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Friday, 10/20/17
  • Scientists at Work: What Are Local Seabirds Eating?How do scientists learn what Bay Area birds are eating? Come see for yourself, as biologists from Point Blue Conservation Science invite visitors to watch them while they work. They’ll be studying the diets of local cormorants by dissecting the indigestible pellets coughed up by these birds. Each pellet contains ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free with admission
  • Hayabusa Spacecraft Reentry over AustraliaSpeaker: Chris Kitting
    Where:  Livermore Cost:  Free
  • How the Banking Industry Can Support Sustainability and Social Justice Goals
    Kat Taylor is co-founder and co-CEO of Beneficial State Bank and develops its social and environmental objectives. Beneficial State Bank is a community development financial institution whose mission is to bring beneficial banking to low-income communities in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner. We invite you to come hear her perspective ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  $10
  • Globular Clusters: Ancient Relics - POSTPONED due to firesPublic viewing through the Observatory's telescope
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
Saturday, 10/21/17
  • Shark DayCome join us at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge for Shark Day. Help us appreciate our finned friends of the bay. Enjoy guided wildlife hikes and live demonstrations by the Marine Science Institute. Make a spectacular shark or ocean themed craft. And, try some sun spotting too!Priority ...
    Where:  Alviso Cost:  Free
  • Geology Rocks on the HillsEver wondered why the Coyote Hills rise up out of the surrounding marshland? Take a walk with Dr. Malcolm Pringle around the hills of the refuge. Observe rocks that formed deep in the ocean during the time of the dinosaurs. Ponder how they could have joined North America, then been ...
    Where:  Fremont Cost:  Free
  • Leave election integrity to chance
    There’s no perfect way to count votes. To paraphrase Ulysses S. Grant and Richard M. Nixon, “Mistakes will be made.” Voters don’t always follow instructions. Voting systems can be mis-programmed. Ballots can be misplaced. Election fraud is not entirely unknown in the U.S. And the more elections depend on technology, the ...
    Where:  Berkeley 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
  • 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
  • Safari West - CANCELEDThe mission of Safari West is to actively promote conservation, environmental education, and share knowledge that will help each individual make personal choices in regards to the environment and conservation efforts. They'll be joining us for a presentation and hands-on exploration of environmental education and conservation.Ages 6 and up (with parent)
    Where:  Santa Rosa Cost:  Free with admission
  • OUR PLACE IN THE GALAXY: What is our Milky Way Galaxy and where is our place in it?The program starts at 7:30 (enter the park at least 45 minutes earlier) at the lower summit parking lot.  See the center of our galaxy. Tour our galaxy - and others - through the telescopesSee stars, nebula, galaxies, clusters, the moon and planets through member telescopes. Bring kids, binoculars, warm clothes ...
    Where:  Clayton Cost:  Free; $10 park entrance fee
Sunday, 10/22/17
  • 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
  • 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
  • Full-Spectrum Science with Ron Hipschman: Science Fiction Turned FactScience fiction has predicted many things. Some have come true (think touch screens, submarines, bionic limbs), others, not so much - or at least, not yet. If you’ve ever wondered where your flying car or rocket belt is, or why you don’t yet have a robot servant, find out at ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • About Virtual RealityWhat is Virtual Reality? What are it's implications for training, travel, education, gaming, and a host of other activities? Hear from Virtual Reality @ Berkeley, a Cal organization dedicated to increasing public awareness of virtual reality, providing developer resources, and promoting dialogue about the applications and implications of VR. And, ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Accessible Lake Merritt: Pop-Up Aquarium and Birding!Who's living in Lake Merritt? Let's find out by exploring above and below the surface of everyone's favorite estuary. We'll take a short walk along a paved path to look for birds who are migrating through for the winter, and we'll host a pop up aquarium to highlight the underwater creatures ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  Free
Monday, 10/23/17
  • Modeling, Identification, & Deep Learning of Batteries
    Batteries are ubiquitous. However, today’s batteries are expensive, range-limited, power-restricted, die too quickly, charge too slowly, and susceptible to safety issues. For this reason, model-based battery management systems are of extreme interest. In this talk, we discuss eCAL’s recent research on electrochemical-thermal battery models, optimal experiment design for parameter identification, ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Two-dimensional conductors with interactions and disorder from particle-vortex duality
    Speaker: Sri Raghu, Stanford
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • HISTORY, TECHNOLOGY AND ART OF SWORDSWilliam Imler will discuss the history and technological development of swords from ancient times through modern days. Topics covered include a brief treatment of bronze, iron and steel metallurgy, proper heat treatment and alloying of steel for different purposes, and the development of pattern welding from the early efforts by ...
