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These are the best colleges in the U.S. | NBC’s “Today”

For top public schools, California dominated the list. UCLA maintains its top spot with the University of California, Berkeley in second…. Top public schools national universities: 1. University of California, Los Angeles. (Also: U.S. News & World Report, USA Today)

Modern monetary theory has arrived | Forbes en Español

According to Sebastian Edwards, former chief economist for Latin America in the World Bank, a version of the theory has already been applied in some of the countries in the region with populist governments, and all cases have used similar arguments to those now being used to justify major increases in public spending financed by central banks. “All these experiments led to uncontrolled inflation, enormous devaluations of local currency and accelerated decreases in wages,” said Edwards, a professor of International Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles. (Translated from Spanish)

Swiffer. Blackberry. Dasani. Meet the man who named your favorite products | CNN Business

The naming process, according to Placek, typically takes around eight weeks and can involve as many as 10 to 12 people working on the creative process and trademark research. Clients pay anywhere from $50,000 to $150,000, depending on the project…. Back in college, Placek was more of a political junkie than a wordsmith, majoring in political science at the University of California, Los Angeles. “But I did enjoy writing,” he said.

The 20 top-tier schools where the most students get financial aid | Business Insider

[UCLA ranked No. 12] As tuition continues to balloon, the finances of higher education are at the top of mind for many of those students. Student debt and rising costs have financially burdened the millennial generation, and things are likely to continue getting worse. Financial aid from the government, private scholarships, and colleges themselves can go a long way in mitigating those costs.

California bill puts recycling onus on plastics manufacturers. They’re not happy about it | KQED-FM

Julia Stein, a supervising attorney with UCLA’s environmental law clinic, said AB 1080 and SB 54 are attempts to comprehensively address plastic pollution, and that industry groups are concerned California could be a bellwether. “That’s what is spurring the industry opposition to this bill,” Stein said.

Indian’s hidden subterranean stepwells captured in new photobook | Lonely Planet

The project is also on view at a special exhibition at the Fowler Museum at UCLA in Los Angeles until 20 October, and includes 48 photographs with information.

Rust Belt hospital closings: More than 1,000 employees face uncertain future | Fox Business

More than 2,500 hospitals were involved in mergers or takeovers between 2000 and 2015, but in most cases, the deals did not result in significant savings, according to a review by the UCLA Anderson School of Management published in 2018.

Hong Kong residents would rather sacrifice their future than submit to authoritarian rule | Los Angeles Times Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Ching Kwan Lee) This movement is the endgame for many in Hong Kong. People would rather sacrifice their own future than submit to authoritarian rule, with many expressing a scorched-earth mentality in the protest slogan, “If we burn, you burn with us.” Beijing and the government must come to terms with the inconvenient truth that autocracy and repression have radicalized a single-issue movement into a people’s uprising for freedom and democracy.

Cannabis research rules finally being loosened — why that’s important | Healthline

“It was a very significant announcement on the part of the DEA,” said Ziva D. Cooper, PhD, the director of research for the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Cannabis Research Initiative at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. “Until now, we hadn’t heard a word from the DEA about how they were going to approach this,” Cooper told Healthline. “Just because the Farm Bill came out, it didn’t mean the DEA was going to regulate hemp the same way as other CBDs.” She added, “Now researchers are reassured that we can study specifically hemp-derived CBD without the regulatory obstacles required to study schedule I substances.”

Architecture award honors five women | New York Times

In the activist category the honoree was Dana Cuff, a professor at UCLA and the founder and director of the urban research group cityLAB. She is an expert in affordable housing and has been a co-author of legislation to address housing shortages in California.

‘Proof!’ review: rulers and compasses | Wall Street Journal

So Euclid’s geometry, for the first time, established a model of absolute proof through step-by-step inference, and as Amir Alexander notes in “Proof!: How the World Became Geometrical,” it was intellectually elegant besides. Given the mental agility of its most brilliant practitioners, it acquired enormous prestige and even a sort of glamour during the Renaissance…. A historian at UCLA, Mr. Alexander is especially fascinated by the way powerful people took hold of this geometrical way of thinking and used it for their own ends.

