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Friday, 04/28/17
  • Wildflowers for Photographers, Poets & ArtistsJoin ACR Resource Ecologist Dave Self on an excursion to see and photograph (or sketch, paint, or write about) wildflowers on the Modini Mayacamas Preserves. You're encouraged to share your best for a 'flower show' the next day from 3:00pm-4:00pm at ACR's Conservation Center. Dave will coach beginners on close-up flower ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  $20 General, $15 Members/Students, Free < 18
  • Wildflower Walk at Mori Point
    Along the coast of Pacifica lies one of the Golden Gate National Park's finest gems - Mori Point. At this time of year, the wildflowers are in full swing, dusting the cliffs with yellow, white, blue, and pink. As we move into our week-long celebration of Earth Day, we invite ...
    Where:  Pacifica Cost:  Donations encouraged
  • Botany Series: Introduction to Plant Identification with Taxonomic KeysBrett Stevenson (Ecological Restoration Coordinator), Esperanza Pimentel (Biological Science Technician) and Stacy Jacobsen (Seed Collection Ecologist for Presidio Nursery) will lead this workshop focusing on basic taxonomy, botanical identification resources, and plant identification with an emphasis on troubleshooting morphological keys. The class will discuss and employ a full range of ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Donations encouraged
  • The ClimateMusic Project: LiveJoin The ClimateMusic Project and Kinetech Arts for a powerful evening of climate-science inspired music and dance!Through this unique science/arts collaboration, we tell the story of how the climate has changed in the last 200 years, what we can expect in the future, and how we can all help address ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $25
  • Metrology and Time Crystals: Physics in Practice
    Come learn about cutting-edge research from the graduate student community at UC Berkeley in a relaxed, sci-fi-themed cafe setting. This month features short talks by two physicists about metrology and time crystals. The audience is encouraged to interrupt and ask questions and engage in discussion with our speakers. Arrive at 6:30 pm ...
    Where:  Emeryville Cost:  
  • Brain and GeneticsWant to learn more about your brain? Come and listen to our scientists at the very nice Cyclismo Cafe. After some brain activities, relax with your friends while listening to Valerio's song and guitar.Ages 21+
    Where:  Redwood City Cost:  $5 advance, $10 at door
  • Medicine & MusicEsteban Burchard runs a multicultural lab at UCSF that is pushing to get more people of color into research studies, to find genetic differences that might explain health disparities. But critics question whether it’s a good idea to seek out genetic differences based on race. Join Taste of Science at ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $5 advance, $10 at door
Saturday, 04/29/17
  • History & Habitat: Foss Trail and Redhill Hike Join us for this big hike - 7 miles and 1,440 feet of elevation gain, with a few rough stretches - along the historic Foss Stagecoach Trail and around to Redhill. Peter Leveque, retired Junior College Professor and the guiding force behind early stewardship and education on the Preserves, will regale us ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  $20 General, $15 Members/Students, Free < 18
  • Bioblitz at Homestead Valley
    Join the National Park Service and One Tam at scenic Homestead Valley as we try to identify and document every living species we see! Hone your naturalist skills, learn to use the iNaturalist smartphone app, and contribute valuable data about Mt. Tam's biodiversity. No smartphone? No problem! No experience or ...
    Where:   Cost:  Free
  • Biomedicine and Artificial Intelligence Research ConferenceInterested in innovative applications of artificial intelligence, biology, and medicine? Join speakers from Stanford, MIT, CMU, JHU, and Google at Medicine in Silico, a free conference on April 29 hosted by Stanford Students in Biodesign. Closing remarks by Dr. Lloyd Minor, Dean of Stanford University School of Medicine.Event RSVP link: goo.gl/9atxk5Speakers: ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • What Killed the Dinosaurs: A Fresh Look at One of Earth's Greatist Mysteries.
    This two-day symposium (April 29-30) probes what we know and what we don't know about why the dinosaurs and many other organisms became extinct sixty-six million years ago. Each day will feature lectures by internationally renowned scientists with specific expertise in the subject, followed by round table discussion. The audience ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $6
  • Guided Nature WalkExperience the beauty and rich natural history of this 535-acre preserve.�Our half-day guided nature walks are on Saturdays throughout fall and spring. Participants are divided into small groups and paired with a trained Bouverie volunteer to explore the mixed evergreen forest, flower-carpeted oak woodland and rugged chaparral. Guided Nature Walks ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  $15 Donation suggested
  • Hayward Fault Walking TourOver the last million years, the natural beauty of Fremont has been shaped by the Hayward Fault. Instructors will be leading these 'ground breaking' tours and exposing the science and beauty of the Hayward Fault. This fault is one of several active faults in the world actually creeping at 5 ...
    Where:  Fremont Cost:  $15
  • PiE Robotics CompetitionJoin us for the Pioneers in Engineering eighth annual robotics competition. Meet the high school teams competing this year, and learn how they designed and built their own custom, remote-controlled robots. Cheer on your favorites as they compete to finish this year’s robotics challenge, “Dry Another Day.”The Pioneers in Engineering (PiE) robotics ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free with admission
  • Santa Clara Valley Wildflower ShowThe show will feature hundreds of species of wildflowers and native plants.  Expert botanists and gardeners will be on site to describe different samples and answer questions. With the heavy rain this winter, we are expecting a prolific bloom of Northern California wildflowers.The keynote speaker will be John Muir Laws, who will give a ...
