Facilitator Profiles - Spring 2010
Check out the wonderful people who are involved with the Academy: OUR SPRING 2010 COURSE FACILITATORS
Fredrick R. Abrams, M.D. (Doctors on the Edge: Will Your Doc Break the Rules for You?) is currently the Director of The Clinical Ethics Consultation Group, a medical consultant to the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care, an Adjunct Professor of Ethics at the Iliff School of Theology, and also a volunteer faculty for the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at UCHSC. In 2003 he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Center for Bioethics and Humanities of the UCHSC. In 2006 he was selected to receive the Isaac Bell and John Hayes Award for Leadership in Medical Ethics and Professionalism from the Board of Trustees and Foundation of the American Medical Association.
In 1983 he became the founder and director of the first community hospital based center for study and teaching of bioethics, the Center for Applied Biomedical Ethics at Rose Medical Center in Denver, which provided the training in the 1980s for all the original Colorado hospital ethics committees. In the mid 1980s, he was a leader in the passage of Colorado’s first “Living Will” law and participated in its revisions during the next decade.
Fred was Executive Director of the Denver University/ Colorado University Health Ethics and Policy Consortium and Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado in Denver. He was Project Director of the Robert Wood Johnson-supported "Colorado Speaks out on Health" project in 1987 that held over 400 meetings with Coloradoans to discuss ethical issues in healthcare. He developed and teaches courses in the Essentials of Biomedical Ethics, assisting hospitals, long term care facilities and communities to create ethics committees for continuing education of facility staff and for public outreach. Over the past 25 years, he has conducted over 1500 workshops, lectures and conferences for medical, nursing, legal, clergy, and teaching professionals, and for the public on ethical issues. Fred serves on the Academy’s board.
Judith Baenen (What If? Re-imagining More Turning Points of History) is a speaker, author and consultant specializing in issues that affect 10-15 year olds and their families. She has worked with teachers and parents in Europe, Asia , Africa and Australia as well as in North America. She is the author of two popular booklets, H.E.L.P. – How to Enjoy Living with a Preadolescent and More H.E.L.P., published by the National Middle School Association. She also writes and edits NMSA's Family Connection newsletter and offers a monthly column for teachers, Middle-E Connections.
A Denver native, Judith received her B.A. in French and English and her Master’s Degree in Education from Loyola University of Chicago. She was a classroom teacher in the Chicago area for more than 25 years, then served for thirteen years as President of St. Mary’s Academy in Englewood, a school she attended as did her mother. Her interest in theology comes as a result of living as a Catholic nun for more than ten years and reading widely on current philosophy and "quantum theology," so it should be fascinating to hear her thoughts about the chapter entitled, "Pontius Pilate Spares Jesus."
Dr. John Bally (CU Science Stars: The Cutting Edge Demystified - Wednesday) first became interested in astronomy as an amateur astronomer in the Bay Area in California during his pre-college days. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley, and obtained his PhD at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, earning his PhD in millimeter-wave radio astronomy in 1980. He joined AT&T Bell Laboratories for 11 years as a Member of Technical Staff, working in the Radio Physics Research Department at Crawford Hill in Holmdel NJ with the group that discovered the Cosmic Microwave Background. While at AT&T, he studied interstellar molecular clouds, the outflows and jets produced by forming stars, and built sensitive mm-wave receivers. He participated in several expeditions to the South Pole in Antarctica to set-up the first permanent astronomical observatory there. Since 1991, he has been a professor of astrophysics in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has made extensive use of the world’s major observatories such as the Hubble, the facilities of the National Optical Astronomy Observatories, and the facilities on Mauna Kea in Hawaii such as Gemini and Caltech sub-millimeter Observatory. His current research includes the first blind search for dense, dusty clumps that may soon or are currently forming clusters of stars. He has recently re-kindled his interests in cosmology and is exploring the Lee Smolin hypothesis of “cosmic natural selection” in which black holes produce Universes. This theory may provide an explanation for the so-called anthropic principle and for the small but non-zero value of the cosmological constant. He will be lecturing on Cosmic Natural Selection.
Susan Blake-Smith (What If? Re-imagining More Turning Points of History), an early and enthusiastic member of The Academy, coordinated last year's What If? Reimagining History's Turning Points course, and will be back to co-lead a discussion on The Civil War and what might have happened had Lincoln not freed the slaves. Susan has a BFA in Journalism from Southern Methodist University and enjoyed a successful career as a creative director and account executive in advertising and in the incentive travel industry. She has served on several boards, including St. Mary's Academy, Girls, Inc. of Metro Denver and The Children's Museum and has worked as a volunteer and fundraiser for many others. Her love of history dates back to her childhood in Mexico City, Mexico and memories of scrambling up The Pyramid of the Sun on grade school field trips and exploring the ruins of ancient civilizations along the coast on family vacations.
