Science Colloquium Schedule, Fall 2020

Wednesdays, 3:15-4:15 pm, MJC via Zoom

Link to MJC Science Colloquium Home Page

October 7 – Dr. Jhalendra Rijal, Entomologist, Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and its Implementation in Managing Pests in Nut Crops in California

The concept of IPM has been around for decades, but our crops have changed. The valley today has seen vast acreage converted into nut crop production. Coupled with consumer demand for crops with less pesticides and farmers rising operating costs IPM is a logical practice to implement. Dr Rijal will discuss IPM and how it can be effectively implemented.

October 21 – Emily Moran, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Natural Science, UC Merced

Climate Change and the Future of Sierra Nevada Forests

As hotter temperatures intensify the natural summer drought period in California forests over the next century, they are likely to experience increased tree mortality, and changes in species interactions and composition. To better understand these shifts and how forests can be managed to improve their resilience to changing climate, we make use of field experiments, genetic analyses, and computer modeling approaches.

November 4 – Tania Barjesteh, RN, BSN, Doctors Hospital

Nursing in Zambia and the Experience of Serving Those in Need 

Tania received her RN through MJC’s nursing program and her BSN through Grand Canyon University.  She works at Doctors Medical Center and has been a nurse for almost 4 years. She spent a week working in various rural clinics in Zambia and will discuss her experience.

November 18 – Andy Foster, COO, Aemetis Biogas LLC

California Cow Power 2021

This presentation will examine the network of 25-30 Dairy Digesters that exist in Stanislaus County. Some GHG Emissions (biogas) can be transferred to the Aemetis Advanced Fuels Keyes Ethanol Plant where it can then be upgraded to Biomethane.  Biomethane (RNG) is then sold to heavy-duty truck fleets in California; displacing diesel and reducing the carbon footprint of dairy and transportation industries.

December 2 – Tom Crain, NASA Ambassador

Here Comes the Sun

4.5 billion years ago our Sun ignited when a super condensed and super-hot mass of gas reached the pressure and temperature at which hydrogen atoms fuse.  The Sun has a life cycle with various stages.  Right now, the Sun is enjoying its middle age.  Later, the Sun will expand, then contract and finally become what is called a white dwarf.