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Spring 2018 Rock Springs

Western Wyoming Community College
Room 3650 | Rock Springs, WY
April 14, 2018 | 8:30 AM

Doors open at 8:00 AM for coffee and donuts.

8:30 AM UFOs, Psychics, and other Weird Stuff: What to Make of it, Rationally.
Dr. Franz-Peter Griesmaier, Associate Professor of Philosophy, UW

We have all encountered claims about extraordinary phenomena—about UFOs allegedly visiting Earth, about psychics being in touch with the spirits of the dead, and don’t forget about Bigfoot, homeopathic remedies, and iridology. How should we react to such claims? Join us in exploring rational ways of evaluating the evidence supporting extraordinary claims, and, for that matter, ordinary claims.

9:45 AM The Martyr for Freedom: Abraham Lincoln as National Hero
Dr. Mark Neels, Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Western Wyoming Community College

In a recent poll, Americans deemed Abraham Lincoln the greatest president in United States history. A person living during the Civil War, however, might have been surprised by this! Dr. Mark A. Neels discusses how much of Lincoln’s greatness was posthumously realized. Lincoln’s contemporaries did not perceive his farsighted in his vision for America, but that vision helped shape the country. Indeed, the nation we inhabit is very much Lincoln’s creation. Is it any surprise then that he has supplanted founding fathers like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to become America’s great national hero?

11:00 AM Genomic Testing: Good for Humans, Good for Wildlife
Dr. Holly Ernest, Wyoming Excellence Chair, Professor of Veterinary Sciences, University of Wyoming

As more people benefit from having their genes tested, it should not surprise us that wildlife have genomic testing services too. Genetic diversity is key to the long-term survival of a healthy population of any animal species. This is most true for those at risk of decline, like Bighorn Sheep, Great Gray Owls, Hummingbirds, and Sea Otters. Professor Ernest and her lab study these populations to work out their genomes and family trees, which in turn help wildlife and land managers evaluate ways to assist in their long-term survival.

Saturday University in Rock Springs is sponsored by the University of Wyoming, the Wyoming Humanities Council, and Western Wyoming College.

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