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Friday, 08/26/16
  • Zoovie Night RatatouillePut on your jammies and enjoy an evening of Zoovie magic with the whole family. Bring your pillows, blankets, and chairs and snuggle up in our auditorium for a specially selected family movie. Meet some of our education animals and Roosevelt, Oakland Zoo's costumed alligator mascot. Hot chocolate and popcorn ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $7 per adult and $7 per child. For groups of 4 or
  • Grounds for Science - CRISPR/Cas9: From Bacterial Defense to Gene Editing Revolution
     CRISPR/Cas9 is making headlines as a groundbreaking tool for genome editing.  But what was the original purpose of this enzyme and how does it work? What is a “CRISPR” and who knew that bacteria get sick? Join us for a conversation on bacterial immune systems and how a single protein ...
    Where:  Emeryville Cost:  
  • Lick Observatory Summer Lecture Series - SOLD OUT
    Dr. Andreas Burkert is a full professor and chair in Computational Astrophysics at the University of Munich.The International Astronomical Union named the minor planet 267003 Burkert after him. He is a Max-Planck-Fellow at the MPI for extraterrestrial Physics at Garching and Higgs Fellow. From 2011 till 2014 he was the ...
    Where:  Mt. Hamilton Cost:  
Saturday, 08/27/16
  • Sunrise Solitude & Early Morning Wildlife Meet ACR Resource Ecologist Dave Self at the junction of Pine Flat Rd. and Red Winery Rd., 3/4 mile 'east' on Pine Flat Rd from Hwy 128 at Jimtown. We'll drive up to the Preserve, with each person claiming an individual sit-spot. We'll each settle in to appreciate the summer ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  Free
  • Day of DronesDrones are in the news. Are they scary or not? We've gathered experts in the field along with examples and demonstrations of real drones so you can find out for yourself the potentials and challenges of this new type of aviation technology and where policy is heading in dealing with ...
    Where:  San Carlos Cost:  Free with admission
  • Marshlands of DreamsJoin Paul Mueller on a 1-mile walk of the LaRiviere Marsh Trail to find traces of the past. Prior to marsh restoration, learn how Californians utilized the area for farming, quarrying, salt production, and transportation.  There will be opportunities for bird watching as well.
    Where:  Alviso Cost:  Free
  • Science Saturday: Rockin' Rocks and Mighty Minerals
    Learn about rock/mineral hardness with hands-on activities, grow a crystal, learn about geode cutting, and more! This event is brought to you by the Carmel Vally Gem and Mineral Society in partnership with the Museum.
    Where:  Pacific Grove Cost:  Free
  • 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
  • The California Drought - Is It Over or Not?We are in a better situation than last year, but we are still in a situation of great concern.  Low ground water levels and dealing with the effects of the last four years is still paying a toll on California and most likely for years to come. How much rain ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Promises and Problems in Stem Cell ResearchIn the little over ten years since the voters of California created CIRM, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, great progress has been made in advancing stem cell research. CIRM is now funding 16 projects that are in clinical trials and plans to fund another 50 in the next five years ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • Lick Observatory Music of the Spheres Lecture and Music Series - SOLD OUT
    Speaker: Dr. Michael Gregg is a Research Astrophysicist in the Department of Physics at the University of California, Davis, but he spends most of his professional time at the Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Michael started his career investigating the stellar population of ...
    Where:  Mt. Hamilton Cost:  $45 General, $40 Under 16, over 65
  • Planets of our solar systemPlease join Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society for the August 27th. astronomy program in the Lower Summit Parking Lot of Mt. Diablo State Park. The program starts at 7:30pm (enter the park at least 45 minutes earlier) until 11:00pm. Although there is no fee for this program there is a $10 ...
