Exploratorium After Dark: Manganese | Pier 15
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Exploratorium | Pier 15, San Francisco, CA
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Exploratorium After Dark | Pier 15
Lose yourself in over 650 interactive exhibits exploring perception, art, and science at our adults-only After Dark. Grab your friends and a drink and get immersed in mind-bending experiences and unique, thought-provoking programs.
Brittle, gray manganese is a transition metal that lends its strength to steel and other alloys, and shows its colors in a variety of oxidation states. An essential element for life, manganese plays a key role in producing oxygen during photosynthesis, and helps the cells metabolize proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. While you maintain a balance of around twelve milligrams of manganese in your bodies, absorbing too much of the metal proves toxic.
Join Suzanne Angeli of the Buck Institute on Aging to learn how environmental exposure to manganese increases one’s risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease. Occupational exposure to high levels of the element can also cause a syndrome known as manganism, which has symptoms very similar to PD. By modeling manganism in a microscopic worm known as C. elegans, Angeli aims to identify new therapeutic interventions to ameliorate the symptoms of PD and other neurodegenerative diseases.