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Friday, 01/20/17
  • Clean Energy ShowcaseSolar and energy service providers will present innovative technologies and showcase their products, services, as well as career opportunities to the Skyline College students, faculty, and local community.Keynote address entitled "Building a Strong Workforce for Clean Energy Jobs". Theater, Building 1
    Where:  San Bruno Cost:  Free
  • Deep Learning for Image and Video ProcessingDeep learning has profoundly changed the field of computer vision in the last few years. Many computer vision problems have been recast with techniques from deep learning and in turn achieved state of the art results and become industry standards. In this tutorial we will provide an overview about the ...
    Where:  Sunnyvale Cost:  Free
  • Using your Eyes and your Camera to get the most out of Solar EclipsesIn 2017 totality only lasts for two minutes. During that time a lot happens. I will use my own experience (both good and bad) to help the participants get the most out of the eclipse experience whether you are going to just view it with your eyes or bring your ...
    Where:  Livermore Cost:  Free
Saturday, 01/21/17
  • Amgen Biotech Experience Workshop: Teacher Professional Development: Abridged ABE SeriesThis event is open to all Bay Area high school science teachers interested in teaching the Amgen Biotech Experience curriculum (amgenbiotechexperience.com). The curriculum includes basic biotechnology laboratories and techniques through the lens of learning about diabetes and the manufacturing of insulin through recombinant technology. This workshop focuses on the abridged ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  
  • Ferns of the PreserveMeet 10 species of ferns, and learn fascinating details of fern biology, ecology uses by people and wildlife and more. We'll find 9 fern species alongside Pine Flat Road, while the 10th will require an easy 3/4th mile hike up to serpentine outcrops on the Redhill saddle. On the way, ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  Free
  • Hike the Mallard Slough TrailLook for birds, mammals, and animal tracks as we explore along the water’s edge on this 3.7-mile nature walk. Bring binoculars and your favorite field guide to help enjoy the views. Have at least one liter of water, snacks, and appropriate clothing. This hike runs rain or shine. Led by ...
    Where:  Alviso Cost:  Free
  • Docent Orientation: Become a Docent for Coyote Creek!The Santa Clara County Creeks Coalition is looking for volunteer docents! We are launching a new docent training program to promote education and stewardship of the Coyote Creek watershed.- Train with a professional naturalist- Learn about the ecology of Coyote Creek- Learn about the wildlife and plants of the watershed- ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  FREE!
  • Plankton ExplorationVisitors will have an opportunity to collect, examine, and identify plankton from the San Francisco Bay. This program will underscore the importance of plankton as the foundation of the food web with the help of a "Plankton Jenga" activity and show how some of the world's largest animals depend directly ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Pacific Flyway
    Our wetlands are an important stop on the Pacific Flyway, a major bird migration route. Stroll with docent Laurel Stell to learn why birds migrate, why they stop along the San Francisco Bay, and to spot the birds in action. Trail is easy and level. All ages and abilities welcome. Meet at the SF2 trail ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • The Really Big One: Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest
    Most people think that in the United States, the area around the San Andreas Fault poses the highest risk for a large earthquake. But the risk for a “great earthquake” and tsunami is highest in the Pacific Northwest. Join seismologist Diego Melgar and learn about the risks, the geologic forces ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Cerrito Creek history walkSusan Schwartz of Friends of Five Creeks and David Weinstein of El Cerrito Historical Society lead an easy stroll along Cerrito Creek, exploring nature and fascinating history -- Native Americans, dynamite, gambling, and more! This walk celebrates the City of El Cerrito's Centennial.
    Where:  El Cerrito Cost:  Free
  • Brian Andrews: Fixed Landscapes - Artist ReceptionBrian Andrews is a sculptor who works with wood, employing traditional techniques to explore contemporary cultural issues, including mapping, as a metaphor to explore issues of self and of man’s place in the world. Korzybski's saying "the map is not the territory" plays heavily into my work.It's an abstract representation ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Fixit Clinic at Castro Valley LibraryFixit Clinic CXCIV (194) Castro Valley LibraryBack by popular demand! Our previous events at the Castro Valley Library have been big hits: we look forward to seeing you at this Fixit Clinic!------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Celebrating repair through do-it-together hands-on STEM-oriented fix-n-learn community-based discovery and disassembly: bring your broken, non-functioning things -- electronics, appliances, ...
    Where:  Castro Valley Cost:  Free!
  • John Reber, the Man with Grand IdeasBack in the 1940s, John Reber would look out over the San Francisco Bay and visualize a massive civil works project of dams and locks to harvest fresh drinking water, and barriers that would support railway systems and a highway.  His intention was to improve the quality of life for ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • California Native Wildlife Photos - Exhibit by Tony IwaneYou're invited to an opening reception for CCNH Naturalist Tony Iwane's native California wildlife photos! Tony's photos encompass the breadth of our native plants and animals, revealing the beauty not only of birds and flowers, but of reptiles, insects, spiders and other invertebrates.
