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Greetings Citizens of Science,
Please forgive me for a bit of a diversion this week.  I personally feel very strongly about our responsibility to vote in public elections.  This week many of you will have the opportunity to do just this.  I hope that if you are able to vote that you do it.  In case you live in San Mateo County and haven’t voted yet, let me encourage you to go vote.  San Mateo County is making it amazingly easy to vote.  On Tuesday Nov 3, you can go to any one of the  thirty-two (32) accessible Universal Polling Places throughout the county and vote.  If you got your Vote by Mail ballot in October, get it out, cast your votes and make sure that it is mailed or delivered.  (Even the mail is pre-paid, you don’t even need a stamp!)
There was an excellent interview in Salon recently.  I recommend that you read the whole article…  Neil deGrasse Tyson lets the science deniers have it: “The beginning of the end of an informed democracy”  Here is an exerpt but I encourage you to read the whole column.
A lot of people tend to think of science and politics as separate, but they’re not. Questions about policy are often reducible to questions about facts, about cause and effect – isn’t that the domain of science?
I would say you’re right, but I would say it differently. It’s not a question of policy reducing to facts, it’s that enlightened policies are based on facts, but learned in whatever way the actual politics demands of it at the time. That’s what politics is or should be. It is the learning of how you legislate, how you establish the laws and rules of your country in the face of objectively verified information.
For example, we live in a time now where many on the conservative right continue to be in denial of anthropogenic climate change. The problem that I see is that if you remain in denial, then you are not at the table discussing reactions to anthropogenic climate change. So, we’re losing time here, which is to say we’re causing climate change. Now, let’s go back in the room and debate what we do about it. Because whether you have carbon credits or solar panels or you have a new trade relationship with the Far East, all of these factors matter.
What do you make of that anti-science demagoguery in our political discourse right now? Is that just ideological biases triumphing over good thinking?
The moment you start bringing your personal belief system into governance, then that’s the end of pluralistic democracy. We have words for governance like that and they’re called dictatorships. You have a belief system, you have a philosophy, and that philosophy has some adherence and others have their own philosophies. Those are your personal truths ... … You can have political personal truths. You keep those to yourself or your political group. But, to impose them on others is to do away with the freedom that a free democracy gives you. Now, getting back to your point, we have people in Congress whose job is to pass laws. If they pass laws based on things that are not objectively true, that’s the beginning of the end of an informed democracy.
I want to point you to one other great presentation that is now available on the web.   Living on a Shrinking Planet: Opportunities for a Sustainable Future features John Foley the Executive Director of the California Academy of Sciences.  (It was presented at the World Affairs Council Friday 11.16.15) 

There is a fair amount of discussion about whether the population of the planet is stabilizing or not.  I am troubled by the idea the natural resources are something to bbe consumed until they are gone.  I personally don’t think the word “sustainability” is well defined or understood.  For how long do we consider the need to be sustainable? 
So about the short term…  The Bay Area Science Festival is in full swing and down to the last 7 days.  Aside from any other suggestions I might make, Discovery Days at AT&T Park is this coming Saturday and it is not to be missed!  Remember this…  The  Bay Area Science Festival isn't just for kids!  This week every event has something for adults, teachers, scientists, and geeks!
Here are a few presentations to consider that aren’t necessarily part of the festival…
  1. Creative Collisions: Neuroscience + Music-   Tue   San Jose   6:30
  2. BASF - East Bay Science Cafe: Change!-   Wed   Albany   7:oo
  3. After Dark: Teeny Tiny-   Thu   San Francisco   6:00
One Science Festival event that promises to be a hot choice is FameLab  Mon evening in San Francisco.  It should be a good one, check it out if you can.

I like to offer up some interesting diversions for the last part of this each week.  This time I am only pointing you to one place.  I warn you though, it is a place where is easy to lose track of your time while considering time…  Histography - Timeline of History  Give it some time as you wander around, it is fascinating, though you may need a timer to remind you to go to work or eat!
Have a great week and enjoy some of the amazing things about our world and universe.
herbert a. masters III
ScienceSchmoozer and a shameless promoter of:
the SciSchmooze: 
“You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.”  ― Edgar D. Mitchell Astronaut, Apollo 14 

Upcoming Events
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Monday, 11/02/2015
Cosmology Seminar - 11/02/2015 11:00 AM
Kavli Institute Astrophysics Colloquium, Stanford

I present galaxy-galaxy lensing measurements of the total masses of satellite galaxies in galaxy groups and clusters, obtained by combining high-quality imaging data with large spectroscopic galaxy catalogs. I focus on the overlap between the Kilo-Degree Survey (KiDS) and the Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) survey and present preliminary results on massive clusters from the Canadian Cluster Comparison Project (CCCP). The high purity of the resulting satellite catalogs allow us to cleanly interpret the galaxy-galaxy lensing signal as coming from the subhalos that host these galaxies. I compare these results with predictions from numerical simulations and results for central galaxies, and discuss the potential of satellite galaxy-galaxy lensing measurements as probes of galaxy formation and cosmology.

Inside-Out Planet Formation - 11/02/2015 02:30 PM
Physics and Astrophysics Building, Stanford

The Kepler-discovered systems with tightly-packed inner planets (STIPs), typically with several planets of Earth to super-Earth masses on well-aligned, sub-AU orbits may host the most common type of planets in the Galaxy. They pose a great challenge for planet formation theories, which fall into two broad classes: (1) formation further out followed by migration; (2) formation in situ from a disk of gas and planetesimals. I review the pros and cons of these classes, before focusing on a new theory of sequential in situ formation from the inside-out via creation of successive gravitationally unstable rings fed from a continuous stream of small (~cm-m size) "pebbles," drifting inward via gas drag. Pebbles first collect at the pressure trap associated with the transition from a magnetorotational instability (MRI)-inactive ("dead zone") region to an inner MRI-active zone. A pebble ring builds up until it either becomes gravitationally unstable to form an Earth to super-Earth-mass planet directly or induces gradual planet formation via core accretion. The planet continues to accrete until it becomes massive enough to isolate itself from the accretion flow via gap opening. The process repeats with a new pebble ring gathering at the new pressure maximum associated with the retreating dead-zone boundary. I discuss the theory's predictions for planetary masses, relative mass scalings with orbital radius, and minimum orbital separations, and their comparison with observed systems. Finally I speculate about potential causes of diversity of planetary system architectures, i.e. STIPs versus Solar System analogs.

