What's On at the California Academy of Sciences June 2004
Exhibits, Courses, Programs, and Lectures

Museum Open


875 Howard Street Open May 1
Grand Opening Saturday, June 19

The California Academy of Sciences is opened to the public Saturday, May 1 for preview days. During "preview days" visitors may view natural history exhibits including Ants: Hidden Worlds Revealed and Astrobiology: Life in the Extreme. In addition, visitors may view the installment of Steinhart Aquarium. The aquarium design allows visitors to view the complex life-support systems that are necessary to run an aquarium. Over the course of the preview period, visitors can get those "behind-the-scenes" sneak peeks as Steinhart literally comes to life. Then on Saturday, June 19, all are invited to celebrate the Academy's grand opening at 875 Howard Street. See attached release for more information about the Grand Opening Festivities. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.

Exhibits


ANTS: Hidden Worlds Revealed ongoing through May 2005

Curated by Academy entomologist Brian Fisher ANTS: Hidden Worlds Revealed showcases six colonies of live ants, each of which display distinctive nest building and food collecting behaviors. Four of the species represented - Harvester Ants, Carpenter Ants, Honey Pot Ants, and invasive Argentine Ants - are commonly found in California. The other two species, however, come from further a field. Leaf Cutter ants, which cultivate gardens of fungus in order to ensure a steady food supply, make their home in the tropical rainforests of South America, while meat eating Army ants migrate through parts of Africa and the Americas in search of prey. Each of the six live ant colonies offer visitors the chance to look inside the chambers and tunnels of the ants' nests and watch them forage for food.
875 Howard Street, California Academy of Sciences, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Astrobiology: Life in the Extreme ongoing exhibit
What is life? How do we study it? Where is it found on Earth? And does it exist elsewhere in the Universe? To identify the types of environments that would be capable of supporting life beyond our own planet, astrobiologists must study the limits of life here on Earth. They do this by researching extreme environments, such as thermal springs and hydrothermal vents (geysers on the ocean floor), that host hardy living organisms. Both of these types of extreme environments are explored in the Academy's exhibit Astrobiology: Life in the Extreme. Astrobiology is an exciting new scientific discipline that combines the traditional fields of astronomy, biology, geology, chemistry, and physics to address a vast topic: the study of life in the Universe. The Academy is delving into this compelling new field by creating an exhibit for its 875 Howard Street location titled Astrobiology: Life in the Extreme.

Lectures, Programs and Events


Conversations at the Herbst Theatre
Julie Gerberding, M.D., The Annual Claire Matzger Lilienthal Distinguished Lecturer
Director, Center for Disease Control and Prevention
In conversation with Paul Volberding

As the director of the nation's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Julie Gerberding is arguably one of the most important doctors in the country. During her tenure at the CDC, she had to address a number of critical medical issues, including SARS and the West Nile Virus. Previously, Gerberding was Acting Deputy Director of National Center for Infectious Diseases, where she played a major role in leading CDC's response to the anthrax bioterrorism events of 2001. Since 1998, she has developed patient safety initiatives, among other programs, to prevent infections, antimicrobial resistance, and medical errors in healthcare settings. Gerberding continues a yearly tradition of working at San Francisco General Hospital for two weeks to stay connected with the delivery of medical services.
Wednesday, June 2, 8 pm; $18; Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
To order tickets, call City Box Office at (415) 392-4400 or visit www.cityboxoffice.com.

Story Time
The Academy's story time for children ages 3-7 takes place every Saturday, at 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, June 5; 875 Howard Street, California Academy of Sciences.

Lecture: Nature Trips for Children
Susan Edwards, founder of the acclaimed child centered Explorer's Club will give a slide lecture on the best nature trips for kids in and around San Francisco. Ms Edwards will discuss ways for attendees to explore the world with a child's sense of wonder and adventure. Sunday, June 6, 1 pm.
875 Howard Street, California Academy of Sciences

Benjamin Dean Lecture
Mars Exploration Rover Science
Joy Crisp, Mars Exploration Rover Project Scientist, NASA/JPL
This ambitious mission to land rovers at two different locations on Mars in January 2004 features twin rovers equipped as "field geologists" and designed to look for evidence of past water activity and assess whether past environments on Mars were favorable for life. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Monday, June 7, 7:30-9 pm; $3; this lecture takes place at the Jewish Community Center San Francisco.

Scientific Illustration Demonstration
Meet various scientific illustrators and experience a live demonstration of drawings used for scientific publications and research. Wednesday, June 9, 3-3:30 pm;
875 Howard Street, California Academy of Sciences

Story Time
The Academy's story time for children ages 3-7 takes place every Saturday, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 12; 875 Howard Street, California Academy of Sciences.

Introduction to the Bay Area Ant Survey
All may meet with Academy scientists and learn how to participate in an exciting scientific study about ants in the Bay Area. Free with museum admission. Saturday, June 12, 1 pm;
875 Howard Street, California Academy of Sciences.

Saturday, June 19- Grand Opening Weekend
See attached Grand Opening Weekend press release for more details

Story Time
The Academy's story time for children ages 3-7 takes place every Saturday, at 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, June 19; 875 Howard Street, California Academy of Sciences.

Introduction to the Bay Area Ant Survey
All may meet with Academy scientists and learn how to participate in a scientific study about ants in the Bay Area. Free with museum admission. Saturday, June 19, 12:30 and 2 p.m.;
875 Howard Street, California Academy of Sciences.

Ant Antennae
Ants have most wonderful feelers! Pick up your own pair of pipe cleaner ant antennae. Saturday, June 19, 1-5 p.m.; 875 Howard Street, California Academy of Sciences.

Arthropod World
Meet live giant African millipedes, thorny phasmids, whip scorpions and more while exploring the amazing world of arthropods. Saturday, June 19, 2 & 2:30 p.m.;
875 Howard Street, California Academy of Sciences.

Story Time
The Academy's story time for children ages 3-7 takes place every Saturday, at 10:30 a.m. on the occasion of the Academy's Grand Opening it will take place Sunday as well. Sunday, June 20;
875 Howard Street, California Academy of Sciences.

Introduction to the Bay Area Ant Survey
All may meet with Academy scientists and learn how to participate in a scientific study about ants in the Bay Area. Free with museum admission. Sunday, June 20, 12:30 and 2 p.m.;
875 Howard Street, California Academy of Sciences.

Ant Antennae
Ants have most wonderful feelers! Guests who visit June 19 may pick up a pair of pipe cleaner ant antennae. Sunday, June 20, 1-5 p.m.; 875 Howard Street, California Academy of Sciences.

Bats Alive
Visitors are invited to join in as Patricia Winters, a.k.a. "Bat Ma'am" shares information about their intriguing habits and conservation of bats. Sunday, June 20, 2 & 2:30 pm;
875 Howard Street, California Academy of Sciences.

Scientific Illustration
Meet various scientific illustrators and experience a live demonstration of drawings used for scientific publications and research. Wednesday, June 23, 3-3:30 pm;
875 Howard Street, California Academy of Sciences

Story Time
The Academy's story time for children ages 3-7 takes place every Saturday, at 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, June 26; 875 Howard Street, California Academy of Sciences.

Introduction to the Bay Area Ant Survey
All may meet with Academy scientists to learn how to participate in a scientific study about ants in the Bay Area. Free with museum admission. Wednesday, June 30; 10:30 am & 4 pm;
875 Howard Street, California Academy of Sciences.

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