Wednesday, March 31, 2021


Screen grab from today's Daily Bruin webpage. Make of it what you will. Yours truly offers no comment, just the juxtaposition. The two articles are at the links below:

Coronavirus Research at UCLA

UCLA To Study Vaccine Effectiveness in Health Workers

The research will compare the incidence of positive COVID-19 tests within both groups, as well as the severity of the illness in those who test positive.

3-29-21 NBC-Los Angeles 

UCLA received a $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines among health care workers, the university announced Monday. Researchers at the David Geffen School of Medicine will study both vaccinated and non-vaccinated health care workers from 16 medical centers who get tested for the virus after experiencing common COVID-19 symptoms like fever, cough or a loss of sense of taste or smell. 

Though researchers expect to gather data over the course of a year, some results will be available very soon, according to Dr. David Talan, a professor of emergency medicine and infectious diseases at UCLA who will co-lead the trial with Dr. Nicholas Mohr, a professor of emergency medicine, anesthesia and epidemiology at the University of Iowa's Carver College of Medicine. The research will compare the incidence of positive COVID-19 tests within both groups, as well as the severity of the illness in those who test positive.

Results are expected to help determine how effective the vaccines are at both preventing infection and lessening the impact of the virus when infection does occur. Talan said gathering results from doctors and nurses whom the public knows and trusts should provide more certainty for those who are still wary about getting vaccinated. "Health care workers all across the world have stepped up to meet the overwhelming needs of patients, families and communities during the pandemic and have been prioritized to be the first offered the COVID-19 vaccine,'' Talan said. "We have an obligation to learn as much as we can about the vaccines' effectiveness and safety."

An estimated 10,000 people, including health care personnel at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, are expected to enroll in the study. The medical center at UC San Francisco is also among those in the participating network, which includes facilities ranging from Miami to Seattle.

Mohr agreed that the results would have broad application. "We are entering an important next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic," Mohr said. "Studying the experiences of health care personnel will give us insights into how we can protect both health care workers and the general public once vaccines are more widely available."


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Cesar Chavez Day (Last week or this week?)

Cesar Chavez at UCLA: 1979
UCLA celebrates Cesar Chavez Day on March 26 (during intersession) while the official date in California is tomorrow, March 31. The reason has to due with not wanting to subtract days of instruction. Winter quarter already subtracts two Mondays: Presidents' Day and Martin Luther King Day. Fall has Veterans Day (thanks to former Gov. Gray Davis) as well as Thanksgiving. Spring has Memorial Day. 

An interesting take on Chavez - written by Gustavo Arellano of the LA Times - appears below. Arellano, some old timers may remember, was the 2010 UCLA commencement speaker and faced (nasty) opposition after being selected.* See below.

Woke California pays homage this week to another American hero with a complex legacy

By Gustavo Arellano, LA Times, 3-29-21 

Let me tell you about an American hero whom the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education might find, um, troublesome. He opposed undocumented immigrants to the point of urging his followers to report them to la migra. He accepted an all-expenses-paid trip from a repressive government and gladly received an award from its ruthless dictator despite pleas from activists not to do so. He paid his staff next to nothing. Undercut his organization with an authoritarian style that pushed away dozens of talented staffers and contrasted sharply with the people-power principles he publicly espoused. And left behind a conflicted legacy nowhere near pure enough for today’s woke warriors.

A long-dead white man? A titan of the business world? Perhaps a local politician?

Try Cesar Chavez. The United Farm Workers founder is the first person I always think about whenever there’s talk about canceling people from the past. He’s on my mind again, and not just because this Wednesday is his birthday, an official California holiday.

On Jan. 27, the San Francisco school board voted to rename 44 schools that it felt honored people who didn’t deserve the homage. Some of the condemned make sense — Father Junipero Serra, for instance, or Commodore John Sloat, the Navy officer who conquered California in the name of Manifest Destiny. Others are worthy of debate. Should we really champion Thomas Jefferson, the writer of the Declaration of Independence who also fathered multiple children with his slave, Sally Hemings? Or John Muir, the beloved naturalist who didn’t think much of Black and Indigenous people?

