Friday, July 21

Pediatric neurosurgeon Aria Fallah practices a brain surgery using virtual reality, one of the newest techniques in the field. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin)

UCLA neurosurgeons utilize virtual reality in treating patients

Pediatric neurosurgeon Aria Fallah donned virtual reality goggles and exchanged his surgical tools for two remotes to practice a brain surgery. Fallah carefully maneuvered around bundles of neon green brain matter and bright red blood vessels in a three-dimensional scan to reach his target: a tumor nestled deep in the brain. Read more...

Photo: Pediatric neurosurgeon Aria Fallah practices a brain surgery using virtual reality, one of the newest techniques in the field. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin)

Pediatric neurosurgeon Aria Fallah practices a brain surgery using virtual reality, one of the newest techniques in the field. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin)

Electronic emergency locks have been installed inside 192 general assignment classrooms on campus since January. When pressed, the button with a lock icon flashes red to indicate the room is inaccessible from the outside. (Michael Zshornack/Assistant Photo editor)

UCLA implements new procedures, systems to improve campus safety

UCLA has implemented new campus safety initiatives since the murder-suicide in June, including trainings with updated protocol for active shooter incidents and an improved Bruin Alert system. Read more...

Photo: Electronic emergency locks have been installed inside 192 general assignment classrooms on campus since January. When pressed, the button with a lock icon flashes red to indicate the room is inaccessible from the outside. (Michael Zshornack/Assistant Photo editor)

Electronic emergency locks have been installed inside 192 general assignment classrooms on campus since January. When pressed, the button with a lock icon flashes red to indicate the room is inaccessible from the outside. (Michael Zshornack/Assistant Photo editor)

Electronic keypad locks at the De Neve dining hall were replaced by combination locks as part of a new UCLA Dining Services plan to reduce locker maintenance costs. (Deanna Necula/Daily Bruin)

New dining hall locks could be key to fixing locker repair woes

UCLA Dining Services is testing a new type of lock that may replace the keypads on dining hall lockers, which were prone to malfunctioning. Charles Wilcots, associate director of UCLA Dining Services, said the frequency of technical failures in dining hall locker keypad systems increased repair costs and made the lockers unusable for students. Read more...

Photo: Electronic keypad locks at the De Neve dining hall were replaced by combination locks as part of a new UCLA Dining Services plan to reduce locker maintenance costs. (Deanna Necula/Daily Bruin)

Electronic keypad locks at the De Neve dining hall were replaced by combination locks as part of a new UCLA Dining Services plan to reduce locker maintenance costs. (Deanna Necula/Daily Bruin)


Volunteers have gathered more than 400 soil samples for CALeDNA, a new program that aims to use DNA sequencing to map the distribution of species across California. (Courtesy of Emily Curd)

CALeDNA program assesses biodiversity in California soil

Volunteers throughout California are heeding a call by UCLA researchers to map California’s biodiversity and preserve the state’s environmental history. The project, CALeDNA, aims to assess Californian biodiversity across numerous habitats using soil samples collected by citizen scientists. Read more...

Photo: Volunteers have gathered more than 400 soil samples for CALeDNA, a new program that aims to use DNA sequencing to map the distribution of species across California. (Courtesy of Emily Curd)

Volunteers have gathered more than 400 soil samples for CALeDNA, a new program that aims to use DNA sequencing to map the distribution of species across California. (Courtesy of Emily Curd)

UCLA graduate students organized a hackathon Friday to archive environmental policy websites considered at-risk under the Trump administration. (Courtesy of Irene Pasquetto)

Grad students organize hackathon to preserve at-risk climate change data

While President Donald Trump was being sworn into office Friday, a team of hackers and data scientists were already working to preserve government information that could disappear within hours. Read more...

Photo: UCLA graduate students organized a hackathon Friday to archive environmental policy websites considered at-risk under the Trump administration. (Courtesy of Irene Pasquetto)

UCLA graduate students organized a hackathon Friday to archive environmental policy websites considered at-risk under the Trump administration. (Courtesy of Irene Pasquetto)

Russell Robinson, a former UCLA law professor, spoke about marriage equality for same-sex couples Thursday at the UCLA School of Law. About 35 students attended. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin)

Williams Institute to focus research on LGBTQ discrimination

The Williams Institute at UCLA is reorienting the scope of its research to investigate LGBTQ discrimination post-marriage equality. On Thursday, former UCLA law professor Russell Robinson presented an article at the UCLA School of Law, in which he discussed perception of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer rights following marriage equality. Read more...

Photo: Russell Robinson, a former UCLA law professor, spoke about marriage equality for same-sex couples Thursday at the UCLA School of Law. About 35 students attended. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin)

Russell Robinson, a former UCLA law professor, spoke about marriage equality for same-sex couples Thursday at the UCLA School of Law. About 35 students attended. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin)


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