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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.

Join the conversation: @ATLANTIC_Live, @UCtelevision, #TAMTP

Fresh Content for a Fresh Year – January 2013 Highlights


Americans sure do like their stuff. The problem is, it piles up, leaving families surrounded by overstuffed cabinets and plenty of clutter.The new UCTV Prime series “A Cluttered Life: Middle Class Abundance” follows a team of UCLA anthropologists as they venture into the stuffed-to-capacity homes of dual income, middle class American families in order to truly understand the food, toys, and clutter that fill them. The three-part series premieres January 11 but you can watch the trailer now.


The latter half of 2012 brought some unusual sights and sounds to UCLA’s Hammer Museum. That’s when the 24-member, experimental classical/contemporary orchestra wild Up took part in a six-month residency made up of three major concerts and 30 smaller chamber music performances that defied convention and transformed the museum into a space as unexpected and moving as the music itself. Museum Meets Orchestra, a four-part series premiering January 8 on UCTV Prime, takes you behind-the-scenes of this unusual residency.

Want to get a taste? Check out the sneak previews, online now.


We finish off “The Atlantic Meets the Pacific” series this month with even more fascinating conversations with cutting-edge thinkers and researchers. Topics range from the future of wireless medicine to learning to play the guitar later in life. Watch them all — and videos from the 2011 event — at the series website.

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Happiness, Health and…Video Games? You Bet!

Our presentations from the outstanding “The Atlantic Meets the Pacific” forum continue into the New Year, but first we’re wrapping up 2012 with a bevy of exciting ideas and discussions that came out of the event held at UC San Diego in October.

“The Happiness Project” author Gretchen Rubin at The Atlantic Meets the Pacific, now on UCTV.

What better to way to complete the year than with a look at the science and philosophy of happiness with none other than Gretchen Rubin, author of the bestseller “The Happiness Project.” Rubin chats with James Fallows, National Correspondent for The Atlantic, about finding contentment in everyday life.

Then there’s “Games for Change: Solving the World’s Biggest Problems Through Alternate Realities with Jane McGonigal,” in which the world-renowned designer of alternate reality games and author of the best-selling “Reality is Broken” makes the case to Calit2’s Larry Smarr that children’s brains benefit from playing video games.

Smarr makes another appearance, this time as the interviewee, when he talks to author Mark Bowden, screenwriter of the new film “Zero Dark Thirty” and author of a recent piece in “The Atlantic” about Smarr. In “The Human Laboratory: One Researcher’s Quest to Personalize Medicine,” Bowden talks with Smarr about his determination to understand everything about his own body, and how that kind of knowledge will become standard in the future of healthcare.

There’s even more titillating talk from this annual event at our The Atlantic Meets the Pacific website, so check it out!

“Don’t Worry, Be Happy Now: The Science and Philosophy of the Happiness Movement with Gretchen Rubin”

“Games for Change: Solving the World’s Biggest Problems Through Alternate Realities with Jane McGonigal”

“The Human Laboratory: One Researcher’s Quest to Personalize Medicine”


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



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

Health & Medicine

Prostate Cancer Screening 

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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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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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Intellectual Odyssey with Leon Wieseltier – Conversations with History

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New Online Videos and Podcasts

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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J. Craig Venter: Manufacturing Life with Synthetic DNA

The future is here. At least it feels that way after watching one of the most buzzed-about panels from The Atlantic Meets the Pacific forum held at UC San Diego in October.

In “Manufacturing Life: How Synthetic DNA Will Change Our World,” Editor-in-Chief of The Atlantic, James Bennet, chats with J. Craig Venter, CEO of Synthetic Genomics and one of the first to sequence the human genome, about finding genomic-driven solutions to address global needs such as new sources of energy, food and vaccines. The program is introduced by Pradeep Khosla, UC San Diego’s new chancellor.

Watch it online now.