Category Archives: In the News

The Atlantic Meets the Pacific 2013

tamtpThe Atlantic and UC San Diego has once again teamed up to host The Atlantic Meets the Pacific, a must-attend event for top thought leaders in technology, the sciences, and health. Striking at the heart of health technology and innovation, this year’s event united scientists, engineers, business leaders, culinary experts, physicians, writers, and policymakers to discuss topics ranging from wireless health technologies and leaps in longevity research to the history of cancer and new approaches to food policy. Gathering in San Diego, one of the world’s nerve centers for breakthroughs in nanotechnology, cancer research, and medical device engineering, the program showcases progress being made on the frontier of health research and IT and critically examines the best policies and practices for bringing these innovations to life.

Cancer Bestseller to Big ScreenCancer was a big topic at The Atlantic Meets the Pacific this year. In “How Far Away is a Cure for Cancer?” Clifton Leaf, the author of “The Truth in Small Doses: Why We’re Losing the War on Cancer and How to Win It,” talks with The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons about the future of cancer research. Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of “The Emperor of All Maladies” discusses with Clemons about what it’s like to take his best-selling book on the history of cancer to television in this live Skype interview.

In an innovative technology panel, “Domestic Drones: The Next Decade of American Airspace” Chris Anderson, the former Editor-in-Chief of Wired and now CEO of 3-D Robotics,
Living Longertalks with The Atlantic’s James Fallows about the role of drones for civilian uses. In the healthcare arena, taking responsibility for one’s body is the common theme among three visionaries in personal health in “Living Longer, Living Smarter: Innovations in Longevity Research.” Larry Smarr of Calit2 joins Deborah Szekely, the co-founder of the highly acclaimed Rancho La Puerta wellness center and Kunal Sarkar, the CEO of the brain-trainer Lumosity for an invigorating conversation with The Atlantic’s Megan Garber and Corby Kummer.

If you enjoyed these panels, browse the full list of programs in The Atlantic Meets the Pacific 2013 series.

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Listen to Voices from History…Literally

Vitaliy Fadeyev (left) and Carl Haber with some of the wax cylinders,
and acetate and shellac discs, which will be studied with methods under
development at Berkeley Lab.

Imagine a voice reaching across more than a hundred years to whisper right into your ear. What if this voice belonged to a significant historical figure who, until now, had remained mute to the generations that followed?

That’s exactly what a team of digital restoration experts and physicists, including Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory‘s Carl Haber, did when it melded science with high-resolution digital restoration techniques to turn back the sands of time and restore the voice of Alexander Graham Bell from a previously unplayable recording. The restoration process will lead to the recovery of many fragile recordings, allowing us to form a deeper connection to history.

Carl Haber and his colleagues at the UC-operated Berkeley Lab have been plugging away at their technique to bring century-old recordings of music and spoken word from the Library of Congress back to life.  You can learn all about the science behind this amazing process from Haber himself in these two UCTV videos from 2005 and 2009.

“Imaging the Voices of the Past: Using Physics to Restore Early Sound Recordings”

“Hot Technology – Cool Science”

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UC and the BRAIN Initiative

Yesterday, President Barack Obama announced his plans to create a bold, $100 million public-private initiative to better understand the brain and the diseases that affect it. Appropriately called BRAIN (for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies), the group brings together experts across private industry, academia and government agencies in the areas of neuroscience, neurotechnology and neuroscience.

You can bet a good portion of that research will take place within the University of California, where researchers are already deeply entrenched in unlocking the mysteries within the human brain. How do we know? Because many of these same researchers have shared their fascinating discoveries in autism, alzheimer’s, neurology, and mental health and psychiatry with UCTV viewers for years.

And it seems our viewers are always hungry for more. UCTV’s Human Brain iTunes feed consistently shows up in iTunesU’s Top 10 Collections and “What’s Hot” sections.

No doubt that President Obama’s endorsement will mean even more exciting discoveries — and UCTV programs — to come. In the meantime, subscribe to our Human Brain feed in iTunes and browse our archive of Neurology programs at our website. There’s plenty to keep your brain busy!

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Implementing Medi-Cal and Private Insurance Coverage in California

UC Berkeley School of Public Health

The passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will have a pervasive impact on the nation and particularly California, the most populous and diverse state in the country.

In this new program from UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, the Goldman School of Public Policy and the Robert Wood Johnson Post-doctoral Scholars Program in Health Policy Research, Larry Levitt, Senior Vice President for Special Initiatives, The Kaiser Family Foundation, and Bruce Bodaken, Chairman and CEO, Blue Shield of California examine access, cost and quality of care issues.

Watch “Implementing Medi-Cal and Private Insurance Coverage in California,” online now. For even more discussion of important health policy issues, also check out our programs from UCSF’s Philip R. Lee Institute of Health Policy Studies.

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History in the Making: Libya in the Time of Revolution

For better or for worse, we live in a time of history-making moments, especially in the Middle East. Our long-running UC Berkeley series “Conversations with History” has been recording the voices of those making and uncovering history for more than 500 episodes and the latest installment, “Libya in a Time of Revolution,” is no exception.

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes war correspondent Lindsey Hilsum, who offers her first-person account of the revolution in Libya that toppled the dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. In this fascinating interview, Hilsum, who chronicles her adventure in the book Sandstorm, discusses Gaddafi’s 40-year reign of terror and his role as an international actor. She then traces the factors that led to his fall, emphasizing Libyan nationalism, the Arab spring and the intervention of external powers, and analyzes the role of journalists in the continuing worldwide struggle for human dignity. Hilsum concludes with a discussion of what she learned from her experiences in the country and speculates on Libya’s future and how external intervention can bring about change in places like Syria.

Watch Conversations with History: Libya in the Time of Revolution with Lindsey Hilsum.

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