SC 209: Whys In Biomedical Science. Class presentation available for viewing.

WHYS IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE: An Incursion into Lifelong Questions

All our life we are asking the question why, seeking an explanation to events and phenomena occurring around us. This new course is aimed at an audience interested in acquiring some answers to whys in biomedical science, such as why our body behaves in a certain way, why we are all different, or why we get sick while others might not. In two sessions, we will have a frank discussion, followed by short lectures, if necessary. These will be open and stimulating discussions, without bias, in a tolerant and objective manner.

Presenter: Edgar Moran, MD, UCI Emeritus Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology-Oncology

October 17 Presentation: UCI-OLLI – WHY THINGS HAPPEN – Session #1 – BioMed

October 24 Presentation: UCI-OLLI – WHY THINGS HAPPEN – Session #2 – HTN-CA – 07-18-18

Developer: Gary Oberts

Wednesdays, October 17, 24

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Location: Irvine Train Station

Autism (SC 208). Class presentations available for viewing.

October 8:  Overview of Autism

Class Presentation(s):  Autism Spectrum Disorders

This introduction provides a basic understanding of autism and an update on current research.

Presenter:  John Jay Gargus, MD, PhD, Director, Center for Autism Research and Translation

October 11:  Documentary Screening of Bass Clef Bliss

In this class we are joined by the writer/producer to screen his new documentary film prior to its wide release. This is the true story about a young man at the intersection of autism. As a boy, his speech disappeared and sensitivity to sound triggered frequent tantrums. With the help of caring professionals, he triumphs and functions in the world as a professional jazz musician.

Presenter:  Michael Berlin, Producer, Writer, Psychologist

Developer: Jessie Tromberg

Monday, October 8

Thursday, October 11

1:30 – 3:30 PM

ART IN THE NAZI ERA: Chapter Three: Still Disappeared. Class presentation available for viewing


Chapter Three: Still Disappeared

AH 115 

While the Allies created special commissions to find degenerate artwork that remained unaccounted for after the war, much is still missing.  The aim of ultimately returning the works to their rightful owners, their families, or their respective countries has been circumvented.  The return of The Woman in Gold is an uncommon occurrence to the unsettled and unsettling history of the once or still disappeared artworks.  We turn to the chapter persistently driven by greed.

Presenter:  Jeanne S. M. Willette, Ph.D., is Professor of Art History at the Otis College of Art and Design

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Developer:  Rochelle Ambersound

 Friday, June 15

1:30- 3:30 PM

INTRO TO SOLAR SYSTEM, PART 1: The Sun, Earth and Moon (SC 211). Links to class presentation available.

This is part 1 of our new series covering the basics of our solar system. In part 1 we cover how the sun works, the corona, solar wind, space weather and the origin and orbits of the earth-moon system.  In future semesters, we will cover the planets, their moons and the search for life on these moons. The class will consist of DVD lectures augmented by short presentations and Q&A by the presenters.

Presenters/Developers: Marc Nussbaum, Lorna Pecoraro, Dennis Silverman, Michal Peri, OLLI STEM Committee Members

Dates/Time: Fridays, May 4, 11, and 18

May 11 Class Presentations: 

  1. Solar-Neutrinos-and-UC-Irvine
  2. Solar-Fusion-1

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Location: The Irvine Station-Onken


GEOLOGY OF NATIONAL PARKS: Part 4: Great Western Parks (SC 208)

DVD Lecture with Discussion

This semester we focus on the great western parks. The DVD will provide the human significance and description of the geological phenomena responsible for its features. There will be time for questions and discussion in each class session.

Friday, April 6: Yellowstone: Microcosm, Origin and Future

Class Presentation: World Hotspots and Yellowstone Update

Friday, April 13: Utah: Bryce, Canyonlands, Arches, Black Canyon and Capitol Reef

Class Presentation: Nat Park Spring 2018-1

Friday, April 20: Alaska Volcanoes and Grand Canyon Staircase

Class Presentation: Nat Park Spring 2018

Friday, April 27: Hawaii: Volcanoes and Islands

Class Presentation: Hawaiian Geology

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

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

Fridays, April 6, 13, 20 and 27
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

THE ARTS IN THE MARGINS (AH 105). Class presentation available.


Marginalization involves being excluded and, with this, the de-legitimization and imputation of inconsequentiality of one’s agency, affiliation, power to influence or even relate one’s own narrative.

