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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
Friday, 02/09/18
  • Riparian Restoration Using WillowsBrian Hildebidle (Associate Director of Conservation Research and Stewardship for the Presidio Trust) will lead this very hands-on field workshop that will cover techniques and uses of willows in riparian restoration projects!The class will initially meet at Presidio 1216 and then continue on to various Presidio sites. Please bring your lunch and dress ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Donations encouraged
  • TESS MissionSpeaker: Krista Lynne Smith
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • An Isenthalpic-Based Framework for Nonlinear Thermal SimulationThermal enhanced oil recovery (EOR) involves the interplay of mass and energy transport with complex phase behavior. Hydrocarbon-water interactions govern the behavior of these systems in which components partition across multiple fluid phases as a function of composition, pressure and temperature. In this work we develop a thermodynamically consistent framework ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Leveraging Big Data to Improve Operational Performance, Reliability, and EfficiencyThe existing public transit infrastructure in the United States already generates a tremendous amount of data, however, this information is often not used as effectively as it could be. In this session, we will discuss some of the ways that Swiftly is leveraging billions of data points to help transit ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Lecture 3: Mathematics and Computation (through the lens of one problem and one algorithm). Proving Analytic InequalitiesThe celebrated Brascamp-Lieb (BL) inequalities, and their reverse form of Barthe, is a powerful framework which unifies and generalizes many important inequalities in analysis, convex geometry and information theory. I will exemplify BL inequalities, building to the general set-up. I will describe the structural theory that characterizes existence and ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Green Friday: Sanctuary for Sharks: How will the proposed threats to our Marine Monuments and Sanctuaries hurt sharks and other marine life?The February Green Friday presentation will be given by David McGuire, a marine biologist who is the director of Shark Stewards.  The Shark Stewards mission is to restore ocean health by saving sharks from overfishing and the shark fin trade, and protecting critical marine habitat through the establishment of marine-protected ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $3 donation requested
  • Solar Eclipse Extravaganza, Part IIPlease join us for some FABULOUS eclipse photos and videos taken by our PAS Members from various locations along the eclipse path! Several world-renowned eclipse chasers will be among those presenting their images. This should be a great meeting!  And it might help kick-start your ideas for how to view ...
    Where:  Los Altos Hills Cost:  Free ($3 parking)
Saturday, 02/10/18
  • SWOOP - Drone Racing & Raptors in Flight (First Weekend of 2 Weekend Event)CuriOdyssey’s extraordinary exhibition, SWOOP - A Celebration of Flight, opens on the evening of February 9 and runs for two weekends, February 10-11 and February 17-19, 2018.  This unique avian and aeronautical festival will thrill curious kids and families with exciting indoor drone races and nature’s aerial experts, live raptors, ...
    Where:  San Mateo Cost:  $9.50-12.50
  • Fixit Clinic CCLV (255) Castro Valley LibraryFixit Clinic CCLV (255) Castro Valley LibraryFixit Coaches will be training in residence at the Castro Valley Library 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 who ...
    Where:  Castro Valley Cost:  Free
  • Trekking the ModelJoin a ranger-guided tour of the Bay Model, a 1.5-acre hydraulic model of the San Francisco Bay and Delta. Discover the stories of the two major operations that took place at this location between 1942 - 2000.
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Twilight Marsh WalkExperience the salt marsh at twilight on an easy stroll along Tidelands (1 1/3 mile) Trail. At the setting of the sun we will observe the beginning of nature’s night shift. Come discover the sights, sounds, and smells of the refuge as night descends. Not suitable for young children. RESERVATIONS ...
    Where:  Fremont Cost:  Free
  • Science on the Screen: 'Wall-E'Curious about robotics? Science on the Screen creatively pairs cutting-edge science presented by leading science and technology experts with classic science fiction films. The series reveals the science of everyday living, explores where science and art connect, and inspires students to explore the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $18 General, $10 Students & Teachers
Sunday, 02/11/18
  • Mad Science Valentine: Agar Art, Soapmaking, Pink Oyster Mushrooms, Love Potions, Steampunk Lamps, & Mad Science Cocktails!
