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Mindfulness Meditation Activates Altruism

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UCLA Professors Akihiro Nishi and Michael Irwin and colleagues co-authored a paper that was published in Nature's Scientific Reports titled, "Mindfulness Meditation Activates Altruism," on April 16, 2020. Dr. Nishi and Dr. Irwin are affiliated…

UCLA Professor Safiya Noble Pens A Reckoning for Restoration and Reparation

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For the newly launched magazine, NOEMA, Dr. Safiya Noble wrote an essay that calls out the titans of technology, and challenges us all to look at the societal needs of this pivotal moment. As calls for abolition and racial justice echo from…

LA Social Science Community Conversations Featuring UCLA Medical School Dr. Tomer Begaz

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LA Social Science spoke with Dr. Tomer Begaz, Professor of Emergency Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and Director of Undergraduate Medical Education at UCLA-Olive View Medical Center, about his recent "Golden Apple"…

UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy Releases Report About Latest Scourge of White Nationalism

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UCLA's Luskin Center for History and Policy has published a report, "All is Not Well in the Golden State: The Scourge of White Nationalism in Southern California," that examines white nationalism's history, ideology, and present-day operations,…

LA Social Science Presents "Conversations with Changemakers" Featuring Dr. Chris Zepeda-Millán

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UCLA Associate Professor Chris Zepeda-Millán demonstrates most Americans would support immigrant child detainees being released and having access to medical care. Dr. Zepeda-Millán's data illustrates that the current administration's immigration…

LA Social Science Summer Course Previews: Anthropology Department Courses in 2020

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Summer 2020 starts this month, and LA Social Science will continue to highlight some of the summer courses being offered within the Division of Social Sciences at UCLA. UCLA summer courses are open to BOTH UCLA students and NON-UCLA students.…

UCLA LPPI Brief Finds L.A. Black & Latino Neighborhoods Lack Resources During Safer-at-Home Order

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On May 19, 2020, UCLA's Latino Policy and Politics Initiative, the UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge, and Ong and Associates (an economic and policy analysis consulting firm) issued the brief, "Struggling to Stay Home: How COVID-19…

LA Social Science Presents "Conversations with Changemakers" Featuring Dr. Leigh-Anna Hidalgo & Rosanna Simons (VID)

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The grassroots organization People for People (Gente por Gente) LA grew organically with the help of UCLA students to respond to the needs of the community, particularly during COVID-19. Find out how researchers, Dr. Leigh-Anna Hidalgo and…

UCLA Report Reveals Economic Uncertainty for Latino Neighborhoods During Pandemic

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UCLA's Latino Policy and Politics Initiative (LPPI) in partnership with the UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge recently released a very powerful report, "Left Behind During a Global Pandemic: An Analysis of Los Angeles County Neighborhoods…