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Saturday, 02/06/16
  • Teddy Bear Tea with Macaws!It's tea time at Oakland Zoo and you are cordially invited! Come learn all about the parrots and what makes these colorful birds so unique. Enjoy a morning of snacks, activities, books and play while making and delivering an enrichment gift straight to the zoo's Blue and Gold Macaws. When ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $12 - $26
  • TEDxBerkeley 2016: 'Finding x'The 6th annual TEDxBerkeley event is a gathering of thought provoking and renowned speakers, set to tackle this year's theme: Finding x.TEDxBerkeley has a different spin on the letter "x". How do we find solutions to our world's imperfections? How do we begin to identify these problems, and once we've ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $100 General, $75 Alumni, $40 Students/Faculty
  • Brain DayLearn about the latest brain research from leading neurobiologists, play "brain games" and be tricked by optical illusions and conduct your own examination of the brain through hands-on science experiments.
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  Free with admission
  • Digital Design and Laser Cutting/Engraving Workshop for High School StudentsSEM Link's Math and Science Career Academy is partnering with OakLabs to host a Digital Design and Laser Cutting/Engraving Workshop for High School Students.Attendees can look forward to learning the basics concepts of digital design, laser engraving, project development, and entrepreneurship. There are a number of planned activities and design ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $50.00
  • Introductory Fungus Walk at Joaquin Miller Park (California Center for Natural History)The atmospheric river has bathed California in water, and mushrooms are popping up in throngs! You're invited to join us for a dive into the woods for a basic introduction to these fabulous creatures - Who are they? What do they do? How can you recognize them? All this and ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  FREE! $10-20 suggested donation.
  • Students' Robotics Fair at Livermore Public LibraryCelebrate Livermore Reads Together and Livermore Science and Engineering Month.  Join us at the Students' Robotics Fair at the Civic Center Library, co-sponsored by the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD).Students from LVJUSD will demonstrate robotics projects they created. 
    Where:  Livermore Cost:  Free
  • The Basics of Salt Pond RestorationLearn about the salt pond restoration project with Karen Tu. This ambitious project seeks to restore 15,100 acres of former industrial salt ponds to a mix of wetland habitats. An interactive talk will be in the auditorium and if weather permits, a walk on the 0.25- mile boardwalk trail and view the progress thus ...
    Where:  Alviso Cost:  Free
  • The USACE: From the Sierras to the SeaIn commemoration of Engineer month, this story spans over 150 years of US Army Corps of Engineers service to the state of California balancing environmental stewardship with the need for economic and urban growth. Beginning with the construction of ports, harbors, and lighthouses and expanding over time to include debris ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Low Tide WalkJoin us for a series of coastal adventures.  We will be taking advantage of the multiple low tides this season with a sequence of Low Tide Walks.  We will return to a few of our favorite stomps as well as venturing to some new spots.  When the tide is low ...
    Where:  Moss Beach Cost:  $20
  • Oceans Aglow: Family Night Hike & Campfire - SOLD OUTJoin NatureBridge Golden Gate as we discover one of the most amazing natural phenomenon, bioluminescence. We will hike out to Rodeo Beach and explore the sands for twinkling plankton. Where did they come from? Why are they blinking? Are they here all the time? We will try and answer all these and other ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  $12/person
Sunday, 02/07/16
  • Salt Marsh WalkTake a walk with docent Gregg Aronson around the wetlands of the wildlife refuge and learn about their history. See examples of salt collection ponds and learn what is being done to convert them back to their original, natural salt marsh state. Hear how wildlife is affected by the two types of habitat, and why it ...
    Where:  Freemont Cost:  Free
  • Tiny Drifters
    Not interested in the Super Bowl?  Have fun with plankton! Learn about the different characteristics of plankton and how they have adapted to survive. We will become planktologists for a day, collect water samples and identify these incredible organisms under a microscope. All ages are welcome. Register at http://eectinydrifters.eventbrite.com or ...
    Where:  Alviso Cost:  Free
  • Mushrooms of the Bay AreaWinter rains make the East Bay hills come alive with mushrooms! View local mushroom specimens, enjoy a presentation on fungi, and peruse our favorite guidebooks at this mini-fungus fair, featuring Christian Schwarz, author of the upcoming field guide "Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast." This is a free event, but please ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free!
