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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 scientists 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.


Cataclysmic Supereruptions Above the Yellowstone Hotspot

June 2, 2014, 10:30 a.m.

The history of planet Earth is marked by gigantic volcanic eruptions on a scale far removed from human experience. Geologic evidence demonstrates that the Yellowstone hotspot has a long and spectacular history of such eruptions, which began about 17 million years ago and will continue into the foreseeable future. This presentation will discuss the volcanic evolution of the Yellowstone volcanic system, beginning with a massive eruption that produced voluminous floods of basaltic lava in Oregon and Washington, later followed by cataclysmic supereruptions along the Yellowstone hotspot track of southern Idaho, and culminating with current and future eruptions at Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park.


Vic Camp received his PhD in geology at Washington State University. He spent several years as a working geologist in Africa and the Middle East and is currently a lecturer at San Diego State University, where he teaches a wide variety of courses for both geology majors and nonmajors. He maintains the award-winning “How Volcanoes Work” website (http://www.geology.sdsu.edu/how_volcanoes_work/) and is an active researcher on the volcanic evolution of the Pacific Northwest.

Noon Theater Show: Ring of Fire


The Life and Evolutionary Times of Marine Mammals

July 7, 2014, 10:30 a.m.

Berta portrays the life and evolutionary times of marine mammals—from giant whales and sea cows that originated 55 million years ago to the deep diving elephant seals and clam-eating walruses of modern times. This fascinating account of the origin and various marine mammal lineages is set against a backdrop of the changing geologic past and changing climates. As an evolutionary biologist, her focus is on the role that evolution has played in the marine mammals we see today. It is the thread of evolution and knowledge of the past history of these fascinating mammals that helps us to understand their responses to today’s environmental challenges.


Annalisa Berta is a Biology Professor at San Diego State University, a Research Associate at the San Diego Natural History Museum and at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. She is an evolutionary biologist who for the last 30 years has been studying the anatomy, evolution and systematics of various fossil and living marine mammals, especially pinnipeds and whales. Her current research focuses on the anatomy and evolution of feeding in baleen whales.

Noon Theater Show: Whales


Human-Elephant Conflict in Africa: Is Translocation a Solution?

August 4, 2014, 10:30 a.m.

African elephants are placed in the paradoxical position of being simultaneously a vulnerable species which needs to be conserved, and a pest due to human–elephant conflict, resulting from human encroachment onto elephant habitat. Many solutions to this problem have been used, some more successful than others. Dr. Pinter-Wollman will discuss these potential solutions, with emphasis on translocations and their impact on elephant behavior.


Noa Pinter-Wollman is a research scientist at the BioCircuits Institute at UCSD. Dr. Pinter-Wollman received her B.Sc. summa cum laude in biology from Tel-Aviv University, Israel. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in animal behavior from the University of California, Davis on her work on the behavior of translocated African elephants. She has since been studying the collective behavior of ant colonies and continues to combine animal behavior and conservation biology in her research.

Noon Theater Show: Africa: The Serengeti