UCLA: UCLA Library acquires new materials based on student proposals

UCLA: UCLA Library acquires new materials based on student proposals. “It’s been more than a year since the coronavirus halted physical access to the UCLA Library. Rather than seeing it as a hurdle, Matthew Fisher, associate professor of English, and Devin Fitzgerald, curator of rare books and the history of printing, devised a series of remote-learning alternatives for students to research, think and write about books and book collections in new ways, culminating in a final writing project that allowed students to explore an unfamiliar role: special collections curator.”

UCLA: UCLA researchers digitize massive collection of folk medicine

UCLA: UCLA researchers digitize massive collection of folk medicine. “A project more than 40 years in the making, the Archive of Healing is one of the largest databases of medicinal folklore from around the world. UCLA Professor David Shorter has launched an interactive, searchable website featuring hundreds of thousands of entries that span more than 200 years, and draws from seven continents, six university archives, 3,200 published sources, and both first and second-hand information from folkloric field notes.”

TechCrunch: UCLA is building a digital archive of mass incarceration with a new $3.6M grant

TechCrunch: UCLA is building a digital archive of mass incarceration with a new $3.6M grant. “UCLA researchers have been awarded a $3.65 million grant to collect, contextualize, and digitally preserve a huge archive of materials relating to policing and mass incarceration. It should help historians and anthropologists, but more fundamentally it will thoroughly document a period that many would rather forget.”

LAWSUIT VICTORY: UCLA admits to violating the law after stonewalling open records request for over a year (FIRE)

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE): LAWSUIT VICTORY: UCLA admits to violating the law after stonewalling open records request for over a year. “It took 404 days, five extensions, and a lawsuit for the University of California, Los Angeles to fulfill a single open records request. Today, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education announces a victory in the lawsuit — filed to remind UCLA and public institutions around the country that they have a moral and legal obligation to fulfill public records requests.”

Daily Bruin: CDC partners with UCLA program that collects data on COVID-19 in prisons, jails

Daily Bruin: CDC partners with UCLA program that collects data on COVID-19 in prisons, jails. “The UCLA Law COVID-19 Behind Bars Data Project, led by law professor Sharon Dolovich, signed a contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in October to serve as the primary data source for tracking COVID-19 in correctional and detention facilities. The project organizes data collected by volunteers in jails, prisons and detention centers as part of an effort to become a national resource for advocates for people incarcerated during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs: UCLA Research Center Develops Online Anti-Racism Hub Focusing on Asian Americans

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs: UCLA Research Center Develops Online Anti-Racism Hub Focusing on Asian Americans. “A new website known as the Movement Hub was developed by the UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge (CNK) to serve as a centralized platform to amplify on-the-ground activism and organizing by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The website offers resources for and by AAPI organizations to promote cross-racial unity.”

UCLA: UCLA creates multilingual website for coronavirus information

UCLA: UCLA creates multilingual website for coronavirus information. “It’s abundantly clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has not hit all people equally, and part of that disparity is informational. Many communities have an increased vulnerability because of a lack access to official news, public health information and safety recommendations in a language other than English. To help remedy that, faculty from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and the Asian American Studies Center quickly came together recently to launch TranslateCovid.org. This new website presents health and safety recommendations and other information in more than 40 languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Armenian, Japanese and Vietnamese.”

National Catholic Reporter: Mexican American religious life will be preserved in UCLA archive collection

National Catholic Reporter: Mexican American religious life will be preserved in UCLA archive collection. “The collections highlight churches and faith-based organizations such as Church of the Epiphany, an Episcopal congregation where activists planned the Chicano Moratorium to protest the Vietnam War draft; Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention and rehabilitation organization founded by Jesuit priest Gregory Boyle; and Católicos por La Raza, a Catholic lay group that criticized the church’s neglect of the poor and the lack of Mexican American representation within the institution.”

Medical Xpress: Hundreds of UCLA students publish encyclopedia of 1,000 genes linked to organ development

Medical Xpress: Hundreds of UCLA students publish encyclopedia of 1,000 genes linked to organ development. “A team of 245 UCLA undergraduates and 31 high school students has published an encyclopedia of more than 1,000 genes, including 421 genes whose functions were previously unknown. The research was conducted in fruit flies, and the genes the researchers describe in the analysis may be associated with the development of the brain, eye, lymph gland and wings.” Loved the soccer analogy.

UCLA: Ethnomusicology Archive publishes 58 historical field collections online

UCLA: Ethnomusicology Archive publishes 58 historical field collections online. “Five years of planning and development across international waters have culminated in the online publication of 58 historical field collections held by the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive. The project, Ethnomusicology: Global Field Recordings, was a collaboration between the World Music Center at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, home of the archive, and Adam Matthew Digital, an academic publisher based in the United Kingdom.”

UCLA: Researchers convert 2D images into 3D using deep learning

UCLA Newsroom: Researchers convert 2D images into 3D using deep learning. “A UCLA research team has devised a technique that extends the capabilities of fluorescence microscopy, which allows scientists to precisely label parts of living cells and tissue with dyes that glow under special lighting. The researchers use artificial intelligence to turn two-dimensional images into stacks of virtual three-dimensional slices showing activity inside organisms.”

Daily Bruin: New organic chemistry website hopes to be engaging, interactive student resource

Daily Bruin: New organic chemistry website hopes to be engaging, interactive student resource. “The website, R/S Chemistry, focuses on teaching students principles of organic chemistry – a branch of chemistry that deals with carbon-based molecules. The website has three difficulties and two different modes that students can use to practice their skills. There is a learn mode with an interactive model to help students picture molecules in three dimensions, and an expert mode that tests their skills in a timed game.”

UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music: “Ethnomusicology: Global Field Recordings” now available

UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music: “Ethnomusicology: Global Field Recordings” now available. “The UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive* is pleased to announce the publication of Ethnomusicology: Global Field Recordings. Presenting 58 field collections held by the Archive, this diverse and comprehensive resource features thousands of audio field recordings and interviews, film footage, field notebooks, slides, correspondence, and ephemera from around the world.”