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Thursday, 10/02/14
  • Free admission to UC Botanical GardensEnjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Thursday of the month. Parking is limited. Docent-led tours for groups are not available on Free Thursdays. In order to minimize the impact on the plant collection, ensure the safety of visitors, and to provide your group with the ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • X-ray Insights into Black Hole Accetion and EjectionRelativistic jets and accretion disk winds can potentially have major impacts on black hole host environments. The study of these flows can also reveal fundamental aspets of disk accretion. X-rays probe the region closest to black holes, and may be best suited to the study of outflows near to their ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • The sea we rarely see: connecting microscale processes to ecosystem function
    Marine ecosystems are changing around the globe due to both natural and anthropogenic drivers. At the most fundamental level, microbes are the chemical engineers of the marine environment that orchestrate the biogeochemical backdrop for all other marine life. Microbial processes are influenced by environmental factors such as pH, temperature, and ...
    Where:  Moss Landing Cost:  Free
  • Coastal Resources Management in the Context of Climate Change: A Landscape PerspectiveSpeaker: Rachel Kamman, Kamman Hydrology & Engineering
    Where:  Point Reyes Station Cost:  Free
  • Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium - Tracy Keogh
    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: Tracy ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • Go Wild! Nature Program for KidsEver wonder about the San Francisco Bay wetlands and the wildlife in your very own backyard? Join us for an adventure here at your local library. You'll get up close and personal with real feet and beaks of birds while you play bird games and create your very own wild ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • NEXT-GENERATION AIRCRAFT COLLISION AVOIDANCEThe Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) provides maneuver instructions to pilots during the last minute prior to collision. The current TCAS logic uses deterministic models and heuristic rules that limit the robustness of the system. This talk presents a new approach for designing collision avoidance logic that significantly ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Matter Matters- Cradle to Cradle Design and the CircularThere's massive innovation now in materials, products, processes, technologies and systems. In this interdisciplinary talk, Sudeep will share how Cradle to Cradle design (C2C), eliminates the concept of waste and keeps the technical and biological materials flowing in a macrointegrated manner. Waste=Food. This global circular economy is regenerative by design ...
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • Educator NightEducators are invited to join the Lawrence Hall of Science for this special after-hours event where you'll explore the Hall and our resources. Learn how the Hall can be a vital resource for you and your classroom through field trips, curriculum planning, and professional development and get excited to do ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free for educators
  • Cafe InquiryMeet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San FranciscoCafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry|San Francisco. We'll meet in Menlo Parkat Caf Borrone http://www.cafeborrone.com/ between Kepler's Books and the British Banker's Club! Look for someone wearing a CFI (Center for Inquiry) T-Shirt.Caf Borrone
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • Exploring Deception in Nature and Culture- After Dark: When Tricks Are TreatsDelve into the science behind deception at After Dark. Find out how expert wine detective Maureen Downey exposes costly counterfeits-without uncorking a bottle. Glimpse the blurred margins between science and art in Victorian spirit photography with Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco curator Melissa Buron, and walk through a virtual ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General; $10 Members; Free for Lab Members
  • 'Maker', a documentary on the Maker MovementPlease join us for a screening of Maker,a feature-length documentary on the Maker Movement and its impact on society, culture and economy in the U.S. Educators and families especially welcome.6:30 - 7:00 snacks and informal networking7:30 - 8:15 Maker movie (1 hr. 6 min)8:15 - 9:00 panel discussion moderated by ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Unlocking Clean Technology Potential: Innovations in Battery TechnologyThe potential of many clean technologies is dependent on energy storage. Batteries enable electric vehicles. Stationary energy storage can both smooth the intermittency of solar and wind energy and store energy for when it is needed. Electric automobiles are the primary alternative to gasoline burning cars today. Road vehicles consume ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Advance Ticket $10 or $15 at the Door
