Integrative Medicine and Mindfulness: From the Monastery to Modern Medical Practice

8232Mindfulness meditation originated in Buddhist tradition, but the secular application of mindfulness practices in the United States has grown exponentially in recent years. Clinicians and researchers have conducted hundreds of studies assessing the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness — the practice of maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of one’s thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and environment.

Experts from Osher Center for Integrative Medicine present Integrative Medicine and Mindfulness — an engaging series of lectures and experiential exercises in mindfulness practice, research, and education. Learn what role mindfulness can play in your own health and wellness.

Explore the following programs:

What Do We Really Know About Meditation and Health?

Mindfulness: Your Attention Please!

This is Your Brain on Meditation: How Meditation Impacts the Brain and Implications for Health

The Contractions of Labor and the Contractions of Life: Mindfulness Skills for Childbirth and Parenting

The Alchemy of Empathy: Transforming Stress into Meaning at Work

Transforming the Experience of Pediatric Chronic Illness through Mind-Body Medicine

Watch Integrative Medicine and Mindfulness.

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How A Love of Fiction Inspired NPR Journalist Ari Shapiro

8232Ari Shapiro, co-host of NPR’ All Things Considered, charmed a book-loving audience at UC San Diego with tales of how his English classes at Yale set him up for a fascinating career of storytelling in journalism. He recounts his early days as an intern at NPR and traces the steps that took him from Washington to London, Sarajevo, Ukraine, Turkey, India, and elsewhere as a correspondent before being tapped to anchor NPR’s flagship news program. Shapiro was the featured speaker at the sold-out 2016 Dinner in the Library event presented by the UC San Diego Library.

Watch Behind the News of the Moment with Ari Shapiro, NPR — Dinner in the Library 2016

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The Big Impact of a Little Shrimp

8232Despite their importance to reef communities and distribution throughout much of the world’s warmer oceans, little is known about the mantis shrimp, a solitary ambush predator.

However, with a fossil record dating back some 400 million years, the history of the mantis shrimp helps researchers understand the evolution of some of their more intriguing features. Mantis-like arms which allow their amazing hunting behavior, eyes which are one of the most elaborate visual systems yet discovered, and incredible speed are just a few of the qualities that make this small shrimp a big deal.

Join Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Maya deVries as she shares her research on the biomechanics and ecology of the mantis shrimp and their impact on marine communities.

Watch Small but Mighty: Evolution of the Mantis Shrimp Strike.

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Food: Too Good to Waste

8232Most people don’t realize how much food they throw away every day — from uneaten leftovers to imperfect produce. In the United States food waste is at an all-time high. More than 40 percent of all edible food is tossed out each year and half of that is fresh but slightly imperfect produce. On top of the squandered resources, organic waste is the second highest component of landfills, causing methane emissions, a greenhouse gas that adds to global climate change.

Watch this fascinating groups of experts convened by Kitchens for Good and the Berry Good Food Foundation as they explore how to reverse this trend through every day strategies that are good for you and the planet.

Reimagining Food Waste: Future Thought Leaders Series Presented by the Berry Good Food Foundation

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The University of California Carbon Slam

8232Global climate disruption is impacting the planet in ways never experienced in human history. Record-setting warmer temperatures are becoming the norm across the planet and sea-level rise poses a real threat to humanity.

The University of California Carbon Slam held this past May brought forth a vision of solutions. At this system-wide event, students from all 10 campuses came to Silicon Valley to present their climate science and carbon reduction research. Their three-minute pitches and posters were evaluated by a panel of esteemed judges and guests for a chance to win cash prizes.

The spirited contest offered guests an opportunity to see talented scholars in action and provide a unique window into the breadth and impact of climate research taking place across UC campuses. In addition to student competitors, Carbon Slam featured presentations by the University of California Faculty Climate Action Champions, who are working to build community engagement and awareness of climate change and to discover and implement solutions.

Carbon Slam was sponsored by the University of California Global Climate Leadership Council (GCLC) Faculty Engagement and Education (FEE) Working Group and the University of California Faculty Cimate Action Champions.

Watch the UC Carbon Slam 2016.

Want to learn more about climate research? Visit the UC Climate Solutions Channel.

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