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Here’s what a ‘very likely’ sequel to California’s 1862 megastorm would look like | Popular Science

Using environmental forensic techniques like seafloor sampling, researchers have found these megastorms are surprisingly frequent, having occurred in 212, 440, 603, 1029, 1418, 1300, 1605, 1750, 1810, and 1862. Based on the most robust data, says Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles, there’s a 50-50 chance of another ARkStorm pummeling California again by 2060.

You already have enough free time — most of us just spend it badly, study finds | Inc.

Cassie Mogilner Holmes, a professor at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, and a team of collaborators analyzed data on how 35,000 Americans use their time and view their lives. After crunching the numbers, a straightforward pattern emerged. They “found that employed people’s ratings of their satisfaction with life peaked when they had in the neighborhood of two and a half hours of free time a day,” reports The Atlantic’s Joe Pinsker. If you have more free time on your hands, your happiness is likely to go down.

That rain we just got? Most of it went right down the drain | Los Angeles Magazine

“Think about all the money from Measure M going towards transportation,” says Mark Gold, associate vice chancellor for environment and sustainability at UCLA. “If you’re tearing up the street anyway, [you can] put in things like bio filters, infiltration trenches, and French drains, so the runoff can just percolate into the ground really quickly.”

LAX passenger who traveled with measles raises concerns of possible outbreak | LAist

While California does have some of the toughest immunization regulations, Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, professor of infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, points out that vaccination requirements differ from state to state. And traveling is one of the quickest ways to spread measles. “So what we need is federal leadership on this issue—with federal minimum standards across every state that require measles immunization and other communicable diseases immunization for school entry,” says Klausner.

Economy at ‘very real risk’ of falling into recession in late 2020, UCLA forecast says | CNBC

There’s “a very real risk” the national economy will slide into a recession in late 2020 as the presidential election heads into high gear, ending the current expansion that began a decade ago, according to UCLA forecasters…. “A year ago we were looking forward to a synchronized global expansion; today we are starting a synchronized slowdown,” wrote David Shulman, a senior economist at the UCLA Anderson Forecast. “The U.S. economy is part and parcel with the global slowdown, an eventuality we have been forecasting for over a year.” (UCLA’s Edward Leamer also quoted). (Also: MyNewsLA; Nickelsburg is interviewed on KCRW-FM [audio download], KTTV-TV, KCBS-TV)

Inaugural Berresford Prize to UCLA’s Edmunds honors behind-the-scenes work in the arts | New York Times

Ms. [Kristy] Edmunds is currently the executive and artistic director of UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance….  When asked about her approach to the projects she’s involved with, Ms. Edmunds emphasized that her focus is always on “listening to the integrity of the idea” that an artist has. And then, she said, she tries to understand “how that idea is going to find form from where it’s starting.”

Passage of public lands act suggests way forward on a green new deal | San Francisco Chronicle Opinion

(Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Jon Christensen) Were this not such an important, even watershed event, it would not even be worth noting the president’s minor role. But the bill was a major rebuke to the administration’s environmental policies and represents a promising return to old-fashioned, pragmatic environmental politics in America, which could be the key to a green new deal.

After 200 years, time to check the pulse of a medical icon | Jewish World Review

The demands of electronic medical records have further eaten into time with patients, many doctors complain. “It’s all chart rounds and computer readout rounds. It’s horrible. I cringe,” said John M. Criley, professor emeritus of medicine and radiological sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Pacific Islanders twice as likely to face school discipline, study shows | Education Dive

The authors, including Bach Mai Dolly Nguyen of Lewis and Clark College and Pedro Noguera of the University of California, Los Angeles, address the concept of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders being a “model minority” — a long-held notion that these students “achieve universal and unparalleled academic success” because they work hard and don’t get in trouble. But this theory overlooks the experiences of smaller subgroups that may face challenges similar to black and Hispanic students. The “few studies that are available on these subgroups reveal that they face significant structural barriers that often impede their educational achievement and attainment and, thus, their life circumstances,” the authors write.

California on frontline in 2020 presidential battle | Agence France-Presse

“In the past, by the time Californians voted in the primaries, the nominee was almost certainly identified and that won’t be the case in the 2020 election,” said Sonja Diaz, founding director of the Latino Policy and Politics Initiative at the University of California, Los Angeles. “With a push up of the California primary earlier in the cycle, you get a ton of delegate votes and that will certainly sway who the Democratic nominee is,” she added.

Babies can differentiate between friends and strangers by listening to sound of laughter | Tech Times

Co-laughter or simultaneous laughter shared between individuals can tell plenty of information about people’s social relationships. For example, adult listeners can know if they have an affinity or not. The question is, can babies do the same? To answer it, the researchers from New York University and UCLA conducted two experiments involving infants.

Blood test to diagnose heart attacks may not be foolproof  | HealthDay

Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, said that troponin levels shouldn’t be used as a sole determinant of whether a patient is having a heart attack. “It is very well established that troponin levels may be elevated in conditions other than heart attack, and an elevated troponin level alone is not sufficient to make a diagnosis or guide therapy,” according to Fonarow, who was not involved with the new study.

Set of Yup’ik masks reunited in Alaska after more than a century | CBC

Eventually, a Yup’ik elder spotted the fourth mask, at L.A.’s Fowler Museum. “He immediately recognized it as a match to one of the masks in Washington D.C. So there are two pairs, essentially — they’re a quartet of masks, but two are of a similar size and the other two are of a similar size,” Shah said.