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Friday, 10/24/14
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - The Climate Conversation You Haven't Heard
    Many of us don't want to talk about it or think about it, but extreme weather and a changing planet are a given for the 21st century. The phrase "climate fatigue" describes a public already saturated with bad news about our future.It's a daunting problem, but there are success stories. ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Spooky Halloween ScienceGet ready for Spooky Halloween Science Fun! In this workshop, you will handle slimy worms and learn about their role in decomposition, turn your lab partner into a "mummy", make a witch's potion, concoct Oger boogers, create a skull mask, and observe a real sheep's brain.If you like disgusting, nasty, ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explorer Days - Behind the Scenes in the Berkeley Natural History Museums
    Did you know that UC Berkeley has 6 Natural History Museums that hold 12 million specimens and represent the most complete collection of specimens of living and extinct organisms of California? Get a behind the scenes look in the collections which are normally closed to the public, including the Essig ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - LAST (Life Art Science Technology) Fest
    The LAST (Life Art Science Technology) festival is a symposium and expo that celebrates the confluence of art with the multiplicity of new media technologies and nascent sciences emerging from the intense cultural ecosystem of the Bay Area. The second LAST festival (following the first one that was held in ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL KICKOFF - Nerd Nite Block Party
    We're kicking off the Bay Area Science Festival in style by holding multipleNerd Nite events at once in our first ever "block party". Nerd Nite brings science, rock music, speed dating, field trips, gaming, and, of course, beer all together for a night of epic nerdery in a 3-block radius!The ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Ignite Oakland
    What would you share with an audience if you had just 5 minutes? Chabot and Ignite Oakland are giving providing a platform for people to share their passions and expertise with a live audience, the catch is they have just 5 minutes and 20 quickly changing slides to do so. ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $15
  • Owl ProwlVisit the California Nursery at dusk and see what birds fly in the night, bring a flashlight.
    Where:  Fremont Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Spokespeople - Search & Research
    Spokespeople is a storytelling and sometimes-bicycle-riding organization that promotes the art of storytelling by producing live community events across the San Francisco Bay Area. Through these events, Spokespeople embraces and empowers storytellers from all backgrounds, striving to create an inclusive performance space that celebrates the narratives in each of us. ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  
  • Globular Clusters: Ancient RelicsPublic viewing nights at Sonoma State
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
Saturday, 10/25/14
  • Data Science Camp
    The Data Science Camp is a free unconference, where attendees can propose and present sessions, and includes a keynote on Spark. There is separate morning tutorial on Principal Component Analysis (fee required). This year, we are renaming the event to "Data Science Camp" to be more inclusive of Big Data ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Conference free, optional morning tutorial $40
  • FEAST: Climate and Energy for TeachersFree for Educators:AdvanceRSVPRequired At this session our focus will be on climate and energy. We will start off looking at "tree cookies" as recorders of climate change. What can we tell by looking at a single tree ring? Consider sharing your favorite activities about how the weather and climate change ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  Free
  • Geology of the Golden Gate HeadlandsExplore 200 million years of geologic history and learn the fascinating story told by the rocks at the Golden Gate.Bring a lunch and wear comfortable walking shoes and a coat.Trip includes a short but strenuous walk down and up a 200-foot bluff.Meet Ranger Will Elder in front of Fort Point. ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • Geology Workshop for Teachers: Hayward FaultOver the last million years, the natural beauty of Fremont has been shaped by the Hayward Fault. This teacher workshop will start at Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon Wetland Center and include a walk to the Fremont Earthquake Exhibit in Central Park. Discover the "fault creep" and off sets as ...
    Where:  Fremont Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explore What You Eat - Hands-on Science at the Farmer's MarketsEver wonder how plants live? Or how worms produce compost? Curious about solar beads and solar cookers? Get hands-on with science to find out! Join Cal scientists for some cool, food-related investigations at East Bay farmers' markets during the Bay Area Science Festival. (Subject to reduced hours or cancellation in ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Marin Wildlife Discovery Day
    The Marin Wildlife Discovery Day will be an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the rich diversity of wildlife in Marin. There are over 150 species of birds that live and breed in Marin, our creeks support some of the best coho salmon populations in northern California, and our hills ...
