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UCIRA Collaborator Carolyn de la Peña on Ustream TV

UC Davis Professor and UCIRA Artist Carolyn de la Peña sweet-talked UC faculty and staff Ustream viewers earlier this month, presenting an entertaining history of how saccharin, Splenda and other sugar substitutes have transformed our relationship with food.

A professor of American studies and director of the UC Davis Humanities Institute, de la Peña is the author of Empty Pleasures: The Story of Artificial Sweeteners from Saccharin to Splenda. Her talk was part of the Research Lunch Series at the UC Office of the President, a monthly lecture given by scholars from across the UC system, sponsored by Communications and the Office of Research and Graduate Studies (ORGS).

The lectures are streamed live on Ustream for viewing across the UC system. You can view de la Peña’s talk here:

Upcoming lectures feature speakers from scientists and directors to artists and thinkers, providing a look into what it means to be a “researcher” in a range of disciplines. Speakers are invited to talk about their work, the state of research in their fields, national trends and events and their personal motivations and experiences.

“Our goal is to ‘wow’ people with the research that’s being done on the campuses and to show how UC, through work like this, is affecting people’s lives,” said ORGS Vice President Steven Beckwith. “Research is one of the key pillars of what the University of California does, and we do it very well. We should be proud.”

Upcoming lecturers include:
• UCLA’s Lynn Zucker and Michael Darby on the impact of industry-university collaborations (March 18)
• UCLA’s Laurence C. Smith on how global climate change will affect the world by 2050 (April 29)
• UC San Diego’s Wayne Cornelius on U.S. immigration control policies and their unintended consequences (May 13)
• UC San Diego’s V. “Ram” Ramanathan on his ongoing effort to push both science and society to solve global warming (June 10)

Lectures are from noon to 1 p.m.; watch live via Ustream TV.

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