Ted Borrillo (Solving the Lindbergh Kidnapping Case) and (Making Poetry a Part of Your Life) is a retired attorney. He was Chief Deputy District Attorney in Denver, taught criminal procedure and constitutional law at the DU Law School, and was a defense counsel in his private practice of law. He has had an abiding interest in the criminal justice system resulting from his interest in the Bruno Hauptmann trial and his execution for the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby. Hauptmann lived in the Bronx not far from Ted’s home. Ted has visited Flemington, New Jersey, the site of the trial, the cell where Hauptmann was kept, and has spoken with David Wilentz, the prosecutor of Hauptmann. He has taught at the Colorado Police Academy and at the National College of District Attorneys in Houston. Ted is also a published poet who has already made poetry a rewarding part of his life.
Kathy Boyer (Writing your Life Stories), has conducted Life Story workshops for libraries, summer camps, churches, community centers, and with the Academy. As a child, Kathy developed a love of the personal story as she listened to adults recall the tales of their childhood. Now a retired teacher, Kathy works with individuals to record their memories on audio-tape. As a workshop facilitator, she offers inspiration and ideas to groups of people who want to begin a written collection of their own short stories.
Dr. Jeff Broome (Experts and Entertainers: What was the Real Reason for the Civil War?) has been a professor of Philosophy and History at Arapahoe Community College (Littleton, CO) since 1985. He received his M.A. degree at Baylor University in 1976, and earned his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1998. Dr. Broome has published too many articles to list including in the Journal of the Indian Wars, Pacific Historical Review, Wild West, Denver Westerners Roundup, Greasy Grass, and Research Review. He was awarded the Lawrence A. Frost Literary Award from the Little Big Horn Associates. Jeff’s book, Dog Soldier Justice: The Ordeal of Susanna Alderdice in the Kansas Indian War (Lincoln County Historical Society, Lincoln, Kansas, 2003), is now in its 2nd printing.
While teaching math in the public schools, Glenn Bruckhart (Math to Keep Your Mind Sharp) became fascinated by how different people learn mathematics and what got in the way of those who had trouble learning it. This led to his work with teachers to better understand the learning process, the nature of mathematics and how to make mathematics accessible to all learners. This work was pursued through a number of organizations, including the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the National and the Colorado Councils of Teachers of Mathematics, and with courses taught for many of the colleges and universities in Colorado. Most recently he served as Senior Mathematics Consultant for the Colorado State Department of Education.
Dr. Bennie Bub, MD, FRCS, (Human Behavior & Neurobiology, Are We Hardwired? Part 2), is a South African neurosurgeon who is board certified in three different specialties on three continents. His teaching career began when, as a medical student, he taught physics at a technical college in return for free car maintenance courses. After receiving his MD at the University of Cape Town he became a general surgeon gaining his FRCS (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons) in the UK. Having been captivated by the complexities of the brain, he now began his neurosurgical studies in London at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases and Epilepsy. Thereafter he became a Teaching and Research Fellow at Harvard College as well as a resident in the Harvard Neurosurgical Service at the Boston City and Massachusetts General Hospitals. Concurrently, he studied violin performance in the Boston Conservatory of Music. This Boston sojourn was followed by completion of his neurosurgical certification at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.
Then began his years of busy neurosurgical private practice simultaneously teaching as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Cape Town. During this period he founded the first multidisciplinary clinic in South Africa for the management of intractable pain. Immigration to the USA in 1976 was followed by training and board certification in Anesthesiology. He then joined a practice in Denver from which he retired after more than 20 years. In the early nineties he was founder and CEO of a successful database company, which provided credentialing of physicians for health insurance companies. Since retirement he has indulged in his love of music, travel and voracious reading, all the while striving to stay au currant with the neurosciences. Bennie serves on the Academy’s board.
Marnie Buckley (Myths of War)graduated from the University of Colorado majoring in foreign languages. She taught school and later got her master’s degree from the University of Chicago in clinical social worker. She has been a police social worker and Director of a Family Service Agency with special interests in community mental health in Chicago’s north shore suburbs. An anti-war activist and member of Clergy and Laity Concerned, Marnie has been interested in conflict resolution and all aspects of human behavior.
Dr. Henry N. Claman (What is Modern Art? One Man’s View) and (Say Ahhh! The Doctor-Patient Relationship in Literature & Art) was born in New York City close to the Metropolitan Museum – and “art was in the air.” Henry is a Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine where he has taught and practiced for almost fifty years. Partly retired now, he devotes his attention to the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program in collaboration with Tess Jones.
Henry is fascinated by art, from Paleolithic cave paintings to the avant-garde. He wrote a book on medieval art – Jewish Images in the Christian Church. He believes that making art is one of the most important of human creative activities – truly, “a raid on the inarticulate.”
Patricia Cox (Write to Save your Life: Beginning Memoir Writing) has been writing to save her life, practically all her life. With a B.S. in Education and a M.A. in Guidance and Counseling, she taught for the Denver Public Schools and Cherry Creek Schools while raising three daughters. She has taught memoir writing for many groups and has recently published a memoir about her late husband, a victim of Alzheimer’s disease: We Keep Our Potato Chips in the Refrigerator.
