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Wednesday, 04/26/17
  • Artists at sea: Integrating art and science aboard R/V Falkor
    Artists, like scientists, are important storytellers that help people to see in new ways. Applying these talents to ocean science can create a new space for dialogue and understanding. Schmidt Ocean Institute is uniquely positioned to provide collaborations between artists and some of the world’s leading marine scientists, using the ...
    Where:  Moss Landing Cost:  Free
  • Delivering Better Health via Drone
    Zipline designs, manufactures, and operates small robot aircraft to deliver lifesaving medical supplies. With Zipline, all citizens can have fast and reliable access to lifesaving medical products like blood, vaccines, and essential medicines, regardless of challenging terrain and road infrastructure. In October 2016, the company launched the world's first drone ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Policy Entrepreneurship - RESCHEDULED
    President Obama made science, technology and innovation top priorities of his Administration. The White House launched initiatives in areas such as data science, robotics, materials by design, neurotechnology, open innovation, STEM education, and the Maker Movement. Where do these ideas come from? What role do "policy entrepreneurs" play in ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Applications of endocrinology to the management of commercially important crustaceans in AlaskaCommercially important crustaceans in Alaska include but are not limited to red king crab, snow crab, Dungeness crab, Tanner crab and Northern spot shrimp. Crab fisheries are size selected male only fisheries while all sexes of shrimp may be harvested. The Tanner crab (Chionoecetes bairdi) and northern spot shrimp (Pandalus ...
    Where:  Tiburon Cost:  Free
  • Energy and Resources Group ColloquiumSpeaker: Jemi Miller
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Planet Prescription: Health Sector Advocacy to Address Climate ChangeIn its 2015 report, the UCL-Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change stated unequivocally that climate change poses “an unacceptably high and potentially catastrophic risk to human health.” That same year, the American Public Health Association noted “an urgent need for immediate and substantial action to mitigate climate change, together ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Valve gaping behavior, movement patterns, and thermal stress in mussels living on wave-swept rocky shoresSpeaker: Luke Miller, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, San Jose State University
    Where:  Bodega Bay Cost:  Free
  • Software-centric Visible Light Communication for the Internet of Things Visible Light Communication (VLC) based on LEDs for light emission and reception can be realized using simple components, delegating many of the "hard" problems to software. We present a software-centric approach that supports networking a wide range of devices -- devices that include only simple single LEDs (such as wearables, ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Marin's Climate Goals and Where We StandIs Marin on track to meet California's greenhouse gas reduction targets of 15% reductions by 2020, and 80% reductions by 2050? Learn about Marin's Climate Action Plans (CAPs) and where we stand compared to our goals. During the lecture, we will investigate each city/town and the County's CAP's as well ...
    Where:  Corte Madera Cost:  $10 advance, $15 at door
  • More than Just One Word on PlasticsPlastics: we love them and hate them. Rebecca Braslau, organic chemistry professor at UC Santa Cruz, will discuss the history of plastics, what they are made of, health, environmental and societal issues, and exciting developments in emerging biosustainable and biodegradable plastics.  She will also very briefly discuss on-going work in her ...
    Where:  Santa Cruz Cost:  Free
  • Native American Flint KnappingProgram: Donna Kelly will give a presentatin about Native American flint knapping using traditional methods and materials. We will learn about the local rocks and minerals they used. There will also be a door prize drawing and many rocks and related items available by silent auction.
    Where:  Los Altos Cost:  Free
  • Shrooms and AlcoholWe will build things with mushrooms, learn about a 5000-year-old beer recipe and hear our singing scientists -The Ten thousand Ways, all this while sipping Freewheel's beer!Ages 21+
    Where:  Redwood City Cost:  $5 advance, $10 at door
  • Skeptics in the Pub: Millbrae
    If ye value critical thinking, and if ye scorn the flim-flam man, join us, your friends. We are a group who informally discuss the latest in science or pseudoscience over good eats & ale. HOW:   Presented free by the Bay Area Skeptics.WHY:   Because science is fascinating!             ...
