Modesto Area Partners in Science

2003 - 2004 Archive

[This is an archive of our 2003 - 2004 MAPS year. Here is a link to the Current MAPS schedule.]

Did We Walk on the Moon?
Friday, September 12, 2003

Philip Plait discussed the Urban Myth that the manned missions to the moon were all a hoax.
Bad Astronomy

Tracking the Tasmanian Tiger
February 20, 2004

Guy Van Cleave, MJC Professor of Biology and Zoology, recounted his tour of Tasmania investigating the life of this fascinating carnivorous marsupial and the events that led to its untimely extinction. The Tasmanian tiger, also known as the marsupial wolf, belongs to the group of carnivorous marsupials called thylacinids. Previous journeys observing the creatures of the lands-down-under motivated Guy in his return to Tasmania to track this thylacine.

Creation and Evolution: Dichotomy or Continuum?
February 27, 2004

Eugenie Scott, director of the National Center for Science Education, explained some of the varieties of creationist and evolution thinking, and how they need not conflict in many citizen's minds.
National Center for Science Education.

Vanishing Vernal Pools
Friday, March 5, 2004

Joe Medeiros, Professor of Biology at Sierra Community College, took us on a lively tour (via a slide presentation) of these unique California ecosystems.

CBC Logo Amazing Bats
Friday, March 19, 2004

Patricia Winters, a bat expert with the California Bat Conservation Fund, shared facts, dispelled myths, and discussed the importance of these fascinating animals.

The most dangerous animal in the world kills six to eight million people every year. It is the mosquito. A single bat can eat 600 of them in a night.
California Bat Conservation Fund.

Friday, April 2, 2004
Inversions: Symmetry, Lettering and Visual Problem Solving

Scott Kim, author of "Inversions" designs visual puzzles and games for the web. He shared examples of his work, the math behind it, and taught the audience how to create their own puzzles.

(The inversion to the right spells "Inversions" and "Scott Kim"; if you can't see it, back up just a bit.)

Scott Kim's Home Page.

Example of an inversion