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Thursday, 11/30/17
  • Women in Tech: A Symposium on Innovation & EntrepreneurshipDespite evidence suggesting that diverse leadership teams can benefit workplace culture and the bottom line, female technologists and investors still often struggle to find support for their ideas.This public half-day symposium will highlight the experience of women in the tech industry - from established companies to startups and the venture ...
    Where:  Santa Clara Cost:  $25 - $100
  • Research Ship Nautilus' Underwater Survey of Cordell Bank National Marine SanctuaryPresenters: Dan Howard (NOAA) and Gary Williams (California Academy of Sciences) More information: 
    Where:  Point Reyes Station Cost:  Free
  • The Evolution of Environmental Debates Past and Present
    In recent decades, controversial science, once opposed by industry, has been accpeted on a host of environmental issues. Today, no one disputes evidence that smog, aerosols, and overdrafted groundwater are threats. What lessons do these past debates provide about how scientific arguments about climate change can evolve?
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • How PARC Imagined the Future: “Futures Day” 40 Years Later Forty years ago this month, Xerox hosted a multi-million dollar event to show its senior executives how PARC imagined the future. One of the people in charge of this "Futures Day" was then PARC Computer Science Lab member, Chuck Geschke, who would go on to co-found Adobe Systems with fellow ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Eating Well after Dark
    Food: A Four-Course After Dark ProgramThis November, join us for in-depth explorations of food, served with tastings, talks, and demonstrations designed to whet your curiosity about cooking and eating in a rapidly changing world. Programs take place over four Thursday nights, and cover topics ranging from kitchen innovations to food ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  included with admission
  • NightLife SpotlightNightLife celebrates the best of the Academy with an evening of after hours science and the premiere of Vortex 2.0, an art and music experience in the planetarium created just for NightLife.------> Featuring new work from artists Bedtimes (with music by Shigeto), Chase Hochstatter, Peter Clark, Tim Digulla, and Can ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members
  • Camera as Witness Presents 20th UNAFF film GUARDIANS OF THE EARTHThe Paris Agreement is a milestone in human history and is going to change our life for the next decades. For the first time, 195 nations committed to take action against climate change. The film gives insight behind closed doors of the negotiations and reveals the clash of forces, which ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Sea Otters: Confessions of a Keystone Carnivore
    Sea otters are perhaps the best-known example of a "keystone predator".Sea otter behavior -- in particular diet specialization and limited mobility -- can mediate their effects on ecosystem dynamics.Other predators, especially large sea stars, can complement and reinforce the keystone role of sea otters: this became apparent with the loss ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
Friday, 12/01/17
  • Birds & BotanyHike the forests, meadows and hills around Pine Flat and up Redhill with ACR Volunteer Patrick Woodworth & ACR Resource Ecologist Dave Self. We’ll be watching (and listening) for birds on the hike out. After lunch, we'll botanize as we consider the seasonal interplay between bird foods, habitat history and current activity ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  Free
  • First Friday Family Night at CuriOdysseyFamilies with small children can swing into the weekend with music, science, food and fun! On the first Friday of every month, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., parents and kids celebrate together at CuriOdyssey. Dance to live music including soul, funk and jazz of the 60’s and 70’s.  Purchase ...
    Where:  San Mateo Cost:  $12.50-9.50 / Free with Admission / Members Free
  • Humans and Bugs Brain Exploration!Fruit flies are highly visual creatures, and their brains are complex enough to support many interesting visually-guided behaviors but also not as complicated to study as the brains of larger lab animals. We are interested in understanding how the fruit fly brain processes visual stimuli to detect useful information, such ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • Finding New PlanetsThe Museum will host Dr. Pimol Moth for an exciting lecture on the discovery of new planets. It has long been speculated that other stars in our galaxy harbor their own system of planets. However, it wasn’t until 1992 that the existence of exoplanets (planets in orbit around other stars) ...
