Adult Lectures

The Parker Cultural and Scientific Commission is pleased to sponsor talks on topics that impact Colorado citizens and residents of Douglas County. The intent of these talks is to increase the understanding of how science and technology address current and future issues facing our community.

All lectures take place at PACE Center and are FREE and open to the public. We like to anticipate the number of guests attending, so although an RSVP is not required, it is appreciated. Please RSVP via email, Sign Up Genius, or phone at 303.805.6800.   
  
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Saturday, August 27, 10:00 a.m. 

Feed Your Brain: Nutrition for Concentration and Focus


Guest Speaker: Brook Ebel, Natural Grocers
Is your brain starved for better nutrition? Do you find it hard to concentrate or focus? Do you feel irritable or moody for no discernible reason? Are you absent-minded or suffer from periodic brain fog? Or would you simply like to make a healthier snack for your child’s school day? Then this class is for you. Learn the secrets of a better brain through nutrition at any age. 

Thursday, September 1, 6:30 p.m.

A Parent’s Guide to Minecraft


Guest Speaker: Brian Dickman, Owner Deep Space 
Minecraft is a video game sensation reaching kids from age 4 to 40 and above. Most parents see the primitive graphics and wonder how kids can find the game appealing. In this session, we will demystify the game and provide helpful tips for parents that want to keep their kids safe and productive. Guests will leave with practical guidelines for aligning their gaming rules with their parenting style. This session is led by Brian Dickman of Deep Space. He is a father of 3, a teacher, a technologist and host of a Parker-based Minecraft Club running every week for over three years.

Thursday, October 13, 6:30 p.m.

Cislunar Space Economy


Guest Speaker: Bernard Kutter, Manager Advanced Programs, United Launch Alliance 
For decades, the global space economy has been dominated by government programs and commercial telecommunications. The space hardware and launch service sectors have been relatively stagnant since the 1980’s. However, investments in space development have brought numerous industries to the cusp of transitioning from research and development to profitable businesses. Transportation is a critical foundation required by all space industries. Earth-to-orbit launch has caught most of the public’s attention with investments by wealthy entrepreneurs, new vehicles coming on line, and staunch global competition, but on-orbit transportation may be even more transformational, enabling new, thriving industries. Where are the space highways of tomorrow? What will be the impact of extraterrestrial derived propellants? What technology leaps in transportation are required to open cislunar space to commercial development?

Bernard Kutter received a B.S. in Aerospace engineering from University of Washington in 1987. He joined GD in 1988 to pursue his passion for space utilization, providing thermodynamic support for 68 Atlas Centaur and Titan Centaur Launches. Bernard manages ULA’s Advanced programs group where he has been responsible for concept development of ULA’s Vulcan rocket, ACES upper stage and developing new capabilities to ensure that ULA provides future launch services that enable customer missions.

Thursday, November 3, 6:30 p.m.

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s


Guest Speaker: Representative from The Alzheimer's Association TBA 
The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it’s time to learn the facts. This program provides information on detection, possible causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment, and much more. 
 
Thursday, January 12, 6:30 p.m.

Medical Research in the Media: How to evaluate the credibility of the next big medical solution

Guest Speaker: Dr. Laura Saba, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences University of Colorado Denver 
Often times, the field of medical research can seem both daunting and contradictory to the general public. Local and national news headlines often tout that researchers have found the gene for a popular disease or that if you make this simple lifestyle change you will protect yourself from one disease or another. How do you decide which article or news story to believe? How do you determine its relevance to you and your family? This lecture will include information about how research studies are designed and how this impacts the credibility and applicability of results. We will discuss the role of statistics in determining ‘effect’ in medical research and some of the most common ways results can be misinterpreted or overstated. We will conclude with a discussion of several current examples of medical research reported in the media. 

Thursday, March 2, 6:30 p.m.

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the latest research


Guest Speaker: Representative from the Alzheimer's Association TBA 
For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to optimize our physical and cognitive health as we age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. 
 
Thursday, April 13, 6:30 p.m. 

A Discussion of Silent Film

(In conjunction with 2016 The Denver Silent Film Festival)
Guest Speaker: Dr. Howie Movshovitz, Director of The Denver Silent Film Festival. film critic at KUNC (Public Radio), contributor to NPR (national), and film teacher at the University of Colorado Denver 
In movies, as with many other things, we're obsessed by the new -- and for no good reason. No one disparages Vermeer as an "old" painter. The films of the silent period are often shown in poor copies projected at the wrong speed, which make them look silly. Otherwise, silent films are rich and complex, often funny, and often exceptionally beautiful. And in a noisy world, they're blessed by silence.