Dr. Bruce Eaton (CU Science Stars: The Cutting Edge Demystified - Thursday) has had a career in both academia and industry. He moved to CU from SCSU in 2005. At NCSU he helped establish the Keck Center for ENA Mediated Evolution of Materials. He moved to NCSU in 2000 from Washington State University where he was a tenured Associate Professor research active in both the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He received his B.S. degrees [Chemistry (Honors) and Biology 1980] and M.S. degree (Chemistry 1981) from the university of Oregon where he began his research career working with National Academy of Science Member Virgil Boekelheide. He obtained his PhD degree (Chemistry 1988) from the University of California, Berkeley in mechanistic organometallic chemistry.
Professor Eaton is named as either inventor or co-inventor on over 30 issued US patents relating to diverse topics in polymer science, organometallic catalysis and nucleic acid invitro selection. He is currently active on two biotechnology scientific advisory boards and is an active participant in the NSF sponsored REU program. He is currently the Chairman of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is a member of the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Committee, in addition to the Biotechnology Task Force.
Paula Enrietto (The Biology of Aging)is the Executive Director of The Lodge at Balfour. Paula has a long standing commitment to advocacy for the elderly and an intimate knowledge of medical and social issues facing seniors.
Paula has an extensive background in scientific research and business development that brings a unique, analytical perspective to the long-term care industry. Previously, Paula was an Associate Professor at The State University of New York at Stony Brook, where her work was funded by the National Institutes of Health. She also was a staff scientist at Genomica Corp. and Director of Biology at Kenna Technologies. In each of these roles, Paula developed extensive skills in analyzing the changing healthcare field.
Paula received her doctor of philosophy from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and completed her training at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London where she was awarded a fellowship from the National Institutes of Health. She is the author of more than 45 publications and an invited speaker at several national conferences.
Nanette Fishman (What If? Re-imagining More Turning Points of History), a long-time Academy member who will be joining the What If team, is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and has a masters in immunology and genetics from NYU where she subsequently worked in biomedical research at the NYU Medical Center. Active in the community, Nanette has served on numerous boards, including the Junior League of Denver, Girls, Inc. of Metro Denver, the Cherry Creek School Foundation and the CU College of Music. Certified to teach high school chemistry and biology, Nanette, along with course coordinator, Susan Blake-Smith, will be turning her microscope on The Civil War and dissecting what might have happened without the Emancipation Proclamation.
Iris Fontera (Myths of War) graduated college in Political Science and History and has had a life-long interest in international issues having lived in India, England and France. She runs a program at the Colorado School of Mines to welcome and assist foreign students. Her career included working in a District Attorney’s office and managing her own business. Interested in peace initiatives on the national and international level, Iris has participated in a variety of peace efforts. Iris serves on the Academy’s board.
After graduation from Loretto Heights College, Lorraine Garbe (Hot Stuff! Painting with Wax) taught school for nearly two decades, during which time she enjoyed 40 hours of post-graduate classes in art and education. She recently taught art classes at Unity Church and Buck Recreation Center in Littleton. She enjoys art in most any form. Encaustic painting is one of the most interesting and relaxing art forms that she has attempted. It is fun to teach and practice as no drawing or art pre-requisits are necessary. Everyone can go with the flow. Often subjects will just appear in the wax, leading the artist in a new direction.
Rebecca Gorman (History of Theatre – From Aeschylus to Zillur) holds a BA in Drama and English from Dartmouth College and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University. She is in her 6th year as a Professor of English at Metro State University, where she teaches Drama, Writing, and Cinema Studies courses.
Ellie Greenberg (Celebrating Women Over 60: Choices! Choices!) has been interested in the adult life cycle since she developed and led the University Without Walls in the 1970s. Over the last 40 years, she’s had the privilege of designing and leading many more programs for adults, such as: PATHWAYS to the Future for 40,000 US WEST non-management employees in 14 states, Project Leadership focused on non-profit board leadership, and MAPP-the Mountain and Plains Partnership-online Masters degree programs for health professionals in underserved areas. Ellie has served on many boards and commissions, and learned politics through the civil rights and women’s movements. She cares about learners and learning, and enjoy creating “access to opportunity”. She finds it exciting to be able to share what she has learned through The Academy.
Judy Helfer (Bridge: Continuing Beginners and Never-Evers) has retired from over 40 years of teaching. She now spends many enjoyable hours playing bridge with her friends. Besides playing bridge, she enjoys sharing and teaching the game with others—in the hopes that they will enjoy playing the game, too! It is a wonderful way to spend social time with friends and meet lots of new people. Judy is a Life Master and certified Bridge Director. She has been trained in the Audry Grant method of teaching bridge.
Onsite Consulting, Inc. owner Scott Henke (Computer Tips, sessions A—D) has been a computer consultant for 27 years. He has taught classes through Denver Community Schools for 11 years and worked for 13 years as a Technology Coordinator at Hamilton Middle School; his company received the 2008 Business of the Year Award. He taught Computer Tips in the Academy’s fall term.
