Archive Tag: Research

UCLA will lead a state-funded $10 million California Conservation Genomics Project that will use cutting-edge science to help California’s plants and animals survive as the climate changes. The Sustainable LA Grand Challenge is a key partner in the project and helped to catalyze this statewide collaborative effort. The project will engage researchers and experts from all 10 University of California campuses and officials from state and federal regulatory agencies, among others. UCLA will host an all-day convening in early September with these experts to prioritize research and investment strategies.

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Just like humans, other organisms leave genetic traces pretty much everywhere. A new DNA tool developed by UCLA researchers – the Anacapa Toolkit – can help rapidly detect which species are present in a given area just from analyzing a small amount of soil or water. This tool offers many potential benefits, including:  replacing hundreds of hours of in-person efforts, providing much more efficient and accurate assessments, and alerting researchers of threats of invasive species before they are visible.

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Forbes, STAT, TheFix.com, MedShadow, The Standard, Yahoo News, and Tech Xplore feature quotes from Michelle Craske, PhD (psychology and psychiatry professor at UCLA and co-director of the Depression Grand Challenge) on virtual reality as a treatment for anhedonia–an often overlooked symptom of depression that reflects a lack of ability to feel pleasure and joy.

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Jessica Cattelino, a sociocultural anthropologist, studies indigenous sovereignty, the cultural politics of water, and everyday American political processes and imaginations. As a Senior Faculty Research Associate at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, she directs Sustainable LA Grand Challenge research on gender and everyday water use in Los Angeles households

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