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UCLA establishes endowed chair in art with $2 million gift | Artforum

Lynda and Stewart Resnick, co-owners of the food and snack company the Wonderful Company, have donated $2 million to the University of California, Los Angeles. The funds will be used to establish the Lynda and Stewart Resnick endowed chair in art at the School of the Arts and Architecture…. “Art expands the mind, unites communities, pushes people to challenge their assumptions, and makes the world a better place,” said Lynda Resnick. “Stewart and I are delighted to offer this gift which will help educate and train future generations of artists, so that we may all enjoy their work for many years to come.” 

How virtual reality can help the global mental health crisis | Forbes

Michelle Craske is a psychiatry researcher at The University of California, Los Angeles. Michelle and her colleagues are testing whether virtual reality can curb anhedonia: the inability to feel pleasure in normally pleasurable activities — a common symptom of depression and other serious mental health conditions…. “Most treatments, up until now, have done an OK job at reducing negative [symptoms of depression], but a very poor job at helping patients become more positive,” said Craske.

An entire industry is being built around CBD, but we really don’t know that much about it  | MarketWatch

While it’s true that CBD has shown promise in pre-clinical and animal trials in addressing a number of issues such as pain, anxiety, neuroinflammation and substance-use disorder, there’s still not nearly enough peer-reviewed research available, said Ziva Cooper, research director of the Cannabis Research Initiative at the University of California, Los Angeles. To truly determine the effects of CBD in humans, many further studies need to be done — studies with humans, not just animals, she said. “Overall, we have very little data on the therapeutic effects of cannabidiol,” she said…. The amount of CBD in a lot of marketed products — even ones that are meant to be taken orally — is so small that it’s unlikely to make any therapeutic difference for the person using it, said UCLA’s Cooper.

You are not alone: understanding the epidemic of loneliness | Science Focus

How can an emotional experience be so bad for our physical health? [Professor] Steve Cole, a medicine and genomics researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, says part of the answer may lie in the impact loneliness has on our immune system. His research shows that people experiencing chronic loneliness undergo a shift in the molecular programming of their immune cells: instead of being primed to fight viruses, their bodies prepare to fight bacterial infection — the kind that follows a wound or injury…. “Loneliness, oddly enough, is one of the most threatening states we confront,” Cole explains.

Fear the cats! Bold project teaches endangered Australian animals to avoid deadly predator | Science magazine

For nearly 5 years, a team she helps lead with Michael Letnic at UNSW and Daniel Blumstein at the University of California, Los Angeles, has been placing bilbies and another threatened species into large fenced plots together with their feline enemies in hopes that, faced with extreme selective pressure, some individuals will learn or adapt to avoid attacks. Results published today suggest the “vaccination” approach has promise: Bilbies exposed to cats in a controlled setting were more likely to survive later, when they were released among feral cats, than those that hadn’t been exposed, they report in the Journal of Applied Ecology.

Implicit bias training may be required for California judges, lawyers | Bloomberg

Implicit bias can be unlearned, said Lisa Holder, outside counsel to the Equal Justice Society in Oakland, and a civil rights lawyer in Los Angeles. It’s a concept that’s increasingly recognized in courts and in legal opinions. “There’s still friction but the point is most judges have now been exposed to the concept so it doesn’t seem like some sort of mysterious, taboo notion any more. It’s become much more normalized,” said Holder, who teaches the Civil Rights Clinic at University of California Los Angeles Law School and is an adjunct professor at Occidental College.

When your metabolism slows, you gain weight. There are ways to counteract that | Consumer Reports

“The main reasons for the decline of metabolism are biological, but lifestyle also plays a major role,” says Zhaoping Li, a professor of medicine and director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition at the David Geffen School of Medicine…. Experts also suspect a link between depression and metabolism: “Depression has a direct impact on your appetite, food choices and activity level,” Li says…. When faced with a slowing metabolism, your first instinct may be to eat less, but that can backfire. “When you restrict calories, you run the risk of not taking in enough protein, which can result in more muscle loss,” Li says.

Why you’re so bad at keeping plans — and how to get better at it | Australian Broadcast Corp.

Scientists have found our ability to keep plans is inhibited by a special type of cognitive bias that sees us place our short term wants and needs ahead of our long-term wants and needs because we don’t see our future selves as us. UCLA psychologist Hal Hershfield identified this in a 2011 research paper that interrogated the concept of future-self continuity and considered how conceptions of the future self transform intertemporal choice. Dr. Hershfield found that, as life expectancy increases, so does present bias, as we increasingly have to make choices with a longer future in mind than ever before.

Cities with electric scooters have seen hundreds of injuries, from broken arms to brain trauma | Chicago Tribune

Scooters have been controversial because of injuries and the problem of carelessly parked scooters littering the public way, or being tossed into bodies of water. A recent University of California at Los Angeles study found that head injuries made up 40 percent of emergency room visits caused by electric scooter crashes, followed by fractures at 32 percent.

Global markets plunge on fears of trade war with China | KTTV-TV

“Thus far, the evidence is that the U.S. consumer is willing to pay, and so prices have gone up by either ten percent or very nearly that,” said UCLA’s Jerry Nickelsburg. “And these tariffs thus far have been attacks on the U.S. consumers… The U.S. consumer now has a choice to pay a higher price for the goods coming in from China or substitute away.”

Mother and son team staff UCLA medical center | Santa Monica Daily Press

[Devon] Ballentine is set to become a medical-surgical nurse at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, where his mother works as a maternity nurse. Ballentine’s job at the Medical Center is unique not only because he’ll be working with the woman who gave birth to him, but also because he’ll be working in the very hospital he was born in. “It’s nice to share the experience,” Geduld said. “We have a lot to talk about, life, work and experience. I’ve told him it’s hard work, but it’s gratifying work.”