SC 210: TOPICS IN MEDICINE FOR OLDER ADULTS. Class presentation available.

The Program in Geriatrics at UC Irvine Medical Center (UCIMC) continues its series on health-related topics for older adults. Topics have been selected to provide timely information that is of interest for the OLLI membership. Lectures will be presented by UC Irvine geriatricians and experts from the UCIMC.

Thursday, April 7: Living Long and Living Well: Lessons from the 90+ Study

Presenter: Szofia Bullain, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders, UCI

Class Presentation: Aging and Dementia-Lessons from The 90 Study

Thursday, April 14: Cardiac Function and Care

Presenter: Richard Kelly, MD, JD, MPH, UC Irvine School of Medicine

Thursday, April 21: Too Many Pills

Presenter: Tatyana Gurvich, Geriatric Pharmacist, UC Irvine Senior Health Center, UCIMC

Developer: Marj Besemer

Dates / Time:    

Thursdays, April 7, 14 and 21

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon


Woodbridge Onken Classroom


SC 209 – I’LL TAKE THAT BET! Balancing Risk and Benefit: The Human Side of Science. Class presentations available for viewing.

How often do you consider the odds when you are playing poker, taking out insurance, making investments, or choosing among alternative medical treatments? Do you make an important decision because it just feels right?  Methods for balancing risk against benefit have evolved over the centuries, ranging from intuition to very sophisticated mathematical systems. In this course, we will examine the history of how these probability-based methods developed, how they work, and how they can be applied to problems that we encounter in our lives

Wednesday, April 6: A film from the BBC series Horizons, Making Money the Easy Way, about how a team of MIT students applied mathematical principles to win in Las Vegas.

Wednesday, April 13: Uncertainty, risk and probability – fundamental definitions and concepts.

Class Presentation: Lecture 1A – Fundamental Definitions and Concepts

Wednesday, April 20: The history of risk from ancient Greece and Rome, and the contributions of Fermat, Pascal, Bernoulli and Gauss up through the 19th century.

Class Presentation: Lecture 2A – The History of Risk from Ancient Greece and Rome through the 19th Century

Wednesday, April 27: 20th century decision theory – structures for making risky decisions; how to value and use perfect and imperfect information in decision-making.

Wednesday, May 4: Risk on Wall Street – how risk is managed (or not!) in the world of investments; modern portfolio theory.

Presenter: Howard Mirowitz, MBA, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, is retired from the world of high tech business development and venture capital, and is now a community volunteer and amateur mathematician and musician. He has also taught courses in new product development at the UCI Merage School of Business and is a favorite on mathematics and scientific topics for OLLI.

Developers: John Bush and Larry Wayne


Wednesdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27, and May 4

2:00 – 4:00 PM



Woodbridge Onken Classroom


NEW MATERIALS (SC 208). Class presentations available.

SC 208                       NEW MATERIALS: Creating options for our future

As the pop singer Madonna reminds us, we live in a material world. Creating, shaping and applying materials that fill recognized needs and serve new desires arguably has driven the evolution of our culture from the Stone Age to the Steel Age. For example, the application of extremely pure silicon to create a transistor in 1954 can be said to be the major development that led to the Silicon Age we live in.  Similarly, the creation of a new chemical compound, a dyestuff, by German chemists in 1932 led to the antibiotic revolution in medicine.  If a current emphasis on environmentally compatible materials and processes proves to be fruitful, we may be heading into the Green Age.

In this class, we will survey some contemporary examples of the ways that newly created materials, new ways to shape materials, and new ways to apply materials may influence our lives.

Tuesday, April 5: Structural materials — buildings and vehicles; energy generation and distribution; and storage materials. Click here for the presentation: NEW MATERIALS ONE

 Tuesday, April 12: Electronic and optical materials — computers, communications, and sensors. Click here for the presentation: NEW MATERIALS TWO

 Tuesday, April 19: Biomaterials — producing materials using biological processes; using new materials in medicine. Click here for the presentation: NEW MATERIALS THREE

Presenter/Developer: John Bush, Ph.D.

Prior to retirement, John taught chemistry, and performed and managed research in industry. He is an OLLI STEM Committee member and has organized and presented a number of OLLI science classes.


Tuesdays, April 5, 12 and 19, 1:30 – 3:30 PM


Phyllis Scheffler      949-589-6706

Marj Besemer            949-589-9085



SS 308/309 RUSSIA TODAY: THE HISTORY BEHIND THE NEWS. An exploratory discussion. Class presentation available.

This is an on-going study series exploring the political, cultural, religious and economic spheres of Russia today. And, it is always necessary to understand the history behind so much that is happening in East Europe, the Middle East, and the Asian sphere of Russian interests.  Often current events dictate the subjects examined in each session.  When possible, outside experts are invited to join in the discussion.

NOTE:  Please enroll in only one class. SS 308 and SS 309 are repeat classes.