    Where:  Saratoga Cost:  Free
  • Science Saturday: Connected to Nature
    Learn about the many ways you can connect to nature during this fun, family event! Meet a live red-tailed hawk that is being rehabilitated by helpful humans, learn to compost with Hidden Hills Ranch, and become a "citizen scientist" while connecting to the nature in your own backyard.
    Where:  Pacific Grove Cost:  Free
  • Wildflower Walk at Presidio Coastal Bluffs
    Wildflowers! To know them is to love them. It’s springtime, and all throughout California the wildflowers are beginning to bloom, including in your very own Golden Gate National Parks. We invite you to come and enjoy the huge variety of both native and exotics on display and prepare to be ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Donations encouraged
  • Walking through Time: History of California NurseryThe importance of this site spans from the Ohlone, Mission and Rancho Era. The people associated with this site helped to transform the State of California into an agricultural giant.  Learn how Niles agriculture had a strong tie to San Francisco and Fresno.Lecture will go over the buildings that are ...
    Where:  Fremont Cost:  $15 (ages 10+)
  • Indicators That Fox Are in Your Area
    Do you sometimes see paw prints in mud or scat (poop) on the trails and assume that a dog left it? It could be from something else. Come along with me and I will show you how to distinguish and identify the markings of a gray fox. Gain some insights ...
    Where:  Freemont Cost:  Free
  • Wonders of ScienceWe are concluding our week long taste of science festival with grand finale event.We will have an evening full of demonstrations on interaction of biomolecules, dark matter and dark energy, and living fluid mechanisms. And then, a lesson on vaccines!Ages 21+
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $7 advance, $10 at door
  • Ship Operations in the BayJoin Captain Craig Thomas of Agile Marine as he provides a better understanding of commercial shipping operations and movements in the Bay. The program includes the types of ships, ship construction and layout, commercial considerations, types and locations of terminals in the Bay Area, manning requirements including careers and International, ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Jazz Under the StarsCome peer through our telescopes and see craters on the Moon, the visible planets, 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
  • The All-American Total Solar Eclipse of August 2017A total solar eclipse is one of nature’s most magnificent spectacles. On August 21, 2017, for the first time in 38 years, the very narrow path of a total solar eclipse falls across the continental US. Come learn about total solar eclipses and how to view this one!Speaker: Alex Filippenko, UC Berkeley
    Where:  Mill Valley Cost:  Free
Sunday, 04/30/17
  • What Killed the Dinosaurs: A Fresh Look at One of Earth's Greatist Mysteries.
    This two-day symposium (April 29-30) probes what we know and what we don't know about why the dinosaurs and many other organisms became extinct sixty-six million years ago. Each day will feature lectures by internationally renowned scientists with specific expertise in the subject, followed by round table discussion. The audience ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $6
  • Wildflower TourJoin this excursion to see wildflowers of the Modini Mayacamas Preserves, one of the wildflower hotspots of Sonoma County. We'll stop at numerous places along the road, and then we'll hike to the top of Redhill (a 3-mile loop) looking for the first of the fawn lilies, baby blue-eyes, hounds-tongues, ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  $20 General, $15 Members
  • PiE Robotics CompetitionJoin us for the Pioneers in Engineering eighth annual robotics competition. Meet the high school teams competing this year, and learn how they designed and built their own custom, remote-controlled robots. Cheer on your favorites as they compete to finish this year’s robotics challenge, “Dry Another Day.”The Pioneers in Engineering (PiE) robotics ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free with admission
  • San Francisco City Star PartyCome 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
Monday, 05/01/17
  • Symposium on Robot Learning
    This one-day symposium will focus on emerging advances at the intersection of Robotics and Machine Learning, which is experiencing a surge in research activity using expressive learning methods such as deep learning.The symposium will consider a range of approaches and applications with long and short presentations and posters, to identify research ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $25
  • Two Stanford Symbolic Systems Forum PresentationsAarush Selvan (M.S. Candidate), Symbolic Syistems Program, "Dynamic Analysis of Learning in Behavioral Experiments on Monkeys vs Humans", and Lena Hong (M.S. Candidate), Symbolic Systems Program, "Comparison of Knowledge Tracing Models on Students in an Online Introductory Statistics Course"
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Distributed-memory branch-and-bound tree search for stochastic Mixed-Integer Programs (MIPs)In this talk, I present and compare two frameworks for distributed-memory branch-and-bound (B&B) tree search.Speaker: Deepak Rajan
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • NEW TECHNIQUE FOR STUDYING MATERIALSDr. Zahid Hussain of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will describe his research targeting the development of novel x-ray scattering instrumentation for probing quantum materials.
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • People and Robots Seminar - CANCELEDThe speaker originally scheduled for this date, Stefano Carpin, UC Merced, will not be available.  New speaker TBA.
