Basic GeneticsInstructor: Sharon Eversman

Dates: Tuesdays; Oct. 20 to Nov. 17

Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Aspen Pointe

Course Info: Using basic Mendelian genetics and simple problems, we first will address the question: How do we predict characteristics of offspring from two parents? On a cellular level there are more questions. Why are no two people (dogs, cats, trees…) exactly the same? What happens to cells and chromosomes during cell division? What are chromosomes and genes? What do DNA and RNA do? What are mutations and how are organisms affected? Is DNA technology very useful, very scary, or both? We will observe illustrations of cellular processes and their outcomes. With the old-fashioned tools of paper and pencil, we will address some basic predictions and cell activities. If you spaced out high school biology, newer technology will make the above questions dynamic and the answers clear.

Class Format: Lecture and discussion

Readings: None required but information abounds on the internet, and appropriate references will be given

Instructor Bio:   

eversmanSharon Eversman retired from the Ecology Department at MSU after over 40 years of teaching a variety of courses from freshman cell biology to senior and graduate level courses in botany, ecology, coevolution, and teacher education. Her research area concentrated on the biology of lichens, which involved field studies as well as light and electron microscopy.

Cost: $62.50 - member; $97.50 - nonmember




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