Featured This Month
Is there a science of the soul? Does how we think about the brain define how we think about ourselves? Patricia Churchland, B. Phil., LLD (hon), Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy at UC San Diego, joins William Mobley, MD, PhD for a deeper look at the connections between neuroscience and philosophy.
Eminent earth scientist Walter Munk recounts events and personalities involved in UC San Diego's formative years as it grew out of an oceanographic field station now known as Scripps Institution of Oceanography, with former UC San Diego Chancellor and University of California President Richard Atkinson. Recorded on 02/17/2015.
The oxygen content of earth's ocean has changed dramatically through time, beginning with essentially no oxygen and rising to present-day levels, with important consequences for the evolution of life. Oxygen levels in modern oceans are also shifting as a consequence of global warming. Learn how low-oxygen settings in the modern ocean can inform us about the "explosion" of animal life more than half a billion years ago, mass extinctions, and the future our ocean. Recorded on 3/9/2015.
Computer simulations of earthquake shaking can provide valuable information on the expected intensity of shaking from earthquakes. Arthur Rodgers, a seismologist/geophysicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, covers seismic hazard in the Bay Area, describes computer simulations of past and possible future earthquakes and looks at the physics that underlies the numerical methods.
Creating and Funding Centers of Excellence – Case Studies in How to Make it Happen-- Cavendish Global Impact Forum
Bob Klein, the author and lead advocate of California's Prop 71, describes the unique scientific, government and philanthropic collaboration that led to the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine and the Centers of Excellence for stem cell research across the state. Comments follow from San Diego philanthropists Malin Burnham, Irwin Jacobs and Denny Sanford and from Larry Goldstein, the director of the UC San Diego Stem Cell Program and the Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center. This panel was presented by the Cavendish Global Impact Forum. Recorded on 05/13/2015.
CARTA: Human-Climate Interactions and Evolution: Past and Future – A Tipping Point: Using the Past to Forecast Our Future; Human Impacts: Will We Survive the Future?; Climate Change Mitigation: In Pursuit of the Common Good
This symposium presents varied perspectives from earth scientists, ecologists, and paleoanthropologists on how climate may have shaped human evolution, as well as the prospects for the future of world climate, ecosystems, and our species. Elizabeth Hadly begins with a discussion about A Tipping Point: Using the Past to Forecast Our Future, followed by Naomi Oreskes on Human Impacts: Will We Survive the Future?, and Veerabhadran Ramanathan on Climate Change Mitigation: In Pursuit of the Common Good. Recorded on 05/15/2015.