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Science and Engineering for the Public Good: Priorities, Policies, and Partnerships in the Obama Administration - Herb York Memorial Lecture
Based on his experience as President Barack Obama's Science Advisor through both terms, John Holdren discusses how priorities and policies for science, technology, and innovation (ST&I) have been developed under Obama; how specific challenges and opportunities relating to ST&I for economic prosperity, environmental sustainability, and national security have been approached; and the role that partnerships across the public, private, academic, and civil-society sectors and across nations have played and must continue to play. Holdren is the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Co-Chair of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).
Net Loss: New Abundance Estimate Reveals That Mexico’s Vaquita Faces Imminent Extinction Due to Illegal Fishing
Barbara Taylor of the National Marine Fisheries Service Southwest Fisheries Science Center, who participated in the last effort to save the recently extinct Chinese River Dolphin, or Baiji, gives a detailed chronicle of her involvement in documenting the decline of earth's most endangered marine mammal, the Vaquita, found only in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico. Their primary threat is death in gillnets, which until very recently supplied shrimp to the U.S. market. The catastrophic 80% decline since 2011 results from illegal sales of endangered totoaba swim bladders to China. Recorded on 06/13/2016.
UC Carbon Slam 2016 brought students from all 10 campuses to Silicon Valley to present their climate science and carbon reduction research in three-minute pitches and posters at a live competition before a panel of esteemed judges and guests. These ten graduate students present short pitches about their research in climate science. Recorded on 05/23/2016.