For the past several years the UA College of Science has sponsored an annual lecture series on contemporary themes with broad interest. The 2012 series focuses on the effects of long life, addressing the opportunities and costs of the new longevity, the biology of aging, the effects of aging on the brain, regenerative medicine, the impact on global populations, and the increasing intimacy between informatics and the aged.
The schedule of speakers and their topics at Academy Village is as follows:
Wednesday, March 7 — Janko Nikolich-Zugich, Professor and Department Head of Immunobiology, and Co-Director, Arizona Center on Aging. Presented in video streaming format, his topic is “The Biology of Aging: Why Our Bodies Grow Old.”
Wednesday, March 14 — Shane C. Burgess, dean, UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, speaking in person on “Can We, and What if We Do?”
Thursday, March 15 — Carol A. Barnes, regents’ professor of psychology and neurology and director of the UA’s Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute. Presented in streaming video format, her topic is “The Aging of the Brain.”
Wednesday, March 21 — Vincent J. Del Casino, Jr., associate dean, UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and professor of geography and development, speaking in person on “Society, Geographic Change and the New Longevity.”
Thursday, March 22 — Paul R. Cohen, director of the UA School of Information: Science, Technology and Arts, presented in streaming video format on the topic “Information and Immortality.”
Wednesday, April 25 — David G. Armstrong, professor of surgery and director of the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance at UA, who will speak in person on “Repair, Regeneration and Replacement Revisited.”