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Greetings Science Fans,
I just finished a few days at CSICon 2016 in Las Vegas.  It is always great to go to a conference about what you really support and hang out with a bunch of likeminded people.  I think this is one conference that many of you would have enjoyed.  The list of speakers was amazing.  Being able to see and hear from Richard Dawkins, Ray Hyman, Lawrence Krauss, James Randi, and Eugenie Scott in just a few days is amazing.  Add to it the many other speakers that are leaders in science education, skepticism, and reason and you have a real challenge to absorb all they are offering in brief presentations.  It’s like SkeptiCal and the Bay Area Science Festival on steroids!
I’d love to share all of the talks etc. with you but needless to say that just isn’t possible.  One of many challenges we face these days is the overwhelming access to information thanks to the web.  It is difficult to navigate through the offerings and find reliable sources since there is so much bad, wrong, and deceitful info out there.  I would like to share a few items with you as I think they are great resources to have available.  Here are a few that I think are helpful…
Check out Tamara Wilner’s own lasso of truth guide… Make your own lasso of truth!  It is an amazing collection of resources to help us understand what good and bad information is and how to recognize it.  Here’s another version…  Online Tools for Skeptical Fact Checking
I saw a great presentation by Bertha Vasquez from the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES).  They really do have what seems like a better way to teach life science.  By teaching how biology works then evolution just makes sense rather than fighting to get people to accept evolution and using biology to prove it.  Check out their TIES Online Learning Page and make sure that biology teachers that are teaching your kids or others know about it.  They actually give similar workshops for teachers at the Teachers Institute at the explOratorium
One last one for now is a book reference.  Check out A Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age by David Helfand.  (Buy it at your local bookstore!)
Of course there is a tremendous selection of offerings close to our homes this week.  I suggest that you consider these…
  1. The Discovery of Gravitational Waves and the High Energy Universe  Tue 7:00 Los Altos
  2. After Dark: Propaganda and Persuasion  (a great CSICon follow-up!)  Thu 6:00 San Francisco
  3. 'The Glorious All-American Total Solar Eclipse of August 2017!'  Thu 6:15 Berkeley
One event that deserves a whole list of its’ own is Discovery Days at AT&T Park Sat 10:00 San Francisco
Once I get on a roll about good public science literacy it is hard to stop.  Here is a series of lectures that I think you will find really valuable.  How To Think About Dubious Claims [10 Lecture Course]    Ray Hyman is one of my idols in the skeptic community because he always respects those that don’t really think things through.  His humanity and respect for everyone is a model that I think would do well for everyone to follow.  He happens to be an excellent magician as well. 
You may ask, How Much More Can We Learn About the Universe?  but I think How the Blind See the Stars tell us much about humanity and wonder. 
Have a great week and keep learning new and fascinating stuff. 
herbert a. masters III
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"When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong."  - Arthur C Clarke, writer (1917-2008)
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Monday, 10/31/2016
City-Integrated Renewable Energy for Meeting Global Sustainability Needs - 10/31/2016 12:30 PM
Green Earth Sciences Building, Stanford

To prepare for an urban influx of 2.5 billion people by 2050, it is critical that cities are sustainable:  low-carbon, resilient, and livable. Dr. Deborah Sunter will discuss options for sustainable urban energy systems by reducing energy consumption and providing robust, decentralized, and renewable energy. Through technical advancements in power density, city-integrated renewable energy will be better suited to satisfy the high energy demands of growing urban areas. As an example, Sunter will demonstrate the feasibility of city-integrated photovoltaics to satisfy the urban transportation sector in 87 global cities. Since cities currently are responsible for 70% of the anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and dramatic urban influx is expected, a solution to mitigate climate change must address the sustainability of cities.
Speaker: Deborah Sunter, UC Berkeley
What Physicists Do - 10/31/2016 04:00 PM
Sonoma State University - What Physicists Do, Rohnert Park
Dr. Sue Carter of UC Santa Cruz will discuss her work, which includes explorations of climate change and entrepreneurship.
Deep Robotic Learning - 10/31/2016 04:00 PM
Sutardja Dai Hall, Berkeley
The problem of building an autonomous robot has traditionally been viewed as one of integration: connecting together modular components, each one designed to handle some portion of the perception and decision making process. For example, a vision system might be connected to a planner that might in turn provide commands to a low-level controller that drives the robot's motors. In this talk, I will discuss how ideas from deep learning can allow us to build robotic control mechanisms that combine both perception and control into a single system. This system can then be trained end-to-end on the task at hand. I will show how this end-to-end approach actually simplifies the perception and control problems, by allowing the perception and control mechanisms to adapt to one another and to the task. I will also present some recent work on scaling up deep robotic learning on a cluster consisting of multiple robotic arms, and demonstrate results for learning grasping strategies that involve continuous feedback and hand-eye coordination using deep convolutional neural networks.