Speaker: Jonathan C. Tan (University of Florida)

2015 Kazdin Lecture in Psychology - 11/02/2015 03:00 PM
San Jose State University, San Jose

The Alan E. Kazdin Endowed Lecture in Psychology is an annual lecture funded through an anonymous endowment to honor SJSU professors whose teaching and research had enduring impact on Professor Kazdin who is the Sterling Professor of Psychology and Child Psychiatry at Yale University, Director of the Yale Parenting Center, and an alumnus of our department, graduating with "Great Distinction" in 1967. 

This year's distinguished speaker is Dr. Barbara Fredrickson from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Fredrickson is a leading scholar within social psychology, affective science, and positive psychology. More information can be found on Psychology's web site 

The Large Potential of Local Croplands to Meet Food Demand in the United States - 11/02/2015 04:00 PM
Morgan Hall, Berkeley

Local food systems may facilitate agroecological practices that conserve nutrient, energy, and water resources. However, little is known about the potential for local food systems to scale beyond niche markets and meet a substantial fraction of total food demand. Here we estimate the upper potential for all existing US croplands to meet total US food demand through local food networks. Our spatially explicit approach simulates the years 1850 through 2000 and accounts for a wide range of diets, food waste, population distributions, cropland areas, and crop yields. Although we find that local food potential has declined over time, particularly in some coastal cities, our results also demonstrate an unexpectedly large current potential for meeting as much as 90% of the national food demand. This decline in potential is associated with demographic and agronomic trends, resulting in extreme pressures on agroecological systems that, if left unchecked, could severely undermine recent national policies focused on food localization. Nevertheless, these results provide a spatially explicit foundation for exploring the many dimensions of agroecosystem sustainability.

Speaker: Elliott Campbell, UC Merced

Anti-Science - 11/02/2015 04:00 PM
Sonoma State University - What Physicists Do, Rohnert Park

Retired Sonoma State Mathematics lecturer Jim Pedgrift will survey and analyze various historical and recent criticisms of scientific methodology, focusing on the most recent efforts to "delegitimize" scientific perspectives as they pertains to different policy issues, most specifically climate change.

The Economic Challenges and Chances of the German Energy Transition - 11/02/2015 04:30 PM
Stanford University Energy Seminar, Stanford

The German energy transition is now in progress. In 40 years, electricity generation, which for the most part, is currently based on fossil fuels such as coal and gas, will be almost entirely converted to renewable energy sources. Presently, the share of electricity produced from renewables is about 23 percent, which is slightly more than nuclear power (18 percent).

Further, as part of the energy transition, a commitment has been made to phase out nuclear power early: the remaining nuclear reactors will be decommissioned by 2022. The energy transition is also focused on improving energy efficiency, both in the building energy sector and to achieve more sustainable mobility. The energy transition is designed to facilitate the development of a sustainable energy supply. There will be no blackouts, provided that sufficient funds are invested in improving energy efficiency, optimizing the electricity grid management system, expanding the grid and storage capacity, and also in gas-fired reserve power plants during the transitional period. Only a slight increase in the price of electricity is anticipated since there are key factors exerting both a downward and an upward effect on prices.

Although significant investment is required, this will, in turn, create added value and employment, however. Since Germany has sufficient plant, infrastructure, and power plant engineering and construction expertise, the German economy is in a better position than any other to profit from the energy transition, the boom in renewable energy, new power plants, improvements in energy efficiency, and sustainable urban development and mobility. The energy transition is expected to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs and thus undoubtedly brings more economic opportunities than risks.

Speaker: Claudia Kemfert, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin

BASF - Deep Look at UC Berkeley with KQED Science - 11/02/2015 05:00 PM
Valley Life Sciences Building, Berkeley

Explore big scientific mysteries by going incredibly small with the Deep Look short video series produced by KQED Science. Featuring fascinating imagery of butterfly wings, hummingbird flight, the secret lives of newts and more! Meet UC Berkeley scientists, KQED's producers, and their miniature subjects for a screening, discussion and hands-on experience about the research, technology and processes of catching tiny events on film.


This event is produced in partnership with Science@Cal and KQED.

Deep Look at UC Berkeley with KQED Science - 11/02/2015 05:00 PM
Valley Life Sciences Building, Berkeley

Explore big scientific mysteries by going incredibly small with the Deep Look short video series produced by KQED Science. Featuring fascinating imagery of butterfly wings, hummingbird flight, the secret lives of newts and more! Meet UC Berkeley scientists, KQED's producers, and their miniature subjects for a screening, discussion and hands-on experience about the research, technology and processes of catching tiny events on film.

The 49ers Champion Levi's® Stadium: The First LEED Gold New Stadium and Venue: POSTPONED - 11/02/2015 06:00 PM
Commonwealth Club, San Francisco

Achieving the LEED gold certification for the 49ers new home field is the first such championship achievement for a new stadium. Its builders hope it will serve as a model for sports leadership in environmental design and construction worldwide. Join us to learn about the sustainable management, design, function and construction of the Levi's Stadium - home to the 49ers and host of Super Bowl 50 in February 2016. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design [LEED] gold rating is determined by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Speakers: Jim Mercurio, Levi's Stadium; Pat Rogan, 49ers Stadium Management Company

Editor's Note: This event has been rescheduled for February 18, 2016.

Power Drive - 11/02/2015 06:30 PM
Commonwealth Club, San Francisco

Tesla's provocative cars have insanely fast acceleration while electric cars overall have been slow out of the gate-stubborn high costs, range anxiety, and cheap gas are all factors. While Tesla is all-in on batteries, Toyota is bullish on hydrogen cars and California is spending millions of dollars to support them. Chevrolet is racing Tesla to the middle market with its Chevy Bolt, a new battery electric car that promises a range of 200 miles for about $30,000.

Are auto dealers also putting speed bumps in the way of EVs? Is their business model challenged by cars with fewer parts and fluids to fix and replace? Transit advocates say Californians need to go in a different direction and get out of their cars, using transit to avoid more gridlock and reduce emissions that are driving severe weather. That may be a challenge when autonomous cars promise the allure of legally surfing the web while cruising the highways. Join us for a conversation about the future of cars in California in the era of high technology and high carbon pollution.

Speaker: Diarmuid O'Connell, Tesla

BASF - FameLab - 11/02/2015 06:30 PM
Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco

Think American Idol,but for Scientists! Three experts judge ten young scientists as they spin tall-but-true tales of climate change, exoplanet atmospheres, the possibility of life on icy moons, and much more‚ in 3 powerpoint-free minutes each!

Come cheer on these brave souls‚ vote for your favorite‚ and journey with them to the cutting edge of exploring Earth and beyond!