    Where:  Hayward Cost:  Free
Sunday, 01/22/17
  • Amgen Biotech Experience Workshop: Teacher Professional Development: Abridged ABE SeriesThis event is open to all Bay Area high school science teachers interested in teaching the Amgen Biotech Experience curriculum (amgenbiotechexperience.com). The curriculum includes basic biotechnology laboratories and techniques through the lens of learning about diabetes and the manufacturing of insulin through recombinant technology. This workshop focuses on the abridged ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  
  • Free Community Day at the ExplOratoriumAdmission to the ExplOratorium is free today.Entry is subject to capacity; admission is not guaranteed. We don’t accept group or field trip reservations; group entry is discouraged due to large crowds.
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • Marine Science Sunday: Animals of the ArcticThis month we celebrate the animals that are the champions of the cold: Animals of the Arctic. We recommend teaming our free classroom program with a Docent-led tour at 11am, 1pm or 3pm for a truly immersive marine mammal experience.  Program Summary FREE Classroom Programs: Animals of the Arctic- 12 PM ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Seeds - From Helicopters to HitchhikersGet cozy in our Garden classroom as we explore the wonderous and diverse designs of seeds and their enclosures. Learn how plants make seeds and see an amazing array of seed pods and fruits that aid in their seed dispersal, from papery 'helicopter' wings to natural velcro for 'hitchhiking'. Amaze ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $15 General, $10 Family members
  • Redwood Creek Coho Walk
    107 endangered sexually mature Coho salmon were recently released into Redwood Creek. Come learn about what's been going on since then as well as the natural and cultural history of this species with Naturalist Nik Bertulis. Explore this aquatic wonderland and help us unravel the next chapter of this genetically ...
    Where:  Muir Beach Cost:  $20 suggested donation
  • Full-Spectrum Science: Radioactivity
    Join Exploratorium scientist Ron Hipschman for colorful explorations of the physical world.What's going on inside the nucleus of an atom? Why does it spit out radiation? Did you know that you are exposed to radioactivity every day? Learn the facts about this somewhat controversial topic.Talks at 1:00 and 3:00.
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free with admission
  • 21st Century Conservation -- Insights from Monarch and Checkerspot ButterfliesJoin Dr. Stuart Weiss as he discusses how the altered environment of the 21st century has affected two butterfly species, the monarch and the checkerspot. He suggests that simply protecting habitat and hands-off management may no longer be effective.Overwintering monarch butterflies are now dependent on non-native eucalyptus trees at many ...
    Where:  Pacific Grove Cost:  $5 General, Free for members
Monday, 01/23/17
  • Exocomets: Now you see them, now you don'tMinor bodies such as Kuiper Belt objects, comets, and asteroids constitute the rocky and icy debris left over from the planet building phase of our solar system. The existence of reservoirs of small rocky bodies (i.e., asteroids/planetesimals) in orbits around young stellar systems is now well established, with their presence ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  Free
  • Addressing methane emissions: technology limits to mitigation policyMethane, a short-lived and potent greenhouse gas, presents a unique challenge: unlike carbon dioxide, it is emitted from a large number of highly distributed sources. In this regard, timely and cost-effective leak detection across large-scale facilities becomes a priority.  As part of a federal push to reduce methane emissions from ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Do Brains Compute, and How Can We Tell?Brains are paradigmatically information-processing systems, and this is often taken to mean that brains perform computation, and furthermore, that we can both explain and reproduce the brain's capabilities by elucidating the computations involved. But is there really some distinctive activity "computing" that all and only brains and computers perform?  Are ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Stochastic Hybrid Approximation Algorithms and Applications to Power Generation DispatchIn many important applications, including power system operations planning, optimization problems arise where decisions need to be made in the presence of uncertainty. Solving these problems is in general a challenging task due to the computational complexity of evaluating the functions that account for the uncertainty. Typical approaches for solving ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Yang-MIlls glueballs as closed bosonic strings
    Speaker: Sergei Dubovsky, NYU/UC Davis
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Cool Chemical Transformations and Hot Carrier Upconversion: Emerging Plasmonic Methods to Understand and Improve Renewable Energy Generation/Storage
    Speaker:Jennifer Dionne, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
Tuesday, 01/24/17
  • Impact of various federal mitigation policies to reduce CO2 emissions on the operating characteristics of the electricity system
    A number of policies are advocated to accelerate de-carbonization of the electricity sector. Too often the consequences of these policies for the operating characteristic of the electricity sector are not thoroughly examined. This lecture will consider a very simple electricity sector model consisting of three competing generation technologies - natural ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • The Direct Detection of Gravitational Waves: Observation of the Mergers of Black Hole BinariesSpeaker: Rai Weiss, MIT
