CSU, Chico News

Explore Penguins, Whales and Microbes of Antarctica with Museum Without Walls Lecture Series

Date: 04-13-2011

Joe Wills, Public Affairs Director
Debra Johnson, Marketing
Dr. Rachel Teasdale, Acting Executive Director

Patricia Edelmann, with the biological sciences department at California State University, Chico, will discuss the food chain web that supports life in the Antarctic on Wednesday, April 20, at the Chico Area Recreation District Center.

Her talk, “From Microbes to Penguins, Seals, and Whales — Antarctica, the White Continent,” is the third lecture in the spring Museum Without Walls Lecture Series, Microbes on Extreme Missions, hosted by the Gateway Science Museum and the College of Natural Sciences.

Edelmann’s lecture will feature photography from her recent trip to the region. She will discuss the life forms that inhabit the ocean around Antarctica, from the microscopic algae to the shrimp-like krill that support the birds, seals and whales.

The MWOW lecture is Wednesday night 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 spring MWOW is an extension of the Gateway Science Museum’s current exhibit, Microbes: Invisible Invaders…Amazing Allies, which runs through May 30. The interactive exhibit reveals what microbes are (bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa—“germs” to most people), explores a history of infectious diseases and shows how researchers and individuals fight infection worldwide. The exhibit is sponsored by Pfizer Inc. and produced by Evergreen Exhibitions in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health.

Gateway Science Museum is open Wednesday – Friday, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. 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.