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The electric scooter craze has taken many cities by storm, but this trendy mode of transportation has a hazardous downside. A new study from the University of California, Los Angeles finds that 1 in 3 people involved in electric scooter accidents are injured badly enough that they require a trip to the emergency room. Fractures, dislocated joints, and head injuries were the most common injuries. “[We saw] a range of different fractures. The wrist, forearm and the ankles. There were a lot of patients who came in with head injuries. Fortunately the majority of them suffered minor concussions, but five patients did have bleeding inside the brain,” the study’s lead author Dr. Tarak Trivedi told CBS News. (Also: USA Today, CNN, Consumer Reports, Gizmodo, CNET, BuzzFeed, NBC4-TV, Live Science, Business Insider, Mother Jones, The Verge, LAist, Forbes, Bloomberg, ABC News, WebMD, San Francisco Chronicle)
Study hopes to find genetic links to autism | CBS News
“We know that communities of color are not represented in research at the rate that white families are, and this is a problem,” said UCLA’s Amanda Gulsrud (approx. 1:15 mark)
The UCLA historian who fell in love with Africa | History News Network
[Merrick] Posnansky joined the Department of History at the University of California Los Angeles as a full professor in 1977 until his retirement in 1994. He has been back to Africa practically every year from the time he left in 1976 until 2013. “I was the first person to really teach archaeology and develop a department which went from BA to MA to PhD. We were the first teaching department in tropical Africa to deal with archaeology and also integrated much more history rather than with anthropology.”
The pros and cons of vaping | Wall Street Journal Opinion
The concern about teen e-cigarette use is directly linked to the associated risk of smoking cigarettes. A 2016 UCLA study found that an average of 40% of high-school vapers started smoking cigarettes within 16 months. The argument that e-cigarettes are safer for young people than tobacco is faulty, as the usage is directly linked.
When asked about the best available data on case outcomes, several immigration law experts referred us to a study published last year in the California Law Review that analyzed government data from immigration court cases initiated between 2001 and 2016. The study — led by Ingrid Eagly, an immigration law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles — found that “[f]amily members released from custody attended all of their hearings in 86% of cases” during the 15 years covered by the study period. The percentage was slightly lower — 81 percent — for nonfamilies.
“California is a funny place,” says UCLA lecturer and former Los Angeles Times reporter Jim Newton. “You don’t have to look back very far for it to be fairly reliably Republican. This notion of it being an absolutely rock solid Democratic bastion is a relatively new phenomenon.”
How preschoolers are absorbing the biases of their elders | Pacific Standard
Another piece of new research, published in the journal Developmental Psychology, reveals a similarly significant linguistic bias. ”It’s common knowledge that adults unconsciously discriminate against others based on the way they speak,” said lead author Melissa Paquette-Smith of the University of California–Los Angeles. “We wanted to understand when, how, and why these biases develop.”
That sum equates to nearly $2,000 a year per student statewide - close to half of the current expenditure gap experts have identified for elementary and secondary public schools, said John Rogers, a graduate professor of education for the University of California at Los Angeles. The teachers’ strike, he said, helped pave the way for a broader debate in Sacramento over taxes and education. “They needed to set the agenda for the state, and that’s exactly what they did,” Rogers said.
Neighbors join forces to replace missing street trees | Los Angeles Times
Bodek and Welch Howe’s planting crusade launched after they attended Tree People’s free Citizen Forester workshop, which guides planting efforts and educates residents about trees. UCLA geography students assisted by identifying the total number of trees, and those missing.
Metro directors question fairness of congestion pricing | Curbed Los Angeles
At a Metro committee meeting last week, UCLA urban planning professor Michael Manville suggested that using revenue collected in a pricing system to assist low-income drivers would help address these concerns, but members of the board asked for more details Thursday.
Among this crowd, Steve Horvath, a biostatistician at the University of California, Los Angeles, stands out. He isn’t trying to predict what you’ll buy next or whether you’ll commit a violent crime after being paroled from prison. His project, almost magisterially bleak, is to figure out how much of the future you’ll actually get to see. In a paper published this week in Aging, Horvath and his colleague Ake T. Lu formally announced a project they’ve been teasing for a couple months now: a “time to death” clock called DNAm GrimAge that they claim can predict, better than any other tool, when a given person might die.
Homicides dragging down life expectancy gains for Mexican men | Courthouse News Service
Increasing violence in Mexico has stunted gains made in life expectancy for Mexican men in the first decade of the 21st century, a study released Thursday by the University of California, Los Angeles, shows. Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez and Jose Manuel Aburto co-wrote the study and found not only have gains in life expectancy — the average years a person is expected to live — slowed for Mexican males, but life span inequality — or variability of age at death — had a much smaller decrease and, in a handful of Mexican states plagued by violence, increased. (Also: Agencia EFE/Hoy, Hipertextual)
How making public transit more hospitable for women could increase ridership | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”
“We do know … that women are typically more afraid of riding transit, but also waiting at the bus stop, walking toward the bus stop. And I would add, for some good reasons, especially when it comes to issues of harassment … surveys have found that women, typically, are much more harassed and victimized than men,” said UCLA’s Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris. (Approx. 4:45 mark)
Can LAUSD create a better system for all students? | KCRW-FM’s “Press Play”
“We need to rethink how we go about authorizing charter schools, and how we go about re-authorizing charter schools in ways that the costs are borne more equally; in ways that we are ensured that special education students with the greatest needs are not disproportionately in one sector; and in the ways in which we ensure that students who are perceived to be discipline problems aren’t pushed out of charter schools, and hence creating more inequality in the public education system,” said UCLA’s John Rogers.