October Speaker Virtual Event Set Through MJC - Escalon Times

    Science events and activities in Stanislaus County:

  Join us as we strive to increase
  public engagement in science.




1.  Please go to https://www.mjc.edu/instruction/sme/maps.php to register for notification of a link for each MAPS presentation. 
     For past MAPS talks:  (archived)   https://share.yosemite.edu/view.aspx?i=1E7L   

                                                (recent)  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLL81u2WuJbe6joR9r56BIf8UlXFdRXNxe
2.  MAPS 2021 Spring Schedule (for printable pdf version, please visit:  http://murov.info/mapsspring21.pdf )

3.  About MAPS

       Committee members

       MAPS donors

4.  Science Competitions and Events

5.  State Theater Science Events

6.  Gallo Theater Science Events

7.  Science Centers and Zoos in Northern California

8.  PowerPoint Presentations
9.  Science Colloquium at MJC


Spring, 2021 Schedule  

Free, informative and engaging community science programs.

7:30 pm on a Friday about once each month, participate by registering for notification of a link.


Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. Jeff Mirocha. LLNL, SJSU. What the COVID-19 Pandemic Taught Us about the Climate System.  Jeff Mirocha is an atmospheric scientist with special interest in renewable energy projects and wildfire dynamics.   






Friday, Friday, Feb.19, 2021.  Justin Fisch.  A Land Dedicated to Science - The Antarctic Treaty and its Environmental Protocol Mr. Fisch holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability Studies from the University of Florida, and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Degree from McGill University, in Canada.  Mr. Fisch has worked extensively in forestry research, and geography education throughout his studies.  Mr. Fisch is an environmental attorney and also a lecturer & guide with Quark Expeditions.  He has been an Arctic Youth Ambassador with Canada Parks.  https://www.quarkexpeditions.com/staff/justin-fisch





Friday, March 19, 2021.    Ed Clifton. The Legacy of the Carboniferous.  An insightful examination of the Carboniferous Period – a critical period in animal evolution that set the stage for not only humans, but most of the terrestrial animals extant today.     







Friday, April 16, 2021Roger Wiens. Los Alamos National Laboratory.  Exploring Mars with NASA’s 1-ton Rovers, Curiosity and Perseverance. Wiens is the Principal Investigator for ChemCam—one of the instruments being utilized on NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity. He was selected as the Principal Investigator of the SuperCam team, which will be operating during NASA’s next mission to Mars, set to land on Mars on 2/18/21. His book, Red Rover: Inside the Story of Robotic Space Exploration offers a personal glimpse into his journey from childhood to adulthood as one who is fascinated by the heavens.  NASA’s first SUV-size Mars rover, Curiosity, which landed in 2012, discovered an ancient, long-lived freshwater lake on Mars, showing that Mars may have been as habitable as Earth in its early stages. Curiosity also made the first discovery of organic molecules on Mars. With its landing in February, Perseverance is equipped with the most sophisticated instruments yet, to ensure a better understanding of the Red Planet and to collect the best samples for the return cache. This talk will highlight both missions’ searches for life on our sister planet, Mars.



MAPS is grateful to the MJC Foundation, SCOE, MJC, the MTA Modesto Teachers Assn. and the GVM for generous support.




About MAPS

The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) lecture series has operated since 1990 to foster science education in our community for youths through adults. Once a month during the academic year, MAPS offers stimulating free science programming, bringing educators and local citizens into contact with scientists and mind-expanding ideas.


MAPS originated with the awarding of an Eisenhower grant to MJC and MCS.  The purpose of the grant proposal was to improve the quality of science education in MCS District and Stanislaus County. 

Initially intended to be a 3 year grant, careful use of funds enabled the grant to be extended for a fourth year. During the grant, about 20 science courses were taught specifically for K-6 MCS teachers with about 30 teachers per course. In addition, a pre-service program was conducted that gave MJC and CSU Stanislaus students experience with the teaching of science. There were two very successful major spin-offs of the program. A monthly Friday night science series was initiated that is now in its 30th year and continues to draw capacity audiences. A 5th grade science field trip program was another popular spinoff of the grant.  The most recently conducted version of the field trip was called SEEK (Science Educational Encounters for Kids).”  Every month of the academic year, MAPS now continues to serve up informative and inspiring science programs for the Community, MJC staff and students.

MAPS Committee

Catherine Tripp – MJC Professor of Biology

Richard Anderson – MAPS Adviser

Bill Anelli – MJC Professor of Philosophy

Linda Brzezinski - MJC Professor of Chemistry

Daniel Chase – MJC Professor of Astronomy/Physics

Teri Curtis – MJC Professor of Biology

John Gerling – MAPS Adviser

Michael Kennedy – MAPS Adviser

Susan Kerr – MJC Professor of Anthropology

David Martin - MJC Professor of Biology

Elizabeth McInnes – MJC Professor of Biology

Steven Murov – MAPS Adviser

MAPS Funding Sources'



Science Competition and Events

Science Olympiads
National - http://soinc.org/  
Stanislaus County (elementary level) - . 
Free with many events open to spectators.


