Modesto Area Partners in Science

2004 - 2005 Archive

[This is an archive of our 2004 - 2005 MAPS year. Here is a link to the Current MAPS schedule.]

Friday, March 25 at 7:30 pm
It's a Good Time to Be a Physicist
Professor James Hetrick
Forum 110

Professor James Hetrick, Chairman of the Physics Department at University of the Pacific, lectured on cosmology and nuclear physics. He presented new information on research into Dark Matter, Dark Energy and the future of the Universe.

Prof. Hetrick graduated from Case Western Reserve University and the University of Minnesota. His research has taken him to England, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Antarctica, where he spent a winter. His specialties are nuclear physics and advanced computer programming.

Dr. Hetrick's Professional Page at UOP.
Dr. Hetrick's Personal Page including a portrait, and sections devoted to his life as a physicist, musician, author and traveler.
[Ed. note: If you visit, make sure you're in a comfortable chair, since you're likely to be in it for an hour.]

Friday, March 11 at 1 pm, 5 pm and 7:30 pm
Oil on Ice, a documentary film on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Forum 110

Join us for a breathtaking journey into this remote wilderness. The film focuses on the Refuge's Arctic Coastal Plain, where the 123,000-member Porcupine Caribou herd birth and feed their calves each spring. To the indigenous Gwich'in, the Arctic Coastal Plain is "the sacred place where life begins." This same area of the Refuge is the target of proposed oil drilling; the film addresses the potential adverse effects of oil development in the Arctic Refuge.

Great Valley Museum Open House
In conjunction with the film, the GVM will open its doors to its: "Renewable Energy - The Wave of the Future" exhibit, March 11, 2-7 pm, at the corner of College and Coldwell. Admission is free to both the film and open house.

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Great Valley Museum

Friday, January 28, 2005, 7:30 pm
Antarctica Past, Present, and Future
Ted Cheeseman
Forum 110

Ted Cheeseman is an excellent photographer who has also led eco-tours to the Antarctic, Faukland Islands, South Georgia Islands, Galapagos, and Peruvian Amazon. The full title of his talk is "Antarctica Past, Present, and Future: A Changing Environment from Geologic Past to Realistic Future". He will share his excellent wildlife photography and discuss the physical and biological wonders of the REAL "Down under."

Mr. Cheesman runs Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris in Saratoga, California.

Friday, November 19, 2004, 7:30 pm
Stem Cell research
Dr. Maria Pallavicini
Forum 110

Dr. Maria Pallavicini will talk about stem cell research.

As UC Merced's Dean of Natural Sciences, Dr. Maria G. Pallavicini is recruiting the founding faculty in natural sciences: biology, mathematics, physics and chemistry. UC Merced's thrust encourages active, interdisciplinary collaborations that advance science in new directions.

Before joining UC Merced, Dean Pallavicini had been a professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, in the Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Radiation Oncology. Her research is in the area of cancer genomics, particularly focusing on stem cells and leukemia. She also holds a concurrent position in the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Friday, September 17, 2004, 2 pm - 9pm
ENERGY: Preparing for the Future
Modesto Junior College
This timely and very important MAPS symposium will focus on regional, national and international energy resources and issues. The goal of the symposium will be to develop a strategy for the future development and use of energy resources.


David Goodstein, Ph. D., Vice Provost and Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology, author of
Out of Gas: The End of the Age of Oil.
Biography at CIT
Book Review

Roland Winston, Ph. D., professor at the School of Natural Sciences and the School of Engineering U C Merced, speaking on: Solar Energy.
Biography at UCM
Biography at Centre International de Recherche Scientifique Solar E-clips Newsletter

Anthony Eggert, Associate Director of the Hydrogen Pathways program, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California at Davis, speaking on: Fuel Cells and a Hydrogen Economy
Biography at UCD
Testimony before the Subcommittee on National Parks, Recreation and Public Lands, United States House of Representatives (PDF)

Phillip Duffy, Ph. D., Group Leader, Climate and Carbon Cycle Modeling Group, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, speaking on Global Warming
Biography at LLNL
High-Performance Global Climate Modeling