The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) lecture series has operated since 1990 to foster science education in our community for youths through adults. Once a month during the academic year, MAPS offers stimulating free science programming, bringing educators and local citizens into contact with scientists and mind-expanding ideas.
Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 Virtual Event Schedule
The program on 2/25/22 will be held in the MJC East Campus Auditorium and available on Zoom.
Restoring The Ecosystems Of Palmyra Atoll
Disease ecologist and conservation biologist, Dr. Cantrell, Ph. D, will share her work restoring the beautiful and ecologically important ecosystems of the Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, located in the equatorial Pacific.Disease Ecologist and Conservation Professional Working in the Pacific.
- Dr. Danielle Lee Cantrell, Ph.D.
- Friday, January 28, 2022
- Danielle Lee Cantrell - Website
Weather Vs. Climate Impacts On Our Environment
Family Science presentation(all ages welcome) in the MJC East Campus Auditorium, 7 pm. Sacramento’s Channel 3 meteorologist Dirk Verdoorn will be the keynote speaker and will be joined for a panel discussion by MJC students. The presentation will focus on the difference between weather and climate and the impacts climate can have on our environment. Dirk is an advocate for clean air and water and will emphasize the importance of being good stewards of our planet.
- Dirk Verdoorn, KCRA Meteorologist
- Friday, February 25, 2022
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The Rise And Recent Fall Of Sierra Nevada Glaciers
Glaciers have played an essential role in shaping the Sierra Nevada. The impending loss of these glaciers will likely have ripple effects throughout the high elevations of Yosemite.
- Dr. Greg Stock, Ph.D. Park Geologist, Yosemite National Park
- Friday, March 25, 2022
- 7:30 Via Zoom
Paleoanthropologist excavations of Homo naledi in the Rising Star Cave
Dr. Elliott is a biological anthropologist, interested in the Human Journey – how, why and when humans became who we are today. In 2013 she became one of six “Underground Astronauts” on the Rising Star Expedition, which led to the naming of a new hominin species, Homo naledi. Discovered deep in a cave in the Cradle of Humankind in September 2013, Homo naledi is one of the newest members of the human family. In just 8 years it has become one of the largest assemblages of fossil hominins in the world and is notable for the unprecedented quality and completeness of the remains.
- Dr. Marina Elliott, Ph.D.
- Friday, April 22, 2022
- 7:30pm Via Zoom
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MAPS is grateful to MJC, the MJC Foundation, SCOE, the MTA Modesto Teachers Assn. and the GVM for generous support.