    Where:  Pacific Grove Cost:  $5 General, Free for members
  • Direct Detection of Dark Matter - RESCHEDULEDSpeaker: Kelly Stifter, SLAC National Accelerator LaboratoryEditor's note: This talk has been rescheduled for 2/2/2018
    Where:  San Mateo Cost:  Free
Saturday, 12/02/17
  • Hike the Mallard Slough Trail
    Look 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
  • Nature Walk by the BayTake a gentle walk around the Marina's flat dirt trails and enjoy the local weather and bayside wildlife. We'll keep the pace slow for all ages and abilities. Meet in the parking lot near the restroom. Questions? (408) 355-2240​​​. Editor's note: There appear to be two walks scheduled at Alviso Slough ...
    Where:  Alviso Cost:  Free
  • John Reber's Very Bad Idea & the Origins of the Bay Model
    John Reber's plan would have destroyed San Francisco Bay as we know it, turning almost all of the estuary into a fresh-water lake and adding 20,000 acres of bay fill.  If the Reber Plan had been adopted in the 1950s, the Save The Bay Movement of the 1960s would have ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Low Tide WalkMSI takes to the tidepools for a treasure hunt of nature's beautiful intertidal secrets. We'll spend our time taking advantage of the low tide to reach the outer edges of Pillar Point, and take in spectacular views as we slowly retreat to shore. Will we find crabs, sea stars, eels ...
    Where:  Half Moon Bay Cost:  $20
Sunday, 12/03/17
  • Redwood Nature HikeJoin park staff on a moderate 2-mile loop hike through the young redwood forest. Explore and discover the variety of plants and wildlife that populate this habitat. Meet at the Sequoia parking lot with sturdy hiking shoes, layered clothing, and water. Reservations (408) 867-9959​​
    Where:  Saratoga Cost:  Free
  • Fungus Fair: A Celebration of Wild Mushrooms
    Hands-on activities at the Fungus Fair include crafts, mushroom dyes, and do-it-your-self mushroom growing kits. We have many educational tables on varied subjects such as:      •    Identification table - bring your specimens to find out what you found!      •    medicinal mushrooms      •    myco-remediation      •   ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Seniors & Students, $10 child >12
  • Trees & Shrubs at Joaquin Miller ParkWinter is a great time to learn evergreen trees and shrubs. Joaquin Miller Park offers a great diversity of species ranging from widespread foundational species to those less common on the landscape. Come join us for a winter plant walk led by botanist Brian Peterson. Beginners, non-beginners, and all plant ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  Free, $20 suggested donation
  • Sunset/Full Moon Walk to the Point Bonita Lighthouse
    Join park staff and volunteer docents for a tour down through the history of Point Bonita while the sun sets over the Pacific. We will walk along the half-mile trail which is steep in places. Arrive early as parking is limited. Meet at the Point Bonita Lighthouse trailhead. Dress warming ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
Monday, 12/04/17
  • 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 progress over the past three ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • People and Robots Seminar - RESCHEDULEDSpeaker: David Camarillo, StanfordThis seminar has been rescheduled for 1/22/18
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Modernizing America's Electricity Infrastructure
    America’s aging electricity infrastructure is deteriorating rapidly even as the need for highly reliable electric service"driven by the explosion of digital technology"continues to rise. Largely missing from national discussions, however, is a coherent, comprehensive national strategy for modernizing this critical infrastructure. Energy expert Mason Willrich presents just such a strategy ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Conversations About Resilience: Resilient South Bay: A Flood-Risk AssessmentA team of students in the Stanford course Disasters, Decisions, Development in Sustainable Urban Systems  will present interactive maps and visual insights from their flood-risk assessment of cities south of San Francisco from Burlingame to San Jose. This current work demonstrates a holistic, data-driven, and probabilistic approach to understanding direct and indirect socioeconomic losses that at-risk, interconnected ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free (RSVP required)
  • Natural Language Processing (NLP) will Revolutionize Industry
    Processing text is a little more difficult talk than processing numbers. At the same time, there is a lot more wisdom trapped in structured and unstructured documentation. The product documentation, online blogs, structured reports in different languages need to be assimilated to comprehend, answer questions and summarize. Similarly unstructured document ...