    Where:  Clayton Cost:  Free
  • The optical test results of Chabot's telescopes and how to clean your opticsSpeaker: Robert Schalck, Optical Development and Research Engineer
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  Free
Sunday, 08/28/16
  • Sunrise Solitude & Early Morning Wildlife Meet ACR Resource Ecologist Dave Self at the junction of Pine Flat Rd. and Red Winery Rd., 3/4 mile 'east' on Pine Flat Rd from Hwy 128 at Jimtown. We'll drive up to the Preserve, with each person claiming an individual sit-spot. We'll each settle in to appreciate the summer ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  Free
  • Marine Science Sunday: Under The Bridge: Marine Mammals of SF BayOur own backyard in the bay is full of amazing marine mammals!  Free classroom programs will highlight our local sea lions, harbor porpoises, dolphins, and even the occasional whale that wanders under the Bridge! We recommend teaming our free classroom program with a Docent-led tour at 11am, 1pm or 3pm ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Full-Spectrum Science with Ron Hipschman: Lasers
    oin Exploratorium scientist Ron Hipschman for colorful explorations of the physical world.In 1960, the laser was known as “a solution looking for a problem.” Now we can hardly imagine life without them. Learn what’s special about laser light, how it’s made, and how it’s used in everything from DVD players ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free with admission
  • History of the National Wildlife Refuge SystemBefore heading out on your walk, learn about the national wildlife refuge system in this short talk given by Art Garibaldi. What makes a national wildlife refuge different than a park? Hear why and how the refuge system was created.
    Where:  Freemont Cost:  Free
  • Fog -- Let's Catch ItEven during a drought, fog blankets parts of our coast. What if we could capture water from the fog and use it? Discover the work being done on a statewide passive fog water collection network. Dr. Daniel M. Fernandez will discuss and describe  the process involved in fog collection and show ...
    Where:  Pacific Grove Cost:  $5 General, Free for members
Monday, 08/29/16
  • The University of California's Role in Confronting Climate Change and Leading the World on a Sustainable Environmental PathCalifornia and the University of California are leaders in confronting one of the world's most complex and daunting issues: climate change. Three distinguished UC professors from across the University system will discuss how the UC and the state of California lead and plan to continue leading the world on a ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, Free for Members, $7 Students
  • Nerd Night East Bay 45: Snakes, Breast Massage, AdoptionThe Only Good Snake is a Dead Snake,' and Other Myths About our Reptilian Cousins by Alex KrohnBreasts: Handle With Care by Anna SadovnikovaBuild vs Buy: What You Don't Know About the Adoption Market by Jennifer TharpAge 21+
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $8 advance, $10 at door if available
Tuesday, 08/30/16
  • Drought Tolerant Native Plant Gardening
    Come learn about landscaping with natives, with special emphasis on drought tolerant plants that do exceptionally well in the Bay Area. Rebecca Blanck-Weiss (Presidio Nursery Assistant and Landscape Designer) and Desmond Murray (Presidio Nursery Community Programs Manager) will go over how to do site evaluations, picking appropriate plant communities, and ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Donations encouraged
  • A Terrestrial Exoplanet at Proxima CentauriDr. Anglada will discuss the new paper he is first author in reporting the presence of a 1.3 Earth mass exoplanet in a temperate orbit around Proxima Centauri. This finding was reported in Nature on Thursday 25 Aug 2016.http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v536/n7617/full/nature19106.htmlDr. Anglada will particpate remotely, and Dr. Franck Marchis of the SETI ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  Free
  • Cellular Smartphones, Secreted Vesicles and DiseaseSpeaker: Dr. Johnathon Anderson, UC Davis
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • The Youngest Planets and their Host Stars - RESCHEDULED to 9/6Thanks to numerous ground and space-based surveys, we are now aware of over 3300 planets orbiting other stars, with another nearly 2500 candidates from the Kepler Mission awaiting confirmation. The Universe is teeming with rocky and gaseous bodies. How did these planet systems form and evolve toward their present configurations? ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  Free
Wednesday, 08/31/16
  • Arctic palm trees, desert walrus and the mysterious 'Desmos' of yore: The best of the fossil west from Baja to Barrow
    In 2011 Alaskan artist Ray Troll and paleontologist Kirk Johnson were awarded Guggenheim fellowships to support their collaborative work on a book entitled Cruisin’ the Eternal Coastline: The Best of the Fossil West from Baja to Barrow. The book will be published in the spring of 2017 along with five ...
