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Current Course Schedule - Winter/Spring 2019

Fermentation: An Introduction

Professor Karen Snetselaar
6 Tuesdays, January 22 - February 26, 2019, 6:30 - 7:30 PM. Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, 100 N. 20th St. (20th and Arch Sts.).
This course will explore the biology behind one of the oldest ways that humans process and preserve foods: fermentation. It will look at food products from all over the world, providing an overview of the diverse and widespread nature of fermentation. The focus will be on common themes: the microbes that are used and how they are managed to produce safe fermented foods.
This course requires preregistration. Pre-registration begins on December 3, 2018.
Register online here or call 215-763-6529 x23
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Stimulating Molecules: The Biochemistry of Euphoria

Professor Joseph B. Rucker
6 Wednesdays, January 23 – February 27, 2019, 6:15 - 7:30 PM. Independence Branch of the Free Library, 18 S. 7th Street (between Market and Chestnut).
This course will offer a biochemist’s view of how common substances that we eat, drink and smoke work and what they tell us about how the human nervous system functions. Each week will focus on a different substance, such as caffeine or nicotine, and look at where it comes from and how it acts at the molecular and cellular level.
No preregistration necessary. Register by completing a form at the class.

 

Environmental Geology: Humans and the Earth

Professor Jason Downs
8 Saturdays, January 26 - March 16, 2019, 10:30 AM to Noon. City Institute Branch of the Free Library, 1905 Locust Street (west side of Rittenhouse Square).
This course will introduce environmental geology—the study of the interaction between humans and their geological environments. It will focus on topics in geology that are most relevant to the human experience, including geological impacts on human health, economics and culture, as well as human impacts on other organisms, natural resources, and climate.
This course requires preregistration. Pre-registration begins on December 3, 2018.
Register
online here or call 215-763-6529 x23.

 

Recycling Realities

Professor Kevin Cannon

6 Mondays, March 4 - April 8, 2019, 6:30 - 7:45 PM. Falls of the Schuylkill Branch of the Free Library, 3501 Midvale Ave (at Warden Drive).
This course will survey current recycling technologies and policies. In addition to addressing the recycling of glass, paper products, food wastes, and traditional common metals, special attention will be given to plastics and technology metals recycling.

No preregistration necessary. Register by completing a form at the class.

 

Extreme Plants: Radical Adaptations in the Vegetable Kingdom

Professor Jordan Teisher
6 Tuesdays, March 26 – April 30, 2019, 6:30 - 7:30 PM. Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, 100 N. 20th St. (20th and Arch Sts.).

This course will examine some of the most dramatic examples of plant adaptations, including carnivory, parasitism, mimicry, and drought tolerance. By exploring the biology underlying these extreme evolutionary innovations, students will gain an understanding of the basic challenges facing all plants and a greater appreciation for the diversity and ingenuity of plant form and function.
This course requires preregistration. Pre-registration begins on December 3, 2018.
Register online here or call 215-763-6529 x23.

 

Genetic Engineering and Its Impact on Society

Professor Mary Beth Davis
6 Wednesdays, April 3 – May 8, 2019, 6:15 - 7:30 PM. Independence Branch of the Free Library, 18 S. 7th St. (between Market and Chestnut).

The Human Genome Project was completed in 2003. This course will look at some of the discoveries from human genome research, especially rapid, low-cost DNA-sequencing, and examine the ethical, legal and social implications of emerging technologies in genetic engineering.

No preregistration necessary. Register by completing a form at the class.

Past Courses

Entomological Musings: The Wondrous World of Insects

Professor Greg Cowper

6 Mondays, September 24 to November 5, 2018 (no class on October 8 -- Columbus Day), 6:15 - 7:45 PM. Fishtown Community Branch of the Free Library, 1217 E. Montgomery Ave (just north of Girard Ave.)

This new course will introduce Entomology, the study of insects, and discuss specific Insect Orders, ranging from Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) to Siphonaptera (fleas). Students will learn about the evolution of insect groups across, geologic time, classification, morphology, diversity and behavior.

No pre-registration necessary.  Register by completing a registration form at the class.

A History of Cartography: From Antiquity to Longitude

Professor Darin Hayton

6 Wednesdays, September 26 - November 7, 2018, 6:15 - 7:45 PM. Independence Branch of the Free Library, 18th S. 7th St. (between Market and Chestnut)

The class will look at some of the narrative, political and religious aspects of maps. It will also work through the often sophisticated mathematics and geographic knowledge that undergirded cartographic projects from antiquity through the 18th century, when people finally solved the longitude problem.

No pre-registration necessary.  Register by completing a registration form at the class.

 

Wild City Plants - Field Course

Professor Alfred E. Schuyler

First class: Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 6:30 - 7:45 PM at Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, 100 N. 20th St. Philadelphia

Five field classes, October 6 - November 3, 10 AM - 1 PM in various locations around Philadelphia, all accessible via public transportation

This field class will take five Saturday walks to different sites in Philadelphia. The primary focus will be on the remarkable diversity of plants that grow wild in urban habitats such as vacant lots, sidewalk cracks, railroad corridors, yards, and parks. We will use field guides to identify the plants and discuss their ecological importance.

This course requires pre-registration and is limited to 25 students. Pre-registration opens Monday, September 17. Pre-register online or by calling 215-763-6529 x23.

 

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