Get an inside look at cutting-edge research in particle physics with Don Lincoln, PhD, who was on the teams that discovered the Higgs boson and the top quark. In this course, you'll gain a wide perspective of our modern understanding of the universe, beginning with a historical look at how scientists came to this understanding and moving into the exciting new theories and questions being explored using particle accelerators like the Large Hadron Collider. You'll also explore topics of dark matter and energy as well as the connection between cosmology and what particle physics can tell us about how the universe began.
For any disaster, government resources are vital, but not enough. It takes a village to both prepare for and respond to any catastrophe, including businesses, nonprofits, community and faith-based groups, individuals as well as all levels of government. In this class, Dr. Yuko Nakanishi will explain the guidelines, plans and resources available through FEMA for the entire community to work together to build a safer future. These resources include the National Incident Management System, National Response Framework and National Preparedness System, which together provide a consistent and scalable approach to develop the skills needed for an effective response. Students will learn best practices of an effective strategy as well as the roadblocks that impede it.
Cosmic Frontiers offers an introduction to cutting-edge research in modern astrophysics and black hole physics from the front lines of those investigations. In the first part of this 2-part series, Pankaj Joshi, PhD and Senior Professor at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, will take you through the important developments of the past decades. In Part I he will also discuss the implications of Einstein's theory of gravity, the need for a quantum theory of gravity, recent discoveries in black hole physics and other important topics.
Human memory is a multifaceted ability that is amazing, mysterious and, when it fails, disconcerting. When is memory failure normal and when does it herald brain disease such as Alzheimer’s? In this class, Dr. Brian Levine will discuss what we know about human memory processes according to the latest neuroscientific research, including how the brain processes and stores information, the role of autobiographical memory in understanding memory mechanisms, how memory fails due to aging and other conditions and what techniques work for improving memory function.
Many disorders, including the dementias, stroke, and traumatic brain injury, damage the frontal lobes, resulting in deficits in executive cognitive functions such as planning, foresight, inhibition and memory. Despite this, methods for diagnosing and treating executive dysfunction are limited. In this class, Dr. Brian Levine will interpret the latest neuroscientific research on the frontal lobes, synthesizing information from clinical samples, imaging techniques, videos of case studies and other areas of research in order to analyze the syndromes of executive dysfunction.
In Part II of this 2-part course, Dr. Pankaj Joshi will focus on cutting-edge research, theories and developments in astrophysics and cosmology today. Students will learn how black holes and space-time singularities arise, their unusual properties and relationship to other phenomena such as quasars. Dr. Joshi will also discuss how investigations into the gravitational collapse of massive stars relate to quantum gravity theory and the implications for our understanding of the universe.
Brain injury is a major public health issue, affecting people of all ages. Dr. Lynn Schaefer, a board certified clinical neuropsychologist and brain injury specialist, will explain the different types of brain injury and the difficulties with thinking, memory, and behavior that may result from damage to the brain. Dr. Schaefer will discuss the neuropathology of brain injury and why certain brain regions are more vulnerable to injury than others. She will also describe both the cognitive and psychiatric symptoms of brain injury as well as the roles of the many rehabilitation specialists that care for people with brain injury. Finally, there will be a discussion about how to help prevent this “silent epidemic” of brain injury.