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Senior Mondays

The First Monday of Each Month

Lots of science fun!
Lots of science fun!
Explore the exhibits!
Explore the exhibits!
Enjoy a lecture!
Enjoy a lecture!

The first Monday of every month, seniors 65 and better can enjoy the Science Center exhibits, a show in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater and a lecture on the quietest day of the month for only $8! No coupons or additional discounts are accepted. The Fleet's doors will open at 9:30 a.m. on the first Monday each month to get Senior Monday started early. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the galleries and special senior discounts in Craveology and the North Star Science Store.

Sharp Minds Lecture Series for Adults
Join local scientists to learn about a variety of topics as they share their latest research in a friendly and exciting environment. Sharp Minds lectures begin at 10:30 a.m. on the first Monday of the month (except Labor Day) and are held in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater.

The Sharp Minds lecture is free with purchase of the noon theater ticket. Tickets are required to attend the lecture and can be requested at the Ticket Counter. 


SCHEDULE:

Date: May 1, 2017

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Noon Theater Show: Journey Into Amazing Caves

Lecture Topic: The Link Between Immunosenescence and Cancer

As we age, our immune system undergoes immunosenescence. This process refers to the gradual deterioration of the immune system brought on by natural age advancement. Aging dampens the ability of “B” cells to produce antibodies against novel antigens and there is a significant decline in “T” cell output, necessary for effector cell response to new infections. Additionally, age is the most important risk factor for cancer development. Normal aging causes many changes that may increase susceptibility to cancer initiation and/or create a tissue microenvironment that is more propitious for the growth of malignant cells, thus favoring cancer progression and metastases. In this talk, we will discuss the impact of aging on key immune cells and how this can result in cancer disease.

 

Bio:

Leilani Cruz originally moved from the East Coast to study her PhD at UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA in 2011. Trained as an immunologist, she focused on microRNA, short non-coding molecules can regulate “T” cell immunity and regulatory “T” cell immunological tolerance in her thesis research. She defended in 2016, and is currently pursuing a postdoctoral fellowship at The Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation (GNF) in San Diego where she transitioned into the immune-onocology field studying how immune cells behave in a tumor microenvironment. In her spare time, she continues to be involved in outreach events in hopes to excite future scientists everywhere.


 

Date: June 5, 2017

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Noon Theater Show: Journey to the South Pacific

Lecture Topic: Be a Force for Nature: Tackling Ocean Conservation One Fish at a Time

What is aquarium sustainability? Zoos and aquariums are making conscious efforts to create emotional connections through animals, inspiring guests to make environmental changes after visit. SEA LIFE® Aquarium at LEGOLAND® California Resort is using its recent accreditation through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to maximize conservation practices through every aspect of operations. Careful choices in collection planning and breeding impact our animal collection, while conservation actions, both behind the scenes and in guest view, hope to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.

Bio:

Marie Collins received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Millersville University in Pennsylvania. After spending multiple summers in the Marine Science Consortium in Wallops Island, she obtained an interest and specialization in Marine Science. Her Master’s degree is in Zoo and Aquarium Leadership with a concentration in conservation education. With 14 years of experience at various non-profit and for profit aquariums, and an interest in cephalopods, she has been the Displays Curator at SEA LIFE® Aquarium at LEGOLAND® California resort for the past 4 years. Her focus is on sustainability of animal collections and conservation projects throughout the company. 

 

Lori Walsh was a classroom teacher in Virginia for many years but wanted to focus on conservation and science education. She has worked in various science centers, zoos and aquariums for the past seven years. She received a Master’s degree in Science Education with a specialization in Informal Education from CSULB. Lori currently manages education and conservation at the SEA LIFE® Aquarium at LEGOLAND® California Resort. She is passionate about inspiring staff and guests to make conservation changes in their daily lives.