The UCSD Superfund Research Center's (SRC) most successful science communication effort to date is a 28-minute UCSD-TV video documentary (titled, Los Laureles Canyon: Research in Action). We created the documentary, in partnership with The Global Action Research Center and others, as a means to explore complex environmental health issues, build crossborder partnerships, reach mass audiences and bring about change. The video has been viewed over 100,000 times. The documentary features our efforts to help address crossborder flows of Superfund chemicals and other hazardous wastes along the U.S.-Mexico border. It highlights how we integrate participatory watershed-based planning with environmental health science (including the development and application of novel SRC biomolecular technologies) and climate change science. The goal of the work presented in this documentary is to enable community leaders to identify priority environmental health issues and provide decision makers (including those at U.S.EPA and Mexican Government Agencies) with relevant information to eliminate or reduce exposure of vulnerable border communities to Superfund chemicals and other environmental hazards.
The full length 28 minute documentary (which this clip is only a 3 minute excerpt) constitutes a useful model for reaching lay audiences. It and has been featured on a wide-range of media outlets including: Cable TV, UCSD TV, The Research Channel – NSF Emerging Frontiers Program, 2009 AAAS Annual Meeting, The Global Action Research Center Sustainability Solutions Database, and most recently at the opening session of the 2010 APHA Film and Media Festival. Our Webinar presentation will cover the process and challenges of making this video, the building of transdisciplinary and transborder partnerships, the exposure that this video has brought to our NIEHS SRC, and how this process is bringing about change on the ground.
The UCSD-TV video documentary
Los Laureles Canyon Blog
Global ARC Sustainability Solutions Database entry
New York City's Transportation Commissioner, has overseen and unprecedented transformation of streets. After generations of auto-centric transportation planning, New York City streets are being re-purposed to move and connect people rather than just cars. Sadik-Khan has implemented numerous popular and innovative projects--from the pedestrianization of Times Square to the constructions of over 200 miles of bike facilities in just 2 years--all of which are redefining streets as public places for people to utilize and inhabit in better ways.