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • People and Robots SeminarSpeaker: Stefano Carpin, UC Merced
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Bridging the enormous span of length scales in lithium-ion batteries
    Lithium-ion batteries are ubiquitous in everyday life, and are transforming mobility through electric vehicles, and electricity grid through the storage of intermittent renewables. Metrics such as energy density, lifetime and safety are controlled by phenomena that span enormous length scales, ranging from sub-Angrostroms to centimeters and beyond. Despite the significant ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
Tuesday, 10/24/17
  • Measure the Earth
    A group of people are claiming that the Earth is flat.  Meanwhile, much of humanity believes the Earth is round.  Who is right, and who is wrong?Folks: we live in the Internet age, which means we can test these ideas with an EXPERIMENT.  To participate, all you need are three ...
    Where:  Earth Cost:  Free
  • Tapping into Water: Career and Networking Opportunities in the Water Quality FieldSpeaker: Veronic Astells, Environmental Program Manager, Town of Windsor, CA
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • A Green Infrastructure Vision for Coyote ValleyConservation planners, water resource managers and climate resiliency experts are partnering to implement a new vision to protect and restore Coyote Valley’s wetlands, floodplains, groundwater recharge areas and wildlife corridors. Come learn how nature-based solutions can contribute to the region’s environmental sustainability and resiliency.Speakers: + Robin Grossinger / San Francisco ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  $10 General, Free for Members
  • Increasing Accuracy and Increasing Tension in HoSpeaker: Wendy Freedman, Univ. of Chicago
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Communication in Serious Illness: Getting to YesHigh-quality care for seriously ill patients depends upon communication that is patient-centered, clear, attends to the central role of affect in the medical encounter, and results in care consistent with patients’ goals. This talk will describe an evidence-based approach to effective serious illness communication that allows patients, families, and clinicians ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Can We Talk? Breaking the Silence Between Patients, Families and Physicians Near the End of LifeWhy is it so hard to talk about our own mortality, especially with doctors and people we love? The more death is medicalized, the more a conspiracy of silence seems to reign over these vital discussions. As a culture, we have become far more at ease at talking about how ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $8 Members, $7 Students
  • 'An Inconvenient Sequel'Film screening of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power plus Q&A with the film's creators.
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Astronomy on Tap South BayJoin us at Uproar Brewing Company for astronomy talks, trivia (with prizes), and answers to all of your astronomy questions (well, most of them)! There is also amazing food and drinks for purchase! Our guest speakers will be: Amy Furniss (CSUEB): The universe’s most extreme environments James Radomski ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • Humpbacks Along The Central California Coast
    Why do the whales come to San Francisco? What are they eating and why are they so close to shore? What other cetaceans do we see? What can we do to protect them and encourage their return? These questions will be answered and more! Join local naturalist Nicole Larson on ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  $5 donation
  • The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
    We humans are a puzzling species.  No other animal comes close to our capacity for violently harming each other; yet at the same time, no other comes close to our capacity for cooperation, altruism, or compassion.  Most challengingly, the same motoric behavior can count as appalling or noble, depending on ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Wonderfest: The Unconscious MindPsychologists are discovering that unconscious motivators dominate human behavior. The pervasive influence of the unconscious mind affects every aspect of our lives: from where we scratch (of course!) ... to whom we love, what we buy, and how we vote. Nevertheless, our fates are not sealed. These same psychologists can ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • Fast transient event - Magnetars and morePlease join Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society for the October 24th general meeting. Our monthly meetings begin with a short “What’s Up” at 7:15 presented by one of our members followed by a speaker. This month’s speaker is Dr. Casey Law, UC Berkley
    Where:  Walnut Creek Cost:  Donations appreciated
  • Pier 17 Sidewalk Star Party
    See the universe from Pier 17 in San Francisco with a Unistellar eVscope!  SETI Institute astronomer Franck Marchis will be there to demo the prototype.Join us to share views through our evScope and other telescopes of nebulae, galaxies, star clusters, double stars, and other objects visible in the night sky (weather permitted of ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
Wednesday, 10/25/17
  • Sea change: Scaling up the emergent ecological effects of global changeMy research examines the ecological effects of climate change and ocean acidification on marine communities and ecosystems. This talk will focus on the importance of incorporating interactions - between multiple stressors and species - in the study of the emergent effects of global change, with examples from rocky intertidal, seagrass, ...
    Where:  Moss Landing Cost:  Free
  • Making Things Better: A Journey Through Impact Entrepreneurship
    Rey (UCB ’96) is a scientist, entrepreneur, and investor. He specializes in the early commercialization stages of innovation, with a focus on startups working for a positive impact on society and the environment. He has successfully developed and commercialized new materials for industrial and consumer goods. Rey holds degrees in ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Black holes, BPS jumping, and special lociI discuss, in an elementary way, special loci in the moduli spaces of string compactifications where the numbers of BPS states jump. In simple examples, these loci are also related to natural objects in number theory. Understanding of these loci leads to new results or conjectures about refined BPS partition ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Four presentations at Romberg Tiburon CenterJillian Burns Examining larval longfin smelt diets in shoals and tidal marshes of the San Francisco Estuary Stephanie Owens Investigating the Impacts of Freshwater Flow Pulses on a Managed Floodplain Jessica Wilson Phytoplankton bloom composition in Drakes Estero before and after the removal of a commercial oyster farm Mandy-Tanita Brinkmann ...
