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Saturday U Teams Up with UW Family Weekend Activities Sept. 19

September 11, 2014
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Mary Burman, University of Wyoming School of Nursing dean and professor, is among four UW faculty members scheduled to lecture Friday, Sept. 19, during a special Saturday U, the university’s free one-day college education program.

Members of the University of Wyoming and Laramie communities have the opportunity to go back to school for one night -- without the worries of tests or homework -- during a special Saturday U, the university’s free one-day college education program.

Four UW professors will lecture Friday, Sept. 19, from 6-8 p.m. in the UW College of Business auditorium (Room 127). The program is free and open to the public. Saturday U partners with the UW Cowboy Parents Family Weekend events. This is the first time Saturday U has been offered on the UW campus.

In its sixth year, Saturday U is a collaborative program that connects popular UW and community college professors with lifelong learners. Offered six times a year -- twice each in Jackson, Gillette and Sheridan -- Saturday U is sponsored by the university, the UW Foundation, UW Outreach School, Wyoming Humanities Council and local sponsors.

Paul Flesher, UW Department of Religious Studies professor, will give opening remarks during the local program; refreshments will be served following the three lectures. Participants may attend one, two or all three lectures.

Listed below are program topic descriptions and UW representatives who will lecture:

6 p.m. -- “What's next after Obamacare? The future of health care in Wyoming,” Mary Burman, UW School of Nursing dean and professor. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has increased the number of Wyoming residents paying for health care. Will this result in better primary health care for Wyoming citizens and in a healthier population? What about the goal of reducing health care costs?

Burman has been involved in the ACA’s rollout at several levels. Her talk provides up-to-the-moment insights into the current and future state of health care reform in Wyoming.

6:40 p.m. -- “Commercial Aspects of Religious Pilgrimage,” John Mittelstaedt, UW College of Business interim dean and professor. Mittelstaedt says pilgrimages are big business, with 8.4 million people visiting Mecca in 2005, spending more than $8 billion. He adds that 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? Mittelstaedt takes a look at a new pilgrimage site --- Marktl am Inn, the birthplace of Pope Benedict XVI -- to understand how the influx of pilgrims has recast the town’s commercial character.

7:20 p.m. -- “Moving Science: Choreographing the ‘dances’ of bees on flowers,” Michael Dillon, UW Department of Zoology and Physiology assistant professor, and Rachael Shaw, UW Department of Theatre and Dance lecturer. What happens when a bee scientist and a dancer get together? Something amazing, especially when the dancer also is a professional choreographer and movement analyst.

Bee movements are critical to their survival but are complex and difficult to characterize, Dillon says. Biologists have lacked a system to represent bee motions, and movement analysts have never applied the symbols of human movement into animal motion. But the two faculty members have joined forces to change that.

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