Speaker: Sergey Levine, UC Berkeley
Innovation in Stationary Electricity Storage: The Liquid Metal Battery - 10/31/2016 04:30 PM
Stanford University Energy Seminar, Stanford
Massive electricity storage would offer huge benefits to today’s grid, reducing price volatility, improving stability against loss of power, increasing utilization of generation assets by enabling us to design towards average demand instead of peak demand, and deferring the costs of upgrading existing transmission lines. When it comes to tomorrow’s grid, storage is critical to widespread integration of renewables, i.e., solar and wind, which due to their inherent intermittency present challenges for contribution to base load. Comprising two liquid metals and a molten salt electrolyte, the liquid metal battery has been invented to offer colossal current capability and long service lifetime at very low cost, i.e., the price point of the electricity market. The round-trip efficiency of these batteries is greater than 75% with a duty cycle of 4 h discharge. Fade rates of 0.00009%/cycle have been measured which means retention of >99% of initial capacity after 10 years of daily cycling at full depth of discharge.
Speaker: Donald Sadoway, MIT
Science at the Library: Bones, Bones, Bones, A Million Bones - 10/31/2016 07:00 PM
Fremont Main Library, Fremont
There are 4 activities at each presentation after a show presentation. Parents work with their children to learn about science.  Recommended  for elementary age children. Families are encouraged to attend.  Limited seating.  Funding provided by Lam Research Foundation and free.

Register at weblink
Night Hikes at Joaquin Miller Park - 10/31/2016 08:00 PM
Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland

Join naturalists from the California Center for Natural History on a creepy-crawly night hike at Joaquin Miller Park in the Oakland hills. We’ll find spiders, moths, and night-dwelling creatures that glow under UV light.  Bring your headlamp, drinking water, warm layers, and sturdy hiking shoes. Please no pets on this walk!
Tuesday, 11/01/2016
Coral Reef Conservation Through Insights in Physiology and Photosynthesis - 11/01/2016 12:00 PM
Sonoma State University - Biology Colloquium, Rohnert Park
Speaker: Dr. Melissa Roth, UC Berkeley
Collective Work and Play in Ant Colonies - 11/01/2016 12:00 PM
Shriram 104, Stanford
Ants are an amazingly diverse group of more than 14,000 species that live in every conceivable habitat on earth. Like many distributed systems, both natural and engineered, ant colonies operate without any central control. No ant can assess what needs to be done. Each ant responds to its interactions with other ants nearby and in the aggregate, these dynamical networks of interaction regulate colony behavior and provide a filter to screen out enemies. My work investigates how ants, over 130 million years of evolution, have come up with diverse solutions to diverse ecological challenges. For harvester ants foraging in the desert, in harsh but stable conditions, the problem is to reduce operating costs and so they regulate traffic to food supply. In the tropical forest, with rapidly changing conditions and many competing species, turtle ant colonies use interactions at temporary nest sites to regulate the shape and stability of the network of trails through the trees. The Argentine ants, frequent visitors to kitchens around here, have perfected the use of temporary, local trail systems, and this may account for their success as worldwide invaders. Ants have evolved many distributed algorithms for working together, probably including some that we havent’ thought of yet.
Geological field trip to Gale crater, Mars: a view from the ChemCam on MSL - 11/01/2016 12:00 PM
SETI Institute Colloquium Series, Mountain View
Located on Curiosity's mast, the ChemCam instrument ("Chemistry and Camera") uses a laser to provide the elemental composition of geological features along the rover's path. Since 2012, it has contributed to the investigation of geological units that record a time when on Mars, at Gale crater, liquid water was present at the surface. 
Dr. Marion Nachon's talk will focus on the ChemCam analysis of geological features embedded or cross-cutting sedimentary rocks that have formed in a fluvial-lacustrine complex. These geological features correspond to a "late" stage of the history of sedimentary rocks at Gale, after their deposition in the fluvial-lacustrine environment.
A Conversation with Laurence Tubiana - 11/01/2016 04:00 PM
Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center, Stanford

Laurence Tubiana is France’s lead climate negotiator and a key architect of the international climate agreement forged in Paris last December. Founder of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) in Paris, Tubiana is Professor and Director at the Sustainable Development Center at Sciences Po Paris. 
This is the first of a series of wide-ranging, informal conversations to be hosted by the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. Each conversation will explore the who, how, and why behind major developments in environmental science and policy. Stanford Woods Institute director Chris Field will start the exchange, with much of the time reserved for interactions with the audience.
Reception to follow from 5 to 6 p.m.
Vulnerability of the tropics to future changes in drought and fire - 11/01/2016 04:00 PM
Polya Hall, Stanford
In the future, changes in precipitation across the tropics may have profound consequences for the survival of tropical forests and their vulnerability to fire and other agents of global change. I will discuss how the physiological response of forests to increasing CO2 is a primary mechanism responsible for this pattern, drawing upon simulations from the Community Earth System Model. Using an experimental design in which CO2 increases were isolated over individual continents, I will discuss how contrasting regional circulation and rainfall responses emerge from a mostly uniform forcing caused by decreasing canopy transpiration. These simulations indicate that the sum of local responses over individual continents mostly explains the pan-tropical precipitation asymmetry, and suggest that forests in South America may be more vulnerable to rising CO2 than forests in Asia or Africa.
'Precession in the Dark: CASPEr and GNOME' - 11/01/2016 04:30 PM
Hewlett Teaching Center, Stanford
Applied Physics/Physics Colloquium
Speaker: Dmitry Budker, Helmholtz Institute, Mainz
Christopher Bollas, Psychoanalyst and Writer: Mental Pain - 11/01/2016 05:00 PM
Doe Memorial Library, Berkeley
Christopher Bollas, the most influential psychoanalyst writing in English today, asserts that mental life is innately hazardous. The steps we take through childhood are marked by mentally painful episodes that constitute ordinary breakdowns in the self. Adolescence stands as the most painful such period, during which some of the major disturbances of self arise including anorexia, schizophrenia, bipolarity, and sociopathy. Rather than approaching mental pain as a condition to be ignored, minimized, or suppressed through medication, Bollas examines it as a constitutive element of human psychic development.
