Speaker Events: 1:00 to 2:30 pm, unless otherwise indicated
Recommended log in time: 12:45 pm
Speaker Events are a Partnership between Little Falls Village
& Little Falls Library (MCPL)
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MONDAY'S from 11:00 am - noon by ZOOM, Gentle Yoga with Judy
Judy Silberman is a certified yoga instructor with more than 30 years of yoga-teaching experience, including chair yoga. Most recently, she taught 2 weekly classes at Iona Senior Services, one weekly class at the DC Jewish Community Center (arranged by the Dupont Circle Village), and one weekly class at the Van Ness North Condo Building. She is a retired speech pathologist and has taken physical therapy and occupational therapy workshops over the years, incorporating mobility concepts into her classes. Her goals are to help students improve body awareness, strength, balance, and posture through stretch movements and gentle yoga poses adapted for seniors. Her classes include breathing exercises and relaxation techniques, which may help attention and memory.  You will need a hard-backed chair and a pillow to place behind your back. Also, bring one or two pound weights or equivalents if you are able to so. Check out the VIDEOS on the LFV calendar for past Yoga sessions with Judy!
Register by the Friday prior to each Monday session if you are new to the Yoga Group. Each class is limited to 100 zoom screens.
It is only necessary to register once to be on the the Yoga List
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TUESDAY'S: Weekly Mindfulness Meditation is held from 1-1:30 pm through Zoom. Thirty minutes of guided meditation presented by a talented and experienced rotation of guides.
It is only necessary to register once to be on the the Meditation List
WEDNESDAY 12/15 "The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World" with Sarah Stewart Johnson, Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor, Johnson Biosignatures Lab, Department of Biology Science, Technology, and International Affairs Program, Georgetown University.
Mars was once similar to Earth, but today there are no rivers, no lakes, no oceans. Coated in red dust, the terrain is bewilderingly empty. And yet multiple spacecraft are circling Mars, sweeping over Terra Sabaea, Syrtis Major, the dunes of Elysium, and Mare Sirenum—on the brink, perhaps, of a staggering find, one that would inspire humankind as much as any discovery in the history of modern science. In this book talk, Georgetown scientist Sarah Stewart Johnson will tell the story of how she and other researchers have scoured Mars for signs of life, transforming the planet from a distant point of light into a world of its own. Sarah Stewart Johnson is a Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Georgetown University. Sarah Stewart Johnson's research is driven by the underlying goal of understanding the presence and preservation of biosignatures within planetary environments. Her lab is also involved in the implementation of planetary exploration, analyzing data from current spacecraft as well as devising new techniques for future missions. A former Rhodes Scholar and White House Fellow, she received her PhD from MIT and has worked on NASA’s Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity rovers. She is also a visiting scientist with the Planetary Environments Lab at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. She has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Harvard Review and The Best American Science and Nature Writing.Her recent book, The Sirens of Mars, was a New York Times Editor's Choice and selected as one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2020.
Link to book purchase: The Sirens of Mars
Listen to an audio book sample: AUDIO SAMPLE: Sirens of Mars
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THURSDAY 1/13/2022 "Will This Pandemic Ever End? – An Epidemiologist’s Prognosis for the Future" with George W. Rutherford, M.D.
George W. Rutherford, M.D., renowned epidemiologist at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) will provide an update on the current state of COVID-19, focusing specifically on the delta variant, implications for children under the age of 12, what the rise of this highly infectious variant means for vaccinated and unvaccinated adults and adolescents, and what it will take to move past this surge and end the pandemic. Dr. Rutherford is Professor of Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine, Pediatrics and History and Head of the Division of Infectious Disease and Global Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF. He also directs the Global Strategic Information program within UCSF’s Institute for Global Health Sciences and the residency program in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health. His work has focused primarily on the epidemiology and control of communicable diseases, both domestically and internationally. He has held a number of positions in public health agencies, including serving State Health Officer and State Epidemiologist for California. His academic interest has been on HIV and other infectious diseases in low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Eastern Europe. Dr. Rutherford is an advisor to the World Health Organization, the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV and AIDS and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, is the past chair the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Epidemiology and was the first Chair of the Department of Veterans Affairs Research Advisory Council. He has been intimately involved in UCSF’s, San Francisco’s and California’s responses to the COVID-19 pandemic since the earliest days and is leading a major cohort study with Stanford on the epidemiology and prevention of SARS-CoV-2 in the Bay Area. Educated at Stanford University and Duke University School of Medicine, he has degrees in the Classics, Chemistry, History and Medicine. He is board certified in pediatrics and in general preventive medicine and public health. 
This event is brought to you by the Council of Former Federal Executives & Associates (COFFE). 
WEDNESDAY 1/26/22 "Finding Meaning and Success: Living a Fulfilled and Productive Life" with Chris Palmer.