Monday, March 5: Exploring Poverty, Homelessness, Disability, and Dementia in Shakespeare’s King Lear

Presenter: Julia Reinhard Lupton, Ph.D.
is UCI Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Co-Director of the Shakespeare Center

Friday, March 9: Narrative Practices Preserving a Sense of Self in Solitary Confinement in the Absence of Social Feedback

Presenter: Keramet Reiter, Ph.D., J.D.
is UCI Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society

Tuesday, March 13: Rediscovering One’s Own Voice and Building Collaborative Community in a Skid Row Choir

Presenter: Leeav Sofer
is a Teaching Artist at the Colburn School and Artistic Director, Urban Voices Project

Class Presentation: Rediscovering One’s Own Voice and Building Collaborative Community in a Skid Row Choir

Friday, March 16: Designing and Adapting Gardens and Parks for Persons with Physical Challenges

Presenter: Ted Wells
is an architectural historian, author, and design firm principal

Wednesday, March 21: Using a General Category for Highly Diverse and Discrete Outsider Artists and Finding Some Common Threads

Presenter: Jackie Powell
Is a retired art history professor and popular community lecturer

Rochelle Ambersound

Dates and Time:
Monday, March 5; Friday, March 9; Tuesday, March 13; Friday, March 16; Wednesday, March 21
1:30 – 3:30 PM

Tuesday, March 13
10:00 AM –12:00 Noon

The Irvine Station-Onken

THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE: Part 5 (SC 205) . Class presentation available.

Part 5: Water Supply and Groundwater
SC 205

Tuesday, March 13: OC Water Supply and Groundwater System
Presenter: Roy Herndon, Orange County Water District Chief Hydrogeologist

Class Presentation: Basin Overview UCI OLLI 3-13-18

Tuesday, March 20: Snowpack Occurrence and Changes from Warming
Presenter: Laurie Huning, Post-doc, UCI Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Tuesday, March 27: Integrated Regional Water Management Plan
Presenter: Mark Norton, Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, Water Resources and Planning Manager

Tuesday, April 3: Water Supply Reliability for OC – Regional and Imported Sources
Presenter: Karl Seckel

Class Presentation: Impacts of Climate Change: Water Supply Reliability by Karl Seckel 

Tuesday, April 10: GRACE Satellite Monitoring Program and Water Supply
Presenter: Tom Farr, Ph.D., JPL/NASA, Pasadena

Class Presentation: Impacts of Climate Change: Satellite Monitoring Program and Water Supply

Developer: Gary Oberts

Tuesdays, March 13, 20, 27, April 3 and 10
1:30 – 3:30 PM

Attack of the Parasites (SC 204). What They Are and How We Combat Them. Class presentation available.

Wednesday, March 7: We’ll Always Have Parasites: A Brief Exploration of Our Interactions with Disease-Causing Organisms. Parasites grow, feed, and are sheltered on or in a different organism while contributing nothing to the survival of the host. We will discuss elimination or control of these organisms.

Presenter: Naomi Morrissette, Ph.D., UCI Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Class Presentation: Attack of the Parasites: A discussion of the origins and relationship between parasites and people

Wednesday, March 14: Applying Precision Medicine in Parasitic Infectious Diseases.
Tropical infectious diseases can happen in our own neighborhood. We will discuss diagnostics and treatment, with special emphasis on brain parasites.

Class Presentation: Precision Medicine In Parasites 

Presenter: Rosa M. Andrade, M.D.,
UCI Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Developers: Irwin Spirn and Marj Besemer

Wednesdays, March 7 and 14
2:00 – 4:00 PM

Happiness 101: SS 302. Class presentation available for viewing.

Pursuing Happiness in Challenging Times
SS 302

Happiness is an emotional experience with significant cultural, religious, ethnic, social, and interpersonal dynamics. The development of positive psychology during the last 25 years has spawned a renaissance of interest in this topic. This class will explore the concept of happiness from the perspectives of ancient philosophers, world religions, indigenous cultures and contemporary psychologists. Class attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their own ideas about the pursuit and achievement of happiness in dynamic interactive discussions with the presenter and other class participants.

Presenter/Developer: Mel Roth, M.S.W.,
is a retired social worker and social work administrator. He has studied and lectured extensively on the impact of culture and change on human behavior and personality development.

Class Presentation:  SS 302 Happiness 101 Spring 2018

Thursdays, February 15 and 22
1:00 – 3:00 PM

Medical 3D Printing (SC 202). Class presentation available for viewing.

Thursday, February 15: Class Presentation:
Presenter: Cathy Lewis, former CMO, 3D Systems, will talk about innovations in 3D printing for healthcare pioneered by 3D Systems.

Thursday, February 22: Class Presentation: Medical 3D Printing
Presenter: Vern Roohk, Ph.D., Consultant at BioCor Scientific, will briefly review the basics and history of 3D printing and then focus on advances in medical uses including the advantages of 3D printed human lung and liver tissue as well as the revolutionary treatment of burns including Spray-on Skin and customized printed skin.

Presenter: Benjamin Dolan, IDMI Technical Director, UCI, will discuss the work on medical applications in his lab.

Developers: Vern Roohk, Chris Halliwell, OLLI STEM Committee Members

Thursdays, February 15 and 22
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Location: Irvine Train Station Classroom (15207 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA)

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