    Where:  San Rafael Cost:  
  • Happy Creepy HalloweenParticipate in Halloween-themed activities at the Lawrence Hall of Science.Meet some of the slimiest, scaliest, and hairiest creatures you'll ever see, in our Animal Discovery Room.Do Halloween-themed engineering activities with a haunted robot developed by UC Berkeley's Pioneers in Engineering (PiE).
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free with admission
  • And the Darwinner IsDiscover how the greenhouse effect works and explore how animal and plant species adapt to a changing environment, identifying the winners and losers in our rapidly warming planet. Target Audience: 3rd grade and up.
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explorer Days - The Science of Bread and Cheese
    Get some science with your lunch! Bread and cheese are both ancient foods that owe their glory to microscopic magic. Stroll through quaint San Francisco neighborhoods while stopping at parks and shops to explore the role of unseen organisms in creating flavors and textures. Get your hands on some gluten, ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  
  • BayMobile Visits the Bay ModelAquarium of the Bay's BayMobile is coming to the Bay Model! Visitors will experiment with the science of climate change and meet some of the Aquarium's animal ambassadors.All Bay Model visitors are welcome to stop by and participate in activities, with10-minute animal encounters at the following times:Red Eared Pond Slider ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Science Saturday: Spiders and SnakesWhat do you fear? Find out that it doesn't need to be spiders or snakes! Hold a live snake, view live spiders, make a spider web, and join us for other fun crafts and activities as you trick-or-treat around the Museum while learning all about arachnids and reptiles! Don't forget ...
    Where:  Pacific Grove Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Halloween Bash - A Community Arcade
    A mashup of Halloween and makers, celebrating community-made arcade games, with free trick-or-treating and a food drive. Part of the Bay Area Science Festival.Thisevent is the perfect mix of technology, creativity andHalloween celebration.Marin maker groups will create large game/activities for trick-or-treaters to play, including a large-scale Rube-Goldberg style candy delivery ...
    Where:  Greenbrae Cost:  
  • Climate Change 101How do we know the earth is warming? What do scientists have to say? Learn about the nature of science, climate change basics, how animals and biomes are being affected, and what we can all do to make a positive difference. Target Audience: 9th grade and up.
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • GGRO Hawk Talk and Banding Demo
    Our Hawk Talks and Banding Demonstrations occur every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 2pm (weather permitting heavy fog or rain cancels) during September and October. The Hawk Talk begins at noon, when a GGRO volunteer speaks about hawk migration and identification, and what we do here at the ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Tested The Show: Visions of Past, Present, and the Future as seen through the Eyes of Makers
    Tested.com's Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, Will Smith, and Norman Chan bring to stage visions of the past, present, and future as seen through the eyes of makers. Enjoy an afternoon of fantastic homebrew projects, demonstrations of exciting new technologies, and conversations with makers about new frontiers of innovation. The show ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  
  • Medical Errors: Causes and OptionsHealth professionals generally are intelligent, conscientious, and well-trained. How then do medical errors occur? What have we learned about the frequency and causes of error? What parts are cognitive, system-based, or idiosyncratic? What promising tactics should limit harm?Speaker: Peter Rudd, Stanford
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Saving the Mary Rose
    Dr. Ritimukta Sarangi, of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, will give a talk on "Saving the Mary Rose." The Mary Rose was an English warship built between 1510 and 1511 and was a favorite of King Henry VIII. After a long and successful career, she sank during an engagement with ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • The Mathematics of DoodlingDoodling has many mathematical aspects: patterns, shapes, numbers, and more. Not surprisingly, there is often sophisticated and fun mathematics buried inside common doodles. Professor Vakil begins by doodling, and sees where it takes the class. It looks like play, but reflects what mathematics is really about: finding patterns in nature, ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Understanding the Ebola OutbreakThe Ebola virus has spread from West Africa to the United States with three confirmed cases and one death. The outbreak is generating fear, airport screenings, and a storm of media coverage. But how worried should we really be?Get the facts about Ebola from UCSF physician and infectious disease researcher ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explorer Days - Back in Time at the Bay Model
