|Academy of Continuing Education
Winter & Spring 2014
|Classes by Category
Judaic & Israel
Technology and the Mysteries of the Universe
S1 Gems, Jewelry, and Precious Metals
Instructor: Arthur Samuels
This course will help you become an educated consumer when buying or selling gems, jewelry, and precious metals. In the process you will learn about gems and precious metals and why some are more costly than others. Given by one of the country’s top jewelers and gemologists, you’ll receive useful tips in evaluating your gems and jewelry, as well as recent updates in the field. In one session, students will be able to bring in their jewelry for evaluation and discussion.
Arthur Samuels has owned and operated wholesale and retail businesses in South Florida for the past 24 years. He is a Graduate Gemologist of Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and has assisted in the revision of the GIA Diamonds Course. Unanimously elected Chairman of the Board, he is a Director of the Diamond Bourse of the Southeastern United States, occupying either of these positions for the last 20 years. A member of the Jeweler's Vigilance Committee, an organization which actively promotes ethics and integrity in the jewelry trade, he has published numerous articles and is a distinguished public speaker.
> Thursday, March 13; 12:00-1:30 pm
S3 Is Robotic Surgery Right For You?
Instructor: A Medical Professional from Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center
Robotic Surgery, the da Vinci Surgical System, is a sophisticated robotic platform designed to expand the surgeon’s capabilities and offer a state-of-the-art minimally invasive option for major surgery. But why do we need a new way to do minimally invasive surgery? Learn from the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center surgical team the exciting benefits that come with robotic surgery. Plus, the da Vinci Surgical System will be on site during this lecture for you to see first-hand how this advanced machine operates.
> Thursday, March 13; 10:00-11:30 am
S1 Sustainable Landscaping with Native Plants
Instructor: George Rogers, Ph.D.
Florida is a hotbed of environmental problems, and we horticulturists pat ourselves on the back as stewards of the all that’s Green. Yet we can be more part of the problem than the solution with pesticides in the water, fertilizer pollution, invasive exotic species, and poor planning. Landscaping with a preference for native species minimizes each garden-related environmental concern, and makes life easier by using plants adapted to local conditions, as well as supportive of local wildlife. We will explore general principles of sustainable landscaping and learn several native species to meet local landscape needs.
George Rogers earned a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Michigan. This was followed by a Fellowship at Harvard University. Before Florida, he served on the faculty of the University of the West Indies. Moving to Florida in 1999, he became the director of the horticulture program at Palm Beach State College.
> Thursday, April 17; 12:00-1:30 pm