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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Adult courses

Bone, Blood, Breath, and Brain: How Our Bodies Work

Week 2: July 15-21, 2012

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In this week of discovery, you'll learn why your heart is more than just a pump; how your gut acts as a second autonomous brain; how muscles, bone, and joints help the chicken—and you—cross the road; why your lungs crave that breath of fresh air; and what your blood says about the workings of your body. Leading us in this exciting exploration will be MD and associate professor Virginia Utermohlen and lecturer Joy Swanson, both in the Division of Nutritional Sciences. Through readings, lectures, discussion, dissection, experimentation with EKGs and other fascinating technologies, and a study of illusion at the Johnson Museum, they'll help us deepen our understanding of our bodies and our brains, which both illuminate and fool us about the world around us. Prepare to be awed by the wonders of you!


Once you've registered, we'll send you materials on the academic program and other information to help you prepare for CAU. A $50 per person, per class, non-refundable deposit is required with your registration. All deposits are applied to the full program charges. Register now!

Program charges

Below are the program fees and housing choices for the on-campus summer programs. Please contact us if you have questions.

For those staying on campus, the program fee (per adult, per week) covers the course, lodging, sixteen meals, coffee breaks, hospitality hours, welcome and farewell parties, conference-lot parking fees, and use of most of Cornell’s campus facilities. Some courses have additional fees. Wednesday supper is on your own. Some campus facilities, such as the golf course, also charge specific user fees. Weekly program rates vary with the accommodation you select:

Program fee including on-campus housing and meals

  • Court/Kay Hall: double occupancy per adult $1,932, single supplement $100
  • Room w/private bathroom: double occupancy per adult $1,990, single supplement $150

Program fee for commuters and for those staying at Hilton Homewood Suites*: $1,115

*This fee does not include housing or meals. If you wish to stay at Hilton Homewood Suites, please call 607.266.0000 to make a reservation in the CAU block.

Commuter meal plan option: $425. Most CAUers staying at Hilton Homewood Suites select our meal plan for the week in order to enjoy the full CAU experience.