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UCLA's distinguished, sold-out lecture series, "Darwin Evolving," may soon be competing with the likes of PBS' "Nature" for TV viewers in the Los Angeles region.

The popular lecture series, which is running on campus through May 20, is slated to become one of many UCLA programs being offered to viewers of the University of California Television cable channel, UCTV, which is extending its reach to more than 660,000 new households in the Los Angeles region. On May 6, the 24-hour channel that broadcasts educational and enrichment programming from UC campuses, including UCLA, went live in metropolitan Los Angeles on Time Warner Cable. The rollout across the entire city will be completed in the coming weeks.

As the city-designated education channel, UCTV, which is overseen by the University of California, offers Angelenos a wide range of general interest programming from throughout the UC system on topics ranging from science, health, public affairs, humanities and the arts, as well as specialized programming for both health care professionals and K-12 teachers.

Among the programs that have been available to more than 22 million households nationwide on the Dish Network and on cable in cities around California, including San Diego, San Francisco, Riverside and Sacramento, have been UCLA's two most recent Faculty Research Lectures, featuring Professors Thom Mayne and Gregory Schopen.

Most recently, UCLA Education Professor Connie Kasari discussed her research on how higher-functioning children on the autism spectrum interact with their fellow students in mainstream classrooms. In another UCTV lecture, UCLA cosmologist Ned Wright described the state-of-the-art tools being used to find out more about the origin of the universe.

Viewers have watched programs from the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on urology, transplant surgery and childbirth. Coming in the future will be "Darwin Evolving," the series of lectures sponsored by the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Center for Society and Genetics.

UCTV is also exploring the possibility of showcasing student work from the School of Theater, Film and Television.

An established television presence in the country's second largest media market is a significant boost for UCTV, which began nine years ago as a non-commercial, public interest channel on EchoStar's Dish Network satellite service.

"This is a spectacular opportunity for us to start a conversation with Angelenos on so many topics from the latest scientific developments that will keep all of us healthy, to the arts, to finding tangible solutions to global warming you can find all of this and more on UCTV," said UC President Mark G. Yudof. "I'm proud that the university can provide programming of such extraordinary diversity to Los Angeles viewers."

The goal is for this local channel to become a home for content produced by Los Angeles' higher education institutions both public and private as well as from local arts and cultural organizations. While these local entities grow their production capabilities and identify funding, UCTV will keep the channel fully programmed with content generated by the campuses, laboratories and UC-affiliated institutions.

UCTV will air on the following Time Warner Cable channels in Los Angeles:
Channel 25: West Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks, Eagle Rock, Boyle Heights/East Los Angeles
Channel 28: Hollywood/Wilshire, Westchester, South Los Angeles
Channel 37: West San Fernando Valley
Channel 97: East San Fernando Valley
Channel 99: Sylmar, Sunland/Tujunga, Harbor

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