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Sleep, Stress & Obesity: A Weighty Issue

Obesity is our nation’s greatest epidemic and public health challenge and the folks at the UCSF Center for Obesity, Assessment, Study and Treatment (COAST) have found an interesting new angle in which to approach it — through sleep.

In one of the first scientific conferences to focus on the interactions between sleep, stress and obesity, COAST gathered together leading researchers from across the country to examine the problem from a variety of interesting angles, including how sleep and stress impact our metabolism and brain function, why adequate sleep and stress reduction may be the 21st century pillars of health, and more. And now you can join in on this groundbreaking exchange of information.

Watch “Sleep, Stress & Obesity: A Weighty Issue” on UCTV.

Here are the first two programs in the five-part series, with more coming online each week. And check out the COAST series page for more obesity-related video.

Sleep and Weight Gain

Sleep Epidemiology

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UCTV December Highlights

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Study Abroad Students Enroll in Adventure

From witnessing history at the Berlin Wall to saving lives in a remote West African community, the new UCTV Prime original series “Going Places” shares the life-changing stories of participants in the University of California’s pioneering education abroad program. As the program marks 50 years of educating and inspiring global citizens, this series explores how UC study abroad students are influencing the world – and how the world is changing them.

Going Places: UC Education Abroad

Sleep, Stress & Obesity: A Weighty Issue

The UCSF Center for Obesity, Assessment, Study and Treatment presents one of the first scientific conferences to focus on the interactions between sleep, stress and obesity – our nation’s greatest epidemic and public health challenge. Leading researchers from across the country examine the problem from a variety of interesting angles, including how sleep and stress impact our metabolism and brain function, why adequate sleep and stress reduction may be the 21st century pillars of health, and more.

Sleep, Stress & Obesity: A Weighty Issue

Big Dreams Bring Big Change

We continue our presentations from The Atlantic Meets the Pacific forum held at UC San Diego in October. This month you’ll be joined by The Atlantic’s James Fallows, “The Happiness Project” author Gretchen Rubin, video game designer Jane McGonigal, Calit 2’s Larry Smarr and more, all talking about improving the world –and our lives– through innovation, entrepreneurship and technology.

The Atlantic Meets the Pacific

Human Origins and Autism

This fascinating and important series from UC San Diego’s Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) explores the newest understandings of the roots of autism disorders from the foremost researchers in the world.

Human Origins: Lessons from Autism Spectrum Disorders


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Health & Medicine

Prostate Cancer Screening 

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Science

Return From the Deep

Intelligence and the Brain: Recent Advances in Understanding How the Brain Works with Jeff Hawkins

Intelligence and Machines: Creating Intelligent Machines by Modeling the Brain with Jeff Hawkins

Where the Swell Begins

Restoring Sight to the Blind: Bridging the Medical Gap with Science

Space Junk: Traffic Cops in Space

On Intelligence with Jeff Hawkins – Conversations with History

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Public Affairs

A Conversation with Harold Koh – Legally Speaking

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Humanities

Revelle Forum: TC Boyle

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Arts & Music

The Art in Science, The Science in Art – La Jolla Playhouse

Daughter of the Regiment – San Diego OperaTalk with Nick Reveles

Ravel’s Piano Trio in A Minor – La Jolla Music Society SummerFest

Gabriel Kahane: Come On All You Ghosts – La Jolla Music Society: SummerFest 2012

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Education

Intellectual Odyssey with Leon Wieseltier – Conversations with History

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Happiness and Ultimate Good with Peter Singer

Manufacturing Life: How Synthetic DNA Will Change Our World, with J. Craig Venter

Onward California: California’s Water Tower

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Don’t Freak Out Over a Diabetes Diagnosis

Being told you have type 2 diabetes can be scary and overwhelming – but it doesn’t have to be.

In the latest installment of our “Taking Control of Your Diabetes” series, host Steven Edelman welcomes Dr. Bill Polonsky to discuss his program “Don’t Freak Out,” which takes the guesswork out of managing care and gives a clear plan of action to the newly diagnosed.

