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Monday, 06/12/17
  • Automation: The Curse and the Cure - Why Tech Companies Have a Responsibility to Assist in Poverty Alleviation From morphing infrastructure to automating employment, technology companies have reshaped our lives. In the midst of admiring "innovation" and "progress" we cannot afford to ignore the economic, social, and ethical consequences of scientific ingenuity. Tech companies have a measurable impact on their surrounding communities, the environment, and -- to be ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Cancer: latest strategies in battling the formidable foeModern medicine has cured us of many diseases and increased our lifespan. The biggest foe that still stumps scientists has been called “the emperor of all maladies” because there are too many genetic and environmental factors that contribute to cancer's different molecular mechanisms and characteristics. It is also difficult to ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • Making Callus Workshop - Plant Tissue Culturing 101
    Tissue culture is commonly used for commercial propagation of plants and in plant research. The technique involves culturing small pieces of plant tissue, or explants, in a nutrient medium under sterile conditions. African violets are easy to propagate using this method. Depending on the composition of the medium, the explants ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  
Tuesday, 06/13/17
  • Crooked: What It Takes to Outwit the Back Pain Industry and Get on the Road to Recovery
    In an effort to manage her chronic back pain, investigative reporter and New York Times best-selling author Cathryn Jakobson Ramin spent years and a small fortune on a panoply of treatments. But her discomfort only intensified, leaving her feeling frustrated and perplexed. As she searched for better solutions, she exposed a much ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $8 Members, $7 Students
Wednesday, 06/14/17
  • Wonderfest: Cosmic EvolutionThe scientific exploration of our origins began in earnest with Copernicus, Galileo, and Darwin. Now, our rich cosmic understanding is detailed and well-tested; it even has far-reaching implications for other aspects of people’s lives, including philosophy, religion, and politics.Speaker: Eliot Quataert, UC Berkeley
    Where:  San Rafael Cost:  $10
  • Seeing climate, seeing change: Leveraging social science research to communicate climate risk
    This seminar will focus on science communication and the increasingly important role of scientists as communicators. Drawing from social science research, this seminar will look at ways to increase public awareness of climate change impacts and solutions as well as provide best practices for facilitating behavior change. Examples from the ...
    Where:  Moss Landing Cost:  Free
  • Functional homogenization and destabilization during an ancient marine invasion: Using food webs to examine invasion dynamicsSpeaker: Carrie Tyler, Assistant Professor of Geology and Environmental Earth Sciences, Miami University
    Where:  Bodega Bay Cost:  Free
  • June LASER Event - Berkeley
    7:00-7:25: Susan Moffat(UC Berkeley's Global Urban Humanities Initiative) on "The Albany Bulb: From Dump to Art Park...and Ecological Research Station?"Working to preserve the creative aspects of the Albany Bulb, a landfill...Read more7:25-7:50: Evie Leder(Video Artist) on "#NSFW Looking / Seeing"Art that looks at things you are not supposed to...Read more7:50-8:10: ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
Thursday, 06/15/17
  • Suppressing Aging and Extending Longevity
    Average human lifespan has increased remarkably in the last century and continues to rise, albeit more slowly. Much of this rise is due to medical advances that postpone, treat or prevent certain age-related pathologies. Nonetheless, many older people face years of disability, with enormous human and economic costs. What are ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Life After Diagnosis! How to Live Well with Serious IllnessDr. Steven Pantilat is a renowned international expert in palliative care. He will discuss the cultural myths that get in the way of our receiving good care and living life fully with serious illness. When you or someone you love receives a diagnosis of a serious illness, it can be ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $8 Members, $7 Students
  • Micro Nightlife
    Go big this week as NightLife gets really, really small to discover the wonderful world of microbiology. Learn about the latest cutting-edge advances in exploring and explaining the science of small.------> Join some of the Bay Area’s cutting-edge labs in checking out teeny-tiny things, including Stanford University’s innovative Foldscope, a ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Current Treatments and Future Therapies rescheduled to 6.22.17Rescheduled to 6.22.17Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) affects millions of people and can lead to vision loss. Prompt treatment for the “wet form” of AMD is important to prevent permanent vision changes. An update on current treatments and future therapeutic areas will be discussed.Speaker: Diana V. Do, MD
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Egrets and more at Audubon Canyon Ranch
    A century ago, herons and egrets were rare in the San Francisco Bay area. Now, after a long recovery from intensive hunting and habitat loss, these elegant birds have become symbols of wetland health and conservation. We’ll take a fascinating look into the lives of herons and egrets, with insights ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • June LASER Event - Stanford
    7:00-7:25: Fyodor Urnov(UC Berkeley/ Genomics) on "Genetics and Society"Gene therapy for single-gene disorders is already here...Read more7:25-7:50: Fred Turner(Stanford) on "Technology, Counterculture and The Dream of a World Without Politics"The dream of a world without politics...Read more7:50-8:10: BREAK. Before or after the break, anyone in the audience currently ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Let's talk... Gene editing with CRISPR! - Science Conversations
    As part of a discussion series on controversial science topics, I would like to present gene editing with CRISPR as a good candidate for conversation, as well as the Nobel prize. I will have a 10 minute presentation summarizing the matter, and then, open it up for discussion.  I hope ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  
  • Everything Matters: VanadiumCome be in your elements with Exploratorium host and scientific raconteur Ron Hipschman. Follow tales of intrigue and invention, join in dynamic demonstrations, and uncover fascinating connections between individual elements and our collective human experience.
