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Hello again Science fans!

With the holiday season upon us, the schedule is definitely tapering off.  But there are still interesting things to do and see in between the usual seasonal events.  Instead of picking three like we usually do, I'll just let you peruse the listings.  THE NEW SCIENCE OF THE BRAIN: UNLOCKING THE WORLD'S MOST COMPLEX MACHINE on 11/23 sure looks interesting though.

Many of the regular series talks given around the Bay Area are recorded and archived for future public viewing.  Here are just a few:
  • The SETI weekly lectures are on YouTube a few weeks after they are given.
  • The Silicon Valley Astronomy series, hosted by Dr. Andrew Fraknoi and held at Foothill College are also on YouTube.
  • The US Geological Survey monthly lectures are archived at their website, as well as broadcast live.
  • Many California Academy of Sciences lectures, including the Dean Astronomy lectures, are available on iTunes.
One of the very first series I attended when I started developing an interest in all this science stuff was at the USGS.  Many of the topics weren't of particular interest to me, but I quickly found that the lectures were a fantastic learning opportunity for all sorts of things for which I had no background.  The USGS is way more than earthquakes!  One lecture that stood out in my mind was on 3/27/2008 and dealt with a project to restore the Bay salt ponds to wetlands.  Seems simple enough, just open the ponds and let things happen!  Well, it turns out this is a very complex project with a mind-boggling number of potential side effects that needed to be mitigated.  You can view that lecture here.

Fast forward to this past week and another USGS lecture on research into the effects of this project on bird populations.  It turns out that the project has been very successful so far.  This lecture is not yet available for archived viewing, but it will be shortly.

Happy Thanksgiving, from all of us at the SciSchmooze.  Give thanks for the opportunities you have to learn about science right here in the Bay Area!



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Monday, 11/23/2015
Nourse Theater, San Francisco

DR. DAVID EAGLEMAN  In Conversation with Jacob Ward

"In a cubic centimeter of brain tissue there are as many connections as stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. Somehow our thoughts, our hopes, and our dreams are contained in these three pounds of wet biological material."  – David Eagleman

How does a three-pound mass of biological matter produce the extraordinary experience of being human? Are our brains hard-wired, or are they in fact live-wired, both shaping our reality and also shaped by it in a continuous process of transformation? In his forthcoming book, The Brain: The Story of You, David Eagleman shows, in an immediate, vivid and visceral way, the role of the brain in our physical and perceptual experience. Eagleman also explores how the brain determines our actions in ways that we are not always aware or in control of, while also creating a narrative that allows us to navigate and make sense of the world it has constructed for us. 

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist and the bestselling author of many books including Why the Net Matters,Wednesday is Indigo Blue and Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain and SUM. His forthcoming book, The Brain: The Story of You, is the dramatic story of the brain's role in creating our experience of the world. He directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action as well as the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law at the Baylor College of Medicine and is founder of the company BrainCheck. A 6-hour PBS series based on The Brain, with Eagleman as presenter, will premiere in 2015.

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Tuesday, 11/24/2015
Sunset/Full Moon Walk to the Point Bonita Lighthouse - 11/24/2015 04:15 PM
Point Bonita Lighthouse, Sausalito

Join park staff and docents for a tour down the Point Bonita Trail, through the hand carved tunnel and out to the Lighthouse. We will walk along a half-mile trail which is steep in places. Arrive early as parking is limited. Meet at the Point Bonita Lighthouse trailhead. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Limited to 50 people; program fills quickly. Reservations required; call (415) 331-1540.

Wednesday, 11/25/2015
Sonoma State Biology Colloquium - 11/25/2015 12:00 PM
Sonoma State University - Biology Colloquium, Rohnert Park

Speaker: Dr. Andrew Smith, Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner's Office

Friday, 11/27/2015
Black Hole Friday - 11/27/2015 11:00 AM
Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland

Check out Chabot's second Black Hole Friday where we explore one of the most mind-bending phenomenon in the Universe. Immersed in a field of stars accompanied by the visual and auditory re-creation of a black hole and the abstract equations that describe it, this is a sensory-rich experience. Engage in a variety of black hole related demonstrations throughout the Center and don't forget to stop by Destination Universe to step into our Black Hole.

Saturday, 11/28/2015
7 Tools You Can Use to Find the Elusive Gray Fox - 11/28/2015 02:00 PM
Don Edwards Refuge Headquarters & Visitors Center, Freemont

Do you sometimes see paw prints in mud or scat (poop) on the trails and assume that a dog left it? It could be from something else. Come along with me and I will show you how to distinguish and identify the markings of a gray fox. Gain some insights into the fox's nature and their behavior during the walk. By the time we are through, you will have a set of "tools" you can use to identify the presence of foxes in any area that you are in. Bring a hat, binoculars, and good walking shoes.  Led by Bill Leikam, the Fox Guy.

Sunday, 11/29/2015
Quarry Lakes Nature Journal Field Trip - 11/29/2015 10:00 AM
Quarry Lakes regional Recreation Area, Fremont

Join us at the Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area in Fremont. We will walk to the wildlife area at Willow Slough and Lago Los Osos. Bring your favorite sketching supplies and a potluck treat to share for lunch. This day's lunch will be on the trail so make it tasty and portable. Bring your own water, plate and spoon.

