MAPS (Modesto Area Partners in Science)

To sign up for these virtual events you will need to go to Modesto Junior College’s website. Please follow the link below.

Fall 2020 – Sign up for Virtual Events

MAPS presents free, informative and engaging community science programs.

Fall 2020 Schedule

7:30 pm, Remote through Zoom

Friday, September 25, 2020, Erynn Lucas. Ph.D. “Viruses: An Introduction to Virology and Coronaviruses

In this talk Dr. Lucas will answer the questions: What are viruses? Are they living? How can they have such an impact, especially in 2020 with Covid-19?  Erynn will also talk about non SARS-CoV-2 coronaviruses.

Dr. Lucas earned her BS degree from the University of Arizona with a major in microbiology and a minor in chemistry. She completed a PhD program right after graduation also at the U of A. In her program, she studied pathogenic bacteriology specializing in toxin characterization. Always interested in teaching, she decided to pursue a certificate in college teaching. She loves teaching students about infectious diseases of all kinds and has been at MJC since 2009.


Friday, November 13, 2020, Jennifer Danzy Cramer, Ph.D. “Shifting Primatology Research to Meet Community Needs

Jennifer Danzy Cramer is a primatologist who studies monkeys in Africa.  Working in a fruit fly genetics lab for most of her undergraduate program, she quickly learned she was better suited to the outdoors and larger, more social organisms.  Jennifer’s field research has taken her to Central America, the Caribbean, and seven African countries.  In this talk, Jennifer will discuss how her science and research background led her from studying the behavior of primates to more applied, community-led projects focused on health and conservation.  Jennifer is passionate about partnering with local communities and leaders to support their needs and priorities through research and conservation.


MAPS is grateful to the MJC Foundation, SCOE, MJC, the MTA (Modesto Teachers Assn.) and the GVM for generous support.

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