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Home | 2015 BAO Educational Lecture Series

2015 BAO Lectures

Join us for educational lectures and build new neural connections! All lectures are 60 to 90 minutes including questions and answers. Arrive 30 minutes early to enjoy healthy food and to socialize with other adults age 50+. Registration is required and space is limited, so please sign up as soon as possible using the registration button below. Once you register, we will send details about the meeting location and other important information. To hear what others think of our events, click testimonials.

BAO members get a discount on the lectures. BAO membership is free. If you are not already a BAO member, and want to join to receive discounts, please Click Here before registering for the lectures.

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If you need a ride to the event or you would like a buddy to meet you there, please email us at share@bayareaolderadults.org

Lecture 1: Art Crimes of the 20th Century: Theft and Forgery

Art Crimes Lecture

Thursday January 15, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Would you like to learn more about the mysterious underworld of art crime? The disappearance in 1911 of one of the world’s most famous artworks - Leonardo’s Mona Lisa - baffled the French police for two years, and the theft of some of world’s most important artworks from The Gardner Museum in Boston continues to perplex art crime detectives. Why do thieves steal artworks that cannot be sold? The skill that art forgers have shown in the reproduction of famous works of Vermeer and Goya among others is no less than the sleight of hand shown by art thieves. Puzzles relating to some of the most high profile cases that have taken place in the last century will be examined in this lecture. These crimes shocked the art world and continue to fascinate audiences today. Our lecturer has a Masters in History of Art from the University of Nottingham and was assistant curator at the Tate Museum in London. A healthy breakfast will be served.

Location: San Jose CA 95133

Lecture 11: Travel to U.S. National Parks, Croatia and Costa Rica

Lake Powell

Wednesday February 4, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Location: San Jose CA 95133

Join us for a seminar about BAO's new group travel program. Bring your friends and family and learn about three upcoming trips in this FREE seminar –

  • Tribal Canyons of the Wild West: This tour takes you to three national parks and a national forest to view majestic red and white sandstone formations, canyons, mesas and cliffs as well as exhilarating lakes, rivers, forests and valleys. Along the way, learn about the history and culture of the Native Americans that lived in Arizona and Utah.
  • Enchanting Lands of Croatia and Slovenia: Tour the ancient Mediterranean cities of Croatia and Slovenia brimming with spectacular cathedrals, medieval castles, emperor’s palaces, colorful city centers and Roman ruins. Discover the equally-rich natural wonders of these two countries including alpine lakes and peaks, waterfalls, primeval forests and canyons via scenic drives along the idyllic Dalmatian coastline and boat tours of Bled Glacial Lake and Plitvice Lake National Park.
  • Natural Habitats and Culture of Costa Rica: Embark on a 12-day exclusive exploration of Costa Rica’s natural beauty, wildlife, exotic culture, food and crafts with a special small group adventure (12-24 people). Discover the spectacular tropical ecosystems of Tortuguero National Park, Sarapiqui Rainforest and Manuel Antonio National Park. Journey through tropical rainforests by boat, foot, ziplines, raft and hanging bridges. Experience the sheer diversity of wildlife that inhabits this Caribbean paradise. Tour pineapple, cacao and coffee plantations and taste local cuisine. Learn about the region’s important species such as the green turtle, bats and crocodiles.

All of your travel questions will be answered and breakfast will be served. For more details about these trips, please visit Travel Adventures

Location: San Jose CA 95133

Lecture 2: Civil Rights and the California Public Education System

Public Education Lecture

Tuesday February 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM

The right to a public education in California is a fundamental right fully guaranteed and protected by the California Constitution. Recognizing the central role that education plays in our society, the California Legislature has enacted numerous laws designed to promote equality in educational opportunities and to safeguard students against discriminatory practices in public schools. In this seminar, a civil rights attorney will review inequity in Bay Area schools including discrimination, differential punitive policies that drive more students of color into the criminal justice system and the lack of transparency in education funding. Lunch will be served.

Location: San Jose CA 95133

Lecture 3: Understanding Superfoods - Media Hype or Reality?

Superfoods Lecture

Thursday March 5, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Superfoods are a special category of foods found in nature. By definition they are calorie sparse and nutrient dense meaning they pack a lot of punch for their weight as far as goodness goes. There is a lot of information out there about the health benefits of superfoods such as acai berries, fish oil, green tea and dark chocolate. We will discuss the basis of these claims and the chemicals in these foods that have the potential to help prevent heart disease, cancer, high cholesterol and more. Real examples from scientific research studies will be discussed to provide the information you need to make your own decisions. The information will be presented in simple terms to make it easy to understand. The seminar is presented by a Ph.D. Chemist from Johns Hopkins University. Lunch will be served.

