Germs, Book of Job, Connecticut River Topics of Spring WILL Courses

Olivia DrakeFebruary 13, 20124min
Professor Emeritus William Firshein will teach a WILL course on germs. Firshein taught courses in biology, microbiology and molecular biology for 48 years at Wesleyan.

We live in a world of germs; multitudes of them live in our own bodies. While some cause many infectious diseases, they also help digesting and processing the food and fight off tooth decay. How is this possible?

During the Spring 2012 semester, William Firshein, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry emeritus, will discuss the myths and realities of these pathogens as part of the Wesleyan’s Institute for Lifelong Learning (WILL). Germs are Us, is just one of the seven courses offered this spring by the institute, housed in the Wasch Center for Retired Faculty on Lawn Ave.

WILL provides educational opportunities outside of formal degree-granting programs to members of the broader community. WILL classes are taken for interest, not for credit. Classes are small with an informal atmosphere. Faculty include Wesleyan faculty, emeriti faculty, and similarly qualified members of the community.

The course offerings cover the arts, social sciences, literature, science and mathematics.

Other Spring 2012 WILL courses include:

Enrolled students will have access to the academic resources of Wesleyan University, including Olin Library. Classes are conveniently scheduled in the afternoons and early evenings. Parking is available and classrooms are accessible. Classes will be quite small, with a few exceptions, allowing close interactions between instructors and students.

To obtain a course order form and register by mail via check, call Elizabeth Dagnall at 860-685-3005 or e-mail You may also register and pay on-line. Sessions cost between $50 and $130.