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Thursday, 02/22/18
  • The Continuing Mystery of the Anomalous Microwave EmissionThe anomalous microwave emission (AME) is emission in the 20-60 GHz range that is correlated with interstellar dust. Discovered in 1996 by the COBE DMR experiment, the AME is a "foreground" that needs to be removed to study the CMB, but it is also an astrophysical puzzle:  the emission process ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • New insights on dilute superconductivity from tunneling spectroscopySpeaker: Adrian Swartz, Stanford
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • Hard Earth Talk: Thinking Green
    Your views on nature depend largely on how you were nurtured.There’s a common view that, if people knew more about climate science, they’d accept it. But that view is wrong. What people believe about climate change depends largely on their backgrounds: a complex swirl of emotions, social ties, morals, experiences, ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • The State of Green Business: Aligning Prosperity, Security and Sustainability
    Part of the Sustainability Leadership Speaker SeriesThis series explores the connections between great leadership and the actual achievement of sustainability and wellbeing for everyone, across generations.Speaker: Joel Makower, GreenBiz Group Inc
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • The Cutting Edge of Artificial Intelligence When we think about the future, we need to think deeply about Artificial Intelligence (AI). Historically, the world has been able to advance new and unknown science and technologies. Is AI in a different category, or can we trust that the experts are making good progress and that there are ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Conversion of Biomass to biobased-para-Xylene (A Formal Synthesis of Biobased-Polyethylene Terephthalate, bio-PET)Speaker: Mako Masuno, Origin Materials
    Where:  Albany Cost:  $10 General, $5 Students
  • The Last Doubling | Drink Lab: Rapid Infusion
    The Last Doubling,   Full-Spectrum Science with Ron Hipschman @ 8:00Join Exploratorium scientist Ron Hipschman for colorful explorations of the physical world.Is growth always good? The biggest threat to our existence on planet Earth isn’t asteroids it’s us. Why can’t our population continue to grow? Learn about the exponential function and ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $18/$15/free for AD members
  • The Science of Cannabis: The Ethnobotany of CannabisEthnobotany is the study of the relationship of plants and people across cultures and time. Cannabis has been in cultivation for millennia and used as a medicine, food, and for hemp fiber. This program will look at the historical uses of cannabis and how we might explore those uses in ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $40 General, $35 Members
  • Hardcore Natural History: How tagging animals helps us see the ocean through a new lensJoin us as we learn about how technology is changing how we are able to look beneath the ocean’s surface. We will discuss what we have found out, what we are studying and how these amazing new tags will help us learn more about the ocean and the creatures in ...
    Where:  Pacific Grove Cost:  $10 General, $5 Members, $15 at door
  • Living with Mountain LionsWe live in mountain lion territory! No matter where you live in the Bay Area, it was once a home to our native cats. The Mountain Lion Foundation has protected lions for 30 years, and is beginning a new program in the East Bay. Get ready for some amazing rescue ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $10 - $30
  • 2018 Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative Energy Summit + ExpoInnovation Expo: Research Poster Exposition and ReceptionPart of two day conference, 2/22-23
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $18 - $275
  • The USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory: Research, monitoring, and the science of preparing society for low-probability, high-consequence events
    Volcanoes in the Cascade Range erupt twice per century on average, with eruptions often lasting for years.Although eruptions are generally not as high-consequence as large earthquakes, they are still high-consequence events.When a volcano wakes up there can be intense public interest - which requires crisis management, even if the eruption ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
Friday, 02/23/18
  • 2018 Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative Energy Summit + ExpoThe BERC Energy Summit, in its 12th year, is the premier and largest student-run energy conference on the West Coast. The event draws around 600 students, researchers, clean technology entrepreneurs, policy makers, and industry leaders to discuss the world's most pressing energy challenges each year. It will feature four panels ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $18 - $275
  • Alcatraz Gardens Class Series: Garden Tour & Propagating SucculentsJoin Shelagh Fritz, Gardens of Alcatraz horticulturist, on a historic garden tour to explore the succulents that thrive on the island. Participants will then learn how to make cuttings and propagate their own plants.Please plan to check in at Pier 33 (Alcatraz Landing) no later than 8 am to take ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $40
  • Gamma ray emission from a back hole spark gapSpeaker: Amir Levinson, Tel Aviv University
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • 'The Commodore Story '
    The Commodore Story is a two-hour documentary film that takes audiences through Commodore's world-changing evolution from the 1970s to the 1990s; from the PET, Vic20, and C64 to the Amiga and beyond. The film includes interviews with legends from the Commodore and Amiga years. You will also see footage of the ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  free preregistration is required
  • Grounds for Science: Cell Choreography and Energy GridsEmbryonic development: how cell choreography shapes animalsJust as the collective movements of many dancers are needed to perform the choreography in a ballet, the collective behavior of many cells is required to perform the movements that shape our bodies during embryogenesis. Amazingly, the complex shapes and patterns of many animals ...
