What I Did This Summer

Shannon Bradley here, checking in at the tail end of summer. Summertime at UCSD is sweet.   The campus is quiet, lunch lines are short, parking is easy, and…most important for us, we mostly air re-runs in July and August.  All of that freed us up to focus on creating a new magazine-style series, premiering this […]

Shannon Bradley here, checking in at the tail end of summer.

Summertime at UCSD is sweet.   The campus is quiet, lunch lines are short, parking is easy, and…most important for us, we mostly air re-runs in July and August.  All of that freed us up to focus on creating a new magazine-style series, premiering this fall, that honors UC San Diego’s 50th anniversary. The six-part series, called  UCSD@50, premieres September 13, with a new installment  every six weeks through June of 2011.

As with all of my favorite magazines, this program will offer an eclectic menu of stories — some serious and some light-hearted –  all centered around our goal of sharing what excites us about this place. In the upcoming months, look for reports from Rich Wargo (Science), John Menier (Arts & Humanities), Jennifer Ford (Health and Medicine)…and yours truly on Public Affairs.

I’m starting the first show with a piece on UCSD’s Center for Community Well-Being. This group, run by Bud Mehan and Mike Cole, is a collection of faculty, staff and students who are doing research and service projects in Southeastern San Diego.  We spent some time with UCSD undergrads tutoring at Gompers Preparatory Academy, the middle school in Chollas View that’s modeled after our own Preuss School.

We also showed up for the first Community Market at the Jacobs Center, where free food and clothes were distributed to needy families under the guidance of the CCW’s Makeba Jones and her partners from Project Safe Way.

And finally, we visited the Town and Country Learning Center in Mountain View where Mike Cole and Srinivas Sukumar, from Cal IT 2, work with kids after school.  It was great to visit these communities and see UCSD folks engaged in finding ways to improve the lives of fellow San Diegans.

Also in the first show, Rebecca Tolin reports on the ground-breaking work that Eric Courchesne and Karen Pierce are doing at the UCSD Autism Center of Excellence. This husband-and-wife team has made startling discoveries about the brains of autistic children and what can be done to help those who are most at risk.

Later in the first show, Ken Kebow takes us to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where Dean Tony Haymet describes research on underwater plants that could lead to new medicines, and how new high-tech robots will help monitor the health of the oceans.

Oh, and Rachel Bradley (no, no relation) profiles Giancarlo Ruiz, a UCSD staffer who produced a film that was screened at Cannes! How cool is that? And yes, he made it on his own time.  Thanks to Sherman George for telling us about him.  Sherman retired awhile back but is still a presence around here…something we all appreciate.

So…lots going on here this summer. Next up is Chancellor Marye Anne Fox coming to our studio September 2 to tape her segments as the honorary host of our first program.  UCSD @50 will start airing Sept 13….just a week before the students come back (good!) and parking gets difficult again (not-so-good).

Monthly Highlights: August 2010

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James Rauch: The Three Arab Worlds

UCSD economist James Rauch breaks the Arab world down into its sub-Saharan African, fuel-endowed, and Mediterranean components and compares socioeconomic progress in each to its rest-of-the-world counterparts. His findings contradict the belief, popularized by the UN Arab Human Development Reports, in a monolithic Arab world that has failed to modernize. This program is made available to UCSD-TV by the Alternate Focus series.

James Rauch: The Three Arab Worlds
Premieres Monday, August 9 at 8:30pm
and re-airs throughout the month.
(This program will not be available on-line so tune in or set your DVRs!)

Research on Aging Returns to UCSD-TV

After a short hiatus, UC San Diego’s Stein Institute for Research on Aging (SIRA) is back on UCSD-TV! Each month we’ll present a new program focusing on the latest in healthy aging — whether it’s breakthrough research conducted by SIRA’s medical faculty or an update on available treatment options.

Tune in Thursday, August 12 at 8pm for the kick-off of SIRA’s renewed season:

Research on Aging: Is Hormone Therapy Useful or Harmful for Women?

UCSD’s Dr. Matthew Allison discusses the risks and benefits of Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT), a supplemental estrogen therapy, and other health concerns and prevention tips for postmenopausal women.

For more broadcast times and video archives, visit SIRA’s series page.


PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

All programs repeat throughout the month. Visit the Program Schedule on our web site for additional air dates and times.

HEALTH & MEDICINE

Taking Control of Your Diabetes: Continuous Glucose Monitoring System

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SCIENCE

Exploring Extremes of Earth’s Magnetic Field

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PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Covering the Israeli-Palestine Conflict in 2010: A Report From the Ground by Ethan Bronner

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HUMANITIES

Osher UCSD: Maurizio Seracini

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ARTS & MUSIC

Orchestra Nova: Celebrations

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BUSINESS


Van Jones: The Green Collar Economy

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Check out the latest additions to our online video archive.

