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Wednesday, 09/20/17
  • Population genetics and connectivity in deep-sea hydrothermal vent musselsto lush communities of animal species that live in mutualistic symbioses with chemosynthetic bacteria. While both mineral and genetic resources from these unique ecosystems gain increasing interest in human society, plans for the sustainable management of vent biodiversity are still in their infancies, given that the genetic structure and connectivity of vent populations ...
    Where:  Moss Landing Cost:  Free
  • How Games Move Us: Emotional Technology by Design
    Katherine Isbister is a Human Computer Interaction and Games researcher who creates and studies digital games and other playful computer-supported experiences. Her focus is emotion and social connection - understanding the impact of design choices on these qualities, and getting better at building and evaluating technology that supports and enhances social and emotional experience. Her lab group’s work has been cited in Wired, Scientific ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Ask me about climate change! A strategic approach to talking about climate change with the publicSpeakers: Sarah Ferner, SF Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and Richelle Tanner, SFSU & U.C. Berkeley
    Where:  Tiburon Cost:  Free
  • Think Globally, Drink LocallyMany of the world’s cities are recognizing that their current water supplies will be unable to meet the challenges posed by climate change and population growth. In response to these concerns, some cities have begun to invest in massive projects to import water from long distances. Other cities are turning ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Envisioning the Customer Experience of Autonomous Vehicles, 5-20 Years Out
    What it will be like to use autonomous vehicles as riders and citizens, and where and how they can have the most positive impact on society.   In fall 2016, The Concepts Lab created a 3-part product and service design workshop series on the future of autonomous vehicles from a ...
    Where:  Sunnyvale Cost:  Free
Thursday, 09/21/17
  • How to Make an EarthquakeStarting in 2009, 8% of Oklahoma's land area had about half of the earthquakes east of the Rocky Mountains. I'll talk about these earthquakes and their relationship to injection operations, differentiating between water disposal and hydraulic fracturing. I'll show an assessment of the known faults in Oklahoma and how we ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Deep Dive into Ocean AcidificationTake a “deep dive into ocean acidification” in the first workshop of the BayCLIC Local Climate Science & Education Series on September 21 at the General’s Residence in San Francisco. The series brings the Bay Area’s science and education communities together to explore local climate research, program-specific applications, and place-based ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • The Humble Electric Motor, Enabling Science and TechnologySpeaker: Richard Halsted, Empire Magnetics
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • Challenges in Data ScienceJoin us for Hadley Wickham's vision of Data Science as a field, focusing on the corner that he's most familiar: designing tools for Data Scientist-Programmers.In this talk, Hadley will outline his vision of data science as a field, focussing on the corner in which he's most familiar: designing tools for ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  Free
  • Vision and the Deep Learning ExplosionEveryone sees the excitement about artificial intelligence, but what's real? Everyone gets pumped up about smart drones and self-driving cars, but what does it take to really harness the potential of deep learning for real products? The academic benchmarks are impressive, but how does research translate into break-out businesses? Why ...
    Where:  Santa Clara Cost:  $5 General, Free for IEEE members
  • A Tale of Two Fungi: Coculturing of Mediterranean Marine EndophytesSpeaker: Paige Mandelare, Oregon State Univ.
    Where:  Santa Rosa Cost:  Free
  • An Evening of Microbial Appreciation
    Join the San Francisco Microscopical Society on the September 21st for a fine Evening of Microbial Appreciation, also known as "Pond Scum Night". (Evening wear not required.) Come view a managerie of odd and interesting creatures that live all around you that you don't normally see.We'll be providing samples of ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  Free
  • Unlikely Urban EnvironmentsOver the past 30 years, the East Bay has pioneered a growing movement to restore very degraded riparian corridors, including digging up streams buried underground in culverts. These neighborhood-scale projects have produced unlikely wild areas with remarkable bird and wildlife use in the midst of densely populated cities.Speaker: Ann Riley, ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
Friday, 09/22/17
  • Hawk Identification Field ClassJoin Step Wilson (Golden Gate Raptor Observatory Hawkwatcher Manager) for this unique outing in the field to practice your hawk identification skills with the fall migration! Meet at the trail head gate to Hawk Hill at the top of Conzelman Rd at 11am. After a steep and gravelly 250 yard ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Donations encouraged
  • Lab and Lunch: Following in Rickett’s FootstepsFor more than 50 years, marine biologist John Pearse has been donning rubber boots or a wetsuit and leading fellow researchers, students, and citizen scientists in an intimate and long-term study of tide pools, sandy beaches, and kelp forests in California. Like others before him, including famed marine biologist Ed ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • SSU Observatory: Saturn and the Milky WayPublic viewing through the Observatory's telescope
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
Saturday, 09/23/17
  • Fish DaysLearn about fresh water fish that are found in  local ponds and rivers.  Games show native and non native fish and how they arrived at Tule Ponds.  Compare fishing ponds for people versus fishing ponds for wildlife.   Explore how the early peoples of area went fishing as well as the ...
    Where:  Fremont Cost:  Free
  • 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
  • Smithsonian Museum Day Live at Hiller Aviation MuseumSmithsonian Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket at the Hiller Aviation Museum today will gain free museum admission for two.
    Where:  San Carlos Cost:  Free
  • The Bay Model Wants You!!! Become part of Sausalito’s very own attraction known around the world! We have a variety of volunteer positions that are suited for people just like you! Greet visitors, lead tours, work with school groups, and more! Come and be a part of one of the largest working hydraulic models in ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • 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
  • “Going Solar” Workshop for Those Interested in PV SystemsIf you’re thinking about going solar, or perhaps just curious about it, please join us for this free 1-hour workshop.  It’ll help you understand the basics of solar photovoltaics (PV), the technology options, the economic benefits of going solar, how you tie into the PG&E grid, purchasing tips, etc. The workshop is offered ...
    Where:  Palo Alto 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
  • September 23 Public Astronomy Program On Mt DiabloJoin the Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society for the September 23 astronomy program - Lower Summit Parking Lot of Mt. Diablo State Park. The program starts at 6:30 (enter the park at least 45 minutes earlier) at the lower summit parking lot. Although there is no fee for this program there ...
    Where:  Clayton Cost:  Free
  • Life in the Goldilocks Zone - RESCHEDULEDDiscoveries by NASA’s Kepler Mission suggest there are billions of potentially habitable worlds in the Milky Way galaxy. What has the study of planets within and beyond the Solar System taught us about our own planet Earth? And what’s next in the search for life beyond the Solar System?Speaker: Natalie Batalha, NASA ...
    Where:  Mill Valley Cost:  Free
  • Fire on the MountainJoin ACR Education Specialist Dave Self as we look for evidence of fire and its effects on the landscape. You’ll learn about fire in the geologic past and the use of fire as a tool employed by Native cultures in the management of useful plants and habitats. We will also discuss ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  $20 General, $15 Members/Students, Free < 18
Sunday, 09/24/17
  • Hike the HeadlandsBring your friends and family and join us for NatureBridge’s fourth annual Hike the Headlands: an exciting day of exploration in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.  Discover the Headlands with a NatureBridge educator and engage in hands-on science activities in the learning labs. There will be live music, delicious food, arts, crafts, ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  $25 - $65 (see weblink)
  • 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
  • The principles in the design of long-term archivesThe principles in the design of long-term archives that can be applied to any storage technology, from the macroscopic to the nanoscale and from carvings on rock to data storage in DNA.Speaker: Laura Welcher, Ph.D. is the Director of Operations and The Long Now Library
    Where:  Santa Clara Cost:  $10 suggested donation
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
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