CSU, Chico News

Museum Without Walls Lecture Series Kicks Off September 28

Date: 09-20-2011

Joe Wills, Public Affairs Director
Cheyenne King, Marketing Intern
Rachel Teasdale, Acting Executive Director

The Gateway Science Museum and the College of Natural Sciences at California State University, Chico will begin their fall Museum Without Walls Lecture Series Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Chico Area Recreation District Center. The four-part series, Treasures of the North State, highlights a variety of valuable resources, sites and events of Northern California.

The lecture series opens with Jim Postma, professor, Department of Chemistry at CSU, Chico, who will discuss the successes and challenges related to the future of the electric car in his presentation, “Electric Car: Murder Victim, Suicide, or Still a Gleam in its Parents’ Eyes.”

Additional lectures in the MWOW fall series include “Lassen Volcanic National Park, Land of Volcanoes, Land of Renewal” by Steve Zachary of the National Park Service, on Oct. 5; “California Native Plants in the Garden—They Belong There” by Jennifer Jewel, of In a North State Garden, on Oct. 19; and “The Mechoopda Maidu and the Nome Cult Walk” by Kim Ornellas, CSU, Chico, and Arlene Ward, Mechoopda-Maidu Tribe, Oct. 26.

Each MWOW lecture is on Wednesday and begins at 7:30 p.m. at the CARD Center, 545 Vallombrosa Ave., Chico. A donation of $3 per adult is requested. Students with ID are free. A question-and-answer period will follow each program.

The fall MWOW is an extension of Gateway Science Museum’s current exhibit, The Hunt for Treasure!, which runs through Jan. 1. The interactive exhibit highlights the science, history and thrill of treasure hunting. Visitors can explore the sunken treasure of ships that never arrived at their destinations or treasures unearthed by Gold-Rush era miners. Hands-on activities engage visitors in the tools of treasure hunting while hunting for treasures hidden within the museum. Visitors will also explore geocaching, the modern version of treasure hunting using global positioning systems. The exhibit is produced by NRG! Exhibits.

Special thanks for their support to MWOW fall 2011 series sponsors: John and Renée McAmis, Marcia Moore, Gary and Judy Sitton, Joan Stewart, and Candy Solari.

Gateway Science Museum is open Wednesday–Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and is located at 625 Esplanade. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children and free for museum members. For more information, please visit www.gatewayscience.org.