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Sunday, 09/25/16
  • Sunrise Tour of Muir Woods
    Join us for a three-mile stroll (mostly flat, with a relatively steep section) through an old-growth redwood forest. Wander through an awakening forest, hear tall tales, soar in the sounds and smells, and wonder and the historical and ecological story of Muir Woods.Designed to engage adults; may be over the ...
    Where:  Mill Valley Cost:  free preregistration is required
  • Marine Science Sunday: Top Predators: Orcas and Sharks
    The size, strength and skills of the ocean's top predators are simply one of a kind. This month we celebrate National Wildlife Day with those animals that rule the ocean in Top Predators: Orcas and Sharks! Come learn more at Marine Science Sunday - fun educational programs for kids and adults! ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Hawk Talk and Banding Demo
    The Hawk Talk begins at noon, when a GGRO volunteer speaks about hawk migration and identification, and what we do here at the GGRO. Midway through, a banding volunteer brings up a newly banded hawk, talks about the banding program, shows everyone the hawk, and lets it go in front ...
    Where:  Marin Cost:  Free
  • Solar Energy Training: Free Workshop on How to Install Rooftop PV SystemsJoin with others who are interested in helping save the environment one rooftop at a time!  This workshop is offered by SunWork, a Bay Area nonprofit that installs rooftop PV systems on small-energy-footprint homes.  You'll learn the basics of rooftop solar energy and gain insights on how to install rooftop ...
    Where:  Sunnyvale Cost:  Free
  • BioHack The Planet ConferenceAs the BioHacker and gene hacker communities grow, there is a need to disseminate information and facilitate interaction between individuals of different knowledge bases and areas of expertise. BioHTP is run by BioHackers, designed for BioHackers, with talks solicited from BioHackers. There will be talks Friday night and all day ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $50
Monday, 09/26/16
  • Generating vector beams with a programmable spatial light modulatorSSU Alum Katie Badham of Lockheed Martin will discuss her graduate school research experience using a polarization diffraction grating (PDG) programmed onto a spatial light modulator in an optical system using lasers to simultaneously generate six different polarization states of light.
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • Stanford Energy Seminar
    Speaker: Jennifer Dionne, Stanford
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Deep Learning Methods Within Video - An End Game ApplicationDeep Learning, visual image and object recognition are core elements to video visual analysis. Understanding context and image classification within video develops a strong use case for deep learning. Think about this, HD quality 3 min video clip has 5400 frames at 30 frames per second creating massive correlative elements. ...
    Where:   Cost:  Free
  • Nerd Night East Bay 46:Liar, Liar, Hair & Drones on FireWe're note gonna lie: September's Nerd Nite East Bay lineup allows a pretty awesome opportunity for you to grab a drink and learn about some pretty fascinating topics. Audience-favorite Patrick House will review the neuroscience basis...and legal consequences...of lies; Sarah Gold McBride will discuss the science...and historical pseudoscience...of hair; and ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $8 Advance, $10 at door if available
Tuesday, 09/27/16
  • Algae for the Production of High-Value CompoundsSpeaker:Dr. Johan Andersen-Ranberg, University of California, Berkeley
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • Methane on Mars: potential origin and seepageIt is widely accepted that the occurrence of methane (CH4) in the Martian atmosphere may imply the presence of active geological sources, i.e. gas emission structures in the Martian soil and subsoil. In other words, gas seepage, a process well known on Earth, should exist on Mars. The concept of gas seepage,although obvious for ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  Free
  • Adventures in science communication: Shifting from the lab to a museumScience communication is a hot topic in the hallways of academia, but determining why, how, and where to practice it can be daunting.Dr. Jonathan Foley, the Executive Director of the California Academy of Sciences, will speak about his vision of science communication and the role that institutions like museums play ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • The Experience When Business Meets Design
    Over the next ten years, businesses are expected to compete by investing in customer experience. But what is experience? Believe it or not, when you ask 10 people what it is, you’ll get 11 different answers. This is critical though because without understanding what experiences are at their very core, ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • DEALING WITH CONFLICT OVER 'APPROPRIATE CARE': HOW CAN CLINICIANS DO BETTER26th Annual Jonathan King LectureshipSpeaker: Dr. Robert Arnold, Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and in the University of Pittsburgh Center for Bioethics and Health LawRooms LK 240 and 250
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • 360° Integration in Products, Virtual Tour Navigation, and 360° Video on Drones!Join us for an evening of presentations on 360 video. We'll have speakers from Brightcove, HoloBuilder, and the Flying Robot International Film Festival on hand to discuss a wide range of 360 video topics. Topics include how to integrate 360 video with your product, best practices for virtual tour navigation, ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • Extending range and simultaneous connection of Bluetooth for IoT applicationsBluetooth applications have grown tremendously in the recent years, and, is an integral part of the IoT world. The focus of this talk will be on opportunities for Bluetooth within the IoT, where it often needs to overcome the limitation of distance and the number concurrent connected devices. Cassia Network ...
