The University of California Carbon Slam

8232Global climate disruption is impacting the planet in ways never experienced in human history. Record-setting warmer temperatures are becoming the norm across the planet and sea-level rise poses a real threat to humanity.

The University of California Carbon Slam held this past May brought forth a vision of solutions. At this system-wide event, students from all 10 campuses came to Silicon Valley to present their climate science and carbon reduction research. Their three-minute pitches and posters were evaluated by a panel of esteemed judges and guests for a chance to win cash prizes.

The spirited contest offered guests an opportunity to see talented scholars in action and provide a unique window into the breadth and impact of climate research taking place across UC campuses. In addition to student competitors, Carbon Slam featured presentations by the University of California Faculty Climate Action Champions, who are working to build community engagement and awareness of climate change and to discover and implement solutions.

Carbon Slam was sponsored by the University of California Global Climate Leadership Council (GCLC) Faculty Engagement and Education (FEE) Working Group and the University of California Faculty Cimate Action Champions.

Watch the UC Carbon Slam 2016.

Want to learn more about climate research? Visit the UC Climate Solutions Channel.

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Music and Dance from UCSB

8232In its third annual department showcase, the UCSB Department of Music has assembled students, faculty and special guests to exhibit different areas of the music and dance departments for a varied but compact program appropriately named “Montage.” In addition to the UCSB-based performers you’ll enjoy Grammy Award-winning soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, Santa Barbara Dance Theater’s Christina Sanchez, and Jennifer Johnson, who performs as Second Oboe/English Horn with the Los Angeles Opera. Enjoy this great program from Santa Barbara here.

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SEARCHing for the End of AIDS

8232As the final segment of the multi-media collaborative project on ending AIDS, UCTV follows Dr. Diane Havlir of UC San Francisco as she and others implement the Getting to Zero SF campaign with aggressive prevention, testing and treatment of people living with HIV in her home town. She and her UCSF colleagues then bring their research and best practices to a fishing village on Mfangano Island in Kenya, where nearly one in three people is infected with HIV. This inspiring story shows how HIV can be successfully suppressed in a community, even with a prevalence rate of 30 percent.

Dr. Havlir’s work is also featured here. Special thanks to the PBS NewsHour for generously sharing its San Francisco and Africa video footage with UCTV, to the Pulitzer Center for underwriting the collaborative, and to the AIDS Research Institute at UC San Francisco for supporting this project.

Watch Diane Havlir: SEARCHing for the End of AIDS.

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Immunize for Life

As we start thinking about sending kids back to school or just staying healthy as adults, it’s time to check to be sure your immunizations are up-to-date. Are your young children current? Are your college students protected? And don’t forget that older adults also benefit from vaccines.

Check out these programs and get more information on vaccines for all ages.

And take a look at this CDC site to see which vaccines are good for you.

Remember that vaccines play an important role in preventing serious, sometimes even deadly, diseases.

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Decoding Ancient DNA

8232From tiny remnants of tartar (the calculus built up on your teeth) to a minuscule segment of a finger bone, ancient DNA data is providing unprecedented insights into the recent history of our species. In particular, methodological improvements and innovations over the last ten years have advanced our ability to recover small fragments, target specific sequences, identify damage patterns, and obtain genome scale data. As a result, we have evidence for admixture among modern and archaic humans as well as greater appreciation for the complexity of population histories for modern humans around the world. We know the diets of our predecessors and even physical traits they have passed on to us. This symposium brings together researchers at the forefront of ancient DNA research and population genetics to discuss current developments and share insights about human migration and adaptation.

Watch Ancient DNA and Human Evolution.

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