Stanislaus County Science Fair -
DOE Science Bowl - http://science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/

Enochs High School Science nights Contact Enochs High for schedule. 

Stanislaus River Salmon Festival, November, Knights Ferry, November.
Great Valley Museum Wild Planet Day,
Earth Day, Modesto Junior College, April



Science Centers and Zoos in Northern California


Visit the Great Valley Museum often.  MJC West Campus Science Center






Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito - http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/  
Calif. Acad. of Sciences, S.F. - http://www.calacademy.org
Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland -  http://www.chabotspace.org/index.htm     
Children's Creativity Museum, S.F. - http://creativity.org/  
Children's Discovery Museum, San Jose - http://www.cdm.org/index.asp?f=1  
Coyote Pt. Curiodyssey Museum, San Mateo - http://www.curiodyssey.org/  
Discovery Center, Fresno - http://www.thediscoverycenter.net/  
Discovery Museum, Sacramento - http://www.thediscovery.org/    
Exploratorium, S.F. - http://www.exploratorium.edu/  
Explorit, Davis - http://www.explorit.org/  
Fossil Discovery Museum, Madera - http://maderamammoths.org/  
Great Valley Museum, Modesto - https://www.mjc.edu/instruction/sme/gvm/
Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley - http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/  
LLNL Discovery Center, Livermore - https://www.llnl.gov/community/discovery-center  
Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Walnut Creek - http://wildlife-museum.org/  
Long Marine Lab, UCSC - http://seymourcenter.ucsc.edu/  
Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito - http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/  
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey - http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/  
Randall Museum, S.F. - http://www.randallmuseum.org/  
San Luis Wildlife Refuge - http://www.fws.gov/refuge/san_luis/  
       Visitor Center - http://www.fws.gov/refuges/news/NewVisitorCenteratSanLuisRefuge_10172011.html  
Serpentarium, Lodi - http://www.snakemuseum.com/  
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo - https://www.sixflags.com/discoverykingdom  
The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose - http://www.thetech.org 
World of Wonders, Lodi - http://wowsciencemuseum.org/  
Zoos and Wildlife Preserves

Applegate Park Zoo, Merced - http://www.cityofmerced.org/depts/parks_n_community_services/applegate/default.asp  
Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary,Folsom - http://www.folsom.ca.us/depts/parks_n_recreation/zoo/  
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, San Jose - http://www.hhpz.org/  
Chafee Zoo, Fresno - https://www.fresnochaffeezoo.org/   
Micke Grove Zoo, Lodi - http://www.mgzoo.com/  
Oakland Zoo, Oakland - http://www.oaklandzoo.org/  
Sacramento Zoo, Sacramento - http://www.saczoo.org/   
Salinas – Vision Quest Ranch -http://www.visionquestranch.com/
San San Francisco Zoo, S.F. - http://www.sfzoo.org/ 

Wildlife Preserves (check for visitation limitations)
Animal Ark, Reno - http://animalark.org/ 
ARK 2000, San Andreas - http://www.pawsweb.org/  
B. Bryan Preserve, Point Arena - http://bbryanpreserve.com/    
Cat Haven, Dunlap - https://www.cathaven.com/ 
Safari West, Santa Rosa - http://www.safariwest.com/
Vision Quest Ranch, Salinas - http://www.visionquestranch.com/  


State Theater Science on Screen    Science on Screen – The State Theatre



The Gallo Center for the Arts is delighted to partner with National Geographic Live in presenting the first in a series of three virtual speaking events: "Life on Other Worlds."  How close are we to discovering life on different planets? NASA's Perseverance rover is due to land on Mars in 2021 to search for signs of ancient life and collect rock and soil samples for a possible return to Earth. Jupiter's moon Europa is home to a vast subsurface ocean—a body of water that could sustain primitive forms of life on this alien world nearly 600 million miles from our planet. Join planetary scientist and astrobiologist Kevin Peter Hand (left below) and NASA engineer Kobie Boykins (right) in this virtual performance for the latest intriguing updates on this vast frontier of exploration.  Tickets are $15 per household per show. After your purchase, a day prior to the show, you will receive an email from the Gallo Center with a link that will enable you to watch this live-stream performance on your phone, tablet, desktop computer or smart TV with as many viewers as you'd like.


PowerPoint presentations. Several PowerPoint presentations have been prepared and posted partially for showing while audiences wait for the beginning of the formal MAPS presentation.  Some of these are science related including one on climate change.  For links to the Powerpoint presentations, please visit:  http://murov.info or http://murov.info/PPTPreshows.htm .


Science Colloquium presentations at Modesto Junior College, some Wednesdays, MJC West Campus Science Center, 3;15 pm.


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