    Where:  Santa Clara Cost:  Free
  • Insights into rorqual lunge-feeding behavior gleaned from new video and accelerometry tags
    For nearly all of human existence on the sea, our understanding of whales has been limited to what we can observe at the surface. For fully aquatic animals such as these, however, time spent on the surface is really a tiny fraction of the life cycle of these largest predators ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  $5 donation
  • The Feeding Habits of Black HolesSpeaker:Dr. Steve Croft, UC Berkeley
    Where:  Walnut Creek Cost:  Free
  • A Material World: a Renaissance at the Atomic Scale
    A Material World: a Renaissance at the Atomic Scale, by Rob MooreIt would have been hard to predict Google, Facebook and Twitter as results of the creation of the first transistor out of a chunk of silicon. Only when looking back do we see ages of stone and iron, technological ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • How to Make a Spaceship
    The incredible story of a band of renegades, an epic race with a $10 million prize and the birth of private spaceflight.Kepler's is thrilled to bring journalist Julian Guthrie and special guests to celebrate the publication of How to Make a Spaceship.This exhilarating story chronicles the $10 million Ansari XPRISE ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
Wednesday, 09/28/16
  • Panarchy: Implications for marine ecosystems and management in a rapidly changing world
    Changes in the physical/biological interactions in marine ecosystems occur across various spatial and temporal scales and may be mitigated or strengthened based on varying rates of evolutionary and management adaptation. “Panarchy” provides an interdisciplinary approach in which structures, scales, and linkages of complex-adaptive social-ecological systems are mapped across multiple space ...
    Where:  Moss Landing Cost:  Free
  • Robots in the Harvest
    Jim Ostrowski is the VP of Engineering at Blue River Technology, which serves farmers with computer-vision based robotics that unlock greater yield potential.
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Promise & Peril of Gene Editing
    CRISPR is a new gene-editing tool that mayrevolutionize the way we think about-and ultimately treat-genetic disorders. For scientists, it is cheap and easy to use, allowing them to do what they've only dreamed of in the past. What if researches could eliminate the gene that causes Huntington's Disease in embryos, ...
    Where:  San Rafael Cost:  $10
  • Climate Change and Coastal Ecosystems: Are Detectable Changes Occurring Along the Oregon Coast?Speaker: Dr. Bruce Menge, Oregon State University
    Where:  Tiburon Cost:  Free
  • Solar for All: Energy for All the Planet and All the PeopleThe clean energy revolution has the power to transform our planet and our communities. Current massive solar cost reductions mean that solar energy will be able to deliver health and economic benefits to everyone, including low-income and impoverished areas. Solar has the power to lower utility bills for every American, ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $8 Members, Free for Students
  • Millbrae Skeptics in the Pub
    If 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. 7PM  4th Wednesday each month (except November and December)
    Where:  Millbrae Cost:  Free
  • Saving Species with Science �' Lead and the California CondorThe recovery of an endangered species typically requires a multidisciplinary approach and the California condor is no exception. Here I provide an overview of the work our research group is doing to inform managers and policy makers about the major threat wild California condors face today �" lead poisoning. I ...
    Where:  Santa Cruz Cost:  Free
  • Trona & SearlesSpeaker: Leslie Gordon
    Where:  Los Altos Cost:  Free
Thursday, 09/29/16
  • No, Seriously, What is a Monad?Functional programming has experienced a surge in mainstream software development in recent years. I will cover the basics of functional programming, emergence of the new mixed functional/imperative paradigm and answer the burning question, just what the heck is a monad anyway?Speaker: Jason Shankel, FableLabs
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium
    Speaker: Dan'l Lewin, Microsoft
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • Teacher Workshop: EarthquakesLooking on how earth science can be integrated within the NGSS integrated approach to middle school science.  This session will look at Earthquakes in California and impact on population.  We will learn about Plate Tectonics and how our area evolved.  We will take a walk the trace of the Hayward ...
