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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.

Lecture Series for Adults
Join local scientis to learn about a variety of topics as they share their latest research in a friendly and exciting environment. Beginning in October 2013, lectures will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be held in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater.

The 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. Visitors are encouraged to stay to enjoy the galleries and special senior discounts in Galileo’s Café and the North Star Science Store.


Back to the Wild: Bird Reintroduction Programs

March 2, 2015, 10:30 a.m.

Michael Mace is the Curator of Birds at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The avian collection at the Safari Park is one of the most extensive in the zoological community consisting of 217 species and 1,600 specimens including many endangered species. Michael will discuss his experiences in conservation projects around the world involving endangered and threatened species such as the Andean condor in Colombia, White-bellied heron in Bhutan, Southern ground hornbill in South Africa, Red-necked ostrich in Niger, Guam rail, Light-footed Ridgway's clapper rail in the United States and the California condor in the United States and Mexico.

Bio:
Mace is the Curator of birds at the San Diego Park and the spokesperson for San Diego Zoo Global. He’s received several awards from United States Fish and Wildlife Service, has authored articles and papers on avian science in peer review journals and magazines and has been featured in a TED talk.

Noon Theater Show: Born To Be Wild

 

Using Human Pluripotent Stem Cells to Study Neurological Diseases

April 6, 2015, 10:30 a.m.

Human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) have the unique ability to become any adult cell type present in the human body. Given this extraordinary ability, significant progress in medical research has been achieved using hPSCs. Focusing on neurodevelopmental disorders (such as Autism), Dr. Cassiano Carromeu will uncover the many advantages of this powerful tool in medicine. He will discuss the main advances made and the pitfalls to overcome. Lastly, he will explore the potential of revolution on personal medicine using these cells.


Bio:
Dr. Cassiano Carromeu is a passionate neuroscientist working with neurodevelopmental disorders at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He obtained his PhD in Brazil working with respiratory viruses, but decided to pursue his childhood dreams and shifted his focus to the nervous system. His work modeling Autism in vitro using stem cells has been published in prestigious scientific magazines. Dr. Cassiano Carromeu is now moving to ALS disease (from the Ice Bucket Challenge), where he hopes to contribute as much to ALS as he did to Autism.

Noon Theater Show: Mysteries of Egypt