    California is a brand new geological formation in a constant state of flux and at no time in its short history has it undergone as much change as it has in the last 164 years. Subject to climate change, sea level rise, and human impact, the California of the 1850s ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Last FestivalThe LAST (Life Art Science Technology) festival is a symposium and expo that celebrates the confluence of art with the multiplicity of new media technologies and nascent sciences emerging from the intense cultural ecosystem of the Bay Area. The second LAST festival (following the first one that was held in ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  
  • Spooky Halloween ScienceGet ready for Spooky Halloween Science Fun! In this workshop, you will handle slimy worms and learn about their role in decomposition, turn your lab partner into a "mummy", make a witch's potion, concoct Oger boogers, create a skull mask, and observe a real sheep's brain.If you like disgusting, nasty, ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • Low Tide Walk
    MSI takes to the tidepools for a treasure hunt of nature's beautiful intertidal secrets. We'll spend our time taking advantage of the low tide to reach the outer edges of Pillar Point, while taking in spectacular vantages as we slowly retreat to shore. Will we find crabs, sea stars, eels ...
    Where:  Redwood City Cost:  $20 General, $10 Members
  • October 25th. Public Astronomy Program On Mt DiabloThis Saturday we will explore Earth and life: Why does Earth have abundant life, but nowhere else in our Solar System? How many planets like Earth are probably out there in our Galaxy? How are scientists finding them?Bring kids, binoculars, warm clothes (temperature can drop), snacks, water. No need for ...
    Where:  Walnut Creek Cost:  $10 Park Entrance Fee
  • Stargazing on Mt. DiabloWHY EARTH?Why does Earth have abundant life, but nowhere else in our Solar System?How many planets like Earth are probably out there in our Galaxy?How are scientists finding them?EXCITEMENT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!Participate in hands-on astronomy activities followed by supervised observing through the many different telescopes of MDAS members.Bring snacks, ...
    Where:  Walnut Creek Cost:  Free; $10 state park vehicle fee
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Mathematics, Common Sense, and Good Luck with James H. Simons
    The American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute present the 2014 AMS Einstein Public Lecture in Mathematics with James H. Simons, the president of the Simons Foundation. Simons is a philanthropist, mathematician, investor, and financier who supports basic research in the sciences through the foundation he created with ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Festival of Bad Hypotheses
    The Festival of Bad Ad Hoc Hypotheses (BAH!) is acelebration of well-argued and thoroughly researched but completely incorrect evolutionary theory.Six brave speakers will present their bad theories in front of a live audience and a panel of judges with real science credentials, who together will determine which speaker takes home ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - the Top Tourist Sights in the Solar System
    Where Bill Gates' Great-Granddaughter will go on her HoneymoonPresented by Wonderfest,the Mt. Tam Astronomy Program, Friends of Mt. Tam, San Francisco Amateur Astronomers, and Mount Tamalpais State Park.Using spectacular images from space probes and the world's largest telescopes, we will explore the most intriguing future "tourist destinations" among the planets ...
    Where:  Mill Valley Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Snap Judgment LIVE! Storytelling
    NPR's hit show Snap Judgment is back to electrify the Nourse Theater in San Francisco. It's an ALL-NEW special performance created in association with the Bay Area Science Festival. Led by Snap's Glynn Washington, the world's top storytellers are coming to rock the Snap stage with brand new stories on ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Quiz-o-Tron 9000
    Quiz-o-Tron is the world's greatest comedic science-themed panel quiz show, hosted by Rebecca Watson and starring Bad Astronomer Phil Plait, Star Wars Craft Book author Bonnie Burton, Survivor contestant/physicist Yau-Man Chan, io9's Annalee Newitz, local comedians Caitlin Gill and Matt Gubser, and more! Watch as talented comedians compete against learned ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  10
Sunday, 10/26/14
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explore What You Eat - Hands-on Science at the Farmer's Markets
    Ever wonder how plants live? Or how worms produce compost? Curious about solar beads and solar cookers? Get hands-on with science to find out! Join Cal scientists for some cool, food-related investigations at East Bay farmers' markets during the Bay Area Science Festival. (Subject to reduced hours or cancellation in ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explorer Days - Wright Canyon Hike
    Join George Phillips and Jim Cartan, Save Mount Diablo's Stewardship Team, for a hike of our Wright Canyon property. This 76-acre property was a key location for Morgan Territory's rich history and offers wonderful views of Mount Diablo's peaks the summit, North Peak, Windy Point, and Oyster Point. The ...