Presenter/Developer: Peggy Maradudin has an MA in European History from UCI, and an MA in Russian Language and Literature from USC.  This class has been presented twice a year for the last six years.  She has also taught areas of Russian and Soviet History and Russian Culture at Chapman University, Saddleback College, and CSUF.  She has lived in, and traveled to, the region a number of times, and she took her first group to the Soviet Union in 1989.  She returned to Russia and other parts of the former Soviet Union with groups until 2000 including trips to Siberia, the Baltic States, the Volga River and Ukraine.  Since then, she and her husband continue to travel to Russia and East Europe often, the latest being May/June 2014

Class Presentation: Russia Today and the History Behind the News: History Timelines


SS 308:

Mondays, March 14, 21 and 28

10:00 AM – 12 Noon

SS 309:        

Thursdays, March 17, 24 & 31

10:00 AM – 12 Noon

 Location:  Woodbridge Onken Classroom


SS 310 – FOOD AS MEDICINE. Class presentation available.

What you put in your supermarket cart may be a cheaper and more powerful medicine than the bottle of pills your pharmacist hands you or the supplements you buy over-the-counter. Learn which groups of foods have been identified as having valuable therapeutic properties, and how you can incorporate them into your diet, for example, the yellow and green ones such as avocado and spinach, which may reduce the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

Presenter: Norman Myers, M.D.

Class Presentation: Food as Medicine 2016

is the Medical Director of the Wellness Center at St. Jude Medical Center at Fullerton. He is also Chairman of the Physician Wellbeing Committee at St. Jude and Physician Leader for Schwartz Rounds there.  He has lectured frequently on health and wellness topics at OLLI in Fullerton.

Developer: Jill Deal

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 15

10:00 AM – 12 Noon

Location: Woodbridge Onken Classroom


SC 206 – THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE: PART 1. Class presentation available.

THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE: PART 1 – UCI Provost Initiatives for Water, Oceans and Sustainability

As our planet warms, humankind must discover solutions to global ecological problems before it is too late. We are being impacted by changing temperatures on land and in the ocean, changes in sea level and acidity, increasingly frequent extreme weather events, biological extinctions, and more. Please join OLLI for the first in a series of classes on the impacts of a changing climate. During this semester’s sessions (Part 1), we will be updated by researchers from the three UCI Provost Initiatives for Water, Oceans and Sustainability. This cross-discipline program brings together experts in many fields to understand what the changing climate means to the Earth, its societies and all living things.

Friday, March 4: UCI Provost Initiative on Water

Presenter: David Feldman, Professor and Chair, Department of Planning, Policy and Design; Director, Water UCI

Class Presentation: Water UCI – Who We Are and How We Look at the Impact of Climate Change

Friday, March 11: UCI Provost Initiative on Oceans

Presenter: Kristen Davis, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Affiliated faculty, UCI Oceans

Friday, March 18: UCI Provost Initiative on Sustainability

Presenter: Kimberly Serrano

Class Presentations:

Developer:  Gary Oberts


Fridays, March 4, 11 and 18

10:00 AM -12:00 Noon


Woodbridge Onken Classroom

SC 205 UCI STEM CELL RESEARCH CENTER: Policy, Ethics, Traumatic Brain Injury and Alzheimer’s Update: Class presentation available.

OLLI TBI Lecture - CummingsStem cell technology is beginning to revolutionize medical practice, heralding humankind’s next giant leap forward in understanding and treating illness. In fact, the core understanding scientists are gaining will likely be the key to further expansion of the human lifespan.  At UCI’s Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, researchers believe our growing ability to direct the design and engineering of cellular function will be the key to treatment of a number of currently incurable diseases and injuries, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and more. But what exactly are stem cells, must they come from embryos, and what are the ethical issues surrounding manipulation of human life?

Monday, February 22: Stem Cell Research Overview: Policy, Funding, Ethical Safeguards, and Challenges

Presenter: Sidney Golub, Ph.D., Director, Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, UCI, and Professor, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, School of Medicine

Wednesday, March 2: Traumatic Brain Injury Research Update

Class Presentation: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Research Lecture – By Brian Cummings

Presenter: Brian Cummings, Ph. D., Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation/Neurological Surgery, Institute for Memory Impairments & Neurological Disorders, Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, UCI

Alzheimer’s Disease Research Update

Presenter: Mathew Blurton-Jones, Ph. D., Assistant Professor, Neurology and Behavior, Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, UCI

Developer:  Marc Nussbaum


Monday, February 22, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Wednesday, March 2, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Location:      Woodbridge Onken Classroom



(SC 203) Practical Health Science – Part 2: Class presentation available for viewing.

This class is intended to help non-professionals understand the human body, the process of disease, its signs and symptoms, prevention, and the healing process.

The goals are:

  • To show the body structure and function;
  • To help understand correctly body dysfunctions; and
  • To empower proper health care through knowledge.

Part 2 of this series by Dr. Edgar Moran will continue with a review of the body systems: cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, genital and reproductive, locomotor, and skin. The presentation avoids technical terms and expressions, and is made easy to understand with the help of written material and slides that will be shared with the audience before the lectures. Part 1 of the series (Fall 2015) addressed essential knowledge of the cell and organism, and included a discussion of the integrative systems such as the neurologic and the endocrine systems, and the blood. Attendance at the Part 1 lectures, although helpful, is not required to understand Part 2. Part 1 slides are available on the OLLI blog at

Presenter:   Edgar M. Moran, M.D.,

Emeritus Professor, UCI Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology-Oncology, since 1978. He has taught classes, treated patients, and conducted research in many areas of cancer and blood disorders.

