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Scientific breakthrough may eventually allow many blind people to see | CBS News

That changed when a friend of his heard about a clinical trial only for people who could once see but became blind, starting half a world away at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Nader Pouratian leads the study of an experimental device called the Orion…. Using a camera attached to a pair of sunglasses, Orion captures images a person would see and then sends the data through a handheld device to an implant that’s been surgically inserted into the visual part of the brain. The implant then turns those images into dots of light the patient can see. “It can be various shapes, it could be a circle, it could be an oval,” Pouratian said. “It could be a moving line.”

Why Trump attacks California’s anti-pollution powers | Bloomberg

Ann Carlson, a University of California at Los Angeles law professor, said the state’s best defense of its independent regulatory powers could lie in its requirement for battery-powered cars or gas-electric plug-ins. Such zero-emission vehicles need to make up as many as 40% of sales by 2030 if California is to meet its carbon dioxide reduction targets, according to estimates by the state’s Air Resources Board staff. ZEVs are also crucial for California’s plan to meet increasingly stringent federal ozone limits — limits that so far not even Trump has challenged. The state’s independence in fighting pollutants such as ground-level ozone, a precursor to smog, is recognized explicitly in the Clean Air Act, Carlson said. (Also: Ann Carlson interviewed on KPCC-FM and quoted in BuzzFeed, Politico, Popular Science and Gizmodo. UCLA’s Julia Stein quoted in CNBC, Vox, Sacramento Bee and CALmatters)

Bezos promises Amazon will be net-zero carbon by 2040. His workers want more | Los Angeles Times

Amazon’s marriage of supply chain mastery and advanced technological prowess makes it an ideal company to lead the way toward fighting climate change, said Jennifer Walske, interim faculty director at Impact@Anderson, a unit of UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, who’s also on the finance committee for the presidential campaign of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.). “If they get behind some of these changes and put some of their most brilliant people toward solving the problem, they may do it faster than government certainly can,” Walske said of Amazon. “They can be innovative and make huge strides in environmentalism and conservation.”

The 15 best college dining halls in America, according to students | Business Insider

No. 1: University of California, Los Angeles. Students at UCLA can enjoy the best dining hall food in the country. When Business Insider’s Ciara Appelbaum ate at the university’s dining hall in 2017, she was impressed by the selection and quality of the food. “B-Plate’s Greens & More salad bar focuses on seasonal ingredients, including a variety of greens and toppings, along with homemade dressings,” she reported. “With all the fresh toppings, students can make a pretty epic salad — and even get it tossed by a server.”

UCLA mobile stroke unit expands to South Bay cities | Daily Breeze

The unit includes a specialized ambulance, physician, paramedic, nurse and CT technologist.The ambulance is equipped with a miniature CT scanner so that the doctor can quickly ascertain what type of stroke the person experienced and the best possible treatment…. [UCLA’s May] Nour added that the unit’s ability to help doctors pinpoint a diagnosis in the field is unparalleled. “A regular ambulance,” she said, “would not be able to scan and look at the particular pathology of the brain or be able to look at the blood vessels of the brain and see if they are blocked.”

An exclusive image of the interstellar comet that stunned astronomers | Popular Mechanics

Astronomer David Jewitt of the University of California Los Angeles is already making moves to observe the comet. Jewitt, who, along with astronomer Jane Luu discovered the Kuiper Belt in 1992, has imaged the object using the Alhambra Faint Object Spectrograph and Camera on the Nordic Optical Telescope. Next, he and his team are in the process of reserving time on or around October 15 to point Hubble’s instruments toward the object as it slips out of the sun’s glare.

Colt suspends production of AR-15 for civilian market | Associated Press

Despite a national debate on gun control, Colt’s decision seems driven by business considerations rather than politics, said Adam Winkler, a gun policy expert at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law…. “Given these sales and the history of Colt being a completely disorganized, dysfunctional company that goes into bankruptcy and can’t keep anything going properly, my assumption is that this is a business decision that is being driven by their own business problems,” he said.

Fed cuts interest rates again by a quarter point, but future drops this year are in doubt | Los Angeles Times

“They’re just trying to make sure we don’t fall into recession,” said Valentin Haddad, a finance expert at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. “For most individuals, the rate cuts are a good deal,” he added, noting that they will hold down mortgage rates and other borrowing costs that the Fed’s benchmark rate influences.

The racial politics of gun control | CNN

Consider how fear of the Black Panthers motivated conservative politicians — even the National Rifle Association — to push for stricter gun control in the 1960s…. Crucially, while unthinkable today, the NRA’s position on gun regulation until the late ’70s — when more and more (white) people began viewing guns as a means of protecting themselves and their status — was noticeably divorced from Second Amendment arguments, as Adam Winkler, a professor at the UCLA School of Law, charts.

Purdue Pharma’s bankruptcy plan includes special protection for the Sackler family fortune | Washington Post

“The whole thing assumes an honest system, and it’s not an honest system. The Sacklers are choosing their court,” one that is more likely to go along with a potential third-party release, said Lynn M. LoPucki, a professor at the UCLA School of Law. “The courts are granting them in situations where they haven’t been able to grant them traditionally.

