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Thursday, 03/15/18
  • Tiny Bubbles in the Mine: Dark Matter Detection via Bubble ChamberBubble chambers play a unique role in the hunt for dark matter, with both backgrounds and sensitivity that are complementary to the rest of the WIMP direct detection field. This complementarity is critical to maximize the community's chances for a dark matter discovery and will be the key to understanding ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • Minitel: The Web before the WebA decade before the web began taking the rest of us online, France was fully connected. By 1984 six million citizens were reading newspapers, sending emails, buying train tickets, paying taxes and engaging in scandalous chat on the Minitel system. That usage grew to over half of the country's population ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  
  • Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium
    Speaker: Michael Sanie, Vice President of Marketing, Verification Group, Synopsys Inc.
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
  • Robust Decision Making under Subsurface Uncertainty in Upstream Oil and Gas BusinessSubsurface uncertainty makes prediction of field performance for development and depletion planning purposes very challenging. The full characterization of subsurface uncertainty and its impact on reservoir performance predictions is essential to robust decision making in the Upstream. This is especially true for large projects in complex geologic settings. However, despite ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Toward the Next-Generation Neural-Controlled Artificial LimbSpeaker: Dr. Xiaorong Zhang, Assistant Prof., Computer Engineering, San Francisco State University
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • UC Berkeley Astronomy ColloquiumSpeaker: Zach Berta-Thompson, Univ. of Colorado
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Mathematics: It's not what it used to be
    All the mathematical problem solving techniques I had learned when I graduated university with a math degree in 1968 became obsolete in the course of my career. Digital tools available for free in the Cloud now do everything much faster, more accurately, and on far larger datasets, than a human ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Solar Energy Project: Kenyan Youth Innovation CentersDespite the high potential for solar power generation in Kenya, more than 84 percent of Kenyans in rural communities have no access to grid electricity. A pilot project in Limuru, Kenya, is teaching young people the skills they need to build a solar-LED light system with scrap components, soldering wire ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $8 Members, Free for Students
  • 50 Years of Computer Architecture: From Mainframe CPUs to DNN TPUs and Open RISC-VThis talk reviews a half-century of computer architecture: We start with the IBM System 360, which in 1964 introduced the concept of “binary compatibility”. Next, came the idea of the “dominant microprocessor architecture”, for which the early candidate was the Intel 432 which was shortly replaced by the emergency introduction ...
    Where:  Santa Clara Cost:  $10 advance, $15 at door
  • Brain & Body NightLifeJoin NightLife for an on-going event series that explores the brain and body with mind-expanding talks, cutting edge demos, and yoga sessions around the museum hosted by Yoga Tree, Yoga Works and Outdoor Yoga SF.Mind-Bending Talks (African Hall)7:00pm: Kick off a night of cutting edge health science talks with Dr. Hootie Warren as ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members
  • Islands in the Sun: Birding in the Caribbean
    A Golden Gate Audubon trip to Cuba, a side trip to Hispaniola, and an earlier tour to Trinidad and Tobago provide us with an overview of Caribbean avifauna.  Several endemic families are found here, and some species are quite endangered.  The islands were recently hit by hurricanes Irma and Maria, ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $5 General, Free for members
  • Sonoma County Mycological Assoc. monthly meetingCome identify mushrooms (and bring your mushrooms for identification), and hear a guest speaker. This month's speaker Richard Tehan.
