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Monday, January 17, 2022

Coming up Monday 1/17/22 - Richard Matthew, PhD Associate Dean for Research and International Programs at UC Irvine, Director of the Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation, Director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs - UC Irvine, and Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy, and Political Science at UC Irvine


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featuring 
Richard Matthew, PhD

Associate Dean for Research and International Programs, UC Irvine
Director, Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation, UC Irvine 
Director, Center for Unconventional Security Affairs, UC Irvine 
Professor, Urban Planning and Public Policy, and Political Science, UC Irvine


ABOUT DR. RICHARD A MATTHEW, PHD

Richard A. Matthew (BA McGill; PhD Princeton) is Associate Dean for Research and International Programs and Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy at the University of California at Irvine. He is also the inaugural Director of the Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation (http://blumcenter.uci.edu/); co-Principal Investigator for both the NSF-funded FloodRISE Project (http://floodrise.uci.edu) and the NOAA-funded SedRISE Project; Senior Fellow at IISD in Geneva; member of United Nations Expert Group on Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding; a member of IUCN CEESP and co-chair of its Task Force on Conservation, Migration and Conflict; and Vice-President of the Environmental Peacebuilding Association (https://environmentalpeacebuilding.org ).


His research explores challenges at the intersection of nature loss and climate change, poverty and inequality, and disaster and violent conflict. Current research focuses on the co-development of visualization tools using big data and local knowledge to provide practical hazard risk management support to communities that are extremely vulnerable to flood events. Over the past twenty years, he has done extensive fieldwork in conflict and disaster zones in Cambodia, the DRC, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Swaziland. He served on UN humanitarian and peacebuilding missions in DRC, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. He has given three TEDx talks and been a featured storyteller on The Moth twice. He has over 200 publications.

Janeane will speak to Dr. Matthew about:
  • The Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation and their focus is on the impacts of environmental change on the most vulnerable people here and abroad

  • Mobilizing the resources of a major university to support their efforts to adapt and build resilience

  • The Blum Center's impactful programs on forced migration, planetary health, environmental peace building, flood risk modeling, the science and practice of compassion and human trafficking, etc. 

  • Who this organization works with (e.g. the UN, IUCN and several other organizations)

WATCH TEDxOrangeCoast - Richard Matthew - Natural Resources for Peacebuilding

Jun 8, 2011 • "Mankind has created borders that evolved through time. Richard Matthew explores how are borders really frontiers inviting exploration and innovation. Richard Matthew, Ph.D., is a professor at the University of California Irvine and the founding director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs (www.cusa.uci.edu). He spends much of his time in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, studying how environmental stress contributes to violent conflict and other types of crisis. For several years he has worked closely with the United Nations to integrate natural resource management and climate change adaptation into peace-building efforts, participating in various field assessments and directing one in Sierra Leone. He teaches courses on sustainability and social enterprise."


ABOUT

Associate Dean of Research and International Programs, School of Social Ecology
Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy and Political Science
Ph.D. Princeton University
(949) 824-9670
rmatthew@uci.edu
212C Social Ecology I

Department:
Urban Planning and Public Policy

Specializations:
Environment, conflict and peacebuilding; transnational threat networks; international ethics

Curriculum Vitae

Richard A. Matthew (BA McGill; PhD Princeton) is Professor of International and Environmental Politics in the Schools of Social Ecology and Social Science at the University of California at Irvine, and founding Director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs (www.cusa.uci.edu).

He studies (a) the environmental dimensions of conflict and peacebuilding; (b) climate change adaptation in conflict and post-conflict societies; and (c) transnational threat systems. He has done extensive field work in conflict zones in South Asia and East, Central and West Africa.

In addition to his positions at UCI, he is also a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Sustainable Development in Geneva; a Senior Fellow at the Munk School at the University of Toronto; a senior member of the United Nations Expert Advisory Group on Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding; and a member of the World Conservation Union’s Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy. Dr. Matthew has received Certificates of Recognition for his research and service activities from the U.S. Congress, the California State Legislature and the City of Los Angeles. He has over 150 publications including seven books and co-edited volumes.
Web Links of Research Sites
www.cusa.uci.edu
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btxcAEj3puo&feature=youtu.be
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Center-for-Unconventional-Security-Affairs/146645732989



Today, January 17th, is Martin Luther King Day - here are some facts about the famous Civil Rights Leader


Photo credit: Lynnwood Times



10 Martin Luther King Jr Facts About the Famous Civil Rights Leader

Latest news about the holiday and observances from Buzzpop

Monday, January 3, 2022

Coming soon! Joe Saul-Sehy and Emily Guy Birken, co-authors of STACKED: Your Super-Serious Guide to Modern Money Management. A step-by-step financial literacy book featuring a signature blend of shrewd financial information and wacky humor from the host of the award-winning STACKING BENJAMINS podcast

When it comes to financial literacy and money management, Joe Saul-Sehy, the money nerd behind the award-winning podcast Stacking Benjamins, and Emily Guy Birken, bestselling author of The 5 Years Before You Retire, abide by two rules: 1) start with the basics and 2) stop taking it seriously.

