The Sky Tonight planetarium show has been rescheduled for July 11, 2018, due to Independence Day.
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Senior Mondays

The First Monday of Each Month

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 10 a.m. on the first Monday each month to get Senior Monday started. 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. 



Date: June 4, 2018

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Noon Theater Show: Flight of Butterflies

The Secret Languages of Bees

Aside from being an important pollinator of our food crops, the common domestic honey bee is also notable because of the complex and fascinating way that colony members use dances to "talk" to one another. Come join us as we explore the different dances of bees and what they mean.

Lecturer Bio:

Dr. Heather C. Broccard-Bell is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) in the Division of Biological Sciences, Section of Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution. She uses communication in honey bees as a model system to try to understand how complex, adaptive systems—like brains, ecosystems, and economies—work. Dr. Broccard-Bell received her Ph.D. from the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience in Alberta, Canada, where she investigated the rules underlying interactions between pairs of animals (e.g., two rats fighting over food), so studying bee colonies, with many interacting individuals, was a natural next step. In addition to research, Dr. Broccard-Bell teaches classes in Psychology, Neuroscience and Biology at UCSD, University of San Diego, and California State University San Marcos.


Date: July 2, 2018

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Noon Theater Show: To The Limit

Healthy Aging and Neurodegeneration. A New Perspective

Throughout life, the brain is capable of changing and adapting. This ability is called plasticity, and it’s key to develop the circuits necessary for a healthy brain. Neurodegenerative disorders (like Alzheimer’s disease or stroke) decrease plasticity, but the normal process of aging takes a toll too. Join us to discover recent research that looks into why this happens in health and disease from the perspective of a specialized cell type in the brain, called astrocytes.

Lecturer Bio:

Dr. Elena Blanco-Suarez is a researcher at the Salk Institute, studying a special cell type in the brain, called astrocytes, and their role in the development and maturation of neuronal connections. She started working in the field of neuroscience in 2010, when she was looking into neurodegeneration in models of stroke, and the consequences on different proteins affecting neuronal connections. She got her Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 2014 right before moving to San Diego to keep studying the brain, and unravel the mechanisms behind plasticity.




History Through Science

You may have heard of the history of science, but what about looking at history through science? Join us to learn about some of the important scientific discoveries in the field of chemistry, accidental and on purpose, that changed the course of history. Featuring Dr. Shane Haggard, Assistant Professor of analytica chemistry at San Diego City College. 

Materials for Space Environments: What will it take to colonize other planets

The idea of living on Mars or other planets has been a staple of science fiction since the 19th century. In the event that life on Earth becomes untenable, what would it be like to actually live there? Dr. Olivia A. Graeve will discuss the living conditions and other resources that could make the Red Planet a potential destination for pioneering colonists. Featuring Dr. Olivia A. Graeve, Professor for material science and engineering at the University of California, San Diego.