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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: April 3, 2017

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Noon Theater Show: The Human Body

Lecture Topic: A Dietary Evolution

Dr. K.B. Lim will give a description of his personal experience of dietary evolution from that of a vegetarian for 4 years, through a total reversal to a Paleo diet for one year and then veganism for the last 3 years. During the last 3 years, he has researched the science behind nutrition, and he will share with you why the adoption of a whole food and plant-based diet with lifestyle changes can likely prevent the onset of obesity, diabetes, possibly cancer and other chronic debilitating medical conditions.

 

Bio:

K.B. Lim, MD., FRCS(C) is a board certified obstetrician/gynecologist who had all his training at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Reproductive Medicine at UCSD School of Medicine where he was on the full time faculty from 1979 till the end of 1981, after which he started a solo Ob/Gyn practice in Del Mar until the end of 2012. Since then, he has shared with interested people from all walks of life he meets on his extensive travel, his research into the science of nutrition, the use of food as medicine, as well as the health reasons for following a vegan diet with lifestyle changes.


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.