Russell Foster: The Rhythms of Life –
What your body clock means to you from eye disease to jet lag
Professor Russell Foster of Oxford University delivers The Physiological Society’s Annual Public Lecture at IUPS 2013, Birmingham, UK, 22 July 2013.
Russell Foster is Professor of Circadian Neuroscience and the Head of Department of Ophthalmology. He is also a Nicholas Kurti Senior Fellow at Brasenose College. Prior to this, Russell was at Imperial College where Russell was Chair of Molecular Neuroscience within the Faculty of Medicine. Russell Foster’s research spans basic and applied circadian and photoreceptor biology.
He received his education at the University of Bristol under the supervision of Professor Sir Brian Follett. from 1988–1995 he was a member of the National Science Foundation Center for Biological Rhythms at the University of Virginia and worked closely with Michael Menaker. In 1995 he returned to the UK and established his group at Imperial College. For his discovery of non-rod, non-cone ocular photoreceptors he has been awarded the Honma prize (Japan), Cogan award (USA), and Zoological Society Scientific & Edride-Green Medals (UK). He is the co-author of “Rhythms of Life” a popular science book on circadian rhythms.
Phillip M Gilley: Brain Rhythms: Functional Brain Networks Mediated by Oscillatory Neural Coupling
Understanding how the brain facilitates communication – including speech, language, hearing, reading, thinking, expressing emotion – is integral to understanding human behaviour; and is therefore integral to shaping behavior and to successful remediation of disorders that affect communication.
Phillip M Gilley is Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
Bernie Krause: The voice of the natural world
Bernie Krause has been recording wild soundscapes — the wind in the trees, the chirping of birds, the subtle sounds of insect larvae — for 45 years. In that time, he has seen many environments radically altered by humans, sometimes even by practices thought to be environmentally safe. A surprising look at what we can learn through nature’s symphonies, from the grunting of a sea anemone to the sad calls of a beaver in mourning.
Clayton Cameron: The Brush Master
Clayton Cameron at TEDxManhattanBeach
From an early age, I noticed that there was rhythm in life, from the pep in one’s step to the wink of an eye, everything we do and all things around us have a pace or a certain flow or rigidness. That pace could be that of the hare or the tortoise. It could mean soaring like an eagle or hovering like a humming bird. It all depended on the goal I had in mind. In order to get to where I wanted to go, I had to decide: was it best to put my head down and charge like a bull or dance the dance of a ballerina? Rhythm is truly an integral part of how we live our lives and how life surrounds us. Is it possible to enhance our own lives by borrowing the rhythmic cues from what surrounds us, or using sources that have seemingly no relation to the goal you have in mind? One common thread I have found in life is rhythm.
Anje-Margriet Neutel: Feedback loops: How nature gets its rhythms
While feedback loops are a bummer at band practice, they are essential in nature. What does nature’s feedback look like, and how does it build the resilience of our world? Anje-Margriet Neutel describes some common positive and negative feedback loops, examining how an ecosystem’s many loops come together to make its ‘trademark sound.’
Sabina Sandoval: Celebrating the rhythms of life by being in the pocket
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Sabina talks about how celebrating the rhythm of life and staying in the “pocket” is integral for each of us. Her community drum circle creates a safe and open environment for anyone to join and feel the freedom to be who they truly are within.
Sabina has recorded albums and played with some of the best in the business. From drumming with local all-female bands in Hermosa, to opening for such greats as Pat Benatar, Heart, Fleetwood Mac, and more. But after 35 years of drumming, Sabina Sandoval was re-invented as a drummer. Following a job related back injury, she was forced to give up her drum set and turned to a hand drum, the djembe.
She eventually created an after school enrichment program, “Free To Be Me Kool Kids Drummers,” and now teaches in LAUSD, Redondo Beach, and Manhattan Beach schools. Her non-profit, all volunteer, organization, “Free To Be Me Drum Circle” goes into prisons, convalescent homes, schools and even the beach every third Sunday of the month, for the past 12 years. Sabina helps teach individuals about their natural, innate rhythm.and how to tap into it, celebrate their lives, be free and help each other… through one of the most powerful instruments in the world, the drum.
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