The board’s move was rightfully met with disbelief and derision. In a year when parents are clamoring for schools to reopen, this is what board members spent their time on? And are kids really harmed if they attend a school named after Robert Louis Stevenson or Paul Revere?

Which brings us back to Chavez, the revered labor leader whose bust President Biden recently put on prominent display behind his desk in the Oval Office. On Wednesday, First Lady Jill Biden will travel to Delano, Calif., to celebrate the state holiday with the Cesar Chavez and United Farm Workers foundations, her office announced over the weekend.

He remains by far the most famous Latino activist in this nation’s history, a modern-day secular saint of whom former President Obama said when he dedicated the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument in Kern County in 2012 “refused to scale back his dreams. He just kept fasting and marching and speaking out, confident that his day would come.”

Chavez’s main cause — bringing dignity to farmworkers — remains so radical and righteous that to criticize his personal failures is still largely verboten.

That’s why there was never any call by the San Francisco school board to remove Chavez’s name from an elementary school in the Mission District. Or for the same fate to befall city schools named after Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, even though the former once advised a teenage boy in Ebony magazine that his homosexuality was a “problem,” while the latter called white people “devils” and spoke at a rally along with the head of the American Nazi Party.

History — life — is not an easy-peasy snap-judgment call. To paraphrase Oscar Wilde: Every saint had a past, and every sinner has a future. And Chavez is perhaps as great an example of this in California history. It’s a thought that took me my adult life to realize and appreciate — and accept.

I remember when I first heard about him: freshman year in high school, when my white teacher lectured that he was a grand warrior for Mexican Americans like me. I agreed — and then realized my teacher wasn’t talking about the legendary Mexican boxer Julio Cesar Chavez. When I asked my mom — who was picking strawberries in El Toro as a teenager when the UFW was winning national attention — if she knew who Chavez was, Mami didn’t have a clue.

But once I learned the basics about his life — his marches, boycotts and famous hunger strikes; his embrace of social justice and an ascetic lifestyle; his use of Mexican motifs like the stylized Aztec eagle that serves as the UFW’s symbol — Chavez entered my pantheon of heroes through my college years.

That changed in graduate school, when I read a 1992 memoir by Philip Vera Cruz. The Filipino immigrant was already a legendary labor organizer when he helped Chavez establish the UFW and stayed by his side until 1977, when he criticized Chavez for hanging out with the Philippines’ president, Ferdinand Marcos, and quit.

Vera Cruz’s memoir decried the organization he helped to found as turning “very ethnocentric. When [UFW Mexican members] called out ‘Viva la Raza’ or ‘Viva César Chávez,’ they didn’t realize that all these ‘Vivas’ did not include the Filipinos,” he wrote. “As a matter of fact, they didn’t include anyone but themselves.”

I didn’t even know until reading Vera Cruz’s book that Filipinos helped to start the original grape strike that led to the UFW.

I learned more about Chavez’s faults as I progressed through my journalism career. How he once lashed out at Dolores Huerta — who had urged him to use more sympathetic language for immigrants in the country illegally than “wetbacks” — by saying, “You [Chicano liberals] get these hang-ups.… They’re wets, you know. They’re wets, and let’s go after them.” How he organized group exercises for UFW higher-ups that consisted of people taking turns screaming and intimidating others over their perceived faults.

My immature mind decided he could be a hero to me no more, and so he wasn’t.

As the years went on, I delighted in pointing out his bad deeds whenever possible. I took as inspiration the work of Miriam Pawel, a writer, who in the pages of this paper in the mid-2000s detailed a UFW that she painted as far removed from the union Chavez and others had established. She continued her work with a well-received 2014 biography on him that I just got around to reading this past pandemic year.

I’m friendly with Pawel, so I’d send progress reports as I went through her book. It confirmed in wrenching detail why I felt Chavez wasn’t worthy of adulation, I thought. She encouraged me to read it all the way to the end, where I’d find a “surprise.”

And there it is, on Page 475: Pawel asked a former Arizona UFW leader who had parted ways with Chavez long ago whether he still thought of him as a great man. “Palms up, he held his right hand above his head and lowered his left near the floor,” Pawel wrote. “On balance, he said, the good outweighed the bad. It was not even close.”


