Tuning into the Sounds of Our Dynamic Planet

Did you know there are unheard sounds in the Earth’s atmosphere that can travel all the way around the world?

Dr. Michael Hedlin of UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography explains that when massive events occur in the atmosphere low frequency sounds are generated that can be received all over the earth, depending on the magnitude of the event. Much like when there is an earthquake and seismic waves can be read on seismometers around the planet.

Although we cannot hear these sounds because of their low frequencies, there is still a lot they can tell us about things like volcanic eruptions and meteorite impacts.

Listen in as Michael Hedlin discusses what we can learn from the Earth’s atmosphere’s frequencies in “Listening to Earth’s Atmosphere: Tuning into the Sounds of Our Dynamic Planet

Check out other videos in the Perspectives on Ocean Science Series presented by Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Bronze Bling for UCSD-TV

We needed needed a little more bling around here!

After a terrific showing at the Aurora Awards, UCSD-TV is adding to its 2013 tally with two bronze Telly Awards.

“Building It Better: Earthquake-Resilient Hospitals for the Future” nabbed the bronze in the Documentary category for its behind-the-scenes look at the rigorous earthquake testing UC San Diego researchers put their five-story mockup of a hospital through in order to better understand how the many complex systems within hospital buildings perform after earthquakes. Produced by UCSD-TV’s Rich Wargo, in partnership with the California Seismic Safety Commission, the program explores the history of seismic safety for California’s hospital infrastructure, and what is being done to secure its future.

Also taking home the bronze for documentary was “San Diego Opera Spotlight: Moby-Dick,” UCSD-TV producer John Menier’s in-depth look behind-the-scenes at the West Coast premiere of Jake Heggie’s “Moby-Dick,” based upon the classic novel by Herman Melville.

You also might recall our announcement last month that “The Skinny on Obesity: Sickeningly Sweet” was awarded the prestigious Silver Telly Award in the Health and Wellness category. Produced by UCSD-TV’s Rich Wargo and Jennifer Ford, the program is one of seven episodes in the popular “The Skinny on Obesity” series, which premiered on the UCTV Prime YouTube original channel in April 2012.

The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring the finest film and video productions, groundbreaking web commercials, videos and films, and outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs.

Congratulations to the UCSD-TV team!

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Only a few days until Election Day, have you visited UCSD-TV’s Election 2012 website yet? There you’ll find reliable election coverage and context, from San Diego’s mayoral race to national politics.

The Atlantic Meets the Pacific Meets UCSD-TV

There was plenty of excitement last month when two coasts collided at UC San Diego. No, it wasn’t some strange weather phenomenon but the second annual The Atlantic Meets the Pacific, hosted by The Atlantic magazine and UCSD. The sold-out, three-day forum brought together some of the country’s most fascinating thinkers to talk about the future of energy, health and technology and this month you can watch it on UCSD-TV.

Predicting Election 2012
Threading Film’s Next Reel with Stacey Snider
Mapping the Future of Networks with Facebook’s Chris Cox
Manufacturing Life: How Synthetic DNA Will Change Our World with J. Craig Venter

Stay tuned for even more in December.

Earthquake-resilient Hospitals for the Future

Go behind the scenes at UC San Diego as a five-story mockup of a hospital, including a surgical suite, is subjected to dramatic earthquakes in order to better understand how buildings perform after earthquakes and fire. Teaming up with the California Seismic Safety Commission, this UCSD-TV documentary explores the history of seismic safety for California’s hospital infrastructure, and what is being done to secure its future.

Building it Better: Earthquake-resilient Hospitals for the Future


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

Health & Medicine

The Latest in Breast Cancer Treatment and Prevention with Anne M. Wallace

Diabetic Medical Emergencies

Alternatives to Insecticides: High Impact Solutions Without Environmental Trade-offs

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New from UCTV Prime!
9 Billion Mouths to Feed: The Future of Farming

Gray Whales in a Changing Environment

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Public Affairs

Filner v. DeMaio at UC San Diego — San Diego Mayoral Forum

Walking Together for Freedom with Asma Jahangir

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Humanities Humanities

Salman Rushdie – Revelle Forum

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Arts & Music Arts & Music

Daughter of the Regiment – San Diego OperaTalk!

Do Ho Suh’s Fallen Star – Stuart Collection at UCSD

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Check out the latest additions to our online video archive

Diabetes and the Gastrointestinal Tract

Colon Cancer Screening – Health Matters

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Earthquake-Resilient Hospitals for the Future

By Rich Wargo, UCSD-TV science producer

For a few months last spring, things were really rumbling at UC San Diego’s Engelkirk Structural Engineering Center, where researchers subjected a five-story mockup of a hospital to the largest earthquake test of its kind. “Building It Better: Earthquake-resilient Hospitals for the Future,” a UCSD-TV and California Seismic Safety Commission documentary two years in the making, takes you behind the scenes of these dramatic earthquake tests as researchers evaluate their impact on the many complex systems within hospital buildings, including surgical suites, patient rooms and more. The program also reviews the history of seismic safety for California’s hospital infrastructure, and what is being done to secure its future.

Phenomenal is the only way to describe this project. I’ve recorded and produced many programs on tests at Englekirk – from a massive concrete parking structure to an 80′ wind turbine to metal frame buildings and more – but I’ve never witnessed anything like this, and honestly, hope none of us ever experience a quake as intense, or even half as intense, as this test provided.

While we did our best to capture this intensity, being present at the moment of testing brought with it the visceral uncertainty of whether an entire five-story building will collapse before you. This not only induces an instant of panic, but makes you think more than twice about how prepared we all are for such an event – and how truly outstanding and critically important the work of the California Seismic Safety Commission and the many researchers and partners involved in this test is to our common well–being.

After seeing this project closely from the inside, I am certain that too many of us are unprepared and have no idea just how devastating the “big one” – which will happen – will be. But there are people working together to make sure that when we need it most, our critical infrastructure will be ready, and the data, information and lessons from this project are making and will continue to make immense contributions to that goal.

And I didn’t even mention the fire testing……

Watch “Building It Better: Earthquake-resilient Hospitals for the Future,” premiering tonight at 8 and online now.

Science Programs to Watch on UCSD-TV

TeacherTECH: Earthquake Teaching Tools

The next program in our new series TeacherTECH, from the San Diego Supercomputer Center airs Wednesday March 24 and features the irrepressible Debi Kilb, Science Director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Visualization Center. Debi’s specialties are the underlying physics of earthquakes, and getting other people really enthused about it. She’s going to show you many readily accessible sources on the internet where you can find a wide range of information on seismic activity, both in the past and as it happens. And don’t miss physics guru Phil Blanco’s TeacherTECH presentation on Newton’s Laws and Gravity on March 31. Visit UCSDTV’s TeacherTECH page for other programs in the series, and more resources and information from the presenters.

Building It Better

In keeping with the theme of seismicity, Debi’s TeacherTECH presentation is followed by Building It Better, a chronicle of the most massive outdoor real-time seismic test ever conducted. You’ll get an inside view of the western hemisphere’s largest shake-table at UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering’s Englekirk Structural Engineering Center. The shake table is the only of its kind in North America, and you’ll see the amazing ingenuity and technology that is required to conduct a test of this scale.