    Where:  Clayton Cost:  
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explorer Days - BioBlitzing at Muir Woods
    Join Save the Redwoods League and park rangers from Muir Woods National Monument as we hike the trails and conduct a mini BioBlitz. We will identify and document as many different plant and animal species as we can. Come learn about the natural history of a redwood forest, how to ...
    Where:  Mill Valley Cost:  
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explorer Days - South Bay Wetlands Bike Tour
    Come explore and learn about the pump and lock system that keeps the sedimentation process active to help build wetlands with Park Ranger Jose Garcia. Easy bike tour from the Environmental Education Center to pond A17, near Drawbridge. Approximately 3 miles round trip flat well maintained trail. Beautiful area with ...
    Where:  Alviso Cost:  Free
  • Conflicts of Principle and How they Change PhysicsEinstein thought we should look for conflicting principles: two things which are so deeply engrained that they must both be right, but when taken together seem to lead to a contradiction. When those conflicts of principle are resolved, science makes its greatest strides. In this talk, Professor Susskind will discuss ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Happy Creepy HalloweenParticipate in Halloween-themed activities at the Lawrence Hall of Science.Meet some of the slimiest, scaliest, and hairiest creatures you'll ever see, in our Animal Discovery Room.Do Halloween-themed engineering activities with a haunted robot developed by UC Berkeley's Pioneers in Engineering (PiE).
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free with admission
  • Marine Science Sunday: Creatures of the Deep
    This month we celebrate Halloween with a creepy collection of stories about the animals that live in the deepest parts of the ocean! Learn how elephant seal's can dive to 5000 feet and stay underwater for 2 hours at a time without imploding (!), find out how a sperm whale ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free with admission
  • The Extreme Life of the SeaThe Extreme Life of the Sea: What are the fastest creatures in the ocean? The oldest? Where are the hottest, coldest, or deepest places that life thrives in the sea? Ocean science over the past century has uncovered an amazing collection of extreme species, living in amazing ways. This session ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explorer Days - Tigers on Market Street
    Our walk will take a cue from the western tiger swallowtail, San Francisco's largest butterfly. This fantastic creature has taken up residence along Market Street and in the parks and plazas nearby. The western tiger, like other swallowtails, has made Market Street an unexpected habitat! The lay of the land ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  
  • Full-Spectrum Science with Ron Hipschman: Science Fiction Turned FactScience fiction has predicted many things. Some have come true (think touch screens, submarines, bionic limbs), others, not so much-or at least, not yet. If you've ever wondered where your flying car or rocket belt is, or why you don't yet have a robot servant, find out at Full-Spectrum Science.18+ ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free with admission
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explorer Days - Hawk Talk and Banding Demo
    Our Hawk Talk and Banding Demonstration begins at noon, when docent Bridget Bradshaw will speak about hawk migration and identification, and what we do here at the GGRO. Midway through, she will present a newly banded hawk, talk about the banding program, show everyone the hawk, and let it go ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explorer Days - Marin Headlands Native Plant Science
    Come to the beautiful Marin Headlands to get involved in real-life botany! We will tour the native plant nursery and take a short hike. You will learn how genetic diversity is being protected in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, gain the skills you need to contribute to national citizen ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explorer Days - Invented in San Francisco
    Long before the silicon chip, some of the world's most influential inventions were dreamed up by San Franciscan tinkerers. Explore seven surprising stories of innovation from tech to tunes to treats that exemplify San Francisco as a hotbed of creative thinking for nearly two centuries. We'll investigate the science behind ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $25
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Triple CCRMALite - 40,50,80
    Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA, pronounced "karma") has been on the scene of electronic and computer-generated sound, since, well, before there was a scene. We are proud in 2014 to be celebrating three important moments in the history of CCRMA and of computer music: ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  $20
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Celebration of Mind
    Join us as we celebrate the life and work of Martin Gardner onSunday, October 26, 25 pmat the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, located at 17 Gauss Way, Berkeley, CA 94720.Why the Celebration?Martin Gardner was a prolific author who pursued a playful and fun approach to Mathematics, Science, Art, Magic, Puzzles ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explorer Days - SF State University's Bayside Marine Laboratory
    Visit SF State's Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, the only academic marine lab located on the shore of San Francisco Bay. The Center is normally closed to the public, so this is a very unique opportunity to see what goes on in the laboratories dedicated to studying the health ...