When I asked Pawel recently if problematic people like Chavez should have their names stricken from schools and other monuments, her answer was quick: “Of course not. The fact that heroes have flaws don’t make them any less heroic. We’ve gone from hagiography to tearing people down."

During her book tour, Pawel feared that audience members might take issue with all the Chavez warts her book exposed. “But the response was, ‘Yeah, we get it, we get he was human,’” she said. “They were not surprised to hear that he was more complicated than a two-dimensional postage stamp.”

And so on Cesar Chavez Day, let’s remember that the hero was a man. And that Man, invariably, is no saint.



The Arellano commencement address (2010):

Or direct to


Chavez speaks at UCLA (1972):

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Monday, March 29, 2021


By Berkeley:

Days after announcing it’ll stop issuing academic degrees in a couple of years, Mills College is forging new ties with UC Berkeley in its bid to financially survive while shifting its mission. In a letter to the school community Thursday, Mills President Elizabeth Hillman announced a new program in which Mills will host 200 of UC Berkeley’s freshman students at its Oakland campus starting this fall. UC Berkeley calls it the Changemaker in Oakland Program.

Indeed, Mills is undergoing major change. It’s preparing to cease operating as a standalone liberal arts college and transition into an “institute,” although it remains unclear exactly what that means. The UC Berkeley program will “provide a new source of revenue that will help support services for Mills students during our transition period,” Hillman said...



...UCLA Health, which took ownership of the [Olympia] property in January and is leasing it back to Alecto while it winds down services, said it provided the company with “the ability to keep Olympia Medical Center’s doors open” long enough to help see the community through the pandemic. UCLA Health is exploring plans to turn the property into a mental health facility...


UC-San Diego Grad Student Rent Strike

From the San Diego Union-TribunePhD students, young doctors and pharmacists in training, and others looking to attend graduate or professional programs at UC San Diego this fall could suffer sticker shock when they see the new price of housing on campus. The university is planning a massive rent increase across all its graduate-school housing in October. In many cases, rents for incoming students will be $500 to $1,000 a month higher than current rates.

Now graduate students are pushing back, calling for a rent strike starting Thursday, April 1. They say the hikes — which were triggered by the recent construction of more than half a billion dollars in new living accommodations — are unethical and that the school cares more about wealth and prestige than middle-class and financially struggling students.

“I’m heartbroken,” said Casey Meehan, a 28-year-old living on campus and working on his doctorate in computer science.  The university puts out a lot of messaging around diversity, equity and inclusion, but when it comes to putting your money where your mouth is and making it affordable, then we don’t see it,” he added...

UCSD declined an interview request for this story but answered questions through email. The university said its new rates will remain at least 20 percent lower than what it would cost to rent an apartment in the wider San Diego region. A two-bedroom apartment for graduate students on campus currently goes for roughly $1,250 to around $1,850, depending on size and amenities. Rents usually include the cost of water, trash, gas, parking, internet and sometimes electricity...

Full story at:

Sunday, March 28, 2021

UCLA History: Construction of Ackerman Union

The photo is not precisely dated but the Ackerman building opened in 1961.


New consortium including three UC campuses to ensure future of SlaveVoyages database


UC Santa Cruz has joined a newly formed consortium of institutions to ensure the preservation, stability, and future development of what has become the single most widely used online resource for anyone interested in slavery across the Atlantic world.

The SlaveVoyages database, previously hosted at Emory University, will now function as a cooperative academic collaboration through a contractual agreement among six institutions: Emory University, the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture at William & Mary, Rice University, and three campuses of the University of California that will assume a joint membership — UC Santa Cruz, UC Irvine and UC Berkeley. had its origins in the 1960s, when historians began collecting data on slave ship voyages and estimating the number of enslaved Africans to cross the Atlantic from the 16th through 19th centuries. Over the years, the data was transferred from punch cards, to laptop computer, to a CD-ROM published in 1999, until it ultimately landed on a website at Emory University in 2008.