    Where:  Millbrae Cost:  Free- Pub is open for business
    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells - taken without her knowledge in 1951 - became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $29
  • Neurosciences: Biology and Gene EditingPianoFight hosts Ashley Libby to discuss gene editing, and Georgia Panagiotakos to discuss the brain and neuron development.Ages 21+
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $5 advance, $10 at door
  • Project DrawdownSpeaker: Paul HawkenEnvironmental Forum of Marin Lecture SeriesTickets on sale week of Jan 9
    Where:  San Rafael Cost:  TBA
Thursday, 04/27/17
  • Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium
    Panel: Simon Euringer, BMW
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • Crissy Field Center Models SustainabilityConservancy Project Manager Tom Odgers will lead a tour of the sustainability features of the Crissy Field Center, including a brand new set of wind turbines, rainwater catchment, solar hot water, and more. Learn how this LEED Platinum environmental education center is modeling sustainability to the next generation of environmental ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Donations encouraged
  • The Fourth Transformation: How AR & AI Change Everything
    There have been three previous digital transformations: The first took us from punching hole in cards for mainframes to typing words on screens on desktops. Then we went to pointing and clicking with the Macintosh. The third transformation came when we started doing things by touching mobile screens, with the ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • SciComm Studio 001: Mycology Mixer and DIY biologyThe first swissnex SF Science Studio meetup uses mushrooms as a starting point for science communication in biology: exploring how scientists can tap into the sensory experience of mycology and do-it-yourself projects to expand the public’s understanding of science.Science and technology studies experts Gabriela Sanchez and Joanna Steinhardt discuss the ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • Climate ChangeCome and learn some facts about climate change from the expert- Katharine Mach. See a live demo of how climate change is affecting marine life by Lorraine Ling.Ages 21+
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  $5 advance, $10 at door
  • Potential Corrosivity of Untreated Groundwater in the United States
    Corrosive groundwater, if untreated, can dissolve lead and other metals from pipes.National maps have been prepared to identify the occurrence of potentially corrosive groundwater in the U.S.These findings have the greatest implication for the 44 million people dependent on domestic wells for drinking water.Speaker: Kenneth Belitz, USGS
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • Climate ChangePriya Shukla and Yogi Hendlin will present the effects of Climate Change on our planet, and Tom MCFadden will lighten the mood with a spectacular science rap performance at the TechShop.Ages 21+
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $5 advance, $10 at door
  • Full-Spectrum Science with Ron Hipschman: MirrorsWhy do you see yourself in reverse when you look at yourself in a mirror? Why are you not upside down? Exploratorium scientist Ron Hipschman reveals the physics behind different types of mirrors and reflects on fascinating aspects of their construction and applications.Part of After Dark
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free with After Dark Admission
Friday, 04/28/17
  • Wildflowers for Photographers, Poets & ArtistsJoin ACR Resource Ecologist Dave Self on an excursion to see and photograph (or sketch, paint, or write about) wildflowers on the Modini Mayacamas Preserves. You're encouraged to share your best for a 'flower show' the next day from 3:00pm-4:00pm at ACR's Conservation Center. Dave will coach beginners on close-up flower ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  $20 General, $15 Members/Students, Free < 18
  • Wildflower Walk at Mori Point
    Along the coast of Pacifica lies one of the Golden Gate National Park's finest gems - Mori Point. At this time of year, the wildflowers are in full swing, dusting the cliffs with yellow, white, blue, and pink. As we move into our week-long celebration of Earth Day, we invite ...
    Where:  Pacifica Cost:  Donations encouraged
  • Botany Series: Introduction to Plant Identification with Taxonomic KeysBrett Stevenson (Ecological Restoration Coordinator), Esperanza Pimentel (Biological Science Technician) and Stacy Jacobsen (Seed Collection Ecologist for Presidio Nursery) will lead this workshop focusing on basic taxonomy, botanical identification resources, and plant identification with an emphasis on troubleshooting morphological keys. The class will discuss and employ a full range of ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Donations encouraged
  • The ClimateMusic Project: LiveJoin The ClimateMusic Project and Kinetech Arts for a powerful evening of climate-science inspired music and dance!Through this unique science/arts collaboration, we tell the story of how the climate has changed in the last 200 years, what we can expect in the future, and how we can all help address ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $25
  • Metrology and Time Crystals: Physics in Practice
    Come learn about cutting-edge research from the graduate student community at UC Berkeley in a relaxed, sci-fi-themed cafe setting. This month features short talks by two physicists about metrology and time crystals. The audience is encouraged to interrupt and ask questions and engage in discussion with our speakers. Arrive at 6:30 pm ...
