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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: October 2, 2017

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Noon Theatre Show: Extreme Weather

 

Lecture Topics: Lasers in the Preservation of Artistic and Historic Works

Conservationists bring the worlds of science and art together. These individuals are responsible for bringing new life to masterpieces while respecting the original textures and marks history has made. Using scientific principals and technological advancements these men and women preserve some of the most significant works of art ever created. The discovery of the well preserved terracotta warriors in China created an interesting challenge for conservationists. Join us this month with Dr. John Asmus to explore and understand how modern technology such as lasers have been used to clean and restore color to China's ancient terracotta army along with many other ancient works of art.

 

Lecturer Bio:

John Asmus earned his PhD. from the California Institute of Technology. Since 1974 he has been a Research Physicist at the University of California, San Diego and is a co-founder of the Center for Art/Science Studies at UCSD. He has performed pioneering research in the use of holography, lasers, ultrasonics, inside-out imaging and digital image processing in art conservation. He has applied these tools to the problems of divestment, analysis, interpretation, and presentation associated with diverse art conservation activities. Among his many achievements, he has been instrumental in the founding of professional art conservation and laser societies and was awarded the Rolex Laureate for Enterprise for his work with the Xi’an Terra Cotta Warriors and is a Fellow of the Explorers Club.

 

Date: November 6, 2017

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Noon Theatre Show: Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk

 

Lecture Topic: River of Doubt

In 1914 Theodore Roosevelt embarked, unknowingly, into the most difficult task of his adventurous life: to descend the uncharted River of Doubt in the far reaches of Western Brazil, braving the harsh environment and hostile tribes. Over a century later a team executed an expedition to retrace the original route in celebration of this great feat. Join us this month to discover more about this historic expedition led by Professor Marc Meyers. In this lecture we will gain insight about the collection of biological specimens that the team found and the comparison of the present and the past century by using Roosevelt’s original detailed report of geography, fauna, flora, and native inhabitants.

 

Lecturer Bio:

Marc Meyers came to the Jacobs School in 1988 and had a stint as Director of UCSD's Institute for Mechanics and Materials. Prior to that he was Adviser to the Director, Materials Science Division, U. S. Army Research Office, Durham, North Carolina; and Associate Director, Center for Explosives Technology Research. He is co-founder of the EXPLOMET conferences. His books, Dynamic Behavior of Materials, and Mechanical Behavior of Materials are key textbooks worldwide. He is a fellow, ASM International, among other honors. He received his Ph.D. in 1974 in Physical Metallurgy from the University of Denver.

 

Date: December 4, 2017

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Noon Theatre Show: Extreme Weather

 

Lecture Topics: The Science of Aging

Aging is a process that affects us all.  Over time the increase of the average lifespan has caused scientists to turn their attention to studying the aging process and how humans can continue to live longer and healthier lives. Join us this month to explore the intricate molecular processes that cause us to age, the consequences of aging on the immune system, and what we can do to prevent them.

 

Lecturer Bio:

Jose Nieto Torres graduated with a B.S. in Biology and Biochemistry in 2007 at the University of Salamanca, Spain. He then earned his Ph.D. at the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain by studying the molecular basis of human Coronaviruses pathogenesis, at the National Centre for Biotechnology. Since February 2016 he has been working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Hansen Lab in the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in La Jolla, California. Jose’s research focuses on identifying novel molecular pathways regulating autophagy and aging. He actively participates in science communication to share with the public the importance of his research. When Jose is not in the lab, he enjoys participating in triathlons and involving his family and friends.