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At 100, UCLA celebrates, takes stock and looks ahead | Los Angeles Times
As UCLA kicked off its centennial celebration on Saturday, the university’s pride was clearly on display: Banners throughout campus lauded its faculty’s 14 Nobel prizes, its $1 billion in annual research funding and its myriad national sports championships. But that, according to Chancellor Gene Block, is just the beginning. “I hope 100 years from now, we’ll celebrate the successes of all six UCLA campuses,” Block said to a room full of alumni, who cheered and laughed at the thought of it. Then the chancellor’s tone became more serious: “We’ll need to grow,” Block said.
‘The Big Bang Theory’ finale: The end of an era in TV programming? | Los Angeles Times
“It will be difficult for any show to be as popular — in sheer numbers — as ‘Big Bang’ was … or as ‘Friends’ was or ‘Seinfeld’ was or ‘Cheers’ was,” said Tom Nunan, former president of NBC Studios and UPN and now a lecturer at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. “Those numbers, because of the lack of choices in entertainment at the time, are hard to match anymore, because of the variety of distribution platforms and the competition people have for various forms of entertainment.”
“Having empathy is useful for efficient and natural communications when robots interact with humans,” says Dennis Hong, an aerospace and engineering professor at the University of California at Los Angeles and founding director of robot lab RoMeLa (the name stands for Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory). “It’s much easier to receive information and sense emotions,” he says. Hong has worked with Korean companies to develop his native country’s service robotics industry, including a project with Hyundai Motor Co. on cars for people with visual impairments.
Disneyland, dozens of cities could be flooded by dam failure from huge storm, engineers warn | Los Angeles Times
“A troubling theme is emerging as the Corps reviews its portfolio of large flood control systems that were built a long time ago and are now showing signs of severe stress,” said Daniel Swain, a UCLA climate scientist. “Federal engineers are finding that these systems are not as resilient as they thought they were, and that the frequency of what were regarded as once-in-a-lifetime storms is increasing significantly.”
Millennials approach middle age in crisis | Wall Street Journal
Till von Wachter, an economics professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that Americans who entered the labor market when unemployment rates rose by five points — about the same as in the 2007-09 recession — saw their cumulative earnings fall by 10% over the first decade of a career. “The effects have health and lifestyle consequences well into middle-age,” said Prof. von Wachter. He reviewed four decades of earning data in his study, which was conducted with Hannes Schwandt of Northwestern University.
Ovarian cancer is deadly, but new tests, treatments start to emerge | Washington Post
“We’re learning that ovarian cancer isn’t just one disease. It’s made up of many subtypes with distinct pathways and risk factors,” says Beth Karlan, a gynecologic oncologist at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles. For example, one kind of ovarian cancer tumor might be the size of a grapefruit that doesn’t spread, while another pea-sized subtype will quickly metastasize. “We can’t continue to treat women as ‘one-size fits all,’ ” she says.
Exploring the link between inflammation and depression: Study suggests women are affected the most I Forbes
“The study is the first to show that there are sex differences in neural sensitivity to reward in response to inflammation, which has important implications,” said senior author Naomi Eisenberger, PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles. “This may suggest one reason women experience depression at a far greater rate than men, particularly for the kinds of depression that may be inflammatory in nature.” (UCLA’s Mona Moieni also quoted)
I.M. Pei, acclaimed Chinese American architect, dies at 102 | Los Angeles Times
“[Pei] knew who he was. He knew he had had an important career. He was proud of his work,” UCLA architecture and history professor Thomas Hines said. “On the other hand, he didn’t have that overriding ego that so many architects of his stature have had.”
Ground leases gaining favor | Los Angeles Business Journal
Brokers say these ground leases are a way for companies to get a foothold in prime neighborhoods where land doesn’t often change hands. For landowners, these deals provide a steady source of monthly income without the responsibility of owning, maintaining, managing and improving a building. UCLA Anderson School of Management professor Eric Sussman says it may seem “counterintuitive that two separate entities can own the land and the physical improvements on top of the land.”
Trump judicial nominees decline to endorse Brown v. Board under Senate questioning | Washington Post
The busing that resulted from the decision was widely unpopular in some cities and triggered significant white flight to the suburbs. A study by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California at Los Angeles finds that progress made in educating black children with white children eroded after courts released school systems from desegregation orders.
What is CBD? Is it legal? Does it actually help? | Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“There really isn’t very much evidence in humans with respect to its effectiveness,” Ziva Cooper, research director at the University of California-Los Angeles Cannabis Research Initiative, told Quartz. “And when I say evidence in humans, I’m really talking about rigorous, double-blind placebo-controlled studies.” But there’s also not much research showing that cannabidiol doesn’t work. “There is just a general lack of studies — period,” Cooper said. (Also: International Business Times Opinion)
A 2017 Associated Press analysis found that “charters are vastly over-represented among schools where minorities study in the most extreme racial isolation” while the nation’s public education system has become more segregated overall over the past 30 years, according to a recently released report by researchers at Penn State University and the University of California, Los Angeles.
One of America’s proudest moments is being sabotaged | CNN Opinion
As we mark the 65th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown vs. Board of Education mandating integration of America’s schools, racial segregation in public education in America is on the rise. As a recent report from UCLA’s Civil Rights Project put it, “segregation has strong, negative relationships with the achievement, college success, long-term employment and income of students of color.” This persistence of racial segregation helps us to more clearly understand the contemporary crisis of race and democracy in America.
Scientists discover a potential treatment for hypoglycemia | Science Times
Bioengineers from the University of California-Los Angeles have developed a new kind of insulin that could improve diabetes care by preventing hypoglycemia. Evaluation of the treatment is currently being done for potential clinical trials. Results of the study were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Niti Aayog bats for ending data monopoly | Economic Times
“Small companies, startups, fintech industry and other sectors as well as government are expected to benefit from opening up access to data as it would help them to understand consumer preferences better,” said Bhagwan Chowdhry, professor at University of California, Los Angeles. Chowdhry was a key member of the group on Emerging Areas of Fintech chaired by Andrew Watkins-Ball, CEO of mobile financial services platform, Jumo, at the recently held conference organized by Niti Aayog.
School suspension is hurting most vulnerable students’ education | NPR’s “Morning Edition”
“In California 233,000 students were suspended once in the year 2016-17 — that’s according to state data. Over 760,000 days were lost in terms of instructional days for students. We know the evidence is clear that suspending kids doesn’t help them and their academic growth,” said UCLA’s Joseph Bishop. “We also know that students that are suspended are more likely to be pushed out of school, and in some instances are more likely to end up incarcerated.”
“It certainly feels more like January than May. May is a month in California — especially in Southern California — when it can occasionally rain, but it usually doesn’t. Some years go by where there is no rain at all. So to see this much rain falling, especially in the northern part of the state right now but even extending all the way down to the Mexican border, is pretty impressive,” said UCLA’s Daniel Swain.
“Right now, 58% of Latino students attend on average a school that is intensely segregated, meaning that 90 or 100% of students there are also Latinos,” said UCLA’s Cecilia Rios-Aguilar. “And we can’t forget that in California there’s a case before Brown, and that also should be part of our intellectual history, because that case was fought in 1946 and it precedes Brown. And it has the exact same tones, has the exact same importance as Brown.” (Also: UCLA’s Gary Orfield is quoted in ABC News)