“Twenty years and four million viewers after its first appearance as a CD-ROM, the future of 48,000 slaving ventures recorded in SlaveVoyages is finally secured for posterity," noted Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of Harvard’s Hutchins Center, a consortium member.

Gates has described as “a gold mine” and “one of the most dramatically significant research projects in the history of African studies, African American studies, and the history of world slavery itself.” is the culmination of both independent and collaborative work by a multidisciplinary team of international scholars and historians —  including UC Santa Cruz history professor Greg O’Malley.

He helped create the Intra-American Slave Trade Database, which was added to as a companion to the much older Transatlantic Slave Trade Database in 2019. It documents more than 11,500 trading voyages that moved enslaved people from one port in the Americas to another.

O’Malley compiled the foundational data set of about 7,600 voyages for the Intra-American Database in research for his first book Final Passages: The Intercolonial Slave Trade of British America, 1619-1807, and then partnered with UC Irvine professor Alex Borucki and other scholars to expand the coverage to all of the Americas and take the project online.

“One powerful thing that the Intra-American Slave Trade Database reveals is just how ubiquitous slavery was in the Americas,” O’Malley noted. “We don’t just document voyages to the obvious places we all think of associated with slavery, such as Virginia, South Carolina, or Jamaica. The Intra-American database shows voyages delivering enslaved people as far north as Newfoundland and as far south as Argentina.”

“All of the original 13 colonies that would become the United States appear in the database receiving shipments of enslaved people. And ships registered in every colony traded slaves elsewhere as well. So slavery was not just a southern problem or atrocity. It was an American one, and I mean ‘America’ as both the entire U.S. and the entire hemisphere. Slavery was virtually everywhere in the Americas, in varying degrees, and white colonists across all the colonies profited from slave trading.”

O’Malley serves on the Operational Committee for the whole website, which reviews data submitted by researchers for inclusion, responds to the many inquiries from the media and the website’s users, and plans future developments. In that capacity, he was involved in the outreach to other institutions about consortium membership, meeting with staff at the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture as part of recruiting them to join… 

Full news release at

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Uh Oh. New Cradle-to-Career Database Proposed Involving UC

The governor's January budget proposal includes some funding for a "Cradle-to-Career" database system that is supposed to track students through the entire educational system. UC apparently is supposed to be part of the proposed system.

The Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) has put out a report on the proposal which very politely notes that "over the past few decades, the state has experienced considerable challenges successfully implementing IT projects." (Within UC, think UCPath.) Not surprisingly, LAO suggests that the legislature approve a slower, more methodical approach toward implementing the project.

Mentioned in the LAO report is the fact that "each public higher education segment has an agreement with the Employment Development Department (EDD) that allows it to identify the quarterly earnings of its graduates. The data are matched using social security numbers, which most students provide when they apply to college." Apparently, the idea of the proposed system is to integrate all of the separate systems the segments have for analytical purposes.

The LAO's report is at

Friday, March 26, 2021

UCLA Student Said to Be Involved in Jan. 6 Insurrection - Part 5

From the BruinA federal judge approved a motion Wednesday that will allow Christian Secor to be released from federal custody pending trial.

Secor, a UCLA undergraduate who was arrested in February for his alleged involvement in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots, will be released in the Central District of California under home incarceration. Secor will also be put under 24-hour home confinement and location monitoring and will have to post $200,000 bail and pay for the costs of location monitoring. Secor’s defense attorney filed the motion March 14, the day before winter quarter final exam week at UCLA began, asking the court to end Secor’s pretrial detention.

At a virtual hearing Wednesday, a federal prosecutor argued that if released, Secor could be a flight risk and a danger to the community, given his past history with firearms. However, Trevor McFadden, a federal judge for the District of Columbia District Court, said at the hearing that the prosecution did not present clear and convincing enough evidence to suggest Secor would be a flight risk or a danger to the community and ultimately approved the motion...

Data Share

From the LA Daily NewsThe University of California plans to contribute COVID-19 data collected from its hospitals to a national repository at the National Institutes of Health, allowing researchers access to more information on the disease, UC Irvine officials announced this week.

