All courses will meet at the Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Preservation Area, primarily in the Moss Building and occasionally in the Hillcrest Community Center unless otherwise indicated.

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Tuesday courses

Spring 2019 Semester

Master Pollinator Steward Program [8 Sessions]

10:00 a.m. – Noon, Moss B 
Tuesdays: March 12, 19; April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; May 7 

Limit of 25 students.

The Master Pollinator Steward Program is an unbiased, research-based curriculum, which includes hands-on activities and classroom presentations. Pollinators — such as bees, birds, butterflies, bats and insects — play a crucial role in the production of most fruits and vegetables. They also support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils and support wildlife. Studies show that pollinator populations are in decline because of a loss of feeding and nesting habitats, pollution and the misuse of pesticides. This program trains how to protect our agricultural economy and food supply with a series of classes. A five-part series of MU publications was created for this class series. 

Instructors: James Quinn is horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. A self-described “Iowa farm boy,” he started at Iowa State University but completed his B.S. at UC Davis in plant science and his M.S. in horticulture at Purdue University. James was a greenhouse grower for nine years in Michigan. Since moving to Missouri in 1996, he’s been involved in a range of agriculture projects, including leading MU’s effort with this pollinator program. 

Travis Harper is a regional agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension. He has been a beekeeper for nearly 30 years and has taught beekeeping classes and workshops throughout Missouri. 

Kristin B. Simpson has been the collections manager for the Enns Entomology Museum at the University of Missouri for 30 years. She gives tours of the museums, puts together special displays and loves getting out and meeting the public with specialized educational opportunities. 

David Trinklein is an associate professor of plant sciences and State Floriculture Specialist at the University of Missouri. His appointment includes both teaching and extension responsibilities. He teaches courses in greenhouse management, herbaceous ornamental plants, high tunnel vegetable production, interior plants and undergraduate seminar. His extension responsibilities include greenhouse management and the Missouri Master Gardener Program. His research interests include bedding plant variety trials and high tunnel production. 

TED Talks – Watch and Discuss [8 Sessions]

10:30 a.m. – Noon, Moss A 
Tuesdays: March 12, 19; April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; May 7

You might be familiar with TEDtalks. (Technology, Entertainment and Design*) features short web-based videos on compelling topics presented by some of the best minds in the world. For each session, the group will watch the video together and then join in a discussion and dialogue led by an experienced facilitator. Come. Watch. Learn. Discuss! *TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converge, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

March 12: The Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives 

Psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the five moral values that form the basis of our political choices, whether we’re left, right or center. In this eye-opening talk, he pinpoints the moral values that liberals and conservatives tend to honor most. 

March 19: The Harm Reduction Model 

Why do we still think that drug use is a law-enforcement issue? Making drugs illegal does nothing to stop people from using them, says public health expert Mark Tyndall. So, what might work? Tyndall shares community-based research that shows how harm-reduction strategies, like safe-injection sites, are working to address the drug overdose crisis. 

Everything You Know about Addiction is Wrong 

What really causes addiction — to everything from cocaine to smartphones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do — and if there might be a better way. 

April 2: What Really Matters at the End of Life 

At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? For many, it’s simply comfort, respect, love. BJ Miller is a hospice and palliative medicine physician who thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients. This moving talk asks big questions about how we think on death and honor life. 

April 9: The Currency of the New Economy is Trust 

There’s been an explosion of collaborative consumption — web-powered sharing of cars, apartments, skills. Rachel Botsman explores the currency that makes systems like Airbnb and Taskrabbit work: trust, influence, and what she calls “reputation capital.” 

April 16: How We’ll Earn Money in a Future Without Jobs 

Machines that can think, learn and adapt are coming — and that could mean that we humans will end up with significant unemployment. What should we do about it? In a straightforward talk about a controversial idea, futurist Martin Ford makes the case for separating income from traditional work and instituting a universal basic income. 

Poverty Isn’t a Lack of Character; It’s a Lack of Cash 

“Ideas can and do change the world,” says historian Rutger Bregman, sharing his case for a provocative one: guaranteed basic income. Learn more about the idea’s 500-year history and a forgotten modern experiment where it actually worked — and imagine how much energy and talent we would unleash if we got rid of poverty once and for all. 

April 23: Battling Bad Science 

Every day there are news reports of new health advice, but how can you know if they’re right? Doctor and epidemiologist Ben Goldacre shows us, at high speed, the ways evidence can be distorted, from the blindingly obvious nutrition claims to the very subtle tricks of the pharmaceutical industry. 

Three Kinds of Biases that Shape Your World View 

What shapes our perceptions (and misperceptions) about science? In an eye-opening talk, meteorologist J. Marshall Shepherd explains how confirmation bias, the Dunning-Kruger effect and cognitive dissonance impact what we think we know — and shares ideas for how we can replace them with something much more powerful: knowledge. 

April 30: Why We Make Bad Decisions 

Dan Gilbert presents research and data from his exploration of happiness, sharing some surprising tests and experiments that you can also try on yourself. Watch through to the end for a sparkling Q&A with some familiar TED faces.