  • Preventing or Delaying Type 2 Diabetes - Part One of a Three Part SeriesType 2 diabetes, formerly called adult-onset diabetes, is the most common type of the disease, affecting 95 percent of people with diabetes. Type 2 diabetes affects people at any age, even during childhood. However, this type of diabetes develops most often in middle-aged and older people, and those who are ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
Friday, 10/03/14
  • HAPPY HOLLOW EDZOOCATION presents Go Wild!Happy Hollow Park and Zoo comes to your library! Join us with yourwhole family for a fun filled program with live crittersand learn about adaptations, habitat, diet,and more
    Where:  San Jose 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
  • Night HikeJoin us for hikes through our redwoods! Trail walks are led by an experienced hiker and Chabot educator and feature discussions about the natural environment, events and objects in the sky.Hike under the beautiful gibbous moon through the redwoods from twilight to moonlight on a moderate 4-5 mile hike. After ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $12
  • Ebola: Beyond the HeadlinesJoin Dr. Paul Farmer for an evening of firsthand reports from doctors on the front lines of Ebola who are mounting a global response with Bay Area partners. Partners In Health, Last Mile Health of Liberia, and Wellbody Alliance of Sierra Leone have launched an ambitious campaign to scale up ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $18 Members, $10 Students
Saturday, 10/04/14
  • CuriOdyssey's Lift Off Festival Join CuriOdssey for its 60th Anniversary with a celebration of lift! See firing rockets, flying Frisbees, soaring falcons, floating bubbles, and other things that ascend in the air. See "lift" put into practice through demonstrations by the San Jose Spiders, Lily Cai Dance Company, and Rebels Elite cheer team.
    Where:  San Mateo Cost:  
  • Nurdle PatrolThe Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and MSI invite you to take a look at the many strange and surprising things that travel the oceans and drift along the shore by Crissy Field. Use microscopes to discover a whole world of bizarre plants and animals living in a ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • Shark Day
    MSI loves sharks! Our special Shark Day invites one and all to learn about these amazing creatures, from the Great Whites that swim just off our ocean shores, to the gentle Leopard Sharks that are common in our Bay.We will be feeding and touching our local Leopard Sharks in our ...
    Where:  Redwood City Cost:  $20 General, $10 Members
  • Cephalopod CelebrationIf you missed this amazing program in June you have another chance this month! Join Aquarium naturalists and find out more about the amazing cephalopod family. From saucy squids to ostentatious octopuses, learn what's armed and what's tentacled. Get the inside scoop on cephalopods during squid dissections at 11am, Noon, ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Astronomy DayIt's a star! It's a satellite! It's a... well, what is it? Throughout history astronomers and scientists have made accidental discoveries of new stars, planets and more through trial and error. In celebration of National Astronomy Day on October 8, the East Bay Astronomical Society and other local astronomers will ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  Free with admission
  • 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
  • Family Science & Astronmy Festival + MakerspaceKeynote speech on dark matter/dark energy by Dr. Patricia Burchat, professor of physics at Stanford University. Science demonstrations by CSM faculty, astronomy workshops by SMCAS, drop-in crafting and tinkering workshops. Join us for hands-on projects and skill-sharing in electronics, crafts, media, and more!
    Where:  San Mateo Cost:  Free
  • HAPPY HOLLOW EDZOOCATION presents Go Wild!Happy Hollow Park and Zoo comes to your library! Join us with yourwhole family for a fun filled program with live crittersand learn about adaptations, habitat, diet,and more
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • The Dark Side of the Universe: Dark Matter and Dark Energy
    In recent decades, cosmology has become an observational science that has led to two mysterious observations: about a quarter of the energy density of the universe is in the form of "dark matter," which gravitationally attracts but is otherwise invisible, and about two-thirds is "dark energy," which causes space itself ...
