Wild Planet Day at MJC's Great Valley Museumis October 14, 2017!
http://www.mjc.edu/instruction/sme/gvm/ Join us for a day of fun and festivities while we discover
Wild Planet Day including science
demonstrations, explore the use of microscopes and hands-on science activities.
There will also be food for sale and a variety of vendor booths provided by
campus and local organizations. Tickets are $8 or $20 for a family of 6.
Planetarium shows are extra. Contact the Great Valley Museum at 575-6196.
The Great Valley Museum will be open in the evenings, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.,
during the first Friday of every month. Discover the universe through our
planetarium shows at 7:30pm & 8:30pm and Science on a Sphere 3-D globe. Campus
science clubs will offer insight and highlights, including the MJC Astronomy
Club which will provide free telescope viewings on top of the Science Community
Center. Join us for a fun, festive atmosphere while we explore science together!
Be sure to dress appropriately during the cold months.
The family friendliest place to
visit in Modesto. Visit soon and often.
The very uniquie and
original new exhibit, Exploring Matter: An Interactive, Inexpensive
Chemistry Exhibit for Museums became available for visitors on
9/13/16 and had its official opening on 10/21/16.
9/29/2017- Dave Sheaffer, U.C.
Medical Center audiologist on cochlear implants & related hearing technology.
John Buckley, CSERC: “Forest Health and Fire Resiliency in a
effect does a warming climate have on the capability of Sierra Nevada forests to
be resilient to wildfires?To what degree
has the combination of recent drought and insects altered forest conditions?Is there any clear trend in wildfire impacts in the Sierra Nevada?Will forest management choices made in the near term potentially affect
forests, wildlife, recreation, and forest watersheds for decades into the
11/3/17 - a family science presentation (all ages) in MJC East Campus
National Geographics Explorer and TED speaker,
“Ocean Engine of Life”-
Get ready to jump off the land and into the water for a wild ride
around the entire world ocean. As we encounter places of both destruction and
desolation, hope and salvation, we'll learn of the ocean’s immense importance to
all life, how it has influenced human evolution and world history and discover
state-of-the-art research (including the ocean sunfish of course!)aimed at ensuring a healthy ocean and planet for generations to come.
Come dive in!
Hayes, MJC Geology
Professor – – “The Earth Has a History: Rates of Geologic Change and
of the most important clues in understanding today's climate is the Earth's past
history. This presentation will provide a perspective on how rapidly the Earth's
climate has changed over the last 65 million years compared to the changes
happening today.The discussion will also
include a look at some of the methods geologists use to document the past. .
Spring dates TBD
4/6/18 a family science presentation (all ages) in MJC East
, UCSC and Lick
Title: Our Place in the Cosmos. My talk will be a slide
presentation illustrated by the latest astronomical images, animations, videos,
etc. I will discuss how the very material that human beings and other life forms
are made of was once synthesized inside the Sun's ancestral stars. Our Milky Way
galaxy and other galaxies like it serve as chemical recycling plants and are
responsible for the richness and complexity of the Periodic Table of elements. I
will then go on to discuss the lives and times of galaxies: galaxy cannibalism
and mergers, star formation, and the growth and evolution of galaxies from the
tiniest ripples in the fabric of the early Universe.
MAPS is grateful to ASMJC and the MJC Foundation for generous
support. MAPS has been providing free programs for over 26 years but is
currently experiencing funding issues. Contributions to the MAPS program
in care of the Modesto Junior College Foundation will be deeply appreciated.
Richard Anderson, Ph.D., MJC Biology Emeritus, “Global Climate Change Update” Sept. 27 Doug Singleton, Ph.D.,
"Gravitational Waves: A New Window on the Universe"
4 Karin Wagner, MS, LCGC, Genetic Counselor, Kaiser Permanente, “Genetics
Explosion and You” Oct. 11 Ryan
Sellman, P.E., Sr. Engineer, Carollo Engineers, Inc., “Keeping Local Water Safe
Oct. 18 Don Williams, C.S.U. Fresno Physics Outreach, “Physics
Oct. 25 Lillian Vallee, Ph.D., MJC
English Emerita, “How Original California PeopleUsed Native Plants Everyday”
Nov. 1 Jack Sparks, Outdoor Recreation Planner, U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Service, “Exploring the Resources of the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge
Complex” Nov. 8 Susan Kerr, Ph.D., MJC Anthropology, “Giants
and Gorgets: A Journey tothe Prehistoric Mounds of the Southeastern U.S."
Sally Gerling, Nutritionist, “Nutrition: From the Science to Your Plate” Nov. 22 No program
scheduled due to Thanksgiving
Nov. 29 Alex
Martin-Ginnold, Engineer, “Nanotechnology and Bioengineering”
Dec. 6 Rev. John Roberts, “Adam & Eve & Evolution: Seeking a
Synthesis of Faith with Science”
Colloquium Committee: Richard Anderson, Dan Chase, Jill Cross, Catherine Greene,
Denise Godbout-Avant, Deborah Martin, Elizabeth McInnes, Teri Curtis