Courses

Hear how art (by the great masters and others) can be used to present topics in the biological sciences. Johnny El-Rady, an instructor in the Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology at USF, will draw lessons from his 25-year career teaching microbiology and genetics to 25,000 students.


Friday, June 11, 2021, Online Course
Although there are many things we do not know about black holes, there is no question about them being extreme gravitational objects. In this short series, we will explore questions such as: What are Black Holes? How do they form? Why can nothing escape their gravitational pull? Should we be afraid of these gravitational monsters? Join our guided tour of some of the most interesting and mysterious objects in the Universe.


August 2-16, 2021, Online Course
Learn about the many types of butterflies in our area. We'll talk about the butterfly life cycle, identify butterfly life stages, and describe good plant choices for creating a butterfly habitat. When you plant a butterfly habitat, you will be guaranteed not only a visit to your garden but possibly permanent residency by these beautiful creatures. Nicole Pinson is the Urban Horticulture Extension Agent and Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator with the UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County.


Friday, May 21, 2021, Online Course
How can we combat COVID-19 and what are the ways to limit future pandemics? What constitutes a pandemic? Where are we headed with the current pandemic? We will investigate the nature of coronaviruses, identify how they cause common colds and why certain strains cause severe acute respiratory syndromes (SARS).


June 17-24, 2021, Online Course
The National Institute on Aging warns that millions of older Americans have prediabetes - blood sugar levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. There are no clear symptoms of prediabetes, so how do you know whether you have it? Be proactive! Join this class to learn preventative measures you can take to reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.


May 21-28, 2021, Online Course
What major developments make medical advances possible? In this lecture series, we'll take a look at medicine and surgery from the earliest civilizations of Sumeria and Egypt to the rational approach to medicine taken by the Greeks: learn how this heritage helped the Romans maintain formidable armies. Explore the elements foundational to the development of modern medical practice: the medicine of Islam and of the Middle Ages up to the Age of Discovery in the Renaissance.


June 14, 2021 to July 5, 2021, Online Course
Many biological treasures wash up on Florida's beaches. Learn how to identify and classify common seashells, egg cases and exoskeletons. Expand your understanding of the diversity of life on and beneath our sands.


June 10-17, 2021, Online Course
Tampa Bay is an amazing place to explore by land and by sea! We'll venture from the hardwood forests to the Gulf Stream waters, covering a multitude of habitats found in between. We'll cover key characteristics of each habitat, learn which animals call them home, and discover new local habitats to visit.


May 13-20, 2021, Online Course
When new drugs come on the market, we see advertisements that tell us to "Ask your doctor whether you are right for ..." The process that brings a product from an idea to a prescription designed to meet your medical need is long and highly regulated. We'll explore a little of the history and process of pharmaceutical research and discuss current events related to clinical trials.


July 12-19, 2021, Online Course
How does your body interact with microorganisms or cancer and other types of inflammation when fighting disease? How can microbes suppress your immune system or cause it to overreact? Take a tour in this visual introduction which uses slides, lecture and discussion. Meet your immune system.


July 13, 2021 to August 3, 2021, Online Course
Experts will introduce class members via Zoom lectures to significant and interesting topics on the natural resources of Hillsborough County, highlighting aspects that are special and unique to the region. Birds, habitats, geology, wildlife, native plants, and other topics will be presented in clear, easily understood and engaging fashions, using photographs and stories to depict the natural environment of the region. Field trips to natural areas may be included as part of the class experience if possible by the late spring and summer.


May 11, 2021 to June 29, 2021, Online Course
Scientific advances effect social change. Those changes in society then impact further scientific advances. Assess the significant impact of the birth control pill on society and on family. What are the dramatic scientific changes in response to societal change? Where do we go from here?


May 20-27, 2021, Online Course
Do you remember Star Trek? We marveled at its optimistic vision and futuristic technology. In the decades following its launch in 1966, which Star Trek "gadgets" or processes became a reality? Let's trek where no one has gone before and explore the strange new worlds of transporters, replicators, PADDs, time travel, warp drive and artificial intelligence and see how much remains science fiction.


June 8-29, 2021, Online Course
As we age, we may face health challenges. Some of us are dealing with debilitating diseases. What is the difference between normal aging and disease? What behavioral and nutritional changes can we make to help us improve our health and well-being? Can these changes reverse some medical conditions? Join us in our exploration of health issues and lifestyle choices.


June 11-25, 2021, Online Course
Take a journey through the history and science of the early atomic age from Dalton's theory that all matter is composed of atoms to the development of the atomic bomb and the decision to drop it on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In this series of four lectures we'll review the scientists and spies involved in The Manhattan Project then consider the science behind the more sophisticated, and potentially far more destructive, Hydrogen bomb.


May 1, 2021 to August 1, 2021, Recorded Course
Groundbreaking advances in the study of anatomy, physiology and chemistry led to monumental developments in medicine and surgery. They also changed the way humanity came to view nature. In this lecture series, gain an historical perspective of medicine and surgery from the Renaissance onward. Investigate the dramatic changes from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th. We will focus on specific medical breakthroughs and the individuals responsible for shaping the world of modern medicine.


July 19, 2021 to August 9, 2021, Online Course
Vaccines eradicated smallpox. They have prevented billions of cases of diseases and deaths globally. How are vaccines created? What do they do to boost your immune system and protect you from disease? What vaccinations do you need? Who should be vaccinated and at what age? We'll explore the history of vaccine development and take a look at the current SARS-CoV-2 vaccines. Finally, we'll examine some disastrous results of anti-vaccination campaigns.


July 22-29, 2021, Online Course
HIV, Herpes, Influenza, Ebola, West Nile Fever, Dengue and infections endemic to Florida - all are viruses. What is it about their structure that leads us to label them this way? How do they interact with the body to cause disease? How does the human body combat viruses? How can we use what we have learned to get viruses to work for us? Enlarge your understanding and dispel a few myths.


May 18, 2021 to June 8, 2021, Online Course