The First Monday of Each Month
Monday, Jun 6, 2016 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Monday, Jul 4, 2016 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Monday, Aug 1, 2016 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Lots of science fun!
Explore the exhibits!
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.
Date: May 2
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Noon Theater Show: To the Limit
Lecture Topic: The American Gut Project
The American Gut Project, an Earth Microbiome Project study co-founded by Dr. Rob Knight and Jeff Leach, is the world’s largest crowd-funded citizen science project in existence. The American Gut Project enables participants to learn about their own body’s microbes while also contributing to the greater scientific effort to learn how the human microbiome is associated with various aspects of our health—from associations with diet to the amount of alcohol someone drinks to whether or not someone has autism or IBD. Because all de-identified data are made freely available, researchers from all over the world can access the data to ask questions about the microbiome and its association with a variety of health and lifestyle factors.
Rob Knight is Professor of Pediatrics and Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego, and author of Follow Your Gut: The Enormous Impact of Tiny Microbes. His work combines microbiology, DNA sequencing, ecology and computer science to understand the vast numbers of microbes that inhabit our bodies and our planet.
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.
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.