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Saturday, 01/20/18
  • Learning to Read (the Landscape) Join ACR Education Specialist Dave Self and start learning how to read the landscape of the Modini Mayacamas. The reading is challenging and is rarely precise, but it’s all around us: in the distribution, size and shape of trees and shrubs; the size and shape of lichen on the rocks; ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  $20 General, $15 Members/Students, Free < 18
  • Lichen BioBlitzCalling all Lichen Enthusiasts! Lichens are intriguing composite organisms formed through symbiosis between fungi and cyanobacteria/algae. Like plants, lichens photosynthesize and - also like plants - they flourish here at the Garden! While lichens can be found throughout the year, they are particularly striking during winter months. As ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free (RSVP required)
  • Quicksliver History HikeExplore what remains of the once-bustling mining operations in the hills above New Almaden on this 4-mile hike. Meet at the Wood Road entrance off Hicks Road. Bring water and a snack. Questions?  (408) 918-7770    ​​
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • Family Bird WalkLet family walks become a shared time of nature learning. We’ll begin by helping kids create their personal bird watching field guides, and then head out onto the trails to find those birds. A limited number of binoculars are available to borrow. Recommended for children ages 5-10. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Register ...
    Where:  Freemont Cost:  Free
  • Science at Cal Lecture- Visualizing Biological Molecules: Understanding Life’s PrinciplesAssemblies of biological macromolecules (proteins, DNA, RNA) are the functional units of cells and ultimate the whole organism. Visualizing these macromolecules, in different functional states, provides unique information on how they work and how they fail in the diseased state, and therefore can guide us in the design and improvement ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Fixit Clinic CCXLVII (247) Fremont CAFixit Clinic CCXLVII (247) Fremont CAFixit Coaches will be training in residence at the Oakland Public Library, Dimond Branch and available for consultation on your broken items.Celebrating 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 ...
    Where:  Fremont Cost:  Free
  • Fluxations in Static Blue - Art Exhibition and receptionSausalito based artist Bret Arenson will be exhibiting the large scale work, Fluxations in Static Blue, which will span the entire main wall of the exhibit area. This immersive ambient work, done through ecstatic automatism, invites the viewer to discover flow and movement within what otherwise might be considered static ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Is Quantum Entanglement Magic?Dr. Ken Wharton is a professor of physics at San Jose State University. His research is in the field of Quantum Foundations, where he tries to make sense of phenomena like entanglement without giving up conventional notions of space and time. He also makes an effort to explain Quantum Foundations ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  Free
Sunday, 01/21/18
  • Gray Whale Watching with Sanctuary ExplorationsWitness the mighty gray whale migration on this half-day cruise. Join our sanctuary naturalists as we venture into the southbound migration path of the gray whale as they head through our marine sanctuaries, traveling from Arctic feeding grounds to Baja California breeding grounds. Learn about their natural history, their recovery ...
    Where:  Half Moon Bay Cost:  $57
  • Science Sunday: CEPHALOPODS ARE THE NEW DINOSAURS: A Squid’s-Eye View of the History of Life
    Before there were mammals on land, there were dinosaurs. And before there were fish in the sea, there were cephalopods - Earth’s first truly substantial animals and the ancestors of modern squid. With dozens of tentacles and formidable shells, they presided over an undersea empire for millions of years.Join scientist ...
    Where:  Santa Cruz Cost:  Free with admission
  • Made for Movies: From Poltergeist to Pirates of the CaribbeanHow do you craft a seaworthy ship - to scale? Or scatter tiny raindrops on a miniature dock? Lorne Peterson shares stories from his years at Industrial Light & Magic, such as creating foam rocks that behave like real ones in Wild Wild West, or coaxing a model house to ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free with Admission to the Exploratorium
Monday, 01/22/18
  • Tests of Cosmological GravityModern theories of dark energy can be epitomized by two words: modified gravity. In this talk I will discuss a popular and well-motivated model for dark energy, galileon gravity, and how it can be constrained using two novel astrophysical probes. The first, is the absence of offset black holes in ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Law, Order, and AlgorithmsData and algorithms are increasingly used in the criminal justice system, from tracking individuals with aerial cameras to deciding which defendants to release on bail. These developments offer the promise of greater efficiency and equity, but also pose serious challenges for traditional notions of privacy and fairness. I'll describe some ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Meso and Microstructural Properties in Lithium-Ion Batteries
    Rechargeable batteries are porous electrochemical structures composed of secondary particles, which are aggregates of single crystal primary particles, pores, cracks, and processing-induced phases and features. The underlying meso and microstructural topology, including its size, size distribution, morphology and crystallographic orientation of each of the underlying phases impacts the delivered power and energy density. While ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • One Water Approach to Urban Water ManagementTo kick off 2018, at the next Landscape Advisory Committee meeting, Rosey Jencks (Vice President of One Water-Norcal, Brown and Caldwell) will present the One Water concept, an integrated planning and implementation approach to manage finite urban water resources.This collaborative approach, involving a wide variety of stakeholders, breaks down barriers separating ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  Free
  • People and Robots SeminarSpeaker: David Camarillo, StanfordThis seminar was originally scheduled for 12/4/17.
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Decoupling Economic Growth and Carbon Emissions
    John Deutch is an Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Deutch has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1970, and has served as Chairman of the Department of Chemistry, Dean of Science, and Provost. Mr. Deutch has published over 160 technical publications in physical chemistry, ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • AI in the Clouds: Data, ML and AI in the new world of software in the CloudIn the recent years we have seen how Data Science, Machine Learning, and AI, in general, have been influencing and rewriting the rules in everything from commerce to healthcare to finance. Additionally, deploying to the cloud and has opened new opportunities for collecting and using data. We have quickly moved ...