    Where:  Santa Rosa Cost:  Free
  • 'One Strange Rock' (an exclusive preview screening from National Geographic's new series)
    Join us for an exclusive preview screening from National Geographic's new series One Strange Rock. From award-winning filmmaker Darren Aronofsky and hosted by Will Smith, One Strange Rock is a mind-bending, thrilling journey exploring the fragility and wonder of planet Earth. Filmed across 45 countries, 6 continents, and in outer space ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $17.95 adv, $19.95 door, free with A.D. membership
  • Wonderfest: Brain and Body Inquiry at 'Nightlife'Putting potent science into NightLifeat the California Academy of Sciences, Wonderfest presents two scientists with deep insights into the brain-body connection:At 7:45pm, Dr. Gregory Tranah presents "I Got Rhythm!" - How circadian rhythms coordinate the brain and body to impact human health and aging. Dr. Tranah is Senior Scientist at ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free for Nightlife attendees
  • After Dark: Nickel
    Fused to iron in Earth’s core and in fallen meteorites, corrosion-resistant nickel finds its strength in numbers of alloys, from stainless steel to the shape-memory alloy nitinol, which, bent, returns to its original shape when heated.Explore the versatility of this transition metal with host Ron Hipschman and Exploratorium Building Operations ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free with After Dark Admission
Friday, 03/16/18
  • Wildflower Photography Friday
    Join other wildflower photographers (amateur and professional) on a meandering monthly excursion around the Modini Mayacamas to document wildflowers of the season. After our field time, each of us will add a few of our best images to an album that Friends of the Modini Mayacamas and ACR will use ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  $20 Donation
  • Multiphase gas in galaxy cluster coresSpeaker: Prakriti Pal Choudhury (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India)
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • What are the tidal streams constraining?Cold stellar streams, remnants of tidally disrupted globular clusters, have been employed as exquisite tracers of dark matter in the Milky Way. Because of their different positions in phase space, different ages, and different levels of observational scrutiny, different streams tell us different things about the Galaxy. We employ a ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Optical Telescopes for DummiesSpeaker: Lance Simms
    Where:  Livermore Cost:  Free
Saturday, 03/17/18
  • Reading the LandscapeClues to habitat history are all around us: in the bends of branches, the distribution and size of trees and shrubs; the size and shape of lichen on the rocks; the color of soil; and the location and size of bunchgrasses. And sometimes, if you use careful observation, and apply ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  $20 General, $15 Members/Students, Free < 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
  • Unlocking the secrets of brain agingAging can involve a decline in neural function that impairs cognition and contributes to neurological diseases. However, the biological mechanisms that cause the transition from a young-and-healthy to aged-and-dysfunctional brain are not well understood. In this talk, Dr. Kaufer will describe recent findings from her lab which identified a novel ...
    Where:  Berkeley 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:  Fremont Cost:  Free
  • Headlands Nightlife: Family Night Hike & CampfireExplore the mysterious lifestyle of nocturnal animals that start their day just as you're going to bed! Learn about special adaptations that allow owls, bats and other nighttime critters to hunt by moonlight. This program features an Environmental Science Educator-led hike in the Marin Headlands. Our evening hikes are usually no ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  $15
Sunday, 03/18/18
  • Sunrise Tour of Muir WoodsYou are cordially invited to attend a sunrise guided tour through Muir Woods National Monument. While the early hour may seem uncivilized, if not down-right obscene, sunrise is a particularly beautiful time to visit an old-growth redwood forest. Participants will be introduced to the local plant and animal residents (more ...
    Where:  Mill Valley Cost:  Free
  • Wildlife Camera Walk with Ginny FifieldSpend the morning learning about some of the wildlife that inhabits the Preserves with Ginny Fifield, Wildlilfe Camera Specialist, ACR Mountain Lion Project Team, and Modini Mayacamas Preserves Volunteer. We’ll learn about identifying field signs of mountain lions, bobcat, coyotes and more. Based on what we find, we'll guess what ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  $20 suggested donation
  • Aero Workshop: Mars LanderPut your engineering skills to the test in the Aero Workshop!  Each session is a special 2-hour mini design challenge designed for children ages 8-12.  Each workshop centers on a particular problem in aerospace illustrated by a pair of hands-on experiences.  Participants then work in small teams of 3-5 to ...
    Where:  San Carlos Cost:  Free with admission
  • Collecting Evolution: The Galapagos Expedition That Vindicated DarwinIn 1905, eight sailor-scientists from the California Academy of Sciences set out on an 89-foot schooner from San Francisco for a scientific collecting expedition in the Galapagos Islands. By the time they finished in 1906, they had completed one of the most important expeditions in the history of both evolutionary ...
    Where:  Santa Cruz Cost:  Free with admission
  • COSMIC GOLD: Neutron Star Mergers, Gravitational Waves, & the Origin of the Heavy ElementsSpeaker: Dr. Eliot Quataert, UC BerkeleyCost is for lecture only.  Annual dinner for members also held at this event.
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $10
Monday, 03/19/18
  • Insights about the Assembly of Massive Central Galaxies using Hyper Suprime-CamPredicted by the promising hierarchical formation model, the stellar halos of massive galaxies should keep vital fossil records regarding their assembly history and galaxy-halo connection.  However, due to its low surface brightness, much of this information is yet to be understood.   Using the deep i-band images from the Subaru Hyper ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • New Insights on the Origin of Cosmic RaysSpeaker: Damiano Caprioli, Univ. of Chicago
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Correlative microscopy: a guide to effective materials explorationQuantum materials have fascinating properties due to the collective coupling of electrons, phonons, etc. to new quasiparticle states, mediated by a particular potential landscape. Our ability to study and explore these properties depends on our capability to build these materials with high specificity and an exquisite level of control over ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  
  • From the Accelerating Universe to Accelerating Particles: Cosmic PhilanthropyIn this talk, I will show how the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, your philanthropic neighbor on Page Mill Road, helps fund basic science.  With an annual science budget of $100 Million per year, we are small compared to federal agencies, but we are free to select topics and methods ...
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • People and Robots SeminarSpeaker: Michael Wehner, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Theory of Quantum Anomalous Hall and Axion InsulatorsTopological insulators (TIs) are insulating crystals in which the electronic wave functions are topologically twisted in a certain sense. In recent years, a bewildering variety of types of TIs have been proposed. In this talk I will focus on two. First, I will introduce 2D quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) insulators, ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Propionibacterium acnes Bacteriophages and High School Science Teaching
    During his undergraduate and post-baccalaureate studies, Rocky Ng researched Trichomonas vaginalis pathogenesis and Propionibacterium acnes/Mycobacterium smegmatis bacteriophages. He was able to isolate a novel bacteriophage from his own face, sequenced, and annotated the genome.Rocky Ng is a biotechnology and chemistry teacher at South San Francisco High School. He earned his B.S. ...
    Where:  San Bruno Cost:  Free and open to the public.
  • Mindful Travel in the Age of Climate ChangeHopping on an airplane is one of the worst things anyone can do for the climate, quickly blowing away the emissions savings earned by a vegetarian who walks to work and otherwise treads lightly on the Earth. So how do people still justify international travel? To see the wonders of ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $20 General, $12 Members, $7 Students
  • Seeing Our Universe in New Ways - the Infrared Sky Re-imagined
    In recent decades, our ability to study the universe with telescopes detecting a range of wavelengths of light - enabled by placing them on mountain tops, on airplanes, on balloons, to rockets and satellites in orbit - has revealed a beautiful, mystifying, dynamic, and rather extraordinary place. Infrared light, in particular, penetrating ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members & Seniors
Tuesday, 03/20/18
  • WATER CONSERVATION SHOWCASE 2018Water is a limited natural resource, heavily impacted by the built environment. Using sustainable practices in a building's development speaks to the triple bottom line - people, profit & planet.Since 2004, hundreds of advocates, researchers, business leaders, product manufacturers and government officials have gathered every year to address the most pressing water ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free, registration required
  • LIGO India UpdateSpeaker: Tarun Souradeep, I.U.C.A.A
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Rightsizing Carbon Removal in Ambitious Climate Change ResponsesIn addressing climate change, technologies for carbon removal can compensate for ongoing emissions of heat-trapping gases, helping keep ambitious warming limits in reach. Against a backdrop of increasing calls for carbon removal, this presentation will briefly introduce the range of options, including strategies grounded in improved ecosystem stewardship and strategies ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Soil Health Series: Physical Properties of SoilWhat is soil? Well, it's certainly not dirt! Join the knowledgeable and enthusiastic Stephen Andrews (UC Berkeley Professor, specializing in soils) in discovering the beauty and complexity of this essential natural resource by examining the physical properties that characterize what soil is. This class will also delve into the question ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Donations encouraged
