The 2012 Science Lecture Videos


The annual Science Lecture Series has been presented by the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at UCR since 2009. Each spring, a series of four lectures on different aspects of a general topic are given by CNAS faculty members who are experts in the field being discussed. In 2012, for the Earth 101 series, videos were shot of the lectures, and these videos are available below for viewing or downloading. Study guides are also available for use by classroom teachers.

Spring 2014 Science Lecture Videos

Spring 2012 Science Lecture Videos

Earth globeToo Many People?

Prof. of Biology Richard Cardullo,introduced by
Riverside USD middle school teacher Jeremy Standerfer

Earth globeWhat Hollywood Can Teach Us About Our Planet

Prof. of Plant Physiology Jodie Holt, introduced by Moreno Valley USD middle school teacher Aurora Johnson

Earth globeWhat's Your Carbon Footprint?

Prof. of Physiological Ecology Louis Santiago, introduced by Riverside USD middle school teacher John Robertson

Earth globeWhere Does Your Water Come From?

Prof. of Aquatic Ecotoxicology Daniel Schlenk, introduced by Murrieta Valley USD high school teacher Dean Nielsen

Spring 2009 Science Lecture Videos

Fall 2009 Science Lecture Videos


The videos will also be appearing 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.

Click HERE to reach UCTV's website.

History of the Lecture Series and the video program

In summer 2011, an advisory committee made up of CNAS faculty, staff, and middle- and high school teachers from the Inland Empire met to discuss how the Science Lecture Series could have an impact on more of the educational community. The plan they devised was implemented for the 2012 series, which was titled "Earth 101."

As had been done in the past, we held the initial lectures in the University Extension conference rooms before a community audience. Because it was nearly impossible to shoot high-quality video in that space, we arranged to have each lecturer give the lectures a second time, in the university's television studio, before a class of middle- or high school students. The four teachers from our advisory committee volunteered to introduce the lecturers, and to bring one of their classes to campus to serve as audiences during the videotaping.

Following the taping, the students were treated to lunch in the Biology Department's Darwin Conference Room, and then taken on a campus tour. Earlier they had been given Earth 101 t-shirts to wear.

During the 2012 summer, the four videos were edited and produced by UCR's videographer. Also during that time, the lecturers and the teachers collaborated on study guides to accompany the videos for the convenience of teachers who want to use the videos in their classrooms. The videos may be watched from this page (see above) or downloaded. The study guides are also available below for printing or downloading.

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