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Winter 2016 - Spring 2017 Lectures

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December 8: "Our Cosmic Origins: Stars, Galaxies, and the Stuff of Life"

Bahram Mobasher, Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Associate Director of Alternative Earths Astrobiology Center - UC Riverside
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January 12: "Alternative Earths: How Earth's Past Guides NASA's Search for Life"

Tim Lyons, Distinguished Professor of Biogeochemistry, Director of Alternative Earth's Astrobiology Center- UC Riverside
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February 1: "Ocean Worlds: Missions to Icy Moons and Dwarf Planets"

Kevin Hand, Deputy Project Scientist, Solar System Exploration Directorate, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory  
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March 23: "Mars 2020 & Beyond: Will We Find Life on the Red Planet?"

Ken Williford, Deputy Project Scientist, Mars 2020 Mission and Director, Astrobiogeochemistry Laboratory, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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April 13: "Alien Planets: Are There Other Earths Lurking in Our Galaxy?"

Antigona Segura Peralta, Professor of Astrobiology, National Autonomous University of Mexico  
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Spring 2016 Lectures

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April 7: "Earth Under Fire: How and Why our Climate is Changing"

Robert Allen, Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences
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April 14: "Canaries in a Coal Mine: Why Pollinators are Sensitive to Global Change and How You Can Help Them"

S. Hollis Woodard, Assistant Professor of Entomology
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April 21: "Change is Only Constant: 10,000 Years of Climate Variability in California and What it Means for Our Water Supply"

James Sickman, Professor of Hydrology and Chair, Department of Environmental Sciences
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April 28: "Catching Rays: Solar Energy for Today and Tomorrow"

Christopher Bardeen, Professor of Chemistry
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Spring 2015 Lectures

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April 9: Feeding Botswana: From Field to Lab to Vaccine

Larry Grill ('79 Ph.D. Plant Pathology), Dean of Research, and Director, Vaccine Research Center, Keck Graduate Institute, Claremont, CA
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April 23: Food Security for Africa: The Cowpea Story from Lab to Plate

Phil Roberts, UCR Professor of Nematology; Timothy Close, UCR Professor of Genetics; and Jeff Ehlers, plant geneticist, and Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
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May 7: Seeds of Change: UCR's Healthy and Sustainable Food Initiative

Cheryl Garner, Executive Director of UCR Dining, Conference and Catering Services; and Neal Malik, Registered Dietician, UCR Dining Services
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May 21: What You Eat Is How You Feel: Nutrition and Its Impact on Immunity and Health

Ilhem Messaoudi Powers, Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences, UCR School of Medicine
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Winter & Spring 2014 Lectures

The 2014 series was held January 22 - May 7.

January 22: HAIR: The History of Animals Using Isotope Records

Thure Cerling, University of Utah
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March 5: The Deep History of Life

Andrew Knoll, Harvard University
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April 2: What's for Dinner? Molecular Signatures of Plants, Animals, and Water in Early Human Habitats

Kate Freeman, Pennsylvania State University
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April 9: How Fracking Impacts Our Water: The Pennsylvania Experience

Sue Brantley, Pennsylvania State University
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April 23: Global Warming 36 Million Years Ago: What It Means for Us

Scott Wing, Smithsonian Institution
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May 7: Beyond Seismology: Studying Earthquakes and Faults From Space

Gareth Funning, University of California, Riverside
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Spring 2013 Lectures

THE SCIENCE OF DISEASE
The 2013 series was held April 18 - May 30 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the University of California, Riverside, Extension Center.
April 18: Drinking water: How safe is safe enough?

Marylynn V. Yates, Dean of the College and Professor of Environmental Microbiology
Introduced by Murrieta Valley Unified School District teacher Dean Nielsen

May 2: Friends and enemies: Dynamic interactions of plants and insects

Linda Walling, Professor of Genetics, Department of Botany and Plant Sciences
Introduced by Riverside Unified School District teacher Derrrick Sergeant

May 16: Curing cancer: How do anticancer drugs work?

