BAO Lectures

EDUCATIONAL LECTURES

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Lecture 1 Amazing Owl Super Powers

Thursday February 3, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Scientists believe that California has 15 species of owls. This is just an estimate since owls typically live in remote areas and are active mainly at night which makes it hard to find them. There are three California species that are on the federally or California threatened or endangered list: Northern Spotted, Elf and Great Gray Owls. Owls are physically different than other birds in many ways, by the shape of their heads and the position of their eyes. During this seminar, a California naturalist will teach us other ways in which owls are different than other birds. We will learn about three Owl Superpowers that enable these raptors to effectively hunt at night. Image by Danny Moore, Pixabay.

Location: Virtual via YouTube streaming


Lecture 2 Science of Aging

Thursday March 10, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Join us for an overview of our current understanding of the process of aging and age associated diseases. You will learn about the genetic and environmental components of aging, stem cell research, some of the successful interventions that ameliorate the functional decline that happens as we age and the latest therapeutic strategies that are in development for these diseases. The information will be presented in simple terms to make it easy to understand. The seminar is presented by a Ph.D. scientist with more than 25 years of experience. Image from National Cancer Institute.

Location: Virtual via YouTube streaming


Lecture 3 Human Impact on Mountain Lions

Thursday April 7, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

More than half of California is mountain lion habitat. Mountain lions generally exist wherever deer are found. They are solitary and elusive, and their nature is to avoid humans. We will learn about this specially protected species from one of the leading researchers of the Henry Coe State Park Mountain Lion Study. The main goal is to determine the effects of human activity on mountain lion behavior in order to help guide park management and protection of these magnificent animals. Our speaker will also discuss how park closures due to the pandemic and the destructive SCU fire complicated the analysis of this multiyear study.

Location: Virtual via YouTube streaming


Lecture 4 Science of Aging

Monday April 18, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Join us for an overview of our current understanding of the process of aging and age associated diseases. You will learn about the genetic and environmental components of aging, stem cell research, some of the successful interventions that ameliorate the functional decline that happens as we age and the latest therapeutic strategies that are in development for these diseases. The information will be presented in simple terms to make it easy to understand. The seminar is presented by a Ph.D. scientist with more than 25 years of experience. Image from National Cancer Institute.

Location: Virtual via YouTube streaming


Lecture 5 Wildfires & Wildlife

Thursday May 5, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Do wildfires have a negative impact on wildlife? Most wildlife responds and adapts to naturally occurring fires and many species benefit from fire either directly or indirectly. But what about the megafires occurring in California and other states which result from decades of fire suppression policies? Our speaker discuss an ongoing study designed to determine the short and long term impacts these more frequent and massive fires have on our local wildlife. Photo by US Department of Agriculture.

Location: Virtual via YouTube streaming


Lecture 6 Seven Types of Bird Feathers

Thursday June 9, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

From the fluffy down of a young chick to the colorful tails of a peacock, feathers are amazing engineering marvels that have evolved into different shapes, sizes and colors based on their function. Every bird has seven different types of feathers based on their structure and location on their body. Our speaker is a naturalist who will discuss different types of feathers and their functions.

Location: Virtual via YouTube streaming


Lecture 7 Understanding & Preventing Drug Side Effects Part 1

Tuesday July 5, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

More than one million people experienced adverse side effects from prescription and over the counter drugs, resulting in more than 110,000 deaths each year in the United States. This seminar will teach you important terms and concepts as well as historical perspectives on this subject matter. Using real examples, we will explain why taking drugs can result in side effects. The information will be presented in simple terms to make it easy to understand. Our speaker is a Ph.D. scientist with many years of drug development experience.

Location: Virtual via YouTube streaming


Lecture 8 Understanding & Preventing Drug Side Effects Part 1

Thursday August 4, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

More than one million people experienced adverse side effects from prescription and over the counter drugs, resulting in more than 110,000 deaths each year in the United States. This seminar will teach you important terms and concepts as well as historical perspectives on this subject matter. Using real examples, we will explain why taking drugs can result in side effects. The information will be presented in simple terms to make it easy to understand. Our speaker is a Ph.D. scientist with many years of drug development experience.

Location: Virtual via YouTube streaming


Lecture 9 Understanding & Preventing Drug Side Effects Part 2

Monday August 8, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

More than one million people experienced adverse side effects from prescription and over the counter drugs, resulting in more than 110,000 deaths each year in the United States. In this seminar, you will learn about the history of drug testing in the U.S., how prescription drugs are tested, how to read drug labels, diagnostic tests that determine each persons optimal dose and useful resources for preventing harmful side effects. The information will be presented in simple terms to make it easy to understand. Our speaker is a Ph.D. scientist with many years of drug development experience. Image by Joshua Coleman, Unsplash.

Location: Virtual via YouTube streaming


Lecture 10 Understanding & Preventing Drug Side Effects Part 2

Thursday September 1, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

More than one million people experienced adverse side effects from prescription and over the counter drugs, resulting in more than 110,000 deaths each year in the United States. In this seminar, you will learn about the history of drug testing in the U.S., how prescription drugs are tested, how to read drug labels, diagnostic tests that determine each persons optimal dose and useful resources for preventing harmful side effects. The information will be presented in simple terms to make it easy to understand. Our speaker is a Ph.D. scientist with many years of drug development experience. Image by Joshua Coleman, Unsplash.

Location: Virtual via YouTube streaming