Fall & Winter 2014
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Judaic & Israel
Technology and the Mysteries of the Universe
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The Scripps Research Institute Lecture Series These lectures are free and open to the community. Please call 561-712-5253 to reserve a seat.
Can Autism Be Stopped?
Autism is a disorder of the developing brain that afflicts 1 in 68 children in the US. On average, medical expenditures for children with Autism are as much as 6 times greater than for those without it, and intensive behavioral interventions for children with Autism can cost $40,000 to $60,000 per child per year. There are currently no medications that can cure Autism or treat the core symptoms. Can it be stopped? oin Dr. Damon Page, Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Scripps Florida to hear how his research might provide an answer.
Speaker: Damon Page received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and his B.S. in Biology from Eastern Oregon University. His research on Autism has been published extensively.
> Wednesday; Dec 3; 7:00-8:00 pm
Alzheimer’s Disease: Is There a Cure?
Among people age 71 and older, 16 percent of women and 11 percent of men have Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The toll in human suffering for those afflicted and their caregivers is immeasurable. Join Dr. Ron Davis, renowned neuroscientist and head of the Scripps Florida Neuroscience Department, to hear about the latest discoveries on the path to a cure for this tragic disease.
Speaker: Ron Davis, Ph.D. received his B.S. in Zoology at Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in Genetics at the University of California, Davis. He was a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell and National Institutes of Health (NIH) postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. He has received numerous awards for his pioneering research and is the founding chairman of the Scripps Research Department of Neuroscience.
> Tuesday; Jan 13; 7:00-8:00 PM
Finding a Cure for Cancer: Dream or Reality?
One of every three women will develop cancer during their lifetimes. One of every two men will. What does the future hold for those of us who contract this dreaded and ubiquitous disease? Join us to hear Dr. Joseph Kissil, a world renowned cancer researcher at Scripps Florida answer this important question.
Speaker: Joseph Kissil, Ph.D. was born in Connecticut, but grew up in Eilat, Israel after his parents made Aliyah in 1969. He received his B.Sc. in Life Sciences at Ben-Gurion University in Beer-Sheva and his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot. Dr. Kissil did his Postdoctoral work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on understanding why cancer occurs, at the molecular level, and on the identification of ways to develop treatments. He has won several prestigious research awards and honors.
> Thursday; Feb 12; 4:30-6:00 PM
Stopping Diabetes: Can it Be Done?
Diabetes is an insidious and prevalent disease that left uncontrolled contributes to premature death from heart disease and kidney failure. It also is the number one cause of blindness in adults. Almost one in ten Americans have diabetes including 25% of all seniors and the incidence in children is growing at an alarming rate. Join Dr. Patrick Griffin, renowned scientist and head of the Scripps Florida Molecular Therapeutics Department to hear how he and his colleagues are developing the latest tools to conquer diabetes.
Speaker: Patrick Griffin, Ph.D. received his B.S. degree in Chemistry at Syracuse University and his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Virginia. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology. Amongst his numerous awards and honors, Professor Griffin was a Dupont Chemistry Fellow and Dean’s Fellow at the University of Virginia.
> Thursday; Mar 12; 4:30-6:00 PM
Landscaping with Native Plants
This course is designed to introduce you to the native plants that will grow best in your garden and welcome wildlife such as birds and butterflies. We will examine the benefits of using native plants and other sustainable gardening techniques. Our first class will be held at Mandel JCC in Palm Beach Gardens. Our second class is a field trip to Pine Jog Environmental Center to see firsthand landscaping with native plants.
Instructor: Kristi Moyer is responsible for all management of Pine Jog Environmental Center’s 135 acres natural area. This includes the overall management plan, invasive/exotic plant management, fire management, restorations, and maintenance, creation, and interpretation of public trails. Ms. Moyer earned a M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Environmental Education from Florida Atlantic University.
> Wednesday; Jan 28; 1:00-2:30 PM
Mandel JCC, Palm Beach Gardens
> Wednesday; Feb 11; 10:00-11:30 AM
Pine Jog Environmental Center
$16/Member*; $24/Guest; $ 15/Class
*This adult education class is free for Individual, Couple and Seasonal Mandel JCC members