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Wednesday, 03/04/15
  • Free First WednesdayFree museum admission all day, to anyone from anywhere, at Bay Area Discovery Museum
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Free Wednesday at UC Botanical GardensEnjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Wednesday of the month. Parking is limited. Docent-led tours for groups are not available on Free Wednesdays. No admission after 4:30 pm. In order to minimize the impact on the plant collection, ensure the safety of visitors, and to ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Social Networking in Cancer Care
    Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Cancer care is a complex and complicated process involving diverse practitioners, multiple specialists, and a range of inpatient, outpatient, and home care services with numerous transitions for the patients. In order to achieve the triple aims of cost, ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Species-specific responses of juvenile rockfish to ocean acidificationSpeaker: Cheryl Logan, CSU Monterey Bay
    Where:  Tiburon Cost:  Free
  • Smarter Cars, Homes, and Grids: Case Studies in Optimal Energy Management
    The future of energy holds fascinating challenges and opportunities. The challenge: As society's size and energy appetite grow, we must seek solutions that facilitate penetration of renewable energy and enhance efficiency across the transportation, building, and power system sectors. The opportunity: Low-cost sensing/actuation and the pervasiveness of Internet-access enable anew ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Conversations in Global Health Featuring Gavin Yamey
    A leading global health researcher and former journalist, Professor Gavin Yamey will speak with Paul Costello, Stanford Medicine's chief communications officer, on timely and pressing issues in global health.Gavin Yamey is associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the UCSF School of Medicine and is Lead of the Evidence to ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Current research in kidney cancer risk and prognosis:: towards a transdisciplinary approach
    Kidney cancer is diagnosed in more than 330,000 people each year worldwide, and accounts for 2.4% of all adult cancers and over 140,000 deaths annually. Incidence rates have been increasing sharply with unexplained variation in different countries and ethnicities. Epidemiological studies have identified several lifestyle and host risk factors, among ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Dynamic Code Optimization and the NVIDIA Denver Processor
    NVIDIA's first 64-bit ARM processor, code-named Denver, leverages a host of new technologies to enable high-performance mobile computing. Implemented in a 28-nm process, the Denver CPU can attain clock speeds of up to 2.5 GHz. This talk will outline the Denver architecture and describe some of its technological innovations. In ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • The Evolution of Human Uniqueness
    Humans are a unique species among the 5 million species on this planet. More specifically we represent an extreme outlier species on many easily measured dimensions from our fraction of earths biomass and nutrient cycling, to levels of social complexity, to extra somatic phenotype, energy capture, and cumulative technological evolution. ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • The handiwork of imagining the submicroscopic:Embodied performances as interactional resources for learning chemistryAbstract: Both practicing scientists and students alike use gestures and their bodies to share and develop new ideas with others. Embodied performances are a particularly useful resource for collaboratively imagining the submicroscopic, three-dimensional, and dynamic phenomena of chemistry. In this talk, we'll explore how creating spaces for, attending to, and ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • Speaking Public Health... Publicly!A lecture on effective ways to communicate public health issues to the general publicSpeaker: David Tuller, UC Berkeley
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • California Drought PanelWater in the West is convening three experts to discuss the causes, policy implications and possible responses to California's ongoing drought, including what a fourth year of drought will mean for the state. Topics will include:The current state of the drought and its physical causes;The role of climate change on ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Echoes Of Art And Science: Creative Explorations Of The Universe
    From the dawn of the Space Age in the 1960s that led to the Apollo Landing on the Moon to the cosmological discoveries captured visually by space observatories and satellites, advances in our understanding of the universe have stimulated the imaginations and curiosities of people from around the globe. Beyond ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Sentinel Mission: Finding the Asteroid Headed for EarthAsteroids, which hit our planet at least twice each year, are the only natural disaster for which we have a technological solution.We are all living with the threat of a three-minute experience that could transform our lives and our planet forever. On Feb. 15, 2013, for example, an asteroid impact ...
    Where:  Los Altos Hills Cost:  Free ($3 parking)
  • The Coming Ice AgeThe Global Warming Myth has been conflated with climate change, air pollution and rising CO2 levels despite the lack of real evidence to support it. The bottom line: Competition in international markets is not good for American business. So, do your damndest to keep the developing countries in their place. ...