Dr. Lew House (The Big Bang: Stars, Galaxies and Dark Stuff) a retired Senior Scientist, spent 28 years studying the atmospheres of the sun and stars. He has a PhD in Astrophysics, an M.S. in Nuclear Physics, an M.A. in Military History and an undergraduate degree in Geophysical Engineering. In a second career he was the Senior Director of Corporate Technology Intelligence. Currently he is President of The Rocky Mountain Churchillians, an affiliate of the International Churchill Centre, London. Lew lectures occasionally on Churchill and recently taught a Churchill course at the Academy. He is an avid student of history and geopolitics and endeavors to keep up on current science. War gaming and simulations are also on the list of his interests.
Dr. Therese (Tess) Jones (Say Ahhh! The Doctor–Patient Relationship in Literature and Art) is an associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and director of the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program in the Center for Bioethics and Humanities. She completed a PhD in English at the University of Colorado, Boulder and a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in medical humanities and ethics at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. She is editor of the Journal of Medical Humanities and is widely published in the areas of literature, film and medical education. In addition to integrating humanities materials and methodologies in the required curriculum of the School of Medicine, she also designs and teaches humanities electives, including "Reel Psychiatry: Cinematic Representations of Mental Illness," "The Doctor-Patient Relationship in Literature and the Arts," and "How To Be Old: Literature, Film and Aging."
Jim Kneser (Dissecting Current Economic Issues) is in his thirteenth year of leading economics classes as a volunteer, where he has led over 40 classes with over 2,500 class members. He has an undergraduate degree (just barely) in economics from Ripon College and an MBA, with finance and accounting majors, from the Wharton School where he was the first double major in the school’s history. He is also a CPA and worked until retirement in 1990 in private equity specializing in mergers, acquisitions, speculative markets, and corporate finance.
Having retired at 44 with time on his hands, he decided to return to his first love, economics, and strive to increase economic literacy in the adult population. His goal in leading his economics classes is to increase the ability of his class members to sort through the economic information that surrounds us and better understand the economic implications of our policy choices. He delights in finding ways to make the economically complex seem simple.
Jim was also an enthusiastic but woefully unskilled musician as a child. Mercifully he no longer performs but has a great appreciation for western high art music. He has led classes in both symphonic and operatic forms and will soon be offering a class in Germanic songs, or Lieder.
Bridge nut and art groupie Sally Kneser (Computer Tips and Bridge for Advanced Beginners: Play of the Hand) is always ready to learn something new and help teach others. “I love to learn, and it’s so much more fun with friends around.” Sally is a Life Master in bridge and enjoys explaining the basics to others. As the Academy’s Director, Sally tackles operational and tactical issues in running the nonprofit. While volunteering with the Junior League, Sally chaired several committees, including the Facilitators. In addition to managing the Academy’s business, she has volunteered as the “keeper of the files” for several nonprofits. When not enjoying herself at the bridge table, she attends two book clubs, skis on Wednesdays in the winter, and stops to smell roses in her gardens in the summer.
Dan Lynch (Evolution of the American Constitution and Experts and Entertainers: What are we Fighting About?) wrote the book Our Fading Religious Liberties: Government Using Religion because of the increasingly dangerous alliance between government and religion. As a lawyer who has handled a number of religion/state cases, Lynch became fascinated with the subject. His thesis is that the Constitution has created a system in which all governments are powerless as to religion. Unlike some separationists, Lynch argues that the best defense of religious liberty is not Jefferson's mantra about "separation of church and state," but the fact that the Constitution expressly denies all power as to religion to the government.
Dr. Anne R. Mahoney (Experts and Entertainers: Power and Gender), Professor Emerita at DU, received her PhD from Columbia University. Her areas of interest are gender, families, the life course, aging, applied sociology, and juvenile justice. Recent research projects include Equality in Marital Relationships; Decade Birthday Study; and The Study of Women's Development through Gender Autobiographies. Her books include: Ruts: Gender Roles and Realities; Juvenile Justice in Context; chapters in Women, the Courts, and Equality; Judge, Lawyer, Victim, Thief; and Beyond Control: Status Offenders in the Juvenile Court. Articles have appeared in over 15 Journals and Magazines. Recent articles include: "Will Old Gender Scripts Limit New Millennium Families' Ability to Thrive?," "Beyond Different Worlds: A 'Postgender' Approach to Relational Development," "Language and Processes in the Construction of Equality in New Marriages," and "Change in the Older-Person Role: An Application of Turner's Process Role and Model of Role Change."
When Jan Marino (Freeing Your Writer’s Voice) was eight, she wrote her first book, Eighty-Eight Steps to September about the death of her twelve year old brother Robbie. Determined never to forget him, she wrote poems and short stories about him and it wasn’t until she completed the book that she came to accept the loss of him.