    Where:  Tiburon Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explorer Days - Virtual Reality in the Social Sciences
    At Stanford's Virtual Human Interaction Lab, researchers use virtual reality (VR) to study the behavioral effects of immersive media. Visitors should be prepared to walk a virtual plank, fly around a virtual city, and travel to virtual Spain.Requirements/RestrictionsAll ages are invited. Not recommended for users that experience regular symptoms of ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explorer Days - Wonders of the Parasite World a Global Tour
    You are invited to a behind-the-scenes tour of our Parasitology Lab where you'll have the chance to see parasitic worms and protozoa! You'll also get to hear about our research to discover drugs to treat parasitic diseases that affect millions of people worldwide. We are located at the Mission Bay ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explorer Days - Paleontology and Geology at New Brighton State Beach
    Come take a closer look at the sea cliffs at New Brighton State Beach. The rocks forming these dramatic cliffs are part of the Purisima Formation, which is exposed along the California Coast from Point Reyes to southern Santa Cruz County. The rocks at New Brighton Beach were deposited under ...
    Where:  Capitola Cost:  Free, Parking $10
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Snap Judgment LIVE! Storytelling
    NPR's hit show Snap Judgment is back to electrify the Nourse Theater in San Francisco. It's an ALL-NEW special performance created in association with the Bay Area Science Festival. Led by Snap's Glynn Washington, the world's top storytellers are coming to rock the Snap stage with brand new stories on ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 and up
Monday, 10/27/14
  • ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTDr. Marc Fisher of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will address how one can apply a physics education to help solve problems of human stewardship of the Earth's climate.
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • Spooky Halloween ScienceGet ready for Spooky Halloween Science Fun! In this workshop, you will handle slimy worms and learn about their role in decomposition, turn your lab partner into a "mummy", make a witch's potion, concoct Oger boogers, create a skull mask, and observe a real sheep's brain.If you like disgusting, nasty, ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - BAASICS: Monsters
    Monsters are everywhere. They lurk in the shadows and stalk our imagination. They terrorize and fascinate us. But what, exactly, are they?Scholars differ on whether the word is derived from the Latin verb monstrare, "to show," or from monere, "to warn." Either way, as horror theorist John Halberstam writes, monsters ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $10
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Are We Alone in the Cosmos?