With the help of a $500,000 grant from the NIH, UC Irvine will spearhead the data transfer. Information gathered on COVID-19 from all five UC hospitals will be incorporated into a database of the National COVID Cohort Collaborative, a program run by the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, or NCATS.

University officials said they hope the massive national database will help researchers investigate some still-unknowns about the disease, including what the risk factors are.

“People have asked all kinds of questions: Is there a relationship between these simple things like age and sex and other illnesses, and the kind of medications that people are taking,” said Dr. Dan Cooper, associate vice chancellor for clinical and translational science at UC Irvine. “All this can be discovered when you have a large enough database.” 

Information from all the patients who tested positive for COVID-19 at UC hospitals will be shared, along with data from two negative cases for every one positive case, as controls, said Lisa Dahm, director of UC’s Health Data Warehouse.

A UC Health-wide COVID-19 database includes information from roughly 500,000 patients who were tested for the disease, she said.

The $500,000 grant will be split among the five UC health campuses – UC Irvine, UC Davis, UC San Diego, UC San Francisco and UCLA – and used “in order for us to safely and efficiently transfer the data that we have in the UC system on our patients who we know have been infected with COVID,” Cooper said...

Full story at

Vaccine Requirement at Rutgers: Coming to UCLA?

From Inside Higher Ed: Rutgers University announced Thursday that it would require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before coming to campus next fall. The public institution in New Jersey may be the first or at least among the first universities to take the step of mandating students receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Three different vaccines are currently authorized for emergency use, but not yet fully approved, by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In making the decision on whether to require vaccines approved through the emergency use authorization (EUA) process, colleges are treading untested legal ground.

Antonio Calcado, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Rutgers, said the vaccine requirement had been thoroughly reviewed by the university’s Office of General Counsel. He said the university, which currently is conducting about 97 percent of its classes online, wants to find a way to bring students back to campus safely...

Full story at

Note: UCLA has required other vaccinations in the past. Presumably, it could require one for coronavirus.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Finally, labor market improvement

We have looked to the new weekly claims data on unemployment insurance claims as an indicator of the labor market conditions. There was a notable drop in this measure at the US level in the week ending March 20, both with seasonally adjusted and non-adjusted data, but also finally in California. Up until this point, California had been bobbing around for the prior month. Let's hope the trend continues.

As always, the data are at

Coronavirus mitigation

 The Brookings Institution - a Washington, DC thinktank - has long published a journal, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity. Papers for the journal are first presented in the conference by the authors with discussants. The eventual result is later published. One panel today (via Zoom) dealt with the current coronavirus situation. In particular, UCLA Econ Professor Andrew Atkeson looked at various simulations of the current pandemic.* He noted that the various mitigation measures taken tend to limit the spread of the disease, but they slow it down rather than - in the long run - substantially avoid deaths ABSENT a vaccine. With a vaccine, delaying deaths during the vaccine development process leads to avoiding them over the long run.


*Andrew Atkeson, "Behavior and the Dynamic of Epidemics” A summary is available at

Pension Sustainability

The Brookings Institution - a Washington, DC thinktank - has long published a journal, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity. Papers for the journal are first presented in the conference by the authors with discussants. The eventual result is later published. One panel today (via Zoom) dealt with the sustainability of public pensions. The authors of the paper for that panel simulated various scenarios of a sample of public pension plans including UCRP.* (Plans included are listed on Table 2 of the paper.) The authors - among other things - consider whether the plans run out of assets in their trust funds and when. UCRP essentially doesn't run out of assets in any foreseeable scenario. Under some scenarios, the UCRP trust fund runs out in 50+ years. This result is in contrast with CalSTRS, another California plan in the sample, which has more problems.

Basically, the critiques of the paper provided by the discussants was that risk and volatility were not adequately reflected in the paper.


*Jamie Lenney, Bank of England; Byron Lutz, Federal Reserve Board of Governors; Finn Schüle, Brown University; and Louise Sheiner, Brookings Institution, "The Sustainability of State and Local Government Pensions: A Public Finance Approach," A summary is at The discussants were Deborah Lucas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Josh Rauh, Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Small Risk

From KPBSAlthough the risk is tiny, infection from the virus causing COVID-19 after receiving vaccines is possible, a report published by a team of investigators revealed Tuesday.

