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Friday, 04/29/16
  • Innovation in Diabetes Prevention & Management Hack2Health Design ChallengeFinals of the DIGITAL INNOVATION DESIGN CHALLENGE with Judges Award and Audience favorite! • Expert commentary on design thinking and its application in technology for chronic disease • Hear innovative solutions for managing Type 2 Diabetes from four student teams. Complimentary admission with registration Breakfast provided
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Soil Health Series: Composting Methods & Biological Properties of SoilSoil is the most complex biomaterial on Earth. Really! Join the very knowledgeable Stephen Andrews (UC Berkeley Professor, specializing in soils) for a hands-on class to discover the basics of creating a successful compost, and  how the soil foodweb drives the sustainability of nearly all living things on Earth. Prepare ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Donations requested
  • Role of social networks and social influence in travel behavior Speaker: Susan Pike, Postdoctoral Scholar, Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Davis
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Twilight HikeTake advantage of this rare opportunity to experience the beauty and rich natural history of this 535-acre preserve as dusk arrives and the animals start to appear. Our twilight hikes are on select Fridays throughout spring and fall. Participants are divided into small groups and paired with a trained Bouverie ...
    Where:  Glen Ellen Cost:  Free
Saturday, 04/30/16
  • Guided Nature WalkExperience the beauty and rich natural history of this 535-acre preserve. Our half-day guided nature walks are on Saturdays throughout fall and spring. Participants are divided into small groups and paired with a trained Bouverie volunteer to explore the mixed evergreen forest, flower-carpeted oak woodland and rugged chaparral. Guided Nature Walks ...
    Where:  Glen Ellen Cost:  Donations appreciated
  • Science Saturday: Identification Day
    Bring your shells, rocks, insects, feathers, bones, and plants to Identification Day! Natural science experts from the Bureau of Land Management will do their best to identify those mystery flowers, feathers, and rocks from your yard, while their archaeologists will be on hand to tell you more about cultural artifacts. ...
    Where:  Pacific Grove Cost:  Free
  • Insect Photography Tips, Tools, and Tricks with the Insect Sciences Museum of CaliforniaGet involved in citizen science by helping take photos for a Joaquin Miller Park insect guide! Insect Sciences Museum of California (ISMC) is sponsoring an intermediate-level insect photography workshop with Bay Area photographer (and CCNH naturalist) Damon Tighe, and is looking for volunteer photographers to provide images for local insect ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  FREE! $20 suggested donation.
  • Wall Sculptures - Artist ReceptionArt Contemporary Marin presents an exhibit of wall sculptures. Roy Forest will exhibit his "Tool" series constructed of wood and metal wire; mixed media fiber sculptures by Creta Pullen; April Lelia creates sculptures from discarded materials; and Pamela Blotner's sculptures are wood and fiber. Also showing will be pieces from ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
Sunday, 05/01/16
  • Lake Merritt History WalkDive into LakeMerritt's past with this easy walk near the water's edge. We'll talk about the past and present ecology of the area, and how LakeMerritt has changed over the years.
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  FREE!
  • Discovery Day Open House at Romberg Tiburon Center
    Discover your inner marine scientist! Discovery Day is the Romberg Tiburon Center's annual open house, when we invite the public to visit our marine lab on the Bay and see marine science in action. Explore a working marine lab and become a marine scientist for the afternoon!  Learn about the ...
    Where:  Tiburon Cost:  FREE
  • Bioblitz at McClellan Ranch PreserveBiodiversity in our backyard? You bet!Nerds for Nature is partnering with the City of Cupertino to create records of the biodiversity at the McClellan Ranch Preserve. Nature Nerds, scientists, and amateur naturalists will work together to find and identify as many different species as possible. A Bioblitz is an intensive one-day study ...
