CANCER: Causes, Prevention, Early Detection, and Control (SC 203). Class presentation available for viewing


Our presenter will share the most important data on the major progress achieved in understanding the causes of cancer, and explain the current methods of diagnosis and treatment. Cancer prevention and early detection are crucial, and many types of cancer are curable. Cancer is no longer the most lethal of chronic diseases, but the most chronic of lethal diseases. We will also review the diagnosis and treatment of important diseases. Questions will be most welcome.

Presenter:   Edgar M. Moran, M.D., UCI Emeritus Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology-Oncology

Developer:  Gary Oberts


10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon


February 23: UCI-OLLI – CANCER – Lecture #1 – 02-23-18

March 2:

March 9:

March 16:



Intelligent Machines Take Over the World (SC217). Video lecture available on Vimeo.

Will artificial intelligence (AI) machines take over the world or just all white-collar jobs? When machines can out-think and out-engineer us, they will invent the next generation of computers on their own, effectively evolving and improving themselves faster than any evolutionary scale of nature.

Tuesday, January 9: Introduction to AI – Marc Nussbaum: High-level overview of AI including definitions, scope, history, and impacts.

Video Lecture is available on Vimeo. To view the video, go to and enter the password 2017butterfly. OLLI video lectures are password protected for members only.

Marc’s Recommended Books on AI:

  • The Singularity is Near, Ray Kurzweil, 2005
  • Superintelligence, Nick Bostrom, 2014 (University of Oxford philosopher)
  • Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future, Martin Ford, 2016
  • Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era, James Barrat, 2013

Tuesday, January 16: The Core Science behind AI – Howard Mirowitz: Learn how AI works in theory and practice.

Video Lecture is available on Vimeo. To view the video, go to and enter the password 2017butterfly. OLLI video lectures are password protected for members only.

Tuesday, January 23: IBM’s Watson and Applications – Neil Sahota:  Learn about the world’s premier thinking machine, exploring how it is used today and how it will transform our world.


Marc Nussbaum: B.S. Physics, SUNY Oswego, is a science author, lecturer and chair of the OLLI’s STEM committee. He served as CEO of Lantronix and SVP Engineering, CTO and co-founder of Western Digital’s hard drive business.

Howard Mirowitz: M.B.A., Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; B.A. Dartmouth College, is retired from high tech business development and venture capital, and is now a community volunteer, amateur mathematician and musician. He has taught product development at the UCI Merage School of Business and is a popular OLLI presenter.

Neil Sahota: M.B.A., B.A. Political Science; B.S., Mathematics, Information and Computer Science (all UCI), is an IBM Master Inventor and World Wide Business Development Leader, IBM Watson Group. With over 15 years of experience in business, Neil works with clients and business partners to create next generation products/solutions powered by AI.


Marc Nussbaum, Howard Mirowitz


Tuesdays, January 9, 16, and 23

1:30 – 3:30 PM


The Irvine Station-Onken

SC217 Intelligent Machines Take Over The World, Day 1 lecture by Marc Nussbaum (January 6th).




Geology of Anza Borrego State park (SC 215). Class presentation available for viewing.

An overview of the geology and physiographic setting of Anza Borrego State Park and surrounding area will be presented in this lecture, which will include an overview of the regional tectonics that led to the development of the region; major faults and recent seismic activity; geologic units and the rich vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology; desert geology, e.g., playas and badlands; the Salton Trough and Salton Sea; and a summary of great geologic sites that are worth visiting in the area.

Presenter: Mark Bordelon

has been an adjunct geology professor at Irvine Valley College for 14 years, including field study courses in California and the western states. He was a consulting geologist for more than 20 years. He has presented very popular OLLI classes on The Geology of Orange County, Geologic Faults, Tectonics, Geoengineering of the Panama Canal, and Geology of Joshua Tree National Park

Class Presentation: Anza Borrego Desert State Park Geology Dec 2017

Developer:   Gary Oberts


Tuesday, December 19

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Location:     The Irvine Station-Onken

Healthcare in America (SS 316). Class presentation available for viewing.


SS 316

The recent and ongoing debate regarding repeal and replace of “Obamacare” offers a new opportunity to make meaningful and constructive changes to our system. This lecture will explain our current system, how the various special interest groups push their agendas, and why a federally controlled system will protect the people and get us to where we need to be.

Presenter: Dr. Robert Murphy is an orthopedic surgeon who retired after 38 years of practice in spine and total joint replacement surgery. He has served in numerous executive functions in the healthcare field.

Presentation: Understanding Healthcare in America

Developer: Gary Oberts


Wednesday, December 13

1:00 – 3:00 PM


BREAKTHROUGHS IN SCIENCE 2016 (SC 213). Class Presentations Available

Each year, December’s Science magazine 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 discuss the significance of each selection and its current status.

Presenter/Developer: John Bush, Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley and OLLI STEM Committee member.

December 4, 2017 Presentation:

BREAKTHROUGHS 2016 SC 213 12-4-17

December 11, 2017 Presentation:

Breakthroughs 2016 SC 213 #2 12-11-17

Shackleton’S Antartic Expedition (SC 212). Class presentation available.


