'It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.’
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Spring 2016 extra credit opportunities
Throughout the semester there are free health related seminars which will enhance your understanding of current topics. To earn 20 points (100 points maximum) you must attend one or several of these seminars and turn into Dr. Shrock a 5x8 card signed by the presenter with a one-sided summation of what you learned.
2016 Science Colloquium Talks
Jan. 27 Deborah Laffranchini, MJC Child Development, "Autism: Facts, Myths, and What To Do After Diagnosis"
Feb. 3 Peter Drekmeier, Tuolumne River Trust,
Feb. 10 Darwin Day Talk: Julia Sankey, Ph.D., CSU Stanislaus, “Giant, tusk-toothed salmon, Galapagos-sized tortoises, and other extinct wildlife of Central California”
Feb. 17 William Wong, Modesto City Engineering Division Manager, “Modesto’s Precious Water Supply”
Feb. 24 William Wong, Engineering Division Manager,“Modesto’s Water Reuse Program”
Mar 2 Bobby Hutchison, MJC Behavioral Science, Biologist, “Our Viral Planet: Evolution and Biodiversity of Viruses”
Mar 9 "MJC Zoology Students: How are animals around the world faring?"
Mar 16 Shawn Jenkins, MS Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Specialist, “Fast Food and Your Health”
Mar 23 Michael Kennedy, “China: The Three Gorges Dam & other environmental impacts"
Mar 30 Jim and Kathy Clarke, "Mono Lake: the Past; the Present and the Future"
April 6 Jim Youngblom, Ph.D., CSU Stanislaus, “CRISPR: A Tool for Genome Editing”
Modesto Area Science Project
29 January, MJC West Campus Sierra Hall 132: Noah Hughes, Professor of Earth Science, MJC El Niño: Earth’s Climate Heartbeat
26 February, MJC East Campus Auditorium: Brian Kennedy - Biologist, CEO and President of the Buck Institute for research on aging. Aging and Chronic Disease - a View from the Aging Side. The Buck Institute was recently featured in the National Geographics Breakthrough Series. Please see: http://www.buckinstitute.org/content/national-geographic-channel-breakthrough-series-features-buck
25 March, MJC West Campus Sierra Hall 132: Tom Luster - analyst with the California Coastal Commission. Can Desalination Solve California’s Water Problems? Review: http://murov.info/luster.pdf
15 April, MJC West Campus Mary Stuart Rogers Student Center, 6:30 – 9:30pm Everything You Wanted to Know about Climate Change but Were Afraid to Ask Tentatively, the discussion portion of this presentation will be moderated by Modesto Mayor Garrard Marsh.
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT PROJECT’S SPRING 2016 FILM & LECTURE SERIES
The Mask You Live In -- Feb 18
This film claims that our boys grow up in a culture with a narrow definition of masculinity that encourages them to disconnect from their emotions and value aggression over compassion. Raising a healthier generation of boys and men, the film suggests, depends largely on recognizing and transforming the cultural messages directed at them.
Merchants of Doubt -- Mar 10
Merchants of Doubt argues that public response to topics such as smoking and climate change is hampered not by scientific disagreement so much as by the influential power of a small group of paid spokespersons who call science into question for financial gain.
First Generation -- Mar 17
This film follows the lives of four California high school students as they aim to be the first in their families to attend college. In their pursuit of higher education, these students strive to break free from the cycle of income inequality and serve to inspire their families and communities.
Black in America: A Continuing Conversation -- Mar 31
This conversation continues last semester’s discussion about the difficulties faced by young African-American men, especially given the growing tensions in today’s society between the police and communities of color.
The Burden -- Apr 14
This documentary claims that America’s dependence on fossil fuels not only threatens our environment and our economy but also endangers our armed forces and our national security. The film also suggests that we need to embrace clean energy solutions if America is to continue as a global leader in the twenty-first century.
Learning Resource Center Workshops
Discover Yosemite National Park: (click here for the Yosemite NP website)