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Friday, 04/18/14
  • California in DroughtCalifornia is experiencing its worst drought in recorded history, but droughts are not new to California. Over the past 150 years, during which California's water infrastructure and its expectations for water supply developed, may have actually been a wet anomaly in California's deeper history of aridity. Adding climate change-induced variability, ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Bloodsucker!Speaker: Dr. Bob Lane, PROFESSOR OF THE GRADUATE SCHOOL, ESPM
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Connecting the Dots Symposium: Our Changing Climate
    In celebration of Earth Day 2014, leading researchers at Stanford University will discuss the interconnections and interactions amoung humanity's needs for climate, energy, food, water and the environment. This year we will start with climate and examine the impacts, adaptation and vulnerabilities due to climate change, as covered in the ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  
  • Understanding Materials for Solar Fuel ProductionSolar energy represents a renewable source that has the potential to meet our ever-increasing energy demand without devastating the environment. One approach to harvesting the energy is to carry out light-powered chemical reactions. Thermodynamically uphill, these reactions produce energetic chemicals that can be used as fuels, promising a large-scale energy ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Wild and Scenic Film Festival
    This year's theme EmPOWERment couldn't be more fitting for our mission of inspiring community action to protect the environment, consumers and public health. We hope you will mark you calendars and join us Friday April 18 at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center for a fun, inspiring, and, dare we say, ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $10 General, other options available
  • Get Your Goose On! 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 own wild craft. ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • Future Fridays: Building a Mini Sun to Save the Earth
    Scientists are continuously discovering new ways to harness the energy of the Sun and stars to meet Earth's energy needs. Dr. Edward Moses is leading efforts to explore ways to commercialize the power of lasers to provide environmentally friendly energy for our future. Using Laser Ignition Fusion Energy, LIFE, Moses ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $23 + service
  • Yoga & Psyche ConferenceApril 18th-20th, Fri 6-9pm, Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 9am-5pmOne of the first academic conferences anywhere in the world on the integration of yoga and Western psychology. We will engage in a passionate inquiry about what happens when Yoga, as considered from its vast and original context including scripture, study, meditation, breathwork, ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  250,275,300.
  • Public Astronomy Viewing Nights as Sonoma State ObservatoryPublic Night with SPS club demonstrationsCall before coming if it appears possible that clouds or fog may force cancellation. Info Line: (707) 664-2267.
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
Saturday, 04/19/14
  • Yoga & Psyche ConferenceSee April 18 
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  250,275,300.
  • Earth Day on the Bay 2014Our all-day event is meant to provide fun, safe, and special memories for the whole family that will foster and grow cherished connections between your family and the San Francisco Bay.We're open to the public just once a year and we've made sure to bundle as much wonder, fun, and ...
    Where:  Redwood City Cost:  Admission free, boat tour $20 kids, $40 adults
  • Open Make: DeBUGCelebrate Earth Day by taking your "Make"-ing cues from the tiny creatures that roam the planet. Meet makers whose work is inspired by insects and how bugs inform engineering. De-bug your broken electronics with Fixit Clinic, design your own insect costume, and snap a picture in our photo booth.
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free with admission
  • Behind the Screens: Deconstructing the Joshua Light ShowGo behind the scenes to learn the fascinating history and techniques of the legendary Joshua Light Show in this unique, all-day workshop.Since light shows first appeared in late '60s-era Bay Area ballrooms, improvised light performances have become integral to the live music experience. In this workshop, Joshua Light Show founder ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $25. $19 Student/ Senior discounts for residents
  • Play for the Planet!Join the San Francisco Zoo for a weekend Earth Day Celebration, Play for the Planet, themed around conservation and caring for the environment. Free with Zoo admission.Live Entertainment with the amazing kid-friendly band The RaytonesGamesScavenger HuntWild crafts with reusable materials by local environmental superstars SCRAPInformation tables by local conservation groups Face ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free with admission
  • San Francisco Rocks: The Great Quake Earth Day EditionCelebrate Earth Day and commemorate the Great Quake, all in one afternoon! On April 18, 1906, the San Andreas shook our city down. The quake was a disaster socially, but from a science perspective, it was a magical moment. Join this special tour and find out what geologists learned from the ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $30 (use code 'Schmooze') adults $25 und
  • National Park Week: Free Admission todayCelebrate 84 million acres of open space during National Park Week.  Admission to all National Parks is free today.  The week of celebration runs through April 27.
    Where:   Cost:  Free
Sunday, 04/20/14
  • Yoga & Psyche ConferenceSee April 18 listing 
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  250,275,300.
  • Play for the Planet!Join the San Francisco Zoo for a weekend Earth Day Celebration, Play for the Planet, themed around conservation and caring for the environment. Free with Zoo admission.Live Entertainment with the amazing kid-friendly band The RaytonesGamesScavenger HuntWild crafts with reusable materials by local environmental superstars SCRAPInformation tables by local conservation groups Face ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free with admission
  • Junior Academy: Naturalist Know-howCalifornia Academy of SciencesSundays at 2pm – 2:45pm (sign-up at 1:30pm) Naturalist Center / Lab (Level 3 across from the Planetarium exit)This program is designed for youth ages 8 to 11. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited to 20 youth with attending adults. Onsite registration is ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free with Academy admission
  • National Park Week: Free Admission todayCelebrate 84 million acres of open space during National Park Week.  Admission to all National Parks is free today.  The week of celebration runs through April 27.
    Where:   Cost:  Free
Monday, 04/21/14
  • Lecture by James M. TiedjeDr. Tiedje will discuss new approaches to assess and interrogate complex soil community genomic data, and then use this and sister methods to provide insight into environmental problems including antibiotic resistance genes as pollutants and organic chemical pollutant biodegradation.Speaker: Dr. James Tiedjie, Michigan State Univ.
