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Greetings Bay Area Science Folks,
 
Rain…Rain…Rain don’t go away please stay for another day… and many more!  Finally we are getting some much needed rain.  Let’s hope that it continues with little damage and much relief including filling our summer reserves in the mountains with lots of snow and ice. 
 
If you are reading this I suspect that you, like me, are a fan of science and it has played a part in much of your life.  Do you ever reflect on what it means to you?  Do you ever actually get choked up over it?  I do.  I’d like to share an article that I came across recently that I think does an excellent job of discussing this.  (I am including the whole article here but please follow the links for a lot more.)
 
The Apollo Generation
For me there were a couple of things that made science so compelling. The first was Jacob Bronowski’s television series called the “Ascent of Man,” narrated by a polymath who was curious about the world around him. About the same time Sagan’s “Cosmos” came out, sort of the double whammy of two inspirational shows.
But stepping back even before that, the biggest event that made science compelling, was growing up in the Apollo generation where every year a rocket was going to the moon. You had a vivid demonstration of the power of science. The potential seemed unlimited for kids of a certain age. If you grew up in that age, you grew up seeing the power of science and technology. I carry that with me every day and I feel a loss that our children don’t see that same sort of thing.
There’s a scene in the television series, “You Inner Fish”, where I’m showing my son the Apollo 8 capsule, the first that took humans to the moon and back on Christmas Day in 1968. It was just this wonderful moment where humans left the gravitational pull of the earth. As I described the story to my son, I was getting really emotional. He said, “daddy, you okay?” I said, “Yeah. I’m all right, I’m all right.” But what made me emotional was seeing that capsule, which captured why I love science. Science can be so powerful, because the potential for what humans can know and what we can achieve is endless.

—Neil Shubin  (Spark of ScienceThe Apollo Generation)
 
This week has a special offering.  There will be a total eclipse in the South Pacific that you probably won’t have time to make it to.  However, NASA and the National Science Foundation have teamed up with the explOratorium to bring you a live webcast as well as an amazing amount of other info and news about it.  Here are a few links to get you prepared for it all…  Countdown 1 (on the way to Woleai), Stories from the Path of Totality, the Total Solar Eclipse  webcast is @ 5:00 PM and telescope feed starts at 4:00 PM on Tues Mar 8.  You can even go to the explOratorium to see it all.  Admission is free after 5:00!
 
So what else is going on this week?  A lot more than any of us can catch individually, over 100 actually!  Here are a few things that have caught my attention. 
  1. Building Exoskeletons  Wed 7:00 PM Belmont
  2. Open House at the Marine Science Institute  Sat 10:00 AM Redwood City
  3. Marine Science Sunday: Celebrating the Ocean: The Big, The Small, and The Weird  Sun 10:00 Sausalito 
Have you ever wondered if that fish you get at the fish market or the sushi bar is really what they say it is?  Have you ever wondered what that fish you caught is?  Check out DNA Barcoding - Identify Unknown Organisms from their DNA on Apr 9.  Barcoding isn’t just for shopping; there is now a Barcode of Life.  Hacking isn’t just for computers anymore and the folks at BioCurious are leading the way when it comes to bringing biology and life science to everyone. 
 
Have you noticed how many presentations there are about sea level rise and its effect on the SF Bay Area?  Here’s a website that lays a lot of info out.  Our Bay on the Brink is a public information project to educate people in the Bay Area region about challenges facing the San Francisco Bay, opportunities to improve the health of the Bay for future generations, and the vital importance of the Bay to our economy and quality of life. 
 
You may remember Charles and Ray Eames.  They did a lot of amazing work illustrating things such as the Powers of 10.  They did a really nice bit on the history of the computer as well; take a look at Computer Perspective (1972)  It reminds me that so many things that we use every day were developed incrementally over many years.  Take your cell phone and what the camera in it is doing to photography.  Consider the History and Science of Lenses 
 
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“We need science education to produce scientists, but we need it equally to create literacy in the public. Man has a fundamental urge to comprehend the world about him, and science gives today the only world picture which we can consider as valid. It gives an understanding of the inside of the atom and of the whole universe, or the peculiar properties of the chemical substances and of the manner in which genes duplicate in biology. An educated layman can, of course, not contribute to science, but can enjoy and participate in many scientific discoveries which as constantly made. Such participation was quite common in the 19th century, but has unhappily declined. Literacy in science will enrich a person’s life.”  Hans Albrecht Bethe

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Monday, 03/07/2016
Memory Systems and Theoretical Ways to Improve Them - 03/07/2016 12:30 PM
Stanford Symbolic Systems Forum, Stanford

We will discuss models of short- and long-term memory, explore case studies that examine the loss or enhancement of memory, and learn about notable scientists who have contributed to our understanding of memory. We will also examine practical and theoretical ways to improve our memory and overall brain health, including results from my early research on cognitive decline at Lumosity, a brain-training company.

