MAPS

Modesto Area Partners in Science

2002 - 2003 Archive

[This is an archive of our 2002 - 2003 MAPS year. Here is a link to the Current MAPS schedule.]

Friday, August 30, 2002:
Zunzun

Zunzun brought us music and rhythms from North, Central and South America. We heard songs about sea turtles, Coho salmon, and traffic jams. We danced, danced, danced . . . and sung, in Spanish and English. For people of all ages. FREE thanks to a grant from the City of Modesto Arts, Music and Promotion Financial Assistance Program.

Links:

Zunzun Tunes

Friday, September 27, 2002:
Evolution, Biomechanics, and Locomotion:
Using Modern Tools to Understand How Extinct Dinosaurs Moved.
Dr. John Hutchinson

Dr. Hutchinson was a postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford. He discussed his findings about the running speed of the T-rex.

Links:

Tyrannosaurus Was Not A Fast Runner (Abstract)
T. Rex's new image: still ferocious, not quite as quick (Stanford News)

Friday, October 18, 2002:
The Use of Good Science in Solving California's Water Woes.
Tom Gohring

Mr. Gohring is Program Manager of Water Use Efficiency for the CALFED Bay-Delta Program. He discussed the technical and regulatory history of California's water system and methods being used to enable the Delta Ecosystem to provide reliable water supplies for two-thirds of California's population.

Links:

CALFED Bay-Delta Program (Official Site)

Friday, November 22, 2002:
Mathemagics.
Dr. Arthur Benjamin
Dr. Benjamin, Harvey Mudd College Mathematics Professor, astonished us with his ability to perform math problems in his head faster than audience participants could do them on a calculator.

Links:

Dr. Benjamin's Home Web Page

Friday, December 6, 202:
The Christmas Star
Dr. William Luebke

MJC's own Dr. Luebke discussed possible scientific and religious explanations for the Christmas Star.

Friday, January 31, 2003:
Reducing Risk From Hazardous Volcanoes
Robert I. Tilling

Mr. Tilling is a Geologist-Volcanologist for the Volcano Hazards Team, U.S. Geological Survey.

Worldwide, there are more than 500 volcanoes that have erupted on or more times in recorded history, with about 50 - 60 volcanoes of these in eruption each year. During the past millennium, volcano-related hazards have killed more 300,000 people and have caused billions of dollars of economic loss.

Since the emergence of volcanology as a modern science early in the 20th century, instruments and techniques have been developed to detect and measure the precursory geophysical and geochemical changes at the volcano as it builds toward possible eruption (volcano monitoring). However, despite ever-improving knowledge, a capability to reliably predict explosive eruptions still elude volcanologists. Moreover, there are far more active or potentially active volcanoes to monitor than there are scientists and funding available to conduct the studies. In volcanologic research, it is difficult and often impossible to design well-controlled studies before, during, and after eruptions in testing hypotheses or models concerning eruptive behavior. The volcano still calls the shots, not the researchers, but progress is being made.

Links:

Volcanoes, an on-line book from the USGS, by Robert Tilling
Views of Volcanos from Space
USGS Volcano Resources for Educators
This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Techtonics (USGS)

Friday, February 28, 2003:
Piercing the Veil of Time
Richard Lundin

Dr. Lundin, of the Wondjina Research Institute discussed his archeological explorations in Northern California, including his possible discovery of a Sir Francis Drake ship. Mr. Lundin uses space age technology in his search for Sir Francis Drake's "Lost Colony" of Nova Albion.

Links:

Sir Francis Drake in Nova Albion

Friday, March 21, 2003:
An astronaut discusses the future of science education in America.
Dr. George "Pinky" Nelson

Dr. Nelson is a professor at Western Washington University. He is also the Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Director there. He is a former astronaut and former director of Science Education Project 2061. He discussed his adventures as an astronaut and the future of science education in America.

Links:

Dr. Nelson's Biography
A "Wire Side" chat about Science Literacy
Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Program at WWU

Friday, April 11, 2003:
Dr. Al Chemist and the Young Chemists Show off

MJC's Dr. Steve Murov and his Chemistry 113 class will perform chemistry demonstrations guaranteed to generate boos, hisses and gasps of awe. Don't miss this program, which will probably be the concluding MAPS presentation under the supervision of Steve Murov.

Links:

Chemistry Demonstrations