New State of Minds Premieres in February 2010

State of Minds returns with all new stories from around the UC system. Take a look at how UC Davis is helping California’s plant and flower growers compete in the global market. Then, a welcome back to the UC students of Japanese descent who were interned during World War II. Also, new technology at UC […]

State of Minds returns with all new stories from around the UC system. Take a look at how UC Davis is helping California’s plant and flower growers compete in the global market. Then, a welcome back to the UC students of Japanese descent who were interned during World War II. Also, new technology at UC Santa Cruz that uses visuals to search the web and from UC Berkeley, a cross-disciplinary approach to saving the California Delta. Finally, a tour of The Loft, the new performance lounge that’s bringing nightlife to the campus of UC San Diego. Stay tuned for more information and be sure to check out the State of Minds archives.

About Shannon Bradley

Shannon Bradley is responsible for creating, producing, and selecting the public affairs programs for UCSD-TV and for “Prime: Vote,” a series of segments on elections and political issues for UCTV Prime, a YouTube original channel that launched March, 2012.  She also produced “A Cluttered Life: Middle-Class Abundance,” a three-part, UCTV Prime series in collaboration with UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives of Families.

The UCSD-TV series she is currently working on include: To Be Musical, The Atlantic Meets the Pacific, Exploring Ethics, Mexico Moving Forward, The Helen Edison Lecture Series, The Revelle Forum, Osher UCSD, Writer’s Symposium by the Sea with Dean Nelson at Point Loma Nazarene University, and a human rights lecture series with Diana Kutlow of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego.

Past projects include To Be Human, UCSD@50, The Body Politic, HemiScope, Encuentros, IDEaS, and State of Minds, a quarterly magazine program featuring stories from throughout the UC system that aired nationally on UCTV.

In addition, Shannon has produced several acclaimed documentaries on regional land use and urban planning, including Los Laureles Canyon: Research in Action, Building Consensus: Quarry Falls, The Making of Place: Solana Beach, San Diego Canyonlands, Designing for the Future and the six-part series, Path to Paradise. She also executive-produced The Devil’s Breath with Laura Castañeda.

Before joining UCSD in 1993, Shannon covered national politics in Washington for nine years, the last five for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour on PBS. She also wrote for the Washington City Paper, Roll Call, and WUSA, the CBS television affiliate. She has a B.A. in Communication and Sociology from UCSD and a Masters degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from The American University in Washington, DC.

Shannon also taught the News Media Workshop, an upper division journalism class for the Department of Communication at UCSD from 1993-1999 and has lectured to the Freshman Honors Seminar at Eleanor Roosevelt College.

Contact Shannon Bradley: sbradley@ucsd.edu

About Rich Wargo

Science Producer, Rich Wargo

A native San Diegan, Rich received his BA from UCSD and his master’s degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His professional preparation is highlighted by extensive experience with production of film and television for features, documentaries and feature news for domestic and foreign broadcast media, including PBS Frontline, WDR Germany, 48 Hours and CBS Evening, NBC Nightly, and ABC World News. His works have been exhibited in major venues and media in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Berlin, Venice, London, Sydney, Mexico, South America, China and across India.

His programming has brought national and international recognition to UCSD-TV with Emmy, Aurora, Telly and United States International Film and Video Festival awards. Working at UCSD-TV interpreting and communicating science to the public is his career’s reward.

SCIENCE PROGRAMMING AT UCSD-TV

Science programming at UCSD-TV provides access to and interprets the activities of a preeminent research university for general audiences. UCSD-TV provides the public a spectrum of opportunities, from documentary treatments of high-profile research ranging from structural engineering to high-altitude field research as well as productions like the comical and critically acclaimed look at nanoscience When Things Get Small and several treatments of major NASA space-science activities, including the Hubble Space Telescope, the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer, the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Spitzer Space Telescope.

