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In a world shaped by data, what happens to social justice?

Data drives life-changing decisions in every social sector. Statistics, algorithms and artificial intelligence have the potential to rectify inequalities, but also the ability to create or exacerbate them. For example, research has demonstrated that over-policing and disproportionate incarceration rates in communities of color are part of a cycle largely related to how the justice system uses data: Over generations, inflated crime rates and more severe sentencing patterns have fed large data sets that in turn have been unfairly used to justify increased police surveillance of these communities and harsher punishments for offenders. These are the kinds of problems examined in…

Department of Spanish and Portuguese scholars collaborate on project to translate neuroscience research

Scientific research continuously expands our collective knowledge and pushes innovation forward. But what good is that innovation if it isn’t accessible to large swaths of the global population? English is the standard language for most scientific communication — nearly 98% of scientific research is published in English. While standardizing scientific publications into a single language can streamline discussion, it is incredibly limiting for populations that don’t speak English. A UCLA-led project aims to alleviate this issue. A collaboration among the UCLA Brain Research Institute, the UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the nonprofit organization Knowing Neurons is translating the informational content on Knowing Neurons’…

Arushi Avachat selected as 2024 Marshall Scholar

Arushi Avachat, who plans to graduate in June with degrees in English and political science and a South Asian studies minor, is the latest UCLA student to win the prestigious Marshall Scholarship. This is the third consecutive year in which a UCLA student or alumnus has received the highly competitive scholarship, which funds up to three years of graduate study in the United Kingdom for U.S. undergraduates or recent graduates. Avachat is one of 51 winners chosen from among more than 1,000 applicants for 2024. She plans to pursue master’s degrees in English and American studies, and in global and imperial…

English major named fifth Arthur Ashe Jr. Scholar

Sydney Do credits an entire community with paving her path to UCLA. After high school, the Maryland native moved to California to live with her grandparents and attend community college. But when her grandmother died and her grandfather’s health failed, the teenage Do found herself living on her own with no family support. Searching for connection in the wider world, she volunteered at Mary’s Kitchen, an Orange County nonprofit supporting people experiencing homelessness. When the city temporarily shut down the facility, Do became an advocate for its guests, many of whom had mental illnesses or disabilities. She also volunteered at…