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 214: Topics in Medicine


Four topics will be covered in this class including; Hypertension, Heart Failure, Antibiotic Resistance, and PTSD. UC Irvine Medical Center continues to support OLLI with several offerings this semester, including: Topics in Genetics, Topics on the Aging Mind, and this class, Topics in Medicine. Don’t miss our other medical related lectures this semester.

 Tuesday, May 9: The Current Hype on Hypertension

Dr. Wong will assess the importance of early diagnosis and intensive management options, recommend individualized pharmacological treatments and lifestyle changes, review the risk factors associated with cardiovascular, stroke and kidney failure, and examine the strategies to enhance patient treatment adherence.

Presenter: Nathan Wong, Ph.D. Professor and Director, Heart Disease Prevention Program, Division of Cardiology, UC Irvine.

Class Presentation: Current Hype on Hypertension May 2017

Tuesday, May 16: Heart Failure Diagnostic and Management

Ms. DeMichelis will define heart failure, describe expected clinical assessment findings for patients with heart failure, describe the nonpharmacological therapies for management of heart failure, and define expected outcomes for therapeutic management of patients with heart failure.

Presenter: Nathalie DeMichelis, RN, Cardiovascular Program Manager, UC Irvine Medical Center

Class Presentation:  Heart Failure 5-16-17

Tuesday, June 6: Antibiotic Resistance

It has become increasingly difficult to effectively treat infections as bacteria have evolved to become more resistant to available antibiotics. We will talk about some of the strategies being used to delay more widespread evolution of antibiotic resistance.

Presenter: Jerry Florman, Pharmacist.


Tuesday, June 6: PTSD

Although PTSD is a relatively new concept, societal and the medical community’s opinion of the causes and effects of trauma have evolved greatly. Historical and current treatment overview of PTSD will be presented.

Presenter: Yves Newmen, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist

Class Presentation: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Developer: Marj Besemer


Tuesdays, May 9 and 16, and June 6

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon


The Irvine Station-Onken



Applying the science of genetics to the care and treatment of older adults promises to revolutionize our quality of life and extend the human lifespan. This class will explore how genetics is connected to the aging process and how genetics-fueled precision medicine is beginning to be used prior to treatment, to reduce mortality and improve patient outcomes. This class will arm you with knowledge about a new set of tools, possibly leading to a better dialog with your everyday and critical care health providers.

Tuesday, April 25: New Frontiers in Genetics and Precision Medicine

Hosted by leaders from one of America’s fastest growing private biotechnology companies, this discussion will highlight the link between genetics and individualized care. By evaluating genetic variations along with clinical data, the speakers will provide insights about how a deeper understanding of individual characteristics is leading to better patient outcomes. In this discussion, attendees will get an inside perspective about how precision medicine is changing the lives of people across the country.

Presenters: Kirt Pfaff, Vice President of Commercial Operations, PROOVE, Brian Meshkin, Founder and CEO, PROOVE, May Hafez, MD, Manager Of Clinical Operations and Science Liaison, PROOVE.

Tuesday, May 2: The Place of Genetics in Aging

  • Gene environment interactions and aging.
  • Changes in genes and gene expression with aging
  • Connections between rare genetic disorders and age-related brain disorders.

Presenter: Moyra Smith, Ph.D. University College, London;  MD, University of Pretoria, South Africa; Professor Emeritus, Department of Pediatrics, UCI.

Class Presentation: Genetic Factors in Aging Version 2

The following are the books/authors Dr. Smith referenced in the class:

  • Lewis Thomas who has written several books with interesting essays.
  • Sherwin Nuland who wrote several books including, “The Art of Aging.”
  • Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (Jan 10, 1995) by Stephen L. Wolfe
  • Introduction to Cell Biology (1st Edition) by John K Young

Class Video Lecture:

Developers: Yves Newmen and Marj Besemer


Tuesday, April 25

2:00 – 4:00 PM

Tuesday, May 2

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Topics in Science (SC 210). Class presentation available for viewing.

Click here to view the presentation from the April 17 class meeting: SC 210 TOPICS IN SCIENCE Tajima


From the perspective of physics professors and engineers, we will explore two very different topics that are of interest to inquiring minds: How religion and science can coexist, and the future of fusion energy. In our fusion class, we will learn about work being done in Orange County towards making virtually unlimited energy a reality.

Monday, April 10: Science and Religion

Science and religion are often viewed as pursuits that are in conflict with each other. But, at their heart, both are about asking deep questions into the nature of reality. In this presentation, we explore the big questions around reality, such as creation and the nature of free will, and present how approaches from science and faith intersect on these challenging issues.

Presenter: Professor Michael Dennin,

Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, and Dean, Division of Undergraduate Education, UCI.

Monday, April 17: Approaches to Nuclear Fusion

Lecture 1: Nuclear Fusion Energy:

What is nuclear fusion and why the interest? Various routes to fusion: magnetic confinement, colliding beams, and inertial confinement.  What are the differences and who is involved?  What is the historical perspective?

Presenter: Martin Cooper, Ph.D., former Senior Technical Advisor, Department of Energy, including the Fusion Energy Division, and OLLI STEM committee member.

Lecture 2: Fusion with a Particle Accelerator:

UCI has been at the forefront of integrating the concept of fusion with a particle accelerator. This technology can produce an entity more stable with higher energy than just hot plasma.


Toshi Tajima, Professor (see the presentation above)

Norman Rostoker Chair

Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCI, and Chief Science Officer, Tri-Alpha Energy


Dennis Silverman


Mondays, April 10 and 17

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon


The Irvine Station-Onken






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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