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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:

No lecture in July due to the holiday.

Date: August 1

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Noon Theater Show: Journey to Space

Lecture Topic: JUNO Mission to Jupiter

JUNO arrives at Jupiter in July. Juno's principal goal is to understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter. Underneath its dense cloud cover, Jupiter safeguards secrets to the fundamental processes and conditions that governed our solar system during its formation. As our primary example of a giant planet, Jupiter can also provide critical knowledge for understanding the planetary systems being discovered around other stars. We will discuss these and other mission details at this briefing.

 

Bio:

Jerry Hilburn is an active member in the San Diego Astronomy Association. His interests include tracking asteroids, exoplanet photometry and teaching practical astronomy techniques to budding amateur scientist. Jerry feels that the most important message we can send to children is that there is great opportunity in the future of space exploration and that they must prepare now for that future by learning, questioning and exploring the space sciences. In addition to his public speaking role with NASA/JPL, he also works to provide free star party events for nonprofit organizations and schools in Southern California.

 

No lecture in September due to the holiday.

Date: October 3

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Noon Theater Show: Deep Sea

Lecture Topic: Using Human Pluripotent Stem Cells to Accelerate Drug Development

Human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) have the unique ability to become any adult cell type present in the human body, such as muscle and brain cells. Given this extraordinary ability, significant progress in medical research has been achieved using hPSCs. Dr. Cassiano Carromeu will discuss the many advantages of using these cells to reveal human diseases in a dish and how he and other scientists are focusing their career on translating their academic work with hPSC in new therapeutic compounds. He will also discuss the main advances made so far and the pitfalls to overcome of using stem cells to mimic human organs in vitro.

 

Bio:

Dr. Cassiano Carromeu is a passionate neuroscientist working at Stemonix, a startup focused in facilitating breakthrough drug discoveries. During his postdoctoral training at University of California, San Diego (UCSD), his work with Rett Syndrome became reference on the use of stem cells to reveal the causes of neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Carromeu is currently developing new high-throughput drug screening tools using human stem cells at Stemonix.