Science, Research & Technology

Upcoming Courses


Uncover the backstory to the birth of Artificial Intelligence intersecting with visual art. From the middle of the 20th century, electronic compositions paved the way for artists, engineers, and technologists to lay the foundations upon which today's visual worlds seemingly construct themselves. Peer past the threshold of tomorrow as we enter an era promising to augment human capabilities, yet posing ethical and philosophical questions that interweave the past with the dawn of a new age.

Tuesday, Aug 13, Synchronous Online
Due to illness, the instructor has cancelled for this semester. Have you found some of your ancestors, collected information, started a family tree... and want to do more? This class will help you make sense of what you have, expand your research skills, learn to use more advanced tools and techniques, and broaden your knowledge of genealogical resources. The goal is to build on what you have already done and add to the depth and breadth of your family history.

Mondays and Thursdays, 7/8, 11, 15, 18, TBD - UR Campus
Due to illness, the instructor has cancelled for this semester. Have you ever wanted to trace your family history, but didn't know how to begin, or became overwhelmed when you did? Then, this class is for you. Learn how to set goals and stay organized; use basic research tools, techniques, and reliable sources; and ways to ensure you have the facts. The goal is to give you skills and resources to begin discovering your ancestors and their true stories.

Mondays and Thursdays, June 10, 13, 17, 20, TBD - UR Campus
The Osher Institute at Dartmouth College is offering its summer lecture series via livestream to Osher colleagues across the nation. This year's theme is America's Role in Preserving Peace and Prosperity. Lecture three is 'Climate Change - Its Impact on Prosperity.' We will add a more detailed description when it's available.

Wednesday, July 24, Synchronous Online
Explore the anatomy and physiology of the eyes and brain, optical illusions, shadows and light, forms and space, artists' tricks, the magic of color, and things 'seen' that aren't real, things 'unseen' that are!

Tuesdays, July 30 and Aug 6, TBD - UR Campus (1 seats (1%) remaining)
As women move through stages of life from pregnancy and childbirth to menopause and beyond, their bladders and pelvic floors often go through changes as well. It's quite common to experience bladder leakage and pelvic floor discomfort due to these changes. In fact, it happens to one in three women. But just because these are common issues does not mean a woman should have to 'just live with them.'

Wednesday, Aug 14, Synchronous Online
For centuries, we've known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to optimize our physical and cognitive health as we age. Join this course to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

Monday, June 17, Synchronous Online
FIELD TRIP to the VA Museum of History and Culture: Julia Child's insatiable curiosity and tenacious spirit drove her to endlessly try, test, prove and communicate how to make delicious food. Learning to cook empowered Julia and she in turn empowered others, profoundly transforming American cuisine and food culture. Julia Child: A Recipe for Life explores the key ingredients that led to Julia's personal evolution and America's culinary revolution. Offered twice: please register for only one session.

Friday, Aug 9, Virginia Museum of History and Culture ( No seats currently available )
FIELD TRIP There are so many wines in the world that we will never try them all: but sometimes it is good to get off the beaten path and try new and lesser-known things. Join us as we explore wine regions and wine varietals that are often less popular, but still produce delicious wines and often great values. Fees are non-refundable unless we are able to fill the slot.

Thursday, Aug 15, The Kitchen Classroom
Delve into the world of bugs, creepy crawlies, and anything without a backbone. Bugs are interesting, not gross (OK, maybe a little), and understanding their outlook on life can change how we perceive the world. Based on biological principles, we will explore these animals in our lives, society, homes, and even our bodies.

Mondays; 7/08, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/05, 8/12, Synchronous Online (4 seats (27%) remaining)
The automobile has shaped the way we conduct modern life - from the way we eat our meals down to the songs we sing. It is endlessly fascinating to learn where we have come from and where we are going on our automotive journey. This course will make relevant the impact of the automobile on our everyday lives so even those who do not tout the title of "gearhead" may enjoy the experience and walk away with more knowledge and insight into our world than they had before.

Saturdays; 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/03, 8/10, 8/17, Synchronous Online
The women included in this course were practitioners of psychoanalysis and wrote extensively about their work. These women have been selected because of the significance of their thought for psychoanalytic practice. We will articulate what is different about the contributions of women to psychoanalytic theory. And we will concentrate on women who were considered important: Karen Horney, Melanie Klein, Anna Freud, Ana Maria Rizzuto and others.

Tuesdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30, Aug 6, 13, Synchronous Online
Scientific understanding of the human gut has changed radically, revealing that microbes may be powerful allies in our search for health. Does our modern way of living damage these helpful bacteria? Are diet changes or probiotics helpful? This course will focus on a few recent developments in microbiome science, and refer to research studies that may help us protect our own microbiomes and well-being.

Tuesdays, June 18 and 25, Special Programs Building, Classroom 156 ( No seats currently available )
The UR Computer/Technology Help Desk is available to Osher members, but do you really know what services it provides? Join this session to find out how to take full advantage of this great benefit of Osher membership.

Monday, Aug 12, Synchronous Online
Join Heilman Dining Center staff for a tour beyond what you normally see when dining in 'D-hall'. Learn what it takes to run this award-winning facility, from purchasing, menu planning, and safety practices, to technology, staffing, and sustainability efforts. Come away with an appreciation for how it operates and fuels our Spider community.

Wednesday, 6/26, HDC, Westhampton Room 115 ( No seats currently available )
Friday, July 26, HDC, Westhampton Room 115 ( No seats currently available )
Everyone has possessions they want to make sure are preserved for the next generation. Learn how conservators can help you make your treasures last. What makes a person a conservator? What makes a conservator different from a restorer? How can you find a conservator you can trust? This lecture will help you learn more about conservators and what to expect when you work with one.

Friday, 7/12, TBD - UR Campus