In a letter to The New England Journal of Medicine published Tuesday, a group of researchers from UC San Diego School of Medicine and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA report COVID-19 infection rates for a cohort of health care workers previously vaccinated for the novel coronavirus.

"Because of the compulsory daily symptom screening of health care personnel, patients and visitors, and the high testing capacity at both UC San Diego Health and UCLA Health, we were able to identify symptomatic and asymptomatic infections among health care workers at our institutions," said co-author Dr. Jocelyn Keehner, an infectious disease fellow at UCSD...

The authors estimate absolute risk of testing positive for the virus following vaccination was 1.19% for health care workers at UCSD Health and 0.97% at UCLA Health — both higher than the risk identified in the Moderna and Pfizer clinical trials, which were not limited to health care workers.

"There are several possible explanations for this elevated risk," said co-author Dr. Lucy E. Horton, associate professor at UCSD School of Medicine and medical director of the UCSD Health Contact Tracing Unit.

"First, the health care workers surveyed have access to regular asymptomatic and symptomatic testing," Horton continued. "Second, there was a regional surge in infections overlapping with vaccination campaigns during this time period. And third, there are differences in the demographics of health care workers compared to participants in the vaccine clinical trials."

Horton said health care workers tend to be younger and are part of a demographic which she says engage in riskier behavior such as "attending social gatherings in restaurants and bars without adequate masking and physical distancing." ...

Full story at

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

One of those stranger things about faculty pay - Part 3


We have been blogging of late about a push that seemed to come from systemwide somehow to get all faculty salaries back on the civil-service-like official scales that in fact don't apply to most faculty.* Because of various factors - mainly labor market competitive conditions and fiscal squeezes on the university - pay increasingly became off-scale with variations across disciplines. The various campus senates contributed comments on this push were compiled into an 111-page compendium with various viewpoints expressed.** (UCLA contributed only modestly to this compendium.) Apparently, the message that going back to civil service scales isn't going to work came through.

At least one UCLA department has received the following communication:

As a result of feedback in dialogue with deans, department chairs, academic senate and faculty across the campus, Vice Chancellor for Academic Personnel Michael Levine and his team have decided to delay the implementation of the phased program to change faculty off-scale salaries for at least one year and possibly longer. During this period, VC Levine will work with a new committee, the Off-Scale Salary Advisory Committee, as well as the appropriate committees of the Academic Senate to begin to redesign guidelines for determining off-scale components of faculty compensation. The Off-Scale Salary Advisory Committee will be composed of members from the Academic Senate, the College Divisions and the Professional Schools, with each unit nominating its members for participation. The intention of this change from the very beginning has been to enhance equity in faculty salaries. Moving forward, our focus will be on partnering with faculty and with the new committee to determine the best ways to implement these changes with our shared goal of advancing equity.

It would be nice to know where the push is coming from. It doesn't seem to be coming from the Regents - at least if their recent agendas are any guide. Jerry Brown when he was governor might have been the source, but he has been out of office for awhile. Newsom - once becoming governor - doesn't come to Regents meetings unlike Brown, and he has been preoccupied with other matters. (Newsom came to Regents meetings as lieutenant governor because lieutenant governors don't have a lot to do.) So who are the pushers? Will they be happy to let a committee go off and study the matter "for at least one year and possibly longer"?


* and


One we missed

As blog readers will know, yours truly likes to take note of donations to the university that don't involve brick-and-mortar construction. We somehow missed this one from earlier this month:

UCLA Health has received a $5 million gift to support a program that offers personalized health care for people with complex medical needs who have difficulty traveling to clinics.

In recognition of the gift, the service has been renamed the UCLA Eugene and Maxine Rosenfeld Medical Home Visit Program.

“I am grateful for the Rosenfelds’ generous gift to support a vital program essential to our mission — providing safe, high-quality, compassionate care to patients,” said Johnese Spisso, president of UCLA Health and CEO of the UCLA Hospital System.

