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The surprising benefits of gossiping at work | Inc.

In a new study by UCLA psychologists Megan Robbins and Alexander Karan, numbers were put to gossiping for the first time. … 85 percent of the gossip is harmless, nonjudgmental small talk — the sharing of information about people both parties know. Only 15 percent of gossip is negative or mean-spirited.

What’s next for Big Oil? | Salon

“That would be a very good deal for the oil companies,” said Ann Carlson, co-director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA, who does pro-bono consulting for some of the plaintiffs. “It doesn’t surprise me that they’re seeking immunity, because the damages that are caused by greenhouse gas emissions add up to the many billions of dollars.”

Parking in Koreatown is ‘broken’ | Los Angeles Times

It’s not only that the neighborhood is dense, said Juan Matute, deputy director of the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies, but also that its housing stock is old.… When Matute watched the viral video of the stubborn sedans sizing each other up like boxers entering from opposite sides of the ring, it looked to him like an act of “civil disobedience” by both drivers — a silent protest about a real problem. “It’s a signal that whatever exists now isn’t working for people,” Matute said. “Parking in Koreatown is broken.”

Concerns over Chinese-made drones in the U.S. | KCRW-FM

“There was a spate of news articles, I think, back in August of 2017 reporting that the U.S. Army had raised some cybersecurity concerns related to some drones that were manufactured in China,” said UCLA’s John Villasenor. “The concern is not new, although the fact that it has surfaced now may or may not be tied to these broader trade tensions which have flared up in recent months.”

How superbugs outsmart antibiotics | Los Angeles Times

“Bacteria have multiple weapons — you can’t just shut down one weapon and expect to succeed,” said Shaun Yang, assistant medical director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at UCLA, who was not involved in the research. “From a drug development perspective, that’s significant.”

Chinatown’s top restaurant is out of reach for many neighbors | Los Angeles Times

For help explaining why, I turned to Paul Ong, a professor at UCLA who studies displacement in ethnic communities.… “The biggest challenge is understanding how we all play a role in a much larger dynamic,” Ong says. “And that dynamic is one where we have to talk about, more broadly, what do we want our cities to look like?”

Trump administration proposes rolling back LGBTQ health protections | Time

“It displays an ignorance on behalf of policy makers to think that this can be simplified,” says Dr. Amy Weimer, the founder and co-director of UCLA’s Gender Health Program. “What we’re finding scientifically is that sex and gender are very complex, and that the traditional sense of binary gender identity is an outdated concept from a scientific standpoint.” (Also: UCLA’s Jocelyn Samuels is quoted in The Hill.)

Tesla reaches 127 mph in Hawthorne test tunnel | Daily Breeze

Michael Manville, an associate professor of urban planning at UCLA, brought up a concept known as “induced demand.” “Both conceptually and empirically, people who study traffic congestion have understood for a very long time that traffic cannot be solved simply by adding capacity,” Manville wrote in an email last month. “That inconvenient fact remains true even if the capacity is being added underground.”

UCLA receives $1.5 million from Ford Foundation | Hispanic Outlook on Higher Education

A $750,000 grant for [UCLA’s] Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education will improve the experiences of immigrant-origin children and youth, who often are stigmatized for their backgrounds… “While immigration continues to be in the headlines, the children of immigrants endeavor to grow up to be tomorrow’s scientists, teachers, nurses, social workers and so much more,” said Carola Suárez-Orozco, professor of human development and psychology and co-director of the institute. (UCLA’s Kent Wong is also quoted.)

Black Americans ditch meat – and stereotypes | U.S. News and World Report

Dana Hunnes, a senior dietician at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in California, says it’s a good thing that veganism and vegetarianism are catching on among African Americans, thanks in part to celebrity influencers. Yet while more plant eaters could favorably nudge the health-disparity needle, she says, persistent scourges like kidney disease and diabetes can’t be eliminated by vegetables alone.

Measure EE faces ‘tough road’ if turnout is low | Pasadena Star News

Overcoming low voter turnout is difficult even when there is no opposition to a measure, according Zev Yaroslavsky, a former county supervisor who now teaches at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. “Typically, when you have lower voter turnout, and there’s a campaign on both sides, it makes it more difficult for the yes side to get a two-thirds vote. Not impossible, but it makes it more difficult.”

Teens, tweens and vaping | L.A. Parent

(Interview with UCLA’s Michael Ong) “The biggest thing would be the cardiovascular risks, which are significant. The other thing is that nicotine works directly on the brain,” said Ong.

California’s air board won’t ban gas-powered cars yet | CALmatters

Still, Meredith Hankins, Shapiro fellow in Environmental Law and Policy at the UCLA School of Law, warns it won’t be easy to go through the EPA to make that kind of change. “It may be sort of dead on arrival under this current administration,” Hankins said.

Nerve stimulation may help curb stroke damage | HealthDay News

Lead researcher Dr. Jeffrey Saver said, “We believe this represents the advent of an entirely new treatment for patients with acute ischemic stroke.” He is director of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Comprehensive Stroke Center.

Public health vs. parent choice: The vaccination debate in Arizona | Cronkite News

Dr. Nina Shapiro, director of pediatric otolaryngology at UCLA, theorizes that people with higher incomes treat health care is a commodity…. “I think many people who are in these higher income communities and brackets don’t even realize that it’s a detriment to themselves, to their families and to the public to make something that is really a public health decision into an individual decision.”

New laws intended to protect teenagers don’t help | CALmatters Opinion

UCLA’s Center for Health Policy Research’s annual survey of 1,600 adolescents found 2017, the first full year the 21 smoking age was in effect, was the first since the survey began 15 years ago that teenagers’ cigarette use failed to decline.