    Where:  Sebastopol Cost:  $5
  • The Martian: The Future of Manned Missions to MarsNew York Times bestselling author of "The Martian", Andy Weir, joins Dr. Pascal Lee, Chairman of the Mars Institute, to discuss the science, both fact and fiction, of this sci-fi thriller. Don't miss this far reaching conversation moderated by NASA Scientist, Dr. Margaret Race.See weblink for registration and box meal ...
    Where:  Lafayette Cost:  Free
  • Conversations on Science: Surprising Benefits of Bacteria: The Human Microbiome
    What is a human being? One short answer is that it is an individual that started out as a fertilized egg with genes from a male and a female that has developed into a fully functional biological being. But now, there is a growing group of scientists that would say ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $27 General, $24 Members
Thursday, 03/05/15
  • 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
  • Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium: Justin Rattner
    Speaker: Justin Rattner, President, Intel Foundation, Corporate Vice President, Intel Corporation, Intel Senior Fellow
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  
  • Untangling the complexity of human-wildlife coexistenceSpeaker: Dr. Neil Carter
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Optical Filters and Their ApplicationsSpeaker: Dr. Robert Sargent, JDSU
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • The Evolution of the Reflector Telescope, Part 2With the success of George Ellery Hale and George Willis Ritchey in building large reflecting telescopes at Mt. Wilson in the early 20th Century, this type of instrument became the dominant type of telescope of professional astronomy. New innovations were developed in mirror making, mounting machinery, and detector technology. Reflecting ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Role of multiple representations in physics problem solvingSpeaker: Alexandru Maries, Univ. of PittsburghRoom SCI 242
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • Sunset/Full Moon Walk to the 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:  Free
  • After Dark: Extended CinemasImmerse yourself in visual storytelling that extends the possibilities of cinema.See aspects of film rarely displayed:unusual film formats withDino Everettand an insider view into projectionists' techniques with Paul Clipson. Enter worlds created by Elise Baldwin-investigating collective memory-and by Wet Gate,a 16mm projectorplaying ensemble.ExperienceThad Povey and Mark Taylor's multiturntable record player, ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General; $10 Members; Free for Lab Members
  • 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 at Caf Borrone next to Kepler's Books. Look for CFI t-shirts.For more information or if you have questions please email ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • Osteopathic Medicine: Myths and RealitiesGet an in-depth look into the field of osteopathic medicine from Gina Moses, M.Ed. She addresses the nuances of osteopathic medical education and how that differs from allopathic medicine. Moses also highlights the growing need for medical practitioners in the United States and how physicians trained in osteopathic medicine are ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • From black holes to superconductors (part 2 of 2)The Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics announces the secondmini-course by Stanford physics faculty on recent fundamental advances in theoretical physics. The winter quarter's lectures will be by Professor Sean Hartnoll.Black holes have the remarkable property of irreversibility: if you fall into a black hole you can't get out (classically). This ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • From Wavetop to Ridgetop--the Life History of Steelhead in Central CaliforniaSpeaker: Sean Hayes, NOAA
    Where:  Pacific Grove Cost:  Free
  • Positive PsychologyThis one hour interactive program on positive psychology will explore the causes and practices of happiness in daily life.Instructor: Frederic Luskin, PhD Director, Stanford University Forgiveness Project
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • California Water 2015: Where Are We and Where Do We Need to Go?
    Felicia Marcus will give a sense of California water's setting (basic hydrology, infrastructure, etc), discuss the drought's impacts and the state's actions to address them, and will talk about how California water management is changing (and needs to change) to cope with the impacts of climate change, population growth, and ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  $10
Friday, 03/06/15
  • Transportation History Ride
    Golden Gate park is a canvas on which the city's ambitions were sketched. San Francisco was the first major city on the coast. We'll discover many firsts in the Park because it was where ideas were tested. We'll see where a major railroad came right into the park, where the ...
    Where:  CA Cost:  Pay what you wish!
