The basic anatomy of the heart and blood vessels and selected anatomical characteristics determines the functions of these organs. We will examine the mechanisms of control of heart rate, stroke volume, cardiac output, resistance, and ultimately blood pressure, and discuss the functional characteristics of hemoglobin as it relates to the effective transport of blood within the body. The last part of the course will be devoted to a superficial discussion of selected cardiovascular pathologies in terms of aberrations of the “normal” structure/function relationships. Medical (i.e. diagnosis and treatment) issues will not be discussed. Steve Trautwein
has a BA degree in biology, MSci, zoology; and PhD in physiology. He is associate professor emeritus of biology, Southeast Missouri State University, and recipient of two Excellence in Teaching Awards. 4 sessions.
This course will present evidence as to why the US must have a presence in the Indian Ocean during the second decade of the twenty-first century. The presence of our Navy is critical for our national interest and defense, as well as maintaining stability in a region where China and India may rise to super power status. The Indian Ocean, the third largest and warmest, is surrounded by 37 nations and is unfamiliar to many Americans. The strategic significance of three straits, major petroleum deposits in the South China Sea, rich uranium ore in Burma, and religious conflicts in this area will be examined. William Keppler earned his BSci degree in
zoology, botany and chemistry; MA in biological sciences; and PhD in genetics. His is a graduate of The National War College, Washington, D.C. 2 sessions.
Rebecca J. Wolfe
Significant Supreme Court decisions and legislation from the earliest days of the US have affected the current situation in our government, economy, and society. We will read, view and discuss ideas from a diverse set of thinkers. The instructor will provide suggested readings and copies of some materials. Participants who have
laptops are encouraged to bring them to class. Those who have computers at home will want to download and print some of our materials for their personal use in class. Participants will be invited to share their personal perspectives, experiences, and ideas during the class. Rebecca Wolfe’s educational background includes degrees in English, education, and leadership studies. During her professional career she has taught at all age levels, in a variety of settings: public, private, in the US and in Turkey. Additionally she volunteers for causes to help protect our natural resources: public lands, watersheds, fish, wildlife and birds; as well as the essentials for the survival of all living things—adequate food, air and water. 3 sessions.
Wednesdays 10:00am—12:00pm $44
We will trace the evolution of our understanding of the physical world from the time of the ancient astronomers
to the discovery of the Higgs boson. The remarkably accurate observations of the heavens by ancient
civilizations and the precise measurement of planetary motions led to Newton’s Universal Theory of
Gravitation, one of the greatest triumphs of physics. A systematic understanding of thermal properties and
electricity and magnetism provided the basis for the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th
centuries. The 20thcentury discoveries about the structure of atoms and nuclei have transformed our technology and our lifestyles. While Einstein’s theory of relativity might seem esoteric, it is used every day in scientific experiments and in space exploration. Although many mysteries remain, we can discuss Black Holes, the Big Bang theory, and our evolving view of the fundamental components of matter. No prior knowledge of physics is required. Dr. Silbernagel is a retired senior scientist from Exxon Mobil Corporate Research Laboratories. He taught physics at UC Santa Barbara, is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 4 sessions.
Wednesdays 1:00pm—3:00pm $22
A panel of international students who are attending Edmonds Community College on a scholarship from the US State Department will discuss their experiences in the United States compared to those in their home countries. Discussion may include topics such as: women’s issues, education, marriage and family, religion and politics. This year’s students come from Egypt, Cote d’Ivoire, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Panama, Dominican Republic, Kenya, Ghana, and South Africa. Students will be selected to participate in the panel based on schedule availability and interest. Charlotte West, the Northwest Community College Initiative Assistant Coordinator and Amanda Fletcher, NWCCI Associate Director will be the designated facilitators. The Northwest Community College Initiative utilizes funding from the US Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs to host young leaders from around the world. NWCCI’s goal is to strengthen other societies by developing capable young professionals who will acquire technical and professional skills, leadership abilities, and an understanding of American society, democracy and culture. Three community colleges in Washington State (Edmonds, Pierce, and Whatcom) host students and provide them with an academic certificate program and cultural activities and workshops designed to introduce them to aspects of US cultures and to provide opportunities to share their culture with the college and local community. 2 sessions.