Speaker: Paul Li, UC Berkeley


Tea and the Taste of Climate Change: Effects of Global Change on Specialty Crop Quality and Agroecological Management - 03/07/2016 03:00 PM
Mulford Hall, Berkeley

Selena Ahmed is an Assistant Professor of Sustainable Food Systems at Montana State University where she leads the Agroecology and Phytochemistry Group of the MSU Food and Health Lab.  Her research, teaching, and service interests are at the intersection of the ecological, cultural, and health aspects of food systems. Selena's research program focuses on the effects of environmental and management variation on multiple dimensions of agroecosystems and links to livelihoods, dietary quality, and food security. This work includes local, regional, and international projects that seek to inform evidence-based management plans and outreach to promote environmental and human wellbeing.


Mega-Drought - 03/07/2016 04:00 PM
Rose Garden Branch Library, San Jose

Trends indicate that a major drought event is looming in the not-too-distant future. In as few as three decades we could experience conditions that would make the Dust Bowl of the 1930s seem like an oasis. Efforts to conserve, while admirable and desperately necessary, may already be too late. This episode of the History Channel's mega-disaster series projects a scenario 70 years into the future in which a 12-year drought leaves the U.S. unstable and economically depressed. Western cities are abandoned, states clash for dwindling water supplies and society devolves into a battle for survival.


NEW HORIZONS MISSION TO PLUTO - 03/07/2016 04:00 PM
Sonoma State University - What Physicists Do, Rohnert Park

Dr. Leslie Young, New Horizons Deputy Project Scientist from the Southwest Research Institute will discuss the latest results from the historic 2015 Pluto flyby.


Managing Energy and Climate Change in China: Connecting Micro Decisions with Macro Impacts - 03/07/2016 04:30 PM
Stanford University Energy Seminar, Stanford

Valerie J. Karplus is the Class of 1943 Career Development Professor and an Assistant Professor of Global Economics and Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Her research focuses on resource and environmental management in firms operating in diverse national and industry contexts, with an emphasis on emerging markets and the role of policy. Karplus is an expert on China's energy system, including technology trends, energy system governance, and the sustainability impact of business decisions. She holds a BS in biochemistry and political science from Yale University and a PhD in engineering systems from MIT.


From Comets to Startups - Building Europe's SpaceTech Entrepreneurship Ecosystem - w European Space Agency - 03/07/2016 04:30 PM
Hewlett Teaching Center, Stanford

In our final Session Eight of 'European Entrepreneurship' we discuss the emerging SpaceTech startup and venture finance ecosystem in Europe, and the role that the European Space Agency (ESA) is playing here. Stanford Mechanical Engineering presents three founders from the ESA business incubator network across Europe, which is operated by ESA's Technology Transfer Programme office in Noordwijk (NL). These startups employ space-derived technologies to solve major challenges for European and global enterprises and consumers in medical imaging, secure data storage and family management. Our fourth speaker, Frank Salzgeber, leads ESA's efforts in SpaceTech startup acceleration, scaling and venture finance. His work at ESA is today at the cutting edge - globally - of public sector space-related technology transfer and commercialization.

Speakers:  Frank Salzgeber - Head, Technology Transfer Programme, European Space AgencyMark Evans - CEO, Adaptix Imaging Ltd (UK)Michael Asshauer - CPO & Co-Founder, FAMILO (DE)Harm Botter - CEO & Co-Founder, EXXFire (NL)


Could it Happen Here? - 03/07/2016 06:00 PM
The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose

In Benjamin Parzybok's eco-fiction novel Sherwood Nation, he speculates about what an American city would be like if an extended drought limited water rations to one gallon of water per person a day. Hoarding, riots, neighborhoods filled with abandoned homes and businesses, fires left to burn themselves out, power outages – residents quickly devolve into survival mode of doing whatever they think is necessary to stay alive. 

How far-fetched is this disturbing "what if" story? Would the infrastructure, water policies and human kindness ethics of Silicon Valley be up to the challenge of losing unlimited access to the precious resource we take for granted – water.

