MAPS (Modesto Area Partners in Science)

MAPS presents free, informative and engaging community science programs.

Spring 2019 Schedule

7:30 pm, MJC West Campus Sierra Hall 132

Friday, January 25, 2019 – Dr. Ian C. Faloona, UC Davis. “Agriculture is a Major Source of Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) Pollution in California.” Ian’s research group investigates how trace gas emissions in marine and terrestrial boundary layers mix, disperse, and ultimately influence the Earth’s climate.


Friday, February 22, 2019 – Paul E. Lenze, Jr., Northern Arizona University. “Syrian Forced Migration & Public Health in the European Union.”  Since the Syrian Civil War began in 2011, more than 400,000 people have been killed and millions displaced.  Paul E. Lenze, Jr. will examine the causes of the Syrian Civil War and the impact of migration on public health in the Middle East and Europe.


Friday, March 22, 2019 – Steven Murov, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, MJC.  “Periodic Table Milestones and Real and Fake Elements.”  In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Mendeleev periodic table, will present: Periodic Table Milestones and Real and Fake Elements. The talk will include demos and be based in part on Steve’s website –


Friday, April 12, 2019 – Jonathan Fortney, UCSC.  “The Kepler Mission: Exotic Solar Systems on the Path to Earth-Like Planets.”  Humans have long wondered about other planetary systems and if potentially Earth-like worlds exist around other stars. NASA’s Kepler mission was designed to answer these questions. The Kepler space observatory launched in 2009 and just finished operations in November, 2018. It discovered nearly 3,000 confirmed exoplanets and several thousand additional candidates. We now know that while most planetary systems do not look like our own, potentially habitable planets are common in our galaxy. I will share insights from the mission and what it means for the future of planetary research.


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