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Monday, 05/25/15
Tuesday, 05/26/15
  • Giant planet interiors studied with ab initio computer simulationsDr. Militzer will briefly review the interior structure of different types of planets and discuss how it is affected by the miscibility of various planetary materials. Results from recent ab initiocomputer simulations will be presented that focus on the miscibility properties of four systems: hydrogen-helium mixtures in gas giant planets, hydrogen-water mixtures ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  Free
  • Hands-On GeologyStudents become geologists as they explore Earth's layers with clay models, and investigate Earth's crust by performing tests on igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.Homeschool classes at the Lawrence Hall of Science engage students in experimenting, developing ideas, and working together as they learn and build new skills.Registration is now open ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $25 ($20 for members)
  • Advanced LIGO: The Coming Dawn of Gravitational Wave Physics and AstronomyDavid Reitze, Executive Director of the LIGO Laboratory at Caltech will give the Applied Physics/Physics colloquium.
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Is California Losing the Race for Global Innovation?Growing threats to California's leadership in global innovation pose urgent challenges for Bay Area firms as well as national, state and local policymakers. California has already fallen to third position behind other U.S. states in innovation competitiveness. California's biotech leadership is under threat from higher government R&D investment in countries ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $8 Member, $7 Student
  • Regeneration and Learning in a Single Cell with Wallace Marshall of UCSFWe generally think about cells as small, stupid building blocks, with the idea that to build anything complicated, or do any sort of complex behavior, one needs large numbers of cells. But in fact cells can have highly complex forms, both internal and external, and are capable of an amazing ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  free
  • Biohacking Book Club: Kim Stanley RobinsonLet's use science fiction as a tool to think creatively about the connections between fiction, science, and society. Get inspired, or get philosophical; this book club will focus on speculative fictions with a biohacking theme. This month, we'll be discussing 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson."And then there's Kim Stanley Robinson, whose ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  free
  • Can the Vaquita be Saved?
    The vaquita (Phocoena sinus) of Mexico's Gulf of California is the most endangered cetacean in the world. This tiny porpoise is in immediate danger of extinction, due to gillnet mortality. In 1978 the IUCN redlisted the vaquita as Vulnerable, in 1990 as Endangered, and in 1996 as Critically Endangered. What ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  $5
  • The Age of the universePlease join Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society general meeting.  Our monthly meetings begin with a short "What's Up" presented by one of our members, followed by a speaker. This month's speaker is Jeff Adkins.Check our web site, call 925-979-5694 or email
    Where:  Walnut Creek Cost:  0
Wednesday, 05/27/15
  • We Are All Terminal: History, Medicine and the Animal Inside
    Dr. Laurel Braitman is a writer and historian of science whose work explores the intersections of history of medicine & psychiatry, animal behavior, the history of natural history and the ways we die. She is author of the New York Times bestseller Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs. Compulsive Parrots, and ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • What boundaries are you crossing? Lessons from the nexus of science, communities and government in CaliforniaSpeaker: Skyli McAfee
    Where:  Bodega Bay Cost:  Free
  • Security and the Software Defined Network
    Modern networks are undergoing an exciting transition toward a paradigm of greater programmability and dynamic flow management. For the network security community, this transformation is opening attractive opportunities for more innovative forms of threat mitigation. It is also raising interesting challenges in how to reconcile our legacy notions of well-defined ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Rise of the RobotsArtificial intelligence is already well on its way to making "good jobs" obsolete: many paralegals, physicians and even – ironically – computer programmers are poised to be replaced by robots. As technology continues to develop, more and more traditional jobs will be shed. Unless we radically reassess our economic and ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $8 Member, $7 Student
  • One Big OceanDr. Sylvia Earle – fondly dubbed "Her Deepness" by The New York Times – holds the women's record for the deepest ocean dive and has led more than 100 undersea expeditions, logging more than 7,000 hours underwater. Formerly chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Dr. Earle has ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $12 Members
  • Basic protein purification and characterizationWe'll be extracting protein from a plant source and doing some basic purification and characterization. There may be a small fee for materials (TBD before the meetup).
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  small fee TBD
  • Science and Reason with Skeptics in the Pub, West BayIf ye value critical thinking, and if ye scorn the flim-flam man, join us, your friends. Skeptics in the Pub is a group of like-minded people informally discussing the latest in science or pseudoscience over good eats & ale.Skeptics in the Pub is a monthly meeting for discussion of topics ...
    Where:  Millbrae Cost:  Free
  • The Semi-Secret Lives of SF's RavensPeople often describe ravens in San Francisco as ubiquitous – ubiquitous enough to be generally ignored. Adrian has been following them around they city for about 5 years now, finding their nests in all sorts of odd places, and observing their lives from nest to juvenile flocks. These  intelligent birds ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • UCSC Engineering Department IDEASS program + Cabrillo Engineering Department present student-run projects!Providing Vuelta Grande with Potable Water         Presented by: Cabrillo College Engineering Students: Guatemala January 2015 Experience                      Fifteen Cabrillo engineering students and two faculty members spent two weeks in Guatemala designing, building, and testing a water system for the ...
