Fall 2012 Museum Without Walls Lecture Series Begins Oct. 3

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 10-03-2012

Robert Larkin
Gateway Science Museum
530-898-4121, gatewaysciencerl@gmail.com
Joe Wills
Public Affairs
530-898-4143

The Gateway Science Museum presents the fall 2012 Museum Without Walls lecture series: “Legacies of Mining the Sierra.” This series focuses on the various ecological, social and medical impacts made by mining practices throughout California’s history. Presentations will take place on four consecutive Wednesday evenings beginning Oct. 3 and ending Oct. 24, 2012.

Presentations begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Chico Area Recreation District (CARD) Center at 545 Vallombrosa Avenue. 

A donation of $3 per adult is requested. Students are free with valid student ID card.

Oct. 3:
“A Gold Rush Legacy: Mercury Contamination, Methylation, and Bioaccumulation Associated with Historical Gold Mining in the Sierra Nevada” will be presented by Charles Alpers, Ph.D., research chemist for U.S. Geological Survey.

Oct. 10:
“An Overview of Surface Mining in California - Past to Present” will be presented by Chris Thomas, senior planner for Butte County Department of Development Services.

Oct. 17:
“Fish and Dust: Exposure to Mining Toxins in the Gold Country” will be presented by Carrie Monohan, Ph.D., science director of The Sierra Fund and lecturer in the California State University, Chico Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences.

Oct. 24:
“The Impact of Gold Mining on Human Health in the Sierra Nevada” will be presented by Rebekah Damazo, MSN, faculty member in the CSU, Chico School of Nursing.

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