Yinsheng Wang, Professor of Chemistry
Introduced by Moreno Valley Unified School District teacher Aurora Johnson

May 30: The promise of stem cells: Hope or hype?

Nicole zur Nieden, Assistant Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Introduced by Murrieta Unified School District teacher Jack Jones

Spring 2012 Lectures

EARTH 101: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LIFE ON OUR PLANET
The 2012 series was held March 29 - May 10, 6:00-7:00 p.m., in the University of California, Riverside, Extension Center.
Earth 101: Too Many People

Rich Cardullo, Professor of Biology
Introduced by Riverside Unified School District teacher Jeremy Standerfer

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Earth 101: What Hollywood Can Teach Us About Our Planet

Jodie, Holt, Professor of Plant Physiology
Introduced by Moreno Valley Unified School District teacher Aurora Johnson

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Earth 101: What's Your Carbon Footprint?

Lou Santiago, Professor of Physiological Ecology
Introduced by Riverside Unified School District teacher John Robertson

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Earth 101: Where Does Your Water Come From?

Dan Schlenk, Professor of Aquatic Toxicology
Introduced by Murrieta Unified School District teacher Dean Nielsen

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UCTV

The videos appeared on UCTV, the University of California's television station, according to the following schedule:

  • Earth 101: Too Many People?  • Monday, September 3, 2012 • 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Earth 101: What Hollywood Can Teach Us About Our Planet • Monday, September 10, 2012 • 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Earth 101:What's Your Carbon Footprint? • Monday, September 17, 2012 • 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Earth 101:Where Does Your Water Come From? • Monday, September 24, 2012 • 2:00-3:00 p.m.

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Spring 2011 Lectures

The 2011 series was held April 14 - May 19

April 14: The Dynamic Genome: Uninteligent Design

Marylynn V. Yates, Dean of the College and Professor of Environmental Microbiology
Introduced by Murrieta Valley Unified School District teacher Dean Nielsen

April 28: What's In Your Garden? Protecting California from Invasive Species

Mark Hoddle, Extension Specialist and Director of the Center for Invasive Species Research

May 5: Designs from Nature: A New Spin on High-Performance Materials

Professor of Biology Cheryl Hayashi

May 19: Size Matters: Nanotechnology & Other Wonders in Carbon Flatland

Associate Professor of Physics Jeanie Lau

Spring 2010 Lectures

The Spring 2010 series was held April 8 - June 3

April 8: What Awaits Us in the Greenhouse World

Professor of Geology Martin Kennedy

April 22: Climate's Control of California Landscapes

Professor of Geography Richard Minnich

May 6: In the Crosshairs: California's Environment

Professor of Plant Pathology Michael Allen

May 20: Tipping the Scales? Pest Insects, Agriculture, & Health

Professor of Entomology Peter Atkinson

June 3: The Food Challenge: Waterproof Rice & Other Solutions

Professor of Genetics Julia Bailey-Serres

Spring 2009 Lectures

The Spring 2009 series was held April 2 - May 28

April 2: The Dance of the Genes: How Biological Evolution Works

Norman Ellstrand, Department of Botany and Plant Sciences
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April 16: Evolution and Medicine: Why Doctors Need Darwin

Marlene Zuk, Department of Biology
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April 30: The Evolution of Evolution: Darwin Then and Now

David Reznick, Department of Biology
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May 14: Life's Rocky Road: The History of Life on Earth

Nigel Hughes, Department of Earth Sciences
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May 28: Let There Be Light: The First Billion Years

Bahram Mobasher, Department of Physics and Astronomy
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Fall 2009 Lectures

The Fall 2009 series was held October 15 - November 12

October 15: The Battle Within: Our Evolutionary Struggle with Cancer

Leonard Nunney, Department of Biology
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October 29: Born to Run: Evolution of Hyperactivity in Mice

Theodore Garland, Department of Biology
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November 12: The Silent Majority: How Symbiotic Bacteria Evolve to Help and Hurt

Joel Sachs, Department of Biology
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