    Where:  Emeryville Cost:  
  • Brain and GeneticsWant to learn more about your brain? Come and listen to our scientists at the very nice Cyclismo Cafe. After some brain activities, relax with your friends while listening to Valerio's song and guitar.Ages 21+
    Where:  Redwood City Cost:  $5 advance, $10 at door
  • Medicine & MusicEsteban Burchard runs a multicultural lab at UCSF that is pushing to get more people of color into research studies, to find genetic differences that might explain health disparities. But critics question whether it’s a good idea to seek out genetic differences based on race. Join Taste of Science at ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $5 advance, $10 at door
Saturday, 04/29/17
  • History & Habitat: Foss Trail and Redhill Hike Join us for this big hike - 7 miles and 1,440 feet of elevation gain, with a few rough stretches - along the historic Foss Stagecoach Trail and around to Redhill. Peter Leveque, retired Junior College Professor and the guiding force behind early stewardship and education on the Preserves, will regale us ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  $20 General, $15 Members/Students, Free < 18
  • Bioblitz at Homestead Valley
    Join the National Park Service and One Tam at scenic Homestead Valley as we try to identify and document every living species we see! Hone your naturalist skills, learn to use the iNaturalist smartphone app, and contribute valuable data about Mt. Tam's biodiversity. No smartphone? No problem! No experience or ...
    Where:   Cost:  Free
  • Biomedicine and Artificial Intelligence Research ConferenceInterested in innovative applications of artificial intelligence, biology, and medicine? Join speakers from Stanford, MIT, CMU, JHU, and Google at Medicine in Silico, a free conference on April 29 hosted by Stanford Students in Biodesign. Closing remarks by Dr. Lloyd Minor, Dean of Stanford University School of Medicine.Event RSVP link: ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • What Killed the Dinosaurs: A Fresh Look at One of Earth's Greatist Mysteries.
    This two-day symposium (April 29-30) probes what we know and what we don't know about why the dinosaurs and many other organisms became extinct sixty-six million years ago. Each day will feature lectures by internationally renowned scientists with specific expertise in the subject, followed by round table discussion. The audience ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $6
  • 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
  • Hayward Fault Walking TourOver the last million years, the natural beauty of Fremont has been shaped by the Hayward Fault. Instructors will be leading these 'ground breaking' tours and exposing the science and beauty of the Hayward Fault. This fault is one of several active faults in the world actually creeping at 5 ...
    Where:  Fremont Cost:  $15
  • PiE Robotics CompetitionJoin us for the Pioneers in Engineering eighth annual robotics competition. Meet the high school teams competing this year, and learn how they designed and built their own custom, remote-controlled robots. Cheer on your favorites as they compete to finish this year’s robotics challenge, “Dry Another Day.”The Pioneers in Engineering (PiE) robotics ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free with admission
  • Santa Clara Valley Wildflower ShowThe show will feature hundreds of species of wildflowers and native plants.  Expert botanists and gardeners will be on site to describe different samples and answer questions. With the heavy rain this winter, we are expecting a prolific bloom of Northern California wildflowers.The keynote speaker will be John Muir Laws, who will give a ...
    Where:  Saratoga Cost:  Free
  • Science Saturday: Connected to Nature
    Learn about the many ways you can connect to nature during this fun, family event! Meet a live red-tailed hawk that is being rehabilitated by helpful humans, learn to compost with Hidden Hills Ranch, and become a "citizen scientist" while connecting to the nature in your own backyard.
    Where:  Pacific Grove Cost:  Free
  • Wildflower Walk at Presidio Coastal Bluffs
    Wildflowers! To know them is to love them. It’s springtime, and all throughout California the wildflowers are beginning to bloom, including in your very own Golden Gate National Parks. We invite you to come and enjoy the huge variety of both native and exotics on display and prepare to be ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Donations encouraged
  • Walking through Time: History of California NurseryThe importance of this site spans from the Ohlone, Mission and Rancho Era. The people associated with this site helped to transform the State of California into an agricultural giant.  Learn how Niles agriculture had a strong tie to San Francisco and Fresno.Lecture will go over the buildings that are ...
    Where:  Fremont Cost:  $15 (ages 10+)
  • Indicators That Fox Are in Your Area
    Do you sometimes see paw prints in mud or scat (poop) on the trails and assume that a dog left it? It could be from something else. Come along with me and I will show you how to distinguish and identify the markings of a gray fox. Gain some insights ...
    Where:  Freemont Cost:  Free
  • Wonders of ScienceWe are concluding our week long taste of science festival with grand finale event.We will have an evening full of demonstrations on interaction of biomolecules, dark matter and dark energy, and living fluid mechanisms. And then, a lesson on vaccines!Ages 21+
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $7 advance, $10 at door
  • Ship Operations in the BayJoin Captain Craig Thomas of Agile Marine as he provides a better understanding of commercial shipping operations and movements in the Bay. The program includes the types of ships, ship construction and layout, commercial considerations, types and locations of terminals in the Bay Area, manning requirements including careers and International, ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Jazz Under the StarsCome peer through our telescopes and see craters on the Moon, the visible planets, star clusters, and more while we listen to CSM's very own KCSM Jazz 91 FM. Dress warmly.  Free parking in Marie Curie Lot 5.  Directions here.