Author, speaker, wildlife filmmaker, grandfather, and retired professor Chris Palmer will give an entertaining presentation on how to improve your life. He serves on the Board of Montgomery Hospice, is writing a book on aging, death, and dying, is a hospice volunteer, and runs an “aging well” group for the Bethesda Metro Area Village. During his filmmaking career, he swam with dolphins and whales, came face-to-face with sharks and Kodiak bears, camped with wolf packs, and waded hip-deep through Everglade swamps. Inspired by his new book, Finding Meaning and Success: Living a Fulfilled and Productive Life, he will explore the goals, strategies, and tactics necessary to live a successful, fulfilled, and productive life. He will discuss what matters, consider how we find purpose and meaning, and examine how we can take better care of ourselves. The idea is to actively design our lives rather than drift forward, reacting to what happens to us. It is healthy to look at the person we have become and ask if this is who we want to be. We want to behave in ways true to our most honorable, generous, and best selves.
THURSDAY 2/10/22 "Climate Change, Just a Change or a Crisis?" with Bob Ryan.
You may remember Bob Ryan as the first meteorologist to join the Today Show and, after 1980, as chief meteorologist at NBC4 and head of digital weather strategies at ABC7 in Washington. Ryan began his career in the atmospheric sciences as an associate researcher in the Physics Section with Arthur D. Little Inc (ADL). in Cambridge, MA where he conducted research in cloud physics. While at ADL, Ryan began to work part time as a broadcast meteorologist in Boston, a career move which would become full time. Now retired, he continues to work as a consultant on weather and climate matters and serve on committees in the field of communication. In the past he has testified before various committees of Congress and served on the National Academy of Science Board of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate. He was a member of committees of the National Research Council which wrote the "Fair Weather" report and the "Completing the Forecast . . ." report. He also served on the Advisory Committee of the Geoscience Directorate of the National Science Foundation and as the organizing chair of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Committee on Effective Communication of Weather and Climate Information. He is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist, and Fellow and Past President of the AMS. He holds a BS degree in Physics and M.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University at Albany.  
This event is brought to you by the Council of Former Federal Executives & Associates (COFFE). 
WEDNESDAY 2/23/22 "The Impact of Age on Auditory Learning" with Dan Sanes and Beverly Wright.
A remarkable feature of human sensory perception is that it can be improved with practice. In fact, practice can give rise to perceptual improvements that leverage our most profound skills, such as aural language and musical ability. While it is often assumed that children are the best learners, laboratory research shows that the capacity to learn with practice improves well into adolescence. In other words, when given exactly the same training experience, children learn less than adults. Moreover, while it is thought that the capacity to learn declines during aging, older adults whose auditory perception is impaired can recover those skills with a brief period of practice. The behavioral changes during learning appear to arise from changes within auditory cortex. For example, in adult animals, the responses of individual cortex neurons improve in lockstep with behavioral improvement during practice. Furthermore, in adolescent animals, learning is reduced - just as in humans - and this reduction is mirrored by poorer cortical neuron responses. Taken together, these observations suggest that training has the potential to aid perceptual performance throughout life, so long as the training is tailored to one’s age.
Dr. Dan Sanes is a Professor in the Center for Neural Science at New York University. He earned a doctorate in Biology from Princeton, followed by postdoctoral fellowships at Yale and the University of Virginia. His lab explores how early auditory experiences, including both learning and hearing loss, influence the development of cortical function. Dr. Sanes is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2010, co-authored the undergraduate textbook “Development of the Nervous System,” and serves as a Senior Editor at the Journal of Neuroscience. His research is funded by the NIH.
Dr. Beverly Wright is a Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University, and serves as Director of the Hugh Knowles Center for Clinical and Basic Science in Hearing and Its Disorders. She earned her doctorate in Experimental Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, followed by postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Florida and the University of California at San Francisco. Dr. Wright’s research laboratory explores the general principles of auditory learning in humans, a process that supports both speech comprehension and musical abilities. Her research also focusses on how learning depends on age, sensory experience (hearing loss), and cognitive background (e.g., language and reading disorders). Research on perceptual learning may lead to more effective training strategies for enhancing normal perceptual capacities and treating perceptual disorders.
THURSDAY 3/10/22 "How Immigrants Influenced 20th Century American Design" with Elizabeth Lay.
America experienced a wave of European migrants during the early 20th century. Some were escaping war and oppression while others sought opportunities in a growing democracy. These immigrants included giants of architecture and design: Mies van der Rohe, Walter Gropius, Laszlo Moholy Nagy, Eliel and Loja Saarinen, and Joseph and Anni Albers. They arrived in the U.S. by securing teaching positions at universities throughout the country, where they inspired the next generation of designers and architects such as Charles and Ray Eames, Florence Knoll, Jack Lenore Larson, and I.M. Pei. Lay examines how the contributions of their work and teachings changed the face of American design—including noteworthy local buildings that you will recognize!
Elizabeth Lay is a Design Historian and the Curator at Montgomery History’s Beall Dawson House and Stonestreet Museum in Rockville. She holds a Master’s degree in the History of Decorative Arts from the Smithsonian-GMU program in Design History, specializing in 20th century textiles, fashion, and women designers. Additionally, Elizabeth Lay is an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University teaching Women Designers of the Twentieth Century and 20th Century Costume.
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