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8.26.2016

Human tales on extinction and endangered species

David Colgan

Ursula Heise was surprised by the animal’s intelligence and ability to communicate. She began observing birds and other animals in nature and thinking about their survival through the lens of her literary expertise. Twenty years later, she shares a home with three green-cheeked Amazon parrots. And she has just written Imagining Extinction—a book that explores…


Story

8.18.2016

Students’ pop-song video parodies teach real science

Pedro Ramirez

It’s also hard to imagine the rapper Macklemore ever reshaping his parody “Thrift Shop” into an ode to the Coriolis effect. But those are two of the entertaining student-made music videos that have appeared over the years in UCLA professor Aradhna Tripati’s classroom film festivals in “Intro to Oceanography.” With thumping bass and catchy hooks,…


Story

5.31.2016

L.A. students get an environmental filmmaking debut

David Colgan

It might be time for an update. In 2016, two-thirds of Americans wield video-equipped smartphones capable of telling vivid stories, from street protests to Snapchat. And 15 minutes may be more attention than people can spare, as an explosion of digital information fills our social media feeds each day. Enter GreenShorts, an environmental film contest…


Review

4.5.2016

The curtain draws on climate change

The stories of one famous tree—Methuselah, a 4,847 year-old California bristlecone pine—are the inspiration behind “Memory Rings,” an environmentally-themed play that will be staged next weekend by UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance. “Memory Rings” traces changes in nature and humans over five millennia. Conceived as a meditative but playful work, it combines fairy…