Low (Car)bon Communities - 11/01/2016 06:00 PM
SF Planning + Urban Research Assoc. (SPUR), Oakland
With an increasing awareness of the urgent need to reduce carbon emissions and a recognition of the social benefits of car-free and car-light living, more and more city planners, advocates and everyday urban dwellers are demanding new ways of building cities. The book Low Car(bon) Communities examines case studies from around the world that aim to explicitly reduce dependency on cars. Join us for a discussion of what they found.​
+ Nicole Foletta / author
+ Jason Henderson / author
BASF: Nerd Nite at The Tech Museum - 11/01/2016 06:30 PM
The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose
Nerd Nite Silicon Valley returns to The Tech Museum!
We celebrate the Bay Area Science Festival with two talks from Stanford genetics Ph.D.s Alex Dainis and Lisl Esherick. Coral sex and animal hearts, oh my! We'll have games, drinks, a little nerdy trivia and lots of nerdy fun. Food, beer and wine will be sold seperately.
Recommended for 18+ Creative Collisons is founded by the Swanson family with thanks to the Koret Foundation.
Wednesday, 11/02/2016
First Free Wednesday at UC Botanical Garden - 11/02/2016 07:00 PM
UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley
Every first Wednesday at the Garden is free admission day.
First Free Wednesday at Bay Area Discovery Museum - 11/02/2016 09:00 AM
Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
First Wednesdays are free for all at the Bay Area Discovery Museum
Health Policy Forum | Mental Illness: A Global Challenge - 11/02/2016 12:00 PM
Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge, Stanford
Mental illness is the leading cause of disability and mortality around the globe. Even in wealthy countries, only about half of people with mental illness receive adequate care. In low and middle income nations, almost all mental illnesses are left untreated by trained mental health professionals. Yet many other healing resources can be activated in low-resource countries, creating opportunities for people with mental illness to be helped and indeed to thrive. This Health Policy Forum engages the enormous challenges and opportunities of global mental health.
Speakers: Vikram Patel, PhD, Co-Founder, NGO Sangath and the Centre for Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Angela Garcia, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University
Room: Berg Hall A
Healthcare: Strategies That Move Disruptive Innovations To Scale - 11/02/2016 12:00 PM
CITRIS at UC Berkeley, Berkeley
Innovations in healthcare have far outstripped the ability of large, established delivery systems to adopt and scale them, even when they arguable improve patient care, reduce costs and make populations healthier. What strategies can help developers optimize their early stage work to speed adoption? How is the market shifting - and how fast? Design-driven innovation hits the wall when health systems are just learning to restructure for patient experience and outcomes, and still make most of their revenues from the sickest 20% of their patients. How can we build - successfully - new products and services that support health and enlist deep patient and consumer engagement? This will be a conversation about strategies, with multiple examples of innovations just entering the market now.
Speaker: Dr. Molly Joel Coye, Network for Excellence in Health Innovation
Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, Tiburon
Field campaign results and future capabilities are reported for networked systems of multiple autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), autonomous surface vessels (ASVs), and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) off the California and Iberian coasts, in both arctic and Antarctic ecosystems, and for coral reef ecosystems. We highlight how Integrated networks of unmanned systems provide cost-effective time series monitoring of coastal ecosystems, including response to, and recovery from short-lived coastal maritime events. A focus is on discussion of data communication technologies, methods of data archiving, and use of data analysis software to assist with real-time anomaly detection and visualization. This latter capability is critical to enabling autonomous adaptive sampling of events over appropriate temporal and spatial scales. Examples are provided of how autonomous systems integration into ocean observing systems can improve socially relevant measurements of ocean and climate dynamics.
Speaker: Dr. phil McGillivary, US Coast Guard Pacific Area
Recent Environmental Victories: Elements of Success and Challenges - 11/02/2016 04:00 PM
Barrows Hall, Berkeley
Working in the environmental field for several decades, at EDF and the EPA, has allowed Diane Regas to be part of several big wins and big challenges.  In her colloquium, she’d like to share a few of the elements of success to reach long-term solutions that benefit people and the planet in three contexts: fisheries management, reducing methane emissions, and passing the Lautenberg Act (TSCA).
Speaker: Diane Regas, Environmental Defense Fund
The Discovery of Gravitational Waves and the High Energy Universe - 11/02/2016 07:00 PM
Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, Los Altos Hills
One hundred years ago Albert Einstein published his General Theory of Relativity, which predicts the kinds of changes in the universe that produce gravitational waves–which travel at the speed of light, but are much harder to detect than light waves. On September 14, 2015, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) received the first confirmed gravitational wave signals. The event that produced them was the merger of two distant and massive black holes that were in mutual orbit. A second confirmed detection (two different black holes getting together) occurred on December 26, 2015. LIGO's exciting discoveries provide direct proof of predictions made by Einstein and have launched the new field of astronomy. Dr. Cominsky will present an introduction to LIGO, to gravitational waves and how they were detected, and to black holes.