    Presented by WonderfestWhen science fiction portrays the galaxy as an arena of interstellar commerce and, occasionally, of star wars, could it be accurate? We now know thatbillionsof hospitable, Earth-like planets are sprinkled throughout our Milky Way Galaxy. Yetbillionsof short-term searches for ET have turned up nothing.Where is everybody?! Premier planet ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - You're The Expert
    You're the Expertis a live show, podcast, and new public radio program that uses comedy to make academic research more accessible and exciting. Through games, sketches, and hilariously misguided guesses, a panel of hilarious comedians will try to get to the bottom of what a distinguished scientist does all day. ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $10
Tuesday, 10/28/14
  • Astrobiology: The Quest to Understand the Potential for Life Beyond EarthSpeaker: Dr. Carl Pilcher, NASA Astrobiology Institute
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • Extending the search for ETI communication to near-infrared wavelengthsWe are poised to take advantage of a remarkable confluence of technological advances and scientific opportunity. For the first time, very fast, wide bandwidth, high-gain, low noise near-infrared avalanche photo diode (APDs) detectors are available and reasonably priced. We are designing and constructing a new SETI instrument to search for ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explore What You Eat - Hands-on Science at the Farmer's Markets
    Ever wonder how plants live? Or how worms produce compost? Curious about solar beads and solar cookers? Get hands-on with science to find out! Join Cal scientists for some cool, food-related investigations at East Bay farmers' markets during the Bay Area Science Festival. (Subject to reduced hours or cancellation in ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explorer Days - Thinking Sound
    With more than 40 patents on technology ranging from its Constellation digital acoustic system to premium loudspeakers, Meyer Sound is recognized as a major force in the professional audio industry worldwide. Take a look inside its factory and see how loudspeakers are built from the inside out. After a tour ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explorer Days - Tour SFPUC's New Sustainable Headquarters
    A wonderful opportunity to tour one of the greenest buildings in the country, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)'s headquarters on 525 Golden Gate Ave. Attendees will have a chance to learn about the green building features such as, consumption of 32% less energy, 50% less carbon footprint and 60% ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  
  • Full Spectrum Boost in Nanoparticle Solar CellsProf. Gergely Zimanyi of UC Davis will give the Applied Physics/Physics colloquium
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Stanley B. Prusiner: Madness and Memory
    In his book, Prusiner tells the remarkable story of his discovery of prions infectious proteins that replicate and cause disease but surprisingly contain no genetic material and reveals how superb and meticulous science is actually practiced with talented teams of researchers who persevere. He recounts the frustrations and ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 non-members, $8 members, $7 students
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Boy on Ice - Concussions and Sports
    Widely regarded as the toughest man in the NHL, Derek Boogaard was a gentle man off the ice but a merciless fighter on it. We'll explore Boogaard's unlikely journey from lumbering kid playing pond-hockey on the prairies of Saskatchewan, so big his skates would routinely break beneath his feet; to ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • Imagining the Universe: Tracy K. Smith
    Tracy K. Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet for her collection of poetry, Life on Mars (2011), will be speaking at Stanford as a part of the Imagining the Universe: Cosmology in Art and Science programmatic series.The cosmos has long inspired our imaginations ― fueling research, reflection, and creative response. Organized ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Bluetooth Smart and IoT ---- from vision to productIn this presentation, we will cover the latest Bluetooth Smart technology and how we could use the new Bluetooth Smart in the IoT products. We will evaluate and compare the options in wireless connectivity and provide our suggestions on the industrial best practices. For product managers and developers of the ...
    Where:  Santa Clara Cost:  $10 General
  • UC Santa Cruz LASER EventExploring the Frontiers of Knowledge and Imagination, Fostering Interdisciplinary Networking Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) is a national program of evening gatherings that bring artists, scientists, and scholars together for informal presentations and conversations. Please join us in the Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) 108 for refreshments at 6:45 p.m. ...