    Where:  Tiburon Cost:  Free
  • “Fear and stress on the Lost Coast: An experimental journey through a rapidly- changing intertidal environment”Speaker: Paul Bourdeau, Assistant Professor of Marine Ecology, Department of Biological Sciences, Humboldt State University
    Where:  Bodega Bay Cost:  Free
  • Energy and Resources Group ColloquiumSpeaker: Lydia Vaughn
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Upside-down streams and part-time estuaries: reconstructing the historical ecology of dynamic California coastal ecosystemsSpeaker: Erin Beller, Environmental Scientist, Resilient Landscapes Program, San Francisco Estuary Institute
    Where:  Bodega Bay Cost:  Free
  • The Origins of the Genus Homo
    When did our ancestors look the way we expect them to have looked? When did they behave in the way we expect them to have behaved?The search for what defines the genus Homo has spanned decades and is still debated among scientists today. In this talk, paleoanthropologist Dr. Bernard Wood ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members and Seniors
  • 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
  • Taste of Science: Let's Talk Cancer!
    The basics of cancer invasion (with slime demo!)Cancer spreading to other parts of body is the cause of 90% of cancer-related death. Cancer invasion is the first key step in this process, in which cancer cells break through the tumor border and into neighboring tissues. Recent research from our group ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  $5
Thursday, 10/26/17
  • Hard Earth Talk: Coal Rising
    The common narrative of the history of coal is wrong, and clearing up the misunderstanding will be key to a cleaner energy future. Overinvestment in railroads, the lack of unions in many important coal-mining regions, and the coal industry’s failure to agree on how much coal to produce all conspired ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Nature Resistant: Tracking the Strange History of the Corpse Flower in the Nineteenth-Century
    In the spring of 1818, British naturalist Joseph Arnold trekked into the rainforest outside of Padang, Western Sumatra, where he and his team of collectors discovered the "greatest prodigy of the vegetable world": Rafflesia arnoldi, the largest flower in the world, and perhaps the most repulsive. By mimicking the smell of ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • The Sierra Club at 125 Years: From Yosemite to Climate ChangeFounded in 1892, the Sierra Club has evolved into the most effective grassroots environmental advocacy organization in the United States. Over 125 years in action, the Sierra Club started as a group tasked with protecting the Sierra Nevada. The club expanded to work on climate change, environmental justice, gender equity, green jobs ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $8 Members, $7 Students
  • A Career in Chemical Synthesis Inspired by a Response to Parasitic Diseases in Sub-Saharan AfricaSpeaker: Prof. Richmond Sarpong, UC BerkeleyReservations required
    Where:  Albany Cost:  Free for presentation, $10 for refreshements
  • After Dark: Science Fiction Turned Fact
    Science fiction has predicted many things. Some have come true (think touch screens, submarines, bionic limbs), others, not so much - or at least, not yet. If you’ve ever wondered where your flying car or rocket belt is, or why you don’t yet have a robot servant, find out at ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free with After Dark Admission
  • Creatures of the NightLife
    The creatures come out at NightLife as the Academy partners with Bay Area Science Festival and Peaches Christ Productions to transform the museum into a spine-tingling, supernatural tribute to '80s horror movies and creatures even stranger than life.Come in costume for our annual Halloween bash for a fright night of ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease: Is There a Holistic Approach to Treatment?What is the best approach to peripheral arterial disease (PAD)? Do all blockages need to be treated? Is there evidence that lifestyle changes and self-management can provide relief from the symptoms of PAD and alter its course? This talk will focus on these questions.Speaker: Matthew Mell, MD
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Global Trends in Mineral Commodity Supplies?
    The U.S. is increasingly reliant on supply of mineral raw materials from other countries.Advanced technologies are increasingly making use of nearly the entire periodic table of the elements.Dynamic studies of critical and strategic mineral supply and demand can identify emerging potential supply risks.The USGS - National Minerals Information Center has ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • Processes of exfoliation-induced rock falls: Recent studies from California’s Sierra NevadaGranitic rocks in the Sierra Nevada are known for their dramatic displays of exfoliation - the “peeling off” of the outer layer of rock that often manifests itself in massive arches and domes such as found in Yosemite and Kings Canyon National Parks, among many other high and low peaks ...
    Where:  Orinda Cost:  $5 General, $1 Teachers/Students
  • Change of Atmosphere: The ClimateMusic Project
    As an analogy for climate, music is familiar, accessible, and"for most people"much easier to relate to than data. The ClimateMusic Project was created to harness this universal language to tell the urgent story of climate change to broad and diverse audiences in a way that resonates and inspires.The ClimateMusic Project ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $10 - $15
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