CSU, Chico News

Gateway Science Museum Launches Fall 2016 Museum Without Walls Lecture Series

Date: 10-04-2016

Renee Renner
Gateway Science Museum
TEL: 530-898-4121
Ashley Gebb
Public Affairs
TEL: 530-898-4435

The Gateway Science Museum of California State University, Chico will present five special lectures in October and November as part of its fall 2016 Museum Without Walls series. Themed “Impacts—Strikes, Hits and Near Misses,” the series’ presentations will take place on Wednesday evenings beginning Oct. 5.

The series lineup is:

  • Oct. 5: “Comets, Meteors, and Asteroids…Oh My!” by Scott Perry, a professor emeritus from American River College
  • Oct. 12: “Chico’s Night Sky” by Bill Koperwhats, director of the Chico Community Observatory
  • Oct. 19: “Gene and Carolyn Shoemaker: A Love Story” by David Schlom and Jennifer Jewell, hosts of North State Public Radio
  • Oct. 26: “Astrobiology—Life on Earth (And Elsewhere?)” by David Des Marais, a senior scientist with NASA Ames Research Center
  • Nov. 2: “Cosmic Horror Stories: Stellar Deaths and More!” by Tiara Diamond, a NASA postdoctoral program fellow at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.

“All five lectures are a fun and fascinating look into the far reaches of our universe and a perfect complement to our new national guest exhibit, Great Balls of Fire,” said Renee Renner. “Come learn about the cosmos with us!”

Museum Without Walls lectures take place on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at Gateway Science Museum, 625 Esplanade, in Chico. The cost is $3 for adults and free to members and students with a valid student ID. All proceeds benefit the Gateway Science Museum’s future exhibits, educational programs, summer camps and lecture series. For more information, visit www.csuchico.edu/gateway or call 530-898-4121.

The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Now open, the nationally touring exhibit Great Balls of Fire includes features on the origins of the solar system, the story of asteroids and comets, and impacts and risks. It is a production of the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning. More information is available at www.greatballsoffireexhibit.orgorwww.killerasteroids.org.