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with Robert Huffman
Course Description: This class will look at some disastrous accidents, incidents, and production failures that have happened over the years in the aviation, maritime fields, and also the automotive industry. We will try to understand what went wrong and why the preventive actions did or did not work. We will look at the circumstances of incidents and what was officially done to prevent possible reoccurrence of the problems. I will provide visual aids and summaries for each class.
Class Leader Bio(s): Robert Huffman retired as an Air Force NCO after 27 years of service. He was a C-130 Crew Chief and Air Force Instructor. He also worked for Boeing. He has a bachelor's degree in political science.
Current Issues in Environmental Science for the Layperson
with Ron Weiss
Course Description: What is the truth about Climate Change, Global Warming, Sea Levels, and other current topics. We will cover the basics of Marine Biology, Marine Ecology, Oceanography, Atmospheric Science, Food Security, Population, Emerging Diseases and other topics in today's news.
Class Leader Bio(s): Ron holds earned graduate degrees in Education, Marine Science, Business, Marketing, Wildlife Management, Biology, Archeology and Anthropology. Ron retired from a 23-year career as an Environmental Scientist with the State of Indiana, during which time he held the position of Senior Environmental Scientist. Following retirement, he taught science courses at the university level, including Marine biology, Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Microbiology, Evolution, and others.
Fundamentals of Investing
with Nicolas Barlotta
Course Description: This class will equip investors with information on why investing is important, information on specific investment types, specifics of investment planning, and a macro-economic discussion on interest rates, inflation, currencies, and more.
Class Leader Bio(s): Nicholas Barlotta is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor and Financial Consultant with Barlotta Cauley Wealth Management Group of Benjamin F. Edwards.
Crime, Property Crime: What is it and How Much is There?
with Kathy Johnson
Course Description: Do we have a crime problem in America? Do we have a property crime problem in America? Wait, what is this property crime thing you mention? Well, one thing it is not is violent. It rarely makes the headlines and it may not even have a human victim! We'll talk about property crimes (what they are and are not) and how they are punished, or not. We'll talk about why it works that way. "But we don't talk about Bruno." If this is your first time in this class and if all goes well, you will leave class more bewildered, bemused, and befuddled than when you started, or not!
Class Leader Bio(s): Dr. Kathy Johnson received a BS in 1987 and MS in 1989 in Criminal Justice from Illinois State University. Her PhD in Criminology is from Indiana University in Pennsylvania. She is currently a tenured associate professor of Criminal Justice for UWF.