A Special Wonderlust/MSU Parent & Family Association Partnership Event!

Presenter: Dr. Mark Young

Date: Friday, October 21st.

Time:  3–5 p.m.

Location: Hager Auditorium, Museum of the Rockies

600 West Kagy Blvd., Bozeman

Most of us think of viruses as disease-causing agents that are to be feared and fought. While some viruses do cause important human illnesses, many play beneficial roles in widely varying ecosystems. This program examines new discoveries about viruses and the roles they play in systems ranging from the human body to the boiling hot spring environments of Yellowstone National Park.

Dr. Mark Young is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in environmental virology. He and his lab of student researchers focus on the discovery, characterization and utilization of new viruses from extreme environments.

This lecture is free to Wonderlust members and their guests. No registration is necessary.


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