Gateway Science Museum

Museum Without Walls (MWOW)

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.

Join us again in April 2020 for our next Museum Without Walls lecture series!

Watch past seasons — MWOW Archives

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(opens in new window)” 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)