Category Archives: UCTV

Music and Dance from UCSB

8232In its third annual department showcase, the UCSB Department of Music has assembled students, faculty and special guests to exhibit different areas of the music and dance departments for a varied but compact program appropriately named “Montage.” In addition to the UCSB-based performers you’ll enjoy Grammy Award-winning soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, Santa Barbara Dance Theater’s Christina Sanchez, and Jennifer Johnson, who performs as Second Oboe/English Horn with the Los Angeles Opera. Enjoy this great program from Santa Barbara here.

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SEARCHing for the End of AIDS

8232As the final segment of the multi-media collaborative project on ending AIDS, UCTV follows Dr. Diane Havlir of UC San Francisco as she and others implement the Getting to Zero SF campaign with aggressive prevention, testing and treatment of people living with HIV in her home town. She and her UCSF colleagues then bring their research and best practices to a fishing village on Mfangano Island in Kenya, where nearly one in three people is infected with HIV. This inspiring story shows how HIV can be successfully suppressed in a community, even with a prevalence rate of 30 percent.

Dr. Havlir’s work is also featured here. Special thanks to the PBS NewsHour for generously sharing its San Francisco and Africa video footage with UCTV, to the Pulitzer Center for underwriting the collaborative, and to the AIDS Research Institute at UC San Francisco for supporting this project.

Watch Diane Havlir: SEARCHing for the End of AIDS.

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Immunize for Life

As we start thinking about sending kids back to school or just staying healthy as adults, it’s time to check to be sure your immunizations are up-to-date. Are your young children current? Are your college students protected? And don’t forget that older adults also benefit from vaccines.

Check out these programs and get more information on vaccines for all ages.

And take a look at this CDC site to see which vaccines are good for you.

Remember that vaccines play an important role in preventing serious, sometimes even deadly, diseases.

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Decoding Ancient DNA

8232From tiny remnants of tartar (the calculus built up on your teeth) to a minuscule segment of a finger bone, ancient DNA data is providing unprecedented insights into the recent history of our species. In particular, methodological improvements and innovations over the last ten years have advanced our ability to recover small fragments, target specific sequences, identify damage patterns, and obtain genome scale data. As a result, we have evidence for admixture among modern and archaic humans as well as greater appreciation for the complexity of population histories for modern humans around the world. We know the diets of our predecessors and even physical traits they have passed on to us. This symposium brings together researchers at the forefront of ancient DNA research and population genetics to discuss current developments and share insights about human migration and adaptation.

Watch Ancient DNA and Human Evolution.

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Transforming lives, businesses and communities through design thinking

Design thinking, or human-centered design, is a growing global trend that is being embraced by companies and local governments to help drive innovation and improve communities. The guiding principle of design thinking is to focus on the needs of people to ensure that the correct problem is being solved in the most effective way.

Community, business and civic leaders gathered recently to explore how they could work together to make San Diego an international hub for design thinking and bolster the local economy at the first annual San Diego Design > Forward Summit, which was hosted by the Design Lab at University of California San Diego.

Design Forward San Diego
8232Design is a proven and necessary innovation strategy today – and one that San Diego is well-positioned to leverage for unprecedented transformation. Key regional leaders discuss the convergence and propulsion of civic, industry and community through human-centered design.

Creating Value Through Design – Design Forward San Diego
8232A panel of experts from around the world present models of how leading industry and government organizations have leveraged design and assessed its contribution to grow their economies and global stature.

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