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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
Tuesday, 02/13/18
  • Gravitational wave tests of Dark Energy and gravitySpeaker: Miguel Zumalacarregui, UC Berkeley 
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Fire Ecology - CANCELEDSpeaker: Dr. Sasha Berleman, Audobon Canyon Ranch
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • Magic Angle Graphene: a New Platform for Strongly Correlated PhysicsApplied Physics/Physics ColoquiumSpeaker: Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, MIT
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Power Shift: The End of Gasoline Cars?Have gas cars peaked? Last year, Volvo announced it would stop making gas-only cars by 2019. Then, India, France and the United Kingdom said they will phase out cars that run on petroleum in the next couple of decades. When China moved in the same direction, automakers put the pedal ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $12 Members, $7 Students
  • Carl Pope: Climate of HopeCarl Pope is a veteran leader in the environmental movement and spent nearly 20 years as the executive director of the Sierra Club. He offers an optimistic look at the challenges of climate change, the solutions that hold the greatest promise and the practical steps that are necessary to achieve ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  $25 General, $15 Members, $8 Students
  • The Human Heart The heart pumps blood through a system of veins and arteries to bring oxygen throughout our body.  What happens if the heart does not work right.  Learn about Rita Anselmo and her struggle with a broken heart.  Story:  A Broken Heart
    Where:  Fremont Cost:  Free (RSVP required)
  • Insider Secrets of a Robotics & Consumer Electronics Design ConsultancyA small robot flashes lights while scurrying across a carpet while it’s being tested for its ability to avoid obstacles such as walls and people. Laughter comes from the lab, with talk and banter about which replacement part to use in the company’s latest project. “Dude, make sure that sensor ...
    Where:  Milpitas Cost:  
  • Astronomy on Tap San FranciscoLove is in the air this time of year, but the folks at Astronomy on Tap SF are more concerned with the the neutrinos and gamma rays passing through the atmosphere! Come to DNA Lounge on Tuesday, February 13th for another night of talks from local scientists, Astronomy in the ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  
  • CONSCIOUSNESS & CREATIVITY: The Power of Meditation - SOLD OUTCity Arts & Lectures Conversations on Science SeriesStress affects everyone, regardless of age, race, gender, and income, and many believe that stress levels have only increased in the modern world. Could meditation be an effective antidote to our anxieties? A teacher of Transcendental Meditation for over forty five years, Bob Roth believes ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  
  • The Universe Continues to Reveal SurprisesOver the past few decades, astronomers have for the first time identified the major constituents of the universe. Unexpectedly, the universe hardly resembles what we thought only a couple of decades ago. The universe is filled with dark matter more abundant than ordinary matter and dark energy that is causing ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  No cost
  • Gina McCarthy - Environmental Expert, Former EPA Administrator, Professor
    Gina McCarthy is the former administrator for the United States Environmental Protection Agency under President Barack Obama and one of the leading national experts on environment and public health impacts of climate change. She has been advocating for strategies to protect the environment and public health for over thirty years. ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  $40
Wednesday, 02/14/18
  • Human Organs Chips for Drug Development, Disease Modeling, and Precision Medicine
    Our work has emphasized creating both healthy and diseased model organ systems, we call microphysiological systems or ‘organ chips’, to address the broken drug discovery process. The average time to develop and launch a new drug is 10-15 years, and costs ~ $5b. The poor efficiency and high failure rates ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Integrating Social Science into Global Environmental Change SolutionsThe social and behavioral sciences are critical for informing the development of policies to meet the challenge of global environmental change. Policies for mitigating environmental change or reducing the harm that it causes inevitably make assumptions about the behavior of the people who must execute or respond to those policies. ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • An Aqautic Evening - Newt LoveJoin fellow nature lovers on a Valentine’s Day walk to remember. Amphibian amplexus, spermatophores, and nuptial pads await.  Meet at the Tilden Golf Course.  Adults 21+
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Blockchain TechnologyStanford Computer Systems ColloquiumSpeaker: Bram Cohen
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • February LASER Event - Berkeley
    7:00-7:25: Mikey Siegel(Consciousness Technologist) on "The Art and Technology of Human Connection"Towards technology-augmented meditation retreats...Read more7:25-7:50: David McConville(Buckminster Fuller Institute) on "TBA"Abstract forthcoming...Read more7:50-8:10: BREAK. Before or after the break, anyone in the audience currently working within the intersections of art and science will have 30 seconds ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
Thursday, 02/15/18
  • Black holes, neutron stars and the birth of gravitational wave astronomy - CANCELEDGravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of space-time produced by catastrophic astrophysical events, are arguably the most elusive prediction of Einstein’s theory of General Relativity, so feeble that Einstein himself thought their detection would be impossible. One hundred years later, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) and its sister project ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • Extreme Weather Events and Global Warming: The New Normal? Join us for a talk with Dr. Noah Diffenbaugh, Kara J Foundation Professor and Kimmelman Family Senior Fellow at Stanford University. He studies the climate system, including the processes by which climate change could impact agriculture, water resources, and human health.
