A trip to Europe sometime near the end of college seems like
a rite of passage.
And, a rite of passage is a fitting way to describe a European
trip for four social welfare students. Although it wasn’t your typical
backpacking journey through several countries.
This trip, though, opened minds and taught lessons – things
that can actually be put in practice by this foursome rather than just fill
Dr. Richard Jackson, a professor of Urban Planning at the
Luskin School of Public Affairs, was awarded with one of the nation’s most
prestigious honors on Tuesday as he was the recipient of one of the 18th
Annual Heinz Awards.
Jackson was one of just five people in the country to
receive the distinguished award, which honors work in Arts and Humanities,
Environment, Human Condition; Public Policy; and Technology, the Economy and
With the new initiative to create parklets in the city of Los Angeles, the new outdoor spaces could ultimately take away free parking spots.
But before drivers get in an uproar, one must realize that paying for a parking space in L.A. might not be such a bad thing – it could actually help the city.
Based on her recent research of finding the exact number medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles, Dr. Bridget Freisthler has been able to share the details of her groundbreaking research in the city.
Freisthler, a social welfare professor at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, has performed several television interviews with NBC and Fox in Los Angeles and has been interviewed by various print outlets.
On the heels of the recent
City Council vote to allow the construction of a series of micro-parks in Los
Angeles, researchers from UCLA Luskin's Complete Streets Initiative are releasing a comprehensive guidebook
to planning, building and maintaining “parklets,”—small parks created in urban
areas from the conversion of parking spots, alleyways and other underutilized spaces
for cars into places for people.
The Federal Highway Administration of the US Department of Transportation has selected the Model Design Manual for Living Streets as one of only twelve recipients for the 2012 Exemplary Human Environment Initiative award. The award recognizes the comprehensive street design manual, which including extensive guidance for active transportation and environmentally sustainable design practices.
With a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles
looming, Social Welfare professor Bridget Freisthler conducted groundbreaking
research funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) to put a number
on exactly how many dispensaries there are in the city limits.
The final tally, 472 as of Tuesday – two days before the ban
was to go into effect – is radically different than the amount of medical
marijuana dispensaries believed to be in operation.
Social Welfare professor Fernando Torres-Gil,one of the nation's foremost experts on aging and gerontology, has identified the upcoming presidential election as one that wil have a major effect on a growing generation of older citizens.
Torres-Gil, who is also the Director for the Center of Policy Research and Aging, answered some important questions hovering over the election and the public.