Samplers are 1-hour lectures provided by the ILR for 4 months of the year on a variety of topics (Thursdays 2-3 PM, October/November and February/March, Catalina Vista).  Open to all SCOV members and their guests, no reservations needed.  SCOV membership cards required for entrance to Catalina Vista. NO CHARGE!

FEB. 1 Six Choices at Death, Mark Savan, volunteer Executive Director of Arizona End of Life Options (AZELO). He will describe the six choices people have about how they will exit this life including considering Medical Aid in Dying which is not currently available in Arizona.

FEB. 8  Lithium Exploration.  Dr. Ihor Kunasz , active and past President of the Society for Mining Metallurgy and Geology; Adjunct Professor UofA.

FEB. 15  World War II: An American Marooned in France, Kimball Loomis, MS and Family Historian. Learn about life under German occupation in Paris during World War II.  At age 70, the colorful former US Senator Henry F. Hollis fled with refugees, lived under occupation, survived the death of his wife and arrest. 

FEB. 22  History of Chinese in Tucson, From the Late 1800’s to Now.  Sandy Chan, librarian at Pima Community College for 25 yrs, & past president of Arizona Genealogy Association. She will introduce you to some of the Tucson Chinese community, many with American family histories that began in the late 1800”s. 

Thursday, Feb 29: World War II: An American Marooned in France, Kimball Loomis, MS and Family Historian. Learn about life under German occupation in Paris during World War II. At age 70, the colorful former US Senator Henry F. Hollis fled with refugees, lived under occupation, survived the death of his wife and arrest.

March 14:  Climate Change and the Colorado River Policy — Issues for Arizonans”.   Kathrine Jacobs, PhD., UofA professor, renowned expert on hydrology with extensive research and government interaction on this important subject.

MARCH 21- Therapeutic Application of Cannabinoids, Dr. Todd Vanderah.  Dr. Vanderah is Head and Professor of Pharmacology, and is a Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Anesthesiology at the  UofA, College of Medicine. This lecture will give an overview of “what are cannabinoids” as well as recent findings on how the human body and brain make its own cannabinoids and the receptors that they act on to produce physiological activity.  

MARCH 28 Tucson Bird Count, Jennie MacFarland, Bird Conservation Biologist, Tucson Audubon Society.  Come and find out more about the local birding populations as well as learning about the Tucson Bird Count sponsored by the Tucson Audubon Society and University of Arizona. Any birder who is available between April 15 – May 15 is invited to adopt a route to survey.