While not all of her books are autobiographical, each one of them has a little bit of her past in them. Her books, The Day that Elvis Came to Town, Like Some Kind of Hero, For the Love of Pete, Searching for Atticus, I, Elizabeth, Write Me a Happy Ending, and The Mona Lisa of Salem Street all contain aspects of Marino’s life. Jan taught creative writing for several years at Long Island University. Although Jan has written for newspapers her main body of published work is in the field of young-adult and children’s literature.
“I love to write, to imagine, and to create characters” Jan says. “Yes, there are days of frustration. Days when I stare at the lifeless computer screen. Days when my characters refuse to talk to me. But give up? Never. I cajole. I plead and beg until I hear their voices. And when my computer screen finally comes alive, I am beyond happy.”
Len Marino (Cinema: 1932-2004, Part 2) was born in Boston, MA in a conveniently forgotten year. He was an art major and worked for an advertising agency for 20 years, followed by work for a corporation in international marketing. His interest in film started when he was about 5. His mother owned a dress shop located right next to a theater. He would come home, go to the shop, and the theater became his babysitter. His uncle worked for Keystone camera and projector so Len showed old comic films. Len has taught the Cinema class previously in New York and in Colorado.
Avid reader, former Professor and Chair of the Department of Plant Biology and Professor of Geology at Southern Illinois University, and retired Elder Law Attorney, Dr. Larry Matten (Putting your House in Order – A Matter of Life and Death Decisions and Intro to Sci-Fi) has facilitated and repeated several courses at the Academy including: Putting Your House in Order (x3); Evolution, Intelligent Design and the Courts (x3); Chess (x4); Science Field Trips, and Brain Games. Larry’s research specialty was Plant Paleontology. He was co-editor of the international journal, Palaeontographica and president of his national professional organization (Paleobotanical Section of the Botanical Society of America). He received his law degree in 2000 and went into private practice as an Elder Law Attorney. His practice concentrated on estate planning including: powers of attorney, guardianships, conservatorships, wills, trusts, and probate. He represented clients having Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security issues. Larry is a trained mediator/arbitrator and is currently doing arbitrations for the Better Business Bureau. Larry participated as a presenter at DU Law School’s Senior Law Day. Larry is retired and he and his wife, Susan spend much of their time traveling and visiting children and grandchildren.
Lois Martin (Experts & Entertainers) came to Denver by way of Philadelphia and Nebraska. She majored in journalism at the University of Nebraska, before she moved to Pennsylvania while her husband was in medical school. She has been editor of internal publications for Campbell Soup Co. and Leeds and Northrup, both in the East. After the arrival of her four children, she founded the Aurora Sun Newspaper where she worked for 20 years as publisher. She was founding moderator of the Aurora Hospital Association, President of the Aurora Hospital District, Business Person of the Year for the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, and elected to the Benson Hall of Fame for Community Leadership.
A “new traditionalist” practicing in Denver, architect Tom Matthews (Experts and Entertainers: What Makes a House Beautiful?) loves classical architecture and strives to use time-tested principles in designing new old houses for modern living. A native of South Carolina, he received his architectural training at Clemson University in modernism and spent most of his career in commercial practice. However, having been drawn to the historic forms of architecture since childhood, Tom took his career on a radically new path in 2002 upon reading an article entitled “Masters of the New Old House,” about a group of like-minded architects who were re-discovering the beauty and harmony of traditional residential design. Mr. Matthews launched his own residential practice soon after and regrets only that he did not do so twenty-five years ago.
Isabelle Mazingo (Experts and Entertainers: Angola: An Old & New Country) received a full scholarship from Sonangol, the national oil company of Angola in order to attend the Colorado School of Mines. She is pursuing a Petroleum Engineering degree with a minor in Geology and Economics. Isabelle is enjoying her Colorado experience (ask her about the snow!) and is eager to share an insider's view of her native country, Angola.
Dr. Richard McCray (CU Science Stars: The Cutting Edge Demystified - Wednesday) received his PhD in theoretical physics from UCLA in 1967. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Caltech (1967-68) and an Assistant Professor at the Harvard College Observatory (1968-71). In 1971, he moved to the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he is now the George Gamow Distinguished Professor of Astrophysics. Prof. McCray's research is in the theory of the dynamics of the interstellar gas, theory of cosmic X-ray sources, and, most recently, the theory of Supernova 1987A. He is also engaged in observations of these phenomena with various spacecraft, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra Observatory.
During the past few years, Richard has been actively involved in promoting improvement of undergraduate science learning. He leads a multi-departmental effort that aims to introduce more collaborative learning in introductory science classes by employing undergraduates as learning assistants. The program is also intended to attract and prepare talented students for careers in K-12 science education. He is also developing information technology resources for undergraduate science learning. He will be discussing Supernovae and the Life of the Universe.
