Life of the Mind

UCTV is delighted to partner with the San Diego Union Tribune to assure that you stay connected and engaged even as we are physically isolated from one another. Enjoy this special selection of programs from our archives, including informative health and science programs, cultural and musical presentations and performances, and socially relevant lectures. New programs will be posted each week.

May 29, 2020

Global Health and Global Threats with Laurie Garrett

“I go to epidemics.” Journalist Laurie Garrett has long been on the front lines reporting on threats to global health, including HIV, avian flu, SARS, and others. In this conversation from 2013 with The Atlantic’s Corby Kummer, Garett outlines the promise and perils of modern strategies for dealing with epidemics and pandemics, including synthetic biology and “4D” printing of genome sequences. She notes the implications of recurring viral outbreaks for national security and argues for a more holistic view of viral contagions, one that acknowledges the influence of climate change, food scarcity, an aging global population, and unethical profiteering.

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High Notes: The Case for Music Education

When public school budgets are cut, arts and music programs are often the first to feel the impact. In response, Dalouge Smith, President and CEO of the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, argues for the demonstrable value of not just maintaining but enhancing music programs in school. The benefits include advancements in English and Math test scores, class attendance, cognitive development, improved self-esteem, and collaborative skills. Smith is joined by Francisco Escobedo, Superintendent of the Chula Vista Elementary School District, and UC San Diego cognitive scientists. Young musicians and their parents also provide testimony to music participation’s positive effects.

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Honoring Sally: Tam O’Shaughnessy About the R/V Sally Ride

Astronaut Sally Ride was a persuasive advocate for science education, and her iconic status as the first American woman in space continues to inspire girls and young women to seek careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). In this engaging profile, Tam O'Shaughnessy, Ride’s life partner, candidly describes their relationship and her work as Executive Director of Sally Ride Science@UC San Diego. The organization was formed to continue Sally’s work in education and research, and is the sponsor of the recently commissioned R/V Sally Ride, the first naval academic research vessel ever named for a woman.

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