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

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