    Where:  Santa Clara Cost:  Free
  • An Evening with MacArthur Fellows: Breaking Down Barriers to STEM EducationScience, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs are projected to grow 17 percent between 2014 and 2024 compared to just 12 percent for non-STEM related fields. Many of those jobs will reside right here in Silicon Valley. That’s the good news. The bad news is that despite progress, minorities, women ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Science Vs Cinema: 'GALAXY QUEST'Science Vs Cinema is a new monthly series exploring the awesome science behind your favorite movies. We'll explore what's right, what's wrong, and why the scientist always seems to be the first one to die in so many films. Get ready for a way-too-deep dive into the science - from ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  
Tuesday, 01/23/18
  • Disruptive Transportation and the Future of the CityTransportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft are dramatically changing the way we travel today. However, everyone suffers if we don’t proactively plan for the ripple effects of their increasing ubiquity, not to mention the impacts caused by autonomous vehicles. Come learn how the growth of TNCs is ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  $10 General, Free for Members
  • Searches for new physics with nuclear spin precessionAstroPhysics/Physics ColloquiumSpeaker: Mike Romalis (Princeton University)
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Conversations About Resilience: Adaptive GovernanceAdaptive management is an iterative approach to natural resource management, which evaluates a natural system and responds to new data. It enables action and decision-making in real-world scenarios.While the principles of adaptive management are well known in environmental systems management, there's a lesser-known kind of adaptation going on behind the ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free, RSVP Required
  • Dooley and Pelosi: Bridging Trump’s DivideDebbie Dooley helped organize the Tea Party’s first national demonstration in 2009 and until recently was on the board of the Tea Party Patriots. She enthusiastically supports Donald Trump, defends Roy Moore and despises the “Bush cabal.” But her views transcend typical partisan boundaries. She loathes the Koch brothers, thinks solar ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $12 Members, $7 Students
  • 1I/‘Oumuamua, The First known Interstellar Visitor
    Join us for a special SETI Talk on 1I/`Oumuamua, the first known interstellar small body, possibly an asteroid which is probably coming from another planetary system. Its recent discovery by Pan-STARRS1 offers a rare opportunity to explore the planetary formation processes of other stars, and the effect of the interstellar ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • The Role of Krill in the Food WebDr. Baldo Marinovic, a research biologist at Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz studies zooplankton ecology and the dynamics of ocean food webs. MS Marine sciences UCSC, PhD Zoology University Western Australia.Since 1997, he has been conducting surveys in Monterey Bay to understand what determines the distribution, ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  $5 suggested donation
Wednesday, 01/24/18
  • Real-time underwater imaging and microscopy
    Over the past 18 years I have worked in the Jaffe Laboratory for Underwater Imaging on building acoustic and optical in situ sensing systems. A central theme of this work is building instruments that provide detailed information about individual organisms while leveraging advances in industrial technology. In this seminar, I’ll ...
    Where:  Moss Landing Cost:  Free
  • Energy and Resources Group ColloquiumSpeaker: Diego Ponce De Leon Barido, UC Berkeley
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Cosmic Gold: Neutron Star Mergers, Gravitational Waves, and the Origin of the Heavy ElementsScientists have recently developed a new way to `see' the universe, using the gravitational waves predicted by Einstein nearly a century ago. These waves can teach us about some of the most exotic objects known, including star “corpses” known as black holes and neutron stars.   Remarkably, they have also helped ...
    Where:  Los Altos Hills Cost:  Free ($3 parking)
  • 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. Sponsored by Bay Area Skeptics.WHY: Because we’re curious creatures.
    Where:  Millbrae Cost:  Free
  • ExoplanetsMarin Science SeminarSpeaker: Warren Wiscombe, NASA Goddard
    Where:  San Rafael Cost:  Free
  • Kepler's Literary Foundation Presents Michael ShermerMichael Shermer is the Founding Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Skeptic magazine. He is the author of Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time, How We Believe: The Search for God in an Age of Science, and Denying History: Who Says the Holocaust Never Happened and Why Do They Say It? (with ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  $15, $25, $50
Thursday, 01/25/18
  • Illuminating Gravitational WavesSpeaker: Mansi Kasliwal, Caltech
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Hard Earth Talk: Traveling Green
    Think global, #TravelLocal? Harnessing social media for sustainability.  Every year, 124 million Americans take vacations. They’re traveling farther than ever, averaging 1,200 miles per trip. Transportation -- particularly airplane travel -- is a leading source of greenhouse-gas emissions. But can blurring the status signal associated with long distance travel lead ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • A Life Among Fishes: The Art of GyotakuJoin us as Christopher Dewees presents his book, A Life Among Fishes: The Art of Gyotaku, sharing a half century of printing fish and shellfish to full color. We will follow Chris's evolution from being exposed and fascinated by gyotaku as a graduate student, to his status now as an internationally recognized ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  $12
  • Emission of microbial volatile organic compounds by bacteria and fungiSpeaker: Dr. Pawel Misztal, UC Berkeley
    Where:  Albany Cost:  $10 General, $5 Students
  • ShakeAlert: The Path to West Coast Earthquake Early Warning ... how a few seconds can save lives and property
     The ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system will begin limited operations this year.Alerts could save lives and properties but several challenges remain.With millions at risk, why isn't full public alerting happening yet?Speaker: Douglas Given, USGS
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • After Dark: Full-Spectrum Science: Radioactivity
    What's going on inside the nucleus of an atom? Why does it spit out radiation? Did you know that you are exposed to radioactivity every day? Learn the facts about this somewhat controversial topic.Part of After Dark (6:00 - 10:00)
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free with After Dark Admission
Friday, 01/26/18
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