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Fall Term 2011 - Jackson

Fall Term 2011

Go back to college for a day – minus the tests, stress and homework – with three professors from Gillette College and the University of Wyoming who will enlighten and entertain with lectures during Saturday University: The Free One-Day college education.

Attend one, two or all three Saturday University lectures, at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson. There is no pre-registration necessary and the lectures are free and open to the public.  The day wraps up with a lunch and conversation as the professors explore links among their topics.

Saturday University is a collaborative program connecting popular UW professors with Wyoming residents who have a desire to learn.  Saturday University is sponsored by the University of Wyoming, University of Wyoming Foundation and the Wyoming Humanities Council. The program is presented locally by Central Wyoming College, National Museum of Wildlife Art and Teton County Library Foundation.

From Big Bang to Big Mac: Stable Isotopes and the Fabric of the World
Carlos Martínez del Rio, Professor, Department of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming

Carlos Martinez del Rio

We can tell a lot about ourselves and life on this planet by counting the number of neutrons in atoms. By analyzing the chemistry of birds' feathers, we can find out the routes they take as they commute across a continent. By analyzing a tiny piece of fingernail, we can know if a person is a vegetarian, carnivore, or fast food junkie. Discover the three simple, yet profound observations that make these miraculous insights possible.

Wyoming's Bighorn Basin: 14,000 Years of Climate and Human Population Change
Robert L. Kelly, Director, Frison Institute, and Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Wyoming

Robert L. Kelly

We can now reconstruct changes in the size of human populations, accurately over thousands of years, with a new method developed by UW faculty. Combined with new UW research into past climate change, we can also examine, more precisely than ever before, the relationships between human population size and climate change. Find out what these new insights from Wyoming's Bighorn Basin could mean for the Rocky Mountain region.


Jekyll and Hyde: Science and Scandal
Caroline McCracken-Flesher, Professor and Chair, English Department, University of Wyoming

Caroline McCracken-Flesher

Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel, "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," could easily be re-titled "Mr. Jekyll and Dr. Hyde." A widely-published specialist in 19th century British literature, McCracken-Flesher shows how Hyde reveals the dark side of 19th century doctors, linking medicine and murder, drugs and dreadful deeds. By delving into medical history, modern brain theory, pharmacology and 19th century scandals - from murderous dentists to a notorious dissectionist - discover how Stevenson's universally popular tale reflects contemporary, and evolving, societal beliefs about medicine and drugs.


Lunch and Discussion
Moderated by Jean Garrison, director of International Studies and professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Wyoming
Lunch and audience Q & A in the Wapiti Gallery.

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