Class Presentation(s):

Developer: Gary Oberts

Dates/Time: Fridays, February 19 & 26, March 4 & 11

1:00 – 3:00 PM

Location: Woodbridge Onken Classroom


Travel With OLLI to Cuba, Canada and Costa Rica.


Exciting news! OLLI at UCI is partnering with Premier World Discoveries to offer a trip to Cuba this Spring, as well as trips to Canada and Costa Rica in the Fall of 2016.

Each trip includes airfare, professional tour directors, most meals, motor coach transportation, hotels, transfers and baggage handling. If more than 10 OLLI members sign up for any one tour, transportation to and from Orange County to LAX will also be included.

April 13-20, 2016 (Sorry, this trip will not happen due to lack of interest.)

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Highlights of the Cuba Trip
Enjoy an eight-day tour through vibrant and unique Cuba! Learn about the Plaza de la Revolucion, center of Cuban political life. Head to Manzas, also known as the Athens of Cuba. See the Sauto Theater, the San Carlos Cathedral, and visit with local artists.
Enjoy performances at the Matanzas School of Art nd Music. Tour the Colon Cemetery, the Nacional Hotel, and more. Price: $4999 per person double occupancy ($100 discount for cash), $600 single supplement. Click here to view full details of this exciting trip!

Fall Tours

Great Canadian Cities: September 21-29, 2016

Click GREAT CANADIAN CITIES – Osher Lifelong Learning Institute – 21SEP16 for full details.

Natural Wonders of Costa Rica: November 2-10, 2016

Click here for full details.


SC 211: FORENSICS: Science Solving Crimes. Class presentation available for viewing.

forensicsFORENSICS: Science Solving Crimes

Forensics is the application of scientific methods and techniques to the investigation of crime. In this series we will show how our personally unique bacteria, trace amounts of chemical substances and materials, and evidence of elder abuse are collected, evaluated and explained scientifically in a legal context.  Actual cases will be discussed.

Tuesday, January 5: Bacterial Forensics. Forensic science involves analyzing information (evidence) to judge a criminal act in a court of law. Human microbiome is a term given to the multitude of bacteria and other microorganisms existing within and on every person from birth. It is possible everyone has a microbial fingerprint, and research is now being done, especially in the U.S., to determine the uniqueness and stability of the human microbiome.  Progress in microbial forensics will be presented.

Presenter: Vern Roohk, Ph.D., Physiology and Biochemistry, Postdoc in Bioengineering, sole proprietor of BioCor Scientific consulting in Biomedical Devices, and OLLO Science Committee member.

Tuesday, January 12: Toxicology and Forensics. Forensic toxicology is the application of the medical science of pharmacology to legal cases. Dr. Spiehler will provide insight into how certain intoxicants can be scientifically characterized, their effects on behavior, and the communication to the lay public and lawyers in a legal environment. Many cases could not be solved without it.  Dr. Spiehler will take us on a journey into the methods used to crack actual cases.

 Presenter: Vina Spiehler, Ph.D., is a toxicology expert familiar with the detection of pharmaceuticals, alcohol and drugs in blood, hair, saliva, sweat, and other substances. Dr. Spiehler is the principal scientist of Spiehler and Associates, Newport Beach. 

Class Presentation: What Is Forensic ToxicologyVRS

 Tuesday, January 19: Keeping Elders Safe with Forensics. The elderly can be mistreated by the very people entrusted with their care. Often the abused cannot adequately communicate the circumstances or may forget the incidents. It is possible by careful examination of physical evidence to reveal the abuse and put an end to it.  This class will be particularly helpful to those of us who have parents, friends, and relatives who may not be able to care for themselves.

 Presenter: Kerry Burnight, Ph.D., UCI Health Sciences Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Program in Gerontology.

Class Presentation: Keeping Elders Safe with Forensics

Tuesday, January 26: Human Factors in Forensic Science. On TV, forensic scientists solve crimes with unerring accuracy. In reality, the National Academy of Sciences has criticized forensic scientists for failing to validate their methods, overstating their conclusions, and paying inadequate attention to the potential for bias and error. This class will examine these issues, paying particular attention to the role of human factors in the methods that crime laboratories use to evaluate physical evidence.  We will also discuss the difficulties of communicating findings and the steps that the government is taking to improve the scientific foundations and quality of forensic science.

Presenter: William Thompson, Ph.D., J.D., UCI School of Social Ecology, Department of Criminology, Law, and Society.

Class Presentation: Human Factors in Forensic Science 

NOTE:  A companion course, SC 216, OC Forensic Science Lab Tour, will be offered on January 29 with a limit of 20.

Developer:  Phil Friedel


Tuesdays, January 5, 12, 19 and 26

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Location: Woodbridge Onken Classroom




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