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Seven Big Ideas – Science at the Theater

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory presents Seven Big Ideas – 8 new episodes from the popular Science at the Theater series.

The first episode, Seven Big Ideas, features seven Berkeley lab scientists who have eight minutes each to introduce their revolutionary projects to the audience.

Meet Blake Simmons, who has been working on a plan to replace a barrel of oil with plants and microbes. But not just one barrel of oil, he says, his idea is intended to replace all the barrels of oil that keep countries all over the world moving.

He explains that oil produces many products for our carbon economy, such as gasoline, diesel, polymers and more. In order to undo our reliance on oil we have to find substitutes for all of these different products that the oil produces.

Watch “Seven Big Ideas” to hear about his plan to make replacing oil affordable and sustainable, as well as other game changing ideas from Aindrila Mukhopadhyay, Bill Jagust, and more!

See what other episodes are in the Science at the Theater series!


Global Energy Industry Insights and Solutions with Amy Jaffe

One of the world’s leading global energy and oil industry experts, Amy Jaffe now serves as UC Davis’ Executive Director of Energy and Sustainability.

Jaffe recently sat down for an in-depth conversation with UC Davis Graduate School of Management Dean Steven Currall about current energy issues, trends and even solutions.

Watch Global Energy Industry Insights and Solutions with Amy Jaffe, online now.

You’ll find even more knowledgable guests and fascinating conversations at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management series page.


Michael Ross and “The Oil Curse”

Countries that are rich in petroleum have less democracy, less economic stability, and more frequent civil wars than countries without oil. In the latest installment of UCTV Prime Cuts, Michael L. Ross, Professor of Political Science and and Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA, looks at how developing nations are shaped by their mineral wealth — and how they can turn oil from a curse into a blessing.

Professor Ross’ new book, “The Oil Curse,” shows why oil wealth typically creates less economic growth than it should; why it produces jobs for men but not women; and why it creates more problems in poor states than in rich ones. It also warns that the global thirst for petroleum is causing companies to drill in increasingly poor nations, which could further spread the oil curse.

Watch UCTV Prime Cuts: Michael Ross, “The Oil Curse” or, if you want to dig deeper, watch the full-length interview from UCLA’s Subtext series.


The BP Oil Spill: 1 Year Later

Unfortunately, not every anniversary is worth celebrating and today, April 20th, is one of them — the one-year anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A massive crisis like this impacts everything from the environment to public policy and even the global economy. Which is why, in the aftermath, research universities like the University of California quickly become vital knowledge centers where researchers, policymakers and thought leaders from many different disciplines can come together to discuss solutions for the immediate and distant future.

Over the last year we’ve presented several programs, three from UC Berkeley and a fourth from UC Santa Barbara, that examine different aspects of the oil spill and its impact, and all are available for online viewing and podcast downloading at the links below. And tune in next month for the premiere of a new UC Berkeley program featuring Senator Bob Graham, Co-Chair of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.

Learning Lessons from Disaster? The BP Oil Spill and the Future of Energy in America
The 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico proved to be the worst offshore oil disaster in history. William Freudenburg, Dehlsen Professor of Environment and Society at UC Santa Barbara, examines the factors — political and otherwise — that contributed to the environmental and economic catastrophe.

Rethinking Regulation After the Financial Crisis and the Oil Spill: A Behavioral Approach with Richard Thaler
How best to create laws and institutions to create a prosperous and just society? Noted behavioral economist Richard Thaler considers the public policy implications of behavioral economics, which assumes that both the regulated and the regulators are fallible. In this UC Berkeley Graduate Council talk, Thaler draws on recent events such as the financial crisis and the oil spill as he explores ways to rethink regulation.

Conversations With History: The BP Disaster – Lessons from the Niger Delta
UC Berkeley’s Harry Kreisler welcomes human rights lawyer Oronto Douglas, advisor to the President of Nigeria, to discuss the impact of major oil companies on the ecology and politics of Nigeria. Drawing on his experience as a native of the Niger Delta and a leader of the environmental movement there, Douglas traces the struggle for environmental justice in his homeland and analyzes the problems facing the new President of Nigeria. He also analyzes the BP disaster in the American Gulf Coast and the impact it has had on global consciousness.

And premiering in May:

Oil & Money: The Twin Crises of 2010 (and how public policy can protect our vital interests) with Senator Bob Graham
A two-term Florida Governor with 18 years of service in the US Senate and Co-Chair of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, Senator Bob Graham addresses the twin crises of 2010–oil and money–in this talk from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy.