For Immediate Release:
July 01, 2008
Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367
Sex, Death and Immortality
Cutting-Edge Biology Under the Microscope
Summer Public Lectures at the Exploratorium
July 12 and August 3 at 1pm in the McBean Theater
On Thursday, July 12, at 1pm, Dr. Thierry Brassac from the Universitié Montpellier, France, presents sex and embryo development in frogs. Dr. Brassac discusses how we've come to know what we know about ourselves from our distant cold-blooded cousins, including putting rubber pants on frogs (!) in order to capture their sperm and thereby explore sperm’s role in fertilization.
On Friday, August 3 at 1pm, Dr. Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado from the University of Utah explores the ultimate stem cell artists, the planarians. These even more distant cousins provide insight into the very beginnings of multi-cellular life and the intersection of death and sex and immortality. How? Planaria are the starting point for understanding stem cells as they keep dividing and going on and on. They are hermaphroditic males with the ability to regenerate. For example, some marine Planaria mate in a mixture of love and war. Their penis is both a weapon -- used to cut up their potential mate -- and a sex organ. They then inject those pieces with their own sex cells to fertilize and create both new organisms as well as their clones, the remains of the battle. The stem cell is the origin of the very first cells on the planet -- a continuous line of life. And Planaria are full of them.
Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm; every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.
$25 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions.
About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.
Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367