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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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SC 209: GEOLOGY OF NATIONAL PARKS: Part 2. Western Mountains, Colorado Plateau. Class presentation(s) available.

Join us for the second of a multi-semester series of classes addressing the geology of the National Parks (NPs), focusing this semester on the remainder of the Western Mountain group, and portions of the Colorado Plateau not previously covered in recent geology classes.

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, led by members of the OLLI STEM Committee.

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SC 206: The Impacts of Climate Change. Part 3 – Extreme Events. Class presentations available.

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 third in a series of classes on the impacts that a changing climate is driving. During this semester’s sessions we will focus on extreme events.  Specific research assessments for mega-storms, increased large storm frequency, flooding, drought, wildfires, cold and heat waves, erosion and mudslides and infrastructure impact will be addressed.

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SC 205: Big Data. Class presentation available.

It is estimated that 90 percent of all the world’s data has been generated in the last two years. This data can be either used or abused. In this course, we will discover how we can extract useful information from this digital fire-hose. The term Big Data describes the tasks of storing, processing, and analyzing extremely large amounts of data previously unavailable, ignored, or unable to be processed by older technologies.  Big Data is distinguished not only by its huge volume, but also by the concurrent presence of disparate data types and much faster data capture rates.  We will review how Big Data is collected, stored, analyzed and searched, and explore its implications in fields ranging from manufacturing to Constitutional rights and national security.

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SC 204 – The Internet of Things. Class presentation available.

By 2020, it is expected that 30 billion devices will be connected to each other through the Internet. That’s an average of five connected devices for every person on the planet. Your body will be monitored 24/7; advertisers and the government will know exactly where you are every second of the day. This “Internet of Things” or “IoT” is happening now and will transform your life as our devices become truly “smart.”

First, we will hear about commercial applications from Lantronix, a local company pioneering in early IoT. Then we will visit researchers at UCI’s California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). For the past decade, Calit2 has been developing IoT applications to improve our lives.

Wednesday, March 1: Lantronix: An IoT Real Life Application
Presenter: Daryl Miller, VP of Engineering, Lantronix

Class Presentation: UCI2017-IOT-NoVideos

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SC 201 THE WORLD, ITS RESOURCES AND HUMANKIND: Part 2. Class presentations available.

The world’s natural resources are necessary for human life and the development of civilization. The location of these resources has always fashioned our history and dictated the economics of the time, which cast the politics that color our way of life. Understanding this helps explain what happened in the past and our world today.


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SC 211: The Human Microbiome: Friends and Foes. Class presentation available.

The human microbiome refers to the vast diversity of bacteria and other microorganisms (including the chemicals they produce) residing within and on the surfaces of every person.  The population of microorganisms in one person’s microbiome is at least ten times greater than the number of cells constituting the average human body.  How does this vast collection of tiny cells impact our lives as humans?  How do these populations change with time, our diet, medications, and other environmental situations?  What in the world is a fecal transplant?  And what is another meaning for gut check?   Many scientists postulate a strong relationship between the types of microorganisms in our bodies and the development of obesity, diabetes, autism, and premature birth.  This course will describe the nature of the human microbiome and update recent research findings.


Barbara Pogosian, MS, Microbiology, CSULB, California certified Public Health Microbiologist, retired Professor of Biology, Golden West College.

 Vern Roohk, Ph.D., Physiology and Biochemistry, University of California, Davis. He is a biomedical device consultant, a technical author and an OLLI STEM Committee Member.

Class Presentations:

December 12: Human Microbiome

December 19: Human Microbiome-Part 2


Mondays, December 12 and 19

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon


The Irvine Station-Onken


Topics in Science (SC 208): Class presentations available.

SC 208                       TOPICS IN SCIENCE

This class is a collection of presentations on science topics that are of interest to the general public. It is presented in plain English for all to understand.

Tuesday, December 6, (10–11 AM): The Meaning of Gravitational Waves.

Detecting gravitational waves is a new astronomy, which will reveal amazing events like merging black holes. It also tests Einstein’s Theory of Gravity in the super-strong gravity region, where space warping becomes its own source of gravity. Educational videos will be used to illustrate gravity waves, detectors, and wave sources.

Tuesday, December 6 (11 AM–12 PM): How We Elected Our New President – the Math of the Primaries. We will review the math behind the Republican and Democratic primaries, and how they differ.  How is the fact that we are a Republic of States and not a democracy reflected in our primaries and our general election?  The discussion is based on the math of the primaries from the blog, http://sites.uci.edu/Energyobserver/.  The caucuses will be contrasted with our state primaries.  We will also discuss the Citizen United ruling.

Presenter: Dennis Silverman, Ph.D., Retired UCI Physics Professor and OLLI STEM Committee Member

Class Presentation: The Math Inside the Election of 2016

Tuesday, December 13: Autonomous Vehicles aka Self-Driving Cars.

The future of self-driving vehicles is almost here! When can we expect to stop driving and instead enjoy the benefits of self-driving cars? This two-hour introduction will describe ongoing efforts to create autonomous vehicles, including progress-to-date and how these future accident-free automobiles will work.  Topics will include the components required to see and sense the road ahead and react to changing road conditions, and the huge burden to make the software responsive to a wide-range of driving situations. A number of concerns related to privacy, responsibility, and regulatory acceptance will also be discussed.

Presenter: Martin Cooper, Ph.D.,

Consultant, research and development management and commercialization of industrial technologies.  Dr. Cooper has presented several courses for OLLI.

Class Presentation: Autonomous Cars


Marc Nussbaum, Martin Cooper, Fred Pelliciotti


Tuesdays, December 6 and 13

10:00 AM – 12 Noon


The Irvine Station-Onken

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