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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.

Using Human Pluripotent Stem Cells to Study Neurological Diseases

April 6, 2015, 10:30 a.m.

Human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) have the unique ability to become any adult cell type present in the human body. Given this extraordinary ability, significant progress in medical research has been achieved using hPSCs. Focusing on neurodevelopmental disorders (such as Autism), Dr. Cassiano Carromeu will uncover the many advantages of this powerful tool in medicine. He will discuss the main advances made and the pitfalls to overcome. Lastly, he will explore the potential of revolution on personal medicine using these cells.

Dr. Cassiano Carromeu is a passionate neuroscientist working with neurodevelopmental disorders at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He obtained his PhD in Brazil working with respiratory viruses, but decided to pursue his childhood dreams and shifted his focus to the nervous system. His work modeling Autism in vitro using stem cells has been published in prestigious scientific magazines. Dr. Cassiano Carromeu is now moving to ALS disease (from the Ice Bucket Challenge), where he hopes to contribute as much to ALS as he did to Autism.

Noon Theater Show: Mysteries of Egypt


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: Ultimate Wave Tahiti