This class is open to journal keepers of all levels and ages and no experience is required. No registration or sign up necessary. Bring a sketchbook and a pencil.

Monday, 11/30/2015
Effects of disinfectants on antibiotic-resistance genes and gene transfer - 11/30/2015 02:00 PM
Davis Hall, Berkeley

The Universe in a Nutshell - 11/30/2015 04:00 PM
Sonoma State University - What Physicists Do, Rohnert Park

Online Controlled Experiments: Lessons from Running A/B/n Tests for 12 Years - 11/30/2015 06:30 PM
eBay Whitman Campus, San Jose

Nerd Night East Bay - 11/30/2015 07:00 PM
Club 21, Oakland

Tuesday, 12/01/2015
The Coho Salmon: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow - 12/01/2015 10:00 AM
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley

Power laws, predictable evolution, and the limits of life - 12/01/2015 12:00 PM
SETI Institute Colloquium Series, Mountain View

A Physics Quest for Energy Efficiency In Future Computing Technologies - 12/01/2015 04:15 PM
Stanford University, Stanford

Pope Francis: Climate Change and the Poor - 12/01/2015 06:00 PM
Commonwealth Club, San Francisco

Wednesday, 12/02/2015
Free First Wednesday - 12/02/2015 09:00 AM
Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito

Daclizumab, an IL-2 Modulating Antibody Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis - 12/02/2015 12:00 PM
Sonoma State University - Biology Colloquium, Rohnert Park

Technology Tools for Data Mapping, Analysis, Visualization and Collaboration - 12/02/2015 12:00 PM
CITRIS at UC Berkeley, Berkeley

Demographic Futures: New Projections And Their Use In Climate Change Research - 12/02/2015 12:00 PM
Department of Demography, Berkeley

The Rise of the Modern World in a water perspective. A comparison of water-society systems in Great Britain, China and India - 12/02/2015 04:00 PM
Barrows Hall, Berkeley

Mushroom Madness - 12/02/2015 07:00 PM
Lake Merritt Rotary Nature Center, Oakland

Thursday, 12/03/2015
Highly magnetic neutron stars: bewildering astrophysical laboratories and cosmological tools - 12/03/2015 11:00 AM
Kavli Institute Astrophysics Colloquium, Stanford

The North and South of it, Black Abalone Presence in the California National Parks - 12/03/2015 12:00 PM
Point Reyes National Seashore, Point Reyes Station

Cafe Inquiry - 12/03/2015 06:00 PM
Cafe Borrone, Menlo Park

Feel the Force NightLife - 12/03/2015 06:00 PM
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

After Dark: Glow - 12/03/2015 06:00 PM
Exploratorium, San Francisco

Friday, 12/04/2015
Birds and Botany Hike - 12/04/2015 09:00 AM
Mayacamas Mountains Sanctuary, Geyserville

Scientists at Work: What Are Local Seabirds Eating? - 12/04/2015 10:00 AM
Exploratorium, San Francisco

'The Effect of Fuel Economy Standards on Vehicle Weight Dispersion and Accident Fatalities' - 12/04/2015 12:00 PM
Giannini Hall, Berkeley

Identification of Novel Cell Types Using Single-Cell Transcriptome Sequencing - 12/04/2015 01:00 PM
Doe Memorial Library, Berkeley

Hydrodynamics IS an ecosystem process: Integrated fluid mechanics and biology for understanding and managing our aquatic ecosystems - 12/04/2015 02:00 PM
Davis Hall, Berkeley

Migratory Birds - 12/04/2015 03:30 PM
Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon, Fremont

Exploring the myths and facts about Black Holes - 12/04/2015 06:00 PM
Evergreen Valley College, San Jose

Astronomy Viewing Nights as Sonoma State University - 12/04/2015 07:00 PM
Sonoma State University Public Astronomy, Rohnert Park

Free Public Stargazing at the Montgomery Hill Observatory - 12/04/2015 08:00 PM
Montgomery Hill Observatory, San Jose

Saturday, 12/05/2015
Hayward Fault Walking Tour - 12/05/2015 09:30 AM
Fremont Earthquake Exhibit, Fremont

Geology Hike with Iain Jamieson - 12/05/2015 09:30 AM
Mayacamas Mountains Sanctuary, Geyserville

Teddy Bear Tea with Friends! - 12/05/2015 09:30 AM
Oakland Zoo, Oakland

The Delta, Where Two Rivers Meet - 12/05/2015 01:30 PM
Bay Model Visitors Center, Sausalito

Headlands Nightlife: Family Night Hike & Campfire - 12/05/2015 05:30 PM
NatureBridge, Sausalito

Sunday, 12/06/2015
Winter Holiday - Free Admission to the ExplOratorium - 12/06/2015 10:00 AM
Exploratorium, San Francisco

Annual Fungus Fair - 12/06/2015 10:00 AM
San Francisco County Fair Building, San Francisco
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