The University of California Carbon Slam

8232Global climate disruption is impacting the planet in ways never experienced in human history. Record-setting warmer temperatures are becoming the norm across the planet and sea-level rise poses a real threat to humanity.

The University of California Carbon Slam held this past May brought forth a vision of solutions. At this system-wide event, students from all 10 campuses came to Silicon Valley to present their climate science and carbon reduction research. Their three-minute pitches and posters were evaluated by a panel of esteemed judges and guests for a chance to win cash prizes.

The spirited contest offered guests an opportunity to see talented scholars in action and provide a unique window into the breadth and impact of climate research taking place across UC campuses. In addition to student competitors, Carbon Slam featured presentations by the University of California Faculty Climate Action Champions, who are working to build community engagement and awareness of climate change and to discover and implement solutions.

Carbon Slam was sponsored by the University of California Global Climate Leadership Council (GCLC) Faculty Engagement and Education (FEE) Working Group and the University of California Faculty Cimate Action Champions.

Watch the UC Carbon Slam 2016.

Want to learn more about climate research? Visit the UC Climate Solutions Channel.

Music and Dance from UCSB

8232In its third annual department showcase, the UCSB Department of Music has assembled students, faculty and special guests to exhibit different areas of the music and dance departments for a varied but compact program appropriately named “Montage.” In addition to the UCSB-based performers you’ll enjoy Grammy Award-winning soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, Santa Barbara Dance Theater’s Christina Sanchez, and Jennifer Johnson, who performs as Second Oboe/English Horn with the Los Angeles Opera. Enjoy this great program from Santa Barbara here.

The Fate of the GOP

8232In a country that’s not only becoming less white, but also more urban and secular, does the Republican Party have a future? On this month’s edition of Up Next: Perspectives on the Future of Everything, host Marty Lasden examines the GOP’s prospects with history professor Donald T. Critchlow, author of Future Right: Forging a New Republican Majority.

Being the academic that he is, Critchlow is not what you’d call a typical Republican. Nor for that matter is he an evangelical Christian. But he does insist that his party can and should have a bright future—demographic trends notwithstanding. “The assumption that demographics favor Democrats as the party of the future is wrong,” he writes. “The Democratic base, an uneasy coalition of women, minorities, and young voters, is vulnerable to a Republican takeover.”

Of course, it’s hard to talk about the Republican Party these days without mentioning a certain New York billionaire who made his fortune in real estate before morphing into a “reality” TV star. But as with all of Lasden’s “Up Next” interviews (“The Future of Being Dead,” “The Future of Making Babies,” and “The Future of Space Exploration” included), this one takes us well beyond the news chatter of the day. Among the questions he raises: Can the Republican Party effectively reach out beyond its base at this point without alienating that base? How difficult would it be for a pro-family Republican to say that businesses should be required to provide paid parental leave to their workers? Does Donald Trump’s nomination, in an odd sort of way, signal the waning influence of religion in American politics? And if, in November, Republicans lose by a landslide, which wing of the party is best positioned to pick up the pieces?

With the 2016 presidential election rapidly approaching, this is one “Up Next” episode you don’t want to miss.

SEARCHING for the End of AIDS

8232As the final segment of the multi-media collaborative project on ending AIDS, UCTV follows Dr. Diane Havlir of UC San Francisco as she and others implement the Getting to Zero SF campaign with aggressive prevention, testing and treatment of people living with HIV in her home town. She and her UCSF colleagues then bring their research and best practices to a fishing village on Mfangano Island in Kenya, where nearly one in three people is infected with HIV. This inspiring story shows how HIV can be successfully suppressed in a community, even with a prevalence rate of 30 percent.

Dr. Havlir’s work is also featured here. Special thanks to the PBS NewsHour for generously sharing its San Francisco and Africa video footage with UCTV, to the Pulitzer Center for underwriting the collaborative, and to the AIDS Research Institute at UC San Francisco for supporting this project.

Watch Diane Havlir: SEARCHing for the End of AIDS.

Immunize for Life

As we start thinking about sending kids back to school or just staying healthy as adults, it’s time to check to be sure your immunizations are up-to-date. Are your young children current? Are your college students protected? And don’t forget that older adults also benefit from vaccines.

Check out these programs and get more information on vaccines for all ages.

And take a look at this CDC site to see which vaccines are good for you.

Remember that vaccines play an important role in preventing serious, sometimes even deadly, diseases.