The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) is offering a presentation on “The 1986 Chernobyl Meltdown and Consequences” by Sergei Samborski, Ph.D., on Friday, December 7 at the earlier time of 6 p.m. in Sierra Hall 132 on Modesto Junior College’s West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Avenue, Modesto. Both the program and parking are free.
The presentation focuses on the evacuation of children from Chernobyl and their psychological and physical rehabilitation in the summer camps in Crimea.
Dr. Samborski was born, raised, and schooled in Khmelnitsky, Ukraine, when it was under the Soviet Union’s yoke. He graduated from the National Linguistic University in Kiev, Ukraine, with a Master of Arts in English as a foreign language and taught English at a high school and at his alma mater. Right after Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant explosion, he volunteered to evacuate children from the contaminated areas and made six trips to various parts of Ukraine, after which he was assigned to take take care of his high school home class at a summer resort in Crimea. Upon return, he was accepted to a graduate program at the Scientific-Research Institute of Psychology in Kiev and earned a Ph.D. in Psychology. He is currently an instructor of psychology, English and theatre arts at Ripon High School,
Following the MAPS presentation, the Great Valley Museum is holding a Science Night, 7 – 10 p.m., including telescope viewing of the night sky, planetarium shows at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. and Science on a Globe demonstrations.
This MAPS event is intended for ages 12 years and older. MAPS programs are made possible by contributions from Modesto Junior College, Associated Students of MJC, MJC Foundation, Great Valley Museum, Stanislaus County Office of Education and Modesto Teachers Association.
For more information about the MAPS program visit the website http://maps.events.mjc.edu/, the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Modesto-Area-Partners-in-Science/244618054801.