Deciding Factors and Why They Matter

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A Special Wonderlust/Alumni Association Partnership Event

PRESENTER: Dr. Renee A. Reijo Pera
DATES: Thursday, May 7, 2015 
TIME: 2pm to 4pm
LOCATION: GranTree Inn, 1325 North 7th Ave., Bozeman


COURSE INFO: The Future of Research in Montana and America: Deciding Factors and Why They Matter

CLASS FORMAT: NA

COURSE MATERIALS: NA

peraPRESENTER BIO: Montana State University Vice President of Research and Economic Development and Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience; Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Dr. Reijo Pera was recruited to MSU from Stanford University where she directed several Stanford graduate programs and a national center of excellence, the Center for Reproductive and Stem Cell Biology. She has received numerous awards for her work, including citation by Newsweek magazine as one of twenty influential women in the USA for her work in understanding human development. In addition, she has started four biotechnology companies – Auxogyn, Cellogy, StemGyn and Novovia. Auxogyn now has 100 employees and will be revenue-generating in 2015.

COST: Wonderlust and MSU Alumni Association members and guests: $10 each (limit 1 guest per member)

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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