    Where:  Cupertino Cost:  Free
  • $5 family event: Owl Pellet Dissection!Owl pellets can be an excellent way to learn more about the eating habits and lifestyles of these nocturnal birds. Come and dissect some pellets to try and identify what the owls had for dinner! We'll also learn about bird digestion and the eating habits of other avian species (it's ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $5 per family
Monday, 05/02/16
  • Gray Rhinos - CANCELED
    Why has it been it so hard to recognize and act on the growing number of severe storms, floods and other climate-driven weather events? Climate change is a perfect example of a gray rhino: an obvious, high-impact risk that doesn't get the responses it deserves. Unlike its kin, the ignored ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, Free Members, $7 Students
  • The evolution of fractures in an oil shale from in situ synchrotron XR-microtomography experiments at different conditionsThe behavior of fractured shales in contact with CO2 fluids can have many implications in the understanding of important subsurface processes. In a scenario of geological carbon sequestration shales are often seen as ideal caprocks, as a principle the very low permeability of the material makes them a perfect candidate ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Natural Gas talk and discussion Todd Sostek, Site Assessment, Mitigation and Environmental Research Manager, SoCalGasTalk Title and Abstract: Southern California Gas Company: A Research Program to Address California's Low Carbon Fuel FutureCalifornia has adopted forward looking environmental and sustainability policies which will dramatically alter and possibly reduce the use of natural gas as we know it ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Googling Sex
    Former Google data scientist and New York Times op-ed contributor Seth Stephens-Davidowitz explains the differences between what we tell people about our sex lives and what our Google searches reveal. Find out what big-data sources say about our bodies, how much sex we're (really) having, and our deepest fears about ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $27 - $37 General, Members 10% off
  • Nerd Night North Bay 18: Deep Sea Critters, Indie Baseball and Einstein's Relativity
    The Island of Independent Baseball Hustle and Fun Running an Indie Sports TeamLearn about the challenges and exciting advantages of Independent Baseball! How do independent teams find players and keep fans? How many behind the scenes jobs happen before and during game day? Hear about good, bad, and outside the ...
    Where:  Novato Cost:  $5
  • The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control - SOLD OUT
    Can you pass the marshmallow test? You're a little kid. A marshmallow is placed on the table in front of you. You're told you can eat it any time, but if you wait a little while, you'll be given two marshmallows to eat.The kids who have the self-control to pass ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $16.52 General, Members free
Tuesday, 05/03/16
  • A Conversation with Lisa Jackson of Apple
    Lisa Jackson is Apple's vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. Lisa oversees Apple's efforts to minimize its impact on the environment by addressing climate change through renewable energy and energy efficiency, using greener materials, and inventing new ways to conserve precious resources. She ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Nutrient Regulation in InsectsSpeaker: Dr. Rebecca Clark, UC Berkeley
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • When Will We Find Life Beyond Earth?Is this the generation that will discover extraterrestrial life?  Some scientists have opined that we'll find other living beings – whether they be microbes on other planets or intelligent beings in another star system – within two decades.  An energetic panel of SETI Institute astrobiologists will discuss why both science ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  Free
  • Optical Atomic Clock and Many-body Quantum PhysicsSpeaker: Jun Ye, Univ. of Colorado
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • The Curious Case of Homo naledi: What We Do (and Don't) Know About Our Newest Extinct Relative
    Join Dr. William Harcourt-Smith as he explores the significance of Homo naledi, the early human relative recently discovered deep within Rising Star cave in South Africa. This find, consisting of over 1500 fossil fragments, is arguably one of the most important fossil discoveries of the last half century. Dr. Harcourt-Smith ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 members
Wednesday, 05/04/16
  • First Free Wednesday at Bay Area Discovery MuseumFirst Wednesdays are free for all at the Bay Area Discovery Museum
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative: a new research paradigm
    The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) was established to adminis- ter a $500 million research fund committed by BP to understand the fate and effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Led by an independent Research Board GoMRI has implemented five major peer-reviewed, theme-based competitions in- cluding an ...
    Where:  Moss Landing Cost:  Free
  • Water Sustainability in Silicon Valley
    As one of the fastest-growing parts of the Bay Area, Silicon Valley needs a reliable, safe and drought-proof water supply. What can be done in the near term to provide the region with a sustainable water source at a fair price?Speakers: Remy Goldsmith and Vu-Bang Nguyen, Silicon Valley Community Foundation; ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  $10 General, Free for members
  • Near-shore Carbon Dynamics in the Context of Anthropogenic Ocean AcidificationConcerns have been raised on how near-shore marine ecosystems will be affected by ocean acidification resulting from increasing atmospheric CO2, but until recently, the influence of natural variability and processes affecting near-shore carbon chemistry have been largely overlooked. Here, I present results from a number of near-shore environments ranging from ...
