With “Unleashing the Light,” the third video in the series, we look back on Nakamura’s breakthrough which enabled the creation of the white-light emitting LED, a crucial discovery that unleashed a revolution in the way the world uses light and power.
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Lighting The World
We take light for granted, yet more than two billion people in the world go through their entire lives without reliable lighting. But that’s changing, thanks in part to the brilliant discovery of UC Santa Barbara’s Shuji Nakamura.
The UCTV Prime series Lighting the World: Shuji Nakamura and His Brilliant Discovery, made possible by UC Santa Barbara’s Solid State Lighting and Energy Center, tells the story of Nakamura’s determined effort to develop the white LED and the revolution in lighting that his discovery has brought to the world.
Careers In Innovation
Powered by UC San Diego Extension, UCTV’s Career Channel provides a public service as an unbiased provider of information, tools and experts to help college graduates with their careers.
This month brings a slate of new programs from UCSB’s Technology Management Program and UC Berkeley’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, featuring experts on innovation in the high-tech marketplace.
Breeze Through The Basics of First-Year Med School
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a first-year medical student? Are you planning to pursue a career in healthcare but want to learn more first?
Learn from the same faculty who teach the fundamental concepts of medicine to first-year medical students at UCSF with this new UCSF Osher Mini Medical School series, premiering March 18.
In the first short episode, “Lights in the Darkness,” John Bowers of UC Santa Barbara’s Institute for Energy Efficiency describes the impact that lack of reliable lighting has on people’s lives. But he also shines some hope on the situation by showing how the use of highly efficient white LED, discovered by Shuji Nakamura, is proving to be a feasible and economical solution.
In the hands of teenagers or distracted drivers, cell phones can mean trouble. But when UCLA engineering professor Aydogan Ozcan gets a hold of one, he’s helping to save lives.
In developing countries, more than 3.4 million people die each year due to water-related diseases, while the U.S. and Europe routinely face E. coli and salmonella contamination in their food supplies. In response, Ozcan developed the first-of-its-kind microscopy tool that enables public health workers to test for harmful bacteria in the field using only a cell phone.
For a few months last spring, things were really rumbling at UC San Diego’s Engelkirk Structural Engineering Center, where researchers subjected a five-story mockup of a hospital to the largest earthquake test of its kind.
“Building It Better: Earthquake-resilient Hospitals for the Future,” a UCSD-TV and California Seismic Safety Commission documentary two years in the making, takes you behind the scenes of these dramatic earthquake tests as researchers evaluate their impact on the many complex systems within hospital buildings, including surgical suites, patient rooms and more. The program also reviews the history of seismic safety for California’s hospital infrastructure, and what is being done to secure its future.
Phenomenal is the only way to describe this project. I’ve recorded and produced many programs on tests at Englekirk – from a massive concrete parking structure to an 80′ wind turbine to metal frame buildings and more – but I’ve never witnessed anything like this, and honestly, hope I (and we) never experience a quake as intense, or even half as intense, as this test provided.
While we did our best to capture this intensity, being present at the moment of testing brought with it the visceral uncertainty of whether an entire five-story building will collapse before you. This not only induces an instant of panic, but makes you think more than twice about how prepared we all are for such an event – and how truly outstanding and critically important the work of the California Seismic Safety Commission and the many researchers and partners involved in this test is to our common well–being.
After seeing this project closely from the inside, I am certain that too many of us are unprepared and have no idea just how devastating the “big one” – which will happen – will be. But there are people working together to make sure that when we need it most, our critical infrastructure will be ready, and the data, information and lessons from this project are making and will continue to make immense contributions to that goal.