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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.


Winter 2015


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

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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

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