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Friday, September 19, 2014

University of Wyoming College of Business Building Auditorium (room 127)

Go back to college for a day – minus the tests, stress and homework – join us for three lectures, delivered by top-notch professors from the University of Wyoming, who will enlighten and entertain you as part of Saturday U - Family Weekend (UW Cowboy Parents Family Weekend): The Free One-Day college education on Friday September 19, 2014.

What's next after Obamacare? The future of health care in Wyoming

Mary Burman, Dean & Professor - School of Nursing, University of Wyoming

The Affordable Care Act has increased the number of Wyoming residents paying for health care. Will this result in better primary health care for our state’s citizens and in a healthier Wyoming population?  And what about the goal of reducing health care costs?  Dr. Mary Burman, dean of UW’s nursing school, has by necessity been involved in the ACA’s rollout at several levels. This talk provides up-to-the-moment insights to the current and future state of health care reform in Wyoming.

Commercial Aspects of Religious Pilgrimage

John D. Mittelstaedt, Dean & Professor — College of Business, University of Wyoming

 

Pilgrimage is big business. The 8.4 million pilgrims to Mecca in 2005 spent over 8 billion dollars. And business is booming: the number of Christians seeking to enhance their salvation by a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain has increased nearly 50-fold since 1989. What is the commercial impact of pilgrims’ spiritual journey? To answer this question, UW’s dean of the Business college looks at a new pilgrimage site—Marktl am Inn, the birthplace of Pope Benedict XVI—to understand how the influx of pious pilgrims has recast the town’s commercial character.

Moving Science: Choreographing the "dances" of bees on flowers

Michael Dillon, Assistant Professor - Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming 

Rachael Shaw, Lecturer - Theatre and Dance, University of Wyoming

 

 

What happens when a bee scientist and a dancer get together?  Something quite amazing, especially when the dancer is also a professional choreographer and movement analyst. Bee movements are critical to their survival but are complex and difficult to characterize. Biologists have lacked a system to represent bee motions—and movement analysts have never applied the symbols of human movement into animal motion.  When these two faculty members joined forces, that all changed!

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