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February 2018

Where Wild Beauty and Science Meet

February 1 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Wildlife photojournalist and National Geographic fellow Joe Riis, who has documented the migrations of pronghorn, mule deer, and elk in Wyoming for more than a decade, will give a multimedia presentation and book signing of his new book, Yellowstone Migrations. A reception begins at 5:30 pm with the program at 6:30 pm. Riis will be joined by ecologist & UC Berkeley Professor Arthur Middleton, a Yellowstone Migrations contributor and primary scientific collaborator. The event features a Q&A and discussion led…

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Massive Stars & Their Temper Tantrums

February 4 @ 7:30 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, CA 94114 United States
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SF Amateur Astronomers' May MeetingJoin Dr. Nathan Smith (UC Berkeley) for a presentation on Massive Stars & Their Temper Tantrums. Smith discusses the properties of the most massive stars known, born with masses of 30 to 150 times the mass of our Sun.DATE: Wednesday, May 19   7:30 PMRandall Museum TheaterRandall Museum199 Museum WaySan FranciscoGeneral MeetingsSFAA General Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month at the Randall Museum (199 Museum Way; near San Francisco's Buena Vista Park). (Cick for…

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Parameter Estimation for some Geoscience Applications using a Measure-Theoretic Approach

February 5 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Green Earth Sciences Building, 367 Panama St Room 365, Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305 United States
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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.  The approach we will describe, proposed by collaborators D. Estep, T. Butler and others, is based on measure-theoretic stochastic inversion technique.  In this approach, given a probability space on certain…

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Manipulation Skills that I Wish My Robots Had

February 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley Room 242
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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My 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. Ill start the talk by briefing on recent work by Team MIT-Princeton in the Amazon Robotics Challenge to develop a robotic pick-and-place system capable of grasping and recognizing novel objects in cluttered environments. Ill also describe the challenges derived from the lack of practical solutions to…

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Materials for Solar Fuels: Coupling Efficient Catalysts and High-Performance Photovoltaics by Atomic Layer Deposition

February 5 @ 4:30 pm - 5:20 pm
Stanford University Energy Seminar, Huang Science Center NVIDIA Auditorium
Stanford, CA 94305 United States
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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, and was a Director-Funded Postdoctoral Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  At Stanford, McIntyre leads a research team of graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and adjunct professors who perform basic studies…

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February LASER Event – Berkeley

February 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Soda Hall, UC Berkeley Room 380
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
Free

  7:00-7:25: <img src="http://www.scaruffi.com/leonardo/siegel.jpg" width="50" height="50" /> Mikey Siegel (Consciousness Technologist) on "The Art and Technology of Human Connection"Towards technology-augmented meditation retreats... Read more 7:25-7:50: David McConville (Buckminster Fuller Institute) on "TBA"Abstract forthcoming... Read more 7:50-8:10: BREAK. Before or after the break, anyone in the audience currently working within the intersections of art and science will have 30 seconds to share their work. Please present your work as a teaser so that those who are interested can seek you out…

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