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Cognition and the Aging Brain
Cognition and the Aging Brain

Dates: February 16 – 27, 2015
Interactive Lectures: Available before start date
Live Q&A Session Dates: February 17, 19, 23, 25, 27 
Live Q&A Session Time: 12:00 - 12:30 PM, EST
Registration Closes: Wednesday, February 11, 5:00 PM, EST

  

The average life span is increasing across the globe, and with it the social and economic concerns of caring for an aging population. Dr. Brian Levine, a board certified clinical neuropsychologist and expert on human memory, will explain the processes underlying healthy brain aging, how healthy aging is differentiated from dementia and how the major dementia syndromes are recognized.

Mysteries of the Universe
Mysteries of the Universe

Dates: March 2 – 13, 2015
Interactive Lectures: Available before start date
Live Q&A Session Dates: March 3, 5, 9, 11, 13
Live Q&A Session Time: 1:00 - 1:30 PM, EST
Registration Closes: Wednesday, February 25, 5:00 PM, EST

  

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.    

Wind Engineering: Structural Design for Wind Loads
Wind Engineering: Structural Design for Wind Loads

Dates: May 18 – 29, 2015
Interactive Lectures: Available before start date
Live Q&A Session Dates: May 19, 21, 25, 27, 29
Live Q&A Session Time: 6:00 - 6:30 PM, EST
Registration Closes: Wednesday, May 13, 5:00 PM, EST
 
Engineering standards for designing buildings and structures to safely withstand wind load are highly complex. In this course Dr. Emil Simiu, fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will provide structural and architectural engineers with the practical knowledge and tools needed for the design of structures for wind loads. Taking an intuitive approach, Dr. Simiu uses real-world examples and studies to demonstrate how to interpret and use the provisions of the ASCE 7-10 – standards developed by the American Society of Civil Engineers to identify minimum design loads. He will also cover issues with aerodynamic testing in wind tunnels and how to interpret those reports as well as the modern capabilities of database-assisted design.

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