  • Lawrence Berkeley Labs Cosmology TalkSpeaker: Simone Ferraro, UC BerkeleyRoom 50-5132
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Earthquakes and VolcanoesThroughout the world we have a pattern created by earthquakes and volcanoes.  Learn what it means and explore how the Hayward Fault is ripping Fremont in half.  Stories:  3 Earthquake Dolls;  Leaving the Fiery Slopes of Mt. Etna
    Where:  Fremont Cost:  Free (RSVP required)
  • It Rains Diamonds on 'Ice Giant' Planets
    A new experiment at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory reveals how large diamonds may be formed with just hydrogen and carbon, in the deep interior of ice giant planets such as Uranus and Neptune. Experimental simulations using high powered optical lasers revealed "diamond rain" forming in real time. Scientists predict that ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • Winona LaDuke - Environmental Activist, Economist, Writer
    Winona LaDuke is a Native American environmentalist and the executive director of Honor the Earth, a Native American environmental advocacy organization. Honor the Earth held several events to support Standing Rock and are currently active in the Dakota Pipeline protests. She is known for her work on Native American tribal ...
    Where:  Mountain View Cost:  $40
Wednesday, 03/21/18
  • CITRIS Research ExchangeThe lecture by Zechun Hu, Tsinghua University, has been canceled.  A new speaker will be announced.
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • In-Situ Visualization of Plasmon-Induced Hydrogenation Reactions in Individual Palladium NanocubesSpeaker: Michal Vadai, Stanford
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Environmental & Energy Economics SeminarSpeaker: Stephen Polasky, Univ. of Minnesota
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Leatherback sea turtles in the California Current: Why leatherbacks cross the Pacific
    With their immense size and peculiar appearance, leatherback turtles resemble species that inhabited Earth in the distant past. A swimming and diving machine, they are uniquely adapted for life at sea. This ancient mariner is the most widely distributed sea turtle, spanning tropical and subarctic waters worldwide. The endangered western ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  $5 donation
  • Extending the search capabilities of liquid xenon dark matter experimentsA promising solution to the dark matter problem is the Weakly Interacting Massive Particle (WIMP), a proposed beyond-the-standard-model particle that would permeate the galaxy and interact extremely weakly with baryonic matter. WIMPs in the vicinity of Earth would produce rare low energy (1's - 10's of keV) nuclear recoils that ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Extreme ways: great floods, big blobs, and the assembly of marine communitiesSpeaker: Andy Chang, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
    Where:  Bodega Bay Cost:  Free
  • The Invisible Conditions of Successful Collaboration with Social Justice Activists
    Social and environmental justice activists are increasingly asking how technology can help them achieve their goals, and a growing number of engineers, computer scientists, and other technical experts are eager to help. But successful collaborations depend in no small part on taken-for-granted infrastructural elements, including an “installed base” of technology ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Cafe Scientifique: Scalability and Privacy in Cryptocurrencies
    In this presentation, Benedikt Bünz will give a brief technical introduction to cryptocurrencies and will touch on a few research problems related to improving the scalability and privacy of cryptocurrencies.
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  Free
  • Fundamentals of Cloud SecurityJoin us as we discuss how to effectively detect and respond to threats within your AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud environments. Proliferation of cloud has fundamentally changed the way applications are developed, deployed and secured. Security teams not only need visibility & control over what is deployed in the cloud ...
    Where:  Sunnyvale Cost:  Free
  • Mars ExplorationSee website for details
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • A Conversation with Gil Friend, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Palo Alto
    Gil Friend, chief sustainability officer for the City of Palo Alto, will speak on Palo Alto's Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (S-CAP) and where progress can still be made despite the federal administration's climate and environmental policies. He’ll also share his views on cities around the world that are leading ...
    Where:  Palo Alto Cost:  $10
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