Join us at 6:30pm for a free 21+ reception–show at 7:30pm. 

Tickets at website 
Particle physics in the 21st century' mini-lecture course lecture 1 of 2 - 11/02/2015 07:00 PM
Hewlett Teaching Center, Stanford

The discovery of the Higgs particle at the Large Hadron Collider in 2012 completes the Standard Model of particle physics, which successfully accounts for almost all phenomena observed in the universe. Professor Dimopoulos will overview this model and some of the deep questions that suggest going beyond it to theories with extra dimensions, supersymmetry, string theory and the multiverse.

Speaker: Savas Dimopoulos, Stanford

Tuesday, 11/03/2015
Shape dynamics: a relational view of the Universe - 11/03/2015 12:00 PM
SETI Institute Colloquium Series, Mountain View

Shape Dynamics is a new theory of gravity which removes the notion of local relativistic time from the guiding principles of gravity in the universe. It is a very promising approach which has been shown to be equivalent to Einstein's Theory of General Relativity, without being embedded in time. It is inspired by adherence to Mach's Principle, which is violated by Einstein's theory.

Shape Dynamics provides new tools in the quest for a theory that describes quantum gravity.

In the first part of the talk Dr. Gomes will review some of the Machian motivations for shape dynamics and sketch its construction.

In the second half, Dr. Gomes will talk about recent developments on black holes in this formulation, and discuss some positive aspects of its ongoing quantization program.

Speaker: Henrique Gomes, Perimiter Institute

The Politics of Precaution: Regulating Health, Safety and Environmental Risks in the European Union and the United States - 11/03/2015 12:00 PM
Moses Hall, Berkeley

This lecture describes and explains the shifts in relative regulatory stringency that have taken place across the Atlantic since the 1960s

Speaker: David Vogel, UC Berkeley

Between Characteristic Zero and Characteristic p. Lecture 2: Representation Theory in Intermediate Characteristic - 11/03/2015 04:10 PM
McCone Hall, Berkeley

In algebra and algebraic geometry, there is often a stark difference between the behavior of fields of characteristic zero (such as the complex numbers) and fields of characteristic $p$ (such as finite fields). For example, the equation $x^p = 1$ has $p$ distinct solutions over the field of complex numbers, but only one solution over any field of characteristic p. In this series talks, I'll introduce the subject of $K(n)$-local homotopy theory, which in some sense interpolates between characteristic zero and characteristic $p$, and describe the curious behavior of roots of unity in this intermediate regime.

Speaker: Jacob Lurie, Harvard

BASF - Monsoon – Film Screening & Discussion - 11/03/2015 06:00 PM
Ninth Street Independent Film Center, San Francisco

San Francisco Green Film Festival proudly presents the SF Premiere of Monsoon at the 5th Bay Area Science Festival. After the screening, join an expert discussion on our global rains, including monsoons, the California drought and impending El Niño.

SF Premiere. Filmed over the course of India's 2013 monsoon season, the filmmakers chased the monsoon on its annual journey from the southern state of Kerala, where it first makes landfall, to India's north-eastern state of Meghalaya ('Place of the Clouds'), where the clouds go to die. Along the way, they meet a remarkable group of individuals whose lives are in different ways entwined with the phenomenon that some call "the soul of India".Monsoon 
Sturla Gunnarsson, Canada, 2014, 108 mins (English/Hindi/Assamese/Malayalam/Marathi)

A cinematic journey into the terrain where nature, science, belief and wonder converge in one of the most astonishing and breathtaking landscapes on earth, Monsoon is a film that captures the timelessness and rich human drama of our engagement with the natural world.

Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2014
People's Choice Award Winner, Canada's Top Ten Film Festival 2014

Ticket includes pre-screening reception with light refreshments.

Creative Collisions: Neuroscience + Music - 11/03/2015 06:30 PM
The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose

Take a dive into the music of the mind at Creative Collisions, a new experimental event series at The Tech Museum of Innovation in downtown San Jose. The Tech is thrilled to welcome special guest Indre Viskontas, a renowned neuroscientist and opera singer who hosts the podcast "Inquiring Minds." She will be joined by other musicians and scientists who will share the surprising connections between music and our brains.

Translating the Archive: The Internet Archive and The Story - 11/03/2015 06:30 PM
Omni Commons, Oakland

The Internet Archive's model for building collections allows people to share and tell their own stories. Marginalized communities previously excluded from having authority over their own heritage have access to archived material, increasing their control of historical and contemporary narratives. Learn more about the Internet Archive's model for building inclusive archives with Michelle Krasowski. After the presentation, travel back in time with The Way Back Machine and catch Justin Hall's new documentary 'overshare: the story.' Hosted by Birdhouse and the Bay Area Public School, this event is free and open to the public. Omni Commons is not yet wheel chair accessible.

November LASER Event - UC Santa Cruz - 11/03/2015 06:30 PM
LASER Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous, Santa Cruz

Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) is a national program of evening gatherings that bring artists, scientists, and scholars together for informal presentations and conversations. 

Please join us for refreshments at 6:30 p.m. followed at 7 p.m. with presentations by: 

Giacomo Bernardi "Finding general patterns in the natural world: underwater cuckoos"

Emily Brodsky "Stress in Faults" 

Robin Hunicke "The Art of Play"

A. Laurie Palmer "If I were you, I'd call me us"

Nerd Nite North Bay #13: Fish Schooling, Weird Genitals, Mini Satellites - 11/03/2015 07:00 PM
Hopmonk Tavern, Novato

Finding Your Shoal-mate

Fishy Experiments Figuring Out Human Behavior

Nearly everything we do as humans is some form of social behavior (even talking to ourselves in the mirror or playing Neko Atsume), but ethics prevent the coolest experiments from being done. Learn how fish model systems are taking us to school and answering surprisingly complex questions about our own human social systems.

Ray Engeszer is a high school science teacher and has worked as a field biologist in behavioral ecology and the evolution of social behavior. His nerd cred beyond research includes decades of D&D, comics, and Sandman, with a dash of Jane Austen and a deep seated belief that life would be better with elves and unicorns.

Beasts, Y'all A Tease
Weird Sex and Strange Genitals in the Animal Kingdom

Freaky animal species educate and titillate! Learn how sexual reproduction first evolved and about the wild correlations between unique genital shapes and the different ways animals have sex. Also discover which animals have sex simply for reproduction and which are, like, totally into it. Plus, pornos! (Of insects.)

