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Monday, 09/25/17
  • JET FORMATION AROUND AGNWhat Physicists Do seriesSpeaker: Alexander Tchekhovskoy
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • SIMULATIONS OF BLACK HOLE ACCRETION, JETS, AND OUTFLOWSBlack holes devour stars, eject relativistic jets, affect star formation and galaxy evolution, and enrich the Universe with heavy elements. Alexander Tchekhovskoy will discuss the various astrophysical manifestations of black holes and how state-of-the-art numerical simulations help us to reveal their physics.
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • Using Reversible Metal Electrodeposition to Make Beautiful Windows with Adjustable Tinting to Save Energy
    Electrochromic materials are highly desirable because their tinting can be adjusted by a switch or automated control to allow the ideal amount of light to pass through a window, a skyroof or eyeglasses. A key advantage of attenuating light with electrochromics is that the view is not distorted as it ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Chan Zuckerberg Biohub and the End of Human Disease
    The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub has an audacious vision: to "enable doctors to cure, prevent or manage all diseases during our children’s lifetime.” This vision may sound outlandish at first. However, when one considers how far medicine has come in the past 100 years, this vision doesn’t seem so far-fetched. Co-presidents Joe DeRisi ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, Free for Members, $7 Student
  • Safety and Ethics for Advanced Autonomous Artificial IntelligencesAs the action space range and the optimization power of autonomous agents grow over the years, researchers can foresee specific new challenges in making the future of AI what designers, customers, and society would like it to be. Topics covered include the types of emergent issues, technical research threads aimed ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Nerd Nite East Bay: Animal Maps, Mud Flat Art, Nature MythsStart your night when the doors open at 7PM with pre-show games, beats by Citizen Zain, tasty food cart eats, info from the Oakland Public Library, then grab a drink and a seat as talks begin at 8PM. Where the Wild Things Go: Using Modern Technology to Map ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $8 Advance, $10 at door
Tuesday, 09/26/17
  • Where Is Health Care Headed?America’s health-care system is the most expensive in the world, and it continues to face large transformations. What should these transformation look like? How can the health-care system be improved to provide patient-focused care? Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel seeks to answer these questions by looking at success on all levels, from ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $30 General, $20 Member, other options on website
  • Quaternary Insect Studies at the Rancho La Brea Tar Pits in Southern CaliforniaSpeaker: Anna Holden, M.S., American Museum of Natural History
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • What is the Future of Cybersecurity?What is the future of cybersecurity? How do we address threats and potential gaps moving forward? Explore cyber innovation and how it affects our organizations, as well as how to move forward to achieve success.  Xerox’s Chief Information Security Officer, Dr. Alissa J. Johnson discusses the future of cybersecurity and ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Hebbian Learning and the LMS AlgorithmHebb's learning rule can be summarized as "neurons that fire together wire together." Wire together means that the weight of the synaptic connection between any two neurons is increased when both are firing. Hebb's rule is a form of unsupervised learning. Hebb introduced the concept of synaptic plasticity, and his ...
    Where:  Santa Clara Cost:  $5 General, Free for IEEE members
  • Kip Evans: Mission Blue Sylvia Earle Alliance
    Mission Blue is an initiative of the Sylvia A. Earle Alliance (SEA) to ignite public support for the protection of Hope Spots special places that are vital to the health of the ocean, the blue heart of our planet. From the seamounts of the high seas to the shallow sunlit ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  $5 donation goes to student research grants
  • Where Is Health Care Headed?America’s health-care system is the most expensive in the world, and it continues to face large transformations. What should these transformation look like? How can the health-care system be improved to provide patient-focused care? Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel seeks to answer these questions by looking at success on all levels, from ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  $25 General, $15 Member, other options on website
  • The Myths of AstronomyThe meeting starts at 7:15 and ends at 9:15. 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 Professor Thomas Targett, from Sonoma State UniversityThis month’s What’s Up, by Paul Reid: VASIMR: Innovative Spacecraft Propulsion
    Where:  Walnut Creek Cost:  free
Wednesday, 09/27/17
  • NSF-OOI Regional Cabled Array: Current infrastructure, operations, and data delivery
    The Regional Cabled Array (RCA) is a component of the National Science Foundation’s Ocean Observatories Initiative (NSF-OOI) and spans sites across the southern half of the Juan de Fuca Plate in the Northeast Pacific. The combination of 900 kilometers of submarine telecommunications cable and seven primary nodes, with eight kilowatts ...
    Where:  Moss Landing Cost:  Free
  • Fetal Monitoring During Childbirth
    To understand why a world-wide C-section epidemic has developed and the consequential long-term health implications to mother and child. How existing fetal monitors have contributed to the C-section epidemic and how the technology being developed by Raydiant Oximetry could help reduce the unsustainable C-section rates that currently exist.Raydiant OximetrySpeaker: Neil Ray
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Coupled Biophysical Data Assimilation and its Application to the Recent Warm Blob and El NinoSpeaker: Dr. Christopher Edwards, U.C. Santa Cruz
    Where:  Tiburon Cost:  Free
  • Challenges and opportunities in ocean acidification and hypoxia science and policySpeaker: Francis Chan, Associate Professor of Integrative Biology, Oregon State University
    Where:  Bodega Bay Cost:  Free
  • Wetlands in a time of changeSpeaker: Christine Whitcraft, Assistant Professor of Wetlands Plant Ecology, California State University Long Beach
    Where:  Bodega Bay Cost:  Free
  • Technologies and Progress for Environmental Protection, Sustainability and Conservation
    There is an accelerating effort among scientists, forest and wildlife managers as well as technologists and interest groups from NASA, Google and the Jane Goodall Institute to harness new technologies. These technologies, which range from satellite sensors, drones, camera traps and DNA detectors, can be used to improve and maintain ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $8 Members, Free for students
  • The 2017 Solar Eclipse and the Cassini Grand FinaleMembers of the Sonoma County Astronomical Society will share their images and experiences of observing the Great American Eclipse from Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming.Robert Ferguson Observatory members will report on the Saturn Cassini Space Craft Success and the September 15, 2018 Finale when it is scheduled to crash into Saturn.
