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Wonderlust at Belgrade Community Library

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Wonderlust is for people who want to continue learning throughout their lives. Non-credit (no-grade) classes are taught by knowledgeable experts and provide the opportunity to interact with fellow learners who have similar interests. Wonderlust programs at the Belgrade Community Library are free and open to the public thanks to sponsorship from First Interstate Bank.

Mountaineering and Science | MSU Prof Michael Reidy
Tuesday, September 5 at 6:00 p.m.

This lecture will examine the close relationship between mountaineering and science. While it is widely acknowledged that scientists directed the formation and initial acceptance of mountaineering as a sport, Reidy will discuss how alpinism fundamentally transformed the nature of scientific research. By covering the life and science of some of the most recognized scientists in the nineteenth century, Reidy will show how scientists transformed their research through their ability to climb on mountain ranges throughout the globe.

Roles of Nature and Nurture in the Determination of Personality Traits and Political Beliefs | Dr. John Miller and Chrysti “The Wordsmith” Smith
Tuesday, October 3 at 6:00 p.m.
Although every person is absolutely unique, we often tend to sort ourselves into different general categories based on a few aspects of our personalities. One such grouping is whether we consider ourselves to be an extrovert or an introvert. Another is whether we are politically conservative or liberal. There is a host of interesting questions associated with our general tendency to think about these two personality aspects:

  • Are there really distinct definable “groups,” or are these characteristics better represented as a continuous “spectrum” of possibilities?
  • Are our individual sets of these attributes determined by nature or nurture?
  • In either case, is there an associated difference in any aspects of the “wiring” of our brains?
  • If there is some natural, brain-wiring-based component underlying these aspects of our personalities, is there evidence that those differences are inherited?

We will summarize the scientific research that deals with these issues, as well as the treatments that are presented in recent non-scientific publications, and we hope to have a lively discussion!

Neurodegenerative Disorders | Dr. Martin Teintze
Tuesday, October 24 from 6-7:30pm
There are several neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s, that become more prevalent as we age. This talk will explore what is known about the biochemical and genetic triggers that can cause these disorders and discuss potential therapies that might be able to arrest or reverse the degeneration.

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Michael Reidy is the Michael P. Malone Professor of History in the Department of History and Philosophy at Montana State University. He is the author of Tides of History (Chicago, 2008) and co-author of Exploration and Science (2006) and Communicating Science (2004).  He is also the general editor of the John Tyndall Correspondence Project and co-edited a volume on Tyndall entitled The Age of Scientific Naturalism (2014). His current research focuses on how the advance of mountaineering changed the practice of science in the nineteenth century.

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John Miller is an Emeritus Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at MSU, and was a College of Letters and Science Distinguished Professor. His primary research focus was on the biological mechanisms underlying information processing in nervous systems. He received a BA in Physics at UC Berkeley, and a PhD in Biology at the UC San Diego. After postdoctoral research in Computational Neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health, he returned to a faculty position at Berkeley. In 1997, Dr. Miller moved to Montana State University to establish the Center for Computational Biology. In addition to carrying on his research program, Dr. Miller served on several national committees, including President Clinton’s Information Technology Advisory Committee. Dr. Miller has had a long-standing interest in the cognitive neuroscience of music, language and art.

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Chrysti M. Smith holds a BS degree in Anthropology from MSU, but is far better known as the writer and host of “Chrysti the Wordsmith,” a daily 2-minute radio series recorded at KGLT-FM and syndicated on several radio markets across the West.  What began as a student project for a linguistics class became Smith’s vocation: that of turning dictionary entries into radio stories. Smith is a native of Poplar, Montana, and now lives in Belgrade.

 

 

 

 

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 Dr. Teintze received his BS from Caltech and PhD from UC San Diego in biochemistry before joining the faculty at Cornell University Medical College. For the past 25 years he has been teaching and doing research at MSU. Since 2009, he has also directed the WWAMI Medical Education Program, which serves as Montana’s medical school. He teaches the medical students about neurodegenerative disorders each Fall.