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UCLA receives $20 million donation to study kindness | The Hill

The gift from Jennifer and Matthew C. Harris will establish the UCLA Bedari Kindness Institute to support research and real-world practices to “empower citizens and inspire leaders to build more humane societies,” the university said in a statement. Research will focus on actions, thoughts, feelings and social institutions associated with kindness. (Also: LiveScience, Fox News, Times of India)

Climate change: Students, finally, are on fire | The Hill Opinion

(Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Marcelo Suárez-Orozco) Climate change has ignited the rapid kinetic movement for youth agency and action in service of the common good. To let this new energy go to waste would be a shame. Climate change education for all should be a part of the solution for moving forward.

Tests showed bootleg marijuana vapes tainted with hydrogen cyanide | NBC News

Over the summer, an 18-year-old girl arrived at UCLA Health with a bad cough, fevers, nausea and labored breathing. Within 48 hours, her lung function deteriorated to the point that doctors sent her to the ICU and hooked her up to a respirator. The teenager, who reported having vaped tobacco and pot products every day for the past two years, ultimately improved and was released from the hospital. “She got very sick, very fast,” said Dr. Kathryn Melamed, the pulmonologist who saved the teenage girl’s life.

Southern California home prices were flat and sales fell in August | Los Angeles Times

Stuart Gabriel, director of the Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA, said consumer concerns about the broader economy have played a role in the housing slowdown. He said cheaper financing shouldn’t be viewed in a vacuum. “The lower interest rates are there for a reason,” he said, referring to rates cuts the Federal Reserve has undertaken to bolster the economy. A UCLA Anderson Forecast, also released Wednesday, doesn’t predict a recession, but rather slowing GDP growth this year and next. Gabriel said that should be enough growth that the housing market doesn’t fall off a cliff, but also doesn’t enter a new boom period. (Also: KCRW-FM)

To invent a quantum internet | Quanta magazine

The first data ever transmitted over Arpanet, the precursor of the internet, blipped from a computer at the University of California, Los Angeles to one at the Stanford Research Institute in Palo Alto on Oct. 29, 1969. That evening, the team at UCLA got on the phone with the SRI team and began typing “LOGIN.” “We typed the L and we asked, ‘Did you get the L?’” the UCLA computer scientist Leonard Kleinrock recently recalled. “‘Yep’ came the reply from SRI. We typed the O and asked, ‘Did you get the O?’ ‘Yep.’ We typed the G and asked, ‘Did you get the G?’ Crash! The SRI host had crashed. Thus was the first message that launched the revolution we now call the internet.”

Why California’s landmark stem cell agency deserves more funding | San Diego Union-Tribune Opinion

Clinical trials at UCLA, UC San Francisco and Stanford funded by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) appear to have given more than 50 children like Evangelina their lives back. These trials are on track to achieve FDA approval. Similarly, many other patients with crippling or near-fatal diseases are also dramatically improving because of experimental stem-cell based therapies in CIRM-funded clinical trials.

Millions demanded climate action and world leaders came up short | Bloomberg

The meetings were still “far too much a chance for people to beat their chests and say they’re making change,” said Brad Cornell, a business professor at the University of California at Los Angeles. “But who is making real change?”

Why does photographer Donn Delson shoot from a helicopter? Perspective | Los Angeles Times

Twenty-one of Delson’s works, all shot in Israel, premiere in the exhibition “Holy Land” at the Hillel at UCLA on Thursday. The Old City in Jerusalem is seen from 4,000 feet at dusk; Masada is shown from about 2,000 feet at sunrise. “Tree of Life” depicts the Dead Sea from about 4,000 feet; the gullies and cracks and twists in the parched desert landscape resemble a tree, buffeted by the wind.

‘It was time’: Maker of Barbie launches line of gender-neutral dolls | Guardian (U.K.)

Studies examining gender identification among young children are hard to come by, but a recent report by the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that 27% of California teens surveyed identified as gender-nonconforming to varying extents.

Inside the battle to ban conversion therapy in Florida | Daily Beast

While talk therapy is most commonly used, some practitioners have incorporated “aversion treatments, such as inducing nausea, vomiting, or paralysis” and electric shock treatment, according to the Williams Institute of UCLA. 

American Society of Cinematographers Mentor Award honors | Variety

(John) Simmons won the Best Cinematography Emmy for the Nickelodeon multi-camera series “Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn” and has three additional Emmy nominations. His first multi-camera primetime show was “The Hughleys.” He was an adjunct professor in the Television/Film and Theater Department at UCLA for 25 years and is presently filming shows for Netflix.

Do apps that pay you to lose weight really work? | Livestrong

Fortunately, incentive apps don't have an end date. As long as you keep using them, you can keep benefiting. The trick is to find something you want to use. “Pick an app that sparks your interest,” says Erin Morse, RD, chief clinical dietician at UCLA Health. “If you don’t love it, you won’t use it.”

California and other states take on the Trump administration’s rollback of air-pollution regulations | Chico News and Review

Julia Stein, supervising attorney at UCLA’s Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic, estimates the lawsuit could take up to 18 months. In the meantime, California may ask the court to keep its waiver in place until any litigation is resolved, Stein said.

House launches formal impeachment inquiry of President Trump | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“That was all Trump talking points, I think, that he circulated to all his talkers this morning. There is absolutely no one who believes that Biden was pressuring the removal of the prosecutor to help his son’s company, that he was on the board of,” said UCLA’s Matt Barreto. (Approx. 37:00 mark)

New ‘RNS System’ device can help millions affected by epilepsy | KTTV-TV

Doctor Dawn Eliashiv, a neurologist at UCLA Medical, is her physician. ”There are at least a million people who don’t respond to medication,” said Dr. Eliashiv.