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Tuesday, 09/16/14
  • Mars: Periglacial morphology and ice stabilityAt the Mars Phoenix landing site and in much of the martian northern plains, there is ice-cemented ground beneath a layer of dry permafrost. Unlike most permafrost on Earth, though, this ice is not liquid at anytime of year. However, in past epochs at higher obliquity the surface conditions during ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  Free
  • The World Isn't Flat: The Importance of Topography In Understanding The Impacts of Climate ChangeSpeaker: Dr. Marko Spasojevic, Department of Biology, Washington University
    Where:  Rohnert Park 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
  • Forest Fire and Fungi: losers, winners, and strategies in the postfire environmentFire is a natural part of most western forest ecosystems, and while plant strategies for surviving or recolonizing after fire are well known, much less is known about how fungi deal with this common disturbance. This talk will review some of the details that are known about how saprobic and ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • Growing Up OhloneThe Native American in the Fremont area were able to survive on the native trees and animals. Learn about tule plants by making a doll and explore the seeds that they were able to eat. Look at some of the arrowheads that they used nature to survive.
    Where:  Fremont Cost:  Free
  • Drew Endy presents The iGEM RevolutioniGEM stands for "International Genetically Engineered Machine."Thousands of student bioengineers from all over the world create new life forms and race them every year at the iGEM Jamboree in Boston. It has been going on for ten years (2,500 competitors this year, from 32 countries) and gives a peerless window ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15, free for Long Now members
Wednesday, 09/17/14
  • Becoming a Wildlife Detective
    Explore our local wildlife and how they have adapted to their environment by examining various animal pelts and skulls with Ranger Michelle. Discover various clues animals leave behind that tell us interesting stories about the amazing animals that make Muir Woods their home. This is a family friendly, two-mile walk ...
    Where:  Mill Valley Cost:  Free w/reservation
  • Digital Agenda for EuropeThe European Commission launched in March 2010 the Europe 2020 Strategy to exit the crisis and prepare the EU economy for the challenges of the next decade. Europe 2020 sets out a vision to achieve high levels of employment, a low carbon economy, productivity and social cohesion, to be implemented ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Early origins, persistence, and losses of feeding larval forms in a changing worldSpeaker: Richard Strathmann, Friday Harbor Laboratory, University of Washington
    Where:  Tiburon Cost:  Free
  • The Politics of Pipes: Water and the 'Modern Infrastructural Ideal' in Manila and Los Angeles
    The provision of water in large metropolitan areas is often considered to be best governed by acentralized authority, capable of providing standardized services across an otherwise-varied landscape - what Graham and Marvin refer to as the "modern infrastructural ideal." Yet, in many cases, this ideal has not been fully achieved. ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • In the Human Age
    Poet, essayist, and naturalist, Diane Ackerman is the author of two dozen highly acclaimed works of nonfiction and poetry, including The Zookeeper's Wife and A Natural History of the Senses ― books beloved by millions of readers all over the world. In prose so rich and evocative that one can ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $12 General, $10 members
  • Black Widow Pulsars: Vengeful Star CorpsesNASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has revealed a violent high-energy universe full of stellar explosions, black hole jets, and pulsing stars. These cosmic objects are often faint when observed with visible light, but glow bright with gamma rays. Dr. Romani will describe the quest to discover the true nature of ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • Nerd Nite SF #52: Infantapulting, Dragonflies, and the BodyMy, oh my, the things we will see! Infantapulting, dragonflies, and the body! Come learn the "science" behind launching a baby, the real science of dragonflies and their ecology, and the things you don't want to know (but should!) about human biology. So come and drink beer, and laugh till ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $8
Thursday, 09/18/14
  • Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium - Raji Arasu - RESCHEDULED
    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: Raji ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • Mapping the Relationship between Online Trolling and Mainstream Culture
    In this talk, Dr. Whitney Phillips (Communication Studies, Humboldt State University) will discuss her forthcoming book This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things: Mapping the Relationship between Online Trolling and Mainstream Culture (MIT Press 2015). Unlike most popular accounts of trolling, which place the problem of antagonistic online behavior ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Autonomous Sensors for the CO2 system
    Over the past decade, slow but steady progress has been made in the field of autonomous chemical sensors for the CO2 system. My group has been involved in the use of ISFET pH sensor technology in particular. This seminar will provide an overview of the emerging data from the pH ...
