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Sunday, 04/19/15
  • Presidio Creek Geek Hike
    Some creeks are so grand. Some are pipsqueak. Lobos Creek is the only major surface creek left in San Francisco. It's big, supplying almost all the water to Presidio buildings with still enough left to gush to the ocean. Creeks help us understand what leaky San Francisco hillsides were like ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $25
  • San Francisco Rocks: The Great Quake Earth Day Edition
    On April 18, 1906, the San Andreas shook our city down. The quake was a disaster socially, but from a science perspective, it was a magical moment. Join this special tour and find out what geologists learned from the '06 quake that gave birth to the science of seismology.We'll ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $30 adults $25 under 18
  • THE SECRET LIVES OF SNOWIES Ecology and Conservation of the Snowy Plover
    Take a look inside the life of the diminutive snowy plover. Threatened by habitat loss, poor reproductive success, and human disturbance, the snowy plover has been federally protected since 1993. This shorebird nests locally on the sandy beaches of Monterey Bay and beyond, from Southern Washington to Baja California.Join Point ...
    Where:  Santa Cruz Cost:  Free with admission
  • 'Revising the Monterey Flora' with Michael MitchellIf you're interested in identifying wildflowers to the genus and species level, this lecture is for you. Corky Matthews' book "the Plants of Monterey County an Illustrated Field Key" has recently been updated. Michael Mitchell, editor of the new edition, will discuss the updates (including changes to taxonomic organization ...
    Where:  Pacific Grove Cost:  Free
  • Joshua Light Show + Linda Perhacs & Julia HolterThe legendary Joshua Light Show returns to the Exploratorium's Kanbar Forum to improvise an immersive, otherworldly environment of light in collaboration with acclaimed musicians Julia Holter and Linda Perhacs.Combining classic analog methods such as liquid light, overhead projection, and reflection with digital imaging techniques, these seminal artists create visually striking ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $15 Members
Monday, 04/20/15
  • THE FUTURE OF ENERGYDr. Frank Shu of UC San Diego is a preeminent Astrophysicist who has turned his attention to alternative energies in an effort to make an impact on climate change.
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • Nanophotonic control of thermal radiation and energy applicationsNanophotonic structures providenew opportunities to control both the near and far field of thermalelectromagnetic fields. Exploiting these opportunities can lead to significant novelenergy device and system applications. Inthis talk, we review some of ourrecent theoretical and experimental efforts towards developing some of thesenanophotonic structures. Specifically, we show that combining near ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Entangled Photons: Einstein's Spooky Action in Quantum Communication and TeleportationProf. Anton Zeilinger of the University of Vienna and the Austrian Academy of Sciences will give the annual Robert Hofstadter Memorial Lecture.
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
Tuesday, 04/21/15
  • Going Live (a Computer Architect Perspective)Abstract: Professor Renau will talk about the still not published Live Simulation environment being developed by the University of California, Santa Cruz. The Live Simulation environment is a collaborative environment with statistical sampling for very fast computer architecture simulations. The talk will present the philosophy and a live demo of ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Earth Day Talk: Climate Change and ViolenceProfessor Marshall Burke's research focuses on understanding how changes in environmental conditions affect a range of social and economic outcomes, and on understanding the causes and consequences of rural productivity improvements. In this talk, he will discuss the effects of climate change on violence, including wars, civil unrest, and strife, ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Paleoenvironmnetal Reconstruction and the Identification of Habitable Conditions on Ancient Earth and Mars Using Clay MineralsClay minerals often form at or near rocky planetary surfaces under low temperature hydrous conditions. Careful identification of the types of clay minerals and consideration of their geological context can yield information on ancient environmental conditions, including inferences of atmospheric composition. However, this task is complicated by multiple potential sources ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  Free
  • The Antibiotics Crisis: The Health Care and Human Costs of Drug ResistanceAs part of a series of events sponsored by Kaiser Permanente focused on health care costs and affordability in the age of health care reform, the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and School of Public Health present a provocative panel discussion on the antibiotics crisis, its roots in our ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  
  • Quantum Entanglement in Higher DimensionsThe 2015 Robert Hofstadter Memorial lecturer, Prof. Anton Zeilinger of the Univ. of Vienna & the Austrian Academy of Sciences, will give the Applied Physics/Physics colloquium.
