Fresh Year, Fresh Content – January 2013 Highlights


To celebrate UC San Diego’s 52nd year, the campus invited six dynamic faculty members to share their inspirations for research and education with the audience at the Founders’ Symposium, part of the Founders’ Day celebration held in November.

If you couldn’t get to campus for the festive occasion, don’t worry because UCSD-TV is presenting the talks on TV and online this month.

Watch UC San Diego Founders’ Symposium.


UCSD-TV is thrilled to bring you another season of programming from San Diego Opera, which kicks off its 2013 season in January with Donizetti’s sparkling comedy “Daughter of the Regiment,” updated to the WWII era.

Get the history of the work from San Diego Opera’s Nick Reveles on “OperaTalk!,” go inside the performers’ creative process with “Stars in the Salon,” and venture behind the curtains with “Opera Spotlight” before the debut performance on January 26.

You can also catch up with previous San Diego Opera seasons at our opera website!


We finish off “The Atlantic Meets the Pacific” series this month with even more fascinating conversations with cutting-edge thinkers and researchers. Topics range from the future of wireless medicine to learning to play the guitar later in life. Watch them all — and videos from the 2011 event — at “The Atlantic Meets the Pacific” series page.

Also new in January:

Health & Medicine

Aging and Driving: A Complex Combination

Infant Care — Health Matters


Ocean Acidification: Can Corals Cope?

Public Affairs

Rachel Carson’s Legacy: Finding the Wisdom and Insight for Global Environmental Citizenship


The Evolution of Religion, Society & Consciousness with Ursula Kin — Burke Lecture

Arts & Music

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

Larry Smarr, Gretchen Rubin Get into Health(care) & Happiness

Our presentations of “The Atlantic Meets the Pacific” forum continue into the New Year, but first we’re wrapping up 2012 with two stellar presentations from the three-day forum held at UC San Diego in October.

Premiering tonight (Dec. 17) at 9pm (and online now) is “The Human Laboratory: One Researcher’s Quest to Personalize Medicine,” a fascinating conversation between Calit2 director Larry Smarr, the subject of a recent piece in “The Atlantic,” and author Mark Bowden, who wrote the screenplay for Katherine Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” and riveting works of non-fiction like “Black Hawk Down.” In this program, Smarr and Bowden talk about Smarr’s determination to understand everything about his own body, and how that kind of knowledge will become standard in the future of healthcare.

And what better to way to complete the year than with a look at the science and philosophy of happiness with none other than Gretchen Rubin, author of the bestseller “The Happiness Project.” In “Don’t Worry, Be Happy Now: The Science and Philosophy of the Happiness Movement,” Rubin chats with James Fallows, National Correspondent for The Atlantic, about finding contentment in everyday life. That program premieres Dec. 28 at 7pm, but you can start your happy journey early by watching it online now.

Conversations about Crowd-sourcing

It’s hard not to be inspired by our latest “The Atlantic Meets the Pacific” guests, both of whom have spearheaded crowd-sourcing endeavors that have changed the way people think of and use social networking. Tune in tonight (Dec. 10) starting at 8pm for some fascinating conversation with microlending pioneer Jessica Jackley and founder Ben Rattray.

But don’t stop there. There’s plenty more at “The Atlantic Meets the Pacific” series page.

Just a Dream and a Laptop: Microlending, the Developing World and the Future of Entrepreneurship with Jessica Jackley
Jessica Jackley describes her path to success as the co-founder and CEO of ProFounder, a pioneering crowd-funding platform for budding entrepreneurs that provides tools to access start-up capital. She also co-founded Kiva, the world’s first peer-to-peer microlending website, as she recalls in this interview with Alexis Madrigal, Senior Editor of The Atlantic.

Social Networks for Social Justice: The Power of Technology to do Good with Ben Rattray
Ben Rattray, founder of, describes to the National Journal’s Ron Brownstein how powerful this crowd-sourcing platform has become as millions of people advance local and global change through online petitions. Rattray points to the selection of Candy Crowley and Martha Raddatz to run the presidential and vice presidential debates as an example of its success, noting that 180,000 people used the site to campaign for female moderators.

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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


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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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

More videos and podcasts>>

J. Craig Venter: Manufacturing Life with Synthetic DNA

The future is here. At least it feels that way after watching one of the most buzzed-about panels from The Atlantic Meets the Pacific forum held at UC San Diego in October.

In “Manufacturing Life: How Synthetic DNA Will Change Our World,” Editor-in-Chief of The Atlantic, James Bennet, chats with J. Craig Venter, CEO of Synthetic Genomics, about finding genomic-driven solutions to address global needs such as new sources of energy, food and vaccines. The program is introduced by Pradeep Khosla, UC San Diego’s new chancellor.

Watch it tonight (Nov. 26) at 8pm on UCSD-TV or online now.