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Insight: Heart Health / Facial Symmetry and Health / What to do with the Zoo? / Amy Bloom

Heart Health February is National Heart Health Month. Today on Insight, we'll talk about heart issues with Dr. Gearoid O'Neill, director of Mercy Hospital's Electrophysiology Department. He's an expert at the new "robotic-assisted" system for doing heart procedures.

Facial Symmetry and Health A Sacramento State researcher is examining the faces of ancient Romans to see how healthy they may have been. Samantha Hens uses three-dimensional modeling techniques to study craniofacial biology and evolution. She'll tells us why symmetrical features are often perceived as indicators of good health, virility and even survivability, while fluctuating asymmetrical features suggest underlying genetic problems, ill health or environmental stress.

"About Face: Using Symmetry to Measure the Health of Ancient Romans" is at 6 p.m. today in the Redwood Room, University Union, Sacramento State. Information: (916) 278-2789.

What to do with the Zoo? What's going to happen to the Sacramento Zoo? It's hemmed in at Land Park but other possible destinations like Sutter's Landing and the current site of Arco Arena all present their own problems. We'll talk about it with Mary Healy, Executive Director of the Sacramento Zoological Society; J.P. Tindell, Park Planning and Development Manager for the City of Sacramento; and Scot Mende, New Growth and Infill Manager for the City of Sacramento.

Amy Bloom Author Amy Bloom is speaking at California Lectures tomorrow in support of her new collection of short stories "Where the God of Love Hangs Out." Bloom  is the author of two novels, three collections of short stories and was a nominee for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. You'll meet her and hear about her work.

Amy Bloom speaks at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23rd at The Crest Theatre, 1013 K St., Sacramento. Information: 916-737-1300.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
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