Montshire and ILEAD have partnered to increase the number and variety of adult science courses offered in the Upper Valley.

The Montshire Museum and ILEAD (Institute for Lifelong Education at Dartmouth) share a commitment to adult participation in science education. Montshire members now have access to the following ILEAD science courses—the ILEAD membership fee is waived, though the course fee still applies.

For more information about ILEAD courses, please contact ILEAD at 603-646-0154, or email ILEAD@dartmouth@edu. Visit their website at Montshire members must include their Montshire membership ID number and expiration date on the ILEAD registration form.

Fall Courses, 2013

Course # 12950 - Abra-Cadavers: Forensics 101

A wide array of scientific fields are used to solve crimes: anything from fingerprint analysis to electron microscopy to DNA analysis. We will begin with an overview of forensic science, then branch out to study the collection and analysis of physical evidence, analytical tools, fire/arson cases, and explosives, among others.

We will explore how crime scenes are evaluated and how crime labs use these resources to help solve increasingly complex criminal and terrorist acts. The class will involve weekly reading of textbook background material, lectures, and discussion that revolve around real case studies and crime scene photos. Class material may be enhanced by guest speakers from the surrounding communities.

LANA LAGGETT-KEALEY has always had an interest in forensic science. She performed gunshot residue analysis and arson sample testing in collaboration with the Kansas City Regional Criminalistics laboratory while at graduate school at the University of Missouri - Kansas City where she earned her Masters degree in Chemistry. Lana also has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Arizona State University and worked in pharmaceutical drug development for many years prior to moving to the Upper Valley with her husband and three children.

8 weeks, 9:00 – 11:00 AM
September 19 through November 7, 2013
D.O.C. House
Course Fee: $55


Course # 12948 - Gardens For Children (Parents, Grandparents, And Relatives)

This will be a gardening course to advise parents and grandparents or other relatives to work with their favorite children to develop and grow a garden of flowers and/or vegetables. Together we will help each other plan and develop a garden including site selection, soil development, discuss plants vs. seeds and harvest.

Older children are welcome with an adult.

LOEL CALLAHAN has taught several gardening courses at ILEAD. He has gardened on several continents and currently works as a gardener in Cornish.

4 weeks, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
September 18 through October 9, 2013
D.O.C. House
Course Fee: $30


Course # 12876 - Introduction To Birding

This course introduces the ideas and practices of birding so that a novice attains a fuller appreciation of the pastime.

Although birding has deep historical roots, it has arguably existed only a little over a century as a popular and organized activity.

Birding is being gradually transformed through scientific discoveries, by the digital revolution, and from new views of needs in conservation.

This course will consider the merits of field guides and related books as well as web sites. Guidance will be provided on techniques for studying birds. Discussion and illustrations will introduce the major groups of birds and their habits with emphasis on the Upper Valley.

Consideration will be given to how bird identification is influenced by bird abundance, geography, season, habitats, and standard procedures among birders. Projected photographs will illustrate challenges in birding.

The extent of reading will be the choice of each participant. Although no text is required, having a field guide for birds of this region is recommended. We’ll use a lecture format with discussions and questions. Class members will be welcome to tell about their birding experiences.

GEORGE CLARK is Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. Formerly the State Ornithologist of Connecticut and a Past President of the Northeastern Bird Banding Association (now called the Association of Field Ornithologists), he has also been a Study Leader on cruises of the Smithsonian Associates in the North Atlantic region and in southern South America. He received degrees in Biology from Amherst College and Yale. He has twice previously presented ILEAD courses involving birds.

6 weeks, 9:00 – 11:00 AM
September 16 through October 21, 2013
Kendal - Card Room
Course Fee: $55


Course # 12916 - The Joy Of Mathematics - Numbers Through Algebra

Throughout most of our education, mathematics is used as an exercise in disciplined thinking. This course aims to show how mathematics - from the simplest notions of numbers and counting to the more complex ideas of algebra - is indeed a great joy.

No special background in mathematics is required for this course, other than the basic math training you received during your school days and a desire to pursue mathematics as an exercise in disciplined thinking.

We will view a short video lecture each week for eight weeks given by Dr. Arthur T. Benjamin, who is an engaging, entertaining and insightful professor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, and is renowned for his dynamic teaching style. Each lecture topic will be followed by classroom examples and discussion.

We will also investigate some of the “big questions” and prepare and discuss some practice problems about the weekly math topics.

