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UCSD + PLNU = Great TV!

8232Our friend Dean Nelson celebrates the 20th year of Writer’s Symposium by the Sea, the wildly popular interview series that brings renowned authors from around the world to the beautiful campus of Point Loma Nazarene University for conversations about their prose and, in typical Dean fashion, lots of humor about the pain and suffering that lead to completed manuscripts.

Dean opens the 2015 series with Lysley Tenorio, author of “Monstress,” and then turns the interviewer chair over to his colleague, Karl Martin, for a talk with PLNU alum and screenwriter/film director Destin Daniel Cretton. Dean returns the final night for a feisty and revealing exchange with the literary luminary Joyce Carol Oates.

It’s been such great fun to bring this series to our viewers all these years and we know you’re watching, because the Writer’s Symposium by the Sea programs have been accessed more than 2.5 million times on our website. Happy Anniversary, Writer’s, and here’s to the next 20!


Contributed by Public Affairs Producer, Shannon Bradley


Find out what it takes to succeed from the Technology Management Program at UCSB

8232Want to hear directly from successful people? Sit in with the students in the Technology Management Program at UCSB.

Imagine that you are a student at UC Santa Barbara and you are looking beyond your education to your career. You may excel in your course work but you know that being part of the innovation economy requires more than good grades and impressive academic achievements – it means a solid foundation in business principles.

This is the chance for you to sit in with the students in the Technology Management Program at UCSB and learn directly from those who have excelled through innovation and dedication to their work. It’s a rare opportunity to witness fascinating leaders engage with the next generation of entrepreneurs.

New programs include:

Kevin O’Connor, Founder Of Two Billion Dollar Companies & Working On Number Three

Waguih Ishak, Fortune 500 Intrapreneur On Nurturing A Culture Of Innovation

Jim Zarley, CEO & Chairman, Valueclick Inc. From Startup To Billion Dollar Exit

Bob Wood, Public Service CEO & Lifelong Mentor

Steve Zahm, The Art Of The Startup Pivot

More new programs to come! Browse the Technology Management Program archive to learn more and see what’s coming in the weeks ahead.


Oscar Fever Continues

8232Still gripped by Oscar fever?

Then go behind-the-scenes of this year’s Oscar winners at the UCSB Pollock Theater. Presented by the Carsey-Wolf Center, Script to Screen examines the process of translating a film’s script to the big screen from the perspective of the writers, directors, producers, and actors.

Don’t miss these insightful interviews with the people behind this year’s Oscar-winning films:

29316The Grand Budapest Hotel
On creating the hotel: “It really started with maps. Rather than getting bogged down into making a fancy model or even really fancy sketches, which take a big time commitment to do, it was really sort of schematically laying it out…How do we lay that all out and get the action to flow?”

Go behind-the-scenes with production designer Adam Stockhausen and producer Jeremy Dawson who worked on Grand Budapest Hotel.

“The idea was to write the saddest happy ending I could imagine…because it is true that Fletcher, in every single way, gets exactly what he wants in the end. And that hopefully makes the ending a little troubling…that, you know, that kind of behavior gets rewarded.”

Writer/director Damien Chazelle discusses the process of creating Whiplash — the story of a promising young drummer and his ruthless teacher.

29040The Theory of Everything
“Stephen’s the character that everybody knows, obviously. …It was really fun to sort of delve into the domestic side of this world and see how much Jane — and often domestic carers in the world are not the most ‘sexy’ characters to bring forth in cinema — so I thought it was really wonderful how it was balanced.”

Screenwriter/producer Anthony McCarten and Producer Lisa Bruce talk about their film, The Theory of Everything.

Browse more programs from Script-to-Screen.


La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Brings the Magic of Classical Music to a Young Audience

8232“One of the things I love most about music is how it helps us remember our lives.” – Conductor, Steven Schick

So begins the second annual Young People’s Concert as Schick guides an audience of children and their families through a presentation of selections from Gustav Mahler’s celebrated Fifth Symphony.

“Gustav Mahler’s symphony number five is a piece about memory,” explains Schick. “Let’s do this, let’s close our eyes… I want you to imagine a person at the end of his life…”

With eyes shut and imaginations open, the young audience is taken on a journey of Mahler’s life, which is the inspiration for his symphony. Schick introduces featured instruments and melodic themes, emphasizes the unique connections both composer and listener draw from musical expression and personal experience, and fields questions from the audience.

In addition to piquing the students’ interest and enriching their musical knowledge, La Jolla Symphony and Chorus hope that the program will, in Schick’s words, “encourage our future Symphony members to pursue their musical education.”

As funding for the arts in San Diego area schools continues to languish, outreach by arts presenters has become a vital component in public education and awareness. It is in this spirit that the community-based La Jolla Symphony and Chorus inaugurated their Young People’s Concert.

Don’t miss this fun and inspiring concert. Watch the Young People’s Concert, Featuring Gustav Mahler.


UCTV’s Top 20 of 2014

TOP-20The end of the year seems synonymous with top ten lists. We couldn’t quite limit ourselves to only ten out of the hundreds of programs we premiered in 2014 so we expanded it to twenty to give you more of a taste for the amazing diversity of topics and presenters on UCTV. From the Congo to the oceans, the brain to human evolution, business competitions to medical breakthroughs – there truly is something for everyone.