Discussing "Could It Happen Here" with author Parzybok are panelists:
• Dr. Brian Green, Assistant Director, Campus Ethics, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and Assistant Director of Engineering, Santa Clara University
• Jim Fiedler, Chief Operating Officer, Water Utility, Santa Clara Valley Water District
• Additional panelists to be announced

Moderated by Barbara Marshman, Editorial Page Editor, Mercury News. Audience questions will be encouraged.


The journey of a leader: how to find your path to success in science - 03/07/2016 07:00 PM
Assoc. for Women in Science, Palo Alto

AWIS Palo Alto has invited Dr. Maria Grazia Roncarolo to inspire you. You will hear how this leading scientist has surmounted hurdles in her career to become co-director of the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at Stanford.


Tuesday, 03/08/2016
Walk with Fish: A Coho Hike - 03/08/2016 10:00 AM
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley

At our meeting grounds under the Muir Woods archway, we catch our first glimpse of Redwood Creek. We will make our way upstream keeping an eye and ear open for the coho salmon. This tour is part of a series, and as the weather changes so too will the tour. While observing the stream height we will consider what adult female coho are looking for as spawning locations. As the tour progresses upstream, stopping one-mile up Bootjack Trail, we will have discussed healthy streams, obstacles these fish must overcome, and what to look for this winter.


Phenology and Ecophysiology of Artic Breeding Songbirds - 03/08/2016 12:00 PM
Sonoma State University - Biology Colloquium, Rohnert Park

Speaker: Dr. Jesse Kraus, UC Davis


Exploring the outer Solar System: now in vivid colour - 03/08/2016 12:00 PM
SETI Institute Colloquium Series, Mountain View

The outer reaches of our Solar System are home to hundreds of thousands of small icy worlds. Their present orbits are a sculpted signature of the early migrations of the giant planets, particularly Neptune. Yet the faintness and highly eccentric orbits of most of these worlds mean only a tiny fraction of them have yet been discovered. With the Outer Solar System Origins Survey on CFHT, we are discovering up to five hundred new outer Solar System objects, with exquisitely well-determined orbital parameters. Our complementary Large Program on Gemini North is observing the brightest of our discoveries in the optical and infrared with unprecedented precision, providing information on the ices, silicates and organic compounds on the surfaces of these small worlds. This colourful map of the structure of the outer Solar System is providing new constraints on Neptune's migration.

Speaker: Michele Bannister, Univ. of Victoria


In the Name of the Environment - 03/08/2016 12:30 PM
SF Planning + Urban Research Assoc. (SPUR), San Francisco

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was originally created to help the state protect the environment, but a comprehensive statistical study released last year shows that CEQA lawsuits actually hurt the transit, renewable energy and infill housing development projects that would further our state's environmental goals. Hear about the challenges and recommendations for the reform of CEQA from the author of this study.

Speaker: Jennifer Hernandez, Holland & Knight


Total Solar Eclipse - 03/08/2016 04:00 PM
Exploratorium, San Francisco

Gather at the Exploratorium to watch our live broadcast of the total solar eclipse happening in Micronesia. Our webcast team will travel to the coral island of Woleai, in the Pacific Ocean 500 miles north of New Guinea, to bring you this astronomical event.  Special monitors have been set up to allow amazing views of the eclipse.

Few people will see this amazing phenomenon with their own eyes, because the "path of totality"-the area on earth where you see the moon fully covering the sun-is only 100 miles wide. But the Exploratorium has been bringing eclipses to a wider audience via live broadcasts since 1998.

For this eclipse, follow the entire event during our four-hour program, watching stunning real-time imagery from our four telescopes on Woleai. Exploratorium scientists and educators, both in Micronesia and at the museum, will fill you in on what makes an eclipse and how to view one safely, and they'll introduce you to the culture and geography of Micronesia. The program will explore the science of the sun, using amazing, high-definition images and video from NASA satellites, and will highlight NASA's new MMS mission, a multi-satellite endeavor to measure the magnetosphere that connects the Earth and the sun. 

Here are some videos to get you started...  What is a Solar Eclipse? (English)    What is a Solar Eclipse (Spanish)    Why Don't We Have an Eclipse Every Month?    Sun-Earth-Moon Scale Model  

Can't make it to the Exploratorium for the viewing? We'll be streaming the program and the live telescope feed on our website at the same time, 5:00–6:00 p.m. PST.