Monday, 02/08/16
  • Merging Galaxy Clusters as Multifaceted Astrophysical Laboratories The number of known merging galaxy clusters has been increasing at a faster than exponential rate and there are now over 50 known major mergers. I will discuss this boom of discovery and the science that such an ensemble enables. In particular I will focus on the Merging Cluster Collaboration ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • There Once Was An IslandWhat if you had to leave your home forever? Takuu, a tiny atoll in Papua New Guinea, contains the last Polynesian culture of its kind. Facing escalating climate-related impacts, including a terrifying flood, community members Teloo, Endar and Satty take us on an intimate journey to the core of their ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • HETEROGENEOUS SILICON PHOTONICSSilicon photonics has a number of advantages that make it interesting for quantum electronics.  Ultralow loss waveguides have been demonstrated on silicon with losses below 0.001 dB/cm.  This enables high Q resonators with Qs of 80 million or higher. Since the linewidth of a semiconductor laser depends on the Q, ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Carbon and Net Energy Performance of Flexible Power Generation Technologies
    Great uncertainty surrounds our efforts to mitigate climate impacts from energy use. One promising strategy for long-term climate mitigation is the use of renewable resources including wind and solar. Their weather-dependent nature however requires flexible power grid technologies to maintain power grid stability. As more intermittent and distributed renewable energy ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Symmetry, Topology and Electronic Phases of Matter
    Symmetry and topology are two of the conceptual pillars that underlie our understanding of matter.   While both ideas are old, over the past several years a new appreciation of their interplay has led to dramatic progress in our understanding of topological electronic phases.  A paradigm that has emerged is that ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Blue Gold: World Water WarsWars of the future will be fought over water as they are over oil today, as the source of human survival enters the global marketplace and political arena. Corporate giants, private investors, and corrupt governments vie for control of our dwindling supply, prompting protests, lawsuits, and revolutions from citizens fighting ...
    Where:  Saratoga Cost:  Free
  • Exploring how the universe began (mini-course lecture 2 of 2)Speaker: Professor Leonardy Senatore
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • What If 'Intelligent Design' Had Won?Ten years have passed since a conservative District Court judge ruled that teaching intelligent design in public schools violates the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The National Center for Science Education, led by Eugenie Scott, was a principal consultant in this crucial decision for separation of church and state. Please join ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
Tuesday, 02/09/16
  • Geology After PlutoJeff Moore is the lead of the New Horizons Geology Team. He will talk about the discoveries made by the New Horizons mission on the fascinating fly by of the dwarf planet Pluto.Speaker: Jeff Moore, NASA Ames  
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  Free
  • Towards Gene Therapy for Neurological DiseasesSpeaker: Dr. Barbara Bailus, Buck Institute for Research on Aging
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • The Fight for WaterThis historical documentary, set during the 2009 California Water Crisis, follows the stories of two Central Valley farmers. They discuss how water restrictions and environmental regulations have threatened their way of life, their American dream and their community. The crisis point was an environmental ruling to protect an endangered fish ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  
  • Clinical Empathy in a Post-ACA WorldLearn how health care providers can recognize when their emotions are worsening conflicts with patients and families. In the current health care climate, providers are under increasing pressure to do more for patients in less time. Providers want to give empathic care but fear burning out. Patients and families are ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  reservations recommended
  • Open Space and Climate ResiliencyBlue Greenway's Jackie Omotalade will lead a panel discussion on climate change and the efficacy of employing open space and parks as a tool for climate resiliency at San Francisco's southeastern waterfront. Panelists will include the city administrator's office and other key players in the waterfront development initiative.Panel:Anthony Kahil, Candelstick ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $8 Members, $7 Students
  • The Fight for WaterThis historical documentary, set during the 2009 California Water Crisis, follows the stories of two Central Valley farmers. They discuss how water restrictions and environmental regulations have threatened their way of life, their American dream and their community. The crisis point was an environmental ruling to protect an endangered fish ...
    Where:  Los Gatos Cost:  
  • Climate Equity
    Will a green economy be more equitable than the brown economy? As California transitions to renewable energy, the result will be green jobs, cleaner communities and lower carbon emissions. But will underserved communities get shafted? The environmental justice community has been concerned that the state's cap-and-trade program puts Brazilian rainforests ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $12 Members, $7 Students
  • Mega-DroughtTrends indicate that a major drought event is looming in the not-too-distant future. In as few as three decades we could experience conditions that would make the Dust Bowl of the 1930s seem like an oasis. Efforts to conserve, while admirable and desperately necessary, may already be too late. This ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  Free
  • Mysterious Sounds of the 'Silent' SeaIntroducing the public to the beautiful sights beneath the sea, Jacques Cousteau called it "The Silent World." But the ocean --- and our Bay – are filled with a fantastic cacophany of sound. Most sea animals -- from whales and dolphins to lobsters and shrimp - use acoustics to navigate and communicate.With fascinating ...
    Where:  Albany Cost:  0
  • Earth Under WaterNational Geographic explores the potential effects of sea level rise on our civilization over the next few centuries. "Earth Under Water" explains the science behind the prediction of sea level rise and shows what will happen if the levels rise with increasing speed. Then, we fast forward to the 23rd ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  Free
Wednesday, 02/10/16
  • Connected Critical Care
    Speaker: Jason Adams is a ‎Physician in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at UC Davis Health System. His research is focused on host-pathogen genomics and clinical informatics.
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Shark Stewards
    Presented by marine biologist and ocean advocate David McGuire, Founder and Director of Shark Stewards. As Californians, we have a special responsibility for ocean conservation. Shark Stewards protects sharks and critical marine habitat for the health of our oceans through science, education and advocacy. Come learn about the challenges sharks ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $12-$20
  • The Teenage Brain
    For years, scientists believed that the adolescent brain was essentially an adult one – only with fewer miles on it. But revolutionary neurology and neuroscience have revealed that vitally important brain development occurs during the teen years. Internationally-renowned neurologist – and mother of two boys – Dr. Frances E. Jensen ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $27 - $37
  • 'Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots' As robots are increasingly integrated into modern society--on the battlefield and the road, in business, education, and health--New York Times science writer John Markoff searches for an answer to one of the most important questions of our age: will these machines help us, or will they replace us?Copies will be ...
