Future Programs

University Club programs are open to the public and are held Tuesdays in the Padua Room of the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Road, Claremont, California. Meetings start at 11:30 AM. The $15 meeting fee (effective April 1st) includes a buffet lunch. Membership applications are available at each meeting. Map to Hughes Community Center

June Program Chair: Donna Bernard

June 7  – “Science vs. Pseudoscience:  Avoiding the B.S. (Bad Science)”


Speaker – Dr. Anna Ahn, professor of biology, Harvey Mudd College

Many people and websites make claims that defy our current understanding of science and medicine. They make attempts to sound scientific, but many are just scamming us. Dr. Ahn teaches a class at Harvey Mudd on "Science vs. Pseudoscience" that explores how to distinguish the two. She will explain that science is a process of learning about knowledge and not simply a collection of facts. Although we all have learned many facts about science, any fact can be rejected or modified by new findings at any time. As Carl Sagan said, though, "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." Dr. Ahn earned B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from UC Berkeley, and was a NIH post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard before coming to Harvey Mudd.

Introduction: Ray Bragg
Fellowship: Pat Kelly
Greeter: Doug MacKenzie

June 14  – "Solfege in the Jungle: Five Things that I Learned while Serving in the Peace Corps"


Speaker – Alex László

After a brief introduction on Micronesia, with emphasis on the island of Pohnpei, Alex László will use pictures and videos to share some of her experiences and insights from serving two years there in the Peace Corps. She will explain what it was like to join a foreign community, adopt their customs and traditions, and learn what day-to-day life is like living on an island. A Claremont native, Alex László began fostering her love of music at an early age, and that love of music has taken her all over the world. While completing her Bachelors of Music in Music Education from the University of Redlands, she spent a semester studying music pedagogy in Hungary. After graduation, she spent two years in Pohnpei in the Peace Corps, immersed as a local Pohnpeian woman, teaching English as a second language and filling the rest of her time with community projects and teaching as much music as her village could stand. Currently, she is teaching music and choir at three of Claremont’s elementary schools.

Introduction: Bill Waggener
Fellowship: Michael Fay
Greeters: Pat Kelly, Art Parker

June 21  – “Claremont Trees in a Drought"


Speaker – Jeremy Cawn, city arborist, Claremont

Jeremy Cawn will talk about Claremont’s urban forest, including its history, its current state, and future challenges. He will give us an overview of the trees in our urban forest, including talking about tree versus infrastructure conflicts. He will also discuss caring for our trees, including how to water, when to fertilize, dealing with drought, trimming trees, some common diseases, and pest identification. Mr. Cawn earned his BS in Forestry at Southern Illinois University. He has served as Forest Service Firefighter and has earned a professional certificate in Fire Ecology Northern Arizona University. Before coming to California, he worked in Brooklyn as a Forester for the NYC Parks department. 

Introduction: Sam Mansour
Fellowship: Chuck Cable
Greeters: Nancy Magnusson, Milt Wilson

June 28  – “Better Together – the Advantages of Human-Robot Teamwork”


Speaker – Dr. Jim Boerkoel, assistant professor of computer science, Harvey Mudd College

Dr. Boerkoel will highlight on-going projects in the Human Experience & Agent Teamwork laboratory (HEATlab) at Harvey Mudd College.  The goal of the HEATLab is to develop techniques that augment human cognitive and physical abilities to create integrated human-robot teams that are more capable than their individual counterparts. Dr. Boerkoel earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Before joining Harvey Mudd, he worked as a postdoctoral associate with the Interactive Robotics Group at MIT. He specializes in human robot interaction, artificial intelligence, and interaction design.

Introduction: Tom Helliwell
Fellowship: Georgia McManigal
Greeters: Larry Wicksted, Jeanne Kennedy
Birthdays: Lucy Lynch


Bulletin Committee Members: David and Anne Sonner

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