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Imagining the Universe: Andrei Linde - 'Universe or Multiverse
    Cosmological observations show that the universe is very uniform on the maximally large scale accessible to our telescopes. The best theoretical explanation of this uniformity is provided by the inflationary theory. Rather paradoxically, this theory also predicts that on a very large scale, much greater than what we can see ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Waste Not: Exploring Alternative Building MaterialsFuture resilient cities will be constructed out of their own refuse. This hypothesis was the spark for the book, Building from Waste: Recovered Materials in Architecture and Construction from ETH Zurich and the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore.Join the authors at swissnex San Francisco alongside local experts for a conceptual ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $10 Advance, $15 at door
  • How to Think Like a NaturalistJack will share his enthusiasm and passion for the natural world as he illustrates ways to improve one's observation of nature, and develop a curiosity and appreciation for one's role as steward of the natural world.Naturalist, award winning educator and artist John (Jack) Muir Laws is trained as a wildlife ...
    Where:  Lafayette Cost:  $5
  • Leafcutter Ants at the California Academy of Sciences: Escapades in Interspecies InteractionsSpeaker: Kristen Napoli
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • Astronomy Lecture: The Dark Side of the Universe by Norbert WernerJoin astrophysicist Norbert Werner, of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) at Stanford University, for a presentation on The Dark Side of the Universe. Dr. Werner's talk will explore the 95% of the Universe that is unseen, "The Dark Side of the Universe," and will show how ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  FREE
Wednesday, 04/22/15
  • Virtual model of a baleen whale: Constructing mysticete audiograms
    Hearing mechanisms in baleen whales (suborder Mysticeti) are essentially unknown but their vocalization frequencies overlap with low-frequency anthropogenic sound sources. Synthetic audiograms were generated for a fin whale by applying finite element modeling (FEM) tools to X-ray CT scans. We scanned the head of a small fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) ...
    Where:  Moss Landing Cost:  Free
  • Managing Water Scarcity for Future Cities: What Makes Sense to Sense?
    Urban water infrastructure systems must meet future challenges in managing water quantity and quality in growing cities worldwide. Information and monitoring technologies will play an important role. Within engineering and planning fields, resilient systems typically support quick returns to normal operations following outages. Other conceptions of resilience from ecology, however, ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  
  • The History of Carbon: Tracking Greenhouse Gases Through TimeIn this special Earth DayLab& Lunch Program, Jim Butler, the director of NOAA's Global Monitoring Division will take us through a brief history of atmospheric carbon dioxide, describing events and their atmospheric consequences from almost a million years ago through the industrial age to the present day. He'll use animated ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free, but RSVP required.
  • Recent advances in reflective hard x-ray / soft gamma-ray optics and the prospects for future astrophysical missions Over the last forty years, reflective x-ray telescopes have enabled detailed observations of the 0.1-10 keV x-ray sky and dramatically improved our knowledge of astrophysical processes, cosmology and fundamental physics. Focusing optics overcome intrinsic limitations of other techniques (e.g., absorptive collimation), and their use above 10 keV should revolutionize our ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • Watershed Collaborations: Entanglements on common streamsIn the tradition of Barad and Haraway, Ipractice Science and Technology Studies (STS) "from the inside", drawing on my own natural science training to inform the theoretical frameworks Idevelop. My interdisciplinary outlook is grounded in training, publication, and research in hydrology, aquatic ecology, and fluvial geomorphology, as well as in ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Keystone species and molecules of keystone significanceSpeaker: Dick Zimmer, UC Los Angeles
    Where:  Bodega Bay Cost:  Free
  • Online Arms RaceThere is an accelerating arms race going on in the online world. We have all extended our lives from the real world to the online world. However, our data and our privacy is being threatened by attackers in the online world. We have to fight online criminals and online hacktivists. ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Earth Day Speaker: Dr. Barbara BlockOn Earth Day, Dr. Barbara Block, a marine scientist from Stanford University, will speak about the health of our planet based on her research about marine organisms.
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • Coal WarsCoal is taking a beating in the United States, but it is gaining market share in Asia.Coal-fired electricity is lifting people out of poverty. It is also frying the sky. Join us for a journey from the mines of Wyoming to China's coal region.Panel: Richard Martin, Author; additional panelists TBA
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $12 Member, $7 Student
  • Building Community - Strengthening Marin on Earth DayOur final lecture of the 2015 series will start an important conversation exploring the intersection of environmental conservation, and social equity in Marin. Adhering to the principle; strength lies in diversity, we must empower all the voices of Marin to be heard. Minority and marginalized voices are critical strands in ...
    Where:  San Rafael Cost:  $10 Advance/$15 at Door General, Free for members
  • Olduvai Gorge and the Origins of Human Ecological Dominance
    Rob Blumenschine describes nearly 30 years of research at Olduvai Gorge that sheds light on the origin of the capabilities in the earliest stone-tool maker, Homo habilis. In habilis we see the emergence of brain sizes larger than those of apes and the distinctly un-primate-like behaviour of competing with large ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members
  • Science and Reason with Skeptics in the Pub, West BayIf ye value critical thinking, and if ye scorn the flim-flam man, join us, your friends. Skeptics in the Pub is a group of like-minded people informally discussing the latest in science or pseudoscience over good eats & ale.Skeptics in the Pub is a monthly meeting for discussion of topics ...
    Where:  Millbrae Cost:  Free
Thursday, 04/23/15
  • Lyrids Meteor ShowerHang out on the hill and watch as the Lyrids Meteor Shower makes it annual trip through our atmosphere and light up the night sky. Our astronomers are on hand to answer questions.*Visibility is subject to weather conditions.
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $5
  • The Bay Model Wants You!!! Become part of Sausalito's very own attraction known around the world! We have a variety of volunteer positions that are suited for people just like you! Greet visitors, lead tours, work with school groups, and more! Come and be a part of one of the largest working hydraulic models in ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Volunteering
  • Full-Spectrum Science with Ron Hipschman: The Universe
    We tend to think of "home" as the building in which we live, or the town or city where we reside. Voyage to the edge of the known universe, and gain some perspective on the tiny planet we call home. See some of the amazing ways the universe is structured, ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free with admission
  • Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium: Vijay Parikh
    Speaker: Vijay Parikh, Global Catalyst Partners
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  
  • The Full-Body BicycleSpeaker: Dr. Richard Reis, Stanford
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Nature NightLife
    Become one with nature as NightLife gets out and about for an evening of nature-themed fun.Learn how to keep a hive (and make sweet honey) at home with Urban Bee, hold giant insects in the palm of your hand courtesy of Save Nature, and brush up on local flora with ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $12 General, $10 Members
  • A Sight 'Fearfully Grand' Eruptions of Lassen Peak, California, 1914 to 1917
    A summary of the eruptions and their effectsIllustrated with historical photographsSpeaker: Michael Clynne, USGS
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • The Elusive Northern Spotted Owl - One of the best-studied owls in the world
    The elusive spotted owl is a species of true owl. It is a resident species of old-growth forests in western North America, where it nests in tree holes, old bird of prey nests, or rock crevices. Spotted Owl has been at the center of debates between forces for and against ...
    Where:  Sonoma Cost:  $8
  • Update on MigraineMigraines are an intense and often debilitating type of headache which affect nearly 24 million Americans every year. This talk will focus on the causes of migraines, how they are diagnosed, and how they are differentiated from other kinds of headaches, as well as current treatments for this condition.Speaker: Meredith ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Ray Tracing GPU Architectures and Applications
    Ray tracing acceleration is coming to a GPU near you! In this talk, we will discuss the hardware architecture changes that we have made toImagination's PowerVR GPUin order to enable ultra-efficient accelerated 3D spatial queries. Following this, we will explore the roadmap for ray tracing in the coming years, looking ...
    Where:  Sunnyvale Cost:  Free
  • Full-Spectrum Science with Ron Hipschman: The Universe
    We tend to think of "home" as the building in which we live, or the town or city where we reside. Voyage to the edge of the known universe, and gain some perspective on the tiny planet we call home. See some of the amazing ways the universe is structured, ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free with admission
Friday, 04/24/15
Saturday, 04/25/15
  • Constructing Waste: Upcycling and Rethinking TrashHundreds of tons of waste is produced in San Francisco every day. Could this garbage represent an invaluable resource-if only we could rethink its design and purpose?In this hands-on workshop, led by Felix Heisel and Marta H. Wisniewska of ETH Zurich, participants investigate the concept of upcycling and develop strategies ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free (preregistraion required)
  • Earth Day Beach Cleanup Help keep trash out of the Bay. At Aquarium of the Bay, we try to treat every day like Earth Day-and we need your help. To celebrate Earth Day, we hold an annual beach and coastline cleanup at Aquatic Park. We hope you will join us, no experience necessary. Volunteers ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  FREE
  • PiE Robotics Competition
    Experience a robot showdown! Over 20 teams of high school students will compete with robots they designed and built themselves at this annual competition run by UC Berkeley's Pioneers in Engineering.
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  
  • Going Back Thru Time: Open HouseFamilies can treat themselves to a different type of Halloween. Gather around the Tule Hut and listen to stories of the "Spirits of Tyson Lagoon." They can earn treats by going to the different stations and learn about nature at Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon. They can pick bones from ...
    Where:  Fremont Cost:  
  • Science Saturday: Identification DayBring 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 that mysterious ...
    Where:  Pacific Grove Cost:  Free
  • Climate Change 101Dive into the basics of climate change! How do we know the earth is warming? What do scientists have to say? Find out the answers to these questions and more, and participate in a discussion of why we care and what we can all do to make a positive difference.Target ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • The BayMobile Visits the Bay Model Visitor CenterAquarium of the Bay's BayMobile is coming to the Bay Model! Visitors will experiment with the science of climate change and meet some of Aquarium of the Bay's animal ambassadors. All Bay Model visitors are welcome to stop by for this free hour-long program.
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Find Your BalanceThe balance of the earth's natural cycle is off, but fear not! Find out the role we play in the earth's balance, and explore how new innovationssuch as solar powergive us the power to return balance to our environment.Target audience: Kindergarten and up.
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Marine Science in Action! 25th Discovery Day Open House at Romberg Tiburon CenterThe Barbara & Richard Rosenberg Institute for Marine Biology & Environmental SciencepresentsMarine Science in Actionthe 25th Discovery Day Open Houseat Romberg Tiburon CenterDiscovery 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 ...
    Where:  Tiburon Cost:  Free
  • S^4-Super Summer Science Search Contest Public Information MeetingThe S^4-Super Summer Science Search Contest is back for a fourth year! All outgoing 6th, 7th and 8th grade students living in the Cupertino Union School District (CUSD) are encouraged to join the search this summer for fun, learning and prizes. This year students are being asked to create and ...
    Where:  Cupertino Cost:  Free
  • Jazz Under the StarsSee the first quarter moon, Jupiter, and more thru our telescopes, while listening to KCSM Jazz 91 FM.Dress warmly and come by anytime between 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Free parking in Marie Curie Lot 5.
    Where:  San Mateo Cost:  Free
  • Stepping Out of the NestHow does research into the search for water and habitable planets, astrobiology, space biology, small satellites, advanced manufacturing, autonomous vehicles and synthetic biology make science fiction into science reality? NASA-Ames scientists have a vision for human flight from our Earthly nest to explore and live in space.Speaker: Dr. Jacob Cohen, ...
    Where:  Mill Valley Cost:  Free
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