Happenings

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) is hosting an event called “Night of Ideas” on Friday, February 1, 2019 from 6:00 PM to midnight. Its theme, “Facing Our Time,” explores the struggles we face around ecological and climate change through the lenses of science, nature, and art. 

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UCLA climate scientists in collaboration with researchers from the University of Utah and the Colorado School of Mines published a paper adapting urban water systems to manage scarcity in the 21st Century in the journal Environmental Management. The paper argues that it is important for the public to recognize the role played by sociotechnical systems in creating resource availability and scarcity. Recognizing this role of the systems better positions cities/regions to address scarcity issues – particularly important for Los Angeles and Cape Town.

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On January 8, 2019, the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) in partnership with the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA hosted a TEDxUCLA Salon moderated by Dr. Michael Gitlin, distinguished professor of Clinical Psychiatry, and titled “Tackling Depression: Understanding, Preventing, and Treating the World’s Greatest Health Problem.” Nearly 200 guests attended the event which included a musical performance by UCLA alum and cellist, Ramin Abrams, and stories from speakers with personal connections to depression and anxiety, including what led them to work with the DGC or become involved in neuroscience research.

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An Associated Press article highlighted how universities and companies across the nation are developing smartphone technology to detect early signs of depression in younger generations. UCLA was amongst campuses highlighted in this sector overview.  The UCLA app referenced in the article is provided via the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge Screening and Treatment for Anxiety and Depression (STAND) program. STAND assesses whether students are experiencing symptoms of depression and offers immediate treatment options best fit for their needs.

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