Since its founding in 2016, the program has served more than 350 patients and their families on Los Angeles’ Westside. It develops care plans based on a comprehensive understanding of the home environment, regular communication with family caregivers and coordinated management of interdisciplinary care.

According to program administrators, when compared to their peers of similar age and health, enrolled patients are hospitalized 55% less, and those hospitalizations are about 1.5 days shorter. Because the program helps minimize the need for emergency room visits, patients tend to have lower health care costs than they would otherwise.

And for those facing terminal illness, the program facilitates end-of-life care and peaceful passing in the presence of loved ones...

Full story at

Monday, March 22, 2021

Hopefully, the beginning of the end and not just the end of the beginning

From an email circulated this afternoon:

Dear Bruin Community:
With new cases of COVID-19 continuing to decline on campus and throughout Los Angeles County, and with vaccines being distributed at UCLA and at community sites, we have made some important strides toward slowing the spread of the virus. These collective efforts have resulted in Los Angeles County being moved to the state’s red tier and the announcement of new public health guidance for colleges and universities (PDF).
This news provides a great sense of hope and optimism as we cautiously continue to plan for fall in a thoughtful manner, guided by our commitment to the health and safety of our campus community. If we continue to move in this positive direction, the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force expects that UCLA will be in a position to offer significant in-person instruction this fall. In addition, we are hopeful that we will be able to provide a majority of our normal on-campus student housing occupancy and all of our off-campus graduate and undergraduate apartments this fall.
We are continuing to monitor cases in our region as well as state and local public health guidelines, and more definitive details regarding fall planning will be announced once additional information is available.
In the meantime, we are pleased to announce further expansion of on-campus services for spring quarter, which begins this Wednesday, March 24. These are in addition to the expanded activities announced in our message to the campus community on March 9.