Kamala Harris climate change plan, food insecurity on college campuses, endangered otters | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“This is the first time that we’ve seen major candidates really thinking hard and engaging with the public on climate change,” said UCLA’s Sean Hecht. “This is an enormous change in how the media has treated the issue by having a town hall in the first place, and all the candidates have provided pretty strong and comprehensive plans.” (Approximately 2:35)

Hi, I’m David. I’m a drug addict | Los Angeles Times Column

Don’t get me wrong: These drugs aren’t inherently bad, writes columnist David Lazarus. For many, a painkiller or an antidepressant can be the difference between a functional life and a life of unrelenting despair. “Users themselves must decide about meds’ helpfulness in their own lives,” said David Cohen, a professor of social welfare at UCLA.

California can be a model for teacher-led change | EdSource Opinion

(Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Joseph Bishop) California’s recent historic investment of over $133 million represents a timely response to teaching shortages and provides much-needed support to help grow and keep talent in schools. One of the most effective ways to prevent turnover, reduce the need for new teachers and improve educator efficacy is to allow for meaningful opportunities for teachers to learn, collaborate and share ideas with one another. Researchers have found that when teachers’ professional learning is grounded in structured collaboration and allows time to engage in inquiry, it can both improve teaching and retention.

Squirrels eavesdrop on birds to check if danger has passed | Smithsonian

“This [study] highlights how interconnected ecosystems are,” Amanda Robin, a squirrel expert at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was not involved in the new research, tells Wu. “If you removed one species [like a bird], you might be changing the entire life of another species and not know.”

Day-Glo masterpieces are fading. A conservator and her team are racing to save them | Los Angeles Times

The next stop will be UCLA, where the samples can be analyzed using an electron microscope and other sophisticated devices to produce images at the subatomic level. “It’s very, very rare that there is the funding for that,” Korbela said of her science. “That’s so cutting-edge it’s only happening at a couple of institutions.”

Relief from heat, humidity should be on the way | San Diego Union-Tribune

Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA, said the blob is bigger and warmer now than it was at the same stage in 2014…. “I expect the warm ocean temperatures to persist for the near future,” Swain said. That, in part, should help keep the temperatures inland above normal for the next few weeks, he said.

Workers turn to gig platforms like Uber and Lyft as an ‘alternative safety net’ | LAist

However, the gig economy can be a leaky safety net. Many drivers still rely on traditional safety net programs like food stamps and subsidized medical care. Nearly one in five L.A. County drivers receives public assistance, according to a 2018 UCLA Labor Center survey.

Is vaping safe if I do it once in a while? An expert weighs in | Mic

Many scientists believe in a continuum of smoking, with regular tobacco cigarettes as the most dangerous option, and no cigarettes — regular or electronic — as the safest, says Holly Middlekauff, a cardiologist at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center who researches e-cigarette use. She says that e-cigarettes fall somewhere in the middle, as far as overall safety. “A lot of people in the public health sector believe they are safer than tobacco cigarettes,” Middlekauff tells Mic, “but they’re not harmless.”

Study shows how serotonin and a popular anti-depressant affect the gut’s microbiota | Phys.org

“Our previous work showed that particular gut bacteria help the gut produce serotonin. In this study, we were interested in finding out why they might do so,” said [Elaine] Hsiao, UCLA assistant professor of integrative biology and physiology, and of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics in the UCLA College; and of digestive diseases in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. (UCLA’s Thomas Fung also quoted)

36% of proton pump inhibitor prescriptions for older adults may be unnecessary | Medical Xpress

“Most proton pump inhibitor prescriptions began appropriately but became unnecessary because they were prescribed far longer than needed, suggesting that electronic health records can automatically default low-value prescriptions to remain short term,” said lead author Dr. John Mafi, assistant professor of medicine, division of general internal medicine and health services research, at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.