SC 212           Introduction to Meteorology DVD Lecture with Discussion – PART 3

Class presentations available.

This series of DVD-based lectures concludes a survey of the science of the weather.  It addresses such questions as: What causes violent 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 member.

Tuesday, May 19:  Violent weather–cyclones, hurricanes and typhoons; reading weather charts

Click here to view the presentation: Meteorology May 19, 2015

Tuesday, May 26:  Predicting the weather

Tuesday, June 2:  Summary of the course—the Perfect Storm; an introduction to weather and climate research at UCI

Presenter (via Great Courses DVD) Robert Fovell, Ph.D., Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, UCLA

Developer/Discussion Leader:  John Bush, OLLI Science Committee Member


Tuesdays, May 19, 26, and June 2

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon


Woodbridge Onken Classroom


Marj Besemer            949-589-9085

Gary Oberts               714-389-6379

SC 211: The World’s Greatest Geological Wonders. Class presentations available.

This is a repeat of Part 2 presented in the Fall 2014 Semester. These classes are based on a series of Great Courses video lectures by Professor Michael Wysession. Part 1 was a series of lectures presented in the Spring 2014 semester, but previous viewing is not a requirement. Experiencing the lectures on which these classes are based is rather like making a tour of picturesque places with a knowledgeable geologist as a companion. Each lecture provides an account of the human significance of the region, as well as a description of the geological phenomena that are responsible for the interesting features, such as volcanic activity, the formation and erosion of mountains, the creation of caves and atolls, earthquakes and faults. The concepts of plate tectonics provide unifying explanations for much of the spectacular geology. There will be time for questions and discussion in each class session, led by members of the Science Committee.

Tuesday, May 12: Limestone Weathering – Mammoth Cave, The Great Blue Hole, Ha Long Bay

Class Presentations:

Geological Wonders Outline

Geological Wonders – Mammoth Cave, Great Blue Hole, Ha Long Bay

Tuesday, May 19: Mid-ocean Ridges, Rifts and Lava Lakes – Galapagos, African Rift Valley, Erta Ale Lava Lake (Afar Region, Ethiopia)

Class Presentations:

Geological Wonders Galapagos Islands

Geological Wonders Ha Long

Mid Ocean Ridges-Rifts and Lava Lakes

Tuesday, May 26: Mountains and Rivers – Himalayas, Ganges Delta, Amazon Basin

Class Presentations:

Mountains and Rivers

Tuesday, June 2: Waterfalls, Floods and Tides – Iguazu Falls, Rock of Gibraltar, Bay of Fundy

Presenter (via Great Courses DVD):  Michael E. Wysession, Ph.D., Professor of Geophysics, Washington University in Saint Louis

Developers/Discussion Leaders: John Bush and Gary Oberts, OLLI Science Committee Members


Tuesdays, May 12, 19, 26, and June 2

1:30 – 3:30 PM


Woodbridge Onken Classroom

Religion and Politics in the Middle East (SS 306)

Class Presentations Available. Click on the links below.


As one watches the drama throughout the Middle East, what is the role of religion in politics and how is it different from other regions of the world?  What are the common misconceptions of the region and how have concepts such as secularism, democracy and human rights in these regions created the culture of the Middle East?

Thursday, March 5: Religion and the State in the Middle East, theocracies and political parties.

Thursday, March 12: Religious and political narratives in the Middle East with emphasis on peace psychology.

Thursday, March 19: Addressing contentious questions/issues about religion and politics in the Middle East such as how they relate to human rights and to democracy.

Presenters:   Johanna Solomon and Tanya Schwarz are finishing their Ph.D. work in the UCI School of Social Sciences.  Johanna holds degrees from University of Chicago and Northwestern. She is working in the area of conflict resolution related to the Israeli Palestinian conflict. She has just returned from being a visiting scholar at the University of Tel Aviv. Tanya holds degrees from UC Riverside in Political Science.  She has been researching the meaning and role of prayer for faith-based organizations conducting work in the Middle East.  She has taught courses at UCI on Religion and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa.

Developers:  Mary Lou Sortais, Jonathan Weil, Peggy Maradudin



Thursdays, March 5, 12 and 19

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Clink on these links to view the presentations:

SS 306 Religion and Politics in the Middle East Intro


SS 306 Religion and Politics 2

SS 306 Religion and Politics 3

SC 208: ADDED DIMENSIONS: The Human Side of Science. Class presentations available.

We were all born into a three-dimensional world, and we understood and were comfortable with it.  A little adjustment had to be made when Einstein decided that there was a fourth dimension, time, but we have managed.  However, some mathematicians and physicists have now added at least six or seven new dimensions to the array, depending on who is counting, and the number is growing.  What are we to make of them?  This course is designed to outline the history of hyperspaces in physics and shed some light on why extra dimensions are introduced.

Wednesday, April 8:  Showing of a film, Flatland, an entertaining fantasy about a culture of people existing in only two dimensions.

Class Presentation: Lecture 1 – Visualizing Higher Dimensions

Wednesday, April 15:  A discussion of Einsteinian 4-D space.

Class Presentation: Lecture 2 – Einsteinian 4-D Physics

Wednesday, April 22:  Multidimensional spaces in other areas of physics.

Class Presentation: Not available.

Wednesday, April 29: Additional class session.

Class Presentation: Lecture 4 – Efforts to Unify Gravity and Quantum Physics

Presenter:  Howard Mirowitz, MBA, is retired from the world of high tech business development and venture capital, and is now a full time amateur mathematician and musician, and a dedicated student of ancient texts.  He has given many diverse lectures at OLLI, most recently on the mathematician Fibonacci.

Developer:  Larry Wayne


Wednesdays, April 8, 15, and 22

2:00 – 4:00 PM


Woodbridge Onken Classroom

SC 206: Tsunamis and Icesheets: Results of CSUF and UCI Research – Class presentation available.

SC 206                       TSUNAMIS AND ICESHEETS:

Results of CSUF and UCI Research

This class brings in lecturers from CSU Fullerton (CSUF) and UCI to discuss their latest findings on two earth system research projects.

Tuesday, April 7: The Search for Historic Tsunamis in Southern CA.  Find out about the hunt for signs of past tsunamis that might have hit southern California. CSUF geology researchers have identified the possibility of past tsunami events by using computers, and now are searching for field evidence to support the theory. The NSF funded search focuses on wetlands between Santa Barbara and the Mexican border.

Presenters:  Brady Rhodes, Matthew Kirby and Robert Leeper, CSUF Department of Geology

Tuesday, April 14:  Monitoring Changes of the Ice Sheets of Antarctica and Greenland.  The ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland are undergoing significant changes in our lifetime. This has an impact on sea level. While humans have recorded data from these regions for more than a century, continent wide observations only became available in recent years. A UCI research team led by world-renowned Professor Eric Rignot has generated a continent -wide ice velocity map of Antarctica and continues to use remote sending data to monitor ice sheets over time. Find out how ice sheets change and what that means for future sea level. Our presenter is an Associate Project Scientist with the Rignot research group which is funded by NASA.

Class Presentation: Monitoring Changes of the Ice Sheets of Antarctica and Greenland

Presenter:    Bernd Scheuchl, UCI Earth System Sciences, Rignot Group

Developer:   Gary Oberts


Tuesdays, April 7 and 14

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon


Woodbridge Onken Classroom


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