Spring quarter instruction
Spring quarter classes will continue to be held primarily remotely, but a small number of courses will be allowed to transition to in-person instruction. A limited number of new in-person courses will be approved as well. Academic departments will notify students of any possible changes and identify alternatives to in-person attendance for those unable to travel to campus. Students may once again receive academic credit for their participation in research labs or research groups, which should allow more graduate students to participate in research, especially on north campus. In addition, experiential learning (labs, art studios, vocational skill building, etc.) may occur as long as physical distancing is achieved. Relevant departments will be reaching out directly to students in their programs who are eligible for these new in-person opportunities.
Research ramp-up
UCLA’s extensive research enterprise has moved from Phase 2 to Phase 3. Details and how to submit new research operational plans were announced last week via a BruinPost from Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activities Roger Wakimoto.
Resuming on-campus work and activities
Although the gradual expansion of services and activities on campus will require some employees to return to on-site work, the vast majority of employees currently working remotely should expect to continue doing so at least through June 30. Planning is underway to develop more permanent flexible work options and standards for staff who are able to continue to effectively work remotely.
All campus departments that wish to request limited expansion of permitted in-person work and activities must submit a COVID-19 resumption plan to UCLA Environment, Health & Safety, per the UCLA COVID-19 Resumption of On-Site Activities Plan Review Process (PDF).
On-campus dining
Bruin Café and De Neve will resume limited-capacity indoor dining starting March 31. Physical distancing protocols will be in place for guests from different households and guests will still be encouraged to dine outside. Meals at De Neve will continue to be offered as carry-out (not all-you-care-to-eat).
Plateia at the Luskin Conference Center has resumed indoor dining at 25% capacity for parties of up to six people from a single household, in addition to offering limited outdoor dining and take-out meals.
The A-level of Ackerman Union and the Court of Sciences Student Center has resumed indoor seating at 25% capacity. ASUCLA Catering also offers Catering Express menus for meal pick up or delivery to those who are working on campus and Starship delivery robots are available to deliver meals to those on campus (map) from several ASUCLA restaurants, including Bruin Buzz, Southern Lights, Blaze Pizza and LuValle Commons. For Ackerman hours and available services, visit ASUCLA.
The Hammer Museum will reopen to the public on a limited basis on Saturday, April 17. The museum will open with its acclaimed biennial, Made in L.A. 2020: a version. The exhibition will be presented at both the Hammer and The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens from April 17 to Aug. 1, 2021. In accordance with L.A. County guidelines, the Hammer Museum will be operating at 25% capacity. Free, advance reservations will be required.
The Fowler Museum at UCLA is planning to reopen in June with the exhibitions The Map and the Territory: 100 Years of Collecting at UCLA and Photo Cameroon: Studio Portraiture, 1970s–1990sThe Map and the Territory was previously postponed, as part of UCLA’s Centennial celebration.
UCLA Recreation
The Sunset Canyon amphitheater lawn and tennis courts are open at reduced capacity for UCLA students, staff, faculty and emeriti faculty with a reservation. Users must complete the Return to Rec membership process prior to making a reservation. In the weeks to come, the Park Pool, Drake Stadium, the outdoor courtyard at the Kinross Recreation Center and the Marina Aquatic Center in Marina Del Rey Harbor will open for use by UCLA students, staff, faculty and emeriti faculty. Updates will be added to the UCLA Recreation website.
Recreation is working with campus leadership to determine how the recent move from the purple tier to the less-restrictive red tier will expand services further during spring quarter.
PreK-12 schools and programs
UCLA’s Early Care and Education centers continue to expand enrollment in alignment with county guidance. Students attending the UCLA Lab School returned for in-person learning the week of March 8, and students attending the Geffen Academy are set to begin a phased return to in-person instruction the week of April 8.
Outdoor study/support sessions
No additional changes to our previous guidance on expanded in-person offerings have been made at this time. As previously shared, students are allowed to meet with faculty and TAs for small group discussions outdoors on campus with prior approval. These cannot exceed 10 people, including the instructor, and require participants to wear proper face coverings and practice physical distancing. Departments offering these opportunities will communicate directly with students in their programs.
Non-academic gatherings are not permitted on campus at this time and campus is still closed to the general public. Exceptions are permitted for those engaged in essential campus operations, attending approved in-person courses, or receiving care at UCLA hospitals and clinics.
There are no plans to expand on-campus housing occupancy at this time. However, there are vacancies in off-campus university-owned apartments that are currently available for graduate and undergraduate students who want to relocate back to Westwood for the spring quarter. Please visit UCLA Housing for further information.
Campus libraries
As previously announced, the Charles E. Young Research Library and Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library are currently open at reduced capacity. Additional libraries will open in phases, first at 25% occupancy and eventually ramping up to 50% as demand necessitates. Reservations are required at both locations and all entrants to the buildings are required to wear a proper face covering and show their Bruincard, COVID-19 symptom monitoring clearance certificate and seat reservation confirmation. Page and pick up services at both libraries are available.

We are encouraged by this further expansion of campus operations and look forward to announcing others, in line with county directives. It is important to remember that as we work to resume campus and community operations back to pre-COVID-19 levels, we must continue to follow public health protocols.
During spring break, it is critical that we do not participate in activities that will put our communities at risk of returning us to a higher, more restrictive tier. We urge you to refrain from traveling and gathering with individuals outside your household. If you travel outside the state, the 10-day quarantine remains in effect once you return to California.
We also remind all UCLA staff and faculty to schedule an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, if they are able to do so. UCLA Health is reaching out to specific prioritized groups as new vaccine doses become available. If you are able to book an earlier appointment through an alternate process, such as California’s My Turn, we encourage you to do so. If we stay the course and continue to do what we need to do to protect ourselves and one another, it is expected that the county will move into the orange tier in April.
You can find general information about the vaccines on UCLA Health’s COVID-19 vaccine information hub and visit UCLA’s COVID-19 resources website and Bruins Safe Online for updates about our campus response to the pandemic. Recordings of recent town halls, including the Mar. 18 faculty and staff town hall, can also be viewed online. If you have additional questions, concerns or thoughts about UCLA’s COVID-19 response, please write to
Michael J. Beck
Administrative Vice Chancellor
Co-chair, COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force
Michael Meranze
Immediate Past Chair, UCLA Academic Senate
Professor of History
Co-chair, COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force