Speaker Date Topic
Arthur J. Vander, MD Aug 19, 2022
“Brain Plasticity: The Amazing Ability of the Brain to Reorganize Itself.”

Arthur J. Vander, MD, comes to us after a distinguished career as a Professor of Physiology at the University of Michigan both as a teacher and researcher for three decades.  He is the author of several textbooks and numerous articles in the field of physiology, in layman’s terms the way we are constructed and are able to function.  He also served as an administrator on many departmental, university and national committees dealing with education and a variety of other issues ranging from animal care to academic freedom to misconduct in research.  Upon his retirement in 1990 he was chosen as the first recipient of the University of Michigan Medical School’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching.

He and his wife, Judy, a music composer among other things, reside in our valley and can often be seen hiking the hills around us or out on the Channel islands.  Both their curious minds remain active in learning and researching the world around us and what makes us tick.

Art Vander has titled his talk today “Brain Plasticity: The Amazing Ability of the Brain to Reorganize Itself.”  Be prepared to learn something amazing about yourself.


Tony Thacher and Your ISC Nov 04, 2022
The Rotary Foundation

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Colonel (Ret) Keith Nightengale Nov 11, 2022
Our Allies in Ukraine
Our Allies in Ukraine

<--- US Airborne troopers during training in Poland with Ukranian forces.

Keith Nightingale was raised in Ojai and comes from a long line of distinguished U.S. military men, He was commissioned a 2d Lieutenant in 1965 from Claremont McKenna College. He graduated from Airborne, Jumpmaster, and Ranger Schools and retired as a Colonel in 1993. During that time he commanded four rifle companies, three battalions, and two brigades -- all Airborne or Ranger units, some in combat. He served two tours in Vietnam, was part of the Iran Rescue Attempt, was an assault force commander in Grenada, and managed the Department of Defense Interagency Counterdrug Task Force for Latin America from Panama -- a portion of which was devoted to the capture of Pablo Escobar. He was an original member of Joint Special Operations Command as well as a founding Plankholder for the 1st Ranger Battalion in 1974. After retiring from the military, he joined Science Applications International Corporation and as Senior Corporate Vice President, managed over a thousand international contracts and security programs in the Middle East conflict zone, and was responsible for the safety and security of all employees around the world. He presently serves as a consultant and advisor to several government personalities and organizations. Colonel (Ret) Nightingale is a member of the 82nd Airborne and Ranger Hall of Fame. He holds the French Legion of Honor, Officer Class (Legion d’honneur, Officier). His books, ranging on topics from Normandy to Vietnam to the present day, are available in bookstores and on Amazon. He still resides in Ojai’s East End, where he grows limes and kills gophers.