eNews #28 Mar 2022

Settling in to a brighter year

It’s great to see our wide range of classes settling in as members get better acquainted. Our 2022 program of Four O’clock Forums is also underway with a great talk by the Director of our Royal Botanic Gardens late last month, and a new Social Committee has been formed with the brief to give members the opportunity to once again enjoy the social side of their U3A membership.

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From the Course Admin team

We have a number of new and interesting short courses starting in Term 2, but we are always looking for more potential Class Leaders who have an interest or particular skill they want to share. Our Scrabble Class is looking for additional members and if you have been accepted into at least one class you should have paid your fees by now.

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Journey to the toilet

Introducing Mark Balla, Guest Speaker at our April Four O’clock Forum.

This TED Talker has led an extraordinary life but on a trip to India Mark made an unexpected discovery that was to turn his understanding of our world upside down. He was so shaken by what he learned that he felt unable to simply walk away.

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How do you stop spam?

“I keep on getting spam on my phone and email. How do I stop it?”

This is a question we have discussed quite a bit recently in the Computer Question and Answer sessions. Most of these spam messages are scams and they are becoming more common, particularly on phones.

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is warning that the current conflict in the Ukraine also involves cyber attacks that may affect us too, so we should be even more alert.

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Wanted: Healthy volunteers for brain disease research

Monash University is seeking healthy volunteers between 40 and 70 years of age to participate in research using brain imaging to measure the cellular mechanisms that drive neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Lewy Body Dementia. Conducted at Monash Biomedical Imaging in Clayton, the tests take two and a half hours.

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