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Monday, 01/26/15
  • Mini Monday Feathers, Fables & FurEncourage your young naturalist's curiosity at Mini Monday, a special day for children and their caregivers. Animal encounters, activities and crafts help connect your child to our natural world and all its wonders. Ages: 2-5 + AdultFee: $20 for the first child ($10 museum members), $6 for each additional child ...
    Where:  Walnut Creek Cost:  $20 for the first child ($10 museum members)
  • Competitive games among plants and their implications for the global carbon cycle
    Caroline Farrior is aPostdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) located at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Caroline is aplant ecologist who studies how competition among plants and their access to resources shape the dominant plant strategies that drive landscape-level patterns such as forest structure, ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • From Public Health to Personalized Medicine: PCORI at 4 Years
    Joe V. Selby, MD, MPH, is the first executive director of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). A family physician, clinical epidemiologist and health services researcher, he has dedicated his career to patient care, clinical research and administration. At PCORI, he works to identify and address strategic issues and opportunities ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • The Politics of Energy Efficiency in Japan
    We will consider the political context of energy policy in Japan since the 1970s oil shocks. I will argue that political arrangements in Japan after World War II made it attractive for politicians to pursue energy conservation by making energy, particularly for automobile transportation and electricity usage, expensive for the ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Nerd Nite East Bay #26: Urban Farming, Pipe Organs, and Use-Based TaxesGrab a beer! We'll blast the tunes from the farms-to-the-roads in January's installment of Nerd Nite East Bay. Pilar Reber shares how she is growing the urban farming community, Don Crawley (an alumni from Nerd Nites Seattle, Vancouver, and Kansas City) will pull out all the stops in describing pipe ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $8
Tuesday, 01/27/15
  • The Surprising State of the Earth after the Moon-Forming Giant ImpactIn the giant impact hypothesis, the Moon accretes from a disk around the proto-Earth. In the canonical model, the impact also sets the present-day angular momentum (AM). Alternatively, the Moon may form via a high AM giant impact and the present-day AM was established by a lunar orbital resonance. I ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  Free
  • With or Without a Drought: California's Agricultural Future
    Reservoirs are at historic lows and the state is in the midst of adrought. In response, farmers and ranchers have changed their practices and what they're growing, while elected officials have enacted new laws and a water bond. If the drought persists, more changes are likely.Join us for a discussion ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $10 General, Free for members
  • Adventure Tuesday Club: Counting With CrittersA four-week class, for ages 4 to 5. Adult attendance is not required. Numbers are everywhere, especially in nature. "Count" on meeting some animal ambassadors.Register online with the link listed below.Class ID: CC-390
    Where:  Walnut Creek Cost:  $80.00 (Member: $65.00)
  • What Exactly do Quantum Computers Provide a Speedup?Prof. Scott Aaronson of MIT will give the Applied Physics/Physics colloquium.F This talk is co-sponsored by the Stanford University Speaker's Bureau.
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • The Ultimate Mouthful: Lunge-feeding in Rorqual Whales
    Some of the largest baleen whales-such as blue whales, fin whales and humpbacks-fall into a family called rorquals that use an unusual method of feeding. These whales feed on aggregations of zooplankton and fish by lunging with their mouths open wide to tremendous gape angles to force huge volumes of ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  $5 Donation
  • Astronomy Lecture With Speaker Dr. Henry P. Stapp, BerkeleyThis month's speaker is Dr. Henry Stapp. The topic will be the implications of Bell's theorem of nonlocality in quantum physics : faster-than-light spooky entanglements and how the mind and consciousness integrate with the cosmos around us.