    Where:  Moss Landing Cost:  Free
  • Understanding the Adoption of Energy-Efficient Technologies and their Impact on Energy Use: Evidence from Natural Field ExperimentsSpeaker: Robert Metcalfe, Univ. of Chicago
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • PREDICTING STRONG EARTHQUAKE SHAKING USING OCEAN WAVES Predicting strong ground motion, as the strong shaking in earthquakes is called, from future earthquakes is among the most important research topics in seismology. Typically, seismologists do this through ground motion prediction equations that express relationships between earthquake characteristics and ground motion intensity. There is relatively little data to constrain ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • The Future of Enterprise Cloud ComputingSpeaker: Mr. David Krauthamer, CEO and Managing Partner, Intelenex
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • AI and Robotics at an Inflection PointGoogle, IBM, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Baidu, Foxconn, and others have recently made multi-billion dollar investments in artificial intelligence and robotics. Some of these investments are aimed at increasing productivity and enhancing coordination and cooperation. Others are aimed at creating strategic gains in competitive interactions. This is creating "arms races" in ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Plastic Planet: New Research and Solutions for the Ocean Trash Problem
    "Plastic Planet" will dive deeply into the issue of marine debris and plastic pollution, and will highlight the work of our partners at the 5 Gyres Institute and the Sea Doc Society. 5 Gyres Executive Director Anna Cummins and 5 Gyres Research Director Marcus Ericsen,via satellite communication from the ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $10
  • Genetic Rescue for Extinct and Endangered WildlifeStewart Brand and Ryan Phelan seek to restore extinct species to their former homes in the wild. Their organization Revive & Restore's flagship project The Great Passenger Pigeon Comeback is underway to bring the iconic passenger pigeon back from extinction using the genome of the band-tailed pigeon and genomic technology. ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $12 Member
  • Ruth S. DeFries: The Big Ratchet How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural CrisisRuth S. DeFries, Denning Family Professor of Sustainable Development and Chair, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University; Author,The Big RatchetThe Big Ratchetis the story of how in the 20th century a range of technologies from fossil fuels to scientific plant breeding to nitrogen fertilizers combined ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 non-members, $8 members, $7 students
  • 'How We Learn'What if almost everything we know about learning was wrong? With our brain sensitive to mood, timing, location, and environment, hear the truth about how we absorb and retain information. Find out if repetition is necessary, why sleeping and daydreaming are important to the learning process, and the best techniques ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  $12-$20
  • Demonically-possessed CatsDr. Paul Koudounaris--author of Empire of Death and Heavenly Bodies--is returning to the Bone Room Presents. He will provide a lecture on the history of demonically-possessed cats. Felines were once considered by theologians to be easy prey for demons, who could enter their bodies and wreck incredible havoc on mankind. ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Science of Thinking: Deep Human PotentialSpeakers: John Furey
    Where:  Sebastopol Cost:  $5
  • An Overview of Human Evolution
    Ever heard of Ardipithecus kadabba, Australopithecus anamensis, Paranthropus aethiopicus, Homo rhodesiensis? Oh my! Do you know how these early "humans" differ from each other? Does the large array of named species help us understand our evolutionary history, or just confuse matters? What IS a hominid species, anyway? Who decides how ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  FREE
  • North American Birds and Climate Change
    Audubon scientists recently completed a comprehensive analysis modeling the winter and summer ranges of 588 North American bird species in response to future climate change. Using extensive citizen science data and detailed climate layers, these models characterize the relationship between the distribution of each species and climate through the end ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $5 General, Free for members
  • SFPUC HQ as a Wastewater Treatment SystemThe SFPUC built a new building very recently. John Scarpulla will tell us about how the new HQ building functions as a wastewater treatment system using an internal artificial swamp. The building is impressive in a lot of ways: consuming 32% less energy, 60% less water, and a 50% smaller ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
Friday, 09/19/14
  • Blending Science Engineering and DesignHigh-Impact Research strategies could help large and small projects to deepen human understanding of the natural and made worlds, so as to promote sustainable use of natural resources and improve quality of life for individuals, organizations, communities, and nations. The raised expectations are that by addressing basic and applied research ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • The Haze Clears: The Checkered Past & Brilliant Future of Medical Marijuana in CaliforniaTwo decades after Prop 215, the state legislature remains unable to regulate medical marijuana despite recent law enforcement support. Join Backes and Hecht as they dissect California's attempts to regulate, supporess and understand medical marijuana. They say that nearly everything Californians believe about marijuana is wrong, skewed by a century ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $7 to $20
  • 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
  • The Milky Way and its StructurePublic viewing nights at Sonoma State
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
Saturday, 09/20/14
  • California Coastal Cleanup Day - MarinState to make a difference on Saturday, September 20th. With over 35 sites in Marin County, check the Bay Model website for a volunteer opportunity near you. http://www.spn.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/BayModelVisitorCenter/CCCD.aspx
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Coastal Cleanup - FremontJoin thousands of people around the world forInternational Coastal Clean-Up Day. Bring a hat,sturdy shoes, water, sunscreen, and gloves and arefillable water bottle if you have them. Childrenunder 18 must have parental approval.Speed up theregistration process by downloading and completingthe Volunteer Agreement Form(pdf) and bring itto the event. For more ...