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Women at the Center: Linking Population, Health and Environment for a Healthy WorldWomen are disproportionately affected by poor environment, health conditions and infrastructure. Empowering women and girls is central to improving not only their lives but also for effective and long-lasting community development and conservation.Learn how supporting women’s rights and linking multiple sectors such as conservation and health can better address the ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • Doubt, Deny or Defend: Republicans on Climate ChangePresident-elect Donald Trump is giving plum jobs to Republicans who deny or downplay the risks of climate disruption. That's a big shift from the time of President George W. Bush, when U.S. Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham pursued climate-fixing legislation.Bob Inglis, former Republican congressman and executive director of RepublicEn, ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $12 Members, $7 Students
  • Famed Geologist Walter Alvarez: A Most Improbable JourneyOne in a million doesn’t even come close.Not when we’re talking about the odds that you would happen to be alive today, on this particular planet, hurtling through space. Almost 14 billion years of cosmic history, more than 4 billion years of Earth history, and a couple million years of ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  $12-$22
  • Interactive workshop building your own equatorial sundialSpeaker: Jeff Adkins, Mount Diable Astronomical Society
    Where:  Walnut Creek Cost:  Free
  • THE IRRATIONAL MIND
    Forty years ago, Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies that unraveled our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred, systematically, when forced to make judgments in uncertain situations, and created a new field of ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $29
Wednesday, 01/25/17
  • Transforming High School Computer Science: The Beauty and Joy of ComputingOur Beauty and Joy of Computing course was chosen as one of the national pilots for the new Advanced Placement (AP): Computer Science Principles (CSP) course to broaden participation in computing to traditionally underrepresented groups. Locally offered as a non-majors computing course, BJC was the first introductory CS course in ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Climate Action in the New AdministrationOur nation’s political landscape is changing, and with it comes an attitude that challenges the legitimacy of climate action. For this reason, our efforts must be greater than ever, effecting change on a more comprehensive scale.Our work must be universally appealing, crossing political boundaries, and creating results without added taxation. ...
    Where:  Corte Madera Cost:  $10 Pre-registration, $15 at door General
  • OF THE SEA an encore screening of 2016 Green Film Festival favoriteJoin Green Film Fest at the SF Public Library for a free, encore screening of 2016 Festival favorite, Of the Sea.OF THE SEA synoposis: Fishermen are the stewards of some of the last wild food on our planet: fish. But few California fishing families remain, due to complex regulations, high cost, and ...
    Where:  San Francisco 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
  • The Monster Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way GalaxyImprovements in technology allow astronomers to use large telescopes to track the properties of stars in places where gravity overwhelms everything. By measuring the rapid orbits of stars near the center of our galaxy, Dr. Ghez and her colleagues have made the case for a supermassive black hole at the ...
    Where:  Los Altos Hills Cost:  Free ($3 parking)
  • Exploring the Universe with Gravitational WavesSpeaker: Rainer Weiss, MIT and LIGO
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
Thursday, 01/26/17
  • Transforming SF: THE FUTURE OF WORK: Ken Goldberg and John Zysman in conversationWhat are the social and economic impacts of technology, robotics and AI on work and employment? Will human beings be completely replaced in the work force? What new jobs will be created and which industries most effected? What will we do with time on our hands and how will we ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • Sea cliff retreat and coastal waterfalls in Point Reyes
    In California, nearly three-quarters of the coastline consists of eroding sea cliffs or bluffs. Cliff retreat often happens suddenly and without warning: wave impacts can undercut and destabilize sea cliffs, causing rapid collapse. Cliff collapse and retreat can be hazardous, but it also gives rise to spectacular coastal features such ...
    Where:  Point Reyes Station Cost:  Free
  • The End of Life Option Act: Legal and Clinical ImplicationsUnderstand the basics of the End of Life Option Act. At this event, our speakers dispel some common myths about the act's implementation, address the status of institutional policy development around California and discuss research data from the Oregon/Washington experience. These policy leaders also address some of the challenges encountered ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • NightlifeThis week, NightLife celebrates the best of the Academy with an evening of after hours science inside the greenest museum on the planet.In the aquarium, enjoy nighttime dive shows in our Philippine Coral Reef tank, learn about Claude the albino alligator during a special Swamp Talk, then gaze at the ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members
  • Unusual Sources of Tsunamis - From Krakatoa to Monterey Bay
    Not all tsunamis are generated by earthquakesTsunamis can be caused by volcanoes, landslides, and even atmospheric disturbancesData from tide gauges can help unravel the complex physics of these sourcesSpeaker: Eric Geist, USGS 
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • Full-Spectrum Science: Radioactivity
    Join Exploratorium scientist Ron Hipschman for colorful explorations of the physical world.What's going on inside the nucleus of an atom? Why does it spit out radiation? Did you know that you are exposed to radioactivity every day? Learn the facts about this somewhat controversial topic.Part of After Dark, which runs ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free with admission
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