In 1914, Ernest Shackleton and the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition sailed to Antarctica, hoping to be the first to cross the continent overland. This expedition failed when their ship was crushed by ice in the Weddell Sea. This presentation will situate the Endurance expedition within the larger context of the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration.

Wednesday, November 29: Presenter:    Daniella McCahey is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department at UCI.

Class Presentation: Shackleton’s Antartic Expedition

Developer: Michal Peri




CANCER IMMUNOTHERAPY (SC 208). Class presentation available.

This new form of therapy uses the body’s own immune system to fight cancer. It

works by stimulating the patient’s immune system to work harder to attack cancer cells. Newer types of immune treatments are now being studied that will impact how cancer will be treated in the future.

Presenter: Ani Balmanoukian, M.D., New York Medical College.

Class Presentation: Immunotherapy as a Treatment in Various Solid Tumors

Developer: Marj Besemer

Friday, October 6

1:30 – 3:30 PM

INFLAMMATION’S ROLE AS A MARKER FOR DISEASE OR DISORDER – SS 313. Class presentation(s) available.


At your annual physical, your doctor may run number of tests on your blood including assays for C-Reactive Protein (CRP), Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) and Plasma Viscosity (PV). All these tests are meant to show the level of inflammation in your body. Such inflammation may tell your doctor that more specific tests should be used to locate its source. Inflammatory markers may be used as the first line for detection of serious diseases like cardiovascular and inflammatory bowel disease. They may also detect inflammation from other sources in your body, e.g., Rheumatoid Arthritis or Bronchitis. Find out what may cause inflammation levels to rise or fall and how you may benefit by telling your doctor in advance about any pre-existing conditions you have that could adversely affect your test results and lead to unnecessary tests.

Presenter: Norman Myers, M. D., is the Medical Director at St. Jude Medical Center. He is also Chairman of the Physician Wellbeing Committee at St. Jude and Physician Leader for Schwartz Rounds. He has lectured frequently on wellness topics at the Fullerton and UCI OLLIs.

Class Presentation:

Inflammation and Chronic Disease

Developer: Jill Deal


Tuesday, November 14

10:00 AM – 12 Noon


The Irvine Station-Onken


Women in Greek Antiquity: From Myth to History. Class presentation(s) available.


 This course will focus on the representation of the female in Greek myth (heroines and goddesses), offer a way to understand Greek literature and history through a gendered approach, and explore the social experiences, constraints, and accomplishments of historical women in antiquity. The first lecture will concentrate on archaic Greece, analyzing famous epic figures (Penelope, Helen, and Hecuba) while also looking at our sources on historical women (including a brief overview of poetess Sappho of Lesbos and her poetry). The second lecture will cover classical times and will start by investigating the theatrical female figure (Antigone in tragedy and Lysistrata in comedy). By looking at these historical figures, we will also delve into the lives of women in classical Athens and Sparta. The final lecture will move on to Hellenistic times, addressing the sources that discuss the lives of women in that period, most notably Cleopatra.

Presenter: Andromache Karanika, is an Associate Professor of Classics, UC Irvine. Professor Karanika received her Ph.D. at Princeton and has published numerous articles on Homer, women’s oral traditions, pastoral poetry, and the treatment of Homer in Byzantine literature. She is the author of “Voices at Work: Women, Performance, and Labor” and has co-authored a textbook on modern Greece. Most recently, the National Society of Classical Studies nominated her as editor of that association’s flagship scholarly journal. At UCI, she also serves as the co-director of the Graduate Emphasis in Medical Humanities.

Class Presentation:

November 7: Women In Ancient Greece Part I

Women In Greek Antiquity-Classical Greece – Part II

Developer: Timothy Deal


Tuesdays, November 7, 21 and 28

1:30 – 3:30 PM


The Irvine Station-Onken





Geology of National Parks: Part 3. Parks from Coast-to-Coast (SC 211). Class presentations available for viewing.

Join us for the third semester of classes addressing the geology of our National Parks. Each National Geographic DVD lecture will provide an account of the human significance of the region, as well as a description of the geological phenomena that are responsible for its interesting features. There will be time for questions and discussion in each class session, and supplemental material presented by members of the OLLI STEM committee.

Wednesday, November 1: Great Smokey Mountains and Hot Springs NPs, and The Cascade Volcanoes

Class Presentations:

Tectonics 102 fall 2017 Supercontinents

Tectonics 102 fall 2017 More Tectonics

Wednesday, November 8: Shenandoah, Crater Lake, Olympic, and North Cascades NPs

Wednesday, November 15: Arcadia’s Highlands and Islands (Maine), North American Craton NPs (Voyaguers, Isle Royale, and Canadian Shield)

Class Presentations:

Geology of NPs-North American Craton

Geology of National Parks

Wednesday, November 29: Assembling North America (all the forces and pieces that make our continent) and Emerging Topics in Geology

Presenter: Ford Cochran, Geologist and Program Director, National Geographic Expeditions, Great Courses (via DVD)

Class Presentation: Geology of Natl Parks-Combined Part 1and 2 Quakes and Cascadia mega

Developers/Discussion Leaders: John Bush and Gary Oberts, OLLI STEM Committee members


Wednesdays, November 1, 8, 15 and 29

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

NOTE: There is no class on November 22


The Irvine Station-Onken

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