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free with admission to After Dark
  • 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
Friday, 06/16/17
  • Father's DayCome celebrate Father’s Day at Aquarium of the Bay, located on the iconic PIER 39. On June 16, we will be celebrating the Dads of the Bay by providing Dad free admission with the purchase of a child’s ticket. On June 16 only, One Free Adult Admission for Dad with Purchase of One ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $14.95
  • Evenings with the Stars: Gaspard Duchene - SOLD OUTOur 'Evenings with the Stars' programs are held annually as part of our Summer Series. Each year we bring world-renowned astronomers to the summit of Mount Hamilton for a night with the "stars" you won't forget!Activities include:Astronomy talk by "star" scientistsViewing through the historic 36-inch Great Lick Refractor telescopeViewing through ...
    Where:  Mt. Hamilton Cost:  $20
Saturday, 06/17/17
  • Bioscience for Non-ScientistsThis workshop will provide participants with an introduction to the language and basic concepts of molecular biology, cell biology, and genetics - the foundations of modern biotechnology. Participants will learn what monoclonal antibodies are and what they’re used for, the differences between small molecule drugs and biological therapectics, the secrets ...
    Where:  San Bruno Cost:  $30
  • DesignDaze @ The TechStudents, what’s your passion? Diversity and equality? Safety and poverty? The Tech and The DFarm are partnering to offer a unique design challenge for students in Grades 7-12 to tackle a real-world issue related to world peace. In an unprecedented time of tension and partisanship, the design thinking process, with ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  $50 refundable deposit
  • Natural History of Coyote CreekEnjoy a quiet walk along the creek. Discover abundant life under the shady canopy of water-loving trees. Topics range from the Native American presence to early cultivation of vineyards and orchards. Meet at the visitor center with binoculars. Questions? (408) 918-7980
    Where:  Morgan Hill 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. Rain cancels hike. Led by Steve Stolper. RESERVATIONS ...
    Where:  Alviso Cost:  Free
  • Marshlands of DreamsJoin Paul Mueller on a 1-mile walk of the LaRiviere Marsh Trail to find traces of the past. Prior to marsh restoration, learn how Californians utilized the area for farming, quarrying, salt production, and transportation.  There will opportunities for bird watching as well.
    Where:  Freemont Cost:  Free
  • Insect ExplorationInsects have been on this Earth for hundreds of millions of years. Come learn about the many different insects that call the San Francisco Bay Area their home. We will examine insects and learn how they have adapted to survive. Join us as we dig in the dirt and crawl ...