Dealing with a Diabetes Diagnosis: Don’t Freak Out – Taking Control of Your Diabetes

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What’s New in June on UCTV

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UCTV Prime: Our Digital Life

With the conclusion of the popular “The Skinny on Obesity” series, our YouTube original channel UCTV Prime turns its attention to the role digital technology plays in helping us understand ourselves with the 3-part series “Our Digital Life,” premiering June 15. Discover how researchers at UC Merced are using cutting-edge digital tools across disciplines and centuries to help us understand the world we live in and how we operate within it.

You’ll also want to check out “UCTV Prime: Cuts” Tuesdays in June, when we’ll be featuring meaningful excerpts from the Dalai Lama’s recent visit to San Diego.

“Subtext,”New Interview Series from UCLA

Tune in this month for the premiere of “Subtext,” a new series featuring interviews with UCLA faculty authors about their latest books.

David Hayes Bautista, the History of Cinco de Mayo

Timothy Taylor, “Sounds of Capitalism”

Michael Ross, “The Oil Curse”

UCTV Regards Religion

From science to scripture, UCTV’s video collection will inspire endless ideas and discussion, no matter what your beliefs.

Regarding Religion on UCTV

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Burke Lecture: Interpreting Islam in Modern Context with Tariq Ramadan

Progressive Religion

Virtue, Deed and Word – Confucian Paths to Immortality


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All programs repeat throughout the month. Visit the Program Schedule on our web site for additional air dates and times.

Health & Medicine

Health Matters: New Melanoma Screening Method

Why We are Always Learning to Move: The Science and Engineering of Adaptive Brains

Research on Aging: Sleep Disorders in Older Adults

The Genetics of Organ Development: A Blueprint for Regenerative Medicine

Anxiety: Sport Suspension on Life’s Bumpy Road

Applying Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy to Treatment: The Practicing Alternatives to Heal Depression Study

Health Effects of Climate Change at the Human-Animal-Interface

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Science

CARTA: Culture-Gene Interactions in Human Origins

To Be Human: What Makes The Human Brain Human? with Terrence Sejnowski

Perspectives on Ocean Science: From the Titanic to the Tiny

Transistors and Integrated Circuits, from DC to the (far) Infrared (Doluca Family Endowed Chair Lecture)

How Many People Can the Earth Support?

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Public Affairs

Philosophy and Activism with Peter Singer (Conversations with History)

Pakistan on the Brink with Ahmed Rashid, (Conversations with History)

China Airborne: Aviation and the Future of China with James Fallows and Peter Cowhey

Henrietta Lacks and Human Subject Research: A Look at Past, Present, and Future

The Global Impact of Climate Change: Balance Through Responsibility, Compassion and Human Consciousness with the Dalai Lama

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Humanities

Story Hour in the Library: Isabel Allende

Lunch Poems: Richard Berengarten

Death and the Ancient Philosophers

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Arts & Music

The Perspectives Showcase

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Business

Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era

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Motivation to Pursue Dreams and Hopes: Understanding the Brain’s Reward System

The Skinny on Obesity (Extra): Diet and Lifestyle Tips from UCSF Experts

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Reigning in Sugar with Regulation – “The Skinny on Obesity” Series Finale

This week we wrap up “The Skinny on Obesity” series with an argument for why obesity is a public health and economic threat that’s worthy of the same treatment as other public health problems like smoking and drug abuse. For our experts, nothing short of wholesale change in what we expect from the food industry will make a dent in America’s obesity problem.

Some might call Dr. Lustig’s argument for the regulation of sugar as the creation of a “nanny state,” but he insists that food manufacturers already benefit tremendously from government subsidies and have limited  consumer choice to predominantly high-sugar foods– precisely how we got so fat in the first place. It’s a provocative argument and one worth hearing out. Watch “The Skinny on Obesity: Drugs, Cigarettes, Alcohol..and Sugar?”

But don’t stop there. We’ve made plenty of resources available, including an editorial by UCSF Public Health Professor Laura Schmidt, who backs up the argument for sugar regulation, as well as an overview of the research that supports such interventions.

We hope you’ve gotten as much out “The Skinny on Obesity” as we have working on it. I know many of us here at UCTV have already made changes in how we eat and think about food. While we still have the ocassional birthday cake in the office, you can be darn sure that we’re calculating the toll it takes on our bodies, brains and society at large. It still tastes pretty good though.

Stay tuned in June for the next UCTV Prime series, “Our Digital Life.” The three-part series premieres June 15 and explores how researchers at UC Merced are using digital technology to inform and influence our lives.

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