    Where:  San Mateo Cost:  Free
  • ASTRONAUT LULLABIESAre you in the mood from something new in the universe?Then check out ASTRONAUT LULLABIES, an immersive live concert planetarium experience at the SRJC Planetarium.Featuring the astronomy-inspired, thought-rocking songs of Jim and Kathy Ocean, ASTRONAUT LULLABIES is a conceptual ride through outer and inner space. With songs like "Coming of ...
    Where:  Santa Rosa Cost:  Advanced Purchase: General Admission: $15; Childr
Sunday, 10/05/14
  • Astronomy DayIt's a star! It's a satellite! It's a... well, what is it? Throughout history astronomers and scientists have made accidental discoveries of new stars, planets and more through trial and error. In celebration of National Astronomy Day on October 8, the East Bay Astronomical Society and other local astronomers will ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  Free with admission
  • Free First SundayFirst Sundays of the month are free at the Oakland Museum of California. Pick up a treat for yourself or a loved one in the OMCA Store, or enjoy a lunch or snack in Blue Oak caf. Take your pick and join an OMCA Docent for the Architecture Tour at ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  Free
  • The Science of FirefightingWhat are the challenges to fighting fires in San Francisco? Do you feel prepared in the event of a fire in your home? Join firefighters from the San Francisco Fire Department to explore fire safety, education, and prevention in time for National Fire Prevention Week (October 511, 2014).Investigate firefighting tactics ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free with admission
  • 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
Monday, 10/06/14
  • Marcelo Gleiser: The Island of Knowledge - The Limits of Science and the Search for MeaningTo be human is to want to know, but what we are able to observe is only a tiny portion of what's "out there." Brazilian theoretical physicist Marcelo Gleiser traces our search for answers to the most fundamental questions of our existence and reaches a provocative conclusion: science, the main ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 non-members, MEMBERS FREE, $7 students
  • A neural basis for attention in humans and monkeysThe Stanford NeurosciencesInstitute hosts a weekly seminar series to bring together members of the Stanfordneuroscience community to hear about and discuss cutting edge basic and/or clinicalresearch that is relevant to the future of neuroscience.Speaker: Robert Desimone, MITRooms 101-102
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • STUDYING X-RAYS FROM SOLAR FLARESDr. Lindsay Glesener of University of California, Berkeley will discuss her work using sounding rocket experiments to study solar X-rays.
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • The Revolution in Graph Theoretic OptimizationGraph theoretic optimization problems that have been dormant for fifty years are now seeing new and exciting algorithms. These advances have been made possible by Spectral Graph Theory, the interplay between linear algebra and combinatorial graph theory. One application of this interplay is a nearly linear time solver for Symmetric ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Answering Calls of Our Time: Energy Technology Transitions and EquityHow can we deploy clean energy technologies on a scale that matters and in a time frame that makes a difference? Market conditions that motivate private equity investments are framed in part by public policy decisions taken in contexts where social equity is a factor. Claims for justice are persistent ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Collecting New and Hardy Plants in the Mountains of Northern VietnamPlant explorers Bleddyn and Sue Wynn-Jones will talk about their plant-collecting expeditions in the north of Vietnam. They have explored that region's mountainous forests seven times since 1999, discovering new species and other exciting plants-"exciting sometimes to the extreme," they report. The main emphasis will be on the plant ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $25
  • Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of 'Powers of Two: Seeking the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs'What drives creative success? According to Shenk the magic number is two. Even when we're alone, we are "collaborating" with the voice inside our head.Shenk examines dynamic duos in all fields of business, entertainment, social activism, etc. and unveils the "electrified space" of a partnership. He also identifies some of ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  $10 - $20
  • Zero to One