    Where:  Alviso Cost:  
  • Lab Skills 101: Amplifying Genes by Polymerase Chain Reaction
    Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) is one of those basic techniques that has endless uses in the lab. PCR allows you to exponentially amplify a specific stretch of DNA  to the point that you have enough DNA to sequence it. It can be used to identify mushroom or bacterial species by ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $10
  • Cars that coordinate with people
    Autonomous cars tend to treat people like obstacles whose motion needs to be anticipated, so that the car can best stay out of their way. This results in ultra-defensive cars that cannot coordinate with people, because they miss on a key aspect of coordination: it’s not just the car interpreting ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Fixit Clinic CCXVII (217) Castro Valley LibraryWHAT: Fixit Clinic CCXVII (217) Castro Valley LibraryCelebrating repair by conveying basic troubleshooting skills, Fixit Clinics are do-it-together hands-on STEM-oriented fix-n-learn community-based exploration and discovery workshops staffed by volunteer Fixit Coaches who generously share their time, tools and expertise to consult with you on the disassembly, troubleshooting, and repair of ...
    Where:  Castro Valley Cost:  
  • Nature has its own Pharmacy​When we have an illness we go to the store for medicine, but the Native People who lived here didn't have that luxury! Join a Park Ranger to explore some plants and their forgotten uses. Meet at the visitor center. Questions? (408) 842-7800
    Where:  Gilroy Cost:  Free
  • 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+)
  • Recover ancient proteins from fossils
    There will be a short lecture followed by experiment setup. The experiment will be to de-mineralize a set of fossils over the course of the next few months by bathing them in a chelating buffer. Each participant will be supplied with a fossil. Once the fossils are de-mineralized, we can ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  0
  • 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
  • Title: Strange New Worlds: Exploring Exoplanets with NASA’s Kepler/K2 Mission and BeyondThe Kepler mission, and its extended mission K2, have revolutionized humanity’s knowledge of planets orbiting other stars (“exoplanets”) over the past decade. Dr. Jessie Dotson (NASA Ames) is the Project Scientist for the K2 mission, and will summarize the Kepler/K2 mission and its exoplanet discoveries. Dr. Eric Mamajek (JPL/Caltech) is Deputy Program Chief Scientist for ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • Movie Night on Mt. Tam: 'Gravity'Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as NASA astronauts stranded in orbit, this tense film earned 7 Oscars at the 2014 Academy Awards, including Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón.
    Where:  Mill Valley Cost:  Free
  • Music of the Spheres: Natalie Batalha - SOLD OUT
    Speaker: Dr. Natalie Batalha is an astrophysicist at NASA Ames Research Center and the Mission Scientist for NASA's Kepler Mission. She holds a Bachelor's degree in physics from the University of California (UC), Berkeley, and a Doctoral degree in astrophysics from UC Santa Cruz.Music: White Album Ensemble
    Where:  Mt. Hamilton Cost:  $45-$210
Sunday, 06/18/17
  • Father's Day Flies
    Celebrate Father’s Day by discovering the fascinating world of flies on this easy walk in Knowland Park!Though they can certainly cause their fair share of problems, flies are extremely important pollinators, can be very beautiful, are incredibly acrobatic, and can even help solve crimes! Learn why these little critters are ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $20 suggested donation
  • Flies, Glorious Flies!
    Celebrate Father’s Day by discovering the fascinating world of flies on this easy walk in Knowland Park!Though they can certainly cause their fair share of problems, flies are extremely important pollinators, can be very beautiful, are incredibly acrobatic, and can even help solve crimes! Learn why these little critters are ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $20 suggested donation, NOTAFLOF
  • Hike the Magnificent Seven​Complete the #PixInParks challenge with a guided hike on one of our magnificent trails! This month’s hike is the #MummyMountain Trail. Find your photographic destination and see spectacular views of Coyote Valley. Meet at the Mendoza entrance. Questions? (408) 355-2240
    Where:  Gilroy Cost:  Free
  • Animals of the Garden Discovery Day!The UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley presents “Animals of the Garden Discovery Day,” a family-friendly interactive event that explores the intersection of plants and animals. From plant-eating bugs to bug-eating plants, see animals that are aquatic, terrestrial, subterranean, and aerial. Visit nearly a dozen stations and booths presented by Garden ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free with admission
  • KELP FOREST ECOSYSTEMS Changes, Causes, and ConsequencesCalifornia’s kelp forests rank among the most productive​ ​ecosystems in the world. Their algae, invertebrates, and fishes​ ​sustain numerous commercial and recreational fisheries of both​ ​economic and social importance. Yet, beneath the surface of the​ ​Monterey Bay, the kelp forests are changing.Join Mark Carr as he describes the long-term monitoring ...
    Where:  Santa Cruz Cost:  Free with admission
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