Current Community Seminars

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Make informed decisions about health choices with cutting-edge research from University of Illinois. Find a session that's perfect for you.
Springtime Science Series is a collaboration between Illinois Extension and Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as part of the Community Seminar Series.

Signing up is easy:

  • Sessions are free, and registration is required.
  • Choose as many sessions within the series as you wish to attend.
  • Complete the registration process.
  • CPDU and CEUs are available: CEUs are provided through the Continuing Education Institute of Illinois. Once you have registered for your desired sessions, please check your registration confirmation email for a link to purchase CEUs.

If you need a reasonable accommodation in order to participate, contact Dee Walls at walls1@illinois.edu. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet access needs.

Access previous sessions on health topics by visiting our recorded session archives.

Workshop Recordings

Springtime Science Series 2024

All sessions are presented from Noon to 1 p.m., and topics include:
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Safeguarding Cognitive Function: Propofol's Neuroprotective Role in Aging Mice Undergoing Surgery on Feb. 28.

Explore the protective impact of long-term propofol use on surgery-induced cognitive decline in aged mice. Gain insights into the neuroprotective potential of propofol through modulation of α5-GABAA receptors. Take a deep dive into the science behind preserving cognitive function during surgical procedures in mice and its potential for humans. Presenter: Rajasekar Nagarajan.

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Spring Forward: Daylight Saving Time's Impact on Health and Well-Being on March 6

The annual ritual of Daylight Saving Time (DST) has repercussions on our biological rhythms. Understand the science behind circadian disruptions caused by reduced morning light and their implications for physical and mental health. Discover insights on mitigating health risks and adapting your rhythms after DST transitions. Presenter: Quang Nguyen.

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Beyond Relationships: Understanding Intimate Partner Violence from a Family Perspective on March 20

Examine the far-reaching consequences of intimate partner violence beyond individual relationships and through the entire family system. Understand the collective responsibility of family, friends, bystanders, and communities in addressing and supporting those affected by intimate partner violence. Learn actionable steps for a comprehensive approach to tackle this issue. Presenter: Qihao Zhan.

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To Share or Not to Share: Tackling Milk Waste through School Share Tables on March 27

Learn about the concept of share tables, an innovation in school cafeterias focused on reducing milk waste. These tables offer a simple solution to prevent the unnecessary disposal of unopened milk cartons. Explore the potential of share tables in transforming school cafeteria programs and delve into ongoing research on the microbial spoilage potential of milk in these settings. Presenter: Gabby Pinto.

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Increasing Safety: Developing a Fall Detection Device for Wheelchair and Scooter Users on April 3

Hear from the TechSAge D2 research team, a collaboration between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Georgia Institute of Technology, tackling the common issue of falls among wheelchair and scooter users. Explore the development of a cutting-edge system designed to detect falls and automatically alert caregivers or emergency professionals accurately. Presenter: Andie Tangonan.

*Also available in person in collaboration with the McKechnie Family LIFE Home located at 75 Bailey Drive, Champaign.

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Empowering Independence: Technology Solutions for Older Adults with Vision Impairment on April 10

Explore the intersection of technology and daily living for older adults with vision impairments like macular degeneration or glaucoma. Discover the transformative impact of technology on enhancing quality of life. Envision a more inclusive and equitable future, bridging the gaps between overcoming barriers and embracing innovations for older adults with vision conditions. Presenter: Tooba Umar.

*Also available in person in collaboration with the McKechnie Family LIFE Home located at 75 Bailey Drive, Champaign.

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Embracing AI: Assistance for Enhanced Living on April 17

Discover the potential of AI assistants in promoting independence and combating loneliness for older adults in their own homes, offering companionship, and simplifying daily tasks. Learn how technology can contribute to physical and psychological well-being, enabling people to live independently at home with the support of AI. Presenters: Jaewon Kang & Kathryn Florence Huang.

*Also available in person in collaboration with the McKechnie Family LIFE Home located at 75 Bailey Drive, Champaign.

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