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Friday, 09/22/17
  • Hawk Identification Field ClassJoin Step Wilson (Golden Gate Raptor Observatory Hawkwatcher Manager) for this unique outing in the field to practice your hawk identification skills with the fall migration! Meet at the trail head gate to Hawk Hill at the top of Conzelman Rd at 11am. After a steep and gravelly 250 yard ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Donations encouraged
  • Lab and Lunch: Following in Rickett’s FootstepsFor more than 50 years, marine biologist John Pearse has been donning rubber boots or a wetsuit and leading fellow researchers, students, and citizen scientists in an intimate and long-term study of tide pools, sandy beaches, and kelp forests in California. Like others before him, including famed marine biologist Ed ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • SSU Observatory: Saturn and the Milky WayPublic viewing through the Observatory's telescope
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
Saturday, 09/23/17
  • Fish DaysLearn about fresh water fish that are found in  local ponds and rivers.  Games show native and non native fish and how they arrived at Tule Ponds.  Compare fishing ponds for people versus fishing ponds for wildlife.   Explore how the early peoples of area went fishing as well as the ...
    Where:  Fremont Cost:  Free
  • Free Community Day at the ExplOratoriumAdmission to the ExplOratorium is free today.Entry is subject to capacity; admission is not guaranteed. We don’t accept group or field trip reservations; group entry is discouraged due to large crowds.
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • Smithsonian Museum Day Live at Hiller Aviation MuseumSmithsonian Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket at the Hiller Aviation Museum today will gain free museum admission for two.
    Where:  San Carlos Cost:  Free
  • 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:  Free
  • GGRO Hawk Talk & Raptor ReleaseOur Hawk Talks and Raptor Releases occur every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 2 pm (weather permitting - heavy fog or rain cancels) during September and October, except for Fleet Week weekend. The Hawk Talk begins at noon, when a GGRO volunteer speaks about hawk migration and identification, and ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • “Going Solar” Workshop for Those Interested in PV SystemsIf you’re thinking about going solar, or perhaps just curious about it, please join us for this free 1-hour workshop.  It’ll help you understand the basics of solar photovoltaics (PV), the technology options, the economic benefits of going solar, how you tie into the PG&E grid, purchasing tips, etc. The workshop is offered ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  free
  • John Reber, the Man with Grand IdeasBack in the 1940s, John Reber would look out over the San Francisco Bay and visualize a massive civil works project of dams and locks to harvest fresh drinking water, and barriers that would support railway systems and a highway. His intention was to improve the quality of life for ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • September 23 Public Astronomy Program On Mt DiabloJoin the Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society for the September 23 astronomy program - Lower Summit Parking Lot of Mt. Diablo State Park. The program starts at 6:30 (enter the park at least 45 minutes earlier) at the lower summit parking lot. Although there is no fee for this program there ...
    Where:  Clayton Cost:  Free
  • Life in the Goldilocks ZoneDiscoveries by NASA’s Kepler Mission suggest there are billions of potentially habitable worlds in the Milky Way galaxy. What has the study of planets within and beyond the Solar System taught us about our own planet Earth? And what’s next in the search for life beyond the Solar System?Speaker: Natalie Batalha, NASA ...
    Where:  Mill Valley Cost:  Free
  • Fire on the MountainJoin ACR Education Specialist Dave Self as we look for evidence of fire and its effects on the landscape. You’ll learn about fire in the geologic past and the use of fire as a tool employed by Native cultures in the management of useful plants and habitats. We will also discuss ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  $20 General, $15 Members/Students, Free < 18
Sunday, 09/24/17
  • Hike the HeadlandsBring your friends and family and join us for NatureBridge’s fourth annual Hike the Headlands: an exciting day of exploration in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.  Discover the Headlands with a NatureBridge educator and engage in hands-on science activities in the learning labs. There will be live music, delicious food, arts, crafts, ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  $25 - $65 (see weblink)
  • GGRO Hawk Talk & Raptor ReleaseOur Hawk Talks and Raptor Releases occur every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 2 pm (weather permitting - heavy fog or rain cancels) during September and October, except for Fleet Week weekend. The Hawk Talk begins at noon, when a GGRO volunteer speaks about hawk migration and identification, and ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • The principles in the design of long-term archivesThe principles in the design of long-term archives that can be applied to any storage technology, from the macroscopic to the nanoscale and from carvings on rock to data storage in DNA.Speaker: Laura Welcher, Ph.D. is the Director of Operations and The Long Now Library
    Where:  Santa Clara Cost:  $10 suggested donation
Monday, 09/25/17
  • JET FORMATION AROUND AGNWhat Physicists Do seriesSpeaker: Alexander Tchekhovskoy
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • SIMULATIONS OF BLACK HOLE ACCRETION, JETS, AND OUTFLOWSBlack holes devour stars, eject relativistic jets, affect star formation and galaxy evolution, and enrich the Universe with heavy elements. Alexander Tchekhovskoy will discuss the various astrophysical manifestations of black holes and how state-of-the-art numerical simulations help us to reveal their physics.