Dr. Richard McIntosh (More CU Science Stars: The Cutting Edge Demystified - Thursday) received an AB in Physics (1961) and a PhD in Biophysics (1968) from Harvard University. For the latter he worked in the laboratory of Keith R. Porter on the morphogenetic action of microtubules in sculpting the shape of developing cells. Towards the end of that project he became fascinated by the role of microtubules in mitosis, and he has continued to work largely on that subject ever since. He moved to Colorado in 1970 where he has worked in the Department of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology. He served briefly as department Chair and then as the director of the Boulder Laboratory for 3-D Electron Microscopy of Cells for about 20 years. He has taught freshman biology, cell biology, cancer biology, and various graduate courses in cell structure and function. In 1994 he served as President of the American Society for Cell Biology and was appointed a Research Professor of the American Cancer Society. In 1999 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2000 he was appointed a Distinguished Professor of the University of Colorado. He has taught and done research in both East and West Africa with support from a Fulbright fellowship and a grant from the Carnegie Corporation. He retired from his department in 2007, but thanks to support from the National Institutes of Health and the hospitality of MCDB, he continues his research on mitosis and is writing a book for non-scientists on the biology of cancer.
Robin McNeil (How Music Works) began his study of piano at DePauw University at the age of four, taking lessons with Irene Soltas. He has a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Indiana University and a Master of Music in Performance from the University of Illinois. He began his teaching career at the University of Illinois and then went to the University of South Dakota where he was Chairman of the Piano Department.
He has performed over three hundred concerts throughout the United States and has written many musicology book reviews for Choice magazine of the American Library Association and Publisher’s Weekly, in addition to being an experienced music critic for newspapers. Robin teaches a course on the music of the Medieval Mass and Liturgical Music at the St. John Vianney Theological Seminary. He is also a published poet, and the Denver composer, David Mullikin, has used his poems for art song texts.
In the past, Robin has been thoroughly involved in arts management as the Executive Director of the Fine Arts Center of Clinton (Illinois), State Treasurer of the Association of Illinois Arts Agencies, and a member of the Long Range Planning Committee of the Central Illinois Cultural Affairs Consortium. Robin has been the Executive Director of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra Foundation.
Outside the sphere of music, Robin has raced Alfa Romeo and Ferrari automobiles and flown WW II vintage aircraft. He is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He now lives with his wife in Littleton where he teaches privately and continues to do research on the French composer, Théodore Gouvy. Robin is President of the Piano Arts Association, and an Honorary Member of the Institut Théodore Gouvy of Hombourg-Haut, France.
Back by popular demand, Jon Medved (What If? Reimagining History's Turning Points) will be taking on the ever-controversial question of whether dropping the atom bomb was a mistake of catastrophic proportions or was it, as Truman's secretary of war pronounced, "the least abhorrent choice." Jon's interest and subsequent expertise in World War II stems from the stories told by his father, an American hero who stormed the beach at Normandy. Jon has degrees from Georgetown University and Northwestern University and was President and CEO of Current, Inc., Walter Drake, Inc. and Chef's Catalog in Colorado Springs. He has served on numerous corporate and civic boards and is a visiting lecturer at universities as well as a panelist on the Brookings Institute Postal Forum. Jon's passion for history and penchant for lively debate make him an ideal facilitator for this discussion.
Bob Mendes (Unconventional Warfare, Winning wars in the 21st century) is a retired oil and gas engineer with a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering, He spent 35 years working in the oil business in both technical and managerial jobs. Bob also is a founding partner in a start up oil production company, and is active in the sailing club at the lake where his sailboat is moored.
Bob traveled the world in his career in the oil industry, finally retiring to the best place of all, Colorado. Among his interests is military history, and he enjoys sharing this important subject with other Academy members.
Longtime art enthusiast Joanne Mendes (DAM Great Art: Embrace the Contemporary) has recently retired from a career spent organizing programs in art history in London and at the Denver Art Museum, for which she developed and coordinated adult courses and lecture series for over a decade. Her passion for art was ignited when she and her petroleum engineer husband, Bob, moved to England, where she soon put her education degree to good use as co-director of Modern Art Studies, a company associated with the Institute of Contemporary Art. Joanne likes nothing better than to put people in touch with the most knowledgeable art experts available and currently continues to organize art-related education and travel opportunities for the DAM Contemporaries, one of the Denver Art Museum's support groups.
Walt Meyer (The Crusades: Their History & Legacy) is a retired “technocrat”, having spent 22 years in the weather field of the US Air Force and almost 20 years as a program manager for a defense contractor. Walt and wife Karyl have been married 46 years and have three grown children and four grandchildren.
Walt has had a long interest in the Crusades which was rekindled by his teaching of a prior class at the Academy on Islam, since the Crusades have had considerable impact on relations between Islam and the West. He has done considerable reading on the Crusades and continues to find it to be a complex and intriguing subject.
Walt has a BS in Chemistry from Capital University, a PhD in Atmospheric Science from the University of Washington, and he is a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the Minnesota Management Academy. He has served on many boards and task forces within the Lutheran Church and is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, sponsored by the Graduate Theological Union of the University of California at Berkeley. He served as Adjunct Professor of Meteorology at Saint Louis University for one year and he has taught numerous Bible study classes. Through these experiences, and through the Academy, he has found teaching to be one of his passions.
