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SC 208: Meteorology, Part 2. Class presentation available.


Turbulent Weather: Fronts, Cyclones, Thunderstorms

This DVD series builds on concepts introduced in Part 1 (Spring 2014), but previous viewing is not a requirement.  It addresses such questions as: What causes the weather?  How do mountains and oceans influence the weather? How can you decipher the charts and jargon that meteorologists use?  How do meteorologists make predictions and how well do they do?

The classes are based on a Great Courses DVD series presented by Professor Robert Fovell of UCLA, supplemented by additional material and class discussion led by an OLLI Science Committee member.  Supplementary material will be posted on the OLLI blog (www.olliuci.wordpress.com).

Tuesday, December 2: Clouds and moisture in the atmosphere – review.

Class Presentation: Introduction to Meteorology – Part 2

Tuesday, December 9: Winds – review; atmospheric circulation, Hadley Cells Weather Forecast

Class Presentation: Meteorology

Tuesday, January 6: Fronts, extratropical cyclones. The Edward Fitzgerald.

Tuesday, January 13: Atmospheric troughs and ridges, windshear – jetstreaks

Monday, January 26: Thunderstorms, influences of mountains, standing waves

Presenter (via Great Courses DVD): Robert Fovell, Ph.D., Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles

Developer/Discussion Leader:  John Bush


Tuesdays, December 2 and 9 and January 6 and13

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Monday, January 26

10 AM -12 Noon


Woodbridge Onken Classroom

SC 207: Breakthroughs in Science. Class presentation available.

Stem CellsEach year December’s Science magazine, the leading journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), goes out on a limb and describes what the editors believe are the major scientific breakthroughs of the past year.  In this class we will describe those that the editors selected, the potential significance that qualifies them as breakthroughs, and what their status is almost a year later.  In 2013 the editors also offered Miscellany of the Year, an idiosyncratic selection of happenings, people, animals, fossils, and  genomes that they regarded as in some way noteworthy.

This is the list of breakthroughs for 2013:

  • Cancer immunotherapy
  • Genetic microsurgery
  • The see-through brain
  • Stem cells from human clones
  • Mini-organs from stem cells
  • Confirming the origin of cosmic rays
  • Perovskite solar cells
  • The biological function of sleep
  • Microbiome promotion of health and disease
  • Vaccine design based on structural biology

Monday, December 1: Breakthroughs of the year

Class Presentation: Breakthroughs in Science

Monday, December 8: Miscellany of the year

Class Presentation: 2013 Breakthroughs – Part 2

Presenter/Developer: John Bush, Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley.  John is an OLLI Science Committee member and has taught many popular OLLI classes.


Mondays, December 1 and 8

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM


Woodbridge Onken Classroom

SC 205: America’s Energy Future. Class presentations available.

SC 205                       AMERICA’S ENERGY FUTURE: Is Natural Gas the Solution?

Natural Gas ConsumptionThe potential abundant supply of natural gas from underground and marine sources appears ready to become America’s dominant energy resource.  This class covers the technical aspects and the potential benefits and harm of the increasing use of natural gas to supply America’s energy.

The new abundance of natural gas (methane) produced by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of shale is introducing a new era in U.S. energy, in particular displacing coal in the generation of electricity. A shift to natural gas from coal will reduce the emission of the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, by one half. Advocates for fracking project a rosy picture for the United States — a future of vigorous economic growth, security of energy supply, and strengthened geopolitical position.  Critics assert that negative effects outweigh the projected benefits. In some instances negative public opinion has delayed or halted applications of fracking.

Drilling for AnswersMethane trapped in ice (clathrates) on the continental shelf may become an alternate or complementary source of natural gas.  The technology for recovery of the enormous volume of natural gas in these formations is at an early stage but if successfully developed could assure an enduring major role for natural gas in our energy future

Thursday, November 13:  Sources of natural gas, technology for recovering and using it, and the potential economic and geopolitical aspects of abundant natural gas.

Class Presentations:

Natural Gas Consumption

Americas Energy Future: Is Natural Gas the Solution?

Drilling for Answers

Thursday, November 20:  Negative impacts of developing natural gas — what are they and how might they be dealt with?



            Phil Friedel, Dennis Silverman, John Bush

Thursday, December 4:  Sourcing natural gas from methane clathrates

 Presenter: Professor Peter Taborek, Chair of UCI Physics and Astronomy


Thursdays, November 13, 20 and December 4

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon


Woodbridge Onken Classroom

SC 204: Geology, Tectonics and Geoengineering Along the Panama Canal. Class presentation available for viewing.

2014 marks the centennial of the opening of the Panama Canal.  This talk will review the geology and tectonic setting of the Isthmus of Panama, including the engineering geology of the Panama Canal area.  History of the canal and on-going expansion projects will also be discussed. Mark did his graduate research in this area. Whether you know this area first-hand, plan to travel there someday, or just love geology and tectonics, join us for an informative class on the region.

Presenter:    Mark Bordelon is an adjunct geology professor at Irvine Valley College.  He has taught at IVC for  13 years, including field study courses in California and western states.  He was previously a consulting geologist for over 20 years. He has presented very  popular OLLI classes on the Geology of Orange County, and Geologic Faults.

Class Presentation: Geologic Overview of Panama Canal

Developer: Gary Oberts


Monday, November 10

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Location:  Woodbridge Onken Classroom


SS 302 – Reflections on Krystallnacht The Holocaust and the Nuremberg War Tribunals

SS 302                       REFLECTIONS ON KRYSTALLNACHT,


Krystallnacht, the night of broken glass, launched the Holocaust. Producer Robert Kline has made three documentaries on the subject, culminating with his look at the Nuremberg War Tribunals, the third act to the evil events.

This course coincides with the 76th anniversary of Krystallnacht,  Mr. Kline, a historian, will show segments of these films and discuss the events, their legacy throughout Europe and the world, and their impact even today.

Presenter: Robert Kline is a veteran documentary producer of 35 years. He was a co-founder of Lifetime TV and Executive Vice President of Twentieth Century Fox, and is a popular OLLI Presenter.

More Information: Please click the following link to view more information on this subject: Kristallnacht –  The Night of Broken Glass

Friday, November 7:  Krystallnacht

Monday, November 10:  The Holocaust

Monday, November 24:  Nuremberg

Developer:  Jessie Tromberg


Friday, November 7

Mondays, November 10 and 24

1:00 – 3:00 PM


Woodbridge Onken Classroom


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