    Where:  Santa Rosa 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. HOW:   Presented free by the Bay Area Skeptics.WHY:   Because science is fascinating!             ...
    Where:  Millbrae Cost:  Free- Pub is open for business
  • Stirred Genome and Cell's hangoverHave your genome like Mr Bond: stirred, not shaken.Our genome is a mix of our two parents' genome: we're half our mom, and half our dad. And your siblings are too, but they don't look exactly like you, do they?In this talk, we'll discover why we look like our siblings ...
    Where:  Redwood City Cost:  $5
  • Not Your Mother's Genes: How Maternal and Developmental Plasticity Shift Climate Change Responses in the Eelgrass Sea HareSpeaker: Richelle Tanner of UC BerkeleyMarin Science Seminar
    Where:  San Rafael Cost:  Free
Thursday, 09/28/17
  • Dune EcologyDunes are more than sand! Dune ecosystems come in a variety of forms and support a diverse array of habitats, and the Presidio contains some of the finest examples of remnant and restored dune communities along the central coast of California. Michael Chasse (NPS, Natural Resource Management Specialist) will present ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Donations encouraged
  • Hard Earth Talk: Hard IceIn much of the world, the effects of climate change are invisible. In the Arctic, they’re stark -- and evident even to the non-scientific eye. The Arctic offers epic landscapes and epochal climate-induced changes -- both of which offer a chance to make global warming visible to people around the ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Collisions, Field of View: Play, and Full-Spectrum Science
    As emerging technologies find their footing, artists and enthusiasts are often early adopters and boundary pushers. Playful and artful projects can be the impetus for pushing technology further and informing developers as to the unexpected ways creative spirits will approach their designs. And the technology can be the key for ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 general / $10 Member
  • The Hacking of the American Mind
    What is the difference between pleasure and happiness? These two positive emotions are often confused with each other, yet they couldn’t be more different. Pleasure is short-lived, visceral, usually experience alone, achievable with substances. Happiness, by contrast, is often the opposite"long-lived, ethereal, often experienced in social groups and cannot be ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $8 Members, $7 Students
  • Addressing California’s Tsunami HazardCalifornia faces tsunami threats from both local and distant sources. North of Cape Mendocino, large earthquakes on the Cascadia Subduction Zone have the potential of causing tsunamis greater than 50 feet high as they travel onshore. For areas south of Cape Mendocino, smaller offshore reverse and thrust faults as well ...
    Where:  Orinda Cost:  $5 General, $1 Teachers/Students
  • Geektoberfest 2017The Tech proudly presents Geektoberfest 2017! Don’t miss this 3rd annual event, with generous support from the Koret Foundation.At Geektoberfest, in partnership with BioCurious, we’ll dive into the biology of beer, with tastings from local and regional craft breweries. We’ll also have demos and talks from expert brewers.
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  $25 General, $20 Members (advance)
  • What's in a Species Name?
    How wildlife management relies on modern systematics research and museum collectionsWhat have museum collections taught us about invasive diseases?When is an endangered species not a species?How can birds in a museum help protect airline passengers?How do geology and biology govern what species we find on the Channel Islands?Speaker: by John ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • How the Clean Energy Economy is Helping to Address Climate Change
    Steve Westly is founder and managing partner of The Westly Group, a sustainability venture firm located in Menlo Park. The Westly Group focuses on capital-efficient, high-growth companies in the sustainability, sharing economy, and Internet of Things spaces. Prior to founding The Westly Group, Westly served as the Controller and chief ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  $10
  • City Star Party @ The PresidioCome 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
Saturday, 09/30/17
  • Bay DayDon't be fooled by the bridges, levees, and city skylines - the Bay is wild and alive. In fact, it's the largest and most ecologically important estuary on the west coast. When we take one day each year to celebrate this amazing natural resource, the movement to preserve and protect ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Science Saturday: Marine MammalsThis month spotlights the amazing marine mammals found right here on the Central Coast! Science Saturday is free and open to everyone.
    Where:  Pacific Grove Cost:  Free
  • Sharktoberfest
    Schedule- Main Event Free!!11am- All art & science activity stations open, food truck & refreshments available.11am-1pm- Live Music: Ukulele Friends11:30- Special Programs (see below)1pm- Ocean Life Costume Parade & Contest2pm-4pm- Live Music: Captain Mike and The Blue Whales2pm- Special Programs (see below)4pm- Event closes. Special Programs ($10/person): "Build a Shark" (11:30am or 2:00pm)Participants will interact with real shark specimens, ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Main Event Free! Special programs $10/person
  • GGRO Hawk Talk & Raptor ReleaseOur Hawk Talks and Raptor Releases occur every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 2 pm (weather permitting - heavy fog or rain cancels) during September and October, except for Fleet Week weekend. The Hawk Talk begins at noon, when a GGRO volunteer speaks about hawk migration and identification, and ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Free Admission to National Parks today celebrating National Public Lands DayAdmission to all US National Parks is free today as we celebrate National Public Lands day.
    Where:   Cost:  Free
Sunday, 10/01/17
  • GGRO Hawk Talk & Raptor ReleaseOur Hawk Talks and Raptor Releases occur every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 2 pm (weather permitting - heavy fog or rain cancels) during September and October, except for Fleet Week weekend. The Hawk Talk begins at noon, when a GGRO volunteer speaks about hawk migration and identification, and ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
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