Media & Outreach

In this day and age, modesty gets you nowhere. So, this page is dedicated to highlighting some of the media attention our lab gets, and some of the major outreach efforts we have made.

Beringia and Teeth

One of the newest projects in the lab investigates dental variation and the peopling of the Americas. Leslea was invited to speak in a special session at the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences on how dental variation informs on this question. Her contribution to this story was captured in an interviewed with the amazing Robyn Williams from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as part of an episode on Teeth that aired on March 17, 2017. You can listen to her interview here: https://radio.abc.net.au/programitem/pgmVy8eqz6?play=true

The Bearded Lady Project

All the ladies in  my lab are proud to be a part of this cool project exploring what it is like to be a woman working in field paleontology/geology. Here’s the trailer for the upcoming full-length documentary.

 

World Economic Forum, June 2016

Leslea Hlusko , Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley, USA at the World Economic Forum - Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin, People's Republic of China 2016. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Greg Beadle
Leslea Hlusko , Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley, USA at the World Economic Forum – Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin, People’s Republic of China 2016. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Greg Beadle
Leslea Hlusko , Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley, USA at the World Economic Forum - Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin, People's Republic of China 2016. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Greg Beadle
Leslea Hlusko , Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley, USA at the World Economic Forum – Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin, People’s Republic of China 2016. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Greg Beadle

In June of 2016, I was one of three UC Berkeley faculty who came together for an Ideas Lab on what makes us human at the World Economic Forum‘s Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin, China.

We gave pecha kucha style presentations, which is a pretty unusual way for academics to present their research, but I think they turned out pretty well.

Consider watching the tripartite set of our pecha kucha style talks, as the other two presentations (by Ronald Dahl and Mahesh Srinivasan) are excellent.

Leslea Hlusko, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley, USA at the World Economic Forum - Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin, People's Republic of China 2016. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Jakob Polacsek
Leslea Hlusko, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley, USA at the World Economic Forum – Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin, People’s Republic of China 2016. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Jakob Polacsek

The World Economic Forum is a very different meeting from the kind us academics regularly attend, and I learned so much from the experience. I also greatly appreciated the opportunity to speak in three different forums (the Science Hub presentation photos are here too), which gave me the chance to share some of the new pedagogical approaches we are using at Berkeley with world leaders — pedagogy that blurs the lines between research and teaching.

Participants at the World Economic Forum - Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin, People's Republic of China 2016. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Jakob Polacsek
Participants at the World Economic Forum – Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin, People’s Republic of China 2016. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Jakob Polacsek

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences paper, 2016

Our article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA on the genetic underpinnings of primate dental evolution from July 2016 got a little bit of press attention from UC Berkeley News, Phys.orgScienceDaily, and Heritage Daily. We even got the Berkeley homepage — you know it is a good day when monkey teeth are the first thing people see when they click on berkeley.edu…

www.berkeley.edu on July 11, 2016
www.berkeley.edu on July 11, 2016

P. David Polly, one of my intellectual inspirations, wrote a very nice commentary on this article. Check it out here.

Science paper, 2016

There was a little bit of media attention from Science Daily for the Perspective piece Leslea and Peter Ungar published in Science on 1 July 2016 entitled, “The Evolutionary Path of Least Resistance“. The New Historian picked it up too.

Tesla’s radio show

Tesla Monson’s radio talents with The Graduates on KALX was featured by UC Berkeley’s Graduate Division.

La Brea Dire Wolf Project

Our lab’s work on the LaBrea fossil collections that are here on the Berkeley campus was included in the centennial celebrations of the Campanille in 2015 (and check out the last part of the Cal Alumni Association’s California article here, and this site as well). Here’s a video of an excerpt of some of the interview that took place deep inside the Campanille.

Of course, our work on the La Brea dire wolves had a connection with the Games of Thrones that wasn’t missed by Berkeley News.

Some of Leslea’s interviews and talks

Leslea was asked to read Rad American Women from A to Z‘s entry on Rachel Carsen at the famous City Lights bookstore in San Francisco in the fall of 2015. Yep, the same place that Allen Ginsberg famously read Howl in 1956.

Leslea Hlusko gave a presentation at the Athiest Community of San Jose in the spring of 2015.

The Leakey Foundation profiled in its Dig Deeper series in 2011.