    Where:  Emeryville Cost:  Free
Saturday, 02/24/18
  • Davis Park and Wildcat Creek BioBlitzJoin our friends at WhollyH20 a fun half day citizen science BioBlitz Wildcat Creek Trail around Davis Park in San Pablo, CA. Get ready to enjoy being a citizen scientist through simple observation and photo documentation.Bring your camera, sunblock, water to stay hydrated, snacks, your kids, and water shoes for doing ...
    Where:  San Pablo Cost:  Free
  • Native Uses and Management of Plants and Habitats Join ACR Education Specialist Dave Self for an introduction to some of the useful plants of the season. You’ll also learn how our landscapes were shaped by reciprocal relationships between the Wappo and local plants and habitats. One important interaction was intentional burning, which generated wildflower crops and lush browse ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  $20 suggested donation
  • Guided Walk at Ano NuevoAño Nuevo State Park’s rich variety of natural and cultural resources draws visitors from around the world. The park’s Natural Preserve offers an extraordinary wilderness experience, where every year up to 10,000 elephant seals return to breed, give birth, and molt their skin amongst the scenic dunes and beaches.Groups will ...
    Where:  Pescadero Cost:  $20
  • 2018 Spare the Air Youth's YES (Youth for the Environment and Sustainability) ConferenceBay Area middle and high school students are invited to attend the Spare the Air Youth YES Conference!!!!The Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission invite you to the award-winning: Youth for the Environment and Sustainability (YES) Conference.Students interested in transportation and climate change issues, clean ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  Free
  • Science Saturday: Animal AthletesThis highest jumping, fastest flying, strongest biting Science Saturday of the year focuses on the Olympians in the animal kingdom. From falcons to mountain lions, and beetles to beavers, every athlete has a story to tell. Join us for crafts, activities, and science as we sprint, jump, and dive into ...
    Where:  Pacific Grove Cost:  Free
  • Bay Trail Walk to Bird Overlook, Hamilton FieldWear comfortable shoes, bring your binoculars and bird books, and let’s walk to the bird overlook and see what wildlife we can discover.  Hike is approximately a 1.5-miles round trip on a fairly easy part of the Bay Trail. Rain cancels. Meet at the parking lot at the end of ...
    Where:  Novato Cost:  Free
  • 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
  • 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:  Fremont Cost:  Free
  • Arts + Craft Beer...with a side of mustard!Join us for a fun afternoon to celebrate Bay Area sculptor Ned Kahn's new solo show at Bedford Gallery!Ned Kahn: Seed Vortex showcases the artist's lifelong fascination with art and science in a series of kinetic sculptures that bring the physics of granular matter, magma flow, and natural systems to life. ...
    Where:  Walnut Creek Cost:  $7 adults; $3 youth; Free for kids 12 and under
  • The Moon and Stars: Astronomy Hike & CampfireAmazing stargazing! Using binoculars, a spotting scope, and telescopes, we’ll study the face of the moon and learn more about constellations and the night sky. Binoculars will be provided, or bring your favorite pair! Weather may prevent us from actually seeing the moon and stars, but we will still have ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  $15
  • 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 are available on the Maps, Directions & Parking page.