    Where:  Freemont Cost:  Free
  • Coastal Cleanup - MontaraEvery year, on the third Saturday in September, people join together at sites all over California to take part in the State's largest volunteer event, California Coastal Cleanup Day. This year MSI will be cleaning up a brand new site in Montara, Grey Whale Cove! Join us and thousands of ...
    Where:  Half Moon Bay Cost:  Free
  • Cool, Clear Waters
    Take an easy two-mile walk with Ranger Lou around an ecological restoration site to learn how the needs of salmon and frogs can inspire people to create habitat for endangered and threatened species during a time of climate change, and still meet the recreational needs of visitors at this popular ...
    Where:  Muir Beach Cost:  Free w/reservation
  • Hayward Fault Walking TourOver the last million years, the natural beauty of Fremont has been shaped by the Hayward Fault. Instructors will be leading these 'ground breaking' tours and exposing the science and beauty of the Hayward Fault. This fault is one of several active faults in the world actually creeping at 5 ...
    Where:  Fremont Cost:  $15
  • Coastal Cleanup - AlvisoCome help out as we join others around the world in an effort to keep our coastal areas clean! Together with other courageous Californians, we'll pick up trash and tidy up the wetland areas near the refuge. Come with a hat, sunscreen, a great attitude, and we'll provide the rest! ...
    Where:  Alviso Cost:  Free
  • Coastal Cleanup on Cerrito CreekJoin F5C and El Cerrito Green Teams picking up trash along the creek and in surrounding areas, where it will wash to the creek when rains start.Meet at El Cerrito's Creekside Park, south end of Belmont Street.
    Where:  El Cerrito Cost:  Free
  • Big Engineering DayBig Engineering Day highlights the importance of everyday engineering and the tools we use to bring big ideas to fruition. How do thoughts become things? From brainstorming - think blue prints, computer rendering and sketches - to being - think, machinery, construction and computers. Engage your creativity and structural sensibilities ...
    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
  • The Electrifying UniverseKen Miller will open up his mechanical treasures and delight you with his electrical magic. Ken, an electrical engineers loves to teach young minds the wonder of science through electricity and looking at the stars in the star dome that he created for the museum. Great opportunity for students to ...
    Where:  Fremont Cost:  $5 General, $3 Member child, free member adults
  • LADEE, Robotic Exploration of the Moon, and Future ExplorationsSpeaker: Dr. Brian Day, NASA
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  Free
Sunday, 09/21/14
  • Marine Mamal Sunday: Sea Otter Spectacular
    Did you know that the sea otter is the furriest animal in the entire world? The smallest marine mammal is also one of the most special with adaptations to stay warm, find food, and even use tools! This month we celebrate the threatened species with ourSea Otter Spectacular in a ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  
  • 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
  • The Extreme Life of the Sea
    Oceans cover more than 70 percent of Earth's surface and contain most of its biodiversity. Yet, we know more about the surface of the Moon and Mars than we know about the floor of the world's oceans.Join biologist Steve Palumbi and writer Anthony Palumbi as they take us into the ...
    Where:  Santa Cruz Cost:  Free w/admission
  • Full-Spectrum Science with Ron Hipschman: Heat and Temperature
    Join Exploratorium scientist Ron Hipschman for colorful explorations of the physical world.What's the difference between heat and temperature? We use the terms interchangeably, but they have precise meanings to physicists. How does your thermostat work and how does a Thermos know to keep a hot thing hot and a cold ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free with admission
Monday, 09/22/14
  • Agriculture and FrackingAs the process of capturing oil and natural gas through hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," expands nationally, it has come under fire for its impact on water quality and quantity, energy use, and climate change. Less explored, however, are the impacts of fracking on agriculture, the American food system, and public ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • TRAPPING AND STUDYING ANTIHYDROGEN ATOMSDr. Joel Fajans of University of California, Berkeley will discuss the ALPHA project and experiments with atomic antimatter.
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • Developing the Next Generation of Energy Efficiency
    Over the past 30 years, energy efficiency has become an important tool for reducing customer and utility costs and achieving sustainability goals, particularly avoided carbon emissions, but its impact is still limited. The widely used model for delivery of energy efficiency is a utility-centric approach funded through ratepayer or other ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
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