    10-11am: Agart ArtCome and learn how to make colorful and unique living art. Design your own art piece using our colorful bacteria and then submit your piece for a chance to win in the American Society for Microbiology annual Agar Art Contest.We will be hosting several workshops, as well as ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $10-$20
  • Marine Science Sunday: Marine Mammal Parents and PupsIn preparation for Valentine's Day, this month we celebrate love under the sea with Marine Mammal Parents and Pups in a fun, educational way for both kids and adults. We recommend teaming our free classroom program with a Docent-led tour at 11am, 1pm or 3pm for a truly immersive marine mammal experience.FREE Classroom ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Randall Museum Grand Reopening Family FestivalCelebrate the grand reopening of the Randall Museum, a one-of-a-kind art and science education center. All three floors of the Corona Heights facility have been revitalized, reimagined, and refreshed. Explore the Randall’s state-of-the-art STEM lab, the new geology/seismology exhibit, and the habitat-based live animal enclosures. Discover what’s new in the ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • SWOOP - Drone Racing & Raptors in Flight (First Weekend of 2 Weekend Event)CuriOdyssey’s extraordinary exhibition, SWOOP - A Celebration of Flight, opens on the evening of February 9 and runs for two weekends, February 10-11 and February 17-19, 2018.  This unique avian and aeronautical festival will thrill curious kids and families with exciting indoor drone races and nature’s aerial experts, live raptors, ...
    Where:  San Mateo Cost:  $9.50-12.50
  • Darwin Day Bagel Brunch
    Join us for a delicious all-you-can-eat bagel brunch, with a talk by guest speaker Dr. Jeffrey Silverman on "Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the Runaway Universe." Some of the most energetic and fascinating objects in the Universe are exploding stars known as supernova. Observations of distant supernova provided the first ...
    Where:  Albany Cost:  $10
  • CRISPR, A New Genetic Engineering Technology: Promises and PerilsAnnual Darwin Day CelebrationGenetic engineering technologies, prior to CRISPR, were expensive and time-consuming.  CRISPR has resulted in the ability to precisely edit the genome of nearly any organism, and consequently, has revolutionized biology, medicine, and agriculture. From curing deadly genetic disorders to engineering drought-resistant plants, CRISPR genome editing technology will reshape modern ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  The lecture is free.
Monday, 02/12/18
  • Surprises in the small scale Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB)Information about the late-time Universe is imprinted on the small scale CMB as photons travel to us from the surface of last scattering. Several processes are at play and small scale fluctuations are very rich and non-Gaussian in nature.  I will review some of the most important effects and I ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • National Engineers Week: AviationLaunch a journey in innovation and prepare for National Engineers Week!This year’s exploration into the Engineering Design Process will explore the challenge of spaceflight as participants learn the science of rocketry and built a water-powered rocket able to meet a challenging altitude goal!Programs are designed for Grades 4-8 and participants will ...
    Where:  San Carlos Cost:  Free
  • COSMOS EPISODE 1 - 1980The 1980 COSMOS series has inspired many for generations. We will be looking at the first episode in the original series, and comparing the contents with developments in astronomy since its broadcast.
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • Fast Computation of Reachable Tubes for Provably Safe Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic ManagementThere is a pressing demand to integrate unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly termed as drones, in the national airspace to enable a plethora of services such as package delivery, infrastructure monitoring, news and sports coverage, and precision agriculture. Recent research and development efforts in industry, Government and academia have focused on designing a ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • THE QUANTUM AND THE COSMOS: THE QUEST FOR THE ORIGIN OF ORDINARY AND DARK MATTER - RESCHEDULEDStefano Profumo will explain why modern cosmology is a scientific theory, and introduce the two key ingredients that this scientific theory is based upon: dark matter and dark energy. Stefano will argue that it is far more interesting to think about what the dark matter is, as this is the ...
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • Pathways of Batteries Towards Sustainable Electric Transportation and Stationary Storage
    Increased demands of high energy density, long lasting batteries, low cost and safe batteries for applications in consumer electronics, electric vehicle and grid with renewable energy integration present great opportunities and challenges to the society. This seminar will review the status of existing battery technology and present the challenges, opportunities ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Science vs Cinema: ALIENThe crew of the merchant vessel Nostromo answers a distress call on an abandoned moon.  There are no life forms on the surface to speak of, except for a field of eggs and a giant structure...An "old dark house" mystery updated for the jittery nerves and wounded psyche of the ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15.25
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