Science Lecture Series

Dr. James W. Jarvis

Vaccines: Heroes or Villains (hint: it’s the first one)

Thursday, November 15 at 7:00 pm

Take a look at the science of immunization, exploring the basic biology of the human immune system and why it is important in society. What recommendations do medical experts have? What are the controversies, myths, and rumors? Learn the latest on vaccines with special attention on the influenza vaccine and upcoming predictions for “flu season” here in Maine.


James W. Jarvis, MD, FAAFP, is the senior vice president and senior physician executive from Eastern Maine Medical/Northern Light. Dr. Jarvis earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his Doctor of Medicine Degree from Wright State University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Malcom Grow Medical Center at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., where he served as chief resident. While on active duty he served as clinic chief and medical director for the 56th Medical Group, Luke AFB, AZ. He is also a past president of the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors. He continues to practice full spectrum family medicine including inpatient and maternity care.


Season passes are available for the entire October 2018 – April 2019 Science Lecture Series for $30 for adults, and $20 for children under 12. They can be purchased by calling 581-1341, or by inquiring at the box office.

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Previous Speakers

September 2016
Dr. Elizabeth McGrath
A Walk Among Giants: Building the Largest Galaxies in the Universe

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October 2016
Dr. Caitlin Howell
Unlocking the Secrets of Proteins: The Rise of Cryo Electron Microscopy

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November 2016
Chuck Carter
Art and Science: Visualizing Complex Ideas for Everyone

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December 2016
Dr. Paul Mayewski
Journey Into Climate

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February 2017
Dr. Dean Astumian
How molecular motors work – insights from the machinist’s toolbox

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March 2017
Dr. Ali Abedi
Wireless Leak Detection for International Space Station

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April 2017
Dr. Henning Haack
Meteorites and the Origin of the Solar System

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May 2017
Dr. Karissa Tilbury
From Lightsabers to Tricorders:
Harnessing Light for Biomedical Applications

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September 2017
Dr. Michaela Reagan
Potential Cancer Cures Leveraging 3D Tissue
Engineering and Bone Marrow Models

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December 2017
Dr. Dale Kocevski
The Big Bang and the Origin of Our Universe

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February  2018
Dr. Nicole Rausch
The Science of Wellness:  Why Your Doctor Continues to Insist You Sleep, Exercise, and Be Well

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March 2018
Dr. Bill Davids
Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator and Rusty Old Bridges

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April 2018
Dr. Jennifer Page
Aquatic chemical signaling: How understanding signals in the sea helps us address interdisciplinary challenges

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October 2018

Dr. Justin Lap
A Bright Energy Future:
Powering Industry with Solar Heat


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The Science Lecture Series at Emera Astronomy Center will take place the third Thursdays of each month and is a partnership project with the Maine Science Festival and will feature research from a variety of science disciplines from around our state and use the digital planetarium to visualize these discoveries in a new dramatic and immersive way.