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Friday, 02/02/18
  • Cosmic tsunamis and tornadoesSpeaker: Andra Stroe (European Southern Observatory - Garching)
    Where:  Menlo Park 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
  • $5 Fridays: Film and AnimationJoin us as we celebrate Film and Animation as a kickoff for the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival taking place at Chabot on February 24th & 25th! Star in a collaborative animated movie using your whole body and fun props to create magical animations with Berkeley City College at ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $5
  • Direct Detection of Dark MatterThe LZ experiment is a next-generation dark matter direct detection experiment, to be located at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in South Dakota. When completed, the experiment will be the world’s most sensitive experiment for WIMPs (Weakly Interacting Massive Particles) over a large range of WIMP masses. LZ is ...
    Where:  San Mateo Cost:  Free
Saturday, 02/03/18
  • Guided Nature Walk
    Experience the beauty and rich natural history of this 535-acre preserve. Our half-day guided nature walks are on Saturdays throughout fall and spring. Participants are divided into small groups and paired with a trained Bouverie volunteer to explore the mixed evergreen forest, flower-carpeted oak woodland and rugged chaparral. Guided Nature Walks ...
    Where:  Glen Ellen Cost:  $20 General, $15 Members
  • 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
  • Shark DayMSI loves sharks! Our special Shark Day invites one and all to learn about these amazing creatures, from the great whites that swim just off our ocean shores, to the gentle Leopard sharks that are common in our Bay. We will be feeding and touching our local Leopard sharks in ...
    Where:  Redwood City Cost:  $20
Sunday, 02/04/18
  • Tilden Fungal Fair
    Winter rains bring fungi to California! Spend the day perusing hundreds of local mushroom specimens, or bring a specimen (or photo) from home and have it identified by experts. Help churn and sample homemade candy cap ice cream. Purchase the latest guidebooks, mingle with members of the mycological community, make ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  
Monday, 02/05/18
  • Combined galaxy clustering and weak lensing analysesI will discuss some of the challenges involved in producing robust cosmological constraints from photometric galaxy surveys such the Dark Energy Survey and LSST. In the context of the recent DES constraints from galaxy clustering and weak lensing, I will discuss in detail how we validate our cosmological inference using ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Parameter Estimation for some Geoscience Applications using a Measure-Theoretic Approach
    Effective modeling of complex physical systems arising in the geosciences is dependent on knowing parameters which are often difficult or impossible to measure in situ.  In this talk we focus on two such problems, estimating parameters for groundwater flow and contaminant transport, and estimating parameters within a coastal ocean model.  ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • MAKING AT SSUJeremy Qualls will describe rapid advances in digital fabrication and social media that have given rise to new opportunities blending science, technology, art, and entrepreneurship. Sonoma State University has embraced the do it yourself maker mindset with many new innovative programs including a campus community maker-space and a sophomore year ...
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • Manipulation Skills that I Wish My Robots HadMy main goal in this talk is to discuss some manipulation capabilities that I believe are essential to develop practical autonomous robotic manipulation systems. These are manipulation skills that I wish my robots had. I’ll start the talk by briefing on recent work by Team MIT-Princeton in the Amazon Robotics ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • THE QUANTUM AND THE COSMOS: THE QUEST FOR THE ORIGIN OF ORDINARY AND DARK MATTERJeremy Qualls will describe rapid advances in digital fabrication and social media that have given rise to new opportunities blending science, technology, art, and entrepreneurship. Sonoma State University has embraced the do it yourself maker mindset with many new innovative programs including a campus community maker-space and a sophomore year ...