Mathematics is food for the brain. If you follow certain procedures carefully, you will arrive at the right answer with absolute certainty. We hope that you come away from this course with a new way to exercise beauty, in the form of a surprising pattern or an elegant logical argument.

ROY FINNEY holds 1st Class Honors degrees in Physics and Mathematics from Imperial College, London. After graduating in 1966, he entered the nascent Mini- Computer industry centered in Boston, moving to the Computer Software industry in the mid-eighties. He retired as President of a corporation providing proprietary application software to industrial and financial organizations.
C J SMITH retired as Chief Accounting Officer for an international mining conglomerate, after a 35-year career and has 25 years part-time university teaching experience. He holds a BS degree in Accounting and Mathematics and an MBA in Finance.

8 weeks, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
September 24 through November 12, 2013
Hanover Senior Center – Room 215
Course Fee: $55


Course # 12951 - Recent Advances In Energy Development

Energy is the lifeblood of modern civilization. Without it humanity cannot advance or even exist. As world population grows, so does the need for energy, especially inexpensive energy.

As large-scale energy development has grown, we are discovering that some forms may have very undesirable side effects. This awareness has prompted very active research and development in new forms, increased efficiency and effective energy reduction. In this course we will explore the latest technologies, how they have come into existence, their possible advantages and shortfalls and economic consequences.

Information gathered will dispel myths and provide an honest and verifiable source for accurate data and avoid screaming headlines from news media that are often false. Discussion will allow participants to air their views, but they are obligated to provide source or reference material in support.

PETER H ROTH is a life-long experienced chemical engineer, scientist, and entrepreneur who has taught courses at ILEAD on energy and food production. He is a member of a group formed several years ago called the “Coalition for Energy Solutions.” This group has been active in the Upper Valley trying to educate and persuade the public and legislators on realistic energy solutions and providing unbiased and well-researched analysis of current and future energy issues.

5 weeks, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
September 19 through October 17, 2013
D.O.C. House
Course Fee: $55


Course # 12920 - The Theoretical Minimum

The Theoretical Minimum is the title of a small book based on a series of lectures on classical mechanics delivered by the famous physicist, Leonard Susskind. The lectures were a part of Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program oriented toward people in the local community. They are particularly aimed at people who like physics and mathematics but who in the exigencies of life had to pursue other vocations. If you’ve had elementary algebra and trigonometry (but have forgotten both) this class should suit you. If you’ve had, and forgotten, elementary calculus, even better.

The book covers classical mechanics all the way through Hamiltonian mechanics (about which students need know nothing) but we will not be slaves to the book. We will cover as much as time and our own interests and backgrounds permit. Our goals are to enjoy ourselves, learn something, and leave no one behind.

Some of the lectures are available on the web and might be helpful to prospective students. To track them down, start with Leonard Susskind’s Wikipedia page and scroll down to “The Theoretical Minimum.”

MARTIN SMITH always wanted to be a scientist, and through good fortune he was able to enjoy a career in geophysics. Since retiring from a local company he’s spent his time taking ILEAD courses, volunteering at the Montshire Museum, and consulting for a few clients. All of this has turned out to be much more fun than he expected. He and his wife, Terri, live in Sharon with their four dogs, amidst a bunch of great neighbors. Dull facts about him are available at

8 weeks, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
September 16 through November 4, 2013
D.O.C. House
Course Fee: $55


Course # 12903 - Woodlands For Wildlife

Woodlands are a remarkable resource because they are capable of being managed for multiple uses. The well-managed woodland can provide timber as well as soil and water conservation benefits, opportunities for environmental study, photography or painting, a place to find berries or mushrooms and, of course, homes for wildlife. Woodland animals provide recreation for the hunter and for others who enjoy watching wildlife in their natural habitat. Using the resource More Than a Woodlot, this class aims to enhance your knowledge of wildlife and forest interactions as well as the threats to our northern forests. This course offers readings and class presentations/discussions as well as woodland visits to see what is being accomplished to enhance wildlife habitat.

LARRY MENGEDOHT, Vermont Coverts Cooperator. Larry is a retired engineer who became a Coverts Cooperator in the spring of 2009.
LISA SAUSVILLE, Executive Director of Vermont Coverts: Woodlands for Wildlife. Lisa is a certified wildlife biologist and worked for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries before entering the non- profit world seven years ago.

5 weeks, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
September 18 through October 16, 2013
D.O.C. House
Course Fee: 55