Gerontology: Tackling an Evergreen Question with Andy Chia

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Lifelong Learning LogoCourse Title: Gerontology: Tackling an Evergreen Question

Course Instructor: Andy Chia, WSE '07 (MSE)

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June 21, 2023 - July 26, 2023 (6 sessions)

Wednesday, 6PM ET 

Virtual via Zoom


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Benjamin Franklin is often quoted as saying, "The only sure thing in life are taxes and death." While taxes are beyond my paygrade, death and ageing are questions that are worth exploring. Biologically, almost all organisms die, but why is that and what about the outliers? Beyond that, how should we handle ageing populations and changing societal structures? These and other ethical questions about gerontological care, dying with dignity, sustaining populations and environments for future generations, and more will be covered. 

Course Overview:

  • Understanding the history of ageing and gerontology
  • Learning more about the roles of populations and sociology in the context of ageing
  • Examining the role that modern medicine and advancements have on ageing
  • Assessing and tackling the philosophy/ethics behind life, death, "dying with dignity," and ageing
  • Thinking about what ageing equity and environmental health mean for us and other people


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ABOUT Andy Chia

Prior to graduating from Johns Hopkins with a MSE in biomedical engineering, I graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle with a dual B.S./B.A. in microbiology, chemistry, and philosophy. I was born in Taipei, Taiwan, spent time between there and Shanghai, but mostly grew up in Redmond, Washington. I will be continuing with my Ph.D. training program at the JH School of Medicine this coming fall with my focus being on the microbiome as ecological systems. As a professional, my career has focused on microbiology, genetics, and aging, though my teaching career has stretched the span of synthetic biology to English-Language-Learning.

Personally, I am interested in biomedical questions related to ageing research, and how gerontology relates to broader societal and technological issues and advancements. My favorite example of this interdisciplinary approach is understanding how the Green Revolution dramatically improved our capacity to feed populations during the 20th century. What I ultimately hope people taking my classes learn is learning to think about gerontology and other topics with the confidence that there are numerous approaches to the same question, and that their own experiences can contribute to the necessary discourse surrounding “broad” questions.

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 Event Date
Wednesday, June 21, 2023
6:00pm EDT

Wednesday, July 26, 2023
8:00pm EDT


Baltimore, MD 21218

1-800-JHU-JHU1 (548-5481)

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