May 7: Space X’s Plan to Fly You Across the Globe 

What’s up at SpaceX? Engineer Gwynne Shotwell was employee number seven at Elon Musk’s pioneering aerospace company and is now its president. In conversation with TED curator Chris Anderson, she discusses SpaceX’s race to put people into orbit and the organization’s next big project, the BFR (ask her what it stands for). The new giant rocket is designed to take humanity to Mars — but it has another potential use: space travel for earthlings. 

Instructor: Jeanne Dzurick moved to Columbia several years ago and has been an insurance executive, financial advisor and was owner of her own business, Divorce Consultants, as a trained mediator working with attorneys and their clients to facilitate a fair and mutual agreement regarding asset division and support. Jeanne has a strong desire to share and discuss with other lifelong learners these presentations from some of the world’s greatest innovators and speakers. 

Simply for the Pleasure of It: Conversational French [8 Sessions]

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Hillcrest C 
Tuesdays: March 12, 19; April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; May 7  

Are you able to speak French enough to be chatty, at a level somewhere between intermediate and fluent? Are there two or three years of French study or its equivalent somewhere in your high school and/or college history? Reinvigorate and polish your French skills, play along with enthusiasts, strut vocabulary and gesture, and communicate with each other in a friendly, accepting setting. Speaking only French, you will read, act out and discuss passages from French literature, examine themes, imagine new endings, and generally immerse yourself in the French language. There will be a choice of oral presentations and communicative activities relating to our reading and on various other topics of interest, some purely fun, but all encouraging serious communication. We end with a French film and a French déjeuner to which we all contribute. 

Instructor: Aline Kultgen is a native French speaker who taught French in Ontario, Canada, and for the Columbia Public Schools for a total of 25 years. She has been teaching French at Osher since 2006. 

Advancements in Medicine Series, sponsored by University of Missouri Health Care [8 Sessions]

1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Moss A 
Tuesdays: March 12, 19; April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; May 7

Every day, MU Health Care physicians and researchers work hard to improve lives, find cures and advance the field of medicine. We invite you to hear from eight MU Health Care innovators who are changing the face of health care here in mid-Missouri, and beyond. At the end of each session, there will be a Q&A for participants to ask any questions and discuss what they’ve learned. MU Health Care treats patients from each county in the state. With over 600 physicians in more than 80 specialties and subspecialties, MU Health Care treats the simplest and most complex medical conditions as the region’s only academic health system. 

March 12: Tumor Detection Utilizing Blood in Lung Cancer Screenings 

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths, and while screenings of high-risk, long-term smokers can reduce death rates by 20 percent, limitations in the screenings have led to false positives and unnecessary interventions. This course will explore how the integration of blood-based biopsies into traditional lung screenings can more accurately identify lung cancer at a curable stage and better differentiate between cancerous and benign tumors. Participants will not only learn about the screenings themselves, but also discover the effects they’re having on cancer treatment and outcomes. 

Instructor: Dr. Jussuf T. Kaifi is a surgical oncologist with an expertise in robotic surgery for tumors in the chest. He is the chief of the Division for Cardiothoracic Surgery and co-director for clinical trials at MU Health Care’s Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. He has dedicated his clinical practice and translational research to improve cancer outcomes of thoracic cancers. 

March 19: Rewriting Human Evolution and Health through Fossil Evidence and Technology 

Our understanding of how humans have evolved is changing dramatically. Walking upright on two legs is the hallmark of the human lineage and has set the stage for all subsequent human innovations, including language, technology and culture. It’s also the underlying cause of many of the health concerns we face today – bad backs, foot pain, hernias and more. Stepping away from traditional studies of the ligaments, fossils from the torso have shed new light on the evolution of human body form, posture and movement. This course will explore how the application of 3D technologies, as well as recent paleontological fieldwork in Africa, are yielding new insights on how diet and environment have shaped our evolution and health. 

Instructor: Dr. Carol Ward is a Curators’ Distinguished Professor and director of anatomical sciences at the University of Missouri. Recognized internationally for her research on ape and human evolution, she currently co-directs the West Turkana Paleo Project, a non-profit organization searching for fossils of early human ancestors and their environments in Kenya. 

April 2: Trauma Systems: Preventable Death and the Lessons of War 

From Napoleon’s army to Iraq and Afghanistan, combat casualty care has significantly influenced how we care for civilian injuries. Regardless of whether it’s on the battlefield or here in rural Missouri, the key to minimizing preventable death is getting the right patient to the right place in the right amount of time. In this course, participants will gain historical perspective on the development of trauma systems across the United States, as well as learn about the impact of having a trauma center in our community. Participants will also complete the Stop the Bleed® course, a hands-on training that empowers citizens to identify and mitigate life-threatening bleeding. 

Instructor: Dr. Jeffrey Coughenour is the medical director of MU Health Care’s Frank L. Mitchell, Jr., MD, Trauma Center. His areas of expertise include trauma, general surgery and surgical critical care. 

