Can We Talk? Communicating Through the Cancer Journey

25296As our series on cancer continues, we take a look not at the symptoms of the disease but at the way we talk about the disease. The words we choose and the tone we employ can greatly impact the way patients, caregivers, medical professionals, and families move through the cancer journey.

In this unique look at conversations about cancer, professor Wayne Beach of San Diego State University shares audio and video examples of how communication occurs among those affected in the context of cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis. Deborah Mayer, an advanced practice oncology nurse from the University of North Carolina follows with a look at the different meanings of the word “cancer,” the discomfort of difficult conversations, and the challenge of expressing basic fears.

Watch Communicating Through the Cancer Journey: Can We Talk? — Overthrowing the Emperor of all Maladies: Moving Forward Against Cancer Series — Exploring Ethics online now or click here to view the entire series.

Exploring Ethics of Drones and Other UAVs

When you hear the word “drone,” what first comes to mind?

Most people usually think of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) operated by the military in order to spy on citizens and drop bombs on unsuspecting targets.

Lucien Miller, CEO of Innov8tive Designs, explains that the first drone, called the Kettering Bug, was flown almost a hundred years ago, in 1918. Early drones like this were essentially torpedoes with wings, unguided aircraft that dropped bombs with little target accuracy.  It was these types of UAVs that have led people to fear the term drone and the destruction associated with them.

But today, drones and UAVs are rapidly gaining commercial popularity as UAV systems are becoming available at prices non-military budgets can afford. Miller says modern UAVs are becoming so small, they can  be purchased for as little as $400. And now their uses extend far beyond covert military operations, such as search and rescue missions, endangered species protection, and infrastructure inspection, just to name a few.

Keith McLellen, CEO of ROV Systems joins the show to discuss the risks that come with the benefits of drones, the biggest concern being an increase in aerial surveillance and an invasion of privacy.

Watch “Drones and Other UAVs: Benefits and Risks – Exploring Ethics” to hear from Miller, McLellen, and retired Commander Bob Osborne, who worked for the LA County Sheriffs department for 38 years, about the life-saving and livelihood-threatening technology of modern drones.

Watch other videos about UAVs and Drones.

Women in Science – Looking Back, Looking Ahead

UCSD-TV celebrates the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s ground-breaking novel, Silent Spring, with a series of videos presented by the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology.

In the final episode of the series, Dorothy Sears of the UC San Diego School of Medicine, Christina Deckard of the SPAWAR Systems Center, and science journalist Lynne Friedmann discuss the hurdles Carson overcame as a women in science 50 years ago. To put Carson’s struggles in perspective, these women in the modern field of science reveal their current struggles with inequality. Watch their insightful discussion in “Women in Science: 50 Years After Silent Spring“:

Check out all of the videos in the Silent Spring Series!

Elephants and the Ethics of Extinction

Domestic cats in America kill millions, maybe even hundreds of millions of song birds each year.

It is estimated that one third of all song bird species are declining in the United States. If this pattern continues, people will eventually be forced to take sides on which animals existence is more important.

This is just one example Robert Wiese, Chief Life Sciences Officer at the San Diego Zoo, gives to illustrate the way humans interfere with the ebb and flow of animal populations. He discusses what happens when people introduce foreign species to an unfamiliar ecosystem with no natural predators and why it’s important to maintain checks and balances in populations.

If humans cause the decline in a species’ population, are they responsible to restore it? With success stories like the captive breeding program of the California Condor, we know that it is possible to save species from extinction. But at what cost?

Check out “Elephants or People? Ethical Dilemmas in Recovering Endangered Species,” part of “The Silent Spring Series-Exploring Ethics.”

Check out more videos about the environment and conservation.

UCSD-TV Monthly Highlights- April 2012

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UCTV Prime YouTube Channel  Is Off and Running

It’s official! UCSD-based UCTV made history with the March 1 launch of UCTV Prime, YouTube’s first university-run original channel. The channel debuted with Naked Art, a four-part mini-series exploring the preeminent art collections at UC San Diego, UCLA and UCSF.

“Prime: Vote,” a reoccurring series of short videos featuring analysis and commentary about the 2012 election from UC faculty, premiered next with UC San Diego political scientist Peter Gourevitch’s commentary “The High Cost of Austerity.” On April 3, UCSD’s Thad Kousser makes an appearance alongside UCLA’s Lynn Vavreck to discuss “Political Messaging on the Economy.”

Beginning April 13, UCTV Prime shifts to health with the seven-part series, “The Skinny on Obesity,” examining the obesity epidemic and how UC San Francisco researchers like Dr. Robert Lustig are working to combat it.

Writer’s Symposium by the Sea

Once again, UCSD-TV presents highlights from the annual Writer’s Symposium by the Sea at Pt. Loma Nazarene University. This year, host Dean Nelson chats with journalist Christopher Hedges about his career covering wars around the world, and blogger and author Rachel Held Evans about the style differences in writing for the web versus the page.

Exploring Ethics: Healthcare Disparities

The Exploring Ethics series continues this month with a talk by Stanley Maloy, the dean of the Colleges of Sciences at San Diego State University, who offers a path to help diverse communities understand science well enough to make informed health care choices.


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

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Fish & Chips: Using High-Tech Tools to Learn More About Fish

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Public Affairs

Compassionate Presence: Faith-based Peacebuilding in the Face of Violence with John Paul Lederach

To Be Human: Desire, Temptation and Spiritual Struggle: Historical Christian Perspectives on Being Human

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Arts & Music Arts & Music

San Diego Opera Stars in the Salon: The Barber of Seville

San Diego Opera Spotlight: The Barber of Seville

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San Diego Opera Spotlight: Don Pasquale (2012)

Rebecca Lytle Memorial Concert: Jazz Gone Global

CARTA: The Upright Ape: Bipedalism and Human Origins – Running, Walking and Evolution

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