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Tuesday, 11/07/17
  • Dark Matter as Art - Film Screening and Artist & Scientist Panel
    In celebration of Dark Matter Day, the Department of Nuclear Engineering presents The Artist Odyssey, and Director Chris Fessenden’s film “New Stellar Order,” a documentary about science artist and illustrator Melissa Walter.Following the film screening, Director Chris Fessenden, artist Melissa Walter, and Dark Matter Scientists Karl van Bibber, Ph.D., Samantha ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Ecology in an Era of Global ChangeSpeaker: Dr. Brody Sandel, Department of Biology, Santa Clara University
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • Managing across multiple scales: A case study using blue whales in the Northeast Pacific
    Highly migratory species can cross ocean basins and oceanic boundaries while traveling from foraging to breeding grounds, making traditional spatial management approaches difficult. Blue whales are seasonal visitors to the California Current System that target a single prey resource, krill, and migrate large distances to find and exploit these ephemeral ...
    Where:  Moss Landing Cost:  Free
  • Slow Accretion: Producing Harm in Ulaanbaatar’s Air Pollution CrisisWhat counts as evidence of harm for those living in the midst of air pollution? Over the past two decades, air pollution has become a seasonal disaster in Ulaanbaatar, prompting widespread concerns about its harms to human bodies and the environment. These concerns have promoted various investments to document air ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Physics in the FutureApplied Physics/Physics ColloquiumSpeaker: Steve Chu, Stanford
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Astronomy on Tap San Francisco
    Astronomy on Tap is an event where local students and scientists take over a local bar for games, talks, and all things space! There will be trivia (with prizes) as well as free space swag! There were also be several short talks by scientists about their work, as well as Astronomy in the News, a ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
Wednesday, 11/08/17
  • Responding to Challenges in the Anthropocene: How Regulating Protons and Protected Areas Matters for Preserving Endangered Giant ClamsSpeaker: Eric Armstrong, SFSU and U.C. Berkeley
    Where:  Tiburon Cost:  Free
  • The Potential of Soil Carbon Sequestration to Help Mitigate Climate Change: From Garbage to Gold?
    The fields of ecology and biogeochemistry hold tremendous potential to contribute to our understanding of climate change. The majority of research to date has focused on describing the problem - estimating rates of carbon losses and greenhouse gas emissions from natural and managed ecosystems. More research is needed to explore ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Climate Game Changer: How San Francisco's Compost Could Heal the PlanetIn 2000, San Francisco became the first major city in the United States to offer curbside collection of food scraps and yard trimmings. Today, the city collects nearly 700 tons of compostable material daily, giving these materials a second life as high-value, commercial-grade compost. Compost is sold to vineyards, farms ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $8 Members, $7 Students
  • Free Screening: AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL
    A decade after An Inconvenient Truth (2006) brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.Former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world to train an army of activists and influence international climate policy. ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • The Water Will Come From melting glaciers to alternating droughts and floods, water is the most visible and tangible impact of climate disruption. From Hurricane Harvey to sunny day flooding in Florida, thousands of Americans are dealing with too much storm water and rising seawater. Protecting people and property from all that water will ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $15 Members, $7 Students
  • A Planet for Goldilocks: Searching for Earth 2.0 Among the Stars
    "Not too hot, not too cold" begins the prescription for a world that's just right for life as we know it.  Finding evidence of life beyond Earth is one of the primary goals of science agencies around the world thanks in large part to NASA's Kepler Mission which launched in ...
    Where:  Los Altos Hills Cost:  Free ($3 parking)
  • National Geographic Live: Standing at the Water's Edge
    Cristina is a Mexican-born marine biologist and photographer who specializes in conservation issues.As a writer and a photographer for the past 25 years, her work centers on the delicate balance between human well-being and healthy ecosystems. As a writer and series editor of her own publishing company, Earth inFocus editions, ...