Adrian Miller’s (Experts and Entertainers: The Hidden & Humorous History of Hot Sauce) is a native of Denver and a graduate of Stanford University in International Relations. He then received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Adrian practiced law at Holme, Roberts & Owen, LLP, specializing in employment law litigation and LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, LLP, specializing in corporate law and banking. From October 1999 to January 2001, Adrian served as Special Assistant to the President and the Deputy Director of the President’s Initiative for One America. The President’s Initiative for One America was the first free-standing White House office in history to examine and focus on closing the opportunity gaps that exist for minorities in this country.
After returning to Colorado he became the Director of Outreach and General Counsel for The Bell Policy Center, a progressive think tank dedicated to making Colorado a state of opportunity for all.
In his spare time, Adrian is a foodie. He is a certified barbecue judge for the Kansas City Barbecue Society, and a former board member for the Southern Foodways Alliance—an organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the diverse food cultures of the American South.
Tom Miller’s (Musical Metallica: Hands on Steel Drums) vast experience as a performer, composer, arranger and educator of steel drum music has made him a most respected steel drum soloist and clinician. Tom has performed worldwide with his own popular steel drum group Pan Ramajay, and other notable jazz and world music artists. His unique style of percussive touch is added to studio recordings covering a variety of musical styles with artists such as Grammy award winners, Allison Krause and the late John Denver, film scores for the movies, Commando, Nina Takes a Lover, and The Mystic Masseur, as well as ads for Minute Maid, Sony, and the popular SIMs computer games. Tom’s composing talents have earned him grants from the prestigious Meet the Composer Foundation five times over and his dedication to musical education has won Tom many invitations as an artist in residence at numerous universities and colleges throughout the U.S.
Pam Mingle (Teen Lit: It’s Not Little Women Anymore, Dorothy!) spent half her career as a librarian and the other half as a teacher in the Littleton Public Schools. After retiring she began to pursue her dream of writing for children and young adults. Recently, she completed her fourth novel, a young-adult time travel fantasy called Saving Shakespeare. She hasn't been published yet, but has received recognition through regional writing contests. Pam belongs to a wonderful group of writers, all of whom have helped nurture her writing. Learn more about Pam and her interests at PamMingle.com (My Life in Books).
Dr. John Pitlick (More CU Science Stars: The Cutting Edge Demystified - Thursday) is a Professor in the Geography Department. His research focuses on linkages between surface-water hydrology and geomorphology in river basins across the western USA. He has directed several studies sponsored by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to determine how hydrologic changes in the Colorado River basin have affected habitats used by native fishes, including the endangered Colorado pikeminnow and the razorback sucker. He works closely with US Forest Service scientists in Fort Collins to develop tools to quantify the effects of hydrologic alterations on mountain stream channels. Pitlick is also co-director of the Graduate Program in Hydrologic Sciences at CU-Boulder (http://hydrosciences.colorado.edu).
One of last year's favorite discussion leaders, Greg Raih (What If? Re-imagining More Turning Points of History) will be back to analyze the impact of two larger-than-life historical figures: Chiang Kai-shek and General George C. Marshall and how their gambles and choices changed the course of events during the last half of the 20th century and today. Greg retired last year after an impressive 27-year career as partner at Arthur Andersen and KPMG where he provided accounting and financial reporting services to some of the state's largest companies in the cable, utility, energy, manufacturing and mining industries. A graduate of Notre Dame, Greg is an avid sports enthusiast, reader and history buff. He has played many of the world's best golf courses and intends to continue that pursuit with his wife, Mollie, and their three grown children. With China emerging as a major world power, Greg's discussion will be timely and, knowing Greg, well-researched and entertaining.
Kathleen Reilly Sevier (What If? Re-imagining More Turning Points of History) is a newcomer to The Academy and, as a part time resident of France, uniquely qualified to examine Napolean Bonaparte's impact on the world and what might have been had he turned his lust for conquest on the United States. Kathleen has an undergraduate degree in International Economics from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service and a law degree from DU. She worked in the legal departments of Storage Tech and First Data as Associate General Counsel. Fluent in French and passionate about philosophy and history, Kathleen and her husband Phil own four vineyards (two in Bordeaux and two in the Loire Valley) and import and distribute wines through their company, Sevier Wines. Bienvenue, Kathleen.
Kay Robinson (Experts and Entertainers: What Cultures Dictated the Way We Furnish Our Houses) was voted outstanding educator in 3 different school systems, as well as winner of the Ross Perot Award for Teaching Excellence. She has led seminars on topics ranging from couples’ communication to the history of Mexico. The seminar on Housing and Comfort is the result of years of travel and study about the history of buildings and furniture—and the way in which our homes reflect and create our current culture.
