Communicating science is an invaluable skill for all scientists and educators in science.
In Spring Quarter 2015, the freshman Communicating Science class was spun into a slightly different course, EEB C179, for upperclassman biology majors. Students in C179 created two types of videos for a general audience:
1. a short documentary where students worked in small collaborative groups and interviewed UCLA researchers about topics they wanted to learn more about.
2.  a short, animated video about one of the coolest science concepts they encountered during their undergraduate education. (Students worked independently on these concept videos with peer feedback.)

Examples of C179 class videos:

Developing a Saliva Test to Detect Cancer
Interview with UCLA Dentistry Professor, Dr. David Wong

Advice for Pre-Med Students
Interview with Clarence Braddock, MD, MPH, MACP– and Vice Dean at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Bubble Baby Disease / SCID-ADA
Interview with UCLA’s Dr. Donald Kohn
Understanding consciousness
Interview with UCLA’s Martin Monti, PhD

Changing view of Microbes
Interview with UCLA’s Dr. Kirsten Tillisch, MD

Finding better treatments for alcohol addiction
Interview with UCLA’s Lara Ray, PhD

Monitoring marine environments with eDNA
Interview with UCLA graduate student Zack Gold

Urban Gardens for Community Health
Interview with Derek Steele and UCLA’s Marianne Brown and Mark Biedlingmaier

Active Learning: Flipping the Classroom
Interview with UCLA’s Dr. Frank Laski, Dr. Nadia Sellami, and Dr. Shanna Shaked

Finding a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Interview with UCLA’s Dr. Rachelle Crosbie-Watson and graduate student Courtney Young

Sustainability & Zero Waste at UCLA
Interview with UCLA’s Emma Sorrell and Bonny Bentzin
Snails & Slugs: Citizen Science in LA
Interview with Natural History Museum Curator, Jann Vendetti

Pro Tips: How to Study                                                                  Interview with Members of UCLA’s Bjork Learning Lab

Hope for Spinal Cord Injury                                                                  Interview with UCLA’s Dr. V. Reggie Edgerton

The Teen Brain                                                                 Interview with ULCA’s Dr. Adriana Galván

HIV:Search for the Cure                                                             Interview with UCLA’s Dr. Matthew Marsden and Dr. Jerome Zack

A Story of Addiction                                                                 Interview with Addiction Specialist Dr. Adi Jaffee

Protecting the Western Pond Turtle                                                                    Interview with UCLA’s Dr. Brad Shaffer and Alexis Whitaker

Microbiome, Gut-Brain Connection                                                         Interview with UCLA’s Dr. Kirsten Tillisch & Dr. Emeran A. Mayer

Studying Biodiversity on UCLA’s campus                                            Interview with Dr. Ryan Harrigan, Sidhaant Shah, & Chris Gonnerman

Vaccinations & Decisions                                                                                                      Interview with UCLA’s Dr. James Cherry

Evolutionary Medicine                                                         Interview with UCLA’s Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz


Beyond the Stigma of Mental Illness                                                               Interview with UCLA’s Dr. Helen Levretsky

Depression on College Campuses                           Interview with UCLA’s Dr. Kenneth Wells, Dr. Bowen Chung, & Dr. Liz Gong-Guy

Environment Senior Practicum: Helping California Set the Rules for Fracking                                  Interview with Alex Caryotakis

Vertebrate Morphology: Form meets Function                                                            (concept)

Vaccines & Herd Immunity                                                                                                      (concept)

Inclusive Fitness & The Grandmother Hypothesis                                                                            (concept)

Learning Game Theory                                                                                                                                                       (concept)

The Story of New Zealand’s Birds                                                                                                                                                       (concept)

Hot Spot Theory & Formation of Island Chains: Hawaii                                              (concept)

Psychology of Attraction                                                                                                                                           (concept)

Gene Therapy Using Specialized Vectors                                                                                                                                                    (concept)

Photosynthesis: A Poem                                                                                                                                                    (concept)

How Reflexes Work                                                                                                                                              (concept)

How the Eye Works                                                                                                                                        (concept)


Stem Cells                                                                                                                                  (concept)

Vertebrate Homology                                                                                                                                           (concept)

Impact of Less Meat (concept)