Speaker: Lynn Cominsky, Sonoma State University
BASF: Nerd Nite: SCIENCE MEETS CINEMA - 11/02/2016 07:00 PM
New Mission Theater, San Francisco
Coming soon to a theater near you: Nerd Nite and the Bay Area Science Festival take over the Alamo Drafthouse for a special night of science, history, and booze! Celebrate the New Mission Theater’s 100th anniversary in all its newly restored glory, as we get a thrill out of cult film, put mosquitos under the microscope, learn how live performance is made from discarded 16mm film, and hear the gory details on old SF’s grizzly bear vs. wild bull fights�€"plus much more! Enjoy some of our favorite Nerd Nite alumni returning with all-new talks, while you sit back and enjoy the Alamo’s food and drink service. And did we mention cocktail robots will be taking over the bar? Be there and be square!
Joshua Grannell (a.k.a Peaches Christ)
Peter Conheim and Maximillian Godino of Wet Gate, 16mm Performance Ensemble
Woody LaBounty and David Gallagher, Western Neighborhoods Project
Katherine Petrin and Alfonso Felder of the San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation 
UC Davis Biologist Walter Leal and KQED Deep Look
Thursday, 11/03/2016
Correctness and Control for Human-Cyber-Physical Systems - 11/03/2016 12:00 PM
Sonoma State Computer Science Colloquium, Rohnert Park
Cyber-physical systems deployed in societal-scale applications almost always interact with humans, e.g. semi-autonomous vehicles interacting with drivers in the car or on the road, semi-
autonomous aerial vehicles interacting with human operators, or medical robots interacting with doctors. Due to the safety-critical nature of these human-cyber-physical systems (h-CPS), we, as
designers, need to be able to provide guarantees about their safety and performance. My work focuses on creating a new formal design methodology for control and verification of h-CPS closely interfacing with data-driven models in order to ensure provable guarantees.
Speaker: Dorsa Sidigh, UC Berkeley
Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium - 11/03/2016 12:00 PM
Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium, San Jose

HP Executives Panel
The tragic destiny of Mileva Marić Einstein- Pauline Gagnon - CERN - 11/03/2016 03:45 PM
Thimann Lecture Hall 001, Santa Cruz
What were Albert Einstein's first wife's contributions to his extraordinary productivity in the first years of his career? A first biography of Mileva Marić was published in Serbian in 1969 but remained largely unknown despite being translated first in German, then in French in the 1990's. The publication of Mileva and Albert's love letters in 1987 brought more information and more recently, two publications shed more light on Mileva Marić's life and work. I will review this evidence in its social and historical context to give a better idea on her contributions.
EVERYTHING SLIPS: Design of Novel Omniphobic Nanocoatings - 11/03/2016 04:00 PM
Cory Hall, Berkeley
Liquids entrapped within a nanostructured solid begin to exhibit unique behaviors often providing the surrounding material with unprecedented properties. Recently we have introduced a new technology to create self-healing, anti-fouling materials (so-called Slippery, Lubricant-Infused Porous Surfaces, or SLIPS). These bioinspired coatings that mimic slippery surfaces of a pitcher plant outperform state-of-the-art materials in their ability to resist ice and microbial adhesion, repel various simple and complex liquids, prevent marine fouling, or reduce drag. Generalized design principles for stable, shear-tolerant nanostructured SLIPS and low-cost, scalable methods to form such coatings on glass, ceramics, polymers, fabrics and metals will be presented. The performance of SLIPS in condensers, heat exchangers, membranes, and medical devices will be discussed. We anticipate that slippery surfaces can find important applications as antifouling materials in medicine, construction, naval and aircraft industries, fluid handling and transportation, optical sensing, and as antifouling surfaces against highly contaminating media operating in extreme environments.
Speaker: Joanna Aizenberg, Harvard
Redefining the Scope of 21st Century Middle East Energy Geopolitics - 11/03/2016 04:00 PM
Huang Engineering Center, Stanford
My address will look to assess the outlook for Saudi Aramco’s IPO, Saudi‐Iranian Rapprochement, as well as key developments involving Iraq, Syria, and Libya. This to be evaluated in the context of slowing global economic growth and an aging conventional resource base.
Speaker: Thomas Petrie, Petrie Partners
Image Comprehension on Mobile and Cloud Platforms - 11/03/2016 04:30 PM
Sonoma State Dept. of Engineering Science, Rohnert Park
Speaker: Dr. Soheil Ghiasi, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UC Davis, Davis CA
Unlocking the Mysteries of the Deep: Recovery of Channel Islands Marine Reserves - 11/03/2016 05:30 PM
Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco
At depths up to 2,000 feet beneath the ocean’s surface researchers are unlocking mysteries of the deep, viewing areas largely unexplored by any human. Join us as we premiere spectacular new footage of California’s ocean wilderness, taken from a robotic submarine well below diver depths. Dirk Rosen, ocean engineer and founder of Marine Applied Research and Exploration (MARE) will provide a window to the waters of the marine reserves off the California coast.
The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World - 11/03/2016 06:00 PM
Commonwealth Club, San Francisco
We are living in extraordinary times. Rapid advances in information technology continuously transform our lives in countless ways. But we are now aware that our increasingly information-saturated world, coupled with growing expectations of constant availability and immediate responsiveness, can place excessive demands on our brains. The consequences can include detrimental effects on our safety, education, workplace and relationships with family and friends. Dr. Adam Gazzaley, a neuroscientist and trailblazer in the study of how our brains process information, will take us on a journey into how and why we struggle with interruptions and distractions that emerge from both our inner and outer worlds.