    Where:  San Mateo Cost:  Free
  • 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
Sunday, 02/25/18
  • Marine Science Sunday: Marine Mammal Parents and PupsIn preparation for Valentine's Day, this month we celebrate love under the sea with Marine Mammal Parents and Pups in a fun, educational way for both kids and adults. We recommend teaming our free classroom program with a Docent-led tour at 11am, 1pm or 3pm for a truly immersive marine mammal experience.FREE Classroom ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Full-Spectrum Science with Ron Hipschman: The Last DoublingIs growth always good? The biggest threat to our existence on planet Earth isn’t asteroids - it’s us. Why can’t our population continue to grow? Learn about the exponential function and the conclusions we can draw from it.Speaker: Ron HipschmanPresentations at 1:00 and 3:00.
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free with Admission to the Exploratorium
  • Wonderfest: Pleasure vs. Happiness - Hacking the American Mind
    The Declaration of Independence proclaims our right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," but not to the pursuit of pleasure. What is the neurological difference between these two positive emotions of happiness and pleasure? Has society's exploitation of pleasure systematically weakened our grasp on happiness? What has caused the ...
    Where:  Novato Cost:  Free
Monday, 02/26/18
  • High Redshift Quasars: Constraining their Lifetime and the Epoch of ReionizationOne of the major goals in observational cosmology today is to understand how our Universe transitioned from the "dark ages", following recombination, into the ionized universe we can observe today. For this purpose we compiled a new data set of 34 high redshift (5.8<z<6.5) quasar spectra of moderate resolution, containing ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Accelerating Eulerian Fluid Simulation With Convolutional Networks
    Efficient simulation of the Navier-Stokes equations for fluid flow is a long standing problem in applied mathematics, for which state-of-the-art methods require large compute resources. In this work, we propose a data-driven approach that leverages the approximation power of deep-learning with the precision of standard solvers to obtain fast and ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Thirty Year Perspective on Medical Robotics: Yesterday, Today, and TomorrowThis talk will discuss insights gathered over nearly thirty years of research on medical robotics and computer-integrated interventional medicine (CIIM), both at IBM and at Johns Hopkins University. The goal of this research has been the creation of a three-way partnership between physicians, technology, and information to improve treatment processes. ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Data Privacy : The European Union Invades Silicon Valley | GDPRSession #6 takes a hard pan-Europe look at how European Union regulations are reaching deep into the operations of Silicon Valley companies and startups, including enterprise software architecure, data storage and management policies, product development, overseas market entry, management of intellectual property and business strategy. The EU's General Data Protection ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • What supervolcanoes have to do with electric vehicles: Lithium and other energy-critical-element resources in rhyolite caldera settings
    Rhyolitic calderas - the explosive “supervolcanoes” like modern-day Yellowstone that spread ash continent-wide - have long been recognized as hosts for traditional metal resources such as Ag, Au, Pb, Zn, and Cu, which form by circulation of hydrothermal fluids driven by the heat of the magmatic intrusions below. Recently, calderas ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Broadening and Deepening the Role of Artificial Intelligence in Computational NeuroscienceAdvances combining artificial intelligence techniques with computational neuroscience have shown that time-averaged neural responses in the primate visual and auditory systems can be modeled with reasonable accuracy by task-optimized deep neural networks. I'll discuss our lab's recent work to broaden and deepen these results, using convolutional recurrent networks to model ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Nerd Nite East Bay: Thirsty Flies, Star Wars Law, Trauma ResponsesThe Thirst Is Real(ly an Interesting Question in Fruit Flies)Why don’t flies get fat, how do they know when to stop drinking, and what can humans learn from the BMI and brains of Drosophila melanogaster? Learn how new transgenic techniques allow us to see the real time activity of neurons ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $8 Advance, $10 at door
  • The Silk RoadArchaeologist, photographer, and author Michael Frachetti researches Asia’s ancient Silk Roads to understand Central Asian societies and their unique role in shaping ancient and modern civilization. He uses high-resolution satellite imagery, 3-D modeling, and computer simulations to help predict, discover, and document the ancient archaeology of Central Asia, while studying ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free for Members
Tuesday, 02/27/18
Wednesday, 02/28/18
  • Micro-plants and mixing: The movements of 3D-printed phytoplankton
    There is estimated to be over 30,000 different species of phytoplankton in our world’s waterways. Too often computers use simple shapes such as spheres to model them where in reality, phytoplankton come in all different shapes and sizes! They also have a number of different mechanisms to help them survive ...
