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SPRING 2015 COURSES
Math & Sciences


Life Sciences

BUTTERFLIES: ART MEETS SCIENCE*
P01
Tuesday: 12:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m.
Instructor: Barry Marrs
Butterflies have inspired artists, philosophers and scientists alike through the ages. Come and be inspired by their beauty and behavior. Metamorphosis, mating, migration and mimicry have each been examined by arts and sciences. The class will present equal parts of awe and aha!

DELAWARE RIVER ESTUARY*
P02
Thursday: 9 a.m.–10:15 a.m.
Instructor: Paul Haefner
A study of the natural history and ecology of the Delaware River Estuary. Limited to 50 students.

MEDICAL LECTURE SERIES*
P03 [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.

MEDICAL MYTHS, PART 2*
P04
Monday: 9 a.m.–10:15 a.m.
Instructor: Stephen Toy
The objectives for this class are to create an understanding of the scientific method as applied to medicine and to identify medical misinformation permeating our current culture.

New! THE BRAIN AND ITS FRIENDS AND FOES*
P05 [Syllabus or additional course information available online.]
Thursday: 9 a.m.–10:15 a.m.
Instructor: Parry Norling
We will explore what the brain teaches us about a field of interest, topic or emotion and what that field of interest can teach us about the workings of the brain (or the mind). Topics include: music, art, addictions, beliefs, narratives, creativity, sleep, compassion and happiness.

WHAT DARWIN DIDN'T KNOW*
P06 [Syllabus or additional course information available online.]
Thursday: 9 a.m.–10:15 a.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.

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Health & Wellness

HEALTH AND WELLNESS AGING JOYFULLY*
Q01 [Syllabus or additional course information available online.]
Thursday: 10:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
Instructor: Hardy Hoegger
Like aging cars, we become more prone to breakdowns of our various systems. The felt indignity of our diminishments and overwhelming demands often lead to stress and aggravation of symptoms. Methods will be presented to help us live a fuller life even up to advanced age. Learning how to put body, soul and mind to work as a harmonious, integrated unit will make us healthier, more tolerant of stress and pain, and open our heart to all of creation. A more spiritual and joyful outlook on life will result.

GOOD GRIEF—IN ROUGH TIMES*
Q02
Thursday: 10:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
Instructors: Allen Tweddle and Debbie Dintenfass
Facing the inevitable—losing loved ones and other losses in life—is the toughest process dealt with by humanity. The thread of the course is taking a realistic view of that process. Honoring the feelings surrounding the process is the goal. All sharing is voluntary and confidential. Texts: On Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, ISBN 13:978-0-684-83938-7, 10:0-684-83938-5; After Suicide: A Ray of Hope for Those Left Behind by E. Betsy Ross, ISBN 13:978-0-7382- 0596-0, 10:0-7382-0596-6. Limited to 10 students.

HEALTH CARE FRONTIERS: AYURVEDA*
Q03
Tuesday: 2 p.m.–3:15 p.m.
Instructors: Narayan Patel and Alison Smith-Driscoll
This course will expose students to ayurveda, the oldest health care system of India. The students will learn various noninvasive diagnostics and nature-based treatments of specific diseases, e.g. cancer, diabetes, HIV and mental disorders. The course will stress scientific, multi-modality approaches and energy balances. There will be workshops and expert guest lecturers.

SCIENTIFIC PERSPECTIVES ON HEALTHY AGING*
Q04
Wednesday: 2 p.m.–3:15 p.m.
Instructor: Dennis Zanella
A prevention and wellness approach toward aging successfully. Popular health topics will be reviewed with an emphasis on evidenced based disease prevention and modification.

SOBRIETY—DEALING WITH THOSE IN YOUR LIFE*
Q05
Tuesday: 9 a.m.–10:15 a.m.
Instructor: Allen Tweddle
Discussion about dealing with issues of sobriety—alcohol and drugs. Signing up for this course is not making an admission, it is merely educational. Confidentiality is expected. Textbooks required: Under the Influence by Dr. James R. Milam and Katharine Ketcham, ISBN: 0-553-27487-2 and Beyond the Influence by Katharine Ketcham and William F. Asbury, ISBN: 0-553-38014-1. Limited to 12 students.

TAI CHI, BEGINNERS: 8-FORM**
Q06
Wednesday: 9 a.m.–10 a.m.
Instructors: Roger Thomson and Lynda Hastings
Tai chi is a slow-motion Chinese exercise that may improve balance and flexibility. The exercise consists of a set pattern of standing movements. This one semester 8-form class is an excellent introduction to learn many of the basic movements of the tai chi exercise. Daily practice outside of class is essential. Limited to 30 students.

