Wonderlust at Belgrade Community Library

Wonderlust programs at the Belgrade Community Library are free and open to the public, thanks to sponsorship by Belgrade Community Library and First Interstate Bank.

Location: 106 N. Broadway, Belgrade

Registration: Online or catalog registration form

TOPIC:  Research Update: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage – Move It or Lose It!

Date: Thursday, March 29

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

What happens when you combine mechanical engineering skills with facets of cell biology and chemistry to address the mobility-inhibiting disease osteoarthritis? New thinking and perhaps novel therapies. Recent evidence demonstrates that mechanical stresses and loads on joints cause cellular changes in cartilage. Understanding these changes is leading to new therapies and better outcomes for those of us suffering from osteoarthritis, the most common joint disease. (Yes, there will be a new prescription!)

Presenter: Ron June

JuneRon June received an undergraduate degree in Engineering Mechanics with Honors from Dartmouth College in 2002. He continued his studies, earning a PhD in Biomedical Engineering with an emphasis in Orthopedic Biomechanics in 2007. He completed postdoctoral studies in both Rheumatology and Molecular Cell Biology before starting his research and teaching program in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at MSU in 2011.

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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 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