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UCLA receives $25M gift from head of Japanese retail giant Uniqlo | Associated Press
The University of California, Los Angeles has received a $25 million donation from Tadashi Yanai, the founder and CEO of Japanese clothing giant Uniqlo, the school announced today. Yanai’s gift is the largest from an individual donor in the history of UCLA’s humanities division, according to the school.… “Thanks to his generosity, UCLA will lead the way in research and teaching in Japanese humanities, bringing new attention to a rich culture that has captured people’s imaginations for centuries,” said David Schaberg, UCLA’s dean of humanities. (Also: Los Angeles Business Journal)
Turning carbon into concrete could win UCLA team a climate victory — and $6.5 million | Los Angeles Times
The UCLA team is one of 10 vying for the NRG COSIA Carbon XPrize, an international competition to see who can turn the most CO2 into valuable products…. “It’s very hard to incentivize people to just do things out of altruism,” said Emily Carter, an expert on sustainable energy technologies at UCLA. But “if people can make money,” she said, “it’ll happen without government intervention.”
Mysterious, dusty objects are swarming the Milky Way’s core | Scientific American
Published today in the journal Nature, a new study reports an additional four so-called G-objects in the Milky Way’s center. And just like G1 and G2, they are cosmic chimeras…. The study’s lead author, Anna Ciurlo of the University of California, Los Angeles, worked with her colleagues to spot the new objects in 13 years of galactic-center data gathered by an instrument on one of the twin Keck telescopes situated atop Hawaii’s dormant volcano Mauna Kea. Initially, she says, she was studying how SgrA* influences the gas near the galactic center. “But then we kept on finding these very compact objects,” she says. “They were not behaving like a gas cloud—they would not get stretched; they would not get eaten by the black hole itself. They were orbiting around the black hole as a star would.” (Also: C/net)
When cancer survivor visits hospital, ‘it’s all about the kids’ | Washington Post Perspective
(Third item) After a background check, he was accepted as a volunteer in the Chase Child Life Program at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. For nine years, Steckelman has donned his volunteer uniform — khaki pants, sneakers and a white shirt with a blue hospital jacket — to spend Sunday mornings with the kids at UCLA.
“Among the candidates who remain, many are very good on minority outreach and standing up for people of color, but there is absolutely no replacement for actual candidate diversity ... on the most important stage,” says UCLA political science professor Matt Barreto, a co-founder of the polling group Latino Decisions.
When Japan lost its main aircraft carriers in the Battle of Midway seven months after Pearl Harbor, any thought of a mainland invasion “was doomed and abandoned,” Fred Notehelfer told us. ”Certainly the Japanese were not constrained by the notion that some Americans had guns in their homes — no one had AK-47s and other assault weapons at the time,” added Notehelfer, an emeritus professor of history at UCLA who specializes in the history of Japan.
Top 10 books about trouble in Los Angeles | The Guardian (U.K.)
“Your House Will Pay” is based on the murder of Latasha Harlins, a 15-year-old black girl who was shot by a Korean shopkeeper less than two weeks after the Rodney King beating. The killer was convicted of voluntary manslaughter but received no jail sentence. In “The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins,” UCLA professor Brenda Stevenson details this tragic case and its role in the riots. An indispensable book.
FDA approves new insomnia drug Dayvigo | Everyday Health
Dayvigo belongs to a class of sleeping pills known as orexin receptor antagonists; Belsomra (suvorextant) is another example. They work by acting on the molecules that promote wakefulness in the brain, explains Alon Y. Avidan, MD, MPH, professor and vice chair in the department of neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine and director of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center in Los Angeles. “The majority of medications people use for insomnia target the sleep centers in the brain.”
What a right to health could mean for the U.S. | The Hill Opinion
(Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Jody Heymann, Amy Raub and Aleta Sprague) Amidst the ongoing constitutional battles over impeachment, let’s not lose sight of another constitutional debate that could affect the health of tens of millions of Americans. On Friday, state attorneys general and plaintiffs weighed in on whether the Supreme Court should expedite its latest review of the Affordable Care Act’s constitutionality. This week, the Supreme Court is expected to decide whether to fast-track the case. Whether or not all Americans can get health insurance and affordable health care lies in the balance.