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UCLA opens world’s 1st institute to study kindness | NPR

“The reason that we select kindness in this regard is we are not exclusively concerned with actions, but we’re also concerned with the thoughts, beliefs, feelings and intentions that lie behind those actions. So we define kindness as thoughts, feelings and beliefs that motivate action intended to generate a benefit for another party. In other words, intended to enhance the welfare of the other party, where doing so is an end in itself and not a means to an end,” said UCLA’s Daniel Fessler.

CicLAvia partners with UCLA for Centennial ‘Heart of LA’ event | Los Angeles Downtown News

Expect to see plenty of blue and gold during the return of CicLAvia’s annual “Heart of LA” event in Downtown this weekend. That’s because this year’s event, which blocks off portions of the city from automobiles, doubles as part of the University of California Los Angeles’ ongoing centennial celebration. 

UCLA professor Kelly Lytle Hernández awarded 2019 MacArthur ‘genius’ grant fellowship | San Diego Union-Tribune

The way in which the government handled immigration issues wasn’t the sole reason she was interested — it was the striking parallels she saw to her own people. “I saw it as being hauntingly similar to what many of what us African American kids and teens were experiencing in terms of the rise of the war on drugs at the same time,” [Kelly] Lytle Hernández said. “And so I was witnessing these two phenomena I was growing up amid; the war on drugs and a war on immigrants, that made me want to go on and study these systems.” (Also: Univision News)

Smartphone data show voters in black neighborhoods wait longer | Scientific American

In a new study led by economist Keith Chen of the University of California, Los Angeles, researchers matched anonymous location data from 10 million smartphones to 93,000 polling places to create the most extensive map to date of voter wait times across the U.S.

‘We the Corporations’ is our October book club pick | PBS NewsHour

In the book, [Adam] Winkler, a professor of law at University of California, Los Angeles, argues that the question of constitutional rights for corporations began long before the controversial Citizens United decision. (In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled the government could not keep corporations or unions from spending money to influence elections.) In fact, Winkler writes, the fight for corporate personhood goes back to the very founding of the United States, and can be viewed as one of the most successful yet least understood civil rights movements in the country.

Ava DuVernay’s Array is a place for women and filmmakers of color in L.A. | Los Angeles Times

A graduate of UCLA, DuVernay learned the business by working as a film marketer and entertainment industry publicist, promoting such movies as “The Help” and “Collateral.”

Uber’s new offerings don’t measure up to its challenges | CNN

Keith Chen, a business professor at UCLA and former Uber employee, likened Uber Pass — a new service that offers savings like ride protection and no fees on Uber Eats deliveries in some cities — to Amazon Prime, the popular loyalty program that offers customers free shipping and other perks. He described Pass as the type of incremental update that could help Uber differentiate itself from its competitors such as Lyft, which doesn’t offer food delivery.

How ‘The Good Place’ taught moral philosophy to its characters — and its creators | Vox

Pamela Hieronymi, a UCLA professor, one-time Scanlon student, and avowed contractualist whom Schur has consulted periodically after cold-emailing her for advice, was brought in to talk to the writers before seasons two and four. She argues the contractualist roots of “The Good Place” come through most vividly in flashbacks to Eleanor’s life on Earth Her behavior is at its most loathsome when she’s free riding: promising to serve as a designated driver to her colleagues, then drinking anyway, for instance. “She’s failing to live by contractualist reasoning there,” Hieronymi concludes.

‘Wildhood’ explores how teens have a surprising amount in common with adolescent animals | Los Angeles Times

That’s precisely the connection [UCLA’s Barbara] Natterson-Horowitz and [Kathryn] Bowers (authors of the 2012 bestseller “Zoobiquity,” about parallels between human and animal health) want readers to make in their new book, “Wildhood.” The authors introduce the idea that the not-quite grown-up creatures of various species — including ours — share a horizontal connection, “a temporary membership in a planet-wide tribe of adolescents.” They say much of what human and animal teens experience is routed in the evolutionary past.

Making October’s National Work & Family Month matter for your organization | Forbes

According to a recent UCLA study across several nations, lesbian couples are getting three months less on average than heterosexual couples, and gay male couples are getting five months less paid family leave on average. It will take inter-sectional execution to unblock policy bias.’