    Where:  Redwood City Cost:  $45 - $63
  • Flooded by Science and Seawater: King Tides and What they Can Tell us about Sea Level Rise at China Camp State ParkSpeaker: Sarah Ferner of San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research ReserveMarin Science Seminar
    Where:  San Rafael Cost:  Free
  • Taste of Science: Humanity Needs Dreamers + The Secret World of Arachnids
    Humanity Needs Dreamers: Marie CurieIn honor of Curie's 150th birthday, experience a preview screening of the new immersive science film Humanity Needs Dreamers: A Visit With Marie Curie with filmmaker Jen Myronuk and scholar & playwright Susan Marie Frontczak.Find out why a passion for math led a software engineer to ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  
Thursday, 11/09/17
  • QFT: A New HopeI will describe a new approach for defining and solving a QFT in the non-perturbative regime. In this method, the QFT is thought of as an RG-flow from some mother UV CFT. Conjectured properties of this underlying CFT are used to numerically determine dynamical quantities along the flow. It should ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Hard Earth Talk: The Science of Storytelling
    Climate change is the mother of all complex scientific problems. Telling its story requires new methods. Through how-to videos on agroforestry, blog posts about droughts, and photo essays about climate change adaptation crowdsourced from farmers, Amy Cruz, a communication specialist, has found ways to connect real people with this vast ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Improving SleepToday, more than 70 million people domestically and, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), over one billion people worldwide are afflicted with sleep disorders. According to a Harvard Medical School study, the economic and medical costs attributed tosleep disorders can cost between $65 to $167 billion annually. Yet sleep ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $8 Members, $7 Students
  • A Technical Overview of AV1 Video Codec from Open Media AllianceGoogle embarked on the WebM Project in 2010 to develop open source, royalty-­free video codecs designed specifically for media on the Web. The second generation codec released by the WebM project, VP9, ­is currently served by YouTube, and enjoys billions of views per day. Realizing the need for even greater ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • Animal Appetites
    Food: A Four-Course After Dark ProgramHerbivore, carnivore, omnivore: these are just a few of the dietary preferences found in the animal kingdom. From drinking only nectar to devouring a mate, delve into the immense variety of animal dining habits, including our own.A sample menu may include seeing what’s for lunch ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  17.95 advance, 19.95 door, AD members free
  • Brain & Body NightLifeJoin NightLife for an on-going event series that explores the brain and body with mind-expanding talks, cutting edge demos, and yoga sessions around the museum. Treat your mind and body to yoga sessions around the museum by Yoga Tree, Yoga Works and Outdoor Yoga SF.Feed your brain and body this week as ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members
  • Northern California Bats: Demystifying and Discovering these Amazing AnimalsCome learn about the local bats with Director of NorCal Bats Corky Quirk. In her presentation you will learn about bats and discuss the harmful myths that surround these animals. You'll also learn the importance of bats in our environment. Live bats will be presented for viewing and discussion.Editor's Note: ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $15 General, $10 Member, $5 Youth
  • Dark Matter Search: UC Berkeley Lab Tours
    What is dark matter? Why is it so important to understand what it is? And why has finding it been so hard? For decades, firm astronomical evidence from observations of stars and galaxies has indicated that most of the matter in the universe cannot be seen directly in telescopes. Instead, ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Introduction to Integrative RheumatologyIntegrative Rheumatology looks at the whole patient and includes therapies that are appropriate to the individual. These can include diet, nutrition, and botanicals that have been proven to be effective against inflammation in rheumatic disease and autoimmune conditions.Speaker: Neha Shah
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Mind in the Making and Vroom - An Evening with Ellen Galinsky
    Mind in the Making at the Bezos Family Foundation is an unprecedented effort to share the science of children’s learning with the general public families, and professionals who work with children and their families and to translate this research into action. The overall goal of Mind in the Making and ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Taste of Science: 'Humanity Needs Dreamers - Marie Curie'In honor of Curie's 150th birthday, experience a preview screening of the new immersive science film Humanity Needs Dreamers: A Visit With Marie Curie.Written and performed by former engineer & living history scholar Susan Marie Frontczak, Humanity Needs Dreamers presents a first-hand look at Curie's early life in Poland through ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • Myths of Mass Extinctions
    Everyone talks about mass extinctions. But what are they, really? Can anyone even define them? Let’s see...Dr. Kevin Padian is a professor of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley and a curator in the Museum of Paleontology. An expert on dinosaurs and the origin of flight, he has authored or edited ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
Friday, 11/10/17
  • Chemapalooza: A UC Berkeley Chemistry FestivalUC Berkeley's chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma, a professional chemistry fraternity. is holding its first annual Chemapalooza event, a one day chemistry festival for guests in K-12, college, and beyond! The event will be held at Berkeley's College of Chemistry and will include a variety of presentations for attendees of all ages, ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  0
  • Majestic Nature: Forests, Oceans, Deserts, Flowers: Green FridayThe documentary "Majestic Nature:  Forests, Oceans, Deserts, Flowers". This amazing documentary is a pure nature lover's delight. With a passion for nature, acclaimed filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg shares his inspirational vision through his extraordinary films.  His films for 3D IMAX, DisneyNature, National Geographic and Netflix have inspired audiences worldwide.  Refreshments are served. ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $3 donation requested
Saturday, 11/11/17
  • 7th Annual Discovery Day at AT&T Park
    There will hundreds of hands-on activities, opportunities to meet local scientists and engineers, and plenty of fun and educational entertainment. The entire ballpark is packed to the rafters with science content: on the field, at every entry/exit, and every level of the ballpark. Get ready to unleash your inner scientist.