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • A Brief History of Photovoltaics - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
    What can happen over the next 15 years, as photovoltaic (PV) power costs continue to decrease and markets expand? This talk will cover the range of opportunities associated with changes in energy supply in developed and developing economies. Dr. Gay will review the history of solar and discuss the key role of ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • The Great American Eclipse
    For the first time since 1918, there will be a total solar eclipse crossing the United States from the Pacific to the Atlantic on August 21, 2017. This astronomical event will bring people from around the world to the United States to experience and to perform scientific research experiences, while ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members
Tuesday, 05/02/17
  • A Comparative Analysis of High pCO2 Effects on Rockfish (genus Sebastes) PhysiologySpeaker: Dr. Cheryl Logan, California State University, Monterey Bay
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • AI for Enterprise Security: The Challenges From a Data Scientist’s Perspective
    Ignacio Arnaldo is chief data scientist at PatternEx, a Bay Area startup developing an artificial intelligence platform for InfoSec. The platform leverages state-of-the-art machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms for real-time attack prevention in enterprise applications. PatternEx is building a team composed of security experts, and world-class software engineers and ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Soil Health Series: Understanding Growth Media & the Chemistry of SoilIn the third class in the soil series, join the very knowledgeable Stephen Andrews (UC Berkeley Professor, specializing in soils) for a hands-on class to discover how the chemical reactions of soil clean our air, clean our water, and make nutrients available to plants. You'll understand chemistry like never before!You've ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Donations encouraged
  • An Orderly Mess
    Messiness is a familiar condition - it forms the background of our daily life and of society. While we normally take it for granted it is also an expression of resilience against disorder that threatens to take over once we face forces beyond our control. I will focus on the ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • A Research-validated Approach to Transforming upper-division Physics CoursesSpeaker: Steven Pollock, Univ. of ColoradoApplied Physics/Physics Colloquium
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
Wednesday, 05/03/17
  • First Free Wednesday at Bay Area Discovery MuseumFirst Wednesdays are free for all at the Bay Area Discovery Museum
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • First Free Wednesday at UC Botanical GardenEvery first Wednesday at the Garden is free admission day.
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Delivering Better Health via Drone - RESCHEDULED
    Zipline designs, manufactures, and operates small robot aircraft to deliver lifesaving medical supplies. With Zipline, all citizens can have fast and reliable access to lifesaving medical products like blood, vaccines, and essential medicines, regardless of challenging terrain and road infrastructure. In October 2016, the company launched the world's first drone ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Policy Entrepreneurship
    President Obama made science, technology and innovation top priorities of his Administration. The White House launched initiatives in areas such as data science, robotics, materials by design, neurotechnology, open innovation, STEM education, and the Maker Movement. Where do these ideas come from? What role do "policy entrepreneurs" play in ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Swimming and crawling in a turbulent worldSpeaker: Mimi Koehl, Professor of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley
    Where:  Bodega Bay Cost:  Free
  • Microbiomes in Health and Disease: A Science Cafe EventWhat do we know about our internal microbial communities - their roles in healthy living and disease? Michael Shapira will explore some intriguing ideas about the contribution of our internal flora and fauna to evolution.Speaker: Michael Shapira, UC Berkeley
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
Thursday, 05/04/17
  • Geo-Engineering Distinguished Lecture SeriesPlease join us for an exceptional set of lectures, a wonderful social and poster session, and a dinner that celebrates the GeoEngineering Profession in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Lecture Series will be held in the Sibley Auditorium. The Hosted Social and Dinner will be held at the Hearst ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium
    Panel: Rick Ambrose, Lockheed Martin Space Systems
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • A Journey Around ColorIt is not just a question of color as decoration, the idea of color is far more rich and complex than that. Color can be a useful tool to reach different goals in our everyday lives, homes, offices, and institutions. Pia Lopez-Izquierdo, Architect and Visiting Scholar in the Department ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free with admission
  • After Dark: May the Fourth Be With You
    Celebrate Star Wars Day with us and learn about the forces that shape our universe. Celebrate this intergalactic holiday with physics, inventions, artworks, and encounters with the force.
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $10 Members
  • Cafe InquiryMeet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • How-To: Maker NightLifeGet crafty with a night of tinkering, tools, art, and tech from some of SF’s most creative makers.----> Celebrate May the 4th with salutes to a galaxy far, far away"including 3D models and roaming R2 droids.----> See how creative tech can be when you step inside a world of your ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members
  • How Cities Can Solve the Climate ChallengeMayors around the country are bypassing national politics and working around federal restrictions to both clean up their cities and foster growth in renewable energy. In red and blue states, local leaders are solving traffic congestion, promoting smart growth, and preparing for the impacts climate disruption will have on public ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $12 Members, $7 Students
  • Chest Pain: The Many Causes of Women's HeartachesThe clinical team from the Stanford Women’s Heart Health Clinic will address the many reasons why women can have chest pain.
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Astronomy Night: The Science of Star WarsSpeaker: Chelsea Harris, UC Berkeley
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
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