Gateway Science Museum

Museum Without Walls Archive

Gateway Science Museum hosts Museum Without Walls, also known as MWOW, on Wednesday evenings in April and October. This series began in the fall of 2003, long before Gateway Science Museum was completed in 2010, which is how the series got its name. The series presents lectures with topics from all disciplines in science and natural history. MWOW lectures are open to all ages

Watch past seasons! Enjoy our MWOW archives.

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Fossils, Formations & Extinctions — Fall 2021

            -Greg Francek, Ranger/Naturalist Mokelumne Division, East Bay Municipal Utility District

            -Professor Emerita Cathy Busby, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California at Davis 

        - Dr. Montana Hodges, Professor at Sierra Nevada University.

  • From Mountains to Museums & Back Again: Triassic Marine Reptiles in the American West

         -Assistant Professor Neil P. Kelley, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, Vanderbilt University

Water: Every Drop — Spring 2021

            - Eddy Teasdale, P.G., Ch.G., Supervising Hydrogeologist, Luhdorff and Scalmanini Consulting Engineers

            - Sandrine Matiasek, Ph.D., Assoc. Professor Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, CSU Chico

        - Christina Buck, Ph.D., Asst. Director Butte County Department of Water Resource and Conservation

         - Jeff Davids, Ph.D., P.E. Asst. Professor Civil Engineering and College of Agriculture, CSU Chico | Davids Engineering | SmartPhones4Water

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Our Earth Ourselves — Fall 2020

- Michael Abruzzo, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biological Sciences, CSU, Chico. 

- Linnea Hanson, Botanist, President of Northern California Botanists, and Founding Board Member of the Friends of the Chico State Herbarium.

- Cheri Chastain, Sustainability Programs Manager at CSU, Chico.

- Roger Lederer, PhD, Professor Emeritus and Former Dean, College of Natural Sciences, CSU, Chico and Carol Burr, PhD, Professor Emerita, Departments of English and Multicultural and Gender Studies, CSU, Chico.

- Jennifer Jewell, Gardener, Author, Host of award-winning public radio broadcast “Cultivating Place – Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden”. 

- Rachel Teasdale, PhD, Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences, CSU, Chico. 

- Troy Cline, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, CSU, Chico. 

The Frontier and Beyond

The Frontier & Beyond — Fall 2019

Beyond the Earth: 50 Years Since Apollo 11(opens in new window) presented by Scott Perry, retired Physics & Astronomy Professor.

The Dish(opens in new window) film tells the true story of a group of Australian scientists manning a remote satellite dish who hope for receiving the historic images of Man's first steps on the Moon.

Antarctica: A Scientific Odyssey(opens in new window) presented by Dr. Fraka Harmsen who spent 6 months on two Antarctica expeditions in the 1980’s and 90’s camping on the ice in unexplored terrain. One of her fellow expeditioners, Dr. John, wrote a book called “Mountains of Madness” that brings to life one of these expeditions, and from which she read excerpts.

Humans in Space: Past, Present, and Future presented by Stephen Robinson, Former NASA Astronaut

Project Apollo: The Scientific Harvest presented by Dave Schlom, Host of Blue Dot on NSPR.

All Creatures Great and Small

All Creatures Great and Small — Spring 2019

Insects of Bidwell Park(opens in new window) presented by Don Miller, PhD Professor, CSU Chico, Biological Sciences Department

Elk in California: History, current status, and future of California’s largest land mammal (opens in new window)presented by Tom Batter, PhD Student 
Mammalian Ecology and Conservation Unit UC Davis 
In partnership with the California Department of Fish & Wildlife

Into thinner air: How pikas live on the roof of the world and implications for their persistence (opens in new window)presented by Katie Andrea Solari, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar (Petrov Lab) and Associate Director of the Program for Conservation Genomics, Stanford University

Wings and Feathers: Citizen Scientists and the World of Birds(opens in new window) presented by Sarah J. Blackstone, PhD, Retired Dean of Fine Arts, University of Victoria, BC and Gateway CAB member

Nanoscale Wonders Unseen

Nanoscale Wonders Unseen — Fall 2018

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology: Why Size Does Matter(opens in new window) presented by Kathleen Meehan, PhD, Professor & Chair, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, CSU, Chico

Solving Sustainability Challenges with Nanomaterials(opens in new window) presented by Monica C. So, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, CSU, Chico

Nanotechnology: Achieving Big Goals with Small Things(opens in new window) presented by Ozgul Yasar, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering & Sustainable Manufacturing, CSU, Chico

Nanoscale Simulations of Transistors, Structural DNA and Quantum Devices(opens in new window) presented by Nathan L. Anderson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering & Sustainable Manufacturing, CSU, Chico

Are Improvements Forecast by Moore's Law Sustainable?(opens in new window) presented by Dennis Hunter, Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development, Applied Materials, Inc. (Retired)