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After mass shootings, GOP-led legislatures double efforts to loosen gun restrictions, data show | Washington Post

Republican-led legislatures tend to push through bills that make it easier to own and use firearms after a mass shooting, according to research from economists at Harvard Business School and UCLA. Those controlled by Democrats, on the other hand, typically don’t change their policymaking behavior in any significant way.

Only one woman of color made Forbes’ 2019 highest-paid actresses list | Forbes

“Given the fact that Hollywood is a white, male-dominated industry, it’s not surprising that you would find women of color underpaid relative to pretty much every other group,” says Dr. Darnell Hunt, a professor of sociology and African-American studies at UCLA and coauthor of the 2019 Hollywood Diversity Report.

To make ‘free college’ work, smooth out the path from community college to a bachelor’s degree | Los Angeles Times Opinion

UCLA, where nearly a third of students transfer from community college, is an exemplar. Staff from admissions counselors to the chancellor engage in outreach with community colleges. UCLA and community college faculty collaborate to address student learning challenges. And the university provides specialized orientation, summer prep programs, mentoring and housing dedicated to transfer students. But UCLA is an exception.

A new film fest offers feminist take on L.A.’s cinema history | Los Angeles Magazine

“The story of the L.A. Rebellion for example, the predominantly African American community of filmmakers at UCLA in the ’60s through to the ’90s. We have a group of the wonderful women from the L.A. Rebellion joining us to let us know about a movement that was written out of cinema history and show their films.”

Social determinants of health: Health care isn’t just bugs and bacteria | The Hill Opinion

(Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Jonathan Fielding) Everyone understands how the flu, diabetes and heart disease drastically impact our health, but social determinants like income inequality, poor public transportation and housing instability can have an even greater effect on well-being…. Political leaders from both parties have an opportunity to advocate for policies that can change the trajectory of health in our nation. When we have healthy places to live, access to good education and consistent access to healthy, high-quality food, we can create a stronger economy and more thriving communities with healthier people and lower medical care costs. 

Should a single test decide a 4-year-old’s educational future?  | New York Times

“New York has had one of the worst histories on this issue,” said Gary Orfield, a prominent researcher on school segregation and the co-director of the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles. “If you want to do anything except give special advantages to people who already have special advantages, tests aren’t the way to do it.”

Eight deep discussions that can save a dying relationship | The Guardian

According to a study at the University of California, Los Angeles, couples with small children, and who both have careers, talk for just 35 minutes a week, and mainly about errands. That study, says John Gottman, “alarmed” him and his wife, Julie. “It seemed like couples who had been together a long time were not taking care of the relationship — their curiosity in one another had died,” he says.

Autism, through the eyes of a computer | Spectrum

“Really what we want is more information that can go to clinicians,” says Catherine Lord, distinguished professor of psychiatry and education at the University of California, Los Angeles. (Lord developed the behavior-based tests that are considered the gold standard for autism diagnosis.)

Big tech or big labor? 2020 Democrats line up with unions | Associated Press

“It says something about where the candidates think the primary voters are on this issue,” said Zev Yaroslavsky, a former Democratic supervisor in Los Angeles County who now works at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. They “may believe that labor can be more helpful to them than the high-tech companies can be to them in a caucus state or a primary.”

Conversion therapy crusader comes out as gay, pledges restitution for harm caused | New York Daily News

About 700,000 LGBT adults in the U.S. have received conversion therapy at some point, according to the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, self-described as a think tank on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. “Many professional health associations and the public support ending the use of conversion therapy on LGBT youth,” said Christy Mallory, the state and local policy director at the Williams Institute and lead author of a 2018 study on the issue. “Our research shows that laws banning conversion therapy could protect tens of thousands of teens from what medical experts say is a harmful and ineffective practice.”

Deep learning AI technique helps scientists see more clearly inside the cell | Stat

Manor pointed to other groups at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics and the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub that are also using deep learning to remove noise from their microscope images. Another group, at UCLA, is trying to use the technique to enhance resolution.

Transgender woman granted long-term residency in Japan | CNN

In an international survey published by The Williams Institute at UCLA's law school and Ipsos in 2016, more than half of Japanese respondents said transgender people should be legally recognized.

How to wake up early, and be happy about it | Fast Company

Studies have shown that meditation helps control stress and improve sleep—two factors that can help you feel awake in the morning. “I’ve only committed to meditating in the past year or so,” Neha Gandhi, COO of Girlboss, says. “I’m not great at it, and my mind wanders pretty much constantly, but I’m pretty sold on the benefits anyway.” She says she’s a fan of a free series of guided meditations from UCLA.