20. 1761Can You Hear Me Now? Coping with an Increasingly Noisy Ocean
Explore how ocean noise varies across the Pacific Ocean and what it may mean for whales, fish, and other animals that rely on sounds for their survival.

19. 1761Reversing Paralysis – Health Matters
Is it possible for damaged nerves to be rewired? Justin Brown, MD joins host David Granet, MD to discuss how patients suffering from paralysis due to nerve injuries can regain function as well as future implications of this novel technique.

18. 1761Big Bang – UC Davis Business Competition 2014
66 teams competed in the UC Davis 2014 Big Bang competition. Aspiring entrepreneurs were awarded cash prizes aimed at helping get ideas from academia into the real-world market.

17. 1761Challenges to Conserving the Congo Basin Rainforest: Climate Change and the Second Scramble for Africa
Thomas Smith, Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA, describes how the best science available is being leveraged to identify new protected areas in the face of resource extraction and climate change.

16. 1761The Brief History and Future Development of Earth System Models: Resolution and Complexity
Warren Washington, a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and an internationally recognized expert on atmospheric science and climate research, describes the research that led to the 2007 Nobel Prize.

15. 1761Confronting Climate Change: A Political Reality Check
NextGen Climate Founder and President Tom Steyer discusses the urgency and complexity of mitigating climate change.

14. 1761Listening in the Deep – Using Sound to Study Animals We Cannot See
Simone Baumann-Pickering details how patterns of echolocation are allowing scientists to document the natural acoustic behavior of a species, and determine if those natural patterns are being disturbed by man-made noise.

13. 1761From Genes to Biology in Autism Spectrum Disorders
The last several years have ushered in a new era in the genetics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This lecture will review this recent progress and address the next steps in moving from the systematic discovery of ASD genes to a fuller understanding of the neurodevelopment processes that underlie social disability.

12. 1761Understanding the Down Syndrome Program: From Science to the Family
Recent estimates place the prevalence of Down syndrome at 1 in 691 births, making it the leading known genetic cause of intellectual disability. This presentation provides an update on what is known about Down syndrome, its impacts on the individual and the family, and possible treatments.

11. 1761Innovation Crossroads: Creating a Policy Climate for Global Innovation in San Diego
The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons joins Paul Jacobs of Qualcomm, Greg Lucier of the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute and US Rep. Scott Peters (D) for a panel on attracting more investment in the technology sector to spur more innovation.

10. 1761Do 4.2 Million Children Really Need Ritalin? An Integrative Approach to ADHD – 2014 Update
Dr. Sanford Newmark specializes in the integrative and holistic treatment of children with autism and ADHD. He combines conventional medicine with nutrition, behavior management, and various complementary modalities.

9. 1761Sports Concussion Evaluation and Treatment
What is a sports related concussion, how is it evaluated and treated, and how many concussions is too many?

8. 1761UC San Diego Founders’ Symposium 2013
Passion for their work is evident as six of UC San Diego’s young innovators share their latest research as part of UCSD’s celebration of its Founders. Speakers include Eric Allen, Jamie Alexandre, Jessica Graham, Dana Velasco Murillo Morgan Nunn Martinez and Jacopo Annese.

7. 1761Development of the Brain’s Functional Networks
Review methods used to study functional interactions and networks with rs-fcMRI and how these methods have been used to define developmental changes in network functional connectivity.

6. 1761Getting Serious About Climate Change – Charles David Keeling Annual Lecture
UCSD School of International Relations and Pacific Studies Professor David Victor, internationally recognized leader in research on energy and climate change policy on creating more effective strategies for protecting the planet.

5. 1761Lessons Learned in the Electric Brain
Michael Okun, MD discusses the processes and prospects for deep brain stimulation (DBS). Learn why we apply electricity to the brain, how DBS works, and how we can use DBS to treat conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease.

4. 1761What’s Next for the Food Movement? – with Michael Pollan
What does the future hold for the food movement? Join Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan and author and UC Berkeley Professor of Journalism Michael Pollan in conversation with reporter and Journalism faculty member Linda Schacht.

3. 1761Medical Radar: Next Generation Life Saving Medical Devices
Learn about efforts to build new medical tools in the hope of saving lives in remote places. Hear about new efforts to build medical tools to determine life threatening traumatic injuries to the head and torso by using the Micropower Ultrawideband Impulse Radar (MUIR).

2. 1761Neurologic Mysteries
How the neurologic examination is a particularly vital tool to understanding which part of the nervous system is being affected and how this guides the diagnostic and therapeutic planning.

1. And the Number one program of 2014 is… Well, actually it’s two series of programs from CARTA – both of which were extremely popular this year.

1761CARTA – Birth to Grandmotherhood: Childrearing in Human Evolution
From the moment of birth, human infants require an inordinate amount of care and, unlike our nearest living relatives, remain dependent on a variety of caretakers during an unusually long maturation period followed by extraordinary adult longevity. How did such a distinctive pattern of development evolve?

1761CARTA – Male Aggression and Violence in Human Evolution
In the last few decades, new sources of evidence have continued to indicate that male violence has played an important role in shaping behavior in the human lineage. This symposium takes a fresh look at the causes and consequences of variation in aggression, both between and within species.

Watch these and other popular programs on UCTV.