The prevailing attitude among many so-called financial “experts” is money only works if you’re serious about it. There are important retirement accounts to fill, and somber bank managers awaiting your next deposit! But treating money as only slightly less fun than a colonoscopy limits the reach of our collective voices and the accessibility of building true wealth, which is available to all of us—if we have the right roadmap.


In STACKED: Your Super Serious Guide to Modern Money Management (on-sale: 12/28) readers of any age and experience who are looking to learn to invest and get their finances in order will find a comprehensive, entertaining, and honest guide filled with tips, tricks and funny, lesson-learned horror stories.

While conquering your money-related goals and paying off debt is supremely important, Joe and Emily emphasize enjoying the process as much as the outcome. By doing so, we can bring others in on the journey, normalizing the how and why of wealth building, and making money and finances more approachable for us all.



In an interview, Joe and Emily can discuss topics including:

· How to set realistic financial goals that align with your vision for your life

· Side hustles

· Hiring a legit financial advisor

· Planning for emergencies

· What’s new and exciting – and actually worth your time – in financial apps and software

· How to play “budgeting Tetris”

· What to expect when you’re investing

· Strategies for reducing and eliminating debt

· The difference between tracking and budgeting, and why you need both to reach financial goals



www.stackingbenjamins.com

www.emilyguybirken.com

Twitter: @AverageJoeMoney / @EmilyGuyBirken



ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Joe Saul-Sehy learned from failure. Destroying his credit immediately after leaving home, he had to learn about money the hard way and much of it as he was telling other people how to manage their money, as a financial advisor. After 16 years in the industry he moved to financial media, creating Stacking Benjamins, one of the most listened to podcasts in the personal finance sphere. Kiplinger has called the show the "best personal finance podcast" and Fast Company has described it as striking a "great balance between fun and functional." Joe lives in Texarkana with his spouse, Cheryl, and cat, Cooper, recording shows in his mom's basement next door.

Emily Guy Birken has worn a lot of hats throughout her career: Temporary tattoo artist. Bookseller. Americorps volunteer. Teacher. Throughout it all, there's been one constant: she's a huge money nerd. In 2010, she turned her excitement about spreadsheets into a career as a Plutus Award-winning freelance writer in the financial sphere. Her varied career combined with her background in education helps her make complex financial topics relatable. Her work has appeared in HuffPo, Business Insider, Kiplinger, MSN Money, and The Washington Post. She is the author of four books: The 5 Years Before You Retire, Choose Your Retirement, Making Social Security Work for You, and End Financial Stress Now. Emily lives in Milwaukee with her spouse and two sons, plus their dog Tivo, and their cat The Dude.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

The Holidays are just around the corner and do you know what else is? The release of Peacock’s Baking It! From the creators of NBC’s Making It, Maya Rudolph and Andy Samberg are set to host this six-episode holiday special, dropping all episodes on December 2nd. Beverly Hills' very own Norma Zager will be judging the baker’s on their skills and tasting the most delectable holiday treats.



BAKING IT -- "Christmas Feast" Episode 106
Pictured: (l-r) Norma, Sherri, Anne, Harriet -- (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/Peacock)
Streaming on Peacock December 2
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Coming up! 
KUCI's Janeane Bernstein speaks with Judge Norma Zager from Beverly Hills

The Holidays are just around the corner and do you know what else is? The release of Peacock’s Baking It! From the creators of NBC’s Making It, Maya Rudolph and Andy Samberg are set to host this six-episode holiday special, dropping all episodes on December 2nd. Beverly Hills' very own Norma Zager will be judging the baker’s on their skills and tasting the most delectable holiday treats.

BAKING IT is a holiday competition series in which eight teams of two talented home bakers join Maya and Andy’s winter cabin for a celebration of culinary holiday traditions. Contestant duos will include spouses, siblings, best friends and more, who will work together to create outstanding savory and sweet creations for themed challenges with the hopes of winning a cash prize. Maya and Andy will lead the festivities, also providing comedic and musical commentary on the action. The bakers’ holiday treats will be judged by tough critics – four opinionated real-life grandmothers, who happen to be fantastic bakers themselves!

