What makes a world-class physician or scientist decide to write a book for the wide world of readers? Where do they find the inspiration and the time? What do they hope to accomplish? How do the satisfactions of writing compare to practicing medicine or writing scholarly articles?
Six recently published UCSF authors tackle these questions and more in these fascinating interviews:
Life After the Diagnosis: Expert Advice on Living Well with Serious Illness for Patients and Caregivers
Patients and caregivers living well with serious illness
Ordinary Medicine: Extraordinary Treatments, Longer Lives and Where to Draw the Line
The potential overuse of medical care and when to say “enough”
The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age
The impact of technology and the digital revolution on health and health care
The impact of AIDS in San Francisco through the eyes of three fictional doctors
Fake Silk: The Lethal History of Viscose Rayon
The consequences of hazardous manufacturing and poisonous materials on public health
Heightened Expectations: The Rise of the Human Growth Hormone Industry in America
The role of the pharmaceutical industry in creating a new disease, short stature, to sell new a medication.
What a group! You know you’re watching something special when Dolores Huerta, the legendary co-founder of the United Farm Workers and Rose Hayden-Smith, the PhD author who writes the UC Food Observer blog are flanked by passionate leaders in healthcare, social justice, and organic farming – all talking about the policies and politics that lead to food deserts and swamps in some communities and abundance in others. Gathered in the historic Star Theatre in Oceanside, California, this lively panel led by Michelle Lerach of the Berry Good Food Foundation will inspire many to plant their own gardens, share their green bounty and engage on issues that address the most fundamental human need – healthy food for a thriving planet.
Watch Food Justice: Economics, Ethics, Access
Behind every bite of food, there is a policy that influenced its production.
Marion Nestle, NYU Professor and prize-winning author, finds a paradox in today’s global food system in that food insecurity or obesity threaten the health and welfare of half the world’s population yet there is an overabundant and overly competitive food system that is motivated by corporate growth targets. The profits are in “junk food,” so the economic forces operate against healthy eating.
This contradiction between the goals of public health and food corporations has led to a large and growing food movement in the United States which encourages us to vote with our forks and support the food system we want when we shop.
Find out more about the economic and institutional factors that influence food policies and choices, and think about how we should balance individual and societal responsibility for those choices. Then, get some tips on how you can make a difference when you shop for food.
Nestle is the author of numerous books, including “Food Politics,” which explored the way corporations influence our nutritional choices, and “What to Eat,” a survey of how to navigate the modern American supermarket.
Food Politics and the Twenty-First Century Food Movement with Marion Nestle
Food and Politics with Marion Nestle – Conversations with History
Why is this Pope different from all other Popes? What inspired his cry from the heart to preserve “our home” in Laudato Si, his recent letter to Catholics and all residents of this glorious, yet troubled, planet?
Dan Kammen of UC Berkeley was among those summoned to the Vatican to advise on climate change and he shares what happened there, as former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and Henry E. Brady, dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy, respond with passion to the Pope’s critique of our consumer-driven way of life. A fourth guest joins midway, this one with black fur and four legs, presumably comforted by the Pope’s call to protect all creatures great and small.
Watch Climate Change, Consumerism and the Pope on the UC Public Policy Channel.
Earthquakes, infectious diseases, tsunamis. Sometimes it feels like we are constantly being bombarded by news of disasters somewhere in the world. If you want to become more prepared and knowledgeable in dealing with unexpected events and their impact – while learning ways to heal the mind and body – checkout this series of programs.
Topics covered include earthquakes, calling 911, stress and psychiatric implications of trauma and disasters, and an update on local San Francisco response teams. Also covered are other timely issues including nuclear, biological and chemical disasters as well as the next big outbreak.
There is no time like the present to get prepared for the next disaster even while hoping it does not affect us.
Watch Disaster Preparedness: The Impact of Dealing with the Unexpected.