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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.


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. 

Bio:
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

 

Return to the Moon: Apollo's Legacy

January 5, 2015, 10:30 a.m.

Amazingly, it has been 40 years since a human being walked on the Moon. Now there is renewed interest in exploring our cosmic companion-who will be the first to return? Dr. Philip Blanco will revisit some of the highlights of the Apollo program with newly restored archival footage as well as survey current and future efforts in lunar exploration.

Bio:
Dr. Philip Blanco is a lecturer in physics and astronomy at Grossmont College. He obtained his PhD in Edinburgh, Scotland and has performed research using ground-based and space-based telescopes. In the 1990s, he worked under contract with NASA to support one of its X-ray astronomy satellites. Dr. Philip Blanco recalls one of his early influences as watching the Apollo 11 landings live on television.

Noon Theater Show: Hidden Universe