Dr. Gretchen H. Stein (CU Science Stars: The Cutting Edge Demystified-Thursday) is a member of the research faculty in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado. Currently her research addresses specific questions that relate to either the maturation of insulin-secretion in pancreatic beta cells or to the toxicity of the amyloid-beta peptide in Alzheimer’s disease, and previously she studied the molecular mechanisms for cellular aging. In 2003, she began teaching a class about the Cellular Basis of Disease, which deals with diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease, and analyzes how factors such as obesity, inflammation and oxidative stress contribute to their development.
Colin Thurmond (Contemporary Classical Music: Principles & Performance) began his musical training at the age of 11. Thurmond is currently pursuing his Masters of Music with Maestro Ricardo Iznaola after graduating Magna Cum Laude and being awarded the 2007 Senior Recital of Distinction and the Elective Recital of Distinction in the same year. He was also prizewinner in the University Concerto Competition in 2007 and Winner of the in the University Chamber Music Competition in 2009. He has studied composition with Stephen Goss from the University of Surrey and with William Hill and Chris Malloy from the University of Denver. In addition, Colin maintains a passionate interest in chamber music, performing with Eisteddfod, voice and guitar duo. Thurmond’s interests include a strong commitment to contemporary music, aiming for the expansion of repertoire through composition and commissioning of new works.
Despite his busy medical practice at St. Anthony Hospitals Senior Health Center, Dr. David Wallack (Impressionism, Part 1) has spent over sixty hours studying the impressionists in the last year. Born and raised in New York City, he grew up in sight of Yankee Stadium and just a subway ride away from great art museums. David got his first introduction to art history at Columbia College and continues to indulge his love for art at museums in cities across the U.S. and around the world. Like art, baseball has remained a lifelong interest (fixation?) for him, so don’t be surprised when he drops baseball statistics into the conversation. “I maintain an active outdoor lifestyle, and despite time constraints, I try to follow interests in reading (primarily contemporary novels and biographies), sports trivia, and film and art appreciation.”
Dr. Paulette Wasserstein (Contemporary Short Stories - 2007: More Fuel for Reflection) has always loved sharing “a good read.” Her career in public education, teaching high school English, afforded her endless opportunities to open student thinking by way of the printed word. In the early 1990’s after many wonderful years of teaching reading and writing at Cherry Creek High School and adult education at the U of P departments of Communication and Masters of Education, Paulette was inspired to contribute to education on state and national levels. With a PhD in Educational Leadership, she was contracted to work as an independent consultant with many school districts and administrators to create challenging curricula and to provide teacher training to raise literacy levels for students in K-12.
His research interests are broad, but all revolve around human impacts on the environment. Specific areas of research include studying the global carbon cycle, both modern and in the past, and reconstructing past environmental conditions using ice cores. He is working now on new deep ice cores in Greenland as well as Antarctica. He was one of the first scientists to identify abrupt climate changes that typify large climate shifts on our planet. He is the author of over one hundred peer reviewed publications, and is a Highly Cited Author in the Geosciences, one of the top one-half of one percent in his field in citations of his work.
At CU he teaches a large lecture class in Environmental Studies, as well as a course on energy, the carbon cycle and climate change. He is actively engaged in exploring new paradigms of education in environmental studies, and has worked steadily to break down disciplinary barriers between the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, journalism, arts and business to better train students in the area of environmental change.
Dr. Mark Winey (CU Science Stars: The Cutting Edge Demystified - Thursday), is a Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He joined the department in 1991 as an Assistant Professor after post-doctoral studies at the University of Washington. He earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1988. He has taught introductory genetics for 10 years, and has taught other introductory courses prior to that. His early research work was with baker’s yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. More recently his research group has also worked with human tissue culture cells and with the ciliate, Tetrahymena thermophila, which has rather odd genetics. Most recently, Dr. Winey spent a sabbatical year in the human genetics lab of Dr. Philip Beales at the Institute for Child Health, Great Ormond Street Hospital, University College London supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship. Dr. Winey has been Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences, he has received the American Cancer Society Junior Faculty Research Development Award, and a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award.
One of the Academy's most accredited facilitators, Rear Admiral Richard (Dick) E. Young (The War in the Pacific, 1941-1945 and What If? Reimagining History's Turning Points) will be back to help us navigate the "what ifs" for the colorful and fascinating Teddy Roosevelt who famously described his successor, Taft, as a "a flubdub with a streak of the second-rate and common in him." Dick's knowledge of both military history and politics make him ideally suited for an exploration of this period in our country. Dick has a BA from the University of Michigan and graduated with honors from the United States Navy's Officer Candidate School, after which he was ordered to the destroyer, USS MADDOX (DD731) where he served two tours in several official capacities.
After leaving active duty, he obtained his JD from the University of Michigan and was Assistant Editor of the Michigan Law Review. His years in Denver have been no less impressive. He practiced law and remained active in the Naval Reserve as well as in numerous civic and political organizations. His awards, citations and commendations are literally too many to mention but his greatest pride and pleasure are his wife Lorie, to whom he has been married over 50 years, and his four grown daughters.