But science programming at UCSD-TV goes beyond broadcast. Through partnerships with campus and community, UCSD-TV has created and manages several long-running program initiatives that provide educational outreach and resources through the novel use of extended media and the internet to enhance the University’s commitment to serving our community and providing the finest opportunities for its future.

Contact Rich Wargo: rwargo@ucsd.edu

About John Menier

John Menier specializes in visual and performing arts documentaries that focus on the creative process and its participants. Noteworthy productions include:

Trampling Out the Vintage, an historical/biographical documentary about John Steinbeck and The Grapes of Wrath.

San Diego Opera Spotlight and San Diego OperaTalk!, two long-running series co-produced with San Diego Opera.

Tan Dun’s Ghost Opera and John Adams: A Precise Process, both co-produced with La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest.

Necessary Theatre, a thirteen-part series of interviews with noted Chicano/Chicana theatre artists.

What Creativity Means, a five-part series which brings together middle school students and world music artists.

Orchestra Nova: Celebrations, a documentary exploring the creative evolution of San Diego’s premiere chamber music ensemble.

Two Emmy-winning collaborations with Malashock Dance, The Soul of Saturday Night and Love & Murder.

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus: Philip Glass/Cello Concerto, also awarded a regional Emmy.

Additionally, John’s work has garnered numerous Telly and Aurora awards for excellence in broadcasting. He holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, has worked as a freelance media professional in Los Angeles and several Midwestern markets, and has taught college courses in film and video production.

Recent and Ongoing Productions

La Jolla Music Society

Orchestra Nova: Celebrations

San Diego Opera Artists’ Roundtable

San Diego Opera Spotlight

San Diego OperaTalk!


Contact John Menier: jmenier@ucsd.edu

Los Laureles Canyon: Behind-the-Scenes Photos

A view of the homes that line the hillsides of Los Laureles Canyon. Photo by Shannon Bradley A young boy retrieves a ball that landed in the “aguas negras” (black waters) during a soccer game. Photo by Matt Alioto Carmen Garcia Cruz and her family outside their home in Colonia San Bernardo Photo by Harry […]


A view of the homes that line the hillsides of Los Laureles Canyon.
Photo by Shannon Bradley


A young boy retrieves a ball that landed in the “aguas negras”
(black waters) during a soccer game.
Photo by Matt Alioto


Carmen Garcia Cruz and her family outside their home in
Colonia San Bernardo
Photo by Harry R. Caruso III


UCSD’s Keith Pezzoli discusses the problems facing
Los Laureles Canyon residents.
Photo by Harry R. Caruso III


Oscar Romo (front right) instructs UCSD student volunteers on
how to build pervious pavers – a key element that will help
prevent erosion in the canyon.
Photo by Harry R Caruso III


The volunteers pack gravel into molds to create pavers that will be
used on the main roads of Los Laureles Canyon.
Photo by Matt Alioto


Local children test out the new pavers.
Photo by Matt Alioto


UCSD-TV’s Harry R Caruso III teaching a Colonia San Bernardo
resident the finer points of shooting video.
Photo by Shannon Bradley


UCSD-TV videographer Matt Alioto and field producer
Rachel Bradley on a break in Los Laureles Canyon.
Photo by Shannon Bradley


The UCSD-TV crew after a day of shooting in Los Laureles Canyon.
(left to right: Willie Williams, Harry R Caruso III, Rachel Bradley,
Laura Castañeda, Matt Alioto, Shannon Bradley)
Photo by Oscar Romo


Oscar Romo shows the fine sediment that has flowed down the
canyon into the Tijuana Estuary, killing the plants that wildlife
need to survive.
Photo by Matt Alioto


Microbiologist Meritxell Riquelme and her research team being
videotaped by Matt Alioto at CICESE in Ensenada.
Photo by Shannon Bradley


Executive producer Shannon Bradley and producer Laura Castañeda
on set in the UCSD-TV studio to shoot the opening sequence of
”Los Laureles Canyon: Research in Action.”
Photo by Rachel Bradley