He will present a unique evolutionary perspective that the very essence of what has evolved in our brains to make us most human-our ability to set high-level goals -collides head-first with our brain's fundamental limitations in cognitive control. He will conclude by offering practical strategies for modifying our behavior, as well as sharing his lab's latest innovations in enhancing our brain's function, so that we can better survive and thrive in the information age.
Cafe Inquiry - 11/03/2016 06:00 PM
Cafe Borrone, Menlo Park
Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco
Being Human: The Power Paradox - 11/03/2016 06:00 PM
Public Works, San Francisco
How do we get power? How does power change our behavior? Join psychologist Dacher Keltner on November 3rd and learn about how enduring power comes from empathy and giving. 
The Power Paradox - 11/03/2016 06:00 PM
Public Works, San Francisco
How do we get power? How does power change our behavior? Join psychologist Dacher Keltner on November 3rd and learn about how enduring power comes from empathy and giving. 
In this talk Dr. Dacher Keltner will detail the evolution of power over human history and how it influences basic social thought and action and the neurophysiological process. He will conclude by considering today’s political context of inequality and different models of power.
Dr. Dacher Keltner is professor of psychology at UC Berkeley, director of the Berkeley Social Interaction Lab and faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center. Dr. Keltner’s research focuses on the biological and evolutionary origins of compassion, awe, love, beauty, emotional expression and power, social class, and inequality. Dacher is the co-author of two textbooks, as well as the best-selling Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life, The Compassionate Instinct, and The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence from Penguin Press in 2016. Dr. Keltner has published over 190 scientific articles, he has written for the New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The London Times and Utne Reader, and has received numerous national prizes and grants for his research. He served as a consultant for Pixar’s Inside Out. WIRED magazine recently rated Dr. Keltner’s podcasts from his course “Emotion” as one of the five best educational downloads, and the Utne Reader selected Dr. Keltner for one of its 50 visionaries of 2008.
This event is in partnership with the Bay Area Science Festival.
Discover Plasma at Plasma Sciences Expo - 11/03/2016 06:00 PM
San Jose McEnery Convention Center, San Jose
What is Plasma Sciences Expo?
Plasma Sciences Expo is an exhibition that focuses on hands-on science education. It is for students at all levels, parents, teachers and the general public. Examples of activities are:
•Make lightning with a Van de Graaff generator.  •Observe your fluctuating body temperature on a special monitor.  •Participate in a "flow bubble" demonstration.  •Manipulate plasma with magnets.  •Watch an electromagnetic wave demonstration.  •Learn how to confine plasmas magnetically in a fusion device by participating in a computer simulation.  •Meet and talk with professional scientists and engineers in the field of plasma physics and visit their displays to learn about current research in this cutting-edge field.  •Play with plasma "toys."
Who should attend?
Middle and high school students and teachers can register to attend during school hours. A special evening Expo for the general public will be offered on Thursday evening from 6 pm -8:30 pm. There is no registration required for the Thursday evening Expo. (See registration procedures below)
Contributing laboratories, industries, academic institutions, and government agencies include: University of California, San Diego; General Atomics; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory; Plasma Science and Fusion Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education; Contemporary Physics Education Project (CPEP); Sandia National Laboratories; U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fusion Energy Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy Defense programs, and many more
Weird Science Nightlife - 11/03/2016 06:00 PM
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
We’ve all been fooled. Understanding how and why we’re fooled is the beginning of wisdom. Wonderfest, the Bay Area Beacon of Science, presents experts in physics, psychology, and magic to help us avoid getting fooled, again.
Our speakers/performers are: Dr. Luigi Anzivino, neuroscientist; Marc "Zeke" Kossover, physicist; Robert Strong, master magician.
After Dark: Propaganda and Persuasion - 11/03/2016 06:00 PM
Exploratorium, San Francisco
Where is the line between persuasion and manipulation? What are the tools of propaganda and can they be used for honorable as well as deceptive intentions? While the art of persuasion has existed since antiquity, propaganda has thrived with the rise of mass communications.
Justice for Our Lives and Wheatpasting 101 With Oree Originol 
What is the role of propaganda in social activism? Meet with Justice for Our Lives artist Oree Originol for wheatpasting demonstrations and introductions to his portrait series of individuals from marginalized communities who lost their lives to police violence. You can then practice your wheatpasting skills on a community message wall following each presentation.

Engineering Consent: Propaganda and the Legacy of Edward Bernays With Ed Timke
The word propaganda often conjures dark images of manipulation and control through media and charismatic communication. Get to know the definitions of propaganda and one of its early proponents, Edward Bernays, who is known as the father of modern public relations. Dr. Timke will discuss Bernays’ ideas, debates about propaganda’s limits, and exemplars of propaganda past and present, leaving you questioning the fine line between propaganda and persuasion.

Stop Telling Women to Smile With Tatyana Fazlalizadeh
Stop Telling Women to Smile is an international art series by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. The work attempts to address gender-based street harassment by placing drawn portraits of women, composed with captions that speak directly to offenders, outside in public spaces. Hear the artist discuss her work and share insights on how public art can propel social activism.

