Did the foot you found on your forest hike belong to a human — or was it actually a bear? In this captivating clip from her course Forensic Anthropology (ANTH 103), Alison Galloway explains the (small, but important) differences which tell us if we’re looking at a possible crime scene — or an unfortunate hunting trophy.
How did dangerous methylmercury make its way into Santa Cruz mountain lions? Watch Dr. Peter Weiss-Penzias explain his research on how mercury travels from the atmosphere into and up the food chain. What does it mean for us who live in, and eat the food grown in, foggy coastal areas? Learn more about (and help) Peter’s research: https://experiment.com/projects/mercury-is-in-our-fog-so-what-about-our-food
Are you worried about the coronavirus epidemic? While we’re keeping our fingers crossed for the development of a vaccine, watch Grant Hartzog tell this fascinating — and sad — story about a 19th-century Viennese doctor and his fight against deadly germs (spoiler: wash your hands!).
This is a clip from the course Studies in Medicine: Its Art, History, Science, and Philosophy (BIOL 88) that Professor Hartzog developed together with Gregory Gates, MD.
Pythagorean theorem — math or magic? Watch Charles Hedrick prove it in front of your very eyes using nothing but a triangle (and a magic marker) in a clip from his course Medical and Scientific Terminology (HIS 60).
Why does a bat need a haircut? In this utterly captivating (and ridiculously cute) clip from Professor Erika Zavaleta’s course Ecosystems of California (BIOE 125 / ENVS 125), Elissa Olimpi takes us through the process of gathering data on bats in the Salinas Valley. Professor Zavaleta’s course is also available as a MOOC on Coursera.
Are there times you feel overwhelmed and like you’re *just not cut out for* academic success? If so, don’t despair and instead watch Marlene Tromp’s disarming elaboration of what growth mindset is, and why we all need it.
May this video inspire you for success in 2020!
Is the controversy surrounding the holiday season classic justified? This winter, take some time to enjoy this video of Ben Leeds Carson analyzing the lyrics, music, context, and history of the song ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ — and decide for yourselves.
How can a mountain lose over 1300 feet of elevation in just minutes? Watch Susan Schwartz’s fascinating retelling of the sequence of events surrounding the eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980, taken from her course Geology of National Parks (EART 3). If devastating geologic events fascinate you, make sure to check out Professor Schwartz’s other online course, Earthquakes (EART 11).
Read more about Professor Schwartz’s research here.
What does home taste like? This Thanksgiving, watch Lissa Caldwell discuss the significance of memory and growing up to our attitudes about food, comfort, and nostalgia in this clip from her course Feeding California (ANTH 110Y).
You can read more about Professor Caldwell’s research here.