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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. 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. 


SCHEDULE:

Date: June 6

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Noon Theater Show: Amazon

Lecture Topic: Stem Cells and Dementia: How Stem Cells can Help to Understand and Treat Alzheimer’s Disease

Shauna Yuan, MD, is a board-certified neurologist who specializes in caring for patients with memory disorders and dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, Frontotemporal dementia, Lewy body dementia and Parkinson’s dementia. Her lecture will explain what stem cells are, how they have been used to study the disease mechanisms and how they may contribute to development of therapy. The focus of the stem cell applications will be on Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Bio:

Dr. Yuan completed her fellowship at UC San Diego School of Medicine and her residency at UCLA. She earned her medical degree from Chicago Medical School and is board-certified in neurology and psychiatry. An assistant professor in the UC San Diego School of Medicine, Dr. Yuan is a physician-scientist whose research focuses on Alzheimer’s disease and neurodegenerative diseases using novel stem cell models. Dr. Yuan’s research has been published in Nature, JAMA Neurology and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Dr. Yuan also serves as the principal investigator for several clinical trials at the Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) at UC San Diego.

 

No lecture in July due to the holiday.

Date: August 1

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Noon Theater Show: Journey to Space

Lecture Topic: JUNO Mission to Jupiter

JUNO arrives at Jupiter in July. Juno's principal goal is to understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter. Underneath its dense cloud cover, Jupiter safeguards secrets to the fundamental processes and conditions that governed our solar system during its formation. As our primary example of a giant planet, Jupiter can also provide critical knowledge for understanding the planetary systems being discovered around other stars. We will discuss these and other mission details at this briefing.

 

Bio:

Jerry Hilburn is an active member in the San Diego Astronomy Association. His interests include tracking asteroids, exoplanet photometry and teaching practical astronomy techniques to budding amateur scientist. Jerry feels that the most important message we can send to children is that there is great opportunity in the future of space exploration and that they must prepare now for that future by learning, questioning and exploring the space sciences. In addition to his public speaking role with NASA/JPL, he also works to provide free star party events for nonprofit organizations and schools in Southern California.

 

No lecture in September due to the holiday.