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 First Stars

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Time: 6 p.m. (reception), 6:30 p.m. (discussion)

The Reserve
Walnut Creek 2727 82nd Place
Urbandale, Iowa

Join UI Physics and Astronomy Professor Philip E. Kaaret as he helps explain how the universe became filled with stars, galaxies, and a whole periodic table of elements. He'll discuss the formation of stars, the influence of the very first stars on the stars and galaxies that followed, and even where gold comes from—we'll thank our lucky stars to see you there!

Learn more and register by noon on Monday, Nov. 10, by clicking here.

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Telemedicine in Iowa: Improving Health Care Delivery

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Time: 2 p.m. (reception), 2:30 p.m. (discussion)

Des Moines Public Library Central
1000 Grand Avenue, Des Moines

Patrick D. Brophy is the UI director of pediatric nephrology, dialysis, and transplantation, as well as the assistant vice president for the university's eHealth & Innovation Center. Join Brophy as he discusses the center's developing telemedicine program, which will deliver diverse health care options to rural Iowa. Its benefits include reduced costs and travel, increased access to specialists and follow-up care at the local level, and more engagement with personal health care decisions.

Learn more and register by noon on Thursday, Dec. 4, by clicking here.

Suicide: Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Time: 6 p.m. (reception), 6:30 p.m. (discussion)

John & Mary Pappajohn Education Center
1200 Grand Avenue, Des Moines

Join John Westefeld, a professor in the UI's counseling psychology program, as he discusses current data on suicide, risk factors, what to do if you're concerned about a friend or family member, available resources, and the need for follow-up therapy for survivors after a suicide. Westefeld not only has a professional interest in this topic, but a personal one, having lost a loved one to suicide.

Learn more and register by noon on Monday, Feb. 16, by clicking here.

The Plugged-In Life of Teens and Tweens: What's the Impact?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Time: 6 p.m. (reception), 6:30 p.m. (discussion)

Cedar RapidsPublicLibrary - Downtown
450 5th Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids

Come hear Tess Barker, 09JD, 11PhD, executive director of the Iowa American Academy of Pediatrics (Iowa AAP) and an adjunct assistant professor in the College of Education, discuss the impact of social media on the health, development, and mental well-being of adolescents. She'll share AAP research and policy statements, new technologies and social media sites accessed by teens, a review of risks and benefits, and strategies for fostering responsible, healthy use of social media.

Learn more and register by noon on Monday, March 2, by clicking here.

Music, Media and Journalism: Surprisingly Bright Futures

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Time: 6 p.m. (reception), 6:30 p.m. (discussion)

John & Mary Pappajohn Education Center
1200 Grand Avenue, Des Moines

During his years as a Rolling Stone columnist and pop music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, UI journalism professor Don McLeese learned what it was like to cover a crumbling industry (major-label music) for another crumbling industry (print newspapers). Hear McLeese explain why he is convinced that musicians, journalists, and consumers alike have benefited from the digital revolution and that great work reaches far larger audiences than ever before. What's needed now is a way to make this delivery model both profitable and sustainable.

Learn more and register by noon on Monday, March 2, by clicking here.

Lessons from Cookie Monster

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Time: 2p.m. (reception), 2:30 p.m. (discussion)

Iowa City, Iowa

Worried about whether your children watch too much media—and what they're learning? Do you want them to be able to focus, set goals, and control their emotions? Join Deborah Linebarger, UI associate professor of education, for a discussion on such issues, including a new Sesame Street project that uses Cookie Monster to help preschoolers learn behavioral skills.

Learn more and register by noon on Thursday, March 5, by clicking here.

The Evolution of Parkinson's Disease

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Time: 6 p.m. (reception), 6:30 p.m. (discussion)

John & Mary Pappajohn Education Center
1200 Grand Avenue, Des Moines

Join us as Ludwig Gutmann, UI clinical professor of neurology, discusses the many complex features of this illness, including impairment of motor abilities, compulsive shopping and gambling, and memory loss. Gutmann will also present the new, effective treatments that have accompanied an increased understanding of the disease's dynamics. In our current era, Parkinson's disease has become a prime example of a treatable disorder with strong genetic roots. Evolving therapies have dramatically changed the course of the illness and the lives of affected patients.

Learn more and register by noon on Thursday, April 2, by clicking here.

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