The series is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Paper Kite Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment. Amy Poehler, Nicolle Yaron, Pip Wells, Kate Arend, Dave Becky, Andy Samberg and Maya Rudolph serve as executive producers.


Watch the trailer HERE


Meet the Grandmothers from Peacock's BAKING IT - YouTube

Ep 3 Clip 1: Grannies Gone Wild: https://f.io/XH2BQKDv

Monday, December 13, 2021

Ash Beckham is a speaker, equality advocate and author of Step Up: How to Live with Courage and Become an Everyday Leader.



ASH BECKHAM - Known for her viral Tedx Talk Coming Out of Your Closet, the “accidental advocate” for equality does not shy away from hard conversations. Her book Step Up: How to Live with Courage and Become an Everyday Leader (Sounds True, March 2020) is an empowering call-to-action to help mobilize all to embrace a different vision of leadership to create change in our workplaces, schools, places of worship, communities, and homes cultivated from both Beckham's personal and professional experiences.

WEBSITE: https://www.ashbeckham.com/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ashbeckham/
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/theashbeckham/
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/ashbeckham


SAMPLE QUESTIONS:
  • You refer to yourself as an accidental advocate - how did this happen?
  • Tell us about your new book: Step Up: How to Live with Courage and Become and Everyday Leader.
  • What are some tips for starting genuine conversations and handling snap judgements?
  • What is one piece of leadership advice everyone could use?

Ash Beckham is an inclusion activist whose TEDx Talk “Coming Out of Your Closet” became a viral sensation. Her intrepid, relatable, and intrinsically comical style has made her an in-demand speaker, including events at Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, Bank of America, and the keynote for the first LGBTQ Conference at Harvard University. For more information visit ashbeckham.com.

SEE YOU NEXT CHRISTMAS was written and directed by Christine Weatherup and produced by Beatriz Chahin and Matt Enlow


SEE YOU NEXT CHRISTMAS

 OPENING ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS ON NOVEMBER 9


Annie and Tom Clark throw a holiday party every year, “Clarkmas.”

Over the years, it’s become the go-to holiday event for their ragtag group of friends. When chronically single Natalie and Logan continue to run into each other at the party year after year, they begin to wonder if maybe they’re meant to be together...SEE YOU NEXT CHRISTMAS was written and directed by Christine Weatherup and produced by Beatriz Chahin and Matt Enlow. The film stars Elizabeth Guest (AP Bio, Superstore), AJ Meijer (Heathers the musical original Broadway cast, Sneaky Pete), Christine Weatherup (Watchmen, Grey's Anatomy, Bread and Butter), and Vin Vescio (Chicago Med, For the Weekend). 

Giant Pictures will release SEE YOU NEXT CHRISTMAS on digital platforms on November 9, 2021. The film has a running time of 99 minutes and will not be rated by the MPAA.  Annie and Tom Clark throw a holiday party every year, “Clarkmas.” Over the years, it’s become the go-to holiday event for their ragtag group of friends. When chronically single Natalie and Logan continue to run into each other at the party year after year, they begin to wonder if maybe they’re meant to be together...

SEE YOU NEXT CHRISTMAS was written and directed by Christine Weatherup and produced by Beatriz Chahin and Matt Enlow. The film stars Elizabeth Guest (AP Bio, Superstore), AJ Meijer (Heathers the musical original Broadway cast, Sneaky Pete), Christine Weatherup (Watchmen, Grey's Anatomy, Bread and Butter), and Vin Vescio (Chicago Med, For the Weekend). Giant Pictures will release SEE YOU NEXT CHRISTMAS on digital platforms on November 9, 2021. The film has a running time of 99 minutes and will not be rated by the MPAA.

Dana Griffin - CEO of Eldera shares the power of her intergenerational mentoring program launched pre-COVID and thriving in the pandemic


Dana Griffin, NY, US - CEO Eldera


Dana is a former data and advertising executive turned Age Tech entrepreneur and AI for Good advocate. Raised by her grandparents in Transylvania and then guided by elders throughout her life, Dana authored multiple trademarks and patents focused on aging, wisdom and the impact of longevity.

She serves as the NY Director of AI Commons and an official UN delegate to Global Pulse and has been advising, consulting, and speaking internationally about principled uses of AI for innovation, policy, and social impact. Named by AdAge one “40 under 40 changing the advertising industry", she has a C-suite background in global expansion, strategy and data, partnering with Fortune 500s, high growth startups and non-profit organizations.

Dana is building Eldera from New York with Java, her bengal cat and our Chief Mischief Officer. A Vedic meditator and outspoken fan of interesting people and good food, she spends her time cooking, training in Krav Maga and exploring human consciousness.