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Electric scooters are good for the environment, right? Here’s why it’s not so simple | Los Angeles Times

“That actual trip somebody’s taking on the scooter — that’s pretty green,” said Juan Matute, the deputy director of the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies who was not involved with the study. “What’s not green is everything you don’t see.” … One simple solution to both vandalism and charging would be to store scooters at powered docking stations, like many bike sharing programs. But that would fundamentally change the industry’s hop on, hop off business model, Matute said.

Colorado looks to medical marijuana to ease opioid crisis | NBC News

“The science for this is really in its infancy, and policy is far outpacing what we know based on evidence,” said Ziva Cooper, research director at the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative. “We’re very far from coming up with a conclusive statement saying cannabis can be helpful as a substitute for opioids based on controlled studies.”

Can a California law requiring Trump to disclose his tax returns survive legal challenges? | Los Angeles Times

“This new law raises some very interesting and novel constitutional issues,” said UCLA constitutional law professor Adam Winkler. “Because it is novel, it is hard to know how the courts would go, but there is plenty of reason to think courts will be hostile to California’s requirements.”

Is the Fed interest-rate cut good? Depends if you’re a borrower or a saver | Los Angeles Times

UCLA economist Edward Leamer said the Federal Reserve rate cut is a signal that Americans need to start planning for tough economic times in the future. “To some extent, the news that the Fed is communicating is that there is potentially a recession on the way,” Leamer said. “People should be planning right now to figure out what they could do if they lose their jobs.”

How what you consider ‘old age’ changes when you turn 30, 40, 50 and 60 | Business Insider

“People tend not to think about old age until they notice physical changes,” says Alan Castel, psychology professor at UCLA and author of “Better With Age.” Or, as the app’s virality has attested, they see simulated changes. “People also often feel younger than their actual age,” he tells Business Insider. “At certain ‘landmark’ birthdays (30, 40, 50) research has shown that people will re-evaluate their age and take on/change habits.” Their ideal age, or how old they wish they could be again, also tends to go up.

The 20 universities around the world that produce the richest grads | CNBC

Elite colleges and universities enroll — and graduate — some of the wealthiest people on earth. Each year, research firm Wealth-X identifies the colleges and universities with the highest number of “ultra high net worth” (UHNW) alumni, defined as those with a net worth of greater than $30 million. Wealth-X first collects a sample of ultra-wealthy individuals known to have a diploma, including both undergraduate and graduate degrees, from colleges and universities around the world, and tallies their total wealth as a group. Researchers then use this sample and Wealth-X’s database to estimate how many super-rich alumni each school has graduated in total. [UCLA is No. 20.]

UCLA’s Katelyn Ohashi is ready to take her success as a Bruin into a life after gymnastics | The Rafu Shimpo

Perhaps more than any athlete UCLA has seen for at least a decade, Katelyn Ohashi has charged the Westwood campus — and fans around the globe — with an effervescent energy, not to mention superhuman feats on the gymnastics mat…. “This is a perfect time for me to leave. It’s not quitting, it’s just that there’s nothing left for me that I haven’t done in gymnas­tics,” she said. “To have all these doors open in my favor, and to have people hear my message that I have been trying to get out for a while…. “Right now, a lot of what I want to say has to do deal with bullying and body-shaming, and finding joy again, that’s my biggest message,” she explained.

The talk seniors need to have with doctors before surgery | California Healthline

Older patients, it turns out, often have different priorities than younger ones. More than longevity, in many cases, they value their ability to live independently and spend quality time with loved ones, according to Dr. Clifford Ko, professor of surgery at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.

L.A. will explore inclusionary zoning citywide | Curbed Los Angeles

Paavo Monkkonen, associate professor of urban planning at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs, says inclusionary zoning is a good idea for LA, but it won’t have much impact on single-family neighborhoods that don’t already have a lot of land zoned for multi-family buildings. “A better idea would also be to rezone a lot of land for multi-family and combine it with inclusionary zoning,” he says.

Electric scooter culture must change | Medium Column

There are common patterns that belie many of these scooter accidents, according to Tarak Trivedi, and ER doctor at UCLA. 12 percent of people in accidents had been drinking, according to hospital records, and 94 percent of accidents reported that the riders weren’t wearing helmets.

Researchers weigh benefits, risks of PPIs | WebMD

Folasade May, MD, director of quality improvement in gastroenterology at UCLA Health, is working on a study of the overuse of PPIs. She feels more research is needed. It’s the only way, she says, to test whether a specific medication leads to a specific outcome. “The reason why these questions and these studies are important is that there are millions of people on PPIs,” she says.

Housing Authority files plans for 185-unit development | Los Angeles Business Journal

Paul Habibi, a lecturer in real estate at UCLA, said L.A. still needs roughly half a million more affordable units. “There is an acute shortage of affordable housing in the region,” he said. “That’s been around for several years. We have seen some policy initiatives aimed at alleviating that shortage, but we’re still at a deficit.”

Economists forecast possible 2020 recession | KGTV-TV (San Diego)

Economic forecasters are beginning to warn of a possible 2020 recession, and the impact they say will be felt in the Golden State, according to a new report by UCLA. “Don’t celebrate the 3.1% GDP growth estimate for the first quarter of 2019,” writes UCLA Anderson Professor Emeritus Edward Leamer. Leamer is quoted in a recent report produced by the UCLA Anderson School of Management. (UCLA’s Jerry Nickelsburg is also quoted.)