    Where:  San Mateo Cost:  Free
  • The All-American Total Solar Eclipse of August 2017A total solar eclipse is one of nature’s most magnificent spectacles. On August 21, 2017, for the first time in 38 years, the very narrow path of a total solar eclipse falls across the continental US. Come learn about total solar eclipses and how to view this one!Speaker: Alex Filippenko, UC Berkeley
    Where:  Mill Valley Cost:  Free
Sunday, 04/30/17
  • What Killed the Dinosaurs: A Fresh Look at One of Earth's Greatist Mysteries.
    This two-day symposium (April 29-30) probes what we know and what we don't know about why the dinosaurs and many other organisms became extinct sixty-six million years ago. Each day will feature lectures by internationally renowned scientists with specific expertise in the subject, followed by round table discussion. The audience ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $6
  • Wildflower TourJoin this excursion to see wildflowers of the Modini Mayacamas Preserves, one of the wildflower hotspots of Sonoma County. We'll stop at numerous places along the road, and then we'll hike to the top of Redhill (a 3-mile loop) looking for the first of the fawn lilies, baby blue-eyes, hounds-tongues, ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  $20 General, $15 Members
  • PiE Robotics CompetitionJoin us for the Pioneers in Engineering eighth annual robotics competition. Meet the high school teams competing this year, and learn how they designed and built their own custom, remote-controlled robots. Cheer on your favorites as they compete to finish this year’s robotics challenge, “Dry Another Day.”The Pioneers in Engineering (PiE) robotics ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free with admission
  • San Francisco City Star PartyCome join us for our monthly San Francisco City Star Party. SFAA members provide telescopes for your viewing pleasure. Be sure to check the SFAA website for the latest updates…bad weather or overcast skies will cancel!
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
Monday, 05/01/17
  • Symposium on Robot Learning
    This one-day symposium will focus on emerging advances at the intersection of Robotics and Machine Learning, which is experiencing a surge in research activity using expressive learning methods such as deep learning.The symposium will consider a range of approaches and applications with long and short presentations and posters, to identify research ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $25
  • NEW TECHNIQUE FOR STUDYING MATERIALSDr. Zahid Hussain of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will describe his research targeting the development of novel x-ray scattering instrumentation for probing quantum materials.
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • People and Robots SeminarThe speaker originally scheduled for this date, Stefano Carpin, UC Merced, will not be available.  New speaker TBA.
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • A Brief History of Photovoltaics - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
    What can happen over the next 15 years, as photovoltaic (PV) power costs continue to decrease and markets expand? This talk will cover the range of opportunities associated with changes in energy supply in developed and developing economies. Dr. Gay will review the history of solar and discuss the key role of ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • The Great American Eclipse
    For the first time since 1918, there will be a total solar eclipse crossing the United States from the Pacific to the Atlantic on August 21, 2017. This astronomical event will bring people from around the world to the United States to experience and to perform scientific research experiences, while ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members
Tuesday, 05/02/17
  • A Comparative Analysis of High pCO2 Effects on Rockfish (genus Sebastes) PhysiologySpeaker: Dr. Cheryl Logan, California State University, Monterey Bay
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • AI for Enterprise Security: The Challenges From a Data Scientist’s Perspective
    Ignacio Arnaldo is chief data scientist at PatternEx, a Bay Area startup developing an artificial intelligence platform for InfoSec. The platform leverages state-of-the-art machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms for real-time attack prevention in enterprise applications. PatternEx is building a team composed of security experts, and world-class software engineers and ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Soil Health Series: Understanding Growth Media & the Chemistry of SoilIn the third class in the soil series, join the very knowledgeable Stephen Andrews (UC Berkeley Professor, specializing in soils) for a hands-on class to discover how the chemical reactions of soil clean our air, clean our water, and make nutrients available to plants. You'll understand chemistry like never before!You've ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Donations encouraged
  • An Orderly Mess
    Messiness is a familiar condition " it forms the background of our daily life and of society. While we normally take it for granted it is also an expression of resilience against disorder that threatens to take over once we face forces beyond our control. I will focus on the ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • A Research-validated Approach to Transforming upper-division Physics CoursesSpeaker: Steven Pollock, Univ. of ColoradoApplied Physics/Physics Colloquium
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
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