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Stricter COVID-19 precautions could have saved 240,000 lives so far | HuffPost

The death toll from COVID-19 could have been less than 300,000, estimated Andrew Atkeson, an economics professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. The toll is currently more than 540,000, and Atkeson projects a final number of about 670,000 — 370,000 more than would have been likely with more effective controls. (Also: MSNBC.)

In a nation founded on whiteness, how to really discuss it? | Associated Press

S. Michael Gaddis, an assistant professor of sociology at UCLA, says research shows that for many white people, “their views on race are still in an era where race is something we should not be talking about.”

Derek Chauvin trial represents a defining moment in America’s racial history | Star Tribune

The case “has really become a global indictment of police forces,” said Brenda Stevenson, a professor of history and African American studies at UCLA. “This is now representative of what happens everywhere — at least, that’s what many people believe. … People are really watching to see if the U.S. can get it right this time.”

Californians have recall fever, and Newsom could just be the start | Politico

While the prosecutor recall efforts do not flow primarily from coronavirus fatigue, former Los Angeles Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky argued law enforcement issues and pandemic restrictions have created distinct camps of Californians who “have been cooped up in their houses for a year.” “I think Covid is one of those issues, and criminal justice is one of those issues, where everybody has an opinion,” said Yaroslavsky, who now heads the Los Angeles Initiative at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

In likely California recall, energizing Latino voters is key | Associated Press

The point of the February letter was to “provide a Latino lens” that could inform better public policy, said Sonja Diaz, founding director of the Latino Policy & Politics Initiative at the University of California, Los Angeles.

UCLA receives $6 million to study pancreatic cancer treatment | City News Service

A team of researchers from the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has been awarded two research grants totaling $6 million from the National Institutes of Health to identify new ways to treat pancreatic cancer, it was announced Thursday. (UCLA’s Dr. Caius Radu and Dr. Timothy Donahue are quoted. Also: MyNewsLA.)

HPV vaccine even protects some who haven’t been vaccinated | NBC News

The finding that teenage girls and young women who did not get the vaccine “have been benefiting from it, is a perfect example of herd immunity,” said Dr. Nina Shapiro, a professor of head and neck surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and author of “Hype: A Doctor’s Guide to Medical Myths.”

Guns are on Supreme Court’s agenda | Associated Press

“The justices have mostly steered clear of Second Amendment cases recently, and this New York case could be the one that prompts the justices to get involved,” said Adam Winkler, an expert on gun rights at the UCLA School of Law. “The addition of Justice Barrett makes it much more likely that the court’s going to take a gun case soon.” (Winkler was also quoted by USA Today.)

Gun-control activists gird for tough fight in wake of latest shootings | Washington Post

“Newtown was definitely a moment that shook the country and shook up the gun debate,” said Adam Winkler, a UCLA School of Law professor who specializes in constitutional law and the Second Amendment. “It didn’t shake it up enough to get actual federal legislation on the issue, but it did shake it up enough to reinvigorate the gun-control movement.”

State senator wants to shield people from gun-control laws | Washington Post

Adam Winkler, a professor at UCLA School of Law who specializes in constitutional law and the Second Amendment, said the bill is part of a larger trend of conservative states pushing to make strong political statements opposing gun control, amid mounting calls for regulation. “There is an increasing number of red states where laws are being proposed or passed to prevent federal laws from operating in those states,” he said.

Boulder shooting site could be a neighborhood gathering place again | Washington Post

“When something like that happens, there is a natural reaction to try and avoid or minimize exposure to places or circumstances that can be dangerous in our mind,” said Emanuel Maidenberg, a clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA. “People who are very close to that place when it happened may have even more difficulty returning to this place,” he added. “But it’s so important to do it at some point. Because the social connection, the contact, the social support, being able to talk to somebody about the experience is part of the healing process itself.”

Atlanta shootings show Asian women’s vulnerability in the workplace | Marketplace

“There are very high levels of poverty and economic hardship among so many Asian immigrant communities,” said Jennifer Jihye Chun, an associate professor in the Asian American studies department and the International Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Water shortages and fires loom after a dry winter | New York Times

“The level of concern is through the roof,” said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA and the Nature Conservancy. After two years of drought, the soil moisture is depleted, drying out the vegetation and making it more prone to combustion.

Bridging time, distance and distrust, with music | New York Times

Being an Arabic-speaking Jew, in both Israel and Morocco, means living with a complex, sometimes conflicting set of expectations, said Aomar Boum, an anthropologist at the University of California Los Angeles, who specializes in Jewish-Muslim relations. In the film, it is clear that Ms. Elkayam is “carrying a heavy weight,” he said. “It’s only the music that connects the dots.”

California’s unemployment is at a pandemic low | Los Angeles Times

UCLA forecasters predicted earlier this month that the U.S. and California economies will see near-record growth this year as the pandemic winds down, due to expanding COVID-19 vaccination efforts and federal fiscal relief for struggling businesses and workers. (Also: Spectrum News 1.)

