Our next Meet a Scientist is:

Sunday, December 8, 2019, 1–4pm

Join Eva Stricker from UNM as we discover how fungi help plants get fertilizer!


Meet a Scientist

Visitors of all ages are invited to meet scientists and engineers who are neighbors in the community. In Explora’s Meet a Scientist programs, visitors participate in materials-rich, engaging activities as they learn about the current research of Albuquerque-area scientists and engineers.

Past activities, with scientists from Intel, Sandia National Labs, University of New Mexico, and Qynergy Corporation, have included experiments with lasers and optics, investigations on how steam can generate electricity, explorations on how tools can help us ‘see’ infrared and ultraviolet light, and challenges with brain teasers, just to name a few.

PoP Girl with Microscope

Meet a Scientist programs are included with regular admission, and free for Explora Members.

Meet a Scientist 2020 dates:

March 28, 2020, 12–3pm
June 27, 2020, 10am–4pm
November 2020, 12:00–3pm

PoP: Meet a Scientist

Sunday, April 14, 2019, 1–4pm


Our guest presenters this month are Holli Riebeek Kohl from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Eva Stricker from the UNM Biology Department, and Ryan Jackson from UNM.

Want to do Earth science with NASA? There’s an app for that. Help us by observing clouds, trees, mosquito habitats, and the landscape around you using the NASA GLOBE Observer app with Holli Riebeek Kohl.

Can something be made from nothing? Can something really just disappear into thin air? We will talk with Eva Stricker about corn as a way to understand the carbon cycle. And we’ll get to eat popcorn!

Water on Mars: Discover what rocks can tell us about how water flows with Ryan Jackson.

Sunday, April 14, 2019, 1–4pm

Diana Macias, UNM

Bruna Jacobson, UNM

Jeff Mahn, Sandia National Laboratories


Visitors of all ages are invited to meet scientists and engineers who are neighbors in the community. In Explora’s Portal to the Public (PoP) Meet a Scientist programs, visitors participate in materials-rich, engaging activities as they learn about the current research of Albuquerque-area scientists and engineers.

Past activities, with scientists from Intel, Sandia National Labs, University of New Mexico, and Qynergy Corporation, have included experiments with lasers and optics, investigations on how steam can generate electricity, explorations on how tools can help us ‘see’ infrared and ultraviolet light, and challenges with brain teasers, just to name a few.

PoP: Meet a Scientist programs are included with regular admission, and free for Explora members.

2019 Dates

  • Saturday, February 9, 2019 1-4pm
  • Sunday, April 14, 2019,1-4 pm
  • Saturday, June 8, 2019 1-4pm
  • Sunday, August 11, 2019 1-4 pm
  • Saturday, October 12, 2019 1-4 pm
  • Sunday, December 8, 2019 1-4 pm

Details of presentation will be posted closer to each date.


Visitors of all ages are invited to meet scientists and engineers who are neighbors in the community. In Explora’s Portal to the Public (PoP) Meet a Scientist programs, visitors participate in materials-rich, engaging activities as they learn about the current research of Albuquerque-area scientists and engineers.

Past activities, with scientists from Intel, Sandia National Labs, University of New Mexico, and Qynergy Corporation, have included experiments with lasers and optics, investigations on how steam can generate electricity, explorations on how tools can help us ‘see’ infrared and ultraviolet light, and challenges with brain teasers, just to name a few.

PoP: Meet a Scientist programs are included with regular admission, and free for Explora members.

* Learn about Optometry is an extension of the Portal to the Public (PoP) program at Explora, and offered in partnership with the New Mexico Optometric Association, Albuquerque Eye Care, Essilor, and Walman Instruments with support from the American Optometric Association.

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