    Where:  Santa Clara Cost:  Free
  • Deep Learning in Biomedicine and Genomics: An Introduction and Applications to Next-generation Sequencing and Disease DiagnosticsWe will review the history and taxonomy of machine learning and artificial intelligenceWe will introduce deep learning, covering both what it is and why its so exciting.We will review a highlight a few deep learning applications to biomedical problems across the fieldWe will do a deep dive into three recent ...
    Where:  Santa Clara Cost:  $5 General, Free for IEEE CIS members
  • Wonderfest: Triple Play: Ask a Science EnvoyWonderfest Science Envoys are early-career researchers with special communication skills and aspirations. Following short talks on provocative modern science topics, these three Envoys will answer your questions with insight and enthusiasm:Stanford's Anna Khazenzon on "Multitasking on the Mind" - How do the ~7.5 hours/day(!) that youth spend with media affect learning, ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • A Diversity of Worlds: Origins of Structure in Planetary SystemsAstronomers have now found several thousand confirmed and likely planets orbiting stars other than the Sun. Most of these worlds are quite different from Earth and the solar system's other planets. However, discovery of true solar system analogs still strains the capabilities of current detection technologies. Prof. Murray-Clay will discuss what ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members & Seniors
  • “The Sea Foragers Guide to the Northern California Coast” Kirk Lombard will talk to Skyline students and the general public about his work, and fishing in Northern Ca.
    Where:  San Bruno Cost:  free
Tuesday, 12/05/17
  • A Royal Walk with the King TideJoin Exploratorium staff at Pier 3 on San Francisco's waterfront (meet on the Bay side of the Seaside Restaurant) for a stroll along the waterfront to observe, photograph, and discuss the King Tide. We'll talk about what causes the tides, why we have King Tides at this time of year, ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • From the Intertidal to the Deep Sea: A Landscape of Possibilities in Marine EcologySpeaker: Dr. Corey Garza, Department of Biology, California State University, Monterey Bay
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • Exploring our MoonHow does our Moon and Earth move in space?  Learn about past and future exploration.  Why does the Moon change in the sky and how does our Moon create high and low tides. Does our Moon give us clues about other moons orbiting their planets.
    Where:  Fremont Cost:  Free (RSVP required)
Wednesday, 12/06/17
  • 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
  • The (climate) evolution will be visualizedGeoff McGhee is a visual journalist by background who now produces multimedia and information graphics at an interdisciplinary research center at Stanford University. McGhee has worked on such projects as live-data trackers of wildfires, drought, snowpack, and precipitation; multimedia explainers on issues such as the oil and gas boom in North ...
    Where:  Moss Landing Cost:  Free
  • Conservation Oceanography of the North Atlantic Right WhaleSpeaker: Dr. Charles Greene, Cornell University
    Where:  Tiburon Cost:  Free
  • Petascale Deep Learning on a Single is a deep learning startup that has been developing a new deep learning processor architecture with the goal of massively improved energy efficiency and performance. The architecture is also designed to be highly scalable, amenable to next generation DL models. Although deep learning processors appear to be the "hot ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • The Unistellar Telescope Demonstration Unistellar’s Enhanced Vision Telescope is the first telescope that accumulates light so the user can finally see hundreds of faint astronomical objects. The telescope is capable as well to recognize the observed field of view and can guide and inform the user. The technology mimics the light gathering capability of ...
    Where:  Santa Rosa Cost:  Free
  • National Geographic Live: Point of No Return
    In the fall of 2014, a five-person team from National Geographic set out on an ambitious trek to summit an obscure Burmese peak, Hkakabo Razi, and determine once and for all if it is Southeast Asia’s highest point. What unfolded was a harrowing expedition that pushed the group to the ...
    Where:  Redwood City Cost:  $45 - $63
  • Computational Microscopy
    Computational imaging involves the joint design of imaging system hardware and software, optimizing across the entire pipeline from acquisition to reconstruction. Computers can replace bulky and expensive optics by solving computational inverse problems. This talk will describe new microscopes that use computational imaging to enable 3D, super-resolution and phase imaging ...
    Where:  Santa Clara Cost:  Free
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