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

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)

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

CURRENT RESEARCH ON THE HUMAN MICROBIOME (SC 209). Class presentations available for viewing.

Humans evolved in the presence of dynamic microbial and viral communities that constantly inhabit our bodies, including their unique genes and metabolism. Dr. Katrine Whiteson’s lab at UCI strives to understand how this microbiome, whose collective cells outnumber those of their human host, affects our health from bacterial infection to vaccination to immune development. Dr. Whiteson and her lab personnel will present current research projects on healthy humans, premature infants from Children’s Hospital of Orange County, and cystic fibrosis patients.

Presenter: Katrine Whiteson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, UCI Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

October 9: Class Presentation: Microbiome Lecture Whiteson Oct2017

October 16: Class Presentation: MicrobiomeLecture_WhitesonOct2017-Part2

Developer: Vern Roohk


Mondays, October 9 and 16

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Location: The Irvine Station-Onken

STROKE:  GETTING HELP AND TREATMENT (SC 206). Class presentation available for viewing.

Stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain either is blocked by a clot or bursts (ruptures). When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs and brain cells die.

In this lecture, we will learn about the different types and mechanisms of strokes, including TIAs (transient ischemic attacks). We will cover how to reduce the occurrence of strokes, how to recognize a stroke when it happens, what to do when one occurs, and what are the treatment options.

Presenter: Dr. Mohammad Shafie,

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, UC Irvine School of Medicine; Director, Stroke Program, and Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Loma Linda VA Medical Center.

Dr. Shafie’s education includes, Vascular Neurology Fellowship, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles; Chief Resident, Neurology, UCLA-Harbor Medical Center, Torrance; M.D. Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Shafie has affiliations with the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association and the American Academy of Neurology. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Class Presentation: Strokes: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatments

Developer: Marc Nussbaum


Friday, September 29

1:30 – 3:30 PM

Location: The Irvine Station-Onken


Impacts of Climate Change: Part 4: Bio-Impacts (SC 207). Class presentation available to view.


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 oceans; changing sea levels and acidity; increasingly frequent extreme weather events; biological extinctions; and more. Please join OLLI for the fourth in a series of classes on the impacts that a changing climate is driving. During this semester’s sessions, we will focus on “bio-impacts.”

Friday, September 29: Human Health: Bodily Stress, Air Pollution, and Cardiac and Respiratory Disease

Presenter: Michael Kleinman, Adjunct Professor, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, UCI School of Medicine

Class Presentation: Air Pollution and Human Health

Friday, October 6: Terrestrial Life: Diversity, Extinction, and Migration

Presenter: Travis Huxman, Professor, UCI Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Director of the Center for Environmental Biology; and Director of the UCI Sustainability Initiative

Friday, October 13: Marine Life: Ecosystem Changes, Sustainability, Coping Mechanisms

Presenter: Cascade Sortie, Assistant Professor, UCI Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Class Presentation: Impacts of Climate Change on Marine Life

Friday, October 20: Food and Agriculture: Security, International Perspective, Current Impacts, and Outlook

Class Presentation:  Climate Change-Agriculture & Food Security

Presenters: Richard Matthew, Associate Dean of International Programs, UCI School of Social Ecology; Professor of Planning, Policy and Design, and Political Science

Friday, October 27: Science Meets Government: Inside IPCC Perspective from a Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Presenters: Michael Prather, 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, UCI Distinguished Professor, Department of Earth System Science, School of Physical Sciences


Gary Oberts


Fridays, September 29, October 6, 13, 20 and 27

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon


The Irvine Station-Onken





AH 112: Degenerate and Nazi Art: Part 2. Class presentation available.

AH 112          CHAPTER TWO: Degenerate and Nazi Art

Hitler fiercely attacked modern art and art by Jews as degenerate and enforced his own aesthetic ideals upon the German people seeking to create the perfect Aryan. His regime plundered the cultural property from every occupied territory in a very systematic manner. Some of the objects were earmarked for Hitler’s never realized Führermuseum, some went to high-ranking officials, while others were utilized to fund Nazi activities.  We are relatively familiar with this chapter in WW II history.

While the Allies created special commissions to find artwork that remained unaccounted for after the war, much is still missing. And even when found, the aim of ultimately returning the works to their rightful owners, their families, or their respective countries has been circumvented.

The movie The Woman in Gold, based on a true story, concluded with a confiscated, family-owned Klimt being returned to its owner-heir after many years of legal struggle.  This was and is an uncommon occurrence in the unsettled and unsettling history of the once or still “disappeared” artworks of that period.

We will next turn to the chapter on greed.

Presenter: Jeanne S. M. Willette, Ph.D., is Professor of Art History at the prestigious Otis College of Art and Design, specializing in modern and contemporary art as well as critical theory. She is the author of the website Art History Unstuffed.

Class Presentation:

 A Battle Over Modern Art The Many Live of Bauhaus – Presentation 2

Degenerative Art and Nazi Art – A Tale of Two Cities

Developer: Rochelle Ambersound


Friday, June 2

2:00 – 4:00 PM


The Irvine Station-Onken




The Aging Mind (SC 215)

SC 215           THE AGING MIND

OLLI is very fortunate to have the support of experts from various medical fields at UCI. This program concentrates on limitations and improvements on working memory as well as the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

Monday, May 15: Working (Out) Your Memory

Working memory is an essential system that underlies the performance of virtually all complex cognitive activities. Working memory skills are crucial for our general ability to learn and acquire new knowledge, and furthermore, they are among the mental functions that decline as a function of age.  The main focus of this lab has been to understand the nature of working memory limitations, and the extent to which working memory skills can be improved with experience and training.  To do so, the presenter’s lab has developed various computer-based interventions to target working memory skills in populations across the lifespan.  Our presenter will describe this very unique lab.  Several OLLI members are participating in the program

PRESENTER: Susanne Jaeggi, Ph.D. Cognitive Psychology, Univ. Bern, Switzerland, Ph.D. Neuroscience, Univ. Bern, Switzerland, Director of Working Memory & Plasticity Lab, UCI.

Class Presentation: The Aging Mind SC 215

Tuesday, May 23: Alzheimer’s Disease: Early Intervention and New Findings

In this class we will review the risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), analyze the different stages of AD including early onset, summarize current screening/ testing/ imaging mechanisms used to diagnose AD, evaluate the advances in current and future treatment protocols, assess current clinical studies and research, and recommend resources for caregivers of AD patients.

PRESENTER: Szofia Bullain, M.D. Fellow in Geriatric Neurology and Clinical Instructor, Department of Neurology, UCI.

Class Presentation: The Aging Mind-Alzheimers


Monday May 15

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Tuesday, May 23

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon


SC 211: Exploring Our Universe. Class presentation available for viewing.

Our view of the universe will soon take a giant leap forward. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear first-hand from the scientists making history. In October 2018 the successor to the Hubble, the $8 billion James Webb Telescope, will be launched. We will learn about the mission directly from the program’s chief engineer.

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