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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.


Rocket Science and Lasers in the Preservation of Artistic and Historic Works

May 4, 2015, 10:30 a.m.

More than sixty years ago, development began on the nuclear-propelled ORION Spaceship destined for a manned mission to the planet Saturn. This Defense Department program encompassed laser simulation of nuclear ablation as well as 3D holographic imaging of rocket exhaust plasmas and ultrasonic shockwaves within the space vehicle. After the cancellation of the Orion Space Program, portions of the remaining experimental and theoretical capability found their way to Venice, Italy where it has been used to create 3D holographic recording of Venetian monuments, holographic interferometric and ultrasonic diagnoses of artwork interiors, laser divestment and consolidation of deteriorating artwork surfaces. Dr. Asmus’ presentation will also describe projects such as the Mona Lisa, cleaning of the Buddha thumb and restoration of The San Francisco Art Institute’s Beat Culture icon.

John F. Asmus is on the Research Faculty of the Department of Physics at the University of California, San Diego. He earned his PhD. From the California Institute of Technology and is the co-founder of the Center for Art/Science Studies at UCSD. In 1990 he was awarded the Rolex Laureate for Enterprise and became a Fellow of the Explorers Club. He has published 150 articles in professional journals in the fields of lasers, laser applications, photoacoustic spectroscopy, digital image processing, ultrasonic imaging, holography, holographic interferometry, plasma pinch technology, and hypervelocity impact phenomenology. He is the author of 25 patents.

Noon Theater Show: Sea Monsters

What Can Evolution in Rodents Tell Us About Human Limb Development and Musculoskeletal Disease?

June 1, 2015, 10:30 a.m.

Most of the genes required for limb development are needed by both the arms and legs. However, many animals have very different fore and hindlimbs, and 92% of human limb birth defects specifically affect the arms or legs, but not both. How are shared genes deployed differently in the two pairs of limbs? We answer this question and more by studying limb development in mice and its close relative: the three-toed jerboa. The jerboa is a bipedal rodent with “normal” arms and unique legs that allow it to bound through the deserts of Africa and Asia. It has extraordinarily long hindlimbs (particularly the feet), fused metatarsals, three toes and no foot muscles. Our lab capitalizes on these specialized features of the jerboa hindlimb, the strengths of mouse genetic engineering and the close evolutionary relationship of the two species to understand the mechanisms that shape limb form and function. Our research provides insight into the mechanisms that generate diversity among and within species and extends to an understanding of the fundamental causes of musculoskeletal disease and human birth defects.

Dr. Kimberly Cooper earned her bachelor's degree in Biology at Cornell University and her PhD from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA. Her graduate research focused on how the motor neurons that control face and jaw movements develop using the zebrafish as a model species. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School where she established the three-toed jerboa as a new research model to study limb development and evolution. This led to the establishment of her independent research program in the Division of Biological Sciences at UCSD where her lab continues to use the jerboa to understand mechanisms of skeletal growth, digit formation, bone fusion and muscle maintenance.

Noon Theater Show: Africa: The Serengeti