TAI CHI, INTERMEDIATE: 12-FORM***
Q07
Wednesday: 2 p.m.–3:15 p.m.
Instructors: Thomas Marshall and David Hamilton
Tai chi is a standing, slow-motion Chinese exercise which may help improve balance and flexibility. Tai chi consists of a set form of continual flowing movements. This intermediate course teaches the basic stances and postures. Practice outside class is essential to reinforce material learned in class. Limited to 30 students.

TAI CHI: 24-FORM, PART 2***
Q08
Thursday: 2 p.m.–3 p.m.
Instructors: Roger Thomson, Lynda Hastings and Betty Ann Themal
Prerequisite: Completion of Tai Chi: 24-Form, Part 1.
This class is a continuation of the tai chi 24-form part 1 class taught in the fall. Students must have completed tai chi 24-form, part 1 to enroll in this class. Practice outside class is essential. Limited to 30 students.

TAI CHI: SEATED ON A CHAIR***
Q09
Wednesday: 10:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m.
Instructors: Betty Ann Themal and Teddi Collins
Developed especially for persons for whom the traditional standing tai chi forms are difficult or impossible. This class represents a modified version of the Yang Style 8 Form done entirely while seated. Tai chi movements are slow and relaxing while exercising many muscle groups. Limited to 20 students.

YIN YOGA: INTERMEDIATE*
Q10
Tuesday: 2 p.m.–3:15 p.m.
Instructor: Anna D'Amico
An intermediate yoga course promoting flexibility with deep stretches. All poses done on floor and held for several minutes. Poses are passive but intense. Limited to 60 students.

YOGA AND GOLF*
Q11 [Syllabus or additional course information available online.]
Friday: 12:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m.
Instructor: Steve DeMond
Become more physically and mentally prepared to improve your golf game through the practice of yoga, golf specific exercises and training drills. A series of videos will be utilized to clarify and simplify golf techniques for beginners and old pros alike. We will have a class outing or two to practice and play golf. Bring a mat or towel.

YOGA: BASIC*
Q12
Thursday: 9 a.m.–10:15 a.m.
Instructors: Lorie Tudor and Brian Hanson
Materials required: Bring a mat or towel.
Enrich your life by learning about yoga philosophy and lifestyle. Explore basic yoga postures, stretches, breath control, balances, relaxation and meditation. Those with physical disabilities are welcome and may participate in activities according to their ability. Limited to 60 students.

YOGA: BASIC*
Q13
Friday: 10:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
Instructor: Steve DeMond
Materials required: Bring a mat or towel. Same as Q12 except day and time. Limited to 60 students.

YOGA: BASIC, TAKE HOME*
Q14
Wednesday: 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Mary Pro
This course emphasizes practices to develop and improve flexibility, strength and balance of the body and to focus the mind through postures, breathing and meditation. Participants will learn practices to do at home—take home yoga. Limited to 60 students.

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Physical Sciences & Math

MILKY WAY*
R01
Wednesday: 10:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m.
Instructor: Jimmie Patton
A survey of the Milky Way—its size and composition, origin and evolution, stars and other occupants, structure and motion, and how we come to know all this.

STILL MORE EARTH'S TREASURES*
R02
Wednesday: 9 a.m.–10 a.m.
Instructor: Jimmie Patton
A continuation of the brief surveys of general interest topics from the standpoint of earth science, with special attention to recently published research. Topics will include solar radiation, winds, waves, waterfalls and waterfront real estate.

New! THE ROAD AHEAD*
R03
Wednesday: 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jimmie Patton
This course will cover climate changes and ecological impacts, both now and over the next two to three generations; the current state of climate research; intermediate and longer term changes observed and predicted; causes and consequences, with the opportunity for group discussion on personal and collective responses.

THE SCIENCE OF CYBERSECURITY*
R04
Tuesday: 10:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
Instructor: Saul Reine
Since the Internet has become an integral part of our lives there is a need to use this wonderful tool safely. The Teaching Company's Thinking about Cybersecurity: From Cyber Crime to Cyber Warfare lectures by Professor Paul Rosenzweig will be the springboard to introduce and explain how the Internet functions, problems and risks of its improper use and behaviors we must take to insure we are not victimized.

New! THE VERY BEST OF JAMES BURKE*
R05 [Syllabus or additional course information available online.]
Tuesday: 12:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m.
Instructor: John Taylor
Scientist, historian, futurist and author James Burke created and hosted the award-winning television documentary series, Connections (40 episodes), The Day the Universe Changed (10 episodes) and others. They examined the interconnecting ideas, events and coincidences that led to the technological advances of today. We will explore the very best of these documentaries. Designed for a non-scientific audience. Visit tinyurl.com/2b5mse6 for more information.

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