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Academy of Learning in Retirement

Our Spring 2015 schedule includes a varitey of topics. Make sure you attend them all!


Medicine and Health Care Today

Health, Disease and Injury in New Mexico

Dr. Michael Landen, MD, MPH, State Epidemiologist, New Mexico Department of Health

Because of its demographic makeup and health care system, New Mexico has a unique burden of disease and injury which will be described in this presentation.

Dates:   Thursday January 8

The Economics of Health Care

Dr. Comfort Ricketts, Assistant Professor of Economics, NMSU

This presentaion will cover broad issues of health care, insurance, and cost, in collaboration with Dr. Michael Ellis, and probably one other member of the Economics Department. 

Dates:   Monday and Wednesday January 12 & 14

What does it mean to be a nurse today

Dr. Anita C. Reinhardt, PhD, RN, Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs, Associate Professor, College of Health and Social Services, School of Nursing, NMSU

This presentaion will describe nurses' education today and how it compares to previous standards, the many roles of nursing and how the profession impacts the health care of the nation. 

Dates:   Wednesday January 21



Classical Music

Presented by Dr. James E. Shearer, Regents Professor of Music, NMSU

Formal Structure in Classical Music

(and Why You Shouldn't fear it!)

Music is another language, though unlike any other language known to man, you do not have to be fluent in the language to enjoy the conversation.  But, the more you know about how the music is structured, the deeper your enjoyment of the listening experience can be.  The focus of these talks will be the instrumental music of the Classical period (roughly 1750-1825) and will feature the works of Hayden, Mozart, and Beethoven.  Individual movements of the sonata cycle will be explored in depth, including the sonata form, rondo, minuet and trio, scherzo and trio, theme and variations, and the sonata-rondo form.  These structures are the basic building blocks for most symphonies, concertos, string quartets, sonatas, and various other chamber music groupings used in the world of classical music from around 1750 right through today.

The Overlooked World of Black Classical Composers

From the nineteenth-century composers Will Marion Cook, Scott Joplin, and William Grant Still through crossover composers including James P. Johnson and Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington, the music of "serious" black classical composers has often been overlooked in an industry dominated by white music publishers, industry executives, and the mainstream media of the day.  These talks will explore the music of these gifted artists and also consider the music of contemporay black composers including Ulysses Kay, David Baker, Olly Wilson, and Alvin Singleton, among others.

Dates:   Mondays and Wednesdays

                February 16, 18, 23, & 25



U.S. and International Economics

Presented by Professors from the Department of Economics, NMSU


Macroeconomics, labor markets, minimum wage by Dr. Jim Peach

The Federal Reserve System by Dr. Kathy Brook

Budget deficits and the public debt by Dr. Benjamin Widner

Trade and Capital Flows between countries, Tariff matters and International payments by Dr. Chris Erickson

Dates    Tuesdays and Thursdays

                March 3, 5, 10, & 12



Energy Infrastructure

Energy Delivery: Grids, Minigrids, Microgrids and Nanogrids by Professor Satish Ranade, Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NMSU

What is a Smartgrid? From Design to Current Challenges by Assistant Professor Satyajayant Misra, & Regents Professor Enrico Pontelli, Department of Computer Science, NMSU

The Intelligence behind a Smargrid: Energy Delivery and Intelligent Agents by Professor Son Cao Tran and Assistant Professor William Yeoh, Department of Computer Science, NMSU

The Role of Big Data in Smartgrids: How to Guarantee Reliability and Resilience by Associate Professor and William Kersting Chair Sukumar Brahma, & Assistant Professor Huiping Cao, Department of Computer Science, NMSU

Dates:   Mondays and Wednesdays

                April 6, 8, 13, & 15



Adapting to Water Scarcity in New Mexico - 2015

Presented by Prof. Sam Fernald, Professor and Director Water Resources Research Institute, NMSU

Recent and long term records show New Mexico's water supply varies dramatically from year to year and over the centuries.  Groundwater management in particular is critical for long term health of communities and ecosystems in the arid Southwest.  Mesilla Valley water issues are a complex and fascinating microcosm of issues facing New Mexico and other arid regions.  Solutions lie in better understanding of the water supply variability, improved water management, and new water sources.

New Mexico's variable water supply by Dr. Fernald

Focus on Groundwater Resources for Future Generations by Dr. K.C. Carroll, Department of Plant and Enviornmental Science

Mesilla Valley hydrology and water issues by Dr. Phil King, Department of Civil and Geological Engineering

A statewide water assessment for comprehensive water planning by Dr. Fernald

Dates:   Mondays and Wednesdays

                May 4, 6, 11, & 13