New! ASPECTS OF BEING HUMAN:
P01 [Syllabus or additional course information available online.]
Tuesday: 12:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m.
Instructor: John Taylor
Human beings are distinctive from all other animals on our planet. An important, but not entirely unique, characteristic is our relationships with each other. This course will explore those relationships, both good and evil, as well as the underlying psychology behind them. Designed for a nonscientific audience. Visit tinyurl.com/ 2b5mse6 for more information. (2014)
New! CHEMICAL BASIS OF LIFE*
P02 [Syllabus or additional course information available online.]
Wednesday: 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Howard Hoffman
A half century of research, from fruit flies to stem cells, has shown life can best be understood as a chemical model. This course covers significant steps forward in revealing the nature and origins of life. Science background not required. (2051)
New! ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES*
P03 [Syllabus or additional course information available online.]
Monday: 9 a.m.–10:15 a.m.
Instructor: Pam Meitner
This class presents 13 unique lectures dealing with a variety of environmental issues presented by professors from the University of Delaware, the Delaware Environmental Institute, local agencies and organizations. The topics range from media impact on cancer clusters in Delaware, to the development of national environmental organizations. All new lectures. (1373)
Wednesday: 9 a.m.–10 a.m.
Instructor: Nancy Frederick
An introduction to the multitude of invertebrates—many-celled animals without backbones. Their strange anatomies, defense/attack mechanisms, habitats, feeding and reproductive strategies are discussed. This course is designed for those who cannot remember a thing about high school biology! Limited to 55 students. (370)
MEDICAL LECTURE SERIES*
P05 [Syllabus or additional course information available online.]
Tuesday: 9 a.m.–10:15 a.m.
Instructors: Robert Brereton, Richard Morgan and Charles Depfer
Physicians and other health care providers, primarily from Delaware, address the latest practices in their areas of expertise. (266)
New! NANOTECHNOLOGY, THE SCIENCE OF
P06 [Syllabus or additional course information available online.]
Thursday: 10:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
Instructor: Saul Reine
Based on The Teaching Company's course Nanotechnology: The New Science of Small. Beginning with lectures by Shana Kelley, Ted Sargent and Richard Feynman, the series includes lectures dealing with the application of nanotechnology in the fields of medicine, communications and engineering. (2046)
WHAT DARWIN DIDN'T KNOW*
P07 [Syllabus or additional course information available online.]
Monday: 12:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m.
Instructor: Harry Dillner
Explore the extensive biochemical, anatomical, embryological and fossil evidence that supports Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. Learn how evolution informs us about ourselves and the world around us and how it provides solutions to many medical, environmental and agricultural issues. (1920)
NEW SCIENCE SURVEY: BIG BANG TO THE
R01 [Syllabus or additional course information available online.]
Thursday: 9 a.m.–10:15 a.m.
Instructor: Ed Flexman
Explore through pictures, diagrams and video clips the progression from the formation of the Earth through the evolution of species to the development of civilized Homo sapiens. A science background is not necessary to visualize how fascinating new understandings in all fields of science explain phenomenological interactions over 14 billion years. (641)
THIS CRAZY WEATHER*
Tuesday: 10:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
Instructor: Bob Faatz
Weather is influenced by many forces that interact with one another to produce an infinite variety of conditions. This course will examine such influences and work to increase our understanding of their impact on our daily lives. Resources include excerpts from the Teaching Company, YouTube, guest presenters, lecture and class discussion. Limited to 25 students. (1750)
New! TOPICS IN MATHEMATICS*
Tuesday: 10:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
Instructor: Barbara Hart
Come and hear short presentations given by class members about their interest in different areas of mathematics followed by discussion. Members are welcome to share their own interests or just learn about new areas in mathematics. Examples of topics include Fibonacci numbers, cryptography, chaos theory and Pascal's triangle. (2041)