Becky Jaffe is a photographer, naturalist and educator. Her photography fuses an artist's sensibility with a biologist's curiosity to communicate reverence for the natural world. Her qualifications as an animal reproduction lecturer include watching endless hours of kangaroo masturbation videos on YouTube.

Pics In Spaaaace!

Imaging The Entire Earth Every Day

The way we design for outer space experiments is changing, taking advantage of improvements in miniaturization, off-the-shelf components, and agile practices in manufacturing, design and deployment. Picture a gargantuan Dalek-like fleet of imaging satellites designed from the ground up as an agile response to space access, and now picture the pictures these satellites provide: fresh daily images of the Earth transforming science and markets that rely on observational data. Learn how miniature satellites went from an idea in a garage to a flock of Doves in the skies in only two short years.

Ben Haldeman works on rockets, launching large numbers of Planet Labs' "Dove" satellites to space. He led the design of Planet's instrument payload to image the Earth daily and has flown over a hundred satellites in space. Ben specializes in bringing an agile approach to hardware and space and believes this approach will be the catalyst to humanity becoming a spacefaring species.

Wednesday, 11/04/2015
Free First Wednesday - 11/04/2015 09:00 AM
Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito

Free museum admission all day, to anyone from anywhere, at Bay Area Discovery Museum

Measured Zero Net Energy Performance: Results, Lessons, and Surprises - 11/04/2015 09:00 AM
David Brower Center, Berkeley

Please join us for a forum on the monitored performance of zero net energy (ZNE) buildings.

Expert speakers will discuss results and lessons from monitoring ZNE buildings over time, best practices for setting performance targets and getting actionable performance information, and things that have surprised them about monitored ZNE buildings. There will be time for audience questions.

Confirmed speakers are listed below. Lunch will be provided.

Session 1

David Kaneda, PE, FAIA, LEED AP - Managing Principal, Integral Group

Dr. Jon Roberts - Senior Scientist, The Cadmus Group

Session 2

John Elliott - Chief Sustainability Officer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Shanti Pless - Senior Energy Efficiency Research Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Session 3

Abhijeet Pande - Associate Vice President, Building Science Research, TRC Companies, Inc.

Dr. Edward Dean, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C - Principal, Bernheim + Dean, Inc.

Dr. Carrie Brown - Senior Technical Consultant, Resource Refocus LLC

Role of Temperature in Seagrass Wasting Disease in the San Juan Islands - 11/04/2015 11:00 AM
Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, Tiburon

Speaker:  Drew Harvell, Ph.D., Cornell University

Dynamics and Diagnosis of Tick-Borne Diseases in a Changing Landscape - 11/04/2015 12:00 PM
Sonoma State University - Biology Colloquium, Rohnert Park

Speaker: Dr. Andrea Zwei, San Francisco State Univ.

Pacific Research Platform and CENIC California Research and Education Network - 11/04/2015 12:00 PM
CITRIS at UC Berkeley, Berkeley

Louis Fox is President & CEO of the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), a non-profit corporation that represents the common interests of California's education and research communities in achieving robust, high-capacity, next-generation Internet communications services. Prior to joining CENIC two years ago, Louis served for nearly three decades as a faculty member, researcher, and senior administrator at the University of Washington and at Duke University. 

CENIC connects California to the world-advancing education and research statewide by providing the world-class network essential for innovation, collaboration and economic growth. The nonprofit organization operates the California Research and Education Network (CalREN), a high-capacity network designed to meet the unique requirements of over 20 million users, including the vast majority of K-20 students together with educators, researchers and other vital public-serving institutions.

From the intertidal to under the sea: a landscape of possibilities in marine ecology - 11/04/2015 04:00 PM
UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory, Bodega Bay

Speaker: Corey Garza, Division of Science and Environmental Policy, California State University Monterey Bay

A Tale of Two Worlds: Cyber Meets Physical - 11/04/2015 05:30 PM
Stanford University, Stanford

In cyber-physical systems (CPS) computing, networking and control (typically regarded as the "cyber" part of the system) are tightly intertwined with mechanical, electrical, thermal, chemical or biological processes (the "physical" part). The increasing sophistication and heterogeneity of these systems requires radical changes in the way sense-and-control platforms are designed to regulate them.

In this presentation, I highlight some of the design challenges due to the complexity and heterogeneity of CPS. I argue that such challenges can be addressed by leveraging concepts that have been instrumental in fostering electronic design automation while dealing with complexity in VLSI system design. Based on these concepts, I introduce a design methodology whereby platform-based design is combined with assume-guarantee contracts to formalize the design process and enable realization of CPS architectures and control software in a hierarchical and compositional manner. I conclude my presentation with a view of where CPS are headed: bio-cyberphysical systems and swarm systems.

Speaker: Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, UC Berkeley

Room: Packard Auditorium

'The Sea Star Epidemic: An Arms Race for Marine Biodiversity' - 11/04/2015 06:30 PM
Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, Tiburon

Starting in June 2013, sea stars in Washington state and British Columbia began dying in high numbers. By the end of 2013, the entire west coast was affected by a die-off involving at least 20 different species of stars and involving all the major public aquaria. We have since discovered the involvement of a virus, but the epidemic continues today in northern parts of the range and has left vast areas of California devoid of some star species. I will give an update on what we know of the impacts of the epidemic for different star species, including observations from one emerging front in Alaska. I will also consider the broader issue of the impacts that epidemics in the ocean can have on biodiversity.

Speaker: C. Drew Harvell, Ph.D., Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University

BASF - East Bay Science Cafe: Change! - 11/04/2015 07:00 PM
East Bay Science Cafe , Albany

Join Cal scientists at a special East Bay Science Cafe for a discussion of current scientific thought, trends and research about our changing planet. Enjoy a meal, beverage and intimate conversation with scientists working at the forefront of local and global environmental change research. In the tradition of the Cafe Scientifique, the East Bay Science Cafe is committed to promoting public engagement and exchange with science.

Paleoclimate: Patterns of Warming and Cooling over 550 Million Years - 11/04/2015 07:30 PM
Marin Science Seminar, San Rafael

Speaker: Douglas Charlton, Charlton International

Thursday, 11/05/2015
Shark Day - 11/05/2015 10:00 AM
Marine Science Institute, Redwood City

MSI loves sharks! Our special Shark Day invites one and all to learn about these amazing creatures, from the Great Whites that swim just off our ocean shores, to the gentle Leopard Sharks that are common in our Bay.We will be feeding and touching our local Leopard Sharks in our teaching aquarium, and viewing information about the vital role of these top predators around our world's oceans.

