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Tuesday, 12/06/16
  • Crucible of Worlds: A System for Space Synthetic Biology ExperimentsAaron Berliner is the Science PI on a recently funded NASA Ames SIF project to investigate Mars habitability. He will talk about the development of the "extreme conditions" Crucible environmental chamber. The project is a collaboration between NASA Ames Research Center, UC Berkeley, and Autodesk to build a system that will ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  Free
  • Harnessing Basic Science to Advance Solutions for Coral ReefsSpeaker: Dr. Ruth Gates, University of Hawaii, Manoa
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • When Drugs Kill: Cognitive Structures in the Production of EvidencePrescription drugs reduce pain and save lives, but they also kill and injure hundreds of thousands of patients each year. The drugs responsible for killing and injuring most patients have typically been on the market for many years before being pulled off. This paper develops and tests a theory that ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • The Future of Neurotechnology: Human Intelligence + Artificial IntelligenceHow will we incorporate advances in neuroscience with those of AI? What are the promises and perils of marrying our biology and our technology? Join David Eagleman (neuroscientist) and tech entrepreneur Bryan Johnson (Kernel.co) for an invigorating open discussion on the future of our field. We'll explore new technologies in ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Natural History of Lake MerrittDive into Lake Merritt's past with this easy walk near the water's edge. We'll talk about the past and present ecology of the area, and how Lake Merritt has changed over the years. 
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  FREE! $20 suggested donation.
  • From Gentrification to Geomorphology: Geography in the Golden StateCalifornia is a geographic wonderland and physical geographers have long shown how forces from faulting and fires to food have forged the Golden State. Likewise, cultural geographers have uncovered how the landscape of the Beautiful and the Dam(m/n)ed exposes The Lie of the Land and renders hollow Agrarian Dreams. Following ...
    Where:  Newark Cost:  Free
  • Trees of Lake MerrittWhat's that tree? Do you know the difference between a giant sequoia and a coast redwood? How about a turkey oak and a valley oak? Join us for this introduction to the trees around the Rotary Nature Center and Lakeside Park. We'll talk about trees native to Oakland as ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  FREE! $20 suggested donation.
  • Science at the Library: Physics of Toys There are 4 activities at each presentation after a show presentation. Parents work with their children to learn about science. Recommended for elementary age children. Families are encouraged to attend. Limited seating. Funding provided by Lam Research Foundation and free.Register at weblink
    Where:  Fremont Cost:  Free
Wednesday, 12/07/16
  • First Free Wednesday at Bay Area Discovery MuseumFirst Wednesdays are free for all at the Bay Area Discovery Museum
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • 3D reconstruction and video analytics for subsea explorationHumans are inherently visual creatures. Despite the limitations of underwater vision, video remains a critical modality for observing and interacting with the deep ocean. This talk will cover two major research themes: The first theme will present progress towards robust reconstruction of 3D environments from monocular and stereo cameras. I ...
    Where:  Moss Landing Cost:  Free
  • What Happens When the Things We Design Wake Up?Mickey McManus is a research fellow at Autodesk in the Office of the CTO, and Principal & Chairman of the board at MAYA Design, a design consultancy and innovation lab. He's a pioneer in the fields of pervasive computing, collaborative innovation, human-centered design and education. In Mickey’s current research ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • A Bayesian Framework for Quantifying Fault Network Uncertainty Using a Marked Point Process ModelIncomplete observations of subsurface fault networks lead to uncertainty pertaining to location, geometry and existence of faults. In practice, gaps in incomplete fault network observations are filled based on tectonic knowledge and structural interpreter’s intuition pertaining to fault relationships. In this dissertation, a rigorous approach to quantifying fault network uncertainty ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Discover Marine Life at Lake Merritt!Did you know that organisms from all over the world make their home in Lake Merritt?Naturalists from the Rotary Nature Center will guide you through a hands-on experience with marine invertebrates that live on the boat docks. Come learn about sea squirts, sponges, flatworms, bubble snails, and more! We'll talk ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  FREE! $20 suggested donation.
