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Spring 2016 Courses

Urban Plant Ecology, Professor David Hewitt.

6 Tuesdays, March 29 - May 3, 2016, 6:30 - 7:30 PM. Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, 100 N. 20th St. (20th and Arch Sts.). This course will cover the basics of plant ecology, with a focus on principles especially relevant to plants growing in urban (and sub-urban) areas in and around Philadelphia.

This course requires preregistration.

This course is full.

Add your name to the waitlist online here or call 215-763-6529, ext. 23.

Evolution in Action, Professor Mary Beth Davis.

6 Wednesdays, March 30 - May 4 2016, 6:15 - 7:30 PM. Independence Branch of the Free Library, 18 S. 7th Street (between Market and Chestnut). This course will examine case studies of the natural history of individual species and consider how information from molecular studies can provide insight into evolutionary change.  

No preregistration necessary. Register by attending the first course.

 

 

Past Courses

Winter 2016 Courses

Agriculture for City Folks, Professor Karen Snetselaar.

6 Tuesdays, January 19 - February 23, 2016, 6:30 - 7:30 PM. Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, 100 N. 20th St. (20th and Arch Sts.). This course will provide an overview of agricultural practices and background on how food is grown and processed so we can make informed judgments about issues relating to food and farming.

This course requires preregistration.

This course is full.

Add your name to the waitlist online here or call 215-763-6529, ext. 23.

“If You Are What You Eat, Why Aren’t I A Cheeseburger?” Musings on Nutrition by a (Portly) Biochemist, Professor Michael McCann.

6 Wednesdays, January 20 - February 24, 2016, 6:30 - 7:45 PM. Falls of Schuylkill Neighborhood Branch of the Free Library, 3501 Midvale Avenue (at Warden Drive). This course will address some of the major issues related to human nutrition, including a discussion of ongoing areas of debate within the popular press.

No preregistration necessary. Register by attending the first course.

Biochemistry of Your Medicine Cabinet, Professor Joseph B. Rucker.

6 Wednesdays, January 27 - March 2, 2016, 6:15 - 7:30 PM. Independence Branch of the Free Library, 18 S. 7th Street (between Market and Chestnut). This course will be a biochemist’s view of how common medicines work. Each week will focus on a different drug or class of drugs, how they were discovered, and how they act at the molecular and cellular level.

No preregistration necessary. Register by attending the first course.

Human Physiology, Professor Jason Downs.

8 Saturdays, January 30 to March 19, 2016, 10:30 AM to Noon. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, located at 33rd and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia.

Human physiology is the study of human bodily functions and the mechanisms behind those functions. This course will approach the subject at multiple scales of biology—from the tiniest movement of ions across cell membranes to the transport of materials throughout the body to the behaviors that connect us to one another, to other species, and to our planet.

This course requires preregistration.

This course is full.

Add your name to the waitlist online here or call 215-763-6529, ext. 23.

 

Fall 2015  

From Aqueducts to Skyscrapers: A Visual History of Building Big, Professor Jane E. Boyd. 6 Wednesdays, September 30 - November 4, 2015, 6:15 - 7:30 PM. Independence Branch of the Free Library, 18 S. 7th Street (between Market and Chestnut). Learn about the fascinating history of building big from Ancient Rome to the present day in this visual, non-technical course. Each lecture will examine a different type of large engineering structure - arches, domes, bridges, tunnels, and skyscrapers - through photographs, paintings, and illustrations.

No preregistration necessary. Register by attending the first course.

FIELD COURSE

Trees of Fairmount Park, Professor Alfred E. Schuyler. First class: Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 6:30 - 7:45 PM, at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. 5 Saturdays: October 3, 17, 24, 31, & November 7, 2015, 10AM - 1PM in Fairmount Park. This field class will take 5 Saturday walks to different sites within Fairmount Park and will focus on the structural features of trees that enable us to identify them. Locations will be announced at the first class and will be easily accessible by public transportation.

This course requires preregistration and is limited to 25 students.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory.

The Periodic Table of Elements: How We Got It and How You Can Use It, Professor Kevin Cannon. 6 Mondays, October 19 - November 23, 2015, 6:30 - 7:45 PM. Walnut Street West Branch of the Free Library, 201 S. 40th St. (at Walnut St.).  After an introduction to atomic structure and the elements, this course will examine how the periodic table is used and provide a history of its conception and evolution.

No preregistration necessary. Register by attending the first course.

 

 

 

 

 

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