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • Using Reversible Metal Electrodeposition to Make Beautiful Windows with Adjustable Tinting to Save Energy
    Electrochromic materials are highly desirable because their tinting can be adjusted by a switch or automated control to allow the ideal amount of light to pass through a window, a skyroof or eyeglasses. A key advantage of attenuating light with electrochromics is that the view is not distorted as it ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Chan Zuckerberg Biohub and the End of Human Disease
    The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub has an audacious vision: to "enable doctors to cure, prevent or manage all diseases during our children’s lifetime.” This vision may sound outlandish at first. However, when one considers how far medicine has come in the past 100 years, this vision doesn’t seem so far-fetched. Co-presidents Joe DeRisi ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, Free for Members, $7 Student
  • Safety and Ethics for Advanced Autonomous Artificial IntelligencesAs the action space range and the optimization power of autonomous agents grow over the years, researchers can foresee specific new challenges in making the future of AI what designers, customers, and society would like it to be. Topics covered include the types of emergent issues, technical research threads aimed ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Nerd Nite East Bay: Animal Maps, Mud Flat Art, Nature MythsStart your night when the doors open at 7PM with pre-show games, beats by Citizen Zain, tasty food cart eats, info from the Oakland Public Library, then grab a drink and a seat as talks begin at 8PM. Where the Wild Things Go: Using Modern Technology to Map ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $8 Advance, $10 at door
Tuesday, 09/26/17
  • Where Is Health Care Headed?America’s health-care system is the most expensive in the world, and it continues to face large transformations. What should these transformation look like? How can the health-care system be improved to provide patient-focused care? Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel seeks to answer these questions by looking at success on all levels, from ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $30 General, $20 Member, other options on website
  • Quaternary Insect Studies at the Rancho La Brea Tar Pits in Southern CaliforniaSpeaker: Anna Holden, M.S., American Museum of Natural History
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • What is the Future of Cybersecurity?What is the future of cybersecurity? How do we address threats and potential gaps moving forward? Explore cyber innovation and how it affects our organizations, as well as how to move forward to achieve success.  Xerox’s Chief Information Security Officer, Dr. Alissa J. Johnson discusses the future of cybersecurity and ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Hebbian Learning and the LMS AlgorithmHebb's learning rule can be summarized as "neurons that fire together wire together." Wire together means that the weight of the synaptic connection between any two neurons is increased when both are firing. Hebb's rule is a form of unsupervised learning. Hebb introduced the concept of synaptic plasticity, and his ...
    Where:  Santa Clara Cost:  $5 General, Free for IEEE members
  • Kip Evans: Mission Blue Sylvia Earle Alliance Mission Blue is an initiative of the Sylvia A. Earle Alliance (SEA) to ignite public support for the protection of Hope Spots special places that are vital to the health of the ocean, the blue heart of our planet. From the seamounts of the high seas to the shallow sunlit ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  $5 donation goes to student research grants
  • Mission Blue Sylvia Earle Alliance
    Mission Blue is an initiative of the Sylvia Earle Alliance (SEA) to ignite public support for the protection of Hope Spots; special places that are vital to the health of the ocean, the blue heart of our planet. From the seamounts of the high seas to the shallow sunlit reefs, ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Where Is Health Care Headed?America’s health-care system is the most expensive in the world, and it continues to face large transformations. What should these transformation look like? How can the health-care system be improved to provide patient-focused care? Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel seeks to answer these questions by looking at success on all levels, from ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  $25 General, $15 Member, other options on website
  • The Myths of AstronomyThe meeting starts at 7:15 and ends at 9:15. Our monthly meetings begin with a short “What’s Up” presented by one of our members, followed by a speaker.This month’s speaker is Professor Thomas Targett, from Sonoma State UniversityThis month’s What’s Up, by Paul Reid: VASIMR: Innovative Spacecraft Propulsion
    Where:  Walnut Creek Cost:  free
Wednesday, 09/27/17
  • Fetal Monitoring During Childbirth
    To understand why a world-wide C-section epidemic has developed and the consequential long-term health implications to mother and child. How existing fetal monitors have contributed to the C-section epidemic and how the technology being developed by Raydiant Oximetry could help reduce the unsustainable C-section rates that currently exist.Raydiant OximetrySpeaker: Neil Ray
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Coupled Biophysical Data Assimilation and its Application to the Recent Warm Blob and El NinoSpeaker: Dr. Christopher Edwards, U.C. Santa Cruz
    Where:  Tiburon Cost:  Free
  • Challenges and opportunities in ocean acidification and hypoxia science and policySpeaker: Francis Chan, Associate Professor of Integrative Biology, Oregon State University
    Where:  Bodega Bay Cost:  Free
  • Wetlands in a time of changeSpeaker: Christine Whitcraft, Assistant Professor of Wetlands Plant Ecology, California State University Long Beach
    Where:  Bodega Bay Cost:  Free
  • Technologies and Progress for Environmental Protection, Sustainability and Conservation
    There is an accelerating effort among scientists, forest and wildlife managers as well as technologists and interest groups from NASA, Google and the Jane Goodall Institute to harness new technologies. These technologies, which range from satellite sensors, drones, camera traps and DNA detectors, can be used to improve and maintain ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $8 Members, Free for students
  • The 2017 Solar Eclipse and the Cassini Grand FinaleMembers of the Sonoma County Astronomical Society will share their images and experiences of observing the Great American Eclipse from Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming.Robert Ferguson Observatory members will report on the Saturn Cassini Space Craft Success and the September 15, 2018 Finale when it is scheduled to crash into Saturn.