    Where:  Moss Landing Cost:  Free
  • Arctic palm trees, desert walrus, and the mysterious 'Desmos' of yore: The best of the fossil west from Baja to Barrow
    In 2011 Alaskan artist Ray Troll and paleontologist Kirk Johnson were awarded Guggenheim fellowships to support their collaborative work on a book entitled Cruisin' the Eternal Coastline: The Best of the Fossil West from Baja to Barrow. The book will be published in the spring of 2017 along with five ...
    Where:  Moss Landing Cost:  Free
  • Transcriptomics in environmental physiology and finding the ‘genes that matter’ for environmental adaptationTranscriptomics (quantifying changes in the cellular mRNA pool) is a popular approach for exploring how organisms respond to environmental change. Broadly, my research uses transcriptomic approaches to determine the mechanistic basis of environmental tolerance and identify genotypes and phenotypes sensitive or resistant to abiotic change. Along with collaborators, I have ...
    Where:  Tiburon Cost:  Free
  • Calcification in a changing ocean through the lens of energetics and physiologySpeaker: Christina Frieder, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California
    Where:  Bodega Bay Cost:  Free
  • Behind the Bark: Saving Seals and Sea Lions in California
    The Marine Mammal Center is the World's largest marine mammal hospital, responsible for rescuing an average of 600-800 sick and injured seals and sea lions each year from over 600 miles of California coast. With 40 years of experience, the Center has been able to give over 20,000 marine mammals ...
    Where:  Pacifica Cost:  $5 donation
  • Balancing Demands at the Food-Water-Energy NexusThe growth of the world population towards 10 billion over the next 50 years will significantly increase the demand for food, water and energy, but these 3 necessities are frequently in competition with each other. In this talk, I'll discuss a pathway forward for balancing these 3 critical resources, while ...
    Where:  Santa Cruz Cost:  Free
  • Eureka! Science Comedy
    Eureka! is an interactive science comedy show that demystifies science in a way that is relatable, educational, and hilarious. Our guest speakers lecture on fascinating topics while comedians riff and banter with them on stage. The audience can also win fun, silly prizes by correctly answering the guest scientist's questions.On ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15
Thursday, 09/01/16
  • Trends in Neuroscience TechnologyTwo recent major initiatives, the European Commission's Human Brain Project and the NIH's Brain Research through Advanced Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) have put a renewed focus on the development and application of innovative technologies for neuroscience. Our Fall event will highlight the use of neuroscience technologies especially with respect to applications ...
    Where:  South San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast: Book talk and author signing (Oakland)It’s nearly mushroom season, and this book will help you get started on identifying some fungal friends! "Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast" is a comprehensive and user-friendly field guide for identifying the many mushrooms of the northern California coast, from Monterey County to the Oregon border.Author Christian Schwarz will be ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  FREE!
  • 5G Mobile Communications: The Vision for 2020 and BeyondWith barely 15% of the world’s mobile subscriptions served by 4G, the industry is already well under way in defining the next generation of wireless communications known as “5G”. Envisioned for commercialization in late 2020, 5G will be “Amazingly Fast with Great Service in a Crowd”. It will have the ...
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • After Dark: Spin
    Wheels do it. Electrons do it. Even plants and planets do it. Explore a universal motion at Spin.Learn how physicist Carl Haber digitally maps old recordings to recover lost sounds, and hear how the spinning tendencies of electrons shape the entire physical world from physicist Robert Cahn. Find out what ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $10 Members
  • Cafe InquiryMeet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • Exploring the Universe with Paperclips and a SupercomputerThirteen billion years ago (just a few hundred million years after the Big Bang), the first stars and galaxies began lighting up.   Finding the "Cosmic Dawn" of our universe is one of the top goals of astronomy in this decade, and one of the most powerful techniques available takes ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast: Book talk and author signing! (Berkeley)It’s nearly mushroom season, and this book will help you get started on identifying some fungal friends! "Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast" is a comprehensive and user-friendly field guide for identifying the many mushrooms of the northern California coast, from Monterey County to the Oregon border. Author Christian Schwarz will ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  FREE!
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