MAPS (Modesto Area Partners in Science)

MAPS presents free, informative and engaging community science programs.

Spring 2020 Schedule

7:30 pm, MJC West Campus Sierra Hall 132

Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, Maya Almaraz, UC Davis. “Agriculture is a Major Source of Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) Pollution in California.” 

Anthropogenic activities including agricultural use of fertilizers have dramatically increased the amount of fixed nitrogen cycling though our biosphere. My research focuses on how alterations to the nitrogen cycle interact with climate and land-use change to impact both environmental and human health.


Friday, February 28, 2020 – Colin Milburn, UC Davis. “Science Fiction and the History of Science.”

Professor Milburn’s research focuses on the relations of literature, science, and technology.  This talk will focus on the history of science and the impacts of science fiction and popular media on the history of science.


Friday, March 27, 2020 – David Olson, MD. “Changing Trends in Infectious Diseases.”

David Olson, a local physician and infectious disease specialist, will describe the changes in incidence and prevalence of West Nile Virus, coccidioidomycosis and syphilis over the last several years and how these diseases are impacting our communities.  The talk will also include trends in these and other infectious diseases that may be related to travel, climate change, and natural selection.


Friday, April 10, 2020 – Marina Elliott, researcher at the Evolutionary Studies Institute, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. “Homo naledi and the Rising Star Cave.”

Marina Elliott is a Canadian biological anthropologist, who is known for being one of the six Underground Astronauts of the Rising Star Expedition. Discovered deep in a cave in the Cradle of Humankind in September 2013,Homo naledi is one of the newest members of the human family. In this lecture, Dr. Elliott will share her experience of the Rising Star Expedition and describe what the research to date has learned about the biology and behavior of this fascinating new species.


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