Little Known Facts in History

Date:  Sunday, September 22, 2013
Speaker:  Rick Alvarez, Ph.D.

Rick Alvarez has a BS in Operations Research from the US Naval Academy, an MA in History and a PhD in Middle East History from the University of Utah. He served as a US Navy fighter pilot flying the F-4 and F-14 in the early 1970s and as an instructor for the Imperial Iranian Air Force in Isfahan, Iran until the overthrow of the Shah in 1979. Rick worked with Delta Air Lines for over 25 years, retiring as a Captain in 2004. He subsequently taught World History and Latin American History at the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College. He was recently employed by L-3 Communications as a program manager for an extensive USAID project in Egypt since 2008.

“History studies often focus on infamous personalities and well-known events that are immortalized by multiple retellings over long periods; histories often supported by evidence well-removed from the actual events and lives of the participants and witnesses. Many small, and seemingly, unimportant events as well as anonymous, or long forgotten characters have significantly affected world history. Other overlooked or little-reported episodes simply provide interesting stories that influence a desire for deeper investigation. If nothing else, exploring little known facts in history leads one to question what else is hidden behind the curtain of historiography. This presentation will introduce a few little known facts and the historical figures associated with events that have generally escaped significant historical reporting. In the vernacular of our Internet world of the 21st century, they never went viral!”

Speaker Suggested References and Resources:
Huntford, Roland, Nansen, The Explorer as Hero, Barnes & Noble Books, 1998.
Cookman, Scott, Iceblink, The Tragic Fate of Sir John Franklin’s Lost Expedition, John Wiley and Sons, 2000.
Beattie, Owen and Geiger, John, Frozen in Time, The Fate of the Franklin Expedition, Greystone Books, 1998.
Headrick, Daniel R., The Tentacles of Progress, Technological Transfer in the Age of Imperialism, 1850-1940, Oxford University Press, 1988.
Bickel, Lennard, Shackleton’s Forgotten Men, The Untold Tragedy of the Endurance Epic, Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2000.
Smith, Anthony, Blind White Fish in Persia, Dutton, 1953.
Fleming, Fergus, Barrow’s Boys, The Original Extreme Adventurers, Grove/Atlantic, 1998.
Loewen, James W., Lies My Teacher Told Me, Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, Touchtone, 1995.


Exploring Your Hidden Self with Real Anatomy

Date:  Sunday September 8, 2013
Speaker:  Mark Nielsen

Mark Nielsen is a Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Utah and for the past twenty-eight years he has taught anatomy, neuroanatomy, embryology, human dissection, comparative anatomy, and an anatomy teaching course to over 23,000 students. In addition to the many students he has taught anatomy, he has trained and served as a mentor for over 1,000 students who have worked in his anatomy laboratory as teaching assistants. His concern for students and his teaching excellence have been acknowledged through numerous awards, including the prestigious Presidential Teaching Scholar Award at the University of Utah for excellence in teaching. He was an initial recipient of the Beacons of Excellence Award for developing exceptional programs for student mentoring.

As St. Augustine so aptly stated in 390 AD: “People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and yet they pass by themselves without wondering.” This presentation will introduce you to software that will allow you to view the amazing machine called the human body, your hidden self, in a way most people never get to experience.

Speaker Suggested References and Resources:
Real Anatomy by Mark Nielsen and Shawn Miller. A DVD computer program containing a real three-dimensional cadaver that is followed through 40 levels of dissection. John Wiley and Sons, Publishers. October 2008.
AnatomyLab by Mark Nielsen, Shawn Miller, and Scott Nielsen. Application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. July 2009.
MyBody by Mark Nielsen, Shawn Miller, and Scott Nielsen. Application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. August 2009.
Principles of Human Anatomy by Gerard J. Tortora and Mark Nielsen. John Wiley and Sons, Publishers. 12th Edition. November 2010, 957 pp.
Atlas of Human Anatomy by Mark Nielsen and Shawn Miller. John Wiley and Sons, Publishers. Atlas of Human Anatomy. April 2011, 348 pp.