April 9: Hyperpolarized Gas MRI 

MRI is a valuable imaging technique frequently used to view the brain, spine, joints, abdomen and pelvis. Because the lung is filled with air, it’s much harder to view with traditional MRI techniques. However, with the use of inhaled contrast agents called hyperpolarized noble gases, it’s now possible to see the airspaces of the lung with clearer views of reduced air flow and defects. This course explores how using hyperpolarized gas for MRI has created a number of ways to evaluate the structure and function of the lung to better treat those with asthma and cystic fibrosis (CF). 

Instructor: Dr. Talissa Altes is the chair of the Department of Radiology at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Dr Altes is a pediatric radiologist. She recently received a fellowship award from the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine in recognition of her research into the use of hyperpolarized gas in MRI. 

April 16: Tumor Immunology 

Recent research has shown cancer cells must learn how to evade a body’s immune defense mechanisms in order to grow and spread. While our immune system’s role is to recognize and destroy cancerous cells and tumors, we’ve recently learned the immune response against many cancers is ineffective once a tumor reaches the point of diagnosis. However, with new advancements in immunology, immune systems can potentially be reactivated to destroy tumors. In this course, participants will learn about the types of foreign markers that appear from malignant tumors, how the immune system recognizes and responds to these, how tumors evade immune systems and how immunology is being used to treat cancer. 

Instructor: Dr. Kevin Staveley-O’Carroll is the chair of the University of Missouri School of Medicine Hugh E. Stephenson Jr., MD, Department of Surgery and director of MU Health Care’s Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. He is one of the few surgeons in this country who has a fully funded research effort and one of the very select few who is funded by both the NIH and the VA. In addition to his roles in administration and research, he maintains a busy liver, pancreas and foregut surgery practice. 

April 23: The Relationship Between Nutrition and Cancer 

This course will focus on research linking certain foods and specific patterns of eating to the development and progression of cancer. Highlighting recent advances in science and clinical research, participants will gain a well-rounded perspective on the delicate approach to the balancing of quality of life with quantity of life. Participants are guaranteed to leave with practical applications and food for thought, as they navigate the endless sea of food choices. 

Instructor: Dr. Mark Hunter is the director of women’s cancer at University of Missouri Health Care’s Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. His research interests focus on the development of technologies related to the prevention, detection and treatment of cancers specific to women. 

April 30: BioJoint – An Innovative Solution to Joint Pain 

This course is designed to show that when doctors put science behind traditional surgical solutions for joint pain, they can create a whole new set of opportunities for patients. With an exploration into stories of both wear-and-tear pain and traumatic injuries, participants will learn how natural, biological solutions for joint pain, combined with medical advancements in technology, are helping redefine the way people deal with and recover from joint pain. 

Instructor: Dr. James Cook is the director of the Mizzou BioJoint® Center, director of the Thompson Laboratory for Regenerative Orthopaedics at the University of Missouri and director of the Division of Research for the Department of Orthopaedics at the Missouri Orthopaedic Insititute. His areas of expertise include orthopaedic research, regenerative medicine, sports medicine, tissue engineering and osteoarthritis. 

May 7: Merging Science and Holistic Medicine for a New Approach to Cancer Therapy 

This course will discuss discoveries in green nanotechnology and their role in providing scientific support for Ayurvedic medicine, one of the world’s oldest holistic (“whole-body”) healing systems. Most cancer drugs rely on a “one gene, one target, one disease” approach, despite the fact that cancer is a very complicated multi-target and multi-gene disease. With it becoming increasingly clear that various chemo and radiation-based treatments trigger negative impacts within the tumor microenvironment, phytomedicines used in Ayurvedic medicine are being used to target multiple molecules, creating an immune response and offering cancer patients a more effective treatment. With advancements in the production of phytochemicals, an otherwise limited resource, Nano-Ayurvedic Medicine has become a whole new strategy for treating cancer. 

Instructor: Dr. Kattesh Katti is known as the “father of green nanotechnology” and is a Curators’ Professor of Radiology and director of the Institute of Green Nanotechnology at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. He is internationally renowned as a leader in the interconnecting fields of chemistry, radiopharmaceutical sciences, nanotechnology/green nanotechnology and nanomedicine for biomedical applications, specifically for molecular imaging and therapy of living subjects. 

Four Operas Exploring Paths Into and Out of Love and Life [8 Sessions]

1:30 – 3:00 p.m., Moss B 
Tuesdays: March 12, 19; April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; May 7

Limit of 25 students.

This course will feature viewings of performances of four modern operas, composed between 1922 and 2017. The operas – Leos Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen; Samuel Barber’s Vanessa; Daniel Catan’s Il Postino; George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence – each portray characters experiencing the consequences, both negative and positive, destructive and creative, of love and desire. (Indeed – exactly which opera does not portray those experiences?) Each opera runs about two hours, so we will view each in two parts in two successive classes. This will leave time for questions and discussion, as well as for brief introductions before the viewings. 

Instructor: Thomas F. Dillingham, Ph.D., retired from the Stephens College English/Creative Writing Department in 2001, after 30 years of teaching. Subsequently, he taught at Central Methodist University, retiring in 2006 as emeritus associate professor of English. He taught a variety of literary genres and periods, and published essays and reviews on 18th Century British literature, modern and contemporary poetry, mythology and science fiction.