    Where:  Walnut Creek Cost:  Free
  • Starting From the Bottom: The Hunt for New Physics at the Large Hadron ColliderThe Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the giant particle accelerator at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, will restart operations in 2015, at higher energies and intensities than ever before. In its first run, the LHC experiments ATLAS and CMS discovered the long-sought Higgs boson. Now, researchers are gearing up to ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
Wednesday, 01/28/15
  • Trends in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Education
    Materials research over the last three decades has led to significant advances in the manufacturing of new materials with tailored and unique properties for a variety of applications. These advances have come about mostly because of a highly influential National Research Council study titled "Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) for ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • The Biomechanics and Physiological Ecology of Ram-feeding Marine VertebratesSpeaker: Jeremy Goldbogen, Hopkins Marine Station
    Where:  Tiburon Cost:  Free
  • The role of N2-fixing plants and biodiversity in the tropical carbon sink
    Sarah Batterman studies nutrient and carbon cycling in terrestrial ecosystems, and is interested in how ecosystem patterns emerge from the properties of individual trees. Her Ph.D. research focused on symbiotic dinitrogen fixation in tropical forests. It found that nitrogen fixation can be constrained by an interaction of nitrogen and phosphorus ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Service Robots are Here
    After 20 years of predictions that robots will work among us soon, the predictions are finally starting to come true. Investment in robotics is up, enabling start-ups to explore a range of use cases. Decreasing component costs will make it easier to make real business cases for the technology. Mobile ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • A Decade at Saturn
    A glistening spaceship, with seven lonely years and billions of miles behind it, glides into orbit around a softly-hued, ringed planet. A flying-saucer shaped machine descends through a hazy atmosphere and lands on the surface of an alien moon, ten times farther from the Sun than the Earth. Fantastic though ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Organic Chemistry: The Foods We Eat & Fharmaceuticals We Use!Speaker: Steve Farmer, Sonoma State University
    Where:  Sebastopol Cost:  $5
  • Pluto on the Horizon: Anticipating our First Encounter with the Double PlanetThe more we learn about Pluto, the more interesting it becomes. In the last decade, four tiny moons have been discovered orbiting the central "binary planet," which consists of Pluto and its large moon Charon. Pluto itself has a thin atmosphere and shows signs of seasonal changes. Tantalizing evidence suggests ...
    Where:  Los Altos Hills Cost:  Free ($3 Parking)
  • 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
  • The Art and Science of Violin MakingScience Caf will explore the science of violin making including the recent carefully designed studies of player preferences among old and new instruments, the use of x-ray CT scanning to understand iconic violins, approaches to material selection, and measurements with modern tools as an aid in the making process.Alan will ...
    Where:  Lafayette Cost:  $5 at the door
  • One People One Reef: combining tradition with modern science for sustainable ocean management in the Micronesian Outer IslandsNicole Crane will discuss her team's unique approach to supporting ocean management in one of the most bio-diverse coral reef systems in the world-the outer islands of Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia.They are working closely with outer islanders to better understand traditional management and fishing, and using that knowledge ...
    Where:  Santa Cruz Cost:  Free
Thursday, 01/29/15
  • Julian Castro, Secretary, HUD
    Buildings are the big kahuna when it comes to fighting climate change. Forty percent of carbon emissions in the United States comes from buildings and the electricity that goes into them. Energy and water-wise buildings are now trendy in many downtown office towers, driven mainly by market forces.HUD Secretary Castro ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $12 Member, $7 Student
  • Beyond a Drought: The Future of Agriculture in Santa Clara County
    Reservoirs are at historic lows and the state is in the midst of adrought. In response, farmers and ranchers have changed their practices and what they're growing, while elected officials have enacted new laws and a water bond. If the drought persists, more changes are likely. Join us for a ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  $10 General, Free for members
  • SEISMIC HAZARD: CREEP AND PALEOEARTHQUAKES ON BAY AREA FAULTSThe San Andreas Fault system comprises five major branches in northern California. Many sections of these faults creep or slip slowly near the surface releasing some of their energy as creep. Decades of creep observations let us model how much energy is being stored elastically on these fault sections. Geological ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Thinking Across Boundaries: American Idols in Medicine: Getting Better Health with LessProfesor of Medicine Dr. Arnold Milstein leads a globally unique Stanford effort to improve the affordability of excellent health care at a nation-wide scale. Recognizing that behavioral sciences are essential to discerning better care delivery innovations he has relocated his care redesign center to CASBS. Dr. Milstein will describe his ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  free