    Where:  Tiburon Cost:  Free
  • Marine plastic pollution: new insights – new opportunitiesSpeaker: George Leonard, Ocean Conservancy
    Where:  Bodega Bay Cost:  Free
  • 'Life is Waiting' - Tiburon International Film FestivalLife Is Waiting chronicles the conflict over self-determination in Western Sahara. Most people think that colonialism in Africa has ended. But in the territory of Western Sahara, the end of European rule only gave way to a new occupation, this time by Morocco. Forty years later, the world continues to ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Matter, Mind, and Consciousness
    The physical description of reality provided by contemporary science is one of stunning beauty and powerful utility. And the biological sciences fit nicely into this model, with life understood in terms of aggregates of molecular components, and consciousness hypothesized to somehow emerge in association with neural complexity. Is this the ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Tipping Point for Planet Earth: How Close Are We to the EdgePlanet Earth is headed for a tipping point.Midway through this century, there will be more than nine billion people on the planet. Already we are using most of the arable land that exists and overfishing the oceans. Water, too, is becoming scarce in many places. And the services that humans ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  $12 - 20
  • First Free Wednesday at UC Botanical GardenEvery first Wednesday at the Garden is free admission day.
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
Thursday, 05/05/16
  • Silicon Valley Leadership Series
    Speaker: Jeffrey Welser, IBM Research, Almaden
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • DataEDGE 2016: A New Vision for Data Science
    Are you and your organization taking advantage of the opportunities created by today's flood of new data?Do you know about the latest tools for storing, analyzing, and visualizing data? Have you considered the privacy implications of working with data? How do leaders balance intuition and data in making important decisions?The ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  
  • The Amazing Flora of Cuba
    Dr. Carlos Sanchez will present an overview of The Amazing Flora of Cuba. With more than 6,500 species of native plants, Cuba is among the world's islands with the highest plant diversity. More than half of the plants are endemic to the island and found in habitats ranging from coastal ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $15 General, $10 Members
  • Keeping Secrets from a Mind-Reading Adversary
    Imagine that someone captures your brain, and then proceeds to read and tamper with every neuron in your brain -- all while you are thinking about a secret that you want to protect. Is any security possible against such a strong adversary?Fortunately, this scenario remains science fiction when applied to ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • The AI Alignment Problem: Why it's hard, and where to startIf we can build sufficiently advanced machine intelligences, what goals should we point them at? The frontier open problems on this subject are less, "A robot may not injure a human, nor through inaction allow a human to come to harm," and more, "If you could formally specify the preferences ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • After Dark: Identity
    Identify yourself: What defines you against, or within, the context of others? From cells to self-image, take a good look at the biological, psychological, and sociocultural circumstances of our individual and collective identities. Explore the human microbiome with its shifting boundaries between "us" and "them." Learn about genetic counseling, and ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $10 Members
  • Mezcal Nightlife
    This week, learn about the rich history and flavorful future of mezcal at NightLife's spirit-focused celebration of Cinco de Mayo, co-presented by the MEX I AM festival showcasing the best of Mexico.Sip your way through a selection of mezcal-inspired cocktails at bars around the museum and catch mezcal mixology demos ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members
  • The Economics of Dropping Foossil Fuels
    Carbon pollution has recently dropped despite continued growth of the global economy. Supporters of clean energy cheered that news, and say it demonstrates that combatting climate change can be accomplished without massive economic pain. Was the decoupling of economic growth and carbon pollution just because of China's slowing economy and ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $12 Members, $7 Students
  • Update on Celiac DiseaseCeliac disease is a genetically linked disease with an environmental trigger that can be set off by foods containing gluten. This elicits an autoimmune response that causes damage to the small intestine. Celiac disease is a surprisingly common, though frequently undiagnosed disease. This talk will provide insight into celiac disease, ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Astronomy Night at UC Berkeley: The Search for Planets like EarthThe UC Berkeley Astronomy Department is hosting FREE, monthly public talks and stargazing at Campbell Hall on the UC Berkeley campus!Come learn about the super hot field of exoplanets and the hunt for planets like our own with our speaker , Lauren Weiss, of UC Berkeley. After, join us for ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  FREE
  • Eureka!
    Eureka! is an interactive science comedy show where audience members and comedians try to win prizes by answering the guest scientist's questions. May 5th we're featuring theoretical neuroscientist Dr. Vivienne Ming who will be discussing maximizing human potential and neural prosthetics alongside guest comedians Kevin Whittinghill (SF Sketchfest), Abhay Nadkarni ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15
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