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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 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.

 

 

Date: November 7

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Noon Theater Show: Adventures in Wild California

Lecture Topic: The Periodic Table of Awesome

The chemistry world has had a big year; four new elements were officially added to the periodic table and new names have been proposed. What's the periodic table all about? What do the rows and columns mean and how do they relate to the composition of each element? Professor Shane Haggard will show us that the periodic table isn't just a tough homework assignment—it's a map of building blocks of our universe!

 

Bio:

Shane Haggard is the assistant professor of analytical chemistry at San Diego City College. He is a self-proclaimed “science geek” and his love of science started at a young age by mixing things together just to see what would happen. Professor Haggard looks at the world through the eyes of a chemist, trying to figure out how everything is interconnected. He enjoys passing on his enthusiasm for chemistry to students and general audiences so they can see the world through the eyes of a chemist, too.