    Where:  Moss Landing Cost:  Free
  • Future of the Oil and Gas Industry
    We are pleased to host William "Bill" Maloney. Bill is currently a Director of Trident Energy, an Energy Advisor to Warburg Pincus, a Corporate Advisory Board Member of AAPG, and an Energy Advisory Board Member at the University of Houston. Bill was formerly EVP at Statoil. Bill will be presenting on the ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Press Play: The Origins of QuickTimeFrom Hollywood blockbusters to social media cat videos, the ability to record, edit and play video on mobile devices and personal computers has changed the way we consume and produce moving images. 25 years ago, this technology was in its infancy. In 1991, Apple released QuickTime, the first mass-market digital ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  
  • For Better or Worse, Richer or Poorer: The Future of Tech for Good
    We have a complicated relationship with tech. Throughout history, technological advancements have helped us address some of our most pressing challenges, but its application has also created new ones. “A Tech + Human Love Story” will share examples of how tech - from AI and digital identity systems to social ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Can Smallholder Farmers Adapt to Water Scarcity? Evidence from Karnataka, India
    Much of the literature that examines the impacts of environmental change utilises high frequency (typically annual) shocks. This approach yields cleanly identified effects, but has been criticised for failing to account for adaptations to more gradual long-term changes. We study adaptations by smallholder farmers to growing water scarcity in the ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Environmental & Energy Economics SeminarSpeaker: Ram Fishman, Tel Aviv University
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Managing protected species across multiple scales: Blue whale foraging and migration patterns in the California CurrentSpeaker: Dr. Elliot Hazen, Environmental Research Division, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    Where:  Tiburon Cost:  Free
  • Results from DarkSide-50 ExperimentLocated at the LNGS, Italy, DarkSide (DS) is a dark matter search project, which features a dual-phase Time Projection Chamber as the WIMP detector, surrounded by an organic liquid-scintillator neutron veto and a water-Cherenkov muon veto. The current DS-50 has been taking data since 2013, initially with atmospheric Ar (AAr) ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Decentralization, Blame and Policy Implementation Gap in China’s Environmental Politics
    The obvious paradox within China’s environmental politics is the big gap between the central government’s policy and its implementation outcomes at local levels. While the supporters of decentralized environmental governance theory believe that decentralization can produce better environmental performance mainly because lower-level governments are closer to the people and environmental ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About GriefModern Loss co-founders Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner will discuss how the isolation they experienced after losing parents as young adults inspired them to take a no-holds-barred approach to grief. Their efforts have taken the form of a website and community that The New York Times described as a way of "redefining ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $8 Members, $7 Students
  • IntarsiaPeninsula Gem & Geology Society Monthly MeetingSpeaker: Sarah Hawklyn
    Where:  Los Altos Cost:  Free
  • Leaded or Unleaded: Monitoring stress levels in the California CondorYou may have heard of the endangered California condor, our state’s namesake vulture species with its impressive nine foot wingspan. Perhaps you are lucky enough to have seen a condor soaring over Pinnacles National Park or the Big Sur coastline. You may even know that frequent lead poisonings from consumption ...
    Where:  Santa Cruz Cost:  Free
  • 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. Sponsored by Bay Area Skeptics.WHY: Because we’re curious creatures.
    Where:  Millbrae Cost:  Free
  • When Mars Was Like Earth: Five Years of Exploration with NASA’s Curiosity Mars RoverMore than five years after its dramatic arrival at Mars, the car-sized Curiosity rover continues to reveal Mars as a once-habitable planet. Early in Mars' history, rivers and lakes persisted for millions of years and created the landforms that Curiosity explores today.  The rover is climbing the foothills of a ...
    Where:  Los Altos Hills Cost:  Free ($3 parking)
  • Gnashing, Gnawing, and Grinding: The Science of TeethMarin Science SeminarSpeaker:Tesla Monson of UC Berkeley
    Where:  San Rafael Cost:  Free
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