Presenter: Seth Walk
Date: Monday, Jan. 18
Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Holiday Inn: 5 East Baxter Lane.

This side trip will introduce the audience to a part of their body that they may not be all that familiar with — the microbiome. The human microbiome refers to the microorganisms that live in and on all of us. These microbes are very important for our health and the loss of some of them may underlie disease. We will explore the microbiome together with examples from recent scientific research.

Seth-WalkPresenter Bio: Seth Walk is an Assistant Professor at MSU in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology. He grew up in Pennsylvania, where he attended Penn State University, and later moved to Michigan, where he received his PhD in Zoology. He, his wife Heather, and son David moved to Bozeman in 2013.


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 January Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on January 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust