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Long before ‘Roma’s’ Yalitza Aparicio, Mexican TV and cinema often parodied indigenous people | Los Angeles Times

“This [stereotyping] is as old as film,” says Rubén Hernández-León, a UCLA sociology professor and director of the university’s Center for Mexican Studies. “If we think about film and TV as the media of the 20th century, it’s all throughout the 20th century in Mexico.”

Film preservation is an ever-changing, never-ending endeavor | Los Angeles Daily News

“Sometimes we have original negatives, sometimes we only have a 16-millimeter print, or we’ll have a fine-grain master that is made off the original negative but is a positive used to make a dupe negative,” said Jan-Christopher Horak, director of the UCLA Film & Television Archive, which with over 500,000 film and TV titles is the second largest preserved collection in the country, surpassed only by the Library of Congress’. “So we try to take the best material from all of the formats that we have and then, like a puzzle, put it back together the way that it first came out,” added Horak, whose archive displayed its latest works at last month’s biannual Festival of Preservation. (Also: Hollywood Reporter)

The software that shapes workers’ lives | New Yorker

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Miriam Posner) A few years ago, while teaching a class about global labor at the University of California, Los Angeles, I tried assigning my students the task of analyzing the “supply chain”— the vast network of factories, warehouses, and shipping conduits through which products flow — by tracing the components used in their electronic devices. Almost immediately, I hit a snag: it turns out that even companies that boast about “end-to-end visibility” and “supply-chain transparency” may not know exactly where their components come from. This ignorance is built into the way supply chains work.

A charter school report card | Los Angeles Times

UCLA education professor and researcher John Rogers said a school like Gabriella is a good example of the early imperative of charters — try something different and see if it works. But recent charter growth has been fueled more by a “Wild West” drive to compete with traditional schools for students, he said, without enough consideration of the impact or the goal of expanding the menu of innovative approaches. “I think when UTLA responds in a negative way, that’s where they’re right,” Rogers said. “Competition creates instability, and instability harms schools like the one in Pacoima.”

Medieval diseases are infecting California’s homeless | Kaiser Health News

The diseases sometimes get the “medieval” moniker because people in that era lived in squalid conditions without clean water or sewage treatment, says Jeffrey Klausner, a professor of medicine and public health at UCLA.

Retail workers struggle with erratic schedules | Boston Herald

A UCLA Labor Center study last March reported that 77 percent of retail workers surveyed got less than a week’s notice of their schedule, and 44 percent experienced “clopening.”

How one woman’s brush with death offers life’s lesson on heart disease | Daily Breeze

Dr. Minisha Kochar, a cardiologist at UCLA Medical Center, said the symptoms of heart disease present differently in men and women. While men might experience pain in their chest or radiating down their arm, symptoms in women can be more subtle such as dizzying and vomiting, Kochar said. One of her patients was experiencing jaw pain, which turned out to be the result of a 90 percent blockage in an artery, Kochar said. “It really takes a patient advocating for themselves and the doctor really listening to the patient’s symptoms and sending them to the appropriate test,” Kochar said.

What virtual reality animal experiments are revealing about the brain | Nature

In 2015, Mayank Mehta, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Los Angeles, reported that hippocampal neurons fired differently — and to a lesser extent — when rats explored a 2D VR system, compared with when the rodents walked around a real-world replica room. (Mehta printed patterns on the curtains of the room to re-create his VR set-up.) In the real world, says Mehta, the synchronized changing of tactile, smell and sound cues, together with the rat’s ability to move its head and body naturally, engages the animal’s navigational system in a different way from in the simulation.

Will the next recession be a self-fulfilling prophecy? | Quartz

There are a number of events which could be enough to tip the balance, says Roger Farmer, an economist at UCLA and the author of “Prosperity for All: How to Prevent Financial Crises.” “Slowing growth in China, political tensions with China, events in Europe which could easily trigger a recession in Europe that then spreads,” he says. “We’ve got the Brexit debate going on in the UK right now, plus turmoil in France, immigration issues everywhere. Any one of these things could panic markets at some point.”

UCLA’s Courtney Dean is a community builder | Library Journal

Courtney Dean is an archivist and community convener who oversees the Center for Primary Research and Training (CPRT) at UCLA Library’s Special Collections, an innovative fellowship program providing hands-on training in archival methodology to graduate students. Matching students’ skills and interests to archival collections, Dean has proven herself an attentive mentor and creative catalyst for engaging in critical archival work with programs such as Activating the Archive.

How to tackle student absenteeism | EducationNext

With the pressure on to reduce the number of school days missed, many schools have introduced attendance awards to incentivize students. A few years ago, we set out to test this strategy. Along with Jana Gallus at University of California, Los Angeles, and Monica Lee at Stanford University, we conducted a randomized controlled experiment involving 15,329 middle and high school students across 14 districts in California.

The parallels of female power in ancient Egypt and modern times | Phys.org

“Studying Egypt is a study of power, and specifically of how to maintain the power of the one over the many. That story also always includes examples of how women are used as tools to make sure the authoritarian regime flourishes. This is the most interesting part to me because then the whole tragedy of the study, of the book, is that this is not about feminism at all. It’s not about feminists moving forward, it’s not about the feminist agenda. It’s not about anything but protecting the status quo, the rich staying rich, the patriarchy staying in charge and the system continuing,” said UCLA’s Kara Cooney.