  • NASA's Kepler Mission: A Bounty of Planets Orbiting Distant Stars
    Astronomers first detected planets around other stars known as exoplanets in the 1990s, but initially they were only able to discover giant planets that are hotter than a pizza oven. As time progressed, smaller and cooler exoplanets have been found. NASA launched the Kepler spacecraft in 2009 to ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $8 Members, $7 Student
  • Sketchfest Nightlife
    Laugh your face off as SF Sketchfest takes over the Academy for a knee-slapping night of creatures, cocktails, and comedy, part of the annual SF Sketchfest Comedy Festival.This year, comedians will pay homage to the question on everyone's mind: "What's So Funny About Love, Sex, and Science?"Don't miss America's favorite ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $12 General, $10 Members
  • Down and Dirty: Can cow dung save humanity? Many people concerned about climate disruption have shunned dairy and red meat because of the methane gas emitted by both ends of cows.But some ranchers and researchers are saying rotational cattle grazing patterns and composting on grasslands can increase soil fertility, retain water and store ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $7 Student, $12 Members
  • Composer & Cellist Philip Sheppard in Conversation with Sid Lee's Will Travis Philip Sheppard has gathered international acclaim for his diverse career as a composer, conductor, an arranger, and innovative performer. His work reinvents perceptions of classical music and succeeds in engaging a huge range of audiences from different musical backgrounds. Musical collaborator for both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games and ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  
  • Creating a Baseline with Your PhysicianThis talk will focus on why it is important for you and your physician to determine your health baseline. Knowing your baseline can help you improve or maintain a healthy lifestyle. Working with your doctor, you can create a health wellness plan to reach your goals.Speaker: Mary James, MD, Clinical ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • The Stuff of Life: Hope when You Need it MostPegasus Physicians is comprised of academic and private practice physicians in various stages of career development who also are creative writers. The group was founded in 2008 by Audrey Shafer, M.D. (Anesthesia), Hans Steiner, M.D. (Psychiatry and Human Development), Irvin Yalom, M.D. (Psychiatry) and Larry Zaroff, M.D., Ph.D., (Cardiac Surgery). ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Everything Matters: Helium
    The periodic table outlines the fundamental building blocks of all known matter in the universe. Composed of irreducible atoms, these elements arrived from the earliest reports of the Big Bang, the fusion wombs of stars and supernova, and collisions between interstellar matter and cosmic rays-as well as through artificial production ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free with admission
Friday, 01/30/15
  • 2015 SF Bay Area STEAM ColloquiumJoin us at the 5th annual STEAM Colloquium, Full STEAM Ahead: Designing for Learning. The day will feature 2013 National Teacher of the Year, Jeff Charbonneau, breakout sessions to engage educators in STEAM, a resource fair and a STEAM Gallery
    Where:  San Ramon Cost:  $75
  • She's Geeky Bay Area 2015Join us for She's Geeky Bay Area 2015! She's Geeky is the premier networking conference for women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Since 2007, She's Geeky has provided a safe, friendly place for women in STEM to "geek out" and talk about their jobs, their passions, their lives and ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  $240 for 3 days; 1-day & student & daughte
  • $5 FridaysOn select days, enjoy the entire Center, including planetarium shows, for the price of a lunch value meal.General Admission includes: Two Digital Dome Planetarium Shows (First come, first serve basis) Access to interactive exhibits featuring Bill Nye's Climate Lab and the Touch the Sun exhibit Access to ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $5
Saturday, 01/31/15
  • She's Geeky Bay Area 2015Join us for She's Geeky Bay Area 2015! She's Geeky is the premier networking conference for women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Since 2007, She's Geeky has provided a safe, friendly place for women in STEM to "geek out" and talk about their jobs, their passions, their lives and ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  $240 for 3 days; 1-day & student & daughte
  • Addressing Climate Change in the Bay Area - 2015 Bay Area League DayThe League of Women Voters of the Bay Area is sponsoring a day to address: 1) Measures to achieve the 2050 GhG target reductions, 2) Adapting to sea level rise and 3) Local impacts of climate change. Speakers include: Keynote address by Annie Notthoff, Natural Resources Defense Council; John Gioia, ...