The Billboard Liberation Front With John Law
As one of the earliest progenitors of culture jamming, or subversive media mashups, the Billboard Liberation Front “improved” outdoor advertising for 34 years before retiring in 2012. Offering “a broad range of black-bag operations and cultural jam services,” the BLF influenced media hacking and encouraged citizens to speak back to the multimillion dollar advertising campaigns intent on forming our opinions and influencing our choices.

Under a Minute With Kathleen Maguire
Generally clocking in at under a minute, presidential campaign ads offer fascinating, microcosmic glimpses into the ecology of an election. Invstigate their four major modes of persuasion with Exploratorium cineaste Kathleen Maguire, who’ll screen entertaining and well-made examples drawn from the entire history of televised presidential campaign ads showcasing "the more things change, the more they stay the same."
'The Glorious All-American Total Solar Eclipse of August 2017!' - 11/03/2016 06:15 PM
Latimer Hall, Berkeley
A total solar eclipse, when the Moon fully covers the bright disk of the Sun and reveals its breathtaking corona, is one of nature’s most magnificent spectacles truly an awe-inspiring experience that moves some people to tears. On August 21, 2017, for the first time in 38 years, the very narrow path of a total solar eclipse falls on the continental United States.  Come learn about total solar eclipses and how to view this one!
Alex Filippenko, an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, is one of the world's most highly cited astronomers and the recipient of numerous prizes for his scientific research. He was the only person to have been a member of both teams that revealed the Nobel-worthy accelerating expansion of the Universe. Voted by students as “Best Professor” on campus a record 9 times, he was also named the National Professor of the Year in 2006. He appears in numerous TV documentaries and is addicted to observing total solar eclipses throughout the globe (15 so far). 
*NOTE*: Stargazing is dependent on weather conditions; lectures will always occur as scheduled. For more information please visit the Astro Night event page. 
The Soul of a New Camera: The design of Facebook's Surround Open Source 3D-360 video Camera - 11/03/2016 06:30 PM
IEEE Signal Processing Society Santa Clara Valley, Sunnyvale
Around a year ago we set out to create an open-source reference design for a 3D-360 camera. In nine months, we had designed and built the camera, and published the specs and code. Our team leveraged a series of maturing technologies in this effort. Advances and availability in sensor technology, 20+ years of computer vision algorithm development, 3D printing, rapid design proto-typing and computational photography allowed our team to move extremely fast. We will delve into the roles each of these technologies played in the designing of the camera, giving an overview of the system components and discussing the tradeoffs made during the design process. The engineering complexities and technical elements of 360 stereoscopic video capture will be discussed as well. We will end with some demos of the system and its output.
Speaker: Brian Cabral, Facebook
Friday, 11/04/2016
Birds and Botany - 11/04/2016 08:00 AM
Mayacamas Perserve, 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 seasonal interplay between bird foods, habitat history and current activity of the birds.
Teacher Workshop: Biogeology - integration of biological and geological principles that create soil - 11/04/2016 03:30 PM
Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon, Fremont
Collecting data on energy release from compost;  decomposers found in compost; soil classification; creating soil from biological and geologic componenets; measuring food waste that turns to compost and record observation; learn how to make a compost lab on campus while preventing food waste going to landfills.
Editor's note: Rescheduled from 10/20.
Public Talk '“Water in the Universe: from the Milky Way to Distant Galaxies” - 11/04/2016 07:00 PM
Evergreen Valley College, San Jose
Water is widely believed to be the key  to the existence of life. Water was discovered in the interstellar space  in 1969, and is now known to be wide-spread  in the universe, from nearby star-forming regions to distant galaxies. Dr. Kaufman will discuss how we study water in the space.
Public Stargazing Night: Enjoy a free public stargazing session after the talk at the Montgomery Hill Observatory of Evergreen Valley College from 8:30 pm to 10 pm. View Saturn, double star Albireo  many other objects.
Free parking in the parking lot #6 for this event.
Charon: Pluto's Fascinating Moon Updates from the New Horizons Mission - 11/04/2016 08:00 PM
College of San Mateo, San Mateo
Charon is Pluto's large companion, and in the summer of 2015 it went from a distant point of light
to a full-fledged world in human understanding. Join us as we discuss the interesting fractured
geology of Charon. Dr. Ross Beyer, member of the New Horizons team and a Research Scientist at
the SETI Institute will take you on a tour of the canyons, faults, craters, smooth plains, enigmatic
mountains, and all manner of terrains that New Horizons observed as it flew through the Pluto
Speaker: Dr. Ross Beyer, SETI
Saturday, 11/05/2016
Accessible Birding at MLK Jr. Regional Shoreline - 11/05/2016 08:00 AM
Arrowhead Marsh, Oakland
This bird-watching event is geared towards anyone who wants to get started with birding. The walk is fully ADA accessible and appropriate for people with mobility limitations.
Winter bird migration is underway, and we expect to see hundreds of birds along the shoreline of Arrowhead Marsh at the MLK Jr. Regional Shoreline.  Naturalists Clay Anderson and Lo Scheiner will teach you some birding basics to get you ready for the winter migration season. Clay is a lifetime naturalist and conservationist. He is currently an instructor in Environmental Education and Sustainable agriculture. And he sits on the Board of Golden Gate Audubon.  Lo Scheiner is a founding member of California Center for Natural History.
