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UC Education Abroad: ‘Renaissance Man’

UC Merced study abroad student Mario Trejo and his fiancé traveling in Italy

At 12 years old, Los Angeles resident Mario Trejo saw only one path for himself – to follow his brothers into gangs.  But by his senior year in high school, good grades and an interest in medicine led Mario to follow the encouragement of his teachers and apply to the University of California, which changed the course of his life.

But it wasn’t until his junior year at UC Merced that Mario realized what he thought was an impossible dream — the chance to study in Florence, Italy. During his semester abroad, Trejo studied Italian, found inspiration in the romantic settings and, most important of all, was able to truly transcend his difficult history and realize the extent of what he was capable.

Watch Mario’s story in “Changing Lives: Renaissance Man,” part of the UCTV Prime series, “Going Places: UC Education Abroad.”

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Hot Stuff, Cool Science

UC Merced researchers discovered that hollow cylindrical luminescent solar concentrators, bottom, are more efficient than traditional flat panel concentrators.

There’s nothing more uncomfortable than getting into a piping hot car that’s been sitting in the sun for hours. Would it help to know that at least some of that heat was generating energy for you?

That’s what the UC Merced researchers in the latest episode of UCTV Prime Cuts are working on and it’s a pretty cool way to make the sun’s energy work for you.

As you’ll see in the video, the research team has redesigned luminescent solar concentrators to be more efficient at sending sunlight to solar cells, allowing for much less cost-prohibitive solar panels to be used in new places — like the windows of your car while it bakes in the sun.

Check it out… yay science!

Solar Concentrators – UCTV Prime Cuts

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What Does the Future Hold for Our Digital Life?

In the UCTV Prime series “Our Digital Life,” we’ve covered how 3-D digital technology is changing the way look at our past and understand our present.

In the third and final episode, we get a glimpse at the future through the eyes of UC Merced scientists and students using 3-D imaging usually reserved for Hollywood blockbusters to break new ground in the study of nanomaterials and reinvent how technology is used the classroom and the lab to teach and train the researchers of the future.

Don’t miss “Our Digital Life (Ep. 3): The Future – Teaching and Life-Saving Tools” on UCTV Prime and catch up on what you missed, plus bonus content, at the “Our Digital Life” website.

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Beyond the Blockbuster: Motion Capture Technology and Our Digital Self

Hollywood blockbusters like “Avatar” and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” have shown us how cutting-edge motion capture technology can be used to create dazzling special effects on the big screen. But where does this technology fit into real life?

The second episode in UCTV Prime’s series “Our Digital Life” shows how cognitive scientists and computer engineers at UC Merced are collaborating and using real time, 3-D motion capture technology to understand our complex behavior and how we use it to record and analyze the way we live.  Check it out here, then get ready for next’s weeks third and final installment, which shows how this revolutionary technology could be applied to teaching and health care in the future.

Our Digital Life (Ep. 2): The Present – Cognitive and Computer Science, Our Digital Self

Our Digital Life (Ep. 3 Trailer): The Future – Teaching and Life-Saving Tools

 

 

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In New YouTube Series, UC Researchers Use Digital 3-D Technology to View Our Past, Present and Future

We’ve seen 3-D digital technology revolutionize movies and video games, but how will it change our lives? “Our Digital Life,” a new series from the YouTube original channel UCTV Prime, reveals how UC Merced researchers are using cutting-edge digital tools to help us visualize, research and learn about things we could previously only imagine.

The programs incorporate vivid animations, simulations, and interviews with researchers in archeology, engineering, psychology and more to demonstrate how this technology is transforming the way we view our past, present and future – as well as ourselves. The first episode of the three-part series is online now, with new episodes premiering Fridays through June 29 at www.uctv.tv/digital-life and www.youtube.com/uctvprime.


“Our Digital Life” an Original YouTube Series from UCTV Prime

June 15  “The Past – Digital Archeology and History”
It’s easy to imagine how digital technology will influence our future, but what about our past? Discover how “cyber-archeologists” and historians at UC Merced are using cutting-edge digital tools to bring the past back to life in vivid, 3-D detail.

June 22  “The Present -Cognitive and Computer Science, Our Digital Self”
The second episode moves from the digital past to the present, where cognitive scientists and computer engineers at UC Merced are collaborating and using real time, 3-D motion capture technology to understand our complex behavior and how we use it to record and analyze the way we live. The researchers aim to build a digital library of human motion that will help construct lifelike human avatars for use in telemedicine, education and ways we’ve yet to imagine.

June 29  “The Future – Teaching and Life-Saving Tools”
The third and final episode shows how UC Merced scientists are developing digital technology to help visualize, research and learn about objects on the nanoscale. Using 3-D imaging usually reserved for Hollywood films, students and researchers are breaking new ground in the study of nanomaterials and how we use technology in the classroom and the lab to teach and train the researchers of the future.

UCTV Prime is the first university-run channel to be included among YouTube’s new production partnerships with recognizable brands like The Wall Street Journal, Deepak Chopra and TED. With documentary mini-series, interviews, commentaries and video shorts each week, UCTV Prime brings to light the innovations, trends, issues and personalities that shape our world, drawing on the tremendous knowledge resources of the University of California’s ten campuses, five medical schools, three national labs and other affiliated institutions.

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