    Where:  Fremont Cost:  Free
  • Human-Centered Designed Robots are All Around Us Robots are no longer only in outer space, in factory cages, or in our imaginations. We interact with robotic agents when withdrawing cash from ATMs, driving cars with anti-lock brakes, and tuning our thermostats. In the moment of those interactions with robotic agents, we behave in ways that do not ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Sharktoberfest NightlifeIt’s that time of year again"when toothy sharks and thirsty humans unite for a salute to brews with an aquatic twist.In the East Garden, sip your way through a pop-up beer garden with libations on tap from dozens of local breweries, including Ale Industries, Almanac Beer Co., Anchor Steam, Black ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members
  • Hacking Digital Video Via Deep Learning, A Video Machine Learning Solution
    Deep Learning, image and object recognition are core elements to intelligent video visual analysis. Understanding context within and classification creates a strong use case for video deep learning. Digital video is exploding, however there are few leveraging the wealth of data and how to harness visual analysis. A true reinforced ...
    Where:  Santa Clara Cost:  Free
  • Geektoberfest at The TechThe Tech Museum of Innovation proudly presents Geektoberfest 2016! At Geektoberfest, in partnership with BioCurious, we’ll dive into the biology of beer, with tastings from local and regional craft breweries in a commemorative glass beaker you get to keep. We’ll also have demos and talks from expert brewers. And don’t ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  $18-$100
  • Insights into rorqual lunge-feeding behavior gleaned from new video and accelerometry tags
    For nearly all of human existence on the sea, our understanding of whales has been limited to what we can observe at the surface. For fully aquatic animals such as these, however, time spent on the surface is really a tiny fraction of the life cycle of these largest predators ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Remembering Mount Pinatubo 25 Years Ago
     Join us for a special showing of the NOVA film "In the Path of a Killer Volcano".This 60 min. film follows USGS scientists as they work with local agencies to monitor the restless volcano and forecast its eruption.USGS Geologist John Ewert, featured in the film, will introduce it and be ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
Friday, 09/30/16
  • Birds and BotanyHike the forests, meadows and hills around Pine Flat and up Redhill with ACR Volunteer Patrick Woodworth & ACR Resource Ecologist Dave Self. We’ll be watching (and listening) for birds on the hike out. After lunch, we'll botanize as we consider the seasonal interplay between bird foods, habitat history and current activity ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  Free
  • Ecology in a Changing World: Differentiating the Effects of Natural Disturbance from Anthropogenic Changes Disturbances, such as wildfire, hurricanes, and floods have a fundamental role in structuring ecological communities, and the study of these processes and extension to novel ecological disruptions is of increasing importance due to global change. A better understanding of ecological perturbations and quantitative comparisons of their effects over multiple scales ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Rethinking the Value of Forests: From Timber to Water, Education and HealthAs complex problems like climate change, water scarcity and inequality blur the lines of traditional sectors, we have the chance to change the way we think about and manage forests. Some cities are already embracing forests as part of their water infrastructure, making investments that diversify forest revenues and improve ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Rising Seas: Is San Francisco Ready?
    In the MediaMichael Stoll, Executive Director, San Francisco Public PressThe mainstream media, and human brain, are not well-suited to handling slow-moving threats that will appear in the distant future. Yet flooding of Bay Area roads this year can be partly attributed to rising tides and severe weather. How is the ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $12 Members, $7 Students
Saturday, 10/01/16
  • Science in the ParkScience in the Park is a FREE family event that makes STEM and health compelling and accessible to children, famlies, and the general public.This event includes interactive/hands on activities that promotes STEM, live animal demonstrations, health screenings, friendly competitions, and much more.
    Where:  Hayward Cost:  Free
  • 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:  Geyserville Cost:  $15 Donation suggested
  • Hawk Talk and Banding Demo
    The Hawk Talk begins at noon, when a GGRO volunteer speaks about hawk migration and identification, and what we do here at the GGRO. Midway through, a banding volunteer brings up a newly banded hawk, talks about the banding program, shows everyone the hawk, and lets it go in front ...
    Where:  Marin Cost:  Free
  • Ways of Knowing: Nina Katchadourian in Conversation with Marina McDougallExploratorium Artist-in-Residence Nina Katchadourian works across various media"including photography, sculpture, video, and sound"incorporating playful juxtapositions and conceptual twists to provoke us to re-see everyday natural and cultural phenomena. As part of our ongoing series exploring the creative process, join us for a conversation between Katchadourian and Marina McDougall, Director of the Exploratorium Center for Art ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free with admission
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