Spring 2015
Mondays, 11:15 am– 12:45 pm


April 6
Saw-Whet and Long-Eared Owls in Migration
Presented by Nancy Widger
Nancy spends much of her free time in the woods of Rochester searching for saw-whet and long-eared owls. She is fascinated by these beautiful, sometimes elusive, creatures and their feeding, mating, and migration patterns. She enjoys researching and educating others about owls and the importance of humans not disturbing them in their natural habitat. She will also share photos she has taken on her excursions.

April 13
What is a Blog and Why Would I Ever Want to Write One?
Presented by Debby Zeman
Debby Zeman will introduce our members to the blog phenomenon and its astonishing successes. This is a fun topic with a practical lead-in to getting started.

April 20
US Government: YES, WE SCAN
Presented by Bob Vukosic

  • Why does the NSA collect foreign intelligence?
  • What have we been told?
  • What is actually happening?
  • How is intelligence data collected?
  • Where is intelligence data collected?
  • How accurate is the info on NSA operations?
  • What are the pros and cons of collecting intelligence?

The PBS Documentary Frontline: The United States of Secrecy will be used to get an overview our government’s current intelligence collection practices. We will discuss how these could impact our lives.

April 27
Walter William, "Suffer No Fools"
Presented by Liz Sciortino
Meet Walter Williams: Follow him from the housing projects of Philadelphia to his current status as a professor of economics at George Mason University and a weekly syndicated columnist carried by 140 US newspapers.

May 5
Women in Computing
Presented by Julian Thomas

May 11
Microsoft Power Point 2010 for Beginners
Presented by Bob Vukosic
This class is structured for those members who have little or no experience using Power Point. It will be a hands-on class limited to 15, so bring your laptop and learn how easy it is to create your own presentation.

June 1
Neanderthals were ignorant proto-humans... or were they?
Presented by Bob Vukosic
The common wisdom has been that Neanderthals were a separate species from modern humans, and became extinct because of climate change and competition with modern humans moving into their habitat between 45,000 and 40,000 years ago. We will discuss how research evidence shows that Neanderthals were more advanced than previously known, in language skills, weapon making, & immune responses to disease, etc., as well as how their genetic traits may be affecting us today.

June 8
Infinity is Not Just a Big Number
Presented by Roger Gans