Tuesday, January 21 –– LyNan and Dale Redman – Ngoble Bugle, the indigenous people of the Chiriqui region – Talk will focus on their culture and current problems they face regarding education, poverty, AIDS, etc
Moderator: Debe Emerson
Tuesday, January 28 – U.S. Embassy – Citizen Liaison Volunteers (formerly known as Wardens) - Denese Rodgers and George Chin will address current issues and have handouts available for US citizens.
Moderator: Joanie Feuerstein
Tuesday, February 4 – Dr. Bill McGraw will speak about GMOs
What is a GMO anyway? Find out as Dr Bill gives a detailed and informative description which will set the record straight as he presents just the facts. We are on the verge of a great turning point in the history of genetic modification as for the first time in the United States and elsewhere, we will be consuming a GMO animal grown for food production....Salmon. Did you know that it happened for the first time just up the road at the Boquete trout farm? The idea of using a GMO for food actually has its origin way back in 1972. Dr Bill will cover all the important points along the way as well as the current perspectives.
Moderator: Diane Schramm
Tuesday, February 11 – Boquete Health and Hospice – The BHH Healthy Living Series presents Falls Prevention Awareness
Falls are the number one reason people end up in the emergency room. The facts about falls are alarming - and probably surprising:
· One in three adults over the age of 64 falls each year.
· Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in Florida residents over the age of 64.
· Every hour there are 2 deaths and 251 emergency room visits in the US because of a fall.
· 20 - 30% of older adults who fall sustain serious injury.
· Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury, fractures and hospitalization in older adults.
· Even falls without an injury can limit one's mobility and/or cause fear of falling.
Come to the BHH presentation on Falls Prevention Awareness to see what you can do to avoid a fall.
Presenter: Merl Will-Wallace
Tuesday, February 18 – Dr. Paul Myers – Geologic of Living in Caldera River Valley – "Living safely in Boquete's rapidly evolving Landscape".
Immigrants attracted to Panama by its ideal climate often reman naively unaware of its unique hidden hazards, many of which can be avoided by knowing the "warning signs" and making wise decisions. This talk focuses on hazards with a geological connection; volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, and mega-floods. In general, all of these can be mitigated by living on stable high ground with a sustainable, potable groundwater supply.
I will show you how to recognize the warning signs using visual examples (slides) from the Boquete area.
Moderator: Sheila Strunk
Tuesday, February 25 - Salvadores de Animales – (SALDEA) – Pet Adoption Service – A talk by members of the group: Diane Englerth, Dilia Luciani, Jeri Siegel and Mary Taft. This talk has been rescheduled from December.
Tuesday, March 3 – Dietary Myths That Just Won’t Die but may Kill You – Dr. Ted Harrison.
Does fat make you fat? Are carbs good or bad? Is red meat unhealthy? Will salt give you high blood pressure? Is there any diet that actually works? Should I be taking vitamins? Dr. Harrison will discuss a dozen or so dietary controversies and examine both the evidence and the “fake news”.
Dr. Harrison is board-certified in regenerative medicine and emergency medicine. His practice, Rejuvacare PC, is located in Port Angeles, Washington.
Tuesday, March 10 – Quantum Theory for the Layman – Mike Petersen – For more than 100 years, the world of the quantum has been portrayed as being totally weird and mysterious. Richard Feynman, who won a Nobel prize for his work in Quantum Mechanics in 1967, was quoted as saying, “If you think you understand quantum mechanics, then you don’t understand quantum mechanics.” Well, if a Nobel prize winner says that, what is the layman to do? Come to this talk, that’s what!The quantum world will be explained in terms you can understand , and without using mathematics.
Mike Petersen has a B.S. in mathematics and has loved science, especially cosmology and Quantum Mechanicsever since he can remember. He was a volunteer speaker at more than one planetarium covering topics like Relativity, the Big Bang and more.
Tuesday, March 17 – Climate Change – Laura G. Daniel, QEP, CPEA
Tuesday, March 24 – Mayor of Boquete, Joswar Alvarado
Moderator: Soraya Kendrick
Tuesday, March 31 – Boquete Health and Hospice- Being Prepared series
Moderator: Joanie Feuerstein
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