Images on the horizon: A view of black holes from the Event Horizon Telescope - 11/05/2015 11:00 AM
Kavli Institute Astrophysics Colloquium, Menlo Park

Supermassive black holes, located at the centers of galaxies, are at once an extreme consequence of general relativity and the sites of energetic processes that shape the cosmos.  Nevertheless, their extraordinarily compact nature has prohibited the direct study of the key gravitational and astrophysical features underlying their nature and responsible for the astronomical importance.  However, it has now become possible to generate images of a handful of astrophysical black holes that resolve their event horizons.  I will discuss how this unique ability has become possible and how it is already beginning to shed light upon fundamental questions in both gravitational physics and high-energy astrophysics.

Speaker: Avery Broderick, Perimiter

Silicon Valley Leadership Symposium - 11/05/2015 12:00 PM
Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium, San Jose

Speaker: Sara Kenkare-Mitra, Greentech Inc

Viewing sea stars from the sky: High resolution aerial mapping of the rocky intertidal zone - 11/05/2015 12:00 PM
Point Reyes National Seashore, Point Reyes Station

Speaker: Victoria Kentner, from the Point Reyes National Seashore Association

Overview of RF Switch Technology and Applications - 11/05/2015 04:30 PM
Sonoma State Dept. of Engineering Science, Rohnert Park

Filters are key components in RF and microwave systems. At higher operating frequencies, filter design becomes increasingly difficult to implement using lumped components and the use of distributed-element filters is required. To successfully design these filters, the proper use of simulation tools is necessary. Designers must also understand and select appropriate filter technologies to meet performance goals. In order to reduce cost and take advantage of standardized processes, filter implementation on printed circuit board material can be used. A survey of the AWR Design Environment (AWRDE) is presented, including an overview of the various simulators – Microwave Office, AXIEM, Analyst – and their respective uses. Example designs of distributed filters are used to demonstrate the design flow within the AWRDE and highlight aspects of filter design while seamlessly moving between tools. An overview of distributed filters is also discussed along with design considerations for PCB materials and the corresponding fabrication processes.

Speaker: Mr. Drew Fisher, Staff Hardware Engineer, RF Microwave R&D, national Instruments

Revolutionizing Our Energy Future: Joint International Smart Grid Demonstration Projects by NEDO - 11/05/2015 04:30 PM
Skilling Building, Stanford

Mr. Go Takizawa, Chief Representative of the Silicon Valley office of NEDO (Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization) discusses how smart grid technologies are revolutionizing the energy future landscape.  The electric industry is currently undergoing a massive transformation both on the supply side (e.g. large deployment of renewable energy production facilities) and on the demand side (e.g. the rising popularity of electric vehicles).  Integrating such advanced resources requires innovative "smart grid" technologies and joint collaborative efforts.  Mr. Takizawa will share his insights on the role of public-private partnerships in facilitating the future grid and highlight several international smart grid demonstration projects being carried out by NEDO.  One of Japan's National Research and Development Agencies, NEDO promotes R&D into energy, environmental, and industrial technologies.  It is the largest public R&D funding organization in Japan.  With an annual budget of approximately US$1.5 billion, its areas of focus range from robotics to machinery systems, electronics, materials, nanotech, energy conservation, renewable energy, smart communities, and more.  As Chief Representative of the NEDO Silicon Valley office, Mr. Takizawa is closely involved in NEDO smart grid projects demonstrated in New Mexico and Hawaii. He also initiated an EV and Energy Storage demonstration project in California in partnership with the Office of Governor Jerry Brown. Prior to the NEDO position, he was a Director in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Government of Japan (METI), where he was responsible for auditing electricity price rate increases and planning power supply and demand measures for Japan, as well as for revitalizing a law concerning energy efficiency.  This is a session in our Autumn Quarter weekly series on "International Partnerships for Advanced Intelligent Systems."

Child Immunization: Herding Parental Concerns - 11/05/2015 05:00 PM
Morgan Hall, Berkeley

Amid new outbreaks of measles and whooping cough, Governor Brown recently signed SB 277, which will require all California students to be immunized before entering school. The campaign to pass this bill was one of the hardest-fought in recent times. We're honored to have the bill's author, a working pediatrician, join us for a de-briefing of the campaign, along with two mom-organizers who played key roles in pushing back against misinformation that flooded the internet and polarized parents. What worked? What's next?

Don't miss this free and lively discussion! Please RSVP by 11/3 (RSVP appreciated but not required!) 

Speakers: Senator Richard Pan, California State Senator (D-Sacramento); Leah Russin, Co-Founder, Vaccinate California; Renee Di Resta, Co-Founder, Vaccinate California

Large Haydron Collider Run 2: Why it Matters - 11/05/2015 05:30 PM
International House, Berkeley

A lively presentation by two leaders in their fields on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. The LHC is the largest and most powerful particle accelerator in the world and is currently in its second three-year run.

Speakers: Beate Heinemann, Professor of Experimental Physics, UC Berkeley; Hitoshi Murayama, Professor of Theoretical Physics, UC Berkeley

Cafe Inquiry - 11/05/2015 06:00 PM
Cafe Borrone, Menlo Park

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry|San Francisco. We'll meet at Café Borrone next to Kepler's Books. Look for CFI t-shirts.

For more information or if you have questions please email 

Design Lab NightLife - 11/05/2015 06:00 PM
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

Dive into the process of art, science, and design. This week, NightLife partners withCalifornia College of the Arts to explore creativity in all stages, from creative genius that happens inside a lab, to the myriad ways it reaches beyond to impact lives and culture.


African Hall
(6:00-10:00 pm)

The Academy's African Hall will transform into a hub of galleries and installations featuring the following inventive projects from CCA artists:

Xiaoxiao Zeng – Digitally communicate with gorillas using their languageWilliam Nicholas and Yu-Wen Chen – Learn about textures and patterns with graphite and paper leaf/wood rubbingsLeah Meyerholtz –  Connect with Space Science via simulated light and atmospheric conditions on other Earth-like planetsKellie Sun, Peixin Fu – Write Chinese calligraphy from Confusius' manifestoMaya Kremien – Create desktop meditation objectsMagdalena Hartelova, Franca Ferro and Andrea Uribe – Walk through the mobile gallery space with student artXiaofang Mei – Customize your own emoji stickersYuan Guo - Tell a stranger a secret (if you dare!) in the Tell Me A Secret BoothBiowerks Investigative Studio – Play a game that teaches you about the material properties of different bioplastic materials.

