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UCLA’s Dennis Slamon wins Lasker Award for helping develop breast cancer drug  | Associated Press

One prize honors the invention of Herceptin, a breast cancer treatment. The award will be shared by H. Michael Shepard and Axel Ullrich, who were with the biotech company Genentech when they did the research, and Dennis Slamon of the University of California, Los Angeles. (Also: Nature, Medical Xpress)

Scientist lampoons birth announcements with discovery of new ‘spadenose’ ray | Smithsonian magazine

Even (UCLA’s Kelsi) Rutledge knew little about these odd fish initially, but a note in an old field notebook would change this ocean ecologist into a guitarfish lover. Now deceased UCLA ichthyologist Boyd Walker indicated that some of the guitarfish held in his 1940s and 1950s Gulf of California field collections looked different than the known Pseudobatos productus that swam in the area…. Rutledge hopes that the buzz surrounding her photoshoot will be more than a momentary laugh. About 55 percent of guitarfishes are either threatened or near threatened for extinction, and the giant guitarfish is one of the most critically endangered marine fish in the world.

Cocktail of drugs gives first hope that ‘biological age’ can be reversed | Forbes

Steve Horvath, a University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) geneticist, one of the study’s authors and a pioneer of measuring human aging through epigenetic signatures, told the journal Nature the results even surprised him. “I’d expected to see slowing down of the clock, but not a reversal. That felt kind of futuristic.”

Retailers walk thin line by asking, not telling, shoppers not to carry guns | New York Times

“It’s a private property,” said Adam Winkler, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. “A retailer can refuse service to anyone so long as it is not on the basis of race, religion or another protected group. That does not apply to gun owners.”

Higher suspension rates are linked to feeling less ‘connected’ at school | Phys.org

Adolescents attending schools with high suspension rates reported lower levels of feeling “connected” at school, according to a recent study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research…. “Teens attending schools with high suspension rates say they feel less connected to their schools and fewer of them participate in volunteer activities,” said Susan Babey, senior research scientist at the health policy research center and lead author of the study.

Americans love snacks. What does that mean for their health? | Associated Press

“We live in a 24/7 food culture now,” said Dana Hunnes, a senior dietitian at UCLA Medical Center…. Hunnes, the UCLA dietitian, recommends sticking to minimally processed options like fruit or nuts when snacking. But she acknowledged the advice could sound like it’s coming from an ivory tower, given the prevalence of packaged snacks. “They’re just there, and they have a great shelf life,” she said.

Justice Department investigates California emissions pact that embarrassed Trump | New York Times

“The motivation for the antitrust suit is to prevent car companies from voluntarily fighting climate change by limiting pollution,” said Ann Carlson, a professor of environmental law at the UCLA School of Law. “So it’s hard to call the D.O.J. position ‘in the interest of consumers.’”

For men, looks inspired by ‘The Matrix’ are one of this season’s biggest trends | Los Angeles Times

“There are films like ‘The Matrix’ that were simply ahead of their time,” says Deborah Nadoolman Landis, a costume designer, fashion historian, professor and founding director of the David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design at UCLA.… Today, the movie’s theme of the perils of living “inside” the internet seems less like sci-fi and more like a cautionary tale. “The Wachowskis anticipated, or were prescient about, the web to come,” Landis adds.

Is vaping marijuana safe? Deaths and lung disease linked to e-cigs call that into question | Time

The recent illnesses have surprised Ziva Cooper, research director of the University of California Los Angeles Cannabis Research Initiative. “If you had called me a month ago and asked me about the risks of vaporizing relative to smoking, I would have had a very different answer based on the literature thus far,” Cooper says. “This is an issue that deserves immediate attention.”

Huawei heats up the battle for internet in Canada’s north | BBC News

“Getting more people online means getting more users on Google and Facebook products,” says Ramesh Srinivasan, a professor at UCLA whose new book looks at issues of digital democracy around the globe. With almost everyone in developed cities connected to the internet, rural communities and communities in developing nations are some of the last untapped markets for internet providers.

Bill to boost California homebuilding headed to Newsom’s desk | Orange County Register

Much of the state’s needed housing has already been planned by local communities, Skinner’s statement said. One UCLA study shows local governments have approved zoning for 2.8 million new housing units. That’s 80% of Newsom’s goal to build 3.5 million new units by 2025.

Andrew Yang revives debunked claim about Green New Deal killing air travel | PolitiFact

“It seems to me those lines from the FAQ were lighthearted and ill-considered, and it’s not clear why they were posted,” said Sean Hecht, Co-Executive Director, Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA law school…. “When people rank the difficulty of finding structural solutions to greenhouse gas emissions in various sectors, air travel is one of the hardest both technologically and practically, and there aren’t serious policy proposals yet that would solve the issue through limiting air travel or changing the energy sources for commercial aircraft on a significant scale,” Hecht said.

Your mood could be affected by your gut bacteria | Earth.com

Therefore, the amount of gut bacteria one has can actually affect the way a person processes emotions. And as another 2017 study from the University of California, Los Angeles, concluded, consuming probiotics can improve one’s emotional processing and may even curb some symptoms of depression and anxiety. “I do believe the data supports a role for microbes modulating how we feel,” lead researcher Kirsten Tillisch told New Scientist, but she cautioned that these studies show correlation between gut microbes and mood, not causation.

Contract extends $3,100 health care perk to another group of California state employees | Fresno Bee

A separate survey by UCLA Labor Center found a greater disparity in maximum salaries for public sector attorneys of 29.5 percent. The state legal union commissioned the UCLA study.

Against doctors’ recommendations, some pregnant women refuse ultrasounds | Stat News

“It’s pretty scary that there are some women out there who have no ultrasounds during pregnancy, because we really rely on it as a screening and diagnostic tool,” said Dr. Leena Nathan, an obstetrician-gynecologist at University of California, Los Angeles Health.

Why California needs another water bond in 2020 | Capitol Weekly Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Jon Christensen) A new UCLA study, “Striving for Equity in Public Investments in Water in California: An Analysis of Proposition 1 Implementation,” which I conducted with help from Green Info Network, found that midway through the implementation of Proposition 1, a $7.1 billion bond measure approved by the voters in 2014, state funding is reaching disadvantaged communities that most need improvements in their water systems.