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The video lectures featured in the "Adventurous Thinkers" series are a collaborative effort between the Inside Edge Foundation for Education and the UCI Center for Learning through the Arts, Sciences and Sustainability. Members of the Inside Edge meet weekly to converse with cutting-edge speakers who challenge listeners with a broad spectrum of ideas.

A lecture delivered by UCI Professor Soroosh Sorooshian on February 20, 2008. Professor Sorooshian, Director of the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing at the University of California, Irvine is both Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Distinguished Professor of Earth System Science. Among the world's top experts on drought, he has been advisor to the World Meteorological Organization and in 2005 received the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal for "providing scientific leadership for global water cycle research and assuring that NASA science is well integrated into international programs." His research focuses on surface hydrology, primarily in the area of rainfall-runoff modeling.
Dr. Jack Miles, Pulitzer Prize winning author of God: A Biography and bestselling sequel Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God, was MacArthur Fellow 2002-2007, and in 2008 joined UCI as Distinguished Professor of English and Religious Studies. A Senior Fellow in Religion and International Affairs of the Pacific Council, Jack observes that since tribalism and religious interests in the Sunni, Shia, and Kurds take precedence over any sense of nationalism, being "the Iraqis," withdrawal will need to account for these differences, the destabilization of U.S. invasion created in the Middle East, the importance of diplomatic relations with Iran, and how this affects "oil," the ultimate motive.
A lecture delivered by UCI Professor James Bullock on February 11, 2009. James Bullock, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UC Irvine, is part of a team of scientists who believe they have discovered the minimum mass for galaxies in the universe -- 10 million times the mass of the sun. This mass could be the smallest known "building block" of the mysterious, invisible substance called dark matter. Stars that form within these building blocks clump together and turn into galaxies. Dark matter governs the growth of structure in the universe. Without it, galaxies like our own Milky Way would not exist. Dark matter's gravity attracts normal matter and causes galaxies to form small galaxies and to merge to create larger galaxies.
"The Supreme Court" A lecture delivered by UCI Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky on July 30, 2008.
Dr. Barbara Sarnecka, Assistant Professor of Cognitive Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, studies the relationship between young children's number word knowledge and how it predicts their performance on a numerical task without number words, i.e. What is the early meaning of counting "one", "two," and "three"? She has discovered that many children answer the question "how many" with the last word used in counting, despite not understanding how counting works. Only children who have mastered the cardinal principle, or are just short of doing so, understand that adding objects to a set means moving forward in the numeral list whereas subtracting objects mean going backward.