Category Archives: UCTV Prime

Lands of Two Seasons: The World’s Mediterranean-Climate Ecosystems

Great weather, abundant harvests, fabulous food, some of the world’s most cosmopolitan, and romantic, cities – as well as the world’s most critical biodiversity hotspots — make up what are known as Mediterranean-climate Ecosystems.

With  “Lands of Two Seasons: The World’s Mediterranean-Climate Ecosystems,” UCTV and the UC Natural Reserve System inaugurate a six-part series that will be unveiled in spring 2013 on UCTV Prime.

The introductory program offers an overview the world’s Mediterranean-climate zones, pointing out their similarities, unique characteristics and importance, while also illuminating the factors that threaten them. From geology to ocean and atmospheric forces, subsequent programs will explore the many factors that make these environments so unique and alluring.

Watch “Lands of Two Seasons: The World’s Mediterranean-Climate Ecosystems” and stay tuned later this spring for more in the series.

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Unleashing the Light: White-Light Emitting LED

The first two episodes of UCTV Prime’s series “Lighting the World: Shuji Nakamura and His Brilliant Discovery” illuminated the UC Santa Barbara researcher’s path towards discovery.

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.

Watch “Unleashing the Light” or visit the “Lighting the World” series page to catch up on earlier episodes.

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Lights in the Darkness — 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.

UCTV Prime‘s new four-part 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.

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.

Watch “Lights in the Darkness” now and stay tuned this Friday (March 1) for the second installment of Lighting the World: Shuji Nakamura and His Brilliant Discovery.

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Make Room on the Awards Shelves!

Aurora AwardWe’re happy to report that a whopping five UCTV programs have been honored with awards for excellence.

Gold is the metal of honor when it comes to our haul at the Aurora Awards. That’s because four very different UCTV programs took home Gold Aurora statues.

The winners are:

Building it Better: Earthquake-Resilient Hospitals for the Future (Documentary/Project category), produced by Rich Wargo

Tan Dun’s Water Passion – La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest 2012 (Music/Live Concert category) produced by John Menier

Colon Cancer Screening: Health Matters (Educational/Fitness, Health), produced by Jennifer Ford

San Diego Opera Spotlight: Moby Dick (Documentary/Cultural category), produced by John Menier

We also rose to the top at the Telly Awards, where The Skinny on Obesity: Sickeningly Sweet, produced by Rich Wargo and Jennifer Ford for the YouTube original channel UCTV Prime, won the Silver Telly for Internet/Online Programs in the Health and Wellness category.

The Aurora Awards are an annual independent film and video competition that honors excellence in commercials, cable programming, documentaries, industrial, instructional and corporate videos.

The Telly Awards honor the very best film and video productions, groundbreaking online video content, and outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs.

Congratulations to everyone on the UCTV team!

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When One Twin Has Autism

Researchers at the UC Davis Mind Institute show stunning progress with Matthew Williams, a two-year-old boy who, unlike his twin sister, was recognized as being at risk for autism.

Using the Early Start Denver Model, therapists now have Matthew responding to his name, interacting with his family and playing at the same level as his sister, Morgan.

While there are still many questions about autism, this intervention has the families of some participants asking, “could there eventually be a cure?”

Watch Matthew’s story in “When One Twin Has Autism,” now on UCTV Prime. Then check out our library of autism videos featuring leading researchers from the MIND Institute and beyond.

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