Sandra Tsing Loh takes her science gig to UC Irvine *

stloh-uci.jpgUC Irvine has announced that Sandra Tsing Loh will now produce "The Loh Down on Science" at the Orange County campus. She will also do some teaching, in science communication and the arts. From the announcement:

UC Irvine and Sandra Tsing Loh’s LDOS Media Lab, Inc. are partnering to produce the “Loh Down on Science,” bringing witty science lessons and the university’s world-class research to a wide national audience.

Loh describes her 90-second LDOS radio pieces as capsules of intriguing scientific research presented in an amusing way, because, “We believe humor makes knowledge sticky.” The popular daily module is carried on 140 public radio stations across the U.S., including Armed Forces Radio, which broadcasts the show to 40 countries. As an adjunct professor at UC Irvine, Loh will teach graduate-level courses on science communication in the School of Physical Sciences and courses in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts.

Originally co-created by California Institute of Technology and Southern California Public Radio in 2005, the “Loh Down on Science” has been produced by Loh’s non-profit LDOS Media Lab, through a generous three-year grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, since July 2012. Production and distribution of the show will be supported by UC Irvine and by the existing funding from the Moore Foundation.

Loh said she is excited to be part of UC Irvine, which was recently ranked – for the second year in a row – the #1 university in the nation under 50 years old by London-based Times Higher Education.

“This is a perfect partnership,” said Loh. “I am especially excited to be involved with the UC Irvine School of Physical Sciences, whose faculty includes some ‘rock stars’ of the academic science world. I believe this alliance will allow us to more effectively pursue our common mission of public service by providing science education to all.”

Kenneth C. Janda, physical sciences dean, said he looks forward to working with Loh in these efforts. Already active in programs such as Cal Teach, which allows students to earn a math or science degree and teaching credential concurrently; and MathCounts, designed to boost the math competency of middle school students in public schools, the physical sciences faculty takes seriously its mission of public service, Janda said.

“We are delighted to partner with Sandra Tsing Loh to fuel interest in science among the public at large, and to attract young people into science careers,” he said. “Leadership in innovation has helped fuel the U.S. economy for decades and has improved the quality of life here and around the world. To maintain that leadership, we need to nurture the next generation of scientists. We believe that sharing some of our work through the “Loh Down on Science” and other projects is a great way to do that.”

In addition to teaching a graduate course in science communication, Loh will draw on her earlier career as a performance artist to teach courses in UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts.

Added:The "Loh Down on Science" will continue to be co-produced by Southern California Public Radio and recorded at KPCC.

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