Inspiring Minds (UCSD Near You) Archive

UCSD Near You Past Events

Inspiring Minds Deep Dark Secrets

March 21, 2012 – Bay Area

What lurks in the cold, dark depths of the ocean? How do you probe environments miles beneath the ocean surface? The deep, dark ocean is the largest and least known environment on our planet. We know more about Venus and Mars than we do about the virtually unexplored seafloor. Come and learn about the history of deep-sea exploration from Greg Rouse, Ph.D., and see amazing video of the bizarre and incredible creatures discovered by Scripps scientists over the last decade.

About Greg Rouse, Ph.D.

Inspiring Minds - Lighting Up the Dark: The Mystery of Dark Matter

February 9, 2012 -- San Diego, CA

What is dark matter? How does dark matter hold the universe together? Why are we so limited in our understanding of it? Join us for an evening with physics Professor Alison Coil, Ph.D., as she walks through the science behind this mysterious force. Professor Coil will discuss how measuring the spatial distribution of galaxies on very large scales reveals the physics of galaxy evolution and advances our understanding of cosmology.

Alison Coil

How NOT to End Up in Our Office!

September 29, 2011 -- San Diego, CA

In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Learn how to best take charge of your physical wellness and maintain your active lifestyle. Join us for a guided hike through Mission Trails Regional Park and informative session with sports medicine experts.

Get the insider’s scoop on treatment options, injury prevention, training and health promotion strategies, presented by Catherine Robertson, M.D., sports medicine orthopedic surgeon, and Robyn Stuhr, exercise physiologist representing UC San Diego Health System, Sports Medicine.

Merchants of Doubt

January 27, 2011 -- Sacramento

Ever wondered about the scientists who dispute global warming, or deny the adverse affects of tobacco smoke? Join Naomi Oreskes, UC San Diego science historian and co-author of Merchants of Doubt – noted in The Christian Science Monitor as “one of the most important books of the year” – for a revealing look at how free-market fundamentalism, politics, and media spin allowed a few scientists to confuse the public about well-established scientific knowledge.

This event will include a book signing and books will be available for sale. Immediately after the event, stay for a special film screening of Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy , by scientist-turned-filmmaker Randy Olson, featuring a special cameo by Dr. Oreskes.

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From Lily Pad to iPad: Children’s Literature in an eReader Age – A Gift-Giving Adventure

November 30, 2010 -- San Diego

Are children’s books becoming a relic of the past?  Does the eReader signal the end of social bonding for parents and their children, or the beginning of a new appreciation for the written word?  Join Dean Seth Lerer to delve into the meaning and method of children’s literature in the digital age.  Discover the past, present, and future of children’s books and stories and how the physical artifact of the written, printed, illustrated, and even digital book bears meaning and has social impact on the imagination of the reading child.  The evening’s highlights include a tour of the Point Loma/Hervey Library’s children’s area -- the largest of any children’s library in the City -- and Dean Lerer’s “Top 10” children’s book list with holiday gift selections for novice and experienced readers alike.

Featuring Seth Lerer, Distinguished Professor of Literature; Dean, UCSD Arts and Humanities

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Talkin’ Trash: Exploration at Sea

November 2, 2010 -- San Diego

Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists have explored the mysteries of the oceans aboard seagoing vessels for more than 100 years. Hear about the mighty Scripps academic research fleet from Dr. Bruce Appelgate, marine geologist and head of Scripps Ship Operations. Enjoy tales of a recent adventure aboard Scripps’ New Horizon ship to a gathering place of trash in the heart of the North Pacific Ocean. Scripps graduate student researcher Miriam Goldstein will provide an unforgettable glimpse inside the pollution vortex called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and its swirling soup of plastic.

Featuring Bruce Appelgate, Ph.D., and Miriam Goldstein

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October 12, 2010 -- Orange County

Featuring Eric Courchesne, Ph.D., Director, UCSD Autism Center of Excellence and Karen Pierce, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, UCSD Department of Neurosciences Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability, and its frequency appears to be on the rise, affecting nearly one in every 150 births. One of the first six Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE) in the country was established at UC San Diego School of Medicine by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in September 2007. The Center, directed by Eric Courchesne, brings together the expertise of more than 40 scientists working collaboratively to discover what autism looks like in babies at 12 months. This information will hopefully result in dramatically earlier treatment and a significant reduction in symptoms for affected children.

Eric Courchesne and Karen Pierce

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September 22, 2010 -- San Diego

Join Chef Michael Antonorsi, ’85, co-founder of Chuao Chocolatier, on a journey through the creative process of chocolate making. He will guide you through the art of flavor fusion with one goal in mind: to awaken your senses and treat your taste buds to a uniquely delicious chocolate experience. Learn how Chef Michael's mix of savory ingredients including exotic spices and highly-prized Venezuelan chocolate, coupled with endless imagination has become Chuao Chocolatier's recipe for success.

Michael Antonorsi, ’85

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In Search of Genghis Khan

June 1, 2010 -- San Diego

This summer, UCSD researcher and National Geographic Adventure magazine’s adventurer of the year, Albert Lin, ’04, M.S. ’06, Ph.D. ’08, will mount his second expedition to the steppes of Mongolia in search of the tomb of Genghis Khan.  Come hear him talk about his “Indiana Jones” adventures, and view his work on Calit2’s HIPerSpace wall.

Speaker: Albert Lin, '04, M.S. '06, Ph.D. '08

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