    Where:  Santa Cruz Cost:  Free ($4 Parking)
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Cataract Revolution: From Couching to Femtosecond Laser-assisted Cataract SurgeryThe lens is a remarkable structure that plays a critical role in the optical system of the human eye. An overview of the lens, including embryologic development, biochemistry, and physiology, will lay the foundation to a discussion about diseases of the lens, including presbyopia (age-related loss of lens accommodation) and ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Story Collider & Inquiring Minds Live
    Adam Savage, Host MythbustersStorytellersIndre Viskontas, HostInquiring Minds, neuroscientist, and opera singerAnnalee Newitz, editorio9.comBrian Fisher,Chairman, Department of Entomology,California Academy of SciencesShayle Matsuda, Field Biologist,California Academy of SciencesTicketsAbout Inquiring MindsJoin neuroscientist and opera singer Indre Viskontas for a conversation with Mythbusters' Adam Savage in a special live production of the Inquiring Minds ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  
  • New Science on California Orcas
    While killer whales are found in all of the world's oceans, their lives in the wild are poorly understood, in part because there are tremendous differences between different groups of orcas. Though the species range spans the globe from pole to pole, individual orcas belong to regional ecological groups, called ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  $5 donation
  • Why do people reject good science? Reflections on the evolution and climate science wars
    Scientists are often puzzled when members of the public reject what we consider to be well-founded explanations. They can't understand why the presentation of scientific data and theory doesn't suffice to convince others of the validity of "controversial" topics like evolution and climate change. Recent research highlights the importance of ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  $15 General, Free for students
  • GREECE mission: Ground-to-Rocket Electrodynamics-Electrons Correlative ExperimentOur monthly meetings begin with a short "What's Up" presented by one of our member followed by a speaker. This month's speaker is Dr. John Bonnell, from the Space Sciences Lab in Berkeley. The topic will be the GREECE mission: Ground-to-Rocket Electrodynamics-Electrons Correlative Experiment. The mission seeks to understand the ...
    Where:  Walnut Creek Cost:  0
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Designing for Longevity: The 10,000 Year Clock ProjectHuman civilization is about 10,000 years old. If you wanted to build something that would last the next 10,000 years, as an icon of long-term thinking, what materials would you use? How would you prototype and test the design? Alexander Rose is part of the team that's building a mechanical, ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20
Wednesday, 10/29/14
  • Talk on DyslexiaSchwab Learning Center is hosting Drs. Brock & Fernette Eide, who will talk about dyslexia and their latest book, The Dyslexic Advantage.
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • The marvels of methane: clathrates, climate, caves, and cold seeps
    Methane is the most ubiquitous hydrocarbon on Earth. In the atmosphere, it is a potent greenhouse gas, driving ~20% of greenhouse gas warming. In the geosphere, it is a resource accounting for an increasing percentage of the global energy supply. In the biosphere, it is a source of energy and ...
    Where:  Moss Landing Cost:  Free
  • Pragmatic Translational Informatics for Health CareAs director of informatics research at the UC Davis Health System, Nick Anderson does research into the effective uses of biomedical data, information and knowledge for scientific inquiry, problem solving and decision making. Because informatics is at the core of many transformative efforts in health care, Anderson's expertise and leadership ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - 3 Minute Thesis
    Three Minute Thesis (3MT)is a research communication competition first developed by the University of Queensland in Australia. The competition is now held at about 170 universities in 17 countries and counting. You can read more about the origins of the competition and see videos of winners from around the world ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  
  • Pulses, phenology and ontogeny: Towards a more temporally explicit framework for understanding species interactionsSpeaker: Louie Yang, Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of California, Davis
    Where:  Bodega Bay Cost:  Free
  • Big Data: A Data Driven Society?In the first part of this talk, I will review how Big Data is enabling a data-driven economy, look at what to do with Big Data, and look at the consequences of a society being reshaped by systematically building on data analytics. In the second part of the talk, I ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explorer Days - UPS Facility Tour
    Tour the UPS San Francisco Facility, watch how UPS moves thousands of packages through its facility to provide next day delivery for a package picked up in San Francisco destined for any address in the US.Requirements/RestrictionsAt UPS, Safety is First! You will be visiting UPS during a busy time. It ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Science, Neat - Lounge
    Grab a drink and hit the back patio of the El Rio for an intimate evening of interactive science at Science, Neat. This month, step into the "Living Room" and meet 5 scientists who will share their research and how science has shaped them personally in surprising ways. Lightning talks ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  
  • Planet Mapping: The Science of 3D MapsOur world is constantly being captured through GPS, cameras, satellites, and scanners and rendered by algorithms into navigable maps of Planet Earth.But how are 3D maps really made? How is the data collected, how do mapping anomalies arise, and what new tools and techniques are letting today's modern cartographers render ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 at door, $10 in advance
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Ask-a-Scientist Trivia Night
    Ready to put your science smarts to the test? Ask a Scientist will be celebrating theBay Area Science Festivalthe best way we know how - with a boisterous science trivia contest hosted by Robin Marks ofDiscovery Street Tours. (It's just like a pub trivia night, but without all those other ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  
  • Cancer and the Cell Cycle: From Molecular Pictures To Innovative TherapiesCancer cells invariably have defects in the proteins that control when cells grow and divide, a process known as cell cycle regulation. While much effort has gone into developing therapeutics that try to counter a deregulated cell cycle in cancer cells, few drugs have made it to the clinic, as ...