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • Materials for Solar Fuels: Coupling Efficient Catalysts and High-Performance Photovoltaics by Atomic Layer Deposition
    Paul McIntyre is Rick and Melinda Reed Professor in the School of Engineering, Chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Senior Fellow of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University.  He was previously Member of the Technical Staff of the central research laboratories of Texas Instruments, ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Reinventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and NetworksThere is an information vacuum among government, media and the public about the relative role of wired communications and the reasons hard wires, such a copper cable and optical fiber, usually offer better telecommunications options. From the perspective of public investment, health and ecosystem impacts, and energy efficiency, a strong ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $8 Members, $7 Students
  • The Search for Life Beyond EarthTo search for life beyond Earth, we first have to decide on several key factors, such as where we should look. Several locations within our solar system have been identified that might be habitable. An ideal place to look might be the icy moons around Saturn and Jupiter with their ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members & Seniors
Tuesday, 02/06/18
  • Cognitive Adaptations to Harsh EnvironmentsGrowing up in a harsh environment has a major impact on cognition. People from such environments tend to score lower on a variety of cognitive tests. The predominant view in psychology is, therefore, that chronic exposure to harsh conditions impairs cognition. I have recently challenged this consensus by proposing that ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Toxic, Edible and Hallucinogenic Mushrooms of MexicoSpeaker: Adam Rockefeller, Counter Culture Labs
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • Extrasolar PlanetsProf. Bruce Macintosh of the Stanford University Physics Department will give the Applied Physics/Physics colloquium
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
Wednesday, 02/07/18
  • First Free Wednesday at Bay Area Discovery MuseumFirst Wednesdays are free for all at the Bay Area Discovery Museum.  Group visits of 10 or more people are not available on Free Wednesdays.
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Free First Wednesday at UC Botanical GardenEvery first Wednesday at the Garden is free admission day.
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Data Driven Modeling and Optimization of Oil and Gas AssetsThere is a significant opportunity to enhance traditional reservoir management with new quantitative tools and technologies that allow integration of all kinds to data to create accurate predictive models while significantly reducing the cycle time from data to decisions. This talk describes Data Physics, a unique modeling approach which is ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • The Horrors of Fake News Today - Can it be Stopped?Fake news played a role in the 2016 elections and have only become a larger issue since then. From compromised accounts spreading propaganda to websites that imitate legitimate new organizations, fake news can be seen everywhere. Together we’ll see how misinformation spreads, where it exists, and talk through potential paths ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Managing for resilience in California's inland fishesSince joining the faculty in UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management in 2008, I have been working to develop a research program centered on the ecology and conservation of California’s inland and anadromous fishes. California’s waterways are generally altered, degraded, and invaded, and native fishes are in ...
    Where:  Tiburon Cost:  Free
  • Quantum Measurements at LIGOThe precision of gravitational wave measurements by the Advanced LIGO interferometers is limited by the quantization of light. The current generation of detectors will use squeezed light to reduce this quantum noise. I will discuss a new method for generating squeezed states of light that uses optomechancal interaction between light ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Integrating Regional Energy Policy with California’s Go-it-Alone Climate Policy
    California recently extended its cap-and-trade program to 2030, including very ambitious economy wide targets. At the same time, the success of renewable support policies in the state is increasing the urgency of moving from a single-state wholesale electricity market to a western regional structure. These two processes interact in important ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Lecture 1: Mathematics and Computation (through the lens of one problem and one algorithm). The problem, the algorithm and the connections.In this lecture, we introduce and motivate the main characters in this plot: - Singularity of symbolic matrices: a basic problem in both computational complexity. - Alternating Minimization: a basic heuristic in non-convex optimization. I will explain how variants of this algorithm are applied to variants of ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Water, Water (Not) EverywhereDrought in California is inevitable. How ready is the Bay Area for when it happens? And how will we make sure that we have enough water for our region’s projected growth? Join us to learn more about where we look for water supplies, how our cities plan for resilience, the ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $10 General, Free for Members
  • Building Intuition into Adversarial Examples in Deep LearningIn recent years, deep neural networks have found wide ranging applications in the general field of AI. However, it has been shown that deep learning suffers from Adversarial Examples which have puzzled AI scientists. For acceptance of deep learning based AI solutions, it is important to understand this intriguing phenomenon ...
    Where:  Santa Clara Cost:  $5 General, Free for IEEE members
  • Understanding Bone Marrow Transplantation - from the Clinical and Personal PerspectivesA bone marrow transplant is a multi-step procedure to replace damaged or destroyed bone marrow with healthy bone marrow stem cells, and it is used to treat certain blood cancers like lymphoma and leukemia, as well as aplastic anemia and other immune and genetic diseases. This talk will discuss current treatment ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • It’s a Small World: Viewing Life with Electrons
    A revolution is occurring in biology due to new technologies in the world of electron microscopy.  In addition to the monumental advances in the Cryo-EM, which garnered the Nobel Prize last year, a new wave of 3-dimensional imaging is taking over the rest of the electron microscopy field.  With these advanced ...
