MAPS - Modesto Area Partners in Science

The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) lecture series has operated since 1990 to foster science education in our community for youths through adults. Once a month during the academic year, MAPS offers stimulating free science programming, bringing educators and local citizens into contact with scientists and mind-expanding ideas.

Fall 2020 Schedule

Viruses: An Introduction to Virology and Coronaviruses

Dr. Erryn Lucas

  • Erynn Lucas. Ph.D.
  • Friday, September 25, 2020
  • 7:30 pm, Remote through Zoom

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In this talk Dr. Lucas will answer the questions: What are viruses? Are they living? How can they have such an impact, especially in 2020 with Covid-19? Erynn will also talk about non SARS-CoV-2 coronaviruses.
Dr. Lucas earned her BS degree from the University of Arizona with a major in microbiology and a minor in chemistry. She completed a PhD program right after graduation also at the U of A. In her program, she studied pathogenic bacteriology specializing in toxin characterization. Always interested in teaching, she decided to pursue a certificate in college teaching. She loves teaching students about infectious diseases of all kinds and has been at MJC since 2009.

Shifting Primatology Research to Meet Community Needs

Jennifer Danzy Cramer

  • Jennifer Danzy Cramer, Ph.D.
  • Friday, November 13, 2020
  • 7:30 pm, Remote through Zoom

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Jennifer Danzy Cramer is a primatologist who studies monkeys in Africa. Working in a fruit fly genetics lab for most of her undergraduate program, she quickly learned she was better suited to the outdoors and larger, more social organisms. Jennifer’s field research has taken her to Central America, the Caribbean, and seven African countries. In this talk, Jennifer will discuss how her science and research background led her from studying the behavior of primates to more applied, community-led projects focused on health and conservation. Jennifer is passionate about partnering with local communities and leaders to support their needs and priorities through research and conservation.