The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) offers the presentation “Fusion: Building a Miniature Star on Earth” by Tammy Ma, Ph.D., experimental laser-plasma physicist with the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The event is Friday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Sierra Hall 132 on the Modesto Junior College West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Avenue, Modesto. Both the program and parking are free.
Rapid progress is being made in the quest for sustained thermonuclear fusion using the world’s largest and most energetic laser system at the National Ignition Facility. Dr. Ma will discuss her research with inertial confinement fusion and provide an update on the progress, methods and challenges of obtaining controlled nuclear fusion as a source of abundant, clean energy.
The free MAPS event is intended for people over 12 years of age. MAPS programs are made possible by contributions from ASMJC, the MJC Foundation and the MJC STEM program.
Mark your calendar now for the spring 2017 line-up of MAPS presentations which will include:
January 27 – “Chocolate: Food of the Gods”– Howard and Sally Peters, a couple known as “Mr. and Mrs. Chocolate,” will explain the wonders, health effects, chemistry and history of chocolate. For those attendees who stay to the "bitter" end, there will be a free drawing for a ten-pound bar of Guittard dark, "bittersweet" chocolate! The presentation is at 7:30 p.m. in Sierra Hall 132 on the MJC West Campus.
February 24 – “Flight of the Living Dead” – Professor John Hafernik, CSU San Francisco, a TEDx speaker and an expert on honeybees, will present his extensive research with parasitic wasps that turn them into "zombees."The presentation is at 7:30 p.m. in Sierra Hall 132 on the MJC West Campus.
March 17 – “A Physics Show” – Frank Cascarano of Foothill College will present a series of exciting physics demonstrations appropriate for people of all ages. This 7:30 p.m. presentation is cosponsored by and will be held at the State Theater, 1307 J Street, Modesto.
April 7 – TBAFor 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.