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Immigrant twins who picked grapes in California graduate from medical school one day apart | CBS News

There is no one path to graduation — and no pair knows that better than Octavio and Omar Viramontes, twin brothers who graduated from Harvard and UCLA Medical school, respectively, just one day apart…. “When I saw that UCLA had offered me admission, a full-ride scholarship, I was very ecstatic,” Omar said.

Garages — the new affordable houses? | BBC

Donald Shoup, urban planning professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who worked on the garage project with Anne Brown, estimates it costs around $80,000 to convert a garage into a flat. Before the laws were relaxed in California, many of those illegal conversions led to electrical fires, as the buildings weren’t necessarily up to city standards. Now, the relaxed permits allow residents to do this in a safer (and legal) way.

Potentially deadly valley fever is hitting California farmworkers hard, worrying researchers | NBC News

Dr. Royce Johnson, director of the Valley Fever Institute and professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, said 60 percent of valley fever cases are misinterpreted as the flu and go undiagnosed.

Rise of delivery drones has cities asking who owns airspace | Reuters Analysis

Under U.S. law, the federal government claims “exclusive sovereignty of airspace” in the country, but where that line starts has always been fuzzy, said Stuart Banner, law professor and property expert at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Landowners also own the airspace above their land. Otherwise it wouldn’t be possible to build houses or anything else above the ground,” he said. At the same time, “there’s no clear answer as to how high a landowner’s airspace rights extend,” Banner added.

If you don’t save enough, perhaps you have ‘exponential growth bias’ | Wall Street Journal

(Article by UCLA’s Shlomo Benartzi) Furthermore, research I conducted with Dan Goldstein of Microsoft Research and Hal Hershfield, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, has shown that exposing people to their projected monthly income in retirement (rather than a lump sum) can make people even more likely to boost their savings rate, at least when the lump sum is modest. This suggests that individuals understand dollar amounts better than interest rates, and that everyday dollar amounts are best of all.

This economy is not aging gracefully | New York Times Analysis

For all the hype about Silicon Valley’s explosive entrepreneurship, there are fewer young companies entering the marketplace now than there were a generation ago. Hugo Hopenhayn of the University of California, Los Angeles, and colleagues argue that this is caused in large part by a declining labor supply.

California’s wildfire season is starting and officials are bracing for the worst | Guardian

It is difficult to predict how bad the rest of this fire season will be based on the number of fires so far, said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Our worst fire years aren’t necessarily the years that we’ve had the highest number of fires,” he noted. “All it takes is one – one huge, destructive fire to ruin the whole year.”

U.S. voters: Age matters in presidential candidates | VOA

A recent public opinion survey found that Americans have concerns about the age of presidential candidates. The survey is connected to the Williams Institute at UCLA. It found that voters are more likely to reject a candidate over 70 years old than one who is homosexual.

Affording college a top worry among California voters | EdSource

Cecilia Rios-Aguilar, an associate professor at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and the lead author of the brief, said the report’s analysis offers a more in-depth look than the February poll of how views on on college affordability vary across the state. “For me, this was a great opportunity to really understand our state and its needs in more nuanced ways,” Rios-Aguilar said.

‘Amphibia’ creator wants kids to feel seen with his Thai American heroine | Los Angeles Times

Although Anne’s heritage is not the main focus of the series, it is significant because minorities are continually underrepresented in Hollywood. A recent UCLA study found that only 3.4% of roles in the top films of 2017 were Asian or Asian American. On the TV side, just 4.6% of scripted broadcast TV roles and 3% of scripted cable TV roles were Asian or Asian American during the 2016-2017 season, according to the same study.

Will climate change kill everyone — or just lots and lots of people? | Vox

“While there is plenty of scientific evidence that climate change will pose increasingly existential threats to the most vulnerable individuals in society and to key global ecosystems,” wrote UCLA researcher Daniel Swain, “even these dire outcomes aren’t equivalent to the ‘annihilation of intelligent life,’ as is claimed in the report.”

Jared Diamond’s ‘Upheaval’ reviewed: nations at the turning point | Wall Street Journal

Mr. [Jared] Diamond, a professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles, seeks to investigate how “nations undergo national crises, which may or may not get resolved successfully through national changes.” His purpose is not merely diagnostic but curative: He aims to outline how crises come about and, not least, how they may be overcome.

Father of three graduating from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management wants to inspire others to follow their dreams | KMEX-TV

Álvaro Yanes, who migrated from Honduras to the U.S. at the age of 9, assures that that his objective has always been pursuing a higher education and that having a family was not an obstacle in accomplishing his goal. “This is something I didn’t do on my own. My wife helped me so much… and I think this is a family effort much more than an individual accomplishment,” Yanes said. (Translated from Spanish)

How we’re still reckoning with O.J. Simpson and ‘the trial of the century,’ 25 years later | WBUR-FM

Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, professor of law at Columbia Law School and the University of California, Los Angeles … joined On Point to discuss the series of events that changed the way Americans talk about race, fame, sex and law — and how it all resonates today. “For many people, race was in the mix from the very beginning.… I don’t know if people remember that Time magazine cover that showed a darkened picture of O.J. Simpson that came long before the trial started. That made a real splash, so to speak, in the racial discourse,” said Crenshaw.

Taylor Guitars’ ‘Ebony Project’ continues to save trees in Africa | San Diego Union-Tribune

The institute’s founding co-director Thomas Smith is a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA. Smith has worked in Cameroon with the institute for more than 30 years and is also the founding director of the Center for Tropical Research, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA.

‘We hold some power’: How three Latino-led shows are shaking up summer TV | USA Today

Still, Latinos continue to struggle for representation on TV, making up just 6.2% of all roles on broadcast scripted shows, according to a diversity report published by UCLA in February.

The power of community | KCRW-FM’s “Zócalo’s Connecting California”

Josiah Royce isn’t mentioned much in California schools any more. If we know him at all, it’s for the Romanesque building at UCLA that bears his name. The historian and philosopher died more than 100 years ago, but his intense focus on local community feels very new again in 21st Century California, according to Zócalo commentator Joe Mathews. He says Royce speaks deeply to our obsessions with health, inequality, equity, and politics in the places where we live.

Peptides that mimic ‘good cholesterol’ reverse inflammatory bowel disease in mice | Medical Xpress

UCLA researchers studied mice that had been genetically engineered to develop molecular changes, inflammation and symptoms similar to that seen in people with Crohn’s disease. The team detailed how IBD developed in these mice, pinpointing some new key pathways and molecules in the process.