  • Do Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver? Evidence from the Weatherization Assistance ProgramConventional wisdom suggests that individuals and firms often fail to undertake energy efficiency investments that are predicted by engineering models to have private returns greatly in excess of their costs. Policymakers have seized on this so-called energy efficiency gap with a wide variety of interventions that promise both private benefits ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Somatic Robots: Neural-Structural IntegrationSomatic Robotics approaches the design of physical structure and control intelligence as a single integrated task. The Mind / Body duality of western thought, and the associated separation of control theory from mechanical engineering, are inadequate at providing insight to biology or future robotic systems. To understand how we control ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Connection: Music as a Gateway to the Brain
    As part of the 2015 Faculty Arist Recital Series at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, neuroscientist and soprano (andInquiring Mindspodcast host) Indre Viskontas is joined by Grammy-nominated pianist Keisuke Nakagoshi in an exploration of the mind through music. Why does one piece 'go viral' while another languishes in obscurity, ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  free
  • Living with the Stars
    We are quite literally not who we were years, weeks, or even days before. The stuff that makes our body is being replaced all the time, from the chemicals in our cells to the very cells themselves. What lasts is not our literal substance but rather a pattern that is ...
    Where:  San Mateo Cost:  Free
Saturday, 03/07/15
  • Botany Series: Basic BotanyHow do plants work? If it's been way too long since that high school biology class, come take a step back with Ely Huerta-Ortiz (Nurseries Education Manager) and Annette Russell (Marin Headlands Nursery Manager). We will learn the basic processes that plants go through in life, how they have adapted ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Donation encouraged
  • 5th Annual STEM Career Fair & ExhibitionEngineering and Mathematics Link Inc. (SEM Link) will host its5th Annual San Francisco Bay Area Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Career Fair and Exhibition. This event will provide K-12 students with an opportunity to explore careers and meet and interact with professionals in these fields. Pre-registration is strongly suggested ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  free
  • Third Annual Bay Area Teen Science (B.A.T.S.) STEM College and Career Fair
    All Bay Area Middle and High School Studentsare invited to:The Third Annual Bay Area Teen Science (B.A.T.S.) STEM College and Career Fair REGISTER NOW at the "Click to Visit" weblinkThis event is for all Bay Area middle and high school students to experience and learn cool information about college and ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  FREE
  • Mt. Sutro Enchanting Forest Hike
    Deep within the city of San Francisco a forest grows. It's a complex one, overrun with invasive vines and other political drama. It's incredible to hike through now that the Sutro Stewards have (recently) provided a working trail network. We'll see hidden stairways, mysterious artifacts and even freshwater springs as ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Pay what you wish
  • 2nd Annual Member Games
    We love our Members and appreciate the support you provide to the Hall's mission for science education. Celebrate with us, at our Olympics-inspired Member appreciation event. Join our Member Meetup Group to be the first to receive insider news and announcements for upcoming Member
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Member Event
  • Trekking the ModelJoin a Ranger guided tour of the Bay Model, a 1.5-acre hydraulic model of San Francisco Bay and Delta. Discover the stories of the two major operations that took place at this location between 19422000.
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
Sunday, 03/08/15
  • Beginning Birding
    Experience winter bird watching in the Marin Headlands. Join volunteer Jane Haley on an easy walk along Rodeo Lagoon to discover our summer birds. Bring binoculars and field guides. Meet at the Marin Headlands Visitor Center. Bring field guides and binoculars.For ages 8 and up.Reservations required; please call (415) 331-1540.
    Where:  Mill Valley Cost:  Free
  • Walk Deep in Manure & Park History
    The Park was nothing but blowing sand until the manure arrived. Today's Golden Gate Park is a lush, sculpted garden. What a feat! For 6,000 years it was open dunes. There is one small woodland that's been there for centuries, if you stretch the definition of "be." We'll explore how ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Pay what you wish
  • Solar Astronomy at the Lindsay Wildlife MuseumPlease join Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society for a public Astronomy program to learn about the Sun.Society members will provide safe close-up views of our Sun using Solar-filtered telescopes (weather permitting). Activities for young and old will demonstrate how our nearest star works, and how our Solar System developed.