    Where:  Livermore Cost:  Free
  • 4th Dimensional Graphing at the Edge
    Speaker: Roger House
    Where:  Sebastopol Cost:  $5
  • February LASER Event - Berkeley
    7:00-7:25: David Anderson(UC Berkeley/ SETI@home) on "An introduction to SETI@home"What if ordinary people's devices could do scientific computing? ...Read more7:25-7:50: Rachna Nivas(Chitresh Das Dance Company) on "India's Meditation in Motion: Pushing Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Boundaries through Kathak Dance"A North Indian classical dance technique in which the performer ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • History of Water in Silicon ValleyThis presentation by the Santa Clara Valley Water District will showcase the past, present and future of water in Silicon Valley. It will take a close look at what we have done to ensure a reliable supply of safe, clean water throughout the years as population density has increased and ...
    Where:  Cupertino Cost:  Free
  • Tide Talks by Kame RichardsRacers, cruisers, power boats, kayaks, and swimmers will see and learn how the tide currents move on San Francisco Bay. Reservations a must, call 707-759-2045 or email jimtantillo@comcast.net 
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  $15 cash only.
  • Discovering RaptorsRaptors frequently evoke admiration because of their power, their eye-catching flight, and their noble bearing. They display a fascinating array of behaviors-some obviously instinctive, others clearly learned. But why do they act as they do? Helen Macdonald, in her memorable book H is for Hawk, demonstrates one way to get ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Sitting by a Cozy Fire – Wood burning, Air Quality & Your HealthSpeaker: Eric Stevenson , Bay Area Air Quality Management District
    Where:  San Rafael Cost:  Free
Thursday, 02/11/16
  • Predicting the Electromagnetic Signatures of Compact Object Mergers The ejection of radioactive material during, or immediately following, the merger of two neutron stars (or a neutron star and a black hole) can give rise to optical/infrared emission similar to, but dimmer and briefer than that of an ordinary supernova. These transients (called kilonovae) are promising electromagnetic counterparts to ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • A wake-up call for California: Innovations in earthquake preparednessNo one likes to be reminded that there's a 99.7% chance that California will experience a major earthquake in the next 30 years.  But a little preparedness can go a long way and a new mobile-friendly website called QuakeCAFE can help.We invite you to join us for a public forum ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free (pre-register at web site)
  • Plant Travelers: From the Architecture of Life Tour Series
    Can plants really travel? Marvel at botanical fruit and seed adaptations, such as slingshots, parachutes, hitchhikers, helicopters and other mechanisms that propel plant seeds around the Garden.Register at web site
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free with admission
  • Creature Crush NightLife
    From animal attraction to human nature, celebrate the science behind the things that make us blush at this special Valentine's Day edition of NightLife.
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members
  • February LASER Event - Stanford
    7:00-7:25: Birgitta Whaley(Berkeley Quantum Information and Computation Center) on "What role does Quantum Mechanics play in Biology?Advances in nanotechnology are driving the development of microscopic studies of biological phenomena...Read more7:25-7:50: Rieko Yajima(Stanford/ Design and AAAS) on "Catalyzing scientific innovation using design-thinking paradigms"Design Thinking Paradigms (DTP) have successfully been ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Imaging the Dark UniverseThe Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, or KIPAC, is an independent laboratory of Stanford University. Initiated with a generous grant from Fred Kavli and The Kavli Foundation, KIPAC is housed at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and in the Varian Physics and Physics Astrophysics buildings on the Stanford ...
    Where:  Santa Cruz Cost:  Free
  • Tide Talks by Kame RichardsRacers, cruisers, power boats, kayaks, and swimmers will see and learn how the tide currents move on San Francisco Bay. Reservations a must, call 707-759-2045 or email jimtantillo@comcast.net 
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  $15 cash only.
  • Understanding Bipolar DepressionThis talk will provide a broad overview of bipolar depression in adults, with respect to diagnostic challenges and current treatment strategies for this condition.Speaker: Shefali Miller, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University Medical Center
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Skepticism in the Gym: Exceeding Fitness Goals with Science, Evidence, and Critical Thinking
    Pseudoscience is pervasive in the fitness industry, from extraordinary claims to common misconceptions. Bodybuilding, itself a rather extraordinary claim, is often worse. This talk addresses common misconceptions and excuses about fitness derived from the presenter's research and journey to fitness. The central message is that tools of science, evidence, and critical thinking ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
Friday, 02/12/16
  • Green FridayOur speaker will be Alice Friedemann, who has been writing about energy and other resources since 2000. Her writing can be found at her http://energyskeptic.com/ web site. Virtually everything in our homes, everything in our stores, got there on a truck. Prior to that, 90 percent of those items were ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $3 donation requested
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