Taking Control of Your Diabetes: Weight Management

Probing Long-term Temperature Change in the Southern Ocean

Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives

Burke Lecture: An Ecological Inquiry – Jesus and the Cosmos with Elizabeth Johnson

More videos and podcasts>>

Get Your Move on Tip – Plan for Success

TCOYD’s resident fitness expert Larry Verity has a tip to keep your diabetes in check and your body fit.
Have a plan – we don’t plan to fail, we just fail to plan! Diabetes is sometimes thought of as a scheduling disease – requiring medicine, monitoring, healthy eating, etc. Physical activity should be part […]


TCOYD’s resident fitness expert Larry Verity has a tip to keep your diabetes in check and your body fit.

Have a plan – we don’t plan to fail, we just fail to plan! Diabetes is sometimes thought of as a scheduling disease – requiring medicine, monitoring, healthy eating, etc. Physical activity should be part of that schedule. Put it on the calendar and reap the rewards.

Fit to Eat Tip – Simple Substitutions

TCOYD’s resident nutrition expert Janice Baker has a helpful tip for eating smart and taking control of your diabetes – and your diet!
Substitute sliced crunchy vegetables for chips and serve with salsa for a nutrient-packed appetizer that&…

TCOYD’s resident nutrition expert Janice Baker has a helpful tip for eating smart and taking control of your diabetes – and your diet!

Substitute sliced crunchy vegetables for chips and serve with salsa for a nutrient-packed appetizer that’s low in sodium and calories too!

Wusses Need Not Apply

“My task is not to make beautiful images, but necessary ones.” — Robert Bresson Jean Cocteau once said of Robert Bresson, “He expresses himself cinematographically as a poet would with his pen.” Francois Truffaut observed that Bresson’s films are “closer to painting than to photography.” Painting, with its direct connection between artist and brush and […]

“My task is not to make beautiful images, but necessary ones.” — Robert Bresson

Jean Cocteau once said of Robert Bresson, “He expresses himself cinematographically as a poet would with his pen.” Francois Truffaut observed that Bresson’s films are “closer to painting than to photography.” Painting, with its direct connection between artist and brush and canvas, was a profound influence on Bresson, especially since he studied the art after high school. What appealed to him most was painting’s solitary nature, and I suspect that if he had the means, Bresson would have preferred to make his movies entirely by himself.

Throughout the course of his career, Bresson relentlessly rid his movies of all distractions and diversions. He believed that the techniques of professional actors got in the way of the truth, so he stopped using them, just as he abandoned studios for practical locations. One doesn’t watch Bresson to see great acting or admire the lush scenic design: the non-professionals he cast were mere instruments, devoid of independent ego, and the settings they moved through were purely functional. Bresson broke down performances into a carefully choreographed series of movements, gestures, and glances. Characters were not supposed to think or move spontaneously, but as precisely animated figures in the landscape of Bresson’s obsessive “dialogue with the divine.” (Bresson’s Catholicism was another major influence on his work.)

Watching Bresson is to be held in the grip of a singular, rigorous vision, a stripped-down world where nothing is superfluous or left to chance. Because of the unorthodoxy of his aesthetic, Bresson’s movies are tough sledding for modern audiences conditioned to non-stop “incidents,” rapid-fire editing, Oscar-trolling performances, special effects and crass sentimentality. His films can wear you down. When I first encountered Bresson’s work as a young film student, I was not yet conversant with what Paul Schrader dubbed the “transcendental style” in cinema. Initially I was puzzled by Bresson’s canvas of blank faces, repetitive movements, seemingly insignificant plot details, and unadorned cinematography. I simply had no frame of reference for his brand of austerity. But his characters and images stuck with me, especially Pickpocket with its precise montages and confessional narration, and A Man Escaped with its prison break set to Mozart. Eventually I became an enthusiastic convert, and Bresson sparked a lifelong interest in the works of other transcendentalists in the arts.

Sadly, the intellectual and financial environment which allowed films like Bresson’s to be made – in fact, the very idea that cinema can be more than faddish entertainment – has all but vanished (and never really had a firm foothold in American film). By the time of his death at age 92 in 1999, Bresson was despairing for the future of his chosen art form. Fortunately, his work survives to remind us of the possibilities that lie beyond the multiplex.

Tune in July 17 for the films of Robert Bresson on UCSD-TV’s World Cinema Saturdays.

4:00 pm Pickpocket
5:30 pm Diary of a Country Priest
7:30 pm Les Dames Du Bois De Boulogne
9:00 pm A Man Escaped