Science & Nature


Over the last 100 years, the process of dying has evolved from an event commonly occurring at home to one that mostly occurs in the sterility of an institution. Learn what you can do to die according to your wishes and what rights you have relative to physician-assisted death. Explore the impact of palliative care and hospice on the end of life, and look at the spiritual aspects from the point of view of patient and family.

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Aging in place, at home, is how most of us would prefer to live out our days. Learn about emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, voice-activated devices and telemedicine, which hold great promise to improve the aging experience and to keep you in your home for as long as possible. Learn how to discern quality service and value in this marketplace. Explore the tools and insights you need to make informed choices for you, your caregivers and your loved ones.
Those little green peas on your dinner plate? They were key to understanding genetics. A chain of fascinating discoveries and rediscoveries form the basis for the discovery of DNA, and the modern science of Genomics. Examine the impact of the Human Genome Project and how it has affected evolution and even human migration. Explore the role of Genomics in revolutionizing medicine and witness the ways in which science now approaches human health, behavior and disease.
Become a more informed traveler as well as a better citizen in this overview of the geology of different areas of the United States. Learn about glaciers, springs and wells, earthquakes, hot spots, mountain making, volcanism, sedimentation and other geological processes. We'll discuss travel planning and what to bring to make your travels more rewarding so you can better appreciate the geological features you'll find along the way.
Learn about accepted, nonpolitical scientific information regarding the relationship of fossil fuel energy utilization to greenhouse gas formation and by association, to global warming. We will examine and challenge the facts, the data and the models, enabling you to arrive at your own conclusions about global warming and climate change. You will also be able to confidently engage in social discussion on the topic. No scientific or technical background is assumed or required.
Learn the best tools and resources needed to help identify birds and what field marks to look for when identifying birds. We will spend three classes in the field practicing our newly learned skills and using those tools. Finally, we will spend our last class at one of the top birding spots in Florida--Fort De Soto--looking for seasonal migrants. We also will learn about "citizen science" projects and conservation issues regarding Florida birds. Note: class meetings are at varied locations and may require long walks. Field trips may be an hour's drive: expect class meetings will run into the afternoons.
Discover the more than 1000 animals at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, their habits and habitats. Experienced guides will lead you through unique areas of the zoo each week, including Safari Africa, Asian Gardens and the Lykes Florida Wildlife Center. Explore ways to preserve and protect endangered species and environments in the zoo and in the wild. You will be standing and walking for up to two hours. Zoo pass ($34.95) or membership required.

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Learn about the three types of DNA testing used in genetic genealogy research and how the results can be used to determine recent family lineage and historic migrations of the human race. We'll discuss case studies and an overview of the National Geographic Genographic Project and world population haplogroups. You are encouraged to bring your DNA test results sheets to class, including haplogroup assignments and marker values.

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