    Peter Thiel, who co-founded PayPal and made the first outside investment in Facebook, says we must think about the future for more than just 140 characters or 15 minutes at a time to make real long-term progress. He discusses some of the ideas in his new book, Zero to One, ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $40 - $80
  • A Planet for GoldilocksNot too hot, not too cold reads the prescription for a world that's just right for life as we know it. Finding evidence of life beyond Earth is one of the primary goals of astronomy focused science agencies in the United States and abroad. The goal looms closer as a ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $12 General, $8 Members
Tuesday, 10/07/14
  • Depleting Lignin from Lignocellulose for Cost-Effective Biofuel ProductionSpeaker: Dr. Michael P. Thelen, Biosciences, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • Recurring Slope Lineae: Confirmation of shallow subsurface flowing water on MarsRecurring Slope Lineae (RSL) are narrow (0.5 to 5 m) dark albedo features that incrementally lengthen down steep slopes and reoccur each year. RSL are well correlated with temperature, as they lengthen as temperature increases and fade as temperature decreases. RSL have been observed within a latitude band from 37N ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  Free
  • The High-Foot Implosion Campaign and Progress Towards Ignition on the National Ignition FacilityDr. O. A. Hurricane of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will give the 10/7/14 Applied Physics/Physics colloquium
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Go Wild! Nature Program for KidsEver wonder about the San Francisco Bay wetlands and the wildlife in your very own backyard? Join us for an adventure here at your local library. You'll get up close and personal with real feet and beaks of birds while you play bird games and create your very own wild ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • Sunset/Full Moon walk to Point Bonita LighthouseJoin park staff and docents for a tour down the Point Bonita Trail, through the hand carved tunnel and out to the Lighthouse. We will walk along a half-mile trail which is steep in places. Arrive early as parking is limited. Meet at the Point Bonita Lighthouse trailhead. Dress warmly ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  
  • Nerd Night North Bay #1Join us for the first ever Nerd Nite North Bay! Drink beer and learn about ancient Andean culture, sustainable beermaking, and Deadheads! How do they all connect? Sustainability! The ancient Moche civilization farmed with very little water, you can in fact brew beer in a sustainable way with very little ...
    Where:  Novato Cost:  $5
Wednesday, 10/08/14
  • Total Lunar EclipseThe observatory deck opens at 2am for a special presentation about the eclipse. Stay after the presentation for the late night viewing festivities. A Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the shadow of the Earth. For this to happen the Sun, Earth, and Moon must be closely aligned ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $15 General, Free for members
  • Data Analytics in EnergyEd Abbo is currently President and Chief Technical Officer of C3 Energy, which offers smart grid analytics SaaS solutions that enable utilities to realize the full promise of their investments in the smart grid Mr. Abbo was formerly Senior Vice President at Oracle Corporation responsible for Oracle's application and SaaS ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Enhancing Decision Making for New Vaccine Development and Health PolicyThe Institute of Medicine has developed SMART Vaccines-a decision support software system that offers the promise of enhancing decision making about the priorities for developing new vaccines and prioritizing for deployment among existing vaccines. It can also be used to help specify desirable vaccine characteristics, and potentially applied in comparing ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Steven Pinker: The Science of Writing WellSteven Pinker, a leading scientist of language and the mind, regularly appears in lists of the world's top 100 thinkers. A psychology professor at Harvard, he is the bestselling author of eight books including The Stuff of Thought and How the Mind Works. His latest, The Sense of Style: The ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $25-$35
  • Controls on methane cycling in the Baltic Sea
    The Baltic Sea is an ideal natural laboratory for the study of climate change impacts on the ocean, where the greatest rate of change is now being found in semi-enclosed seas. The recent IPCC AR5 assessment reports that under RCP 8.5 Baltic sea surface temperatures will increase by 4.3C by ...
