CARTA: Implications of Anthropogeny for Medicine and Public Health

8232All living things are the product of evolutionary processes. Since the goals of the health sciences are to prevent disease, maintain health and treat illnesses, it follows that an understanding of evolutionary mechanisms and processes in the context of human origins is of vital importance. New applications of evolutionary biology to medicine and health are developing fast, with special opportunities for contributions from anthropogeny. Exploring the constraints and trade-offs involved in the evolutionary transition to humans is crucial for understanding diseases of our species.

From inherited syndromes, to heart disease, from breast milk to the evolution of sleep, this symposium brings together experts who discuss advances as they apply to the prevention and treatment of various illnesses such as obesity and other metabolic diseases, sleep disorders, problems associated with reproductive health, and disorders resulting from inappropriate immune responses, all viewed in the context of the crucible of our human origins.

Watch Implications of Anthropogeny for Medicine and Public Health.

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The Young Person’s Guide to Beethoven’s Fifth

8232Arts and music education in public schools has suffered cutbacks in recent years, due to tightening budgets and shifting priorities. In response many community organizations have rallied to the cause, inaugurating or expanding programs designed to engender an interest in the arts in young audiences, both as participants and as future audience members.

One such initiative is La Jolla Symphony & Chorus’ annual Young People’s Concert, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla. Students from San Diego area schools are invited to attend an open rehearsal with a presentation by conductor Steven Schick, who provides commentary from the podium and fields questions from the audience.

The focus of the 2016 concert is Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, one of the cornerstones of the classical repertoire. Schick guides the students through an exploration of the Symphony’s structure, illustrating through musical excerpts how Beethoven used simple means in innovative ways to construct his piece. He also discusses the role of the orchestra’s various instruments and sections (e.g., brass) in shaping the sound, demonstrates how the composer uses interconnected themes throughout, and considers how Beethoven’s work differs from the composers who preceded and influenced him.

Often humorous, always informative, the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Young People’s Concert 2016 affords viewers (both young and older) a lively introduction to one of the masterworks of Western music.

Watch Young People’s Concert 2016 – La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

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Thomas Jefferson’s Contradictions

8232Pulitzer-prize winner Annette Gordon-Reed is one of the foremost scholars on Thomas Jefferson. She recently visited UC Berkeley from Harvard Law School to discuss the contradictions that define the third President of the Unites States. He had a vision for the United States of America but race and slavery complicated his views on what kind of society was possible on the American continent. He ran a plantation with slave labor yet had a decades-long relationship with the slave Sally Hemings, likely fathering her six children. Hear more about what that relationship might have been based on historical documents and Gordon-Reed’s research.

In these fascinating programs she looks at how Jefferson’s complex views on race and slavery evolved as he imagined the future of the new country and dealt with the reality of American social and political life.

Watch:

Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination

Thomas Jefferson, Sally Hemings, and the Burden of Slavery with Annette Gordon-Reed – Conversations with History

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What’s Next for Washington? Fact-based Research and Analysis from UC San Diego

8232Just days after the November election and before the January inauguration of a new president, prominent UC San Diego faculty took stock of what’s at stake for the incoming administration and the country it will lead. Watch these well-respected experts offer insight on domestic and foreign politics as President Obama leaves the White House and Washington prepares for the president-elect, Donald Trump.

Watch What’s Next For Washington? An Assessment of the New Domestic and Foreign Political Landscape by the Faculty of UC San Diego

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Endangered Abalone

8232The populations of all abalone along the California coast have plummeted in the last century. Within the next decade, when the last remaining adult White Abalone in the wild die, that species will be gone from our waters forever.

In a last ditch effort to save the species, Scripps Institution’s Jennifer Hofmeister has been enlisted to research the habits of one of the abalone’s greatest predatory threats – the octopus.

Using novel tracking techniques she strives to understand the movement and feeding behavior of these secretive and formidable creatures, whether they can discover and exploit new food sources, whether they return to an area after translocation, and their preferred habitats and movements.

Hopefully, this better understanding will help the recovery effort protect plantings of juvenile Abalone so they can gain a foothold in the wild once again.

Watch The Hungry Octopus and the Endangered Abalone.

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