    Where:  OAKLAND Cost:  $35 prepaid ($20 w/o lunch), +$5 at door
  • Bees: Tiny Insect, Big ImpactA new exhibition (opening today) examines the wildly diverse and intricate world of one of the most important creatures to human agriculture and the natural environment. Through family-friendly experiences, hands-on activities, and media, Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact is the first major museum exhibition to focus on the incredible diversity ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $10-15; $6 9-17, 8 & under free, OMCA Mbrs fre
  • Snowy Plover Bird Watching Excursion
    Francis State Beach hosts a protected population of snowy plovers, a small native bird (6" long) that nests just above the high tide line. They are hard to see but adorable to watch! Come check out our local western snowy plovers while enjoying a morning on the coast.
    Where:  Half Moon Bay Cost:  $20 General, $10 Members
  • Staying Alive: The Sokol Spacesuit
    Discover the brief history of spacesuits from the earliest pressure suits worn by aviators in the 1930s to the state of the art used on the way to and from (as well as outside) the International Space Station.You'll get a chance to see an actual Russian Sokol Spacesuit, with a ...
    Where:  San Carlos Cost:  Free with admission
  • Science Saturday: Migration and Sandy's BirthdayCould you travel hundreds, even thousands of miles only using your memory, or your sense of smell?Come see how well you can migrate! Try matching scents as salmon do when they try to find their home river, create a bracelet that follows the long journey of a gray whale, and ...
    Where:  Pacific Grove Cost:  Free
  • Fathers and Sons: A Journey with the Bartrams, Hookers and other Famous Families in Western Botanical Science, Art and ExplorationJohn Bartram and his son, William Bartram, were among the first active, professional American field botanists throughout the Revolutionary era. Father John (1699-1777) was an indefatigable collector of plants and seeds during his travels across eastern North America, eventually establishing arguably the first botanic garden in the New World. His ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free with admission
  • Talk with a Scientist: Microbiota and Your HealthThere's something like 100 trillion microbial cells, of thousands of different types, living in and on a typical person, with about 90% of the cells residing in the large intestine. Even among biomedical scientist and clinicians, the significance of that last sentence wasn't widely appreciated until recently. In the last ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  
  • 5 Tools You Can Use to Find the Elusive Gray FoxDo you sometimes see paw prints in mud or scat(poop) on the trails and assume that a dog left it? Itcould be from something else. Come along with meand I will show you how to distinguish and identifythe markings of a gray fox. Gain some insights intothe fox's nature and ...
    Where:  Freemont Cost:  Free
  • 'Zoovie' Night at Oakland ZooPut on your jammies and enjoy an evening of animal close-ups and Zoovie movie with the whole family. Bring your pillows, blankets, and chairs and snuggle up in our auditorium as Roosevelt, our costumed alligator mascot, introduces you to some of our nocturnal Education animals. After that, enjoy a specially-selected ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $7 per adult/$7 per child, $6 each for 4 or more
Sunday, 02/01/15
  • She's Geeky Bay Area 2015Join us for She's Geeky Bay Area 2015! She's Geeky is the premier networking conference for women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Since 2007, She's Geeky has provided a safe, friendly place for women in STEM to "geek out" and talk about their jobs, their passions, their lives and ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  $240 for 3 days; 1-day & student & daughte
  • Groundhog Day - Free admission to the ExploratoriumIn celebration of Groundhog Day,admission to the museum is free for all.
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
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