The Legendary Leopards of La Jolla Shores

In celebration of National Shark Week, UCTV visits the Birch Aquarium to hear from an expert on leopard sharks, Andy Nosal, a Ph.D. student of Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Leopard sharks are a special species of shark found only along the West coast of North America, their territory spanning from Washington to Baja California. A distinctive characteristic of these creatures is their mild temperament. Unlike most sharks, which will bite anything that might be food, leopard sharks are timid and have such small mouths that they pose essentially no danger to humans. In fact, a leopard shark bite on a human has never been recorded by the International Shark Attack File.

Every Summer La Jolla Shores is the gathering site of hundreds of leopard sharks. A common misconception of this behavior is that these sharks convene here to mate or give birth, but in fact scientists are not quite certain what they do at this annual conference.

Watch “Local Legends: The Leopard Sharks of La Jolla Shores” to see what Nosal has determined about why these sharks flock to La Jolla Shores and what they do there.

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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.

Ocean Science Surpasses 10 Million!

When people want to learn about the ocean, they turn to Birch Aquarium at Scripps’ “Perspectives on Ocean Science” lecture series, available on TV and online through UCSD-TV and its sister station, UCTV.

How do we know? The collection of 130+ videos, available on the channels’ websites, YouTube and iTunes, just surpassed 10 million views, making it UCSD’s most popular science series and UCTV’s 14th most popular series, out of a whopping 350!

Learn more about this accomplishment and the importance of Birch Aquarium‘s public outreach program, then dive in to the “Perspectives on Ocean Science” video archive! Stay tuned April 10 at 8pm for the TV premiere of the latest installment, “Genetics and Gray Whale Behavior,” which is also available online now.

Ocean Acidification: Can Corals Cope?

Climate warming due to increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is only part of the “CO2 problem” affecting life on the planet. In fact, much of the CO2 emitted from burning fossil fuels is absorbed by the ocean, causing ocean acidification, a chemical phenomenon threatening marine life.

Tune in to UCSD-TV tonight (Jan. 9) at 8 for “Ocean Acidification: Can Corals Cope?” from the Perspectives on Ocean Science series to hear Scripps marine biologist Martin Tresguerres describe research into the potential impact of ocean acidification on corals, and the mechanisms these amazing marine animals use to try to cope with the problem. Or just watch it online now!

December Highlights

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More on ‘The Atlantic Meets Pacific’ Horizon

We continue our presentations from The Atlantic Meets the Pacific forum held at UC San Diego in October. This month you’ll be joined by The Atlantic’s James Fallows, “The Happiness Project” author Gretchen Rubin, video game designer Jane McGonigal, Calit 2’s Larry Smarr and more, all talking about improving the world –and our lives– through innovation, entrepreneurship and technology. Tune in Mondays at 8pm or watch online.

The Atlantic Meets the Pacific

Behind the Scenes at Scripps

E.W. Scripps Associates takes you on an exclusive adventure with Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists and students who have explored the ocean depths and come away with amazing results. From discovery of the first-known methane seeps off San Diego to video and images from the deepest place on earth, we welcome you to take a sneak peek into the abyss.

Behind the Scenes at Scripps: Return from the Deep

Lessons from Autism Disorders

This fascinating and important series from UC San Diego’s Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) explores the newest understandings of the roots of autism disorders from the foremost researchers in the world. Tune in Wednesday nights at 9 (through December 19) or watch online.

Human Origins: Lessons from Autism Spectrum Disorders


PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

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

Health & Medicine

The Human Laboratory: One Researcher’s Quest to Personalize Medicine with Larry Smarr — The Atlantic Meets the Pacific

Prostate Cancer Screening – Research on Aging

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Science

Where the Swell Begins with Walter Munk

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Public Affairs

Negotiating in Business, Politics and Peace featuring former Sen. George Mitchell — Institute for Peace & Justice

Games for Change: Solving the World’s Biggest Problems Through Alternate Realities with Jane McGonigal and Larry Smarr — The Atlantic Meets the Pacific

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Humanities Humanities

Revelle Forum: TC Boyle

Murder in the Cathedral – San Diego OperaTalk with Nick Reveles

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Arts & Music Arts & Music

The Art in Science, The Science in Art – La Jolla Playhouse

Gabriel Kahane: Come On All You Ghosts – La Jolla Music Society: SummerFest 2012

Ravel’s Piano Trio in A Minor – La Jolla Music Society SummerFest

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Check out the latest additions to our online video archive

Diabetic Medical Emergencies

Do Ho Suh’s Fallen Star – Stuart Collection at UC San Diego

Gray Whales in a Changing Environment

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