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Saturday, 11/25/17
  • Science Saturday: Magnificent MonarchsCelebrate the return of Pacific Grove's monarch butterfly population during Magnificent Monarchs.View live butterflies up close, create an origami monarch, have your face painted like a monarch, and learn more about these amazing insects that return to Pacific Grove every year.
    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
  • Jazz Under the Stars - CANCELEDCome 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.Editor's Note: This event was canceled due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
    Where:  San Mateo Cost:  Free
Sunday, 11/26/17
  • Full-Spectrum Science with Ron Hipschman: Making ColorExplore some of the many ways to make color - from neon signs to oil slicks to rainbows and more. Learn all about light, how it is made and interacts, and take home materials to build your own spectroscope. You’ll see color in a whole new light!Presentations at 1:00 and ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free with Admission to the Exploratorium
Monday, 11/27/17
  • Modeling Methane Hydrate across the Scales
    Methane hydrate is an ice-like substance abundantly present in deep ocean sediments and in the Arctic. Geoscientists recognize the tremendous importance of gas hydrate in the global carbon cycle and climate change, while reservoir engineers evaluate its potential as a possible energy source. For computational science the modeling of hydrate formation and ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Overinformativeness? Rationally Redundant ReferenceReferring is one of the most basic and prevalent uses of language. How do speakers choose from the wealth of referring expressions at their disposal?Rational theories of language use have come under attack for decades for not being able to account for the seemingly irrational overinformativeness ubiquitous in referring expressions. ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • A string theory embedding of 3d Bosonization
    Spekaer: Andreas Karch, Washington University
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • People and Robots Seminar - POSTPONEDSpeaker: Brian Gerkey, Open Source Robotics FoundationEditor's Note: This seminar has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Clean Energy Finance Panel Panelists: Jeffrey Ball, Scholar-in-Residence, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance; Lecturer, Stanford Law SchoolSoh Young In, Doctoral Candidate in Civil and Environmental EngineeringDan Reicher, Executive Director, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance; Professor of Practice, Stanford Law SchoolModerator: Alicia Seiger, Deputy Director, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Nerd Nite East Bay: Pilgrams, Shipping Cranes, Urban WineThanksgiving Sinners: True Stories of the Appalling Pilgrims This November, get your understand of the Pilgrim journey to Plymouth rocked. With a well-known origin story that turns out to be mostly false, the Pilgrims set sail with a cargo hold full of heresy, sedition and hanky panky, took a ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $8 Advance, $10 at door
Tuesday, 11/28/17
  • The Living Soil: How Microbes in Soil Support Eco System FunctionSpeaker: Dr. Eoin Brodie, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • Mathematical method and the metaphysics of Newton's PrincipiaSpeaker: Robert DiSalle, University of Western Ontario, is the author of Understanding Space-Time (Cambridge University Press) and numerous papers on Newton, Einstein and other philosopher-scientists.Room 307
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Probing Cosmology with the Dark Energy SurveyApplied Physics/Physics ColloquiumSpeaker: Josh Frieman, Fermilab
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Paint-On Solar Cells: How the Magic Happens
    Solar power is a clean and renewable source of energy, but it has struggled to compete with fossil fuels on cost. Most solar cells, which absorb sunlight and produce electrical energy, are built from silicon. SLAC’s Kevin Stone is exploring a new class of materials for solar cells. Like silicon, these materials ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
Wednesday, 11/29/17
  • Innovations in Digital Health: Emerging Trends and Opportunities in a Changing Health Care Environment
    Dr. Molly Coye served as Chief Executive Officer of the Health Technology Center (non-profit education and research organization), which she founded in December 2000. Before that, Dr. Coye served in both the public and private sectors including Senior Vice President of the West Coast Office of The Lewin Group, Director ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Net Energy Analysis and Transitions to Low-carbon Energy SystemsAll proposed transitions to more sustainable energy systems require the growth of a variety of different low-carbon technologies. Some of these, such as photovoltaics (PV), contribute with a net energy surplus returned to society. Other technologies, including carbon capture and storage (CCS) and batteries, in some ways act as net ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Marine Heat Wave Impacts Bull Kelp Forest Ecosystems in Northern CaliforniaSpeaker: Dr. Laura Rogers-Bennett, U.C. Davis Bodega Marine Lab
    Where:  Tiburon Cost:  Free
  • Decarbonization of Residential Space and Water Heating in CaliforniaAchieving deep decarbonization goals will require a transition away from fossil fuels for residential space and water heating. While many options are available to decarbonize this sector, electrification appears to be the most promising. In this presentation, Imran Sheikh will share analysis of what widespread electrification of heating would mean ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Ecological consequences of biodiversity within speciesSpeaker: Eric Palkovacs, Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz
    Where:  Bodega Bay Cost:  Free
  • Energy and Resources Group ColloquiumSpeaker: Imran Sheikh
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Deep Learning in Speech Recognition
    While neural networks had been used in speech recognition in the early 1990s, they did not outperform the traditional machine learning approaches until 2010, when Alex's team members at Microsoft Research demonstrated the superiority of Deep Neural Networks (DNN) for large vocabulary speech recognition systems. The speech community rapidly adopted ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Patrick Brown: DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series
    Join us for a conversation with Patrick Brown, the founder and CEO of Impossible Foods, a company that provides nutritious, environmentally friendly alternatives to meat and dairy " directly from plants. Previously, Brown was a world-renowned geneticist, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, and professor of biochemistry at Stanford University. He ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Marine Terraces of California: Landscapes from the WavesSpeaker: Dr. Marjorie Schulz, USGS
    Where:  Orinda Cost:  $5 General, $1 Teachers/Students
  • Aliens in our Rocky ReefsFinding an eel amongst the immense boulder and cobble habitats in southern California may seem like trying to find a needle in a haystack. However, we have discovered that if you bait the traps, morays will come. Since 2010, my lab has been slowly uncovering the natural history of moray ...