  • Management and Conservation of Fish and Invertebrates in Large Estuarine Systems: Perspectives from Chesapeake BaySpeaker: Dr. Matthew Ogburn, SERC
    Where:  Tiburon Cost:  Free
  • Trophic surprises and the restoration of vegetated coastal habitatsSpeaker: Kathy Boyer, Professor, Biology, San Francisco State University
    Where:  Bodega Bay Cost:  Free
  • San Francisco Green Film Festival Encore Series: Not Without UsJoin Green Film Fest to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the COP21 Paris Agreement with a free, encore screening of "Not Without Us".The film's director, Mark Decena, will be on stage to introduce the film.Free event, no ticket required. This event is sponsored by the Green Stacks program of SF ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • Origins of Silicon Valley: How It Happened & Predictions for the Upcoming YearsWhy did Silicon Valley come into being, why is it successful, and where is it going? The story goes back to local Hams (amateur radio operators) trying to break RCA's tube patents, early Stanford engineers, the sinking of the Titanic, early "angel" investments, Fred Terman and Stanford, local invention of ...
    Where:  Santa Clara Cost:  Free
  • 2016: From Paris to TrumpTop energy stories this year range from speedy ratification of the Paris climate deal to the large number of reservations for Tesla’s mid-priced sedan. Recent headlines also include PG&E’s surprise announcement that it will close the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant and the surprise bankruptcy of SunEdison, once a darling ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $12 Member, $7 Students
  • December LASER Event - Berkeley
    What (the order of the speakers might change):7:00-7:25: Philip Sabes(UCSF/ Neuroscience) on "Brain-Machine Interfaces"Brain-Machine Interfaces offer the promise of helping disabled patients...Read more7:25-7:50: Fyodor Urnov(UC Berkeley/ Genomics) on "Genetics and Society"Abstract forthcoming...Read moreBREAK. Before or after the break, anyone in the audience currently working within the intersections of ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • East Bay Science Cafe: This is your brain on stressStress is an inevitable part of our life, and understanding the biology of the stress response is relevant to each of us. In this month’s Cafe, Daniela will talk about the biology of the stress response, and discuss when is the stress response beneficial, when is it detrimental and what ...
    Where:  Albany Cost:  Free
  • River Otter Snow Days at Aquarium of the BayThere’s snow in the forecast at Aquarium of the Bay! Join the Aquarium each Wednesday throughout December as biologists add over 1,000 pounds of snow to the river otter habitat, and experience the merriment first-hand as Shasta, Baxter, and Ryer romp and roll in this fun and festive addition of ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free with admission
  • First Free Wednesday at UC Botanical GardenEvery first Wednesday at the Garden is free admission day.
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
Thursday, 12/08/16
  • Holiday Bazaar NightLife‘Tis the season to stuff those stockings and shop locally! This week, NightLife’s annual holiday bazaar returns, featuring a merry marketplace of gift-worthy treasures from dozens of local makers and merchants, all curated by SF Bazaar.Find a little something for every person on your list (naughty or nice!) at this ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members
  • December LASER Event - Stanford
    7:00-7:25: Cheryl Leonard(Composer) on "Music from High Latitudes"Making music out of sounds, objects and experiences from the polar regions.Read more7:25-7:50: Mark Nelson(Co-director, Stanford Peace Innovation Initiative) on "Technology for Peace"The Peace Innovation Lab is an initiative from Stanford's Persuasive Tech Lab...Read morehigh-tech world through interactive digital art that ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Scientific Skepticism vs. Quantum Entanglement
    Entanglement phenomena are the closest thing we have to reproducible magic, and even physicists can't agree as to what’s really going on. Is it spooky action at a distance, or retrocausality, or conspiracies that govern our choices? And what is a good skeptic to do when every explanatory option seems ...
    Where:  Redwood City Cost:  
Friday, 12/09/16
  • Meet the birds at Lake Merritt!Migrating birds are here! See which winter visitors are currently at Lake Merritt, the nation's oldest wildlife refuge.  A naturalist from the Rotary Nature Center will lead a short walk along the lake. Learn about the Pacific Flyway and how to identify some winter migrants as well as year-round ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  FREE! $20 suggested donation.
Saturday, 12/10/16
  • Solar Energy Training: Free Workshop on How to Install Rooftop PV SystemsJoin others who are interested in helping save the environment one rooftop at a time!  This workshop is offered by SunWork (SunWork.org), a Bay Area nonprofit that installs rooftop PV systems on small-energy-footprint homes (those that use less than $100/mo, excluding electric vehicles).  You'll learn the basics of rooftop solar ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  free
  • Winter Arts & Nature Celebration Celebrate the season and winter solstice by creating beautiful arts & crafts, observe the rhythms of the season with winter waterbird watching, and get inspired with nature-based entertainment for families and people of all ages. For more information, email ACR Education Program Coordinator Eileen Shanahan or call 415.868.9244, ext. 116. ...