‘Don’t Let Go,’ ‘Fast Color’ and the urgency of black women’s survival | HuffPost

Tananarive Due, an author and screenwriter who also lectures on Black horror and Afrofuturism at UCLA, credits the record-breaking commercial success of Black Panther — which features female warriors as focal characters fighting to preserve the motherland Wakanda — for forcing the industry to finally value sci-fi films with Black women as lead characters. “Black women characters like Okoye [Danai Gurira] and Shuri [Letitia Wright] are as popular as T’Challa [Chadwick Boseman],” Due told HuffPost.

Mexican president fails on economic, migratory and security policy in his first government report | Los Angeles Times en Español

“AMLO’s migration policy has been erratic and contradictory. He started off with an open door policy and ended up with a policy of containing Central American migration to the United States,” said Rubén Hernández-León, director of UCLA’s Center for Mexican Studies. (Translated from Spanish)

Fighting climate change with plant-based burgers | KCRW-FM’s “Good Food”

“Heme is a co-factor protein like hemoglobin, also hemoglobin that’s found in our blood, but the protein engineered for the Impossible Burger is like the hemoglobin that’s produced by yeast. This is important for nitrogen fixation, because having oxygen around inhibits the efficiency of the nitrogen fixation process, which is important for the plant,” said UCLA’s Amy Rowat. (UCLA’s Jenny Jay was also interviewed) (Approx. 3:26 mark)

Inclusive brand identity and product design can be done right | Forbes

Diversity branding can sometimes do more harm than good. Researchers from the University of Washington, UCLA, and UCSB have shown that diversity policies, diversity training, and diversity awards cause white people to be less likely to believe racial discrimination exists. Not all representation is truly inclusive. But such superficial attempts at representation, even when it is incorrect, or using cultural appropriation, can be used as an excuse to minimize the harmful impact of systemic and structural racism and prejudice against other marginalized communities.

Easter Island statues are being defiled by tourists | New York Post

“When I went to Easter Island for the first time in ’81, the number of people who visited per year was about 2,500,” archaeologist Jo Anne Van Tilburg told UCLA. Last year, the 63-square-mile island — officially known as Rapa Nui but given its holy-holiday moniker after Dutch explorers put eyeballs on it on Easter morning in 1722 — received 150,000 visitors. The uptick is due in part to an increased number of flights as well as docked cruise ships whose passengers jump off for a short period of time to buy souvenirs and snap a selfie.

Google Maps plots course for billion dollar payday with ads | Fox Business

“Google has developed a high-quality mapping product with a significant user base over the past two decades,” Juan Matute, Deputy Director at UCLA’s Institute of Transportation Studies, told FOX Business. “That they haven’t fully monetized it sooner is the anomaly. But linking people with information about nearby businesses, services, and events provides a useful service.”

What kids who bully often have in common | HuffPost

Licensed clinical psychologist Scott Symington pointed to research out of the University of California, Los Angeles, that found “cool” middle schoolers were more likely to be bullies than their less-popular peers.

What universities get right — and wrong — about grand challenges | Inside Higher Ed

The 2018 Report on University-Led Grand Challenges, by a University of California, Los Angeles, team, identified strategies that 20 universities developed to frame, implement and sustain grand-challenge initiatives. These strategies raise major questions about how to translate aspirations into real work on the ground.

The top 10 US colleges that pay off the most in big cities | CNBC

One of the most selective schools in the University of California school system, the University of California, Los Angeles, is known for its strong athletics department. The most popular majors at UCLA are biology, business economics, political science, psychology and psychobiology.

The next clean energy source? Snow | Big Think

There’s energy all around us that we can easily collect from the sun, wind, rivers, waves — and now from snow, too. Indeed, Maher El-Kady and Richard Kaner, two scientists from UCLA, recently published a paper in Nano Energy describing how they were able to construct a cheap, flexible, simple device — they call it the “snow-TENG” — that can generate electricity from falling snow.

DOA: Apple’s $6 billion streaming bet to dethrone Netflix | Forbes

Of the 200 television series of the 2016-2017 season, only 13.7% of the writers were minorities, according to the dean of social sciences at UCLA.

This cheap intervention could prevent more teen drug use than ‘Just Say No’ | Philadelphia Inquirer Opinion

A new study from the department of medicine at the University of California-Los Angeles, conducted by Dr. Mitchell Wong and his colleagues, suggests that a more effective — and cheaper — way to prevent drug use among early teens is to more regularly engage parents in their teen’s academic life.

Mineral ‘never seen before in nature’ is discovered inside a meteorite in Australia, scientists claim | Daily Mail (U.K.)

Studying a slice of the meteorite, mineralogist Chi Ma of the California Institute of Technology and geochemist Alan Rubin of the University of California, Los Angeles, found tiny slivers of an iron carbide mineral never before seen in nature.