Category Archives: Awards

Nobel Prize Winner in Physics Explores Dark Energy on UCTV

It’s hard to wrap your mind around the idea of an ever-expanding universe. But that’s what this year’s winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics did back in 1998. Using the best tools and minds that science has to offer, two distinct teams of scientists, one led by Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and University of California Berkeley Professor Saul Perlmutter, arrived at the same conclusion — that the universe is not only expanding, it’s accelerating.

In addition to Professor Perlmutter at the Supernova Cosmology Project, the other half of this prestigious prize was awarded jointly to Brian P. Schmidt at Australian National University and Adam G. Riess at Johns Hopkins University and Space Telescope Science Institute. You can find the official announcement from the Nobel Prize organization here.

In January 2010, UCTV premiered a program from Lawrence Berkeley Lab featuring Saul Perlmutter, along with his colleagues Alexie Leauthaud of the Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics and David Schlegel of Baryon Oscillation Spectroscope Survey, in a public conversation about the suspected cause of the universe’s accelerated expansion, dark energy, an elusive force that remains science’s biggest unsolved mystery. You can watch the program or download and audio or video podcast file here:

Dark Secrets: What Science Tells Us About the Hidden Universe

Want to know more? Check out these related programs:

Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe

Millennium Lecture: Dark Matter And the Ultimate Fate of the Universe

Atoms to X-rays: The Mystery of Empty Space: Higgs Bosons, Vacuum Energy and Extra Dimensions

More programs in Astrophysics, Cosmology, Astronomy and Space Sciences

Congratulations Professor Perlmutter and all the Nobel Prize winners! You can find more Nobel Laureates on UCTV here.


“Disaster Preparedness” Reaps Reward for UCSF Fresno Doctor

UCSF Fresno's Dr. John Blossom (left) receives his Aurora Award from UCTV Director Lynn Burnstan at a June 2 meeting in Oakland.

As Director of the California Area Health Education Center (AHEC), UCSF Fresno‘s Dr. John Blossom knows the value of reaching large audiences with essential information. So when the opportunity arose to partner with UCTV on a video series offering expert disaster preparedness information to health care providers and the general public, he lept at the chance, investing his time, expertise and newly tapped on-screen talent as host of the four-part series “Disaster Preparedness for Health Professionals.”

The series premiered on UCTV in October 2009 and, with UCTV’s large footprint reaching 23 million households nationwide on satellite and cable, as well as millions more through its website, YouTube and iTunes channels, audiences in every corner of the state, the country and the world had ready access to vital emergency response information covering natural disasters, chemical and biological agents, pandemic influenza and emerging infections, and managing disaster volunteers. With almost 800,000 combined online views to date, the information has clearly been well received.

But last week it was Dr. Blossom who was on the receiving end of some welcome attention when he took possession of his Gold Aurora Award in the General Instruction category for the “Disaster Volunteerism” installment.  The Aurora Awards is a prestigious international competition designed to recognize excellence in the film and video industries, specifically targeting products, programs and commercials that would not normally have the opportunity to compete on a national level.

While physicians of Dr. Blossom’s stature are no stranger to recognition, a golden statuette for producing and hosting a television program certainly falls outside the norm. Then again, Dr. Blossom is in a class by himself.

Congratulations Dr. Blossom!


UC San Diego Grabs Aurora Awards for Diabetes and 50th Anniversary Programs!

Congratulations to our UC San Diego-based sister channel, UCSD-TV, for nabbing two Aurora Awards for “Taking Control of Your Diabetes” and “UCSD@50!”

Taking top honors with the Platinum Best of Show Award in the News Magazine/Interview category is the November 2010 edition of “UCSD@50,” UCSD-TV’s year-long magazine program honoring UC San Diego’s 50th anniversary. This memorable installment profiles the campus’ unique built environment and highlights research on fighting antibiotic resistant “superbugs,” a conversation with “Avatar” actor and UCSD alumnus Dileep Rao, and more. All “UCSD@50″ programs are available online and the next installment premieres April 11 on UCTV.

UCSD-TV’s “Taking Control of Your Diabetes” (TCOYD) series was also a big winner, taking home a Gold Award in the Fitness/Health category for its episode on weight management. This long-running series hosted by Dr. Steven Edelman was totally revamped in 2010, making this award especially meaningful.  All TCOYD programs are available online and the 2011 season premieres in June.

The Aurora Awards is a international competition designed to recognize excellence in the film and video industries. It specifically targets products, programs and commercials that would not normally have the opportunity to compete on a national level, by focusing on non-national commercials, regional or special interest entertainment and corporate sponsored film and video. Entries come from across the US, and abroad.


UCTV Programs Nab Three Telly Awards!

We’re proud to announce that three UC-produced programs have received Bronze Telly Awards!

The World’s Most Endangered Forests: Tropical Dry Forests of Oceania
Produced by first-time UCTV contributor Thomas Gillespie, professor of geography at UCLA, this half-hour documentary takes you to the beautiful southwest Pacific region of Oceania, where the forests have been reduced to less than one percent of their historic range. Professor Gillespie examines the biodiversity of woody plants and the local culture of some of the Pacific’s most threatened regions.

SummerFest 2009: Stewart Copeland, Composer
Produced by our sister channel at UC San Diego, UCSD-TV, this half-hour performance features original compositions by percussionist Stewart Copeland, best known as drummer for superstar rock band The Police. This is the first award for the SummerFest series and, after twelve years of partnering with La Jolla Music Society, we are confident it won’t be the last.

Opera Spotlight: Romeo and Juliet
Also from UCSD-TV, this 30-minute program gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at San Diego Opera’s 2010 production of Gounod’s Shakespeare-inspired masterpiece. This is the fifth award for the Opera Spotlight series, which UCSD-TV and San Diego Opera have co-produced since 1995 — including this year with San Diego Opera’s 2011 season.

UCTV programs are no stranger to the Telly Awards, having picked up fifteen of them since 2004. The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web. Since 1978, their mission has been to strengthen the visual arts community by inspiring, promoting, and supporting creativity. The 31st Annual Telly Awards received over 13,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents.

Congratulations to our UC producers, program contributors and community partners!