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Her family left Mexico when she was 5. Now she’s going to UCLA medical school | Fresno Bee Opinion 

“After graduating from college, I returned to Fresno to work with UCSF Fresno’s Doctors Academy to increase students’ knowledge of academic opportunities,” said Leilani Gutierrez-Palominos. “Programs like the Doctors Academy are changing lives and creating even playing fields. Thanks in large part to the Doctors Academy, I will now be attending the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine on a merit-based David Geffen Scholarship, which covers all of my medical education-related expenses. The mentorship at the UCSF Fresno Sunnyside High School Doctors Academy led me to this point. Now, I am on my way to medical school this fall. While I am very early on my path to becoming a physician, I look forward to serving humble communities, like the ones I come from.”

A rogue country could take planet-hacking into its own hands to alter the climate; some worry it could lead to war | Business Insider

“Climate change is getting worse,” Ted Parson, an environmental law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, told Business Insider, “which is why it’s necessary to talk about geoengineering right now.” … “There aren’t single interventions that change things forever,” Parson said. “This isn’t like Doctor Evil pulling great big handle in his island lair and that’s it.”

U.K. austerity has exacerbated racial inequality, says U.N. expert | Bloomberg

“The structural socio-economic exclusion of racial and ethnic minority communities in the United Kingdom is striking,” E. Tendayi Achiume, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on racism and human rights said in a report released on Friday. “Reliable reports have shown that the austerity measures have been disproportionately detrimental to members of racial and ethnic minority communities, who are also the hardest hit by unemployment,” said Achiume, an assistant professor at UCLA School of Law.

Trade wars and tariff-mania: an investor survival guide | Forbes

A team from UCLA, Yale, The National Bureau of Economic Research and the Columbia University Graduate School of Business concluded: “U.S. tariffs favored sectors located in politically competitive counties, but retaliatory tariffs offset the benefits to those counties. We find that tradeable-sector workers in heavily Republican counties were the most negatively affected by the trade war.”

Study defines areas of trouble, suggests improvements, for women working in animation | Forbes

With regard to the pipeline from classroom to career, within the five esteemed animation educational programs located in the United States, which include University of Southern California, UCLA, and CalArts, over half of those enrolled were female. 65% of students participating in undergraduate and graduate programs were females in 2016. In 2018, that figure was 69%.

What’s the right age to quit maths? | BBC News

Not everyone agrees you need a maths brain to see its value. Dimitri Shlyakhtenko, the director of pure and applied mathematics at California’s UCLA, earned his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley at age 22. He argues the problem is not with maths, but how it is taught. “Calculus in and of itself is an incredibly stupid thing,” Prof. Shlyakhtenko says. But if you see maths as a style of thinking instead of the memorisation of times tables, he adds, it becomes “a life skill that enables everything.”

Nearly 40% of LGBTQ youth have contemplated suicide: report | Rolling Stone

When the Williams Institute, a pro-LGBTQ think tank at UCLA, released a report in 2018 estimating that nearly 700,000 people had undergone conversion therapy in the U.S., Brinton says the impact of those findings was “transformative.” Since the report’s publication, nine states have moved to ban orientation change efforts.

Here’s how city dwellers can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming | Los Angeles Times

That can be a challenge, since many people want to keep up with ever-changing trends, said Stephanie Pincetl, director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA, who was not involved in the report. Pincetl recommends buying high-quality items that will last a long time. “It sounds like deprivation, but it’s also a way to make your consumption much more thoughtful.”

Unprecedented heat wave to finally end in San Francisco | San Francisco Chronicle

“While June heatwaves are not rare in more inland portions of California, the searing temperatures experienced this week along the immediate coastline are extremely rare — if not historically unprecedented in some places,” said Daniel Swain, a climate researcher at UCLA and the author of the Weather West blog.

Conversion therapy provider must dissolve, pay millions, judge rules | NBC News

Although the Williams Institute, a pro-LGBTQ think tank at UCLA, has estimated that more 700,000 Americans have been subjected to efforts to change their sexual orientation or gender identity, the practice remains legal in 32 states. No state has banned conversion therapy on LGBTQ individuals over the age of 18.

Study identifies more effective method for detecting prostate cancer | The London Economic

In the new three-year study, published in JAMA Surgery, a strategy combining both sampling methods led to the detection of up to 33 per cent more cancers than standard methods. Study senior author Dr Leonard Marks said the findings could help lead to an important change in how prostate biopsies are performed. Dr Marks, of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, said: “Our research suggests that the different biopsy methods identify different tumours. “To maximise our ability to identify prostate cancer, we need to take advantage of all the information we can. “Our cancer detection rate, while using different methods in tandem, surpasses that from using either method alone. In this case, one plus one equals three.” (Also: KCAL-TV)

Trump Administration rule would undo health care protections for LGBTQ patients | California Healthline

California has the second-highest percentage of transgender adults of any state, after Hawaii, according to a 2016 report from the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy at UCLA’s law school.

California’s highest rates of chronic absenteeism are in rural areas | Chico News and Review

The Butte County Office of Education, along with its counterpart in Orange County and the UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools, is leading a project, funded by a $15 million state grant, to develop programs and strategies aimed at creating better school climates and keeping students in school.

President Trump exerts executive privilege over the Census | KCRW-FM’s “Press Play”

“Obviously we don’t know the specific details. But the concern, and what motivates the interest here, is that there might have been discussions, particularly between the Commerce and Justice departments, about how an additional question put on the Census form might encourage — or discourage, I should say — certain communities from announcing themselves,” said UCLA’s Jon Michaels. (Audio download)

New tool can pinpoint origins of the gut’s bacteria | Scienmag

A UCLA-led research team has developed a faster and more accurate way to determine where the many bacteria that live in, and on, humans come from. Broadly, the tool can deduce the origins of any microbiome, a localized and diverse community of microscopic organisms… “The microbiome has been linked to many aspects of human physiology and health, yet we are just in the early stages of understanding the clinical implications of this dynamic web of many species and how they interact with each other,” said Eran Halperin, the study’s principal investigator who holds UCLA faculty appointments in the Samueli School of Engineering and in the David Geffen School of Medicine.