    Where:  Albany Cost:  Free
  • Weathering the Storm: Mayors of Houston, Miami and ColumbiaHow are cities coping with political and climatic upheaval? Battles over immigration, sanctuary status, federal funding and other hot-button issues are creating tension between local and federal government at a time when the impacts of climate change are hitting home.Miami and Houston are recovering from epic storms that were amplified ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $12 Members, $7 Students
  • Building a Deep Map -- Beyond Buildings and ViewsCelebrating the release of a new map of San Francisco, "Nature in the City" reflects a rich and fairly recent understanding of what comprises a place. An update of an original 2006 map, the rework includes a total of five maps, highlighting species that live alongside Homo sapiens, geology, gardening, ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
Thursday, 02/08/18
  • After Dark: Peanuts, The Humidors, and Labor of Love
    Pairings: PeanutsTo reserve a seat and something to eat, pick up free tickets onsite at the Observatory. Seating is limited to 120.7:00 p.m.  Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star.Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Physiologie du Gout, 1825Join us for robust presentations and ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General; $10 Members; Free for Lab Members
  • Nursery Series: Growing for RestorationDid you think that we just go to our local nursery and pick up the over 100,000 plants to use in restoration projects each year? Wrong.To kick-off the nursery series, join Alisa Shor (Director of Park Nurseries) to learn what is involved in producing our native plant crops each year, ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Donations encouraged
  • From Hot Neptunes to Temperate Earths: Observing the Atmospheres of Small PlanetsSubstantial resources have been dedicated to characterizing the handful of planets with radii between Earth’s and Neptune’s that are accessible to current telescopes. Observations of their transmission spectra reveal a diversity of worlds, some shrouded in clouds and others with molecular features. I will discuss the types of clouds and ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium
    Speaker: Brienne Ghafourifar, Co-Founder, Entefy, Inc.
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • Lecture 2: Mathematics and Computation (through the lens of one problem and one algorithm). Proving Algebraic IdentitiesIn numerous mathematical settings, an object typically has several representations. This leads to the “isomorphism problem” or “word problem”: when are two given representations equivalent. Such problems have driven much structural and algorithmic research across mathematics. We will focus on the algebraic setting, where our objects will be polynomials ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Hard Earth Talk: Organizing Green
    How to catalyze communities to environmental action?Environmental problems have the potential to affect us all. Combating them will require changing individual behavior, from the food we eat to the way we travel. But it also will require community action: protesting to change policy, for example, and working with neighbors to ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • The Human Drive to Explain
    Stephen J. Gould described humans as “the primates who tell stories.” Psychologist Robyn Dawes took it one step further, arguing that we’re "the primates whose cognitive capacity shuts down in the absence of a story.” Why are we so motivated to find a good story or explanation? Is this tendency beneficial? Cognitive ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • 'Chasing Coral' screening & Lecture"Chasing Coral" - Coral reefs are the nursery for all life in the oceans, a remarkable ecosystem that sustains us. Yet with carbon emissions warming the seas, a phenomenon called “coral bleaching - a sign of mass coral death - has been accelerating around the world, and the public has no idea ...
    Where:  Tiburon Cost:  $9.00
  • Noise Pop NightLifeNightLife resumes its role as the official pre-party for the Noise Pop Music and Arts Festival as the bastion of Bay Area independent music takes over for an evening exploring the science of sound.-----> In the Piazza, catch a DJ set from a local favorite - chillwave originator, vocalist, and ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members
  • The Science of Cannabis: The Genetics of Cannabis Breeds - SOLD OUTThere is a rich informal taxonomy of Cannabis strains with exotic and evocative names. How do these breeds reflect the genetic relationships among different strains, and how do those genetic relationships reflect the chemical properties of the specific plants? This is critical information for the commercialization of cannabis, and there ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $40 General, $35 Members
  • Dinner Talk with Jill Tarter (SETI): The 21st Century, The Century of Biology on Earth and Beyond Come and hear about how this century will permit us the first opportunities to study biology beyond Earth, biology as we don’t yet know it, and biology that we have exported off the surface of our planet. Also: book sale and signing of "Making Contact - Jill Tarter and ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  $15 - $35
  • How We Know It Was Climate Change: Connecting Extreme Weather Events with Global WarmingHeat waves, hurricanes, wildfires - extreme climate events are on the rise in the US and worldwide. Dr. Noah Diffenbaugh, Kara J Foundation Professor and Kimmelman Family Senior Fellow at Stanford University, examines the connections between global warming and extreme events and asks the question, did global warming contribute to ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  $10 General, Students Free
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