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • THE LARGE HADRON COLLIDER: OBSERVATION OF THE HIGGS BOSONDr. Beate Heinemann from University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab will explain how particle physics research is done at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, and in particular discuss the observation of the Higgs boson in 2012 for which the Nobel Prize was awarded in Dec. 2013.
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • Energy Seminar - Latin America mini-series (1 of 4)Speaker: Dr. Alvaro Umaña, Former Principal Adviser and Leader of the Energy and Environment Group, Bureau of Developmental Policy, United Nations Development Program history from the University of California, Los Angeles and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • The Nuclear Fuel Cycle vs. the Carbon Cycle: Pu vs. C
    One hundred commercial nuclear reactors in the United States generate ~ 800 billion kWh of energy each year. This accounts for 19% of the electricity generated in the U.S. The nuclear power plants (NPP) themselves produce no carbon dioxide, but the construction of the NPPs does require energy that leads ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • The Visualization of Astronomical Information: From Galileo to the ZooniverseIn 1610, when Galileo pointed his small telescope at Jupiter, he drew sketches to record what he saw. After just a few nights of observing, he understood his sketches to be showing moons orbiting Jupiter. It was the visualization of Galileo's observations that led to his understanding of a clearly ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $12 General, $8 Members, $10 Seniors
Tuesday, 04/22/14
  • Global fire ecology: some research opportunities and challengesSpeaker: Max Moritz, UC Berkeley
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Quantum Thermalization and Many-body Anderson LocalizationProf. David Huse of Princeton University will give the Applied Physics/Physics colloquium
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Robots In The Classroom Robots are making inroads in a wide variety of industries, with particularly interesting applications in the field of education. Both as a means of instruction and as an emerging discipline, today's students are interacting with robots in ways that prior generations couldn't even imagine. In this panel, experts will discuss ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Cost: $20 non-members, $8 members, $7 students
  • Greater than the Sum, a SETI Artist In Residence Special Event
    The third installment of the SETI Artist in Residence Program speakers series will feature two authors: Edward Frenkel, professor of mathematics at U.C. Berkeley, and Marc Weidenbaum, whose new book, for the 33 1/3 series, is about the Aphex Twin album Selected Ambient Works Volume II. Frenkel will talk about his ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  Free
  • Thinking Like A NaturalistLearn how to get more out of every nature ramble. Developments in neuropsychology have opened doors in our understanding of the brain and cognition and how you can train yourself to see more and to be more curious about what you discover. Naturalist and illustrator John Muir Laws will demonstrate ...
    Where:  Foster City Cost:  free
  • Possible metabolic processes for life on Enceladus, the watery moon of SaturnSaturn's icy moon Enceladus is emerging as the most habitable spot beyond Earth in the Solar System for life as we know it.Speaker: Dr. Ronald Oremland, USGS
    Where:  Walnut Creek Cost:  free
  • Conversations on Science: Extreme Weather & The Science of SuperstormsSuperstorms capture the imagination in Hollywood and effect our real world hearts and homes. We are captivated by extreme weather and the forces of nature. Are they becoming more common? Hurricanes, tidal waves, giant tornadoes, rivers in the sky. What does the science of superstorms uncover about the powerful forces ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $27 General, $25 Members
  • Earth Matters: Feeding the World in the 21st Century
    Meeting the world's need for food in the 21st century presents unprecedented challenges and opportunities. The global population is expected to grow toward 9 billion by 2050, and more families will live in middle-income countries and urban areas with expanding per capita consumption. At the same time, climate change and ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Night Sky Series, Class #6ROBERT FERGUSON OBSERVATORY - NIGHT SKY SERIESObliquity of the Ecliptic; Equinoxes and Solstices, Virgo, Coma Berenices, Corona BorealisPlease join us and instructor Jack Welch as we learn about our seasonal night skys through a very informative lecture, and then hands on stargazing with the Observatory's telescopes.  You will be able ...
    Where:  Kenwood Cost:  $23.00
Wednesday, 04/23/14
Thursday, 04/24/14
  • Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium: Atul Butte
    Speaker: Atul Butte, Stanford School of Medicine
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • For Goodness SnakesThis one-of-a-kind educational experience will introduce children to the fascinating world of snakes and other reptiles. Come enjoy the opportunity to hold and interact with the docile animals of For Goodness Snakes.
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • Lost Ships of San FranciscoThe ocean and bay surrounding San Francisco are the grave of more than 200 lost ships, sunk as a result of storms, bad luck, fog, and at times bad behavior.Join maritime archaeologist James Delgado in a visual exploration of the amazing stories of our area's colorful maritime past, as seen through ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $10 general, $5 members
  • 'The Sibley Guide to Birds'Birding, as ornithologist David Allen Sibley describes it, is "an interplay of detail and gestalt."  Birders consider his Guide to Birds, which has been flying off the shelves for more than a dozen years, the Bible of bird taxonomy. So his forthcoming Second Edition, with new illustrations and maps, is ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $25 General, $22.50 Members
  • Bonnie Cromwell's African SafariBonnie Cromwell's presentation will feature an alligator, an ocelot, and a serval, just to name a few.  Seating is limited.
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $15
  • CATASTROPHIC Earthquakes in a Crowded World
    Why have there been so many catastrophic earthquakes at the beginning of the 21st century?The history and future of earthquake death tolls, and the urbanization of the planet.The modern megacity, and its vulnerability to natural hazards.Speaker: Thomas Holzer, USGS
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
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