All ages are welcome. We will have binoculars available for you to borrow and warm beverages.
Please RSVP at the weblink. We will send out an email with information on meeting location, so RSVP with an email address you check regularly. This event will be cancelled if fewer than 10 participants RSVP. 
Foss Trail Hike on History & Habitat - 11/05/2016 09:00 AM
Mayacamas Mountains Sanctuary, Geyserville
Join ACR Resource Ecologist Dave Self for a hike on the scenic and historic Foss stagecoach trail of the late 1800's. You'll learn about local history and influences on habitat by Native Cultures, Clark Foss and the Geysers Resort, the quicksilver boom, the short-lived town of Pine Flat, ranching, and protection as a Nature Preserve
Bring water, lunch, hat, and dress for variable weather.
Register at website.
Guided Nature Walk - 11/05/2016 09:30 AM
Mayacamas Mountains Sanctuary, Geyserville
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 begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m. and range from two to five miles.
Visitors of all ages are welcome. In order to attend a Guided Nature Walk or Twilight Hike, minors (those under the age of 18) MUST be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.
Marshlands of Dreams - 11/05/2016 10:00 AM
Don Edwards Refuge Environmental Education Center, Alviso
Join Paul Mueller on a 1-mile walk of the LaRiviere Marsh Trail to find traces of the past. Prior to marsh restoration, learn how Californians utilized the area for farming, quarrying, salt production, and transportation.  There will be opportunities for bird watching as well.
Discovery Days at AT&T Park - 11/05/2016 10:00 AM
AT&T Park, San Francisco
AT&T Park becomes a science wonderland when the Bay Area Science Festival concludes again with this FREE science extravaganza. The entire ballpark is packed to the rafters with science content: on the field, at every entry/exit, and every level of the ballpark. With more than 150 hands-on exhibits, get ready to unleash your inner scientist.
When I Grow Up! STEM Career Exploration Event - 11/05/2016 10:00 AM
NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Girl Scouts of Northern California's When I Grow Up! STEM career exploration event for girls and their families is the perfect place to hone interests, meet inspiring women in STEM, and learn more about turning career dreams into reality.
Open to K-12 girls, siblings, and family members
Network with successful women who are working in the STEM fields of their choiceLearn to achieve goals by participating in hands-on activities led by professional womenDeepen interests with panels and hands-on technology workshops for 6th - 12th gradersLearn about STEM at Girl Scouts, including a showcase by Robotics TeamsEngage in one-on-one conversations with women from companies like Symantec, Groupon, Cisco, and Cal Academy of Sciences who can help you to shape your path!Hosted in partnership with 
NASA Ames Office of Education and the NASA Ames Women's Influence Network
Register at website.
Guided Baylands Hike - 11/05/2016 10:30 AM
Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter, Palo Alto
Join us for a special guided Baylands hike! All ages welcome. The Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve is one of the largest tracts of undisturbed marshland remaining in the San Francisco Bay. With a unique mixture of tidal and fresh water habitats, the Baylands is home to a diverse population of native flora and fauna. One of the best local bird watching areas, the preserve has a substantial resident population of birds as well as being a major migratory stopover on the Pacific Flyway.
Reservations required.
Randall Museum Animals’ Journey Home Celebration - 11/05/2016 11:00 AM
Randall Museum @ Mission Art Center, San Francisco
Mission Art Center has provided a safe haven for the Randall Museum's live animal collection during its big renovation. This November the animals will begin their journey home and return to the Randall.
Join in the celebration of the animals journey home with a send-off party and live animal presentation at Mission Art Center. A special selection of the Randall Museum’s animal ambassadors will venture from their cages, pens, and perches to greet visitors in the Mission Arts atrium. Animal experts will be on hand to share fun facts about the animals and how they survive in the wild. Kids and their families can meet rodents and amphibians, check out a Barn Owl, and maybe even touch a tortoise! 

This will be the last day the animal room will be open to the public at Mission Arts Center.
San Francisco City Star Party - 11/05/2016 06:30 PM
City Star Parties - Exploratorium, San Francisco
Come join us for our monthly City Star Party. SF Amateur Astronomy members provide telescopes for your viewing pleasure.
Jazz Under the Stars - 11/05/2016 06:30 PM
College of San Mateo, San Mateo
Come peer through our telescopes and see craters on the Moon, the visible plants, star clusters, and more while we listen to CSM's very own KCSM Jazz 91 FM. Dress warmly.  
Sunday, 11/06/2016
An Introduction to Trees of the Modini Mayacamas Preserves - 11/06/2016 10:00 AM
Mayacamas Mountains Sanctuary, Geyserville
Join this hike with ACR Preserve Biologist Sherry Adams for an introduction to the 15 most common tree species found on the Modini Mayacamas Preserves. Learn how to identify them, where they are found, and a little about their ecology including strategies for surviving fire.
Don't forget to change your clocks back one hour the night before this event, for the end of Daylight Savings time.
We'll be walking about 3 miles. The pace will be leisurely, however some of our walking will be uphill and in exposed areas. Please wear long pants, closed-toed shoes, and bring drinking water and a lunch. If you have binoculars you may wish to bring them.
This outing may be cancelled due to weather. Heavy winds and rains bring down trees and if we are expecting this, we will cancel the event. The decision will be made by 8:00pm the night before and will be posted and also e-mailed to anyone signed up for the event.