Projection Pavilion
(East Pavilion)
6:00 - 10:00pm

Hongru Hou, Sophie Shao and Vivian Wang – Interact with a digitally projected gameSarah Weitzman and Caroline Crandall – Project your portrait onto a blank canvas and manipulate it with a keyboardPraree Kittidumkerng and Phume Mthimunye – Trace the lines of a projected digital image and turn it back into craft

Coral Reef Awareness
6:00 - 10:00pm

James Otis and Mallika Puri bring the coral reef to life creating posters, models and an interactive app all designed to investigate coral bleaching and ocean conservation topics

Also roaming around the museum will be an unusual event photographer - The glowing Alien Rock Probe designed by Adam Lukasik and Will Felker. Catch it if you can!

Whether you consider yourself an art guru or are just beginning to develop your creative instincts, consider this your personal invitation to explore expression in all forms.

21+ Only

After Dark: Teeny Tiny - 11/05/2015 06:00 PM
Exploratorium, San Francisco

What is small? We humans love to measure ourselves against the micro- and the macrocosm. Contemplating the diminutive elicits emotions that span the distance between affection and awe. Creatures and things that are very small or very large remind us again and again of our own size and place in the universe. We are at once tiny bodies on a planet in a solar system on the edge of a rather small galaxy that is hurtling through an infinite universe, and we serve as a vast spaceship for the billions of microorganisms living on and within us. Tonight, encounter a rich collection of experiences that will make you feel like you took a journey alongside Alice down the rabbit hole and into Wonderland.

Discover, among other things, some of the half million organisms that can live inside a single drop of seawater, the tiny stones that form inside of vascular plants, the microbes that occupy the reef of your teeth, and our small place in the colossal universe. We'll also host a special presentation about model making for the movies by special-effects artist Lorne Peterson. Most known for his work on Stars Wars and the Indiana Jones series, Peterson won the 1985 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and has created dozens of miniature models for over 50 films. 

Historic Techniques-Seeing Voices: Using Light to Restore and Preserve Early Sound Recordings - 11/05/2015 06:30 PM
California Historical Society, San Francisco

Sound was first recorded and reproduced by Thomas Edison in 1877. Until about 1950, when magnetic tape use became common, most recordings were made on mechanical media such as wax, foil, shellac, lacquer, and plastic. Some of these older recordings contain material of great historical interest, may be in obsolete formats, and are damaged, decaying, or are now considered too delicate to play.

Unlike print and latent image scanning, the playback of mechanical sound carriers has been an inherently invasive process. Recently, a series of techniques, based upon non-contact optical metrology and image processing, have been applied to create and analyze high-resolution digital surface profiles of these materials. Numerical methods may be used to emulate the stylus motion through such a profile in order to reconstruct the recorded sound.

A number of recordings of particular relevance to early twentieth-century California have been restored using this approach. Included is a recording of Jack London from 1915 and a variety of California Native American field recordings. A new project is also underway at the University of California, Berkeley to digitize the 2700 Native American wax field recordings collected by Alfred Kroeber and coworkers.

The technical approach, the California collections, as well as studies of some of the earliest known sound recordings, are the focus of this talk and will be illustrated with sounds and images. Additional information can be found at

Speaker: Carl Haber, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs

Opening the Medicine Box in the Mind: The Psychology of Pain - 11/05/2015 07:00 PM
Stanford Hospital Health Library, Palo Alto

Our experience of pain goes beyond the mere physical sensation of it – pain has emotional and psychological components to it and these affect our ability to treat pain. This talk will discuss the psychological dimensions of pain.

Speaker: Beth Darnall, Stanford Univ. Medical Center

Friday, 11/06/2015
Birds and Botany Hike - 11/06/2015 09:00 AM
Mayacamas Mountains Sanctuary, Geyserville

Hike the forests, meadows and hills around Pine Flat and up Redhill with ACR Volunteer Patrick Woodworth & ACR Resource Ecologist Dave Self. We'll be watching (and listening) for birds on the hike out. After lunch, we'll botanize as we consider the interplay between bird foods and habitat history.

Registration Required through the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Meetup page. Limit 15 

Bring Lunch & water

Meeting Spot Schoolhouse Flat, 30 minutes up Pine Flat Rd from Jimtown and Hwy 128

Steep, Wild Country, No Facilities, No Pets Please dress for the weather and bring at least one quart of drinking water. You may also wish to bring a hat, an extra layer and a snack. There are no toilets, no water fountains, no restaurants, no trash collection...this is a primitive and wild place! Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the outing. For hikes you will want shoes that protect your toes and give you good traction on uneven ground, such as sneakers or hiking boots. Please leave your pets at home.

General Info Hikes are hosted by Audubon Canyon Ranch staff. No preregistration is necessary unless otherwise noted, and all hikes are free.

Questions? Contact ACR Naturalist David Self or visit the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Meetup page.

Forward Modelled Photometric Calibration of DES Imaging Data - 11/06/2015 11:30 AM
Kavli Institute Astrophysics Colloquium, Menlo Park

Speaker: David Burke, SLAC

Steps to Greatly Reducing the Number and Impact of Megafires - 11/06/2015 01:00 PM
Doe Memorial Library, Berkeley

Over the last decade, early detection of fires and very careful and well-managed responses to fires have become possible, although most improvements are still waiting to be implemented in a single system. Inspired by the Berkeley supernova searches, which I helped develop with Rich Muller and Saul Perlmutter, here, I suggest ways such technology might directly benefit Californians and others around the world. Developments in sensors, inexpensive basing of imagers in geosynchronous orbit, computational capabilities, growing databases of fire fuels and landscapes, telecommunication systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, and fire-simulation programs all are ready to be connected and work in synchrony. Such a system, which has been conceptually designed at UC Berkeley's Space Sciences Lab, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and the University of California San Diego's WIFIRE group, is called FUEGO: Fire Urgency Estimator on Geosynchronous Orbit. Our calculations indicate that small fires can be seen from space easily. Once a fire is lit, the growing fire holds the potential to then be managed and fought utilizing new the generation of databases, manned and unmanned sensors on airplanes and drones, telecommunication systems connecting all parties, and computer simulations running in real time to aid fire fighters in deploying their precious resources. Although there are many who are eager to help, the FUEGO system we describe in this talk seems to have gained acceptance by a number of key collaborators, and we are implementing aspects of this system now, beginning with tests of UAVs, manned aircraft, and imagers over prescribed burns, and we envision a data experiment in southern California this fall on real fires, pending funding.

Speaker: Carl Pennypacker, Lawrence Berkeley Lab

Nursery Series: Fern Propagation from Spore - 11/06/2015 01:00 PM
Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco

Annette Russell (Acting Manager of Presidio Nursery), this class will provide insight into the delicate art of how to grow ferns from spore. Primarily a hands-on workshop, activities will include cleaning and sowing spores, as well as dividing gametophytes and sporophytes.