Arts and Architecture 100: 10 questions | KPCC-FM

Giving community members a special opportunity to experience the conversations that drive innovation at the university, in the fall quarter of 2019, the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture presents 10 Questions: Centennial Edition, an interdisciplinary course/public event series hybrid, featuring conversations with leading faculty, distinguished alumni, and experts from across the university and beyond. Every Tuesday evening for ten weeks, experts from disciplines as diverse as dance, psychology, astrophysics, Chicanx studies, law, philosophy, biology, and more will join choreographer and Associate Dean, Academic Affairs Victoria Marks to explore one question each week.

Novartis says Kisqali boosts survival in breast cancer patients | Reuters

“These results arm oncologists with more evidence to make a confident treatment choice for their hormone receptor-positive metastatic breast cancer patients,” Dennis Slamon, a doctor at the University of California, Los Angeles Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center involved with the study, said in a statement. (Also: Medical Xpress)

The 10 US universities that receive the most applications | CNBC

[UCLA ranked No. 1] CNBC Make It recently analyzed 2018 admissions data in order to identify which schools receive the most applications each year. We found that one school system, and 10 universities in total, stand out for receiving the most applications — by far.

The whistleblower vs. Trump’s ‘deep state’ | CNN

“My first reaction is this isn’t the work of an insidious ‘deep state.’ It is, rather, the work of a functional, credible ‘state.’ This White House has done amazing work flipping narratives, demonizing patriots, and generally gaslighting the public. The people who contributed to the whistleblower report are no doubt longstanding, competent civil servants, who’ve worked for Democratic and Republican presidents alike. Some may have started in the Clinton or Bush years and thus have clearly spent at least long stretches of time subordinating their political preferences in service to the United States,” said UCLA’s Jon Michaels.

$100 million desalination project to be led by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab | Bay Area News Group

In an effort to widen the use of a nearly limitless — but expensive — source of water for California and other places worldwide that are prone to shortages, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has been selected to lead a $100 million project aimed at bringing down the cost of desalination. The money, announced this week and awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy, will fund a research consortium of 19 universities around that the country that include Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA and others, along with 10 private industry partners and other Department of Energy institutions, like Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee.

The healthiest fall foods to stock up on now, according to nutritionists | Forbes

“While antioxidants can be found in many fruits and vegetables, an in vitro study at UCLA found that pomegranate juice has, on average, more antioxidant capacity than red wine, grape juice, or green tea,” notes [Mia] Syn.

1 in 5 students in California have thought about killing themselves | KCBS-TV

While some schools had about just four percent of students thinking suicidal thoughts, in some schools that number went up to a shocking 70 percent, according to Avi Astor, a professor of social welfare at UCLA who last year co-authored a study on youth suicide in the Journal of Pediatrics. Most of the schools where there were lower numbers of students with suicidal thoughts were in smaller school districts that promote prevention training and have mental health resources. That suggests that addressing suicide in a systemic way – with school social workers, counselors, community resources and peer groups — could help lower those numbers, Astor said.

8 after-work meditations to do if you’re stressed | Bustle

Focusing on your breathing helps you stay grounded in the present moment versus holding onto the stress from your day. And this five-minute guided mindful breathing meditation from Diana Winston at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center is a quick way to rid yourself of stress after work. “Research in mindfulness has identified a wide range of benefits in different areas of psychological health, such as helping to decrease anxiety, depression, rumination, and emotional reactivity,” the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center said on its website. “Research has also shown mindfulness helps to increase well-being, positive affect, and concentration.”

How rising ocean temperatures could affect life on land | KPCC-FM

“Marine heat waves are these times where we have record-breaking temperatures that last at least five days, compared to what’s typical for the season. Some folks might recall how we heard several years ago about the ‘blob’ that lasted from 2013 to 2015, just south of our coast here in California, where water temperatures were a couple degrees warmer than usual for two-thirds of the year,” said UCLA’s Aradhna Tripati.

UCLA selected to lead study on treatments for opioid addiction | MyNewsLA

“This study has the potential to expand access to life-saving treatments for opioid addiction in communities that have been significantly impacted by the opioid epidemic and for new models of treatment to be sustainable even after the study is over,” said Dr. Larissa Mooney, director of the UCLA Addiction Psychiatry Clinic at the Semel Institute, who will co-lead the research.