace.

Suffering from insomnia? Try these tips | NBC’s “Today”

“We know that people are sleeping differently now than they did in the pre-pandemic era,” Jennifer Martin, Ph.D., author of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of insomnia and a professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, told TODAY. She said studies have found that during the pandemic, people are spending more time in bed, but the quality of their sleep is worse.

Have one autoimmune disease? You may be at risk for another | U.S. News and World Report

But genetics are just part of the equation. Exposure to environmental factors may actually flip the switch to cause an autoimmune condition. “The thinking goes that there’s got to be an environmental trigger to push the immune system in the direction of autoimmunity,” says Dr. Matthew Freeby, an endocrinologist and director of the UCLA Gonda Diabetes Center.