October 14, 2017 @ 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
National Museum of Wildlife Art
2820 Rungius Rd
Jackson, WY 83001
Paul V.M. Flesher, Faculty Director
Saturday University Jackson @ National Museum of Wildlife Art | Jackson | Wyoming | United States

Go back to school for a day, minus the tests, stress and homework.

Each Saturday U term features lectures from three outstanding University of Wyoming professors. Following the lectures, all three professors will participate in a final round-table discussion. Participants may attend one, two, three, or all four sessions. No registration is required, and there is no charge.

8:30 am: Coffee and donuts

9:00 am: Sour Whiskey, Cheap Wine, Plastic Milk, and Snake Oil: Food Fraud across National and International Supply Chains,” Mariah Ehmke, Associate Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wyoming

Food fraud occurs when companies practice illegal deception in the production and marketing of goods for economic gain. Such deception often includes the  adulteration of the foodstuffs themselves. While comprehensive cost estimates of food fraud are not currently available, individual cases have been economically devastating not only to consumers, but also to producers, corporations, and even entire countries. In this Saturday University lecture, you will learn more about the details of and conditions surrounding fraud in the food industry, take a look at how such fraud may affect Wyoming consumers and producers, and finally explore policy options that could help reduce food fraud.

10:15 am: “The Fifth Beginning: What Six Million Years of Human History Can Tell Us About the Future,” Robert Kelly, Professor of Anthropology, University of Wyoming

This lecture discusses the four major “beginnings” of human history – the origins of technology, culture, agriculture, and the state—and presents evidence that humanity is entering a fifth beginning, one that can be expected to mark dramatic changes in world economy, war, culture, and governance.

11:30 am: “Giving a Hoot about Wildlife Genetics: Enhancing the Survival of Western Wyoming’s Bighorn Sheep and Owls,” Holly Ernest, Wyoming Excellence Chair, Professor of Veterinary Sciences, University of Wyoming

Genetic diversity is key to the long-term survival of a healthy population of any animal species. This is even more true for threatened species near Jackson, like Bighorn Sheep and Great Gray Owls.  Professor Ernest and her lab study these herds and flocks to work out their genome and help wildlife and land managers evaluate ways to assist in their long-term survival.

Presentations followed by a round-table discussion with speakers over a free lunch.

Saturday University in Jackson is sponsored by the University of Wyoming, Wyoming Humanities, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, and Central Wyoming College.

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