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A documentary on California’s historic drought produced by a South Coast college professor and his students will be screened this week.

The film “Turf Wars: SoCal Water Conservation” takes a deep look into the state’s severe drought and its impacts.  It was created by a film professor and his two students at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. 

Karie Portillo Guerra, who was a student when she helped create the film, says it was eye-opening to see the devastation in Central Valley towns that had pumped their groundwater dry.

A musician who toured the world with musicians like Mel Torme, but settled in Ventura County where he taught music for generations has died.

Elmer Ramsey was a music professor at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks for three decades.

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A South Coast university will be building a $30 million science center. 

California Lutheran University will be breaking ground on its Thousand Oaks campus later this month on what will become a three-story, 47,000-square-foot facility featuring 30 flexible science labs.

Two South Coast scientists have been awarded a large grant for research on proteins.

California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks analytical chemistry professor Katherine Hoffman and organic chemistry assistant professor Jason Kingsbury have received a $195,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to work with undergraduate students to research proteins that enable pathogenic bacteria to thrive.

Low-income children who are deaf or hard of hearing are getting help this summer on the South Coast.

Eleven-year-old Natalie Juarez, who has extreme hearing loss, wears implants that allow her to hear.

“Without my implants, I feel deaf. Like you can’t hear nothing,” she said.

But even with the implants, she still needs speech and language therapy, which is hard to come by in the summer when school is out. That’s why she and other kids who are deaf or hard of hearing are in a free eight-week program held at the nonprofit, No Limits, in Oxnard.

There’s an effort across the country to encourage students to pursue the fields of science, technology, engineering and math because there are plenty of job opportunities in those industries and not enough people to fill them. But, a South Coast university is going one step further. The university is targeting students from underrepresented groups.

Students and professors hike up Mountclef Ridge and through Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks in the name of science. They’re exploring nature -- jotting down notes and snapping photos of the plants and animals they encounter.

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One of the creators of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. visits the South Coast.

Michael Berenbaum, a Holocaust scholar and filmmaker, spoke Sunday at the Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

He serves as director of the Sigi Ziering Institute that explores the ethical and religious implications of the Holocaust at American Jewish University in Los Angeles. He served as project director for the Holocaust Memorial Museum.

A multimedia exhibit on the horrific realities of human trafficking comes to the South Coast for three days. 

“The Apathy Effect Exhibit: Igniting Empathy to End Exploitation” in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks was open to the public on Friday and Saturday, and it continues on Monday.

Anna Lundsten grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. When it came time to pick a college, she passed on some big name universities, deciding instead to go to a small, liberal arts school, a decision which landed her at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

A student at a South Coast university has invented an app to help police detectives solve crimes.

Henry Bulmer, who studies computer science and criminal justice at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, developed an app that would direct a drone to take comprehensive crime scene photos .

“Because you don’t know what necessarily is going to be important in a case, you have to take photos of everything,” he said.

Hundreds of people attended an autism conference on the South Coast that focuses on communication strategies.  

The Spectrum of Opportunity conference held at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks on Saturday brought together those with autism and their families, along with educators, speech pathologists and therapists to take a closer look at autism and communication. The event taught them how to support and include people with autism who experience communication challenges.

Clothing can be more than a fashion statement. An art exhibit on the South Coast explores how clothes can represent serious social issues.

Rachel Schmid, curator of the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks created an exhibit called Material Culture.

“That idea of how much cloth means to society and particularly to women’s rights,” she said.

KCLU usually brings you the news from the Central and South Coasts, but today it’s in the news.

The non-profit station has received a million dollar gift from a Westlake Village couple to support and enhance its news coverage by establishing a news endowment.

The gift is the latest by Linda and Dennis Fenton to support the station. They’ve been station members since it first went on the air in 1994, and Linda Fenton is currently a member of the station’s advisory board.

Lucy Ferrier from Santa Paula reads one of her favorite Shakespearean sonnets. 

“Shakespeare really speaks to the human condition and the human heart," she said. "Things we’re feeling and fearing and dealing with today.”

(Photograph courtesy Douglas Biklen)

There’s been a lot of attention during the last few years on the potential causes of autism, and how to help children cope with it.

But what about adults, who often got little or no treatment, and were sometimes even undiagnosed?

Michael Pearce

A new take on Celtic and Medieval traditions is the focus of an art exhibit on the South Coast.