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Preventing Wildfire in the Oakland HillsThe Bay Area recently experienced a rash of devastating fires. For many, these were a reminder of the deadly 1991 Oakland hills firestorm that destroyed thousands of homes. What did Oakland learn from that event, and what are East Bay cities doing now to prevent and prepare for wildfire? This ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $10 General, Free for Members
  • Optical Multidimensional Coherent Spectroscopy of SolidsSpeaker: Christopher Smallwood, Univ. of Michigan
    Where:  San Jose 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
  • How Technology Helps Save the World's Most Valuable ResourceSpeaker: Mr. Peter Carlson, Chief Technical Officer, HydroPoint Data Systems, CA
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • The Future of Food Systems: Scenarios and Solutions
    Part of the Sustainability Leadership Speaker SeriesThis series explores the connections between great leadership and the actual achievement of sustainability and wellbeing for everyone, across generations.Speaker: Lisa Dreier, World
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Quantum Computing for the CuriousA modern-day 'space-race' is unfolding to build the world's first quantum computer - a device that leverages delicate quantum phenomena to offer computing power far beyond what could ever be achieved with a conventional computer. As exciting as it is to be in the midst of a second computing revolution, ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Why Need to Protect Half the Planet and Where to Start?New research indicates current global conservation targets, which call for preserving 17 percent of land and 10 percent of oceans, are far too low. Instead, targets should be closer to 50 percent for land and 30 percent for oceans. This will protect the diversity of life on Earth and ensure human ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $8 Members, Free for students
  • Beer Week NightLifeCelebrate SF Beer Week with a froth-filled evening of brews. Sip your way through a pop-up beer hall with dozens of local breweries slinging crowd favorites and limited releases.-----> Black Sands Brewery makes their NightLife debut alongside NightLife vets Anchor Brewing, Pacific Brewing Lab, Calicraft, and Drake’s Brewing. Triple Voodoo will sling ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members
  • The Science of Cannabis: The Neuroscience of Cannabis - SOLD OUTHow does Cannabis affect our brain, mind, and behavior? The subjective experiences, therapeutic uses, and potential for abuse associated with Cannabis are related to the plant’s complex botanical chemistry and the impact of this chemistry on body and psyche.Speaker: David Presti, UC Berkeley
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $40 General, $35 Members
  • Conservation of Common Loons in Washington
    Common Loons are a charismatic species that faces many reproductive challenges. While 50 years ago they bred in northern California, today northern Washington is the southwestern edge of their North American breeding range. The Poleschooks started out photographing Washington state loons in 1996, and their work turned into a large-scale ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $5 General, Free for members
  • SFBW 2018: Nerd Nite East Bay BEER Edition
    Nerd Nite East Bay is hosting a special Beer Edition at The Good Hop for SF Beer Week 2018! There will be two speakers: Liam O'Donoghue of East Bay Yesterday Podcast presenting "History of East Bay Beer," and Phillip Emerson, head brewer of Almanac Beer Company presenting "The Chemistry of ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $35
  • February LASER Event - Stanford
    7:00-7:25: Audrey Shafer(Stanford Univ/ Medicine) on "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: The First 200 Years "Why is this novel, known as the first science fiction text, so generative...Read more7:25-7:50: Qifeng Chen(Intel Labs) on "Photographic Image Synthesis with Cascaded Refinement Networks".An A.I. approach to synthesizing photographic images...Read more7:50-8:10: BREAK. Before ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Our Brain’s Development in a Technological World The brain is composed of about 100 billion unconnected neurons when we are born. As we grow, our early experiences - hearing caregivers’ voices during infancy, solving simple puzzles, reading books before bedtime- determine the neurological connections and pathways that are formed. Neuroscientists believe the majority of essential brain development ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  
  • Sonoma County Mycological Assoc. monthly meetingCome identify mushrooms (and bring your mushrooms for identification), and hear a guest speaker. Open to the public.Speaker: Patrick Hamilton
    Where:  Sonoma Cost:  Free
  • Avoiding California’s Next Water CrisisAre the Sierra Nevada headwaters drought resilient and what have we learned from the 2011-15 drought? Learn about sustainable water supply and actions that the state can take to adapt and provide a secure water future. Roger Bales, UC Merced and Adjunct Professor at UC Berkeley has been active in ...
    Where:  Livermore Cost:  $32 - $40 Adults, $12 Students
  • After Dark: Everything Matters: CobaltFrom ceramic bowls to cell phones, cobalt plays an important commercial role across the globe. Follow cobalt’s history with ceramic artist Forrest Lesch-Middelton, and learn how its uses impact us both individually and as a whole. He’ll share his unique making process with cobalt blue, as well as his efforts ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $17.95 advance, $19.95 at the door
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