Pandemic highlights disparity in access to outpatient care | Los Angeles Times

The disparity is a sign that Black patients may be getting poorer access to outpatient care — the kind that could have helped maintain their health and prevented it from deteriorating so much that they landed in a hospital bed, said Dr. Richard Leuchter, an internal medicine resident at UCLA Health and one of the researchers who led the new study.

A year into pandemic, what are kids and parents learning about tech? | USA Today

Yalda T. Uhls, founding director for the Center for Scholars & Storytellers at UCLA and author of “Media Moms & Digital Dads: A Fact not Fear Approach to Parenting in the Digital Age,” hopes that happens. “Some kids will have issues and troubles getting off the tech, but most of them I think will be so happy to be with their friends again that parents will see that’s what really driving why they use these things at the teen and tween stages,” she said.

The myth of excess vacant housing distracts from solutions | Daily Breeze

In an excellent primer on vacancy levels in Los Angeles, UCLA’s Shane Phillips breaks down vacant units into two categories: market and non-market. Market vacancies, he explains, “are the inevitable gaps in tenancy that occur when a lease is ended, a home goes on the market to be resold, or a new building opens and hasn’t yet leased or sold all its units.”

Asian women in Hollywood are ready for meaningful change | Washington Post

Underrepresentation persists among the decision-makers as well — UCLA’s 2020 Hollywood Diversity Report found that 91 percent of the executives at major and mid-level studios were White, while the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative reported that just 3.3 percent of those who directed the 1,300 most popular films released between 2007 and 2019 were of Asian descent.

How UCLA’s Andrea Ghez found the supermassive black hole | Space.com

[UCLA] Astrophysicist Andrea Ghez has spent her scientific career peering at the center of the Milky Way, trying to see the invisible. In 2020, she won a Nobel Prize for that work, which dramatically strengthened the evidence that a supermassive black hole, invisible to our instruments, is lurking at the heart of the galaxy. She also became just the fourth woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physics in the award’s more than a century of history, a statistic she told Space.com she views as a responsibility.

Size of grass blades linked to vulnerability to climate change | Scienmag

Research published today in the journal Nature provides insights that scientists could use not only to improve crop design but also to more accurately model the effects of climate change. It also offers new clues that could help scientists use leaf fossils to better interpret the climate of the ancient past. The study’s senior author is Lawren Sack, a UCLA professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and one of the world’s most influential scientific researchers. (Sack and UCLA’s Alec Baird were quoted.)

Spring Break brings crowds to L.A. beaches, businesses | KCBS-TV

If protocols such as social distancing and wearing masks are not followed, many are even more likely to contract COVID-19 than ever with new variants of the virus confirmed in LA County. “We also have to remember, we have more contagious variants that are now spreading,” said Dr. Anne Rimoin of UCLA Field School of Public Health. “So, it’s riskier.”

Millions about to become eligible for COVID vaccine in California | KCAL-TV

“People who are concerned about having to come back for two shots will be much happier with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Again, it’s a one and done vaccine, that’s really great news,” said UCLA’s Anne Rimoin.

California to expand vaccine eligibility to all adults next month | Sacramento Bee

The vaccine expansion wouldn’t hinder the state’s equity efforts, said Arturo Vargas Bustamante, an associate professor of policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. “The state government is facing a trade-off between the speed of vaccination and trying to be as fair as possible,” Vargas Bustamante said.

Latino death rates significantly greater than non-Hispanic whites | MyNewsLA

Larger families, more workers per household and overrepresentation in essential jobs has accounted for Latinos contracting COVID-19 at a significantly higher rate than non-Hispanic whites, according to a UCLA study. The findings of the six-month study are included in a report … released this month by the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture (CESLAC) at UCLA. (UCLA’s Dr. David Hayes-Bautista and Dr. Paul Hsu are quoted. Also: KVEA-TV/City News Service and NewsMedical.)

Is California blowing it on unemployment reform? | Cal Matters

“Are we long past due for moving this to a federal system?” asks Jody Heymann, a UCLA professor of health policy. “I don’t actually think it’s realistic that all 50 states will be good at preventing fraud. And if they are, why would you set up that much redundancy?”

Hate crime raised lessons about supporting LGBTQ+ students | San Diego Union-Tribune

A 2018 report from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law said up to 75 percent of trans students felt unsafe in high school and 50 percent were prevented from using their name or pronoun.

California’s trailblazing diesel rules save lives | Cal Matters

“When we look at the emissions reductions in comparison to the rest of the United States, it’s clear that policies in California have been more effective at reducing diesel use. But also really reducing the emissions from the heavy duty vehicles,” [UCLA’s Michael] Jerrett said. 

Ancient rocks reveal when Earth’s plate tectonics began | Wired

“Plate tectonics gives a very organized way of moving the surface,” said Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni, a geophysicist at the University of California, Los Angeles. “You can then understand why there are earthquakes where there are earthquakes, why there are mountains where there are mountains.”