Location: San Jose CA 95129

Sponsored by Home Care Assistance

Lecture 4: The Potential of Genetic Testing

Genetic Testing Lecture

Thursday April 23, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Did you know there are more than 2000 genetic tests available to aid in the diagnosis and therapy for over a 1000 different diseases? With the prevalence of genetic testing and the availability of direct-to-consumer genetic tests, this timely seminar will cover a range of issues. We will discuss how genetic testing can be used to predict the risk of disease, detect a disease before it causes symptoms and diagnose diseases in people with symptoms as well as improve disease treatment and patient outcomes. Challenges with using genetic information including ethical and privacy issues and the future of genetic tests will also be discussed. The information will be presented in simple terms to make it easy to understand. The seminar is presented by a scientist with more than 20 years of biotechnology experience. Lunch will be served.

Location: TBA

Sponsored by Care Indeed

Lecture 5: Essential Nutrients and Vitamins - How to Distinguish the Good from the Bad

Vitamins Lecture

Thursday May 28, 2015 at 11:00 AM

More than fifty percent of adults in the United States take at least one dietary supplement such as vitamins and minerals, which supports a 30-billion-a-year supplement industry. Most people take these supplements without a doctor’s recommendation because they believe it will improve or maintain their health as they age. In this seminar, you will learn what nutrients and vitamins the human body needs to function properly and why. We will also discuss how this changes as we age and how to choose the best quality dietary supplements. The information will be presented in simple terms to make it easy to understand. The seminar is presented by a Ph.D. scientist with a background in chemistry and enzymology. Lunch will be served.

Location: San Jose CA 95129

Sponsored by Whole Foods Market

Lecture 6: Why Do We Spend Billions of Dollars on Planetary Research and Exploration?

Planetary Exploration Lecture

Tuesday June 30, 2015 at 11:00 AM

It has been more than half a century since Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon. Fifty years of human activity in space have produced valuable new technologies with social benefits that improve the quality of life on Earth. We have also acquired new perspectives on our place in the Universe as well as fostered peaceful connections among nations. More recently, the U.S spent more than three billion dollars to land the Curiosity rover on Mars and to enter NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft into Mars’ orbit. Using examples, Dr. Marek Cichanski, Professor of Astronomy at DeAnza College, will describe the benefits to society of planetary research and exploration including what we have learned and what we hope to learn that can be applied to life on earth. Lunch will be served.

Location: TBA

Sponsored by Care Indeed

Lecture 7: Probiotics and the Microbiome

Microbiome Lecture

Thursday July 16, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Did you know that the human body contains about 100 trillion cells, but only one in 10 of those cells are actually human? The rest are from bacteria and other microorganisms which live symbiotically within the human body. The National Institute of Health funded the Human Microbiome Project program (2007-2015) to study the role of microbes in human health and disease. We will discuss what has been learned so far including the important role the bacteria in your gut and other body surfaces serve, ways to improve your gut health as you age, the benefits of probiotics and the effects antibiotics and pesticides have on the beneficial bacteria in your body. The information will be presented in simple terms to make it easy to understand. The seminar is presented by a Ph.D. scientist with more than ten years of experience. Lunch will be served.

Location: TBA

Lecture 8: Genetic Engineering Your Food

GMO Lecture

Tuesday August 18, 2015 at 11:00 AM

It is estimated that at least 70% of food products in U.S. retail stores contain genetically modified (GMO) ingredients. Have you ever wondered why companies like Monsanto spend billions making genetically modified crops and how they are made? This seminar will cover these issues, as well as the risks associated with genetic modification so you can make educated decisions about what you eat and whether it is important for our food to be labeled. We will discuss the Monsanto perspective, what other scientific researchers are creating and what activist groups like Greenpeace are saying and why. The information will be presented in simple terms to make it easy to understand. The lecture is presented by Ph.D. scientist who worked directly with academics and agriculture companies creating GMOs. Lunch will be served.

Location: San Jose CA 95129

Sponsored by Whole Foods Market

Lecture 9: How to Protect Yourself against Identity Theft

Identity Theft Lecture

Tuesday September 8, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States today. The Federal Trade Commission estimates that as many as 10 million Americans have had their identities stolen each year. This seminar will teach you about different types of identity theft such as tax, Medicare and credit card fraud, in addition to crime prevention tips and what to do if you become a victim. Our speaker is an Identity Theft Advocate and Educator who has presented throughout the Bay Area. Breakfast will be served.

Location: San Jose CA 95133

Lecture 10: Drug Metabolism and Side Effects Explained

Drug Metabolism Lecture

Thursday October 22, 2015 at 11:00 AM

According to the FDA in 2013, more than 1.3 million people experienced adverse side effects from prescription and over-the-counter drugs. This resulted in more than 100,000 deaths. Using real examples, this seminar will teach you how medications are processed by your body and why this processing can result in side effects that range from nausea and muscle aches to liver damage and heart problems. We will also review how drugs are tested for side effects, diagnostics that can be used to determine whether you may have problems processing drugs and useful resources for finding drug-drug interactions and common drug side effects. The information will be presented in simple terms to make it easy to understand. The seminar is presented by a scientist with many years of experience in developing drugs in academia and pharmaceutical companies. Lunch will be served.

Location: TBA


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