Hydrologic prediction in seasonally dry climates: Pushing minimal modes outside of their comfort zones - 11/06/2015 02:00 PM
Davis Hall, Berkeley

Speaker: David Dralle, UC Berkeley

The Health Gap: the Challenge of an Unequal World - 11/06/2015 04:00 PM
David Brower Center, Berkeley

Dramatic differences in health are not a simple matter of rich and poor; poverty alone doesn't drive ill health, but inequality does. In every country, people at relative social disadvantage suffer health disadvantage and shorter lives.

Join Sir Michael Marmot for a discussion on the themes in his new book, which presents evidence for a radical change in the way we think about health and society, and inspires us to address the societal imbalances that work against health equity.

Register at website

Stonehenge: A Mesolithic astronomical site when Astronomy was not scientific - 11/06/2015 06:00 PM
Evergreen Valley College, San Jose

Stonehenge contains structures built at different times in history, including burials sites, cardinal landmarks, and a simple wheel designed to predict eclipses. In this talk, we will simulate the night sky at a time Stonehenge was at its peak, and go step-by-step on the ancient techniques designed to predict eclipses, possibly used at Stonehenge.

Speaker: Dr. Celso Batalha

Tech and Talent Showcase: 4 Amazing Women, 4 Disruptive Technologies - 11/06/2015 06:00 PM
Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Berkeley

Come hear the stories of 4 innovative products and 4 creative women who push forward the frontiers of biotech. These women will provide case studies of each technology, as well as their strategies, challenges and successes in managing its development. They'll speak from the perspectives of 4 different job titles inside their companies.

BASF: Fermentation Microscopy - 11/06/2015 06:00 PM
Counter Culture Labs, Oakland

Learn more about the science of fermentation and the natural history of organisms that carry them out. What odd life forms make your bread and cheese, and beer and wine? Join us at Counter Culture Labs, where the San Francisco Microscopical Society will have a microscopical menagerie set up to show first hand the invisible world and hidden beauty behind fermented foods.

Please note, this is a all-ages event, and even though we will be likely showing things like active yeast cultures under the microscope, alcoholic beverages will not be served nor be present at the event.

BASF: Frontiers for Young Minds Live Review - 11/06/2015 06:30 PM
Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland

Five local students will review scientist presentations and research papers live! Can the scientists translate their work effectively to these young minds? Will the scientists be able to withstand the challenging questions presented by these teens? Following these live reviews, the night continues with music; but you won't just hear it – you'll see it. Esteemed Berkeley Professor Robert T. Knight will talk about his research around the reconstruction of music from brain scans.

Seating is limited.  Online registration will open October 20th on the Chabot Space and Science Center website.

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope - 11/06/2015 07:00 PM
College of San Mateo, San Mateo

The LSST is a new kind of telescope. Currently under construction in the US and Chile, the LSST will use its unprecedented combination of large field-of-view (40 times the size of the full moon), enormous camera (3200-megapixels) and significant collecting area (27-foot diameter mirror) to rapidly and precisely map the entire visible sky every few nights. The survey will produce a high-resolution multicolor digital movieof the Southern sky over a ten year period, enabling a wide variety of astronomy pursuits ranging from the Earth's backyard to the edge of the visible Universe. 

Individual LSST images will be immediately analyzed to identify objects that have changed or moved: from exploding supernovae billions of light years away to nearby asteroids that might impact the Earth. Over the ten-year survey lifetime, the images will also be combined to reveal a map of tens of billions of stars and galaxies. With this map, scientists will explore the structureof our own solar system and the Milky Way, determine the properties of dark energy and dark matter, and make discoveries that we have not yet imagined. Scientists in the US and Chile, LSST's International Affiliates, and the general public are invited to share in this voyage of discovery. What will you find? 
In his presentation, Dr. Meyers will cover the LSST science mission, as well as the unique engineering and data analysis challenges and solutions required by LSST.

Speaker: Dr. Joshua Meyers, Stanford University

Saturday, 11/07/2015
BASF: Discovery Day at AT&T Park - 11/07/2015 10:00 AM
AT&T Park, San Francisco

The 5th annual Discovery Day at AT&T Park is Saturday 11/7/15. There will hundreds of hands-on activities, opportunities to meet local scientists and engineers, and plenty of fun and educational entertainment. The entire ballpark is packed to the rafters with science content: on the field, at every entry/exit, and every level of the ballpark. Get ready to unleash your inner scientist.

Experience over 150 hands-on exhibits and activities from leading science and technology organizations from across the Bay Area. Universities, science museums, research labs, after school organizations, and local companies join forces for an unprecedented opportunity to meet scientists and engineers. Topics include health & medicine, engineering, technology, biotechnology, climate science, and so much more. This year, every exhibit will be framed as investigative questions to encourage explorations and curiosity that we hope will continue throughout the school year.

TEDxSonomaCounty - 11/07/2015 12:00 PM
Jackson Theater, Santa Rosa

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDxSonomaCounty will explore perspectives on the theme, "Trending Now." Through an afternoon of fascinating speakers from a variety of fields - from art to design to science, TEDxSonomaCounty 2015, our fourth annual conference,  will be an exploration into our digital lives and technology's impact on our world. It will be followed by a reception of local food and wine, and the opportunity to reflect with others about the day.  It promises to be a unique experience I'm sure you won't soon forget. 

Some of our featured speakers are:  
Bob Richards, a space entrepreneur and futurist competing in the $30M Google Lunar X Prize, Nolan Gasser, a critically acclaimed composer and musicologist, most notably the architect of Pandora Radio's Music Genome Project, Elizabeth Gore, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Dell and Chair of the UN Foundation's Global Entrepreneur's Council where she helps to build global partnerships that positively affect the UN's most pressing humanitarian needs, and Siobhan MacDermott, one of the foremost experts on the future of the Internet, cybersecurity, privacy and business-government relationships globally.

