Presenter: Hunter Lloyd

Date: Monday, Oct. 17th

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Holiday Inn

Wonderlust members are cordially invited to become acquainted with Looney, Professor Hunter Lloyd’s delightful award-winning robot. Computer scientist Lloyd uses his background as an inventor and comedian (he once toured with Jerry Seinfeld and Tim Allen) to entertain and teach his audiences about robots, gadgets, and science. Lloyd dispels the stereotypes and intimidation that often surround computer science. He shows that computer science is all about possibilities and FUN.

Presenter Bio: Hunter Lloyd teaches Robotics at MSU. In 2010, he and his students outperformed Carnegie Melon and Harvard to capture the NASA Robotics Championship. In 2012, Lloyd and his robot Looney attended the Robot Olympic Games in San Francisco, California where Looney took home the most medals won by any one robot. From a field of over 500 robots from around the world, Looney was the Michael Phelps of the Robot Games. Lloyd is also a robotics entrepreneur, founding a company in 2005 that helped develop the RangeWatcher and WatchKeeper technologies for the Predator Unmanned Aircraft Group.

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Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In September Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on September 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  Also in September we’ll be a sponsor of the Bozeman Public Library’s celebration of Yellowstone National Park, Our Yellowstone.  

On October 3rdand 4thMSU Wonderlust is hosting an interactive symposium for practitioners and lifelong learners, Lifelong Learning: New Opportunities for Aging Communities.  This symposium, sponsored by Friends of MSU Wonderlust and MSU’s Office of Research and Development, will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, innovations, and strategies.

Save the dates: Wednesday, October 3, 5 pm – 7 pm, for the opening reception and presentation featuring Dr. Renee Reijo Pero of MSU and Dr. Rick Knopf of Arizona State, and Thursday, October 4, 9 am – 4 pm,for in-depth sessions on various topics, featuring speakers from across Montana and the U.S.  For details on the symposium and on all MSU Wonderlust program offerings, see www.montana.edu/wonderlust   

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust