ISG Faculty, Nicholas Shapiro & Bharat Venkat, pen article for the LA Times: California will finally have indoor heat standards for workplaces — with a cruel exception
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by agadani
2d ago
ISG Faculty, Nicholas Shapiro and Bharat Venkat, co-author an opinon piece for the LA Times: “California will finally have indoor heat standards for workplaces — with a cruel exception”. Excerpt: “A state board recently voted unanimously to create long-awaited indoor heat standards for California workers. After a final legal review, that will mean protections for millions of people with jobs in warehouses, kitchens and other workplaces that are getting dangerously hot as the climate warms. The board made one glaring exception, however — for prisons and jails.” Read the full article here   ..read more
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Derek W. Ren
The UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics
by agadani
2d ago
Derek W. Ren, Human Biology and Society B.S., class of 2024 has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award for the 2024-2025 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Each year, recent graduates, graduate students, and more than 800 faculty and professionals, are selected for the Fulbright Program. These finalists engage in graduate study, research, or English teaching abroad, fostering ongoing collaborations and building future institutional partnerships. Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has empowered over 400,000 indiv ..read more
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Derek W. Ren
The UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics
by agadani
2M ago
Derek W. Ren, Human Biology and Society B.S., class of 2024 has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award for the 2024-2025 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Each year, recent graduates, graduate students, and more than 800 faculty and professionals, are selected for the Fulbright Program. These finalists engage in graduate study, research, or English teaching abroad, fostering ongoing collaborations and building future institutional partnerships. Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has empowered over 400,000 indiv ..read more
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— Statement —
The UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics
by agadani
2M ago
Statement of the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics Faculty in response to the attacks on the encampment and ensuing police violence, April 30 to May 2 2024. We, the members of the Institute for Society and Genetics, which includes both faculty members and students who were physically and violently attacked on the nights of 30 April to 1 May, condemn in the strongest possible terms both the coordinated attack on our students and the university’s failure to support our students’ right to protest peacefully and to be kept safe while doing so.  We also condemn the use of immense police ..read more
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Statement of Faculty of the UCLA Institute for Soc...
The UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics
by agadani
2M ago
Statement of Faculty of the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics faculty in response to the attacks on the encampment and ensuing police violence, April 30 to May 2 2024. We, the members of the Institute for Society and Genetics, which includes both faculty members and students who were physically and violently attacked on the nights of 30 April to 1 May, condemn in the strongest possible terms both the coordinated attack on our students and the university’s failure to support our students’ right to protest peacefully and to be kept safe while doing so.  We also condemn the use of imme ..read more
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Bharat Venkat’s Research featured in NBC4 story: “Study tracks hot temperatures inside LA food trucks”
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by Amisha
6M ago
The UCLA Heat Lab, directed by ISG faculty Bharat Venkat, is featured in a story on NBC4 for their research on LA food trucks. https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/tracking-hot-temperatures-inside-food-trucks/3294210/ By Lolita Lopez • Published December 19, 2023 • Updated on December 20, 2023 Excerpt: Hot temperatures inside food trucks is the focus of a study recently released by the UCLA Heat Lab. Jason Sutedja is a Senior at UCLA and part of the research group.  He explains they placed sensors in three different locations, inside several food trucks serving universi ..read more
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Terence Keel featured in Washington Post article: Study of Md. in-custody deaths finds many occur in first 10 days in jail
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by Amisha
10M ago
By Ellie Silverman and Jasmine Hilton Excerpt: “…The study analyzed 180 in-custody deaths in 10 Maryland detention centers and found that about half of those people died within the first 10 days of incarceration. And for those whose deaths were deemed to be from natural causes, the report shows they died nearly three decades younger than the state life expectancy. The authors say the study raises questions about whether some of those who died in custody had medical or mental health issues that were overlooked, ignored or not treated properly, or suffered injuries that contributed to thei ..read more
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Bharat Venkat’s Heat Lab featured in LA Times Op-ed: “L.A. loves food trucks. With more heat waves, they can be dangerous for people working in them”
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by Amisha
10M ago
[Excerpt] “July delivered an irrefutable argument about the extent of climate change: A recent analysis suggests that 81% of the Earth’s population lives in places that experienced extreme heat attributable to global warming sometime during the month. Extreme heat is not just uncomfortable; it can be debilitating, and even deadly. However, these effects aren’t felt equally. Many people labor under conditions of extreme heat — sorting boxes in sweltering warehouses, delivering packages or working in fields — so that others don’t have to. This is thermal inequa ..read more
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Bharat Venkat’s Heat Lab featured in NY Times Op-ed: “L.A. loves food trucks. With more heat waves, they can be dangerous for people working in them”
The UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics
by Amisha
1y ago
[Excerpt] “July delivered an irrefutable argument about the extent of climate change: A recent analysis suggests that 81% of the Earth’s population lives in places that experienced extreme heat attributable to global warming sometime during the month. Extreme heat is not just uncomfortable; it can be debilitating, and even deadly. However, these effects aren’t felt equally. Many people labor under conditions of extreme heat — sorting boxes in sweltering warehouses, delivering packages or working in fields — so that others don’t have to. This is thermal inequa ..read more
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Bharat Venkat interviewed on KCRW, “Climate change means hotter summers. Here’s how to prepare”
The UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics
by Amisha
1y ago
[Excerpt] “The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for many parts of the U.S. this week. Parts of LA, like the San Fernando Valley, are headed for triple-digit temperatures this weekend. Heat negatively affects some people more than others — UCLA Heat Lab Director Bharat Venkat looks at it as “thermal inequality.” It’s simple to advise people to turn on air conditioning, but in low-income communities of color, where the percentage of renters is high, A/C availability is low, he points out. Even if A/C is an option, people hesitate to use it because ..read more
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