Role of Aurora Kinases in Single-Cell Regeneration of Stentor - 11/07/2015 02:00 PM
Counter Culture Labs, Oakland

Single cells are capable of developing complex patterns and shapes, but the mechanism by which cells develop shape is largely unknown. Stentor coeruleus is a classical model system to study the development and regeneration of cell shape due to the large size (1mm3), the presence of distinct cortical features that define body axes, and most importantly due to the fact that we can surgically manipulate the cells and visualize their regeneration. When the oral apparatus is regenerated in Stentor, the macronucleus undergoes shape changes identical to those that occur during cell division at the point in division when a new oral apparatus is formed. This observation has suggested that the timing of distinct steps of oral apparatus formation might be regulated by the same molecules that regulate the timing of division, possibly suggesting that mitosis mechanisms are integral to the processes of regeneration. To study whether there is a connection between regeneration and mitosis, we looked at the role of Aurora kinases in regeneration. Aurora kinase A (AurkA) is a kinase known to regulate spindle assembly. Aurora kinase B (AurkB) is known to guide kinetochore attachment to the spindle. We studied the role of AurkA and AurkB in single-cell regeneration using Aurora kinase inhibitors. We have observed that AurkA inhibitor, MLN8237, accelerates regeneration. Surprisingly, AurkA and AurkB inhibitor, PF03814735, suppresses regeneration entirely. Thus, we show that Aurora kinases are involved in single cell-regeneration and there is a link between regeneration and mitosis, which has implications in health.

Speaker: Athena Lin, UCSF

How Chabot Observatory and the Eastbay Astronomical Society saved Apollo 13 - 11/07/2015 07:30 PM
East Bay Astronomical Society, Oakland

Speakers: Terry Galloway
Dave Rodrigues
Fred Schumacher

Editor's Note: This event was originally incorrectly listed for November 14.

Sunday, 11/08/2015
Marine Mammal Sunday: An Ocean Feast! - 11/08/2015 10:00 AM
Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito

This month we celebrate Thanksgiving by highlighting the amazing feeding and hunting strategies of marine mammals! Find out about how orcas have learned together to wash seals off the ice in Antarctica, humpback whales use bubbles to trap fish and otters use tools to crack open their favorite foods!

FREE Classroom Programs: An Ocean Feast- 12 PM and 2 PM  (1 hour sessions)

Join Adam Ratner, Guest Experience Manager and Animal Care Volunteer at The Marine Mammal Center for for an interactive presentation on the amazing feeding abilities of marine mammals, featuring dolphins, otters and whales!  Sessions are held in the Center's classroom at 12pm and 2pm. A great complement to the Docent-led Tour!

Docent-led Tours* - 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM 

Learn fascinating facts about seals and sea lions from our education experts while seeing exhibits and patient viewing areas. (*Small fee applies, it helps our patients!).

Monday, 11/09/2015
The Cosmic Laboratory: Probing Inflation and other Fundamental Physics with Large-Scale Structure and the CMB - 11/09/2015 11:00 AM
Kavli Institute Astrophysics Colloquium, Stanford

Sonoma State University - What Physicists Do, Rohnert Park

November LASER Event - San Francisco - 11/09/2015 07:00 PM
LASER Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, San Francisco

The Universe in a Box - 11/09/2015 07:30 PM
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

Tuesday, 11/10/2015
Planets Everywhere: The 7th Kepler Planet Catalog - 11/10/2015 12:00 PM
SETI Institute Colloquium Series, Mountain View

Full-waveform inversion: Challenges, Opportunities, and Impact - 11/10/2015 02:30 PM
Mitchell Building, Stanford

Atmosphere of Hope - 11/10/2015 06:30 PM
Commonwealth Club, San Francisco

Free talk: Zombees and other Pollinator Tales - 11/10/2015 07:00 PM
St. Albans Parish Hall, Albany

Wednesday, 11/11/2015
Atmosphere of Hope - 11/11/2015 06:30 PM
Commonwealth Club, San Francisco

Roadmap to Space Settlement - 11/11/2015 07:00 PM
Oregano's Wood Fired Pizza, Los Altos

Prostate Science & Awareness - 11/11/2015 07:00 PM
Science Buzz Cafe, Sebastopol

Einstein's Blunder Undone: The Runaway Universe - 11/11/2015 07:00 PM
Silicon Valley Astronomy Series, Los Altos Hills

'Chasing Pluto' - 11/11/2015 07:30 PM
Proctor Terrace Elementary School, Santa Rosa

Thursday, 11/12/2015
The Significance of the UC Botanical Garden's Collection - 11/12/2015 10:00 AM
UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley

Silicon Valley Leadership Symposium - 11/12/2015 12:00 PM
Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium, San Jose

Illusions NightLife - 11/12/2015 06:00 PM
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

Water Use in Architecture and Community Development - 11/12/2015 06:00 PM
Sneha Indian Restaurant, Sunnyvale

Immunotherapy for Cancer - 11/12/2015 07:00 PM
Cafe Scientifique Stanford Blood Center, Palo Alto

Glactic Evolution - 11/12/2015 07:00 PM
Santa Cruz Astronomy Club, Santa Cruz

Friday, 11/13/2015
The Orbital Perspective - 11/13/2015 12:00 PM
Commonwealth Club, San Francisco

Regional environmental pollution in South China - 11/13/2015 02:00 PM
Davis Hall, Berkeley

The Future of Water for California and the World - 11/13/2015 06:00 PM
Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland

Astronomy Viewing Nights at Sonoma State University - 11/13/2015 07:00 PM
Sonoma State University Public Astronomy, Rohnert Park

Wolves in California: The Long Journey Home - 11/13/2015 07:00 PM
Sierra Club Northern Alameda County, Berkeley

The History and Science of Lick Observatory - 11/13/2015 07:30 PM
Peninsula Astronomical Society, Los Altos Hills

Saturday, 11/14/2015
Hayward Fault Walking Tour - 11/14/2015 09:30 AM
Fremont Earthquake Exhibit, Fremont

Guided Nature Walk - 11/14/2015 09:30 AM
Bouverie Preserve, Glen Ellen

Marshland of Dreams - 11/14/2015 11:00 AM
Don Edwards Refuge Headquarters & Visitors Center, Freemont

Hoot Owl Night Hike - 11/14/2015 05:30 PM
California Nursery Historical Park, Fremont

Sunday, 11/15/2015
True Predators: A Real Understanding of White Sharks Off California - 11/15/2015 01:00 PM
Seymour Center at Long Marine Lab, Santa Cruz

How the High Priests Transformed Abydos - 11/15/2015 02:30 PM
Barrows Hall, Berkeley

Monday, 11/16/2015
The fight between cooling and heating in clusters of galaxies - 11/16/2015 11:00 AM
Kavli Institute Astrophysics Colloquium, Stanford

Sonoma State University - What Physicists Do, Rohnert Park

Particle physics in the 21st century' mini-lecture course lecture 2 of 2 - 11/16/2015 07:00 PM
Hewlett Teaching Center, Stanford
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