    Where:  Santa Cruz Cost:  Free
  • SETI Talks: Kepler, K2, and Beyond: The Era of Exoplanets Has Arrived!NASA’s Kepler space telescope was launched in 2009 and measured the brightness of 200,000 stars at unprecedented precision for over four years, with the prime mission goal of detecting Earth-sized exoplanets. Now after another four, Kepler’s final planet catalog is complete --- over 4,000 planet candidates have been found, with ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • Taste of Science: Vaccines and Artificial BrainHow did we learn to walk?You have over 640 muscles and only 1 brain to control them. Have you ever wondered how you orchestrate this complicated system with such great precision?It's difficult to decompose a brain to single neurons to understand how it works. Instead, we designed a "simplified human" ...
    Where:  Redwood City Cost:  $5
Thursday, 11/30/17
  • Women in Tech: A Symposium on Innovation & EntrepreneurshipDespite evidence suggesting that diverse leadership teams can benefit workplace culture and the bottom line, female technologists and investors still often struggle to find support for their ideas.This public half-day symposium will highlight the experience of women in the tech industry"from established companies to startups and the venture capital firms ...
    Where:  Santa Clara Cost:  $25 - $100
  • Research Ship Nautilus' Underwater Survey of Cordell Bank National Marine SanctuaryPresenters: Dan Howard (NOAA) and Gary Williams (California Academy of Sciences) More information: http://www.nautiluslive.org/video/2017/09/14/rich-biodiversity-cordell-bank-national-marine-sanctuary 
    Where:  Point Reyes Station Cost:  Free
  • How PARC Imagined the Future: “Futures Day” 40 Years Later Forty years ago this month, Xerox hosted a multi-million dollar event to show its senior executives how PARC imagined the future. One of the people in charge of this "Futures Day" was then PARC Computer Science Lab member, Chuck Geschke, who would go on to co-found Adobe Systems with fellow ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Eating Well after Dark
    Food: A Four-Course After Dark ProgramThis November, join us for in-depth explorations of food, served with tastings, talks, and demonstrations designed to whet your curiosity about cooking and eating in a rapidly changing world. Programs take place over four Thursday nights, and cover topics ranging from kitchen innovations to food ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  included with admission
  • NightLife SpotlightNightLife celebrates the best of the Academy with an evening of after hours science and the premiere of Vortex 2.0, an art and music experience in the planetarium created just for NightLife.------> Featuring new work from artists Bedtimes (with music by Shigeto), Chase Hochstatter, Peter Clark, Tim Digulla, and Can ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members
  • Sea Otters: Confessions of a Keystone Carnivore
    Sea otters are perhaps the best-known example of a "keystone predator".Sea otter behavior -- in particular diet specialization and limited mobility -- can mediate their effects on ecosystem dynamics.Other predators, especially large sea stars, can complement and reinforce the keystone role of sea otters: this became apparent with the loss ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
Friday, 12/01/17
  • Birds & BotanyHike the forests, meadows and hills around Pine Flat and up Redhill with ACR Volunteer Patrick Woodworth & ACR Resource Ecologist Dave Self. We’ll be watching (and listening) for birds on the hike out. After lunch, we'll botanize as we consider the seasonal interplay between bird foods, habitat history and current activity ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  Free
  • First Friday Family Night at CuriOdysseyFamilies with small children can swing into the weekend with music, science, food and fun! On the first Friday of every month, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., parents and kids celebrate together at CuriOdyssey. Dance to live music including soul, funk and jazz of the 60’s and 70’s.  Purchase ...
    Where:  San Mateo Cost:  $12.50-9.50 / Free with Admission / Members Free
  • Humans and Bugs Brain Exploration!Fruit flies are highly visual creatures, and their brains are complex enough to support many interesting visually-guided behaviors but also not as complicated to study as the brains of larger lab animals. We are interested in understanding how the fruit fly brain processes visual stimuli to detect useful information, such ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • Finding New PlanetsThe Museum will host Dr. Pimol Moth for an exciting lecture on the discovery of new planets. It has long been speculated that other stars in our galaxy harbor their own system of planets. However, it wasn’t until 1992 that the existence of exoplanets (planets in orbit around other stars) ...
    Where:  Pacific Grove Cost:  $5 General, Free for members
  • Direct Detection of Dark Matter - RESCHEDULEDSpeaker: Kelly Stifter, SLAC National Accelerator LaboratoryEditor's note: This talk has been rescheduled for 2/2/2018
    Where:  San Mateo Cost:  Free
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