    Where:  Stinson Beach Cost:  Free
  • GIFTY The Crucible's Winter Open House
    Discover the Science in the Industrial Art with our live demonstrations in glass blowing, foundry pours, enameling, blacksmithing, neon and more! Dozens of leading artists, craftspeople, and Crucible faculty members will be selling their best hand-made pieces in a holiday celebration of local creative culture. With works of glass, metal, wood, ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  FREE
  • Trekking the ModelJoin a Ranger guided tour of the Bay Model, a 1.5 acre hydraulic model of the San Francisco Bay and Delta. Discover the stories of the two major operations that took place at this location between 1942�"2000. 
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Bird Watching for BeginnersIn this beginner’s program, we will go over the use of binoculars, how to use a bird guide, and identify the birds we see on the trail. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Wear comfortable shoes. A limited number of binoculars are available to borrow.  Heavy rain cancels. Led by ...
    Where:  Freemont Cost:  Free
  • Jazz Under the StarsCome peer through our telescopes and see craters on the Moon, the visible plants, 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 here.
    Where:  San Mateo Cost:  Free
Sunday, 12/11/16
  • Documenting Wildlife on the Mayacamas Come and spend the morning with ACR Volunteer, Docent and Wildlife Camera Specialist Ginny Fifield to learn about some of the wildlife that inhabits the Modini Mayacamas Preserves. We'll learn about identifying field signs of mountain lions, bobcat, coyotes and more. We will also visit two wildlife trail cameras, where ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  $15 - $25 donation requested
  • Marine Science Sunday: Seal and Sea Lion Superstars
    This month we wrap up 2016 with a special Marine Science Sunday highlighting our Seal and Sea Lion Superstars of 2016.  In 2016, The Marine Mammal Center rescued many California sea lions, elephant seals, harbor seals, and endangered fur seals and Hawaiian monk seals. In fact, in the Spring, we ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  
  • Mushrooms at Fernandez Ranch
    Come explore the rolling hills of Fernandez Ranch in north Contra Costa County. We'll look for chanterelles, boletes, and a variety of visually stunning fungi. Damon Tighe, a local amateur mycologist will help find and identify whats popping and discuss the role of fungi in the ecosystem.This hike is moderately ...
    Where:  Martinez Cost:  Free ($20 suggested donation)
  • GIFTY The Crucible's Winter Open House
    Discover the Science in the Industrial Art with our live demonstrations in glass blowing, foundry pours, enameling, blacksmithing, neon and more! Dozens of leading artists, craftspeople, and Crucible faculty members will be selling their best hand-made pieces in a holiday celebration of local creative culture. With works of glass, metal, wood, ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  FREE
  • FIELD TRIP: The Sea Forager's TourLearn how to fish for Monkey Faced Eel with author Kirk Lombard. Take a trip to the rocky shoreline to learn the when, how, and where to find this interesting fish.
    Where:  Pacific Grove Cost:  $30 General, $25 Members
  • Lecture: The Sea Forager's Tour GuideEmbark on a coastal adventure with Sea Forager tour guide, sustainable fishmonger, and author of The Sea Forager's Guide to the Northern California Coast, Kirk Lombard. Learn all about the sustainable delicacies waiting to be hooked and harvested at your local beach. Lombard will also sign copies of his book ...
    Where:  Pacific Grove Cost:  $5 General, Free for Members
Monday, 12/12/16
  • Meet the birds at Lake Merritt!Migrating birds are here! See which winter visitors are currently at Lake Merritt, the nation's oldest wildlife refuge.  A naturalist from the Rotary Nature Center will lead a short walk along the lake. Learn about the Pacific Flyway and how to identify some winter migrants as well as year-round ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  FREE! $20 suggested donation.
  • Is Climate Denial Destroying Our Planet?The majority of Americans agree climate disruption is a major concern. The Paris Climate Agreement has been ratified by 61 countries and counting, which so far represents 47.81 percent of the world’s emissions. So we all agree, climate change is the biggest problem humankind has ever faced? Not so fast.Here ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, Free for Members, $7 Students
  • King Tides at Fitzgerald Marine ReserveJoin your nature journaling friends at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach CA to explore the exposed rocks during the king tides. The low tide of -1-2″ will reach its lowest at 3:16 PM. The best tidepooling will be in the hour before the low. There will be great stuff exposed ...
    Where:  Moss Beach Cost:  Free
  • “Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet’s Future” with Dr. David GrinspoonFor the first time in Earth’s history, our planet is experiencing rapidly accelerating changes prompted by one species: humans. Climate change is the most visible and our current behavior threatens not only our own future but that of countless other creatures.As we stand at this pivotal juncture, Dr. Grinspoon calls ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  $12 - $50
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