Black Holes from Cosmic Inflation - 03/08/2016 04:30 PM
Hewlett Teaching Center, Stanford

Speaker: Alex Vilenkin, Tufts University


The Fight for Water - 03/08/2016 05:30 PM
Tully Community Branch Library, San Jose

This historical documentary, set during the 2009 California Water Crisis, follows the stories of two Central Valley farmers. They discuss how water restrictions and environmental regulations have threatened their way of life, their American dream and their community. The crisis point was an environmental ruling to protect an endangered fish species that shut off their water supply and led to the layoff of thousands of migrant farm workers. This led to a water march across the heart of the California Central Valley by farmers, farm workers and a coalition of Latinos to demand that their water supply be turned back on.


Social Isolation Under the Microscope: Dangerous Health Effects and How We Meet this Challenge - 03/08/2016 06:00 PM
Commonwealth Club, San Francisco

This panel will present eye-opening information about serious health and psychological effects of social isolation on youth. This dynamic panel of experts and student leaders will discuss everything from root causes of social isolation and alarming statistics that impact everything from academic failure-including increased school truancy rates-to adverse medical outcomes-including include the risk of obesity, substance abuse and poor cardiovascular health. From the perspective of scientists to students to celebrities, our panelists will talk about how policy leaders, parents, teachers, students and the media can help understand and end the epidemic of social isolation among our youth.

Panel:  Laura Talmus, Founder, Beyond DifferencesMatt Pantell, MD, Pediatrician, UCSFJonathan Martin, Former NFL Offensive Tackle, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers; Member, Stanford University's Cardinals; National Spokesperson for Beyond DifferencesEdyn Jensen and Carl Heil-Simpson, Teen Board Members, Beyond Differences


Engaged Locally and Globally: Young Climate Researchers at UC Berkeley - 03/08/2016 07:00 PM
St. Albans Parish Hall, Albany

Join four energetic, engaged UC Berkeley grad students for a to glimpse the fascinating range of climate-related research that young people are doing in our back yard – as well as a their aims for the future.   

Ian Bolliger models the Sierra snowpack – and in his spare time works to make tiny houses a solution for low-cost, energy-efficient housing.Cecilia Han Springer studies the political and economic factors that affect sustainability in Chinese eco-cities and heavy industry.Adrienne Marshall, an experienced science educator, works on communicating climate change to California forest landowners.  Rebekah Shirley, from Trinidad-Tobago, studies sustainability for islands – currently, how large dams in Borneo may affect biodiversity and indigenous groups.

Refreshments 7 PM, talks 7:30 - 9 PM.  


The Threat of Rising Waters - 03/08/2016 07:00 PM
Mountain View Public Library, Mountain View

Silicon Valley is the lifeblood of the Bay Area economy. But rising waters and extreme weather brought about by climate change put major tech companies and other businesses at risk. Scientists and experts warn that our region is due for the next severe storm, but are Bay Area residents and businesses really prepared? The answer may concern you. Join Mike Mielke, Senior Vice President, Environment and Energy, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and John Bourgeois, Executive Director, South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project, for a presentation on the threat to our economy and our way of life posed by climate change as well as potential solutions supported by both business and environmental leaders across the Bay Area.


Wednesday, 03/09/2016
Resolving the biology of sinking particles and cells - 03/09/2016 11:00 AM
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing

Carbon is naturally sequestered in the deep ocean by organic particles
and organisms that sink out of the surface ocean in a process called "the biological
pump". The amount of carbon that is transported by this process is difficult
to constrain due, in part, to the complex ecological interactions that control the
composition of particles and the magnitude and the efficiency of export. Laboratory
growth experiments can resolve the environmental conditions that affect
sinking speed of individual phytoplankton cells (diatoms in this study), but how
important are small and relatively slowly sinking particles in exporting carbon
from the surface ocean? Do individual phytoplankton cells make a difference?
To identify the particles responsible for carbon export out of the surface ocean, a
variety of sediment traps were deployed in the upper mesopelagic depths of the
Sargasso Sea, across a large region of the South Atlantic Ocean, and at the Rhode
Island shelf break. Resolving the particles responsible for carbon export through
image analysis helps identify the important mechanisms that lead to the transport
of phytoplankton-derived carbon out of the surface ocean. In the future,
combining image analysis with molecular-based analyses of particles collected
in sediment traps and remotely sensing optical instruments will help to improve
estimates of carbon uptake by the biological pump.

Speaker: Colleen Durkin, Moss Landing Marine Labs


Combating Cybercrime - 03/09/2016 12:00 PM
CITRIS at UC Berkeley, Berkeley

Parisa Tabriz manages Google's information