    Where:  Walnut Creek Cost:  Free
Monday, 03/09/15
  • Global Speaker Series: Regina Dugan, VP for Engineering, Google
    Join us for Global Speaker Series event with Regina E. Dugan, vice president for engineering at Google. In this student-led interview, Duganwill discuss her insights on today's business environment within a global context.Regina Dugan has been widely recognized for her leadership in innovation and technology. She currently leads Google's Advanced ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Global Warming and the 'Glacier Murrelet', a Pleistocene Relict Seabird of BeringiaSpeaker: John Piatt, USGS Alaska Science Center
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • Prosocial Primates: Empathy in Animals and HumansThe GGSC is pleased to present this talk by Greater Good editorial board member Frans de Waal--world-renowned primatologist, one of Discover magazine's "47 Great Minds of Science," and a pioneer in the study of the evolutionary basis of empathy and kindness. Dr. de Waal's research is not only foundational to ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • THE UC DAVIS D-LAB: INTERDISCIPLINARY PROJECT-BASED LEARNINGDr. Kurt Kornbluth discuss examples of critical thinking, design, and innovation from the UC Davis D-Lab. He will highlight projects in developed and developing countries focused on Sustainable Energy and Agriculture, promoting Human Animal, and Environmental Health.
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • Imaging Life at High Spatiotemporal ResolutionAs our understanding of biological systems has increased, so has the complexity of our questions and the need for more advanced optical tools to answer them. For example, there is a hundred-fold gap between the resolution of conventional optical microscopy and the scale at which molecules self-assemble to form sub-cellular ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • March LASER Event - San Francisco
    7:00-7:25: Indrani Baruah(Architect and Visual Artist) on "Cultural Re-Imaginations : Experiments in Creative Placemaking"Cultural Re-imaginations challenges the traditional boundaries between art/architecture, artist/artisan, crafts/arts, public/private and inside/outside...Read more7:25-7:50: Stephen Bailey(Lawrence Berkeley Labs) on "How to Make a 3D Map of the Universe (and Why?)"5000 little robots will help position ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food
    Dan Barber is the Chef of Blue Hill, a restaurant in Manhattan, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a nonprofit farm and education center. Barber has received multiple James Beard awards and was named one of Time's 100 most influential people in the world in 2009. He writes about food ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  $22
Tuesday, 03/10/15
  • Lichen: A Closer LookTake a 1.5-mile nature walk along trails from the lower to upper waterfalls to discover the incredible beauty and diversity of lichen that thrive in the park's riparian forests. Learn ways these organisms benefit both wildlife and the environment. Meet at the main day use parking lot near the restrooms. ...
    Where:  Morgan Hill Cost:  Free
  • Free Community Day at CuriOdysseyExplore science and meet native California animals! CuriOdyssey's free Community Days take place on varying days, both during the week and on the weekend, so that more visitors have the opportunity to experience CuriOdyssey.Please be aware that Community Days are typically crowded in the morning and early afternoon. If you'd ...
    Where:  San Mateo Cost:  Free
  • Going to the Ends of the Earth to Glimpse the Beginnings of TimeCosmic Microwave Background (CMB) photons are actually sensitive gravimeters. Using the intensity and polarization properties of these primeval photons, we can measure the gravitational field of the last scattering surface, the fictitious shell formed by the universe's first hydrogen atoms.The last scattering surface is also a gravitational wave detector; a ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  Free
  • Will Clean Energy Take Our Economy to the Cleaners?
    Speaker: Kristina Johnson, Enduring Hydro, LLC
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • The Social and Economic Impact of Climate ChangeClimate change represents a major global environmental challenge, but we are only beginning to understand how changes in climate might affect social and economic outcomes. In this talk, Dr. Marshall Burke summarizes a new body of evidence describing how a range of social and economic outcomes are shaped by changes ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • Carl Djerassi: From the Pill to the Pen - CANCELED
    Carl Djerassi, a teenage refugee from Nazism and a prodigiously gifted chemist, along with Gregory Pincus and John Rock, fathered the birth control pill. Djerassi, now in his 90s, has published short stories, poetry, an autobiography, seven plays, and Four Jews on Parnassus A Conversation, a dramatized discussion between ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15
  • Bay Currents talk: What Your Bird Guide Tells You About EvolutionWhat ever happened to clapper rails, brown towhees, and marsh hawks? Modern genetic testing is not only making you learn new names for familiar creatures. It's unveiling unexpected family trees, and revealing fascinating adaptations on the long evolutionary road from dinosaurs to today's feathered wonders. Bring a bird guide!(We'll have ...
    Where:  Albany Cost:  Free
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