Saving money, and your sanity, on college visits | New York Times

Nearly half of students starting college in the fall of 2017 said a visit was “very important” in their decision, according to a report in April from the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Wendy’s new breakfast items are nothing more than sugar and fat bombs | Healthline

“I would not recommend these for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. There is nearly no redeeming quality to these items,” Dana Hunnes, PhD, MPH, RD, a senior dietitian at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center, told Healthline. “Perhaps the one thing they offer is protein, like the sandwiches. However, their protein sources are extremely high in saturated fat, salt, and calories,” she said.

Can BET’s new streaming service improve the odds for black TV talent? | Marketplace

Black people are underrepresented on existing streaming services, according to Darnell Hunt, who researches diversity in the entertainment industry at UCLA. He said BET+ will create “a platform that’s dedicated to African-American content, which will become a home for black talent.” Hunt said that content — and the dollars that move to BET’s new streaming service — will also put pressure on “the Netflixs and the Hulus and the Amazons to continue green-lighting projects that are more diverse, that feature African-Americans, so they don’t lose that entire audience segment to BET.”

20 public schools with low acceptance rates  | U.S. News & World Report

According to the UCLA website, students admitted in fall 2018 earned a nearly perfect GPA and scored high marks on standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT…. Nationally, the 2018 graduating class had an average composite score of 20.8 for the ACT and 1068 for the SAT, meaning these students admitted to UCLA scored significantly higher on these tests than the national average. Domestic students in the 75th percentile admitted to UCLA also logged an average of 30 honors courses.

Stars that eat planets can start spinning so fast they rip apart | New Scientist

Alexander Stephan at the University of California, Los Angeles, and his colleagues calculated how planets could affect the stars that eat them. They found that a planet falling into a star can make the star brighten for anything from centuries to millennia. And that the star can spin faster as the planet deposits its energy. “The interactions between the planet and star may not be able to kill the star as such, but they can certainly mess it up,” Stephan says.

The simple words that save lives | BBC

“There were multiple things where it went wrong with the Dallas call but at the heart of it call takers ask a lot of questions and callers sometimes act like this is gate keeping,” says [UCLA’s Tanya] Stivers. “They think they need to answer these questions in a certain way to get what they want.”

George Takei on being imprisoned as a child and revisiting his past for two new projects | CBC

After graduating from high school, Takei took his father's advice and went to the University of California, Berkeley to study architecture, but his true passion was theatre, so he transferred to the theatre program at the University of California, Los Angeles. After a casting director discovered him during a production at the school, he landed his first feature role as Wang in the film Ice Palace. Takei earned his first degree from UCLA in 1960. His father surprised him with a summer session at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon as a graduation present.

Watching the Israel election from L.A.  | KCRW-FM’s “Greater L.A.”

For Saree Makdisi, a professor at UCLA, what is important is changing the narrative surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, not necessarily Israeli leadership. “There is not really much of a difference between the candidates. The difference is in the packaging, rather than in the substance.”

What to ask about a college’s first-year experience | U.S. News & World Report

The University of California—Los Angeles has also begun outreach to first-year commuter students to ensure that they don’t feel left out of traditional freshman activities that their peers living on campus attend with their resident assistant, notes La’Tonya Rease Miles, UCLA’s director of First Year Experience and Strategic Initiatives. The school now hosts commuter breakfasts and meetups, so first-years living at home also have a group to walk in with at welcome events.

Drinkable water flows in East Porterville thanks to the participation of the Latin community | La Opinión

Of the 1,536 projects analyzed in a UCLA study about the implementation of Proposition 1, nearly half (757) met the required criteria to benefit disadvantaged communities, while another 433 were designated as “unknown,” meaning those projects may or may not be beneficial to the community. (Translated from Spanish)

New UCLA scholarship named for Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys | City News Service

According to a statement released by the university, the two-year award “will be presented every other year to a junior in the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music whose career aspirations include any combination of composing, arranging and producing popular music.” The scholarship was funded by a gift of $100,000 from David Leaf, a UCLA adjunct professor in musicology, writer and filmmaker. The music school has launched an online crowdfunding campaign with a goal of raising another $100,000 to match Leaf’s initial gift.

UC San Diego to create $100 million school of public health to fight disease, aging | San Diego Union-Tribune

The move could become part of a much larger public health initiative. Planners have told Regents that they eventually may be asked to green-light similar programs at the system’s campuses in Irvine, Merced, Davis and San Francisco. UC Berkeley and UCLA already operate nationally ranked schools of public health.

The California city where students with disabilities are ‘segregated’ | Guardian

Lawyers and advocates say the segregation of students with disabilities is only one example of the ways in which Sacramento schools excludes certain students. A 2018 report by researchers from San Diego State and UCLA found that Sacramento suspends black students more often than any other school district in the state.

Opioid epidemic tied to doubling of dangerous heart infections | HealthDay

Dr. Gregg Fonarow is a professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He said that infective endocarditis “is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition that results in substantial morbidity and health care expenditures.” Concerns have been raised about the increase over the last decade brought on by the opioid epidemic, Fonarow added.

3-D virtual reality models help yield better surgical outcomes | Medical Xpress

“Surgeons have long since theorized that using 3-D models would result in a better understanding of the patient anatomy, which would improve patient outcomes,” said Dr. Joseph Shirk, the study’s lead author and a clinical instructor in urology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.