    Where:  Santa Cruz Cost:  Free
Thursday, 10/30/14
  • Studies of Star-Forming Galaxies in the Reionization EraSpeaker: Richard Ellis, Caltech
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium - Regis McKenna
    Since Fall 2002, the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering has hosted the Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium (SVLS). The Symposium hosts industry and technology leaders to talk about business and technology trends. It also features prominent leaders who discuss broader societal and political issues that shape our life andsociety.Speaker: Regis ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Explorer Days - Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour
    Have you ever wondered what happens to the dirty water from your shower, laundry and toilet after it goes down the drain? What about the runoff from lawns and gardens, and rainwater and car washing? You'll see first-hand what happens after your flush down the toilet, learn about the wastewater ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  
  • Spooky Halloween ScienceGet ready for Spooky Halloween Science Fun! In this workshop, you will handle slimy worms and learn about their role in decomposition, turn your lab partner into a "mummy", make a witch's potion, concoct Oger boogers, create a skull mask, and observe a real sheep's brain.If you like disgusting, nasty, ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • Mistakes and Oversights in the InternetThe Internet, as of 29 October, is now 45 years old. On that day the first two nodes were connected. A few more computers have been added since then. The Internet isn't an Edsel, but it is showing its age and there are some design features that may have seemed ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Open Forum: Cities and the Digital FrontierThis dynamic, insightful discussion examines how cities will be transformed by digital technologies, from governance and management to citizen engagement and experience. Sensors, the Internet of things, data analytics, mobile devices, automation-all these and more will play a role. What are the economic opportunities, and how can Silicon Valley/US tech ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  $67 General, $42 Members of Churchill Club
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Creatures of the NightLife
    The creatures come out at night as NightLife partners with the Bay Area Science Festival for an evening of spine-tingling delight on Halloween. Discover the science and spectacle behind werewolves, vampires, zombies and other creatures that go bump in the night.Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds. Set out with ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - The Role of GMOs in Sustainable Food
    We care about the food we eat. So, what should we know about GMOs?Three eminent scientists from UC Berkeley present basic scientific principles behind Genetically Modified Organisms and provide the socioeconomic and environmental implications of their use.Bringing sound expertise to this controversial subject are Professors Patricia Zambryski (Plant & Microbial ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  
  • Advances in Surgical and Non-Surgical Treatment of Brain TumorsThis presentation will cover the latest advances in the treatment and management of patients with brain tumors.Speaker: Steven D. Chang, MD Robert C. and Jeannette Powell Professor, Co-Director, Stanford Cyberknife Program, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Marissa Mayer in conversation with Marc Benioff
    Marissa Mayer is the CEO of Yahoo and is one of very few women to have run a Fortune 500 company. In 2013, Mayer earned the number one spot on Fortune Magazine's 2013 "40 Under 40" list. Fifteen years before she became the tech powerhouse she is today, Mayer was ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  
  • BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Open Show: Seeing the UnseenExplore the worlds beyond what our naked eyes can see with electron microscopy scientists, renowned data visualists, amateur astrophotographers and more. Experience the stories of how the boundaries of photography and video are being pushed to illuminate the distant past, unfamiliar perspectives and the miniature ecosystems hidden in front of ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $10
  • Wolf and Elk Diseases in Yellowstone: Lessons on emerging pandemics
    What can diseases of wildlife tell us about the emergence of human pandemics?Why is a bacterial disease expanding to animals beyond the Greater Yellowstone area?How are diseases affecting Yellowstone wolves?Speaker: Paul Cross, USGS
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
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