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‘Joker’ is the culmination of an envelope-pushing trend. It could be Hollywood’s future. | NBC News

“When you get up to the 20th or 25th installment in a long-running franchise, you have to start playing around, especially with a character that’s been around for 80 years,” said Gabriel Rossman, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who specializes in mass media. (“Joker,” for the record, is the 11th live-action feature film based on characters in the Batman universe released in the last 30 years.)

8th Grammy nomination secured by professor | Santa Clarita Valley Signal

For his students, whether at College of the Canyons or the University of California, Los Angeles, it’s both strange and inspiring for them to look at their professor and think, “That’s a Grammy nominee.” But for the students of Yalil Guerra, that’s exactly what they’ll get to do again this year, as it was recently announced that his album, “Cuba: The Legacy,” was nominated for a Latin Grammy in the category Best Classical Album. This marks the eighth nomination for Guerra by the Latin Grammys, and he won in 2012.

How can a president tackle gun violence via executive action? | The Trace

The candidates’ enthusiasm for executive action on guns demonstrates how much the Democratic Party has shed its timidity on guns, according to Adam Winkler, a professor of constitutional law at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the author of “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America.” “For years, Democrats didn’t talk about gun control and now we have very substantive platforms.” Winkler added that while “most of the particular [executive actions] proposed are minor” compared to the bills put forth by congressional Democrats, “they become significant in their quantity.”

$140 million and counting: Legal bills scrutinized in PG&E bankruptcy | San Francisco Chronicle

UCLA School of Law Professor Lynn LoPucki, who has expertise in bankruptcy proceedings, said he could not judge whether the fees charged by the law firms involved in the PG&E case were too high. But he said it was “kind of appalling” to see the alleged level at which firms were “ignoring ... the rules of their own local court.”

Patients play an important role in cancer treatment | Cure

“In my opinion, it’s imperative and ethical to have patients play a role in all of the treatment decisions,” said UCLA’s Sara Hurvitz. “These are the people who are going to be assuming all of the toxicity and side effects – and the benefits, frankly – of a given therapy. We as clinicians, it’s my opinion, that we need to educate our patients and empower them to help them make a decision. It’s certainly our responsibility as clinicians to make a recommendation for the treatment that has the best therapeutic index, meaning highest efficacy and lowest toxicity. But ultimately, the patient is the one that needs to buy in and decide which therapy they would like to proceed with.”

Our kindness deficit | The Nation Opinion (Nigeria)

Sometime last week, I was amazed by an interview I saw on CNN. It was about a new, well-funded institute that has been created to further research and study into one simple facet of human behaviour — kindness. The Bedari Kindness Institute, housed in the prestigious University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA, is funded by a $20 million donation by the Bedari Foundation, a private family foundation co-founded by Mathew and Jennifer Harris. The significance of research of this type in today’s world is monumental.

Extent of health coverage gains from California gig worker law uncertain California | Healthline

A company whose contract workers average 35 to 40 hours a week, for example, could reclassify them as employees for the purpose of complying with the new law but try to limit their weekly hours to fewer than 29, thus avoiding the ACA coverage requirement, said Dylan Roby, an associate professor of health policy and management at the University of Maryland and an adjunct associate professor at UCLA.

Dueling brain waves during sleep may decide whether rats remember or forget | ScienceNews

By distinguishing between these dueling brain waves, the new study helps reconcile some seemingly contradictory ideas, including how memories can be strengthened and weakened during the same stage of sleep. “It will help unite the field of sleep and learning, because everyone gets to be right,” says neuroscientist Gina Poe of the University of California, Los Angeles, who wasn’t involved in the study.

Philanthropic gifts will support kindness research and advance medical research | Santa Monica Daily Press

A pair of donations to local institutions will help fund new research into kindness at UCLA and pay for a variety of medical research/treatment programs at Saint John’s hospital…. “Universities should always be places where we teach students to reach across lines of difference and treat one another with empathy and respect — even when we deeply disagree,” UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said. “The UCLA Bedari Kindness Institute will bring the best thinking to this vital issue and, I think, will allow us to have a real social impact on future generations.”

UCLA Health Nurse-Midwives Program expands its services | Santa Monica Daily Press

“We’re excited to now provide women with more gynecological services,” said certified nurse midwife Eyelle Sacher, one of the clinic’s five full-time nurse-midwives. “We have years of experience delivering babies, and providing pre-natal and post-partum care. The additional services we’re offering take our commitment a step further, enabling us to do more to promote women’s health overall.”

Researchers identify molecular process that could accelerate recovery from nerve injuries | ScienceDaily

“People with severe peripheral nerve injuries often lose sensation, which makes them susceptible to further injury, and they lose mobility, which can lead to muscle atrophy,” said Butler, who holds the Eleanor I. Leslie Chair in Pioneering Brain Research in the neurobiology department at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “The process of nerve regrowth can be extremely painful and if muscles have atrophied it requires a lot of physical therapy to regain function. My lab seeks methods to accelerate this healing process.”