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Our series is ended for the 2014-2015 academic year. Look here for an update in October or November 2015. Read about our 2014-15 series below.

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2014-15 Series Overview:

Discussions about the world around us

Facilitated by Dr. Allan Muth, director, Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center, University of California, Riverside, in partnership with UCR Palm Desert and The Living Desert. These free lectures, always held on the second Thursday of the month, are open to the public.

March 12, 2015: Forty Years of Endangered Species: Conflict and Conservation in California and Beyond -- Peter Alagona

The landmark federal Endangered Species Act turns 40 in 2013. Is this anniversary a cause for celebration or despair? What have we learned during the past four decades? Why is endangered species conservation so complicated? This talk addressed these questions, placed them in a broader historical context, and discussed some of the challenges and opportunities for biodiversity conservation in the twenty-first century. Peter S. Alagona is an associate professor of history and environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Nov. 13, 2014: Conducting Research, Monitoring, and Species Recovery along the Arizona/Sonora Border -- William Radke

Many conservation strategies have been developed and implemented by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in cooperation with others to protect habitat and enhance the recovery of fish and wildlife populations in the San Bernardino Valley, which straddles Arizona in the United States and Sonora, Mexico. Landscapes along this international border have been impacted by illegal activities, frustrating recovery of rare species. In addition, potential threats to national security have prompted the U.S. to aggressively control the country's boundaries, thus creating additional challenges for land managers mandated with protecting the nation's landscapes, natural resources, and associated values. William Radke is a wildlife biologist and is currently the refuge manager of San Bernardino and Leslie Canyon National Wildlife Refuges in southeast Arizona.

Dec. 11, 2014: Advanced Medical Imaging, 3D Printing, Biomimicry, and Stem Cells: A Recipe for the Future of Regenerative Medicine -- Chris Hancock

The advent of advanced medical imaging has provided a window to the inner workings of the human body, and more importantly improved understanding of disease processes. Advanced medical imaging includes Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET), and high resolution ultrasound (US). A second area for potential is biomimicry, which can enhance prosthetic incorporation and function far beyond standard prosthetic constructs. Stem cells are also a continual area of interest and innovation. The newest stem cell developments offer promising therapies for diseases that traditional medicine has had limited efficacy in treating. This presentation  highlighted the prospects for the convergence of several technologies, including advanced medical imaging, 3D printing, biomimicry, and stems cells, as the future for regenerative medicine.

Jan. 8, 2015: Are Our Bodies and Brains at Odds with Modern Life? -- Marlene Zuk

Everyone is fond of paleofantasies, stories about how humans lived eons ago, and we use them to explain why many elements of our lives, from the food we eat to the way we raise our children, seem very distant from what nature intended. But popular theories about how our ancestors lived — and why we should emulate them — are often based on speculation, not scientific evidence, and they reflect a basic misunderstanding about how evolution works. There was never a time when everything about us – our bodies, our minds, and our behavior – was perfectly in synch with the environment. Marlene Zuk is a biologist and writer. She is a professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota, where her research focuses on animal behavior and evolution.

Feb. 12, 2015: A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of Southern California -- Laura Cunningham

Using the methods of historical ecology, Laura Cunningham explored unremembered landscapes of the past -- grasslands covered with native bunchgrasses, fire-adapted chaparral and pine forests, and abundant wildlife. Reconstructing scenes of early California in oil paintings and field sketches, she uncovered secrets about the past, imagined our future and experienced California like never before. Cunningham, an artist and naturalist, is the author if "A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California."

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