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Monday, 11/13/17
  • The Discovery Science of Hydraulic Fracturing: Innovative Working Fluids and Their Interactions with Rocks, Fractures, and Hydrocarbons
    Subsurface Flow and Transport Team Leader, Computational Earth ScienceLos Alamos National LaboratoryShale gas is an unconventional fossil energy resource profoundly impacting US energy independence and is projected to last for at least 100 years. Production of methane and other hydrocarbons from low permeability shale involves hydraulic fracturing of rock, establishing ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • Impact of Climate Change on Urban Street Trees
    Joe McBride (Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley) will discuss how climate change will alter the species composition of urban tree populations.  Likely changes in the composition of common street tree species in California were examined. Of the 140 tree species studied, as many as 83 species may be unsuitable for warming of the ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  Free
  • DARK ENERGY AND EXOPLANETS: NASA'S WFIRST MISSION and CHARACTERIZING NEW WORLDS: NASA'Z HabEX MISSIONJason Rhodes will discuss what will happen after the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) launches next year, NASA’s next flagship astronomy mission will be the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST). When it launches in the mid 2020s, WFIRST will revolutionize the study of dark energy and exoplanets.Alina Kiesling describes ...
    Where:  Rohnert Park Cost:  Free
  • The Provable Virtue of Laziness in Motion PlanningLaziness is defines as "the quality of being unwilling to work". It is a common approach used in many algorithms (and by many graduate students) where work, or computation, is delayed until absolutely necessary. In the context of motion planning, this idea has been frequently used to reduce the computational ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Controlling Electromagnetic Field for Energy Applications: From Radiative Cooling to Wireless Power Transfer
    Electromagnetic fields represent one of the most fundamental aspects of nature. The ability to control electromagnetic field has broad implication for a wide range of technologies. In this talk, we review our recent efforts in using the capability for controlling electromagnetic fields for energy applications. In particular, we discuss our ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • CRISPR: gene-editing and deadly diseases for the public
    Join us at the San Mateo Public Library for an engaging presentation about CRISPR, the revolutionary gene-editing tool that can be used to correct the genetic mutations that cause disease. Dr. Matthew Porteus is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University and attending physician at Stanford’s pediatric hospital. He is ...
    Where:  San Mateo Cost:  Free
  • Black Holes: An Up Close and Personal LookThe Event Horizon Telescope is an experiment that is being performed on a large and ever-increasing array of radio telescopes that span the Earth, from Hawaii to Chile and from the South Pole to Arizona. In April of this year, the EHT collaboration has performed its first set of observations ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members
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