Lifelong Learning


Learning is a lifetime process, not something that ends with graduation. The UI Alumni Association, along with various partners across campus, is committed to providing enrichment through Lifelong Learning programs. Each year, at events held in cities across Iowa, UI faculty and staff share their knowledge and experience with alumni and friends of the university. Topics range from health issues and current events to career development.

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The Personal Genome: Your Past Revealed through Genetic Tests

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Advances in human genetics over the past 30 years have enabled the emergence and growth of a "recreational genetics" marketplace. Maybe you have considered purchasing a DNA test yourself from one of the varied companies in this market. Join us to hear from Bryant McAllister, UI associate biology professor and associate chair for undergraduate education, who will illustrate the science underlying these genetic tests. Analysis of an individual's DNA provides a window into the past by revealing ancestral connections to regions across the globe, while DNA matches in a customer database may support historical records of a family genealogy. The Personal Genome represents the biology equivalent that stargazing is to astronomy—but, instead of looking up, personal genetics allows individuals to look inward into themselves and their past.

Online registration for this event is over. Please feel free to register at the event.

Sponsored by:

The Reserve

Surviving Creativity

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Institutions like the idea of creativity, but often resist the process of innovation. Educational systems train people to be "excellent cogs" from early on. All children are artistic in kindergarten but very little of that remains by the time they reach high school. Original ideas likely meet with criticism from others and creatives soon learn to suppress their unconventional thinking. History offers multiple examples of inventions that were first thought of as useless or absurd—including trains, the light bulb, human flight, the telephone, and even movies and TV.

Join UI professor and professional symphony musician Jeffrey Agrell as he takes you on a guided tour of what drives resistance to new ideas and establishes ways we can celebrate and embrace our natural creativity.

Learn more and register by noon on Monday, Feb. 22, by clicking here.

In collaboration with:

Des Moines Public Library

Sponsored by:

The Reserve

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