    Where:  Santa Cruz Cost:  Free
Thursday, 05/28/15
  • Modeling the Physical Connection Between the Solar Interior and AtmosphereUnderstanding how magnetic flux and energy emerges from the Sun's turbulent interior (where it is generated) into the solar corona is of great importance to a number of challenging, unsolved problems in solar and heliospheric physics. The solar magnetic field provides the energy for eruptive events such as solar flares ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Whales, Walruses, and Sea Cows: Paleontologic Investigations of the Purisima Formation at Point Reyes National SeashoreSpeaker: Robert W Boessenecker, Univ of Otago, New Zealand
    Where:  Point Reyes Station Cost:  Free
  • Soil Series: Composting Methods & Biological Properties of Soil
    Soil is the most complex biomaterial on Earth. Really! Join the very knowledgeable Stephen Andrews (UC Berkeley Professor, specializing in soils) for a hands-on class to discover the basics of creating a successful compost, and  how the soil foodweb drives the sustainability of nearly all living things on Earth. Prepare ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Donation encouraged for non-members
  • Quantum Annealing and It's ApplicationsSpeaker: Steven Adachi, Lockheed Martin
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Gross Nightlife
    Prepare to get grossed out at NightLife's first-ever tribute to all things icky-from the creepy and crawly to the downright disgusting.Ever wonder about where your poop goes? Us too! Chat with local experts from the SF Public Utilities Commission about the science of sewage-a story that just might surprise you!Plus, ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $12 General, $10 Members
  • 'Butterfly Town, USA'Butterfly Town USA follows a community in Pacific Grove, California, working to protect the Monarch Grove Sanctuary, an urban preserve located near the city center.Internal disagreements about how to best take care of this beautiful habitat are escalating at a time when climate change, deforestation, and pesticides are decimating the ...
    Where:  Los Altos Cost:  Free
  • An Evening on the Pacific Crest Trail - A wild and stunning 2,650 mile journey
    Join us for a virtual thru-hike on the stunningly wild 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). A long-distance backpackers and authors of the PCT thru-hiking book - A Blistered Kind of Love; One Couple's Trial by Trail. will host a fascinating evening slideshow, reading, and question-and-answer session.From the chaparral-lined desert floor ...
    Where:  Sonoma Cost:  $8
  • Innovative Treatment of TendinitisSpeaker: Eugene Roh, MD Clinical Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Stanford University Medical Center
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • New Insights into Autism Research DiscoveriesAutism is rapidly increasing in frequency such that 1 in 68 children born today will be diagnosed with this disorder. Advanced genomics and other "omics" technologies have been used to both understand the biological processes involved in autism, and the areas of the brain affected. Learn about the very promising ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Full-Spectrum Science with Ron Hipschman: Sound
    Join Exploratorium scientist Ron Hipschman for colorful explorations of the physical world.What is sound? How high a pitch can you hear? Can you measure the speed of sound with a yardstick? Can two sounds add up to no sound? Explore these questions and more in this resonant presentation.18+ Only
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free with admission
Friday, 05/29/15
  • Static/dynamic analyses for validation and improvements of multi-models HPC applicationsSupercomputing plays in important role in several innovative fields, speeding up prototyping or validating scientific theories. However, supercomputers are evolving rapidly with now millions of processing units, posing the questions of their programmability. Despite the emergence of more widespread and functional parallel programming models, developing correct and effective parallel applications ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Zoovie Night: Mr. Peabody and ShermanAges: 4 and upPut on your jammies and enjoy an evening of Zoovie magic with the whole family. Bring your pillows, blankets, and chairs and snuggle up in our auditorium for a specially selected animal-or nature-themed movie. Meet some of our movie themed education animals and Roosevelt, Oakland Zoo's costumed ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $6-$7
Saturday, 05/30/15
  • Marsh and Beach Exploration
    Join us as we explore an amazing marsh habitat where the fresh Pescadero Creek meets the salty Pacific Ocean. We will hike inland through the marshland and learn about birds and plant life specially adapted to this environment. Make sure to pack a lunch and water to enjoy in our ...
    Where:  Redwood City Cost:  $20 General, $10 Members
  • Introduction to Synthetic BiologyLearn the terminology, logic, and syntax of synthetic biology. This is how we can build molecular machines as sensors and manufacturers. This class is followed by some hands-on experience in basic molecular biology techniques. You too can pipette!
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  free
  • Cracking Globular ClustersThe 160 spherical oceans of stars we call globular clusters (GCs) need aperture, good seeing and dark skies to resolve detail. But once observed to their core CG's can reveal a exquisitely rich sea of red giant and fuel spent stars that do not take us back to the big ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
Sunday, 05/31/15
  • 75th Anniversary community Day at San Francisco Botanical Garden2015 marks 75 years since San Francisco Botanical Garden opened to the public as a place of beauty, learning and inspiration. To honor this anniversary, we've designed a day just for you.Begin by immersing yourself in the beauty of this urban sanctuary with a meditative walking tour, a bird walk ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
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