    Where:  Santa Rosa Cost:  Free
  • Skeptics in the Pub: Millbrae
    If ye value critical thinking, and if ye scorn the flim-flam man, join us, your friends. We are a group who informally discuss the latest in science or pseudoscience over good eats & ale. HOW:   Presented free by the Bay Area Skeptics.WHY:   Because science is fascinating!             ...
    Where:  Millbrae Cost:  Free- Pub is open for business
  • Stirred Genome and Cell's hangoverHave your genome like Mr Bond: stirred, not shaken.Our genome is a mix of our two parents' genome: we're half our mom, and half our dad. And your siblings are too, but they don't look exactly like you, do they?In this talk, we'll discover why we look like our siblings ...
    Where:  Redwood City Cost:  $5
  • Not Your Mother's Genes: How Maternal and Developmental Plasticity Shift Climate Change Responses in the Eelgrass Sea HareSpeaker: Richelle Tanner of UC BerkeleyMarin Science Seminar
    Where:  San Rafael Cost:  Free
Thursday, 09/28/17
  • Dune EcologyDunes are more than sand! Dune ecosystems come in a variety of forms and support a diverse array of habitats, and the Presidio contains some of the finest examples of remnant and restored dune communities along the central coast of California. Michael Chasse (NPS, Natural Resource Management Specialist) will present ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Donations encouraged
  • Field of View: PlayAs emerging technologies find their footing, artists and enthusiasts are often early adopters and boundary pushers. Playful and artful projects can be the impetus for pushing technology further and informing developers as to the unexpected ways creative spirits will approach their designs. And the technology can be the key for ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 general / $10 Member
  • The Hacking of the American Mind
    What is the difference between pleasure and happiness? These two positive emotions are often confused with each other, yet they couldn’t be more different. Pleasure is short-lived, visceral, usually experience alone, achievable with substances. Happiness, by contrast, is often the opposite"long-lived, ethereal, often experienced in social groups and cannot be ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $8 Members, $7 Students
  • Addressing California’s Tsunami HazardCalifornia faces tsunami threats from both local and distant sources. North of Cape Mendocino, large earthquakes on the Cascadia Subduction Zone have the potential of causing tsunamis greater than 50 feet high as they travel onshore. For areas south of Cape Mendocino, smaller offshore reverse and thrust faults as well ...
    Where:  Orinda Cost:  $5 General, $1 Teachers/Students
  • Geektoberfest 2017The Tech proudly presents Geektoberfest 2017! Don’t miss this 3rd annual event, with generous support from the Koret Foundation.At Geektoberfest, in partnership with BioCurious, we’ll dive into the biology of beer, with tastings from local and regional craft breweries. We’ll also have demos and talks from expert brewers.
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  $25 General, $20 Members (advance)
  • What's in a Species Name?
    How wildlife management relies on modern systematics research and museum collectionsWhat have museum collections taught us about invasive diseases?When is an endangered species not a species?How can birds in a museum help protect airline passengers?How do geology and biology govern what species we find on the Channel Islands?Speaker: by John ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • How the Clean Energy Economy is Helping to Address Climate Change
    Steve Westly is founder and managing partner of The Westly Group, a sustainability venture firm located in Menlo Park. The Westly Group focuses on capital-efficient, high-growth companies in the sustainability, sharing economy, and Internet of Things spaces. Prior to founding The Westly Group, Westly served as the Controller and chief ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  $10
  • City Star Party @ The PresidioCome join us for our monthly San Francisco City Star Party. SFAA members provide telescopes for your viewing pleasure. Be sure to check the SFAA website for the latest updates…bad weather or overcast skies will cancel!
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
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