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Students, administrators and academic researchers demonstrate the value of learning music in school as they show improvements in English and Math test scores, class attendance rates, cognitive development, self-esteem and the ability to work with others. Featured are Francisco Escobedo, the superintendent of the Chula Vista Elementary School District; UC San Diego cognitive scientists Terry Jernigan and John Iversen; and young musicians participating in the Community Opus Project, an in-school and after school music program led by Dalouge Smith, the president and CEO of the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory.

Self-driving and autonomous automobiles present new challenges that are not only technical, but also of a broader social, legal, and even ethical nature. Such issues will become more urgent and important as collisions and accidents involving self-driving or semi-autonomous vehicles occur more often harming, injuring or even killing humans in the real world. Mohan Trivedi, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, founding director of the Computer Vision and Robotics Research Laboratory, as well as the Laboratory for Intelligent and Safe Automobiles (LISA) at the University of California San Diego, discusses these challenges from the perspective of a researcher. Recorded on 05/03/2017.

Paola Antonelli, the senior curator of the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, delves into design's many directions and into its future. She takes us on a fascinating tour of design to ask some very serious questions.

David Murphy is Executive Director of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) San Diego office. In this lecture Murphy shares his insights into the moral and logistical challenges posed by the current world-wide refugee crisis, based on his extensive experience working with the IRC in Africa and Afghanistan. Recorded on 04/18/2017.

Dante Alencastre, director of Raising Zoey, talks with AbigaĆ­l Salazar of the UCSB Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity about this docuemntary that follows Zoey's transition. Recorded on 05/04/2017.

Michael Westmore is a scion of the famed Westmore makeup dynasty, which dates back to Hollywood's golden age. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on Raging Bull. He talks with Anna Brusutti, UCSB Department of Film and Media Studies, to discuss that film and his other work. Recorded on 04/20/2017.
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