    Where:  Moss Landing Cost:  Free
  • California Coast from the air- Images of a changing landscapeSpeaker: Gary Griggs, University of California Santa Cruz
    Where:  Tiburon Cost:  Free
  • Early Warning Signs and Critical Transitions in Ecology: Corals, Theory, Pitfalls, and Advances
    I will start by describing specific ecological systems that have multiple stable states, lakes and coral algal grazer systems giving models of the latter. Iwill then discuss approaches for predicting sudden shifts in the face of slow parameter change. The approach will depend on developing asimple stochastic model and using ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Acclimation and adaptation to climate change: The view from genomics in corals and sea urchinsSpeaker: Steve Palumbi, Department of Marine Sciences, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University
    Where:  Moss Landing Cost:  Free
  • Go Wild! Nature Program for KidsEver wonder about the San Francisco Bay wetlands and the wildlife in your very own backyard? Join us for an adventure here at your local library. You'll get up close and personal with real feet and beaks of birds while you play bird games and create your very own wild ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • Securing Cyberspace: A National Priority
    Critical information systems remain vulnerable to attack by a wide range of potential adversaries. Unfortunately, the risks are real and the problem continues to worsen in scope. This talk will describe the current and evolving nature of the threat and will highlight dangers in cyberspace today. The talk will discuss ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • TSAR (the TimeSeries AggregatoR)How to count tens of billions of daily events in real time using open source technologiesSpeaker: Anirudh Todi, Twitter
    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
  • How Google Works: Authors Eric Schmidt & Jonathan Rosenberg in Conversation with Yahoo's Marissa Mayer Google Executive Chairman and ex-CEO Eric Schmidt and former SVP of Products Jonathan Rosenberg came to Google over a decade ago as proven technology executives. At the time, the company was already well-known for doing things differently, reflecting the visionary" and frequently contrarian"principles of founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  TBA
  • 8 Big Ideas - Science at the TheaterAt Berkeley Lab, we pride ourselves on great, socially responsible ideas. But can we explain them in a way that non-scientists can understand -- and applaud -- in only 8 minutes? The answer is yes and we will prove it onOctober 8at Oakland'sKaiser Theaterfrom7-9 p.m.when 8 Berkeley Lab scientists take ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  Free
  • Exploring the Frontiers of Astronomy and the Lick ObservatoryThe Sonoma County Astronomical Society and the Robert Ferguson Observatory present:A benefit lecture by Prof. Alex Filippenko, Professor of Astronomy at UC Berkeley.Hosted by the Sonoma Academy 'Black Box Theater'Purchase tickets here.
    Where:  Santa Rosa Cost:  $25 - $30
  • October LASER event at UC Berkeley
    7:00-7:25: Alison Gopnik(UC Berkeley/ Psychology) on "The Philosophical Baby"What Children's Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love and the Meaning of Life...Read more7:25-7:50: Edward Frenkel(UC Berkeley/ Mathematics) on "Love and Math"Abstract...Read more7:50-8:10: BREAK. Before or after the break, anyone in the audience currently working within the intersections of art ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Pelican Dreams: Ready to Fly!!
    Judy Irving, a Sundance-and-Emmy-Award-winning filmmaker known for The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, is coming to Sonoma. Now it's pelicans and their ancient magic, near-extinction and recovery paralleling our human relationship to the environment. One August afternoon, a confused, tired, and very hungry young pelican landed on the roadway of ...
    Where:  Sonoma Cost:  $8
  • The Copernicus Complex: Are We Special in the Cosmos?Is humanity on Earth special or unexceptional? For the first time in human history, we stand poised to answer this question from a scientificperspective.Extraordinary discoveries in astronomy and biology have revealed a universe filled with endlessly diverse planetary systems, and a picture of life as a phenomenon intimately linked with ...
    Where:  Los Altos Hills Cost:  Free ($3 parking)
  • Sick Seals and Seizing Sea Lions: What Marine Mammals Can Tell Us About the Health of Our OceansSpeaker: Claire Simeone, Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito
    Where:  San Rafael Cost:  Free
  • The Security Conundrum: Inside the NSA
    In an age of terrorism, where should a democratic society draw the line on government surveillance? Edward Snowden's explosive disclosures about the National Security Agency's intelligence-collection operations have ignited an intense debate about the appropriate balance between security and liberty in America. In a special series this year, nationally prominent ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
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