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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.

A Musical Voyage to the South Pacific

October 6, 2014, 10:30 a.m.

Greg MacGillivray's latest IMAX release, Journey to the South Pacific, will take you on an adventure to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua where life flourishes above and below the sea. Join Steve Wood, the musical composer of Journey to the South Pacific, as he will speak about his month-long trip to the islands of Raja Ampat, located off the tip of the Island of New Guinea, in search of recording material and island music. He will take you along on his voyage of discovery in a land where people still get around in dugout canoes, but speak the universal language of music.   

Steve Wood has been collaborating with IMAX film maker Greg MacGillivray since his band, Honk, did the soundtrack for Greg's seminal surf movie Five Summer Stories in 1972.  He has gone on to compose more than 25 scores for Greg, 7 of which went on to win "Best Score" awards for IMAX films.  Music has taken him around the world many times and has allowed him to work with wonderful musicians including George Harrison (Everest), Paul McCartney (To the Arctic), Sting (The Living Sea and Dolphins), Dave Matthews Band (Grand Canyon Adventure), Crosby, Stills and Nash (Coral Reef Adventure) and many others.
Noon Theater Show: Journey to the South Pacific

Alternative Energy: What the Media Reports are Leaving Out 

November 3, 2014, 10:30 a.m.

There is widespread agreement that the United States needs to transition from a fossil fuel-based energy system to one that relies mainly on renewable resources. What are the best renewable resources to use and why are we pushing some types today that make little or no sense? Phil Pryde, professor emeritus at San Diego State University who specialized in environmental policy, will speak to us about the strong and weak points of various types of renewable energy, and suggest what the right questions are to ask if we want to get the right answers regarding our future energy supplies. 

Dr. Philip Pryde is a Professor Emeritus at San Diego State University, where he has taught courses in environmental policy for 32 years. His specialties are in water resources, energy resources, land use planning and environmental impact analysis. In the community, he has served as Chair of the San Diego County Planning Commission, on the Board of Directors of the County Water Authority and as a County Flood Control Commissioner. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the San Diego River Park Foundation, the San Diego Audubon Society and from 1989 to 2010 he served on the Board of the Joint Powers Authority for the San Dieguito River Park. 

Noon Theater Show: Forces of Nature

Sequencing the Human Genome: Why and How Did We Do That?

December 1, 2014, 10:30 a.m.

Most people nowadays are aware that the human genome has been sequenced. However, many may not understand what that really means. Why did we want this genomic information? Once we decided we wanted this information, what technologies were used to decode this sequence? In this talk, Megan Dueck will discuss the past, present and future of DNA sequencing technologies as well as what promises these technologies hold. 

Megan Dueck is in her 4th year of the Biological Sciences PhD program at UC San Diego. Megan's PhD research involves trying to understand the temporal regulation of gene expression within cells. Megan engineers new genetic circuits from the bottom-up with the hope of recreating gene expression profiles that have been observed in nature. Part of Megan's research also involves the design, fabrication and use of microfluidic devices in order to image and manipulate individual bacterial cells.

Noon Theater Show: The Human Body