Fam­ily Sci­ence Pre­sen­ta­tion On “Ocean En­gine Of Life”

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The Modesto Area Part­ners in Sci­ence (MAPS) in­vites the com­mu­nity to dive into the “Ocean En­gine of Life,” a free, fam­ily sci­ence show by Tier­ney Thys, Ph.D., Na­tional Ge­o­graphic ex­plorer and TED speaker. The pre­sen­ta­tion, which is ap­pro­pri­ate for peo­ple of all ages, is Fri­day, Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m., in the Main Au­di­to­rium of the Per­form­ing and Me­dia Arts Cen­ter on Modesto Ju­nior Col­lege’s East Cam­pus, 435 Col­lege Ave., Modesto.

Thys will take the au­di­ence off the land and into the wa­ter for a wild ride around the en­tire world ocean, as she dis­cusses places of de­struc­tion and des­o­la­tion, hope and sal­va­tion. Her pre­sen­ta­tion pro­vides a look at the ocean’s im­mense im­por­tance to all life and how it has in­flu­enced hu­man evo­lu­tion and world his­tory. Dur­ing the evening she ex­plores sta­teof-the-art re­search, in­clud­ing her study of ocean sun­fish, aimed at en­sur­ing a healthy ocean and planet for gen­er­a­tions to come.

Thys, who holds a doc­toral de­gree in zo­ol­ogy from Duke Univer­sity, is also a re­search as­so­ciate at the Cal­i­for­nia Academy of Sciences, bi­ol­o­gist and film­maker. Her work bridges the worlds of pri­mary re­search and sci­ence com­mu­ni­ca­tion to pro­mote en­v­i­ron- men­tal un­der­stand­ing and stew­ard­ship.

Thys stud­ies gi­ant ocean sun­fishes in nu­mer­ous lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing the Gala­pa­gos, Cal­i­for­nia, and In­done­sia, with an aim to re­duce by­catch, pro­mote ma­rine pro­tec­tion, and ex­pand sus­tain­able eco­tourism. When not chas­ing fish or do­ing neuro-re­search, she col­lab­o­rates with a va­ri­ety of artists to mes­sage sci­ence and con­ser­va­tion in di­verse ways, from film­mak­ing to dance, and cre­at­ing ocean trash sculp­tures.

From 1998 to 2008, Thys served as the re­search di­rec­tor for Sea Stu­dios Foun­da­tion, a Cal­i­for­nia-based nat­u­ral his­tory doc­u­men- tary pro­duc­tion house that pro­duced the mul­ti­mil­lion­dol­lar Na­tional Sci­ence Foun­da­tion funded se­ries Strange Days on Planet Earth and a se­ries of class­room videos called The Shape of Life.

MAPS pro­grams are made pos­si­ble by con­tri­bu­tions from the MJC Foun­da­tion, As­so­ci­ated Stu­dents of MJC, Stanis­laus County Of­fice of Ed­u­ca­tion and the Great Val­ley Mu­seum.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the MAPS pro­gram visit the web­site http:// maps.events.mjc.edu/, the Face­book page https:// www.face­book.com/pages/ Modesto-Area-Part­ners-in­S­cience/244618054801.

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Tier­ney Thys, Ph.D., is a Na­tional Ge­o­graphic ex­plorer and TED speaker who will present the next film in MJC’s sci­ence se­ries on Fri­day, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

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