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • Oceans Aglow: Family Night Hike & CampfireJoin NatureBridge Golden Gate as we discover one of the most amazing natural phenomenon, bioluminescence.  We will hike out to Rodeo Beach and explore the sands for twinkling plankton. Where did they come from? Why are they blinking? Are they here all the time? We will try and answer all ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  $15 per person
  • 'The Higgs boson. The God Particle?' This will be a very exciting talk on one of the most fundamentally important discoveries in elementary particle physics. Heather will introduce the complex experiments that we use to study this particle and explain how we actually go about measuring its properties. She will also review what we currently know ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  Free
  • City Star Party @ The PresidioCome 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
  • Free Admission to National Parks today in honor of Veteran's DayAdmission to all US National Parks is free today as we celebrate Veteran's Day.
    Where:   Cost:  Free
Sunday, 11/12/17
  • Documenting Wildlife on the MayacamasSpend the morning learning about some of the wildlife that inhabits the Preserves with Ginny Fifield, Wildlilfe Camera Specialist, ACR Mountain Lion Project Team, and Modini Mayacamas Preserves Volunteer. We’ll learn about identifying field signs of mountain lions, bobcat, coyotes and more. Based on what we find, we'll guess what ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  $20 suggested donation
  • Beginning BirdingExperience summer bird watching in the Marin Headlands.  Join volunteer Jane Haley on an easy walk along Rodeo Lagoon to discover our summer birds.  Bring binoculars and field guides.  Meet at the Marin Headlands Visitor Center. Bring field guides and binoculars.Ages 8 and up. Reservations required
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • 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
  • Discover Sound Art in the Marin Headlands Landscape
    Desire paths are well-trodden trails created by foot traffic, where the ground becomes imprinted evidence of a place that wants to be discovered, and the people who seek it out. Grab your walking stick for Desire Trails, a once-a-year event where artists activate the Headlands landscape. In this edition, sound ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  see website
  • Migrating birds comin' through!
    Say hello to the wonderful winter migrants coming to spend the season at Lake Merritt! Join Constance Taylor this Sunday on a fun and casual walk for birders of all levels. We'll have binoculars you can borrow.
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  Free (RSVP required)
  • Wonder Funday: Mad Science Join us for Wonder Funday, an exciting new annual event featuring an afternoon of creative eats, expansive Bay views, and eye-opening exhibits. The theme of the premiere event on Sunday, November 12 is Mad Science. Families are invited to a day of mad fun exploring how the world works by ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $150 & up
  • Free Admission to National Parks today in honor of Veteran's DayAdmission to all US National Parks is free today as we celebrate Veteran's Day.
    Where:   Cost:  Free
Monday, 11/13/17
  • The Discovery Science of Hydraulic Fracturing: Innovative Working Fluids and Their Interactions with Rocks, Fractures, and Hydrocarbons
    Subsurface Flow and Transport Team Leader, Computational Earth ScienceLos Alamos National LaboratoryShale gas is an unconventional fossil energy resource profoundly impacting US energy independence and is projected to last for at least 100 years. Production of methane and other hydrocarbons from low permeability shale involves hydraulic fracturing of rock, establishing ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Impact of Climate Change on Urban Street Trees
    Joe McBride (Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley) will discuss how climate change will alter the species composition of urban tree populations.  Likely changes in the composition of common street tree species in California were examined. Of the 140 tree species studied, as many as 83 species may be unsuitable for warming of the ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  Free
  • DARK ENERGY AND EXOPLANETS: NASA'S WFIRST MISSION and CHARACTERIZING NEW WORLDS: NASA'Z HabEX MISSIONJason Rhodes will discuss what will happen after the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) launches next year, NASA’s next flagship astronomy mission will be the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST). When it launches in the mid 2020s, WFIRST will revolutionize the study of dark energy and exoplanets.Alina Kiesling describes ...
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • The Provable Virtue of Laziness in Motion PlanningLaziness is defines as "the quality of being unwilling to work". It is a common approach used in many algorithms (and by many graduate students) where work, or computation, is delayed until absolutely necessary. In the context of motion planning, this idea has been frequently used to reduce the computational ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Controlling Electromagnetic Field for Energy Applications: From Radiative Cooling to Wireless Power Transfer
    Electromagnetic fields represent one of the most fundamental aspects of nature. The ability to control electromagnetic field has broad implication for a wide range of technologies. In this talk, we review our recent efforts in using the capability for controlling electromagnetic fields for energy applications. In particular, we discuss our ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • CRISPR: gene-editing and deadly diseases for the public
    Join us at the San Mateo Public Library for an engaging presentation about CRISPR, the revolutionary gene-editing tool that can be used to correct the genetic mutations that cause disease. Dr. Matthew Porteus is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University and attending physician at Stanford’s pediatric hospital. He is ...
    Where:  San Mateo Cost:  Free
  • Black Holes: An Up Close and Personal LookThe Event Horizon Telescope is an experiment that is being performed on a large and ever-increasing array of radio telescopes that span the Earth, from Hawaii to Chile and from the South Pole to Arizona. In April of this year, the EHT collaboration has performed its first set of observations ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members
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