Pre-registration required at website.
How to Clone a Mammoth - 11/06/2016 03:00 PM
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, Pacific Grove
Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? The science says yes. Enjoy a lively presentation by Dr. Beth Shapiro, an evolutionary biologist, pioneer in ancient DNA research, and author of the recently published book How to Clone a Mammoth. She will describe the controversial process of de-extinction, arguing that the overarching goal should be the revitalization and stabilization of ecosystems.
Dr. Shapiro's Paleogenomics Lab at UC Santa Cruz focuses on molecular evolution from a paleo perspective. Her work includes extracting and characterizing DNA from fossil remains.
Monday, 11/07/2016
How sensory stress affects indirect interactions in a tri-trophic food chain - 11/07/2016 12:00 PM
UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory Research Talks, Bodega Bay
Undergraduate Learning in Cosmology Using an Interactive Student-Centered Curriculum - 11/07/2016 04:00 PM
Sonoma State University - What Physicists Do, Rohnert Park
Author Visit with Mary Ellen Hannibal Author of: Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope In an Age of Extinction - 11/07/2016 07:00 PM
Cupertino Community Hall, Cupertino
The Quantum Computational Universe (Part 1) - 11/07/2016 07:00 PM
Hewlett Teaching Center, Stanford
Who Cares About Particle Physics? - 11/07/2016 07:30 PM
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
Tuesday, 11/08/2016
Surviving Ourselves �€' Making the Most of Earth’s ‘Anthropocene’ Age of Humans - 11/08/2016 09:30 AM
Sutardja Dai Hall, Berkeley
Invasion of the Worms: Annelid Phylogeny and the Molecular Events Underlying Major Habitat Transitions - 11/08/2016 12:00 PM
Sonoma State University - Biology Colloquium, Rohnert Park
History of Clays on Mars: How we found them + Astrobiological Importance - 11/08/2016 12:00 PM
SETI Institute Colloquium Series, Mountain View
Splash and scribble: wet watercolor and aquarelle pencils - 11/08/2016 12:30 PM
Building 989 in the Presidio, San Francisco
Emergent Behavior in Quantum Matter - 11/08/2016 04:30 PM
Hewlett Teaching Center, Stanford
Wednesday, 11/09/2016
Managing the high seas for ecological, economic and social sustainability - 11/09/2016 11:00 AM
Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, Tiburon
Coastal changes resulting from dam removal�€'Elwha River, Washington - 11/09/2016 11:00 AM
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing
Take Charge of Your Energy: Residential Demand Response - 11/09/2016 12:00 PM
CITRIS at UC Berkeley, Berkeley
Iridium, The World's Most Complex Satellite System - 11/09/2016 03:00 PM
CITRIS at UC Berkeley, Berkeley
An LCA-based Heuristic Framework for Understanding Unintended Environmental Consequences of Technology Adoption - 11/09/2016 04:00 PM
Barrows Hall, Berkeley
Collaborative, nature‐based solutions to climate change - 11/09/2016 04:00 PM
UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory, Bodega Bay
Towards a sustainable global ocean - 11/09/2016 06:30 PM
Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, Tiburon
The Science and Treatment of Depression - 11/09/2016 07:30 PM
Marin Science Seminar, San Rafael
Thursday, 11/10/2016
Sonoma State Computer Science Colloquium, Rohnert Park
Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium - 11/10/2016 12:00 PM
Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium, San Jose
A Courageous Brain: Not Manipulated by Needless Fear - 11/10/2016 06:00 PM
Commonwealth Club, San Francisco
Lowering Earth's Temperature and Stabilizing Our Climate A Report From The Field - 11/10/2016 07:30 PM
Friday, 11/11/2016
Sounds and Stories at Little SulphurF - 11/11/2016 10:30 AM
Mayacamas Mountains Sanctuary, Geyserville
Green Friday: River Otter Ecology Project - 11/11/2016 07:00 PM
Sierra Club, Berkeley
Saturday, 11/12/2016
Parent Prep: STEM (Addressing Perception, Misrepresentation, and Foundation - 11/12/2016 09:00 AM
CSU East Bay, Hayward
Twilight Marsh Walk - 11/12/2016 04:00 PM
Don Edwards Refuge Headquarters & Visitors Center, Freemont
New Horizons, NASA’s Pluto-Kuiper Belt Mission - 11/12/2016 08:00 PM
San Jose Astronomical Association, San Jose
Sunday, 11/13/2016
Beginning Birding - 11/13/2016 09:30 AM
Marin Headlands Visitor's Center, Sausalito
Marine Science Sunday: An Ocean Feast - 11/13/2016 10:00 AM
The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito
Monday, 11/14/2016
BAD PHYSICS: Three Common Misconceptions in Our Grasp of Reality - 11/14/2016 12:00 PM
Sonoma Jewish Community Center, Santa Rosa
Gamma-ray Vision - 11/14/2016 04:00 PM
Sonoma State University - What Physicists Do, Rohnert Park
Sunset/Full Moon Walk to the Point Bonita Lighthouse - 11/14/2016 04:30 PM
Point Bonita Lighthouse, Sausalito
November LASER Event - San Francisco - 11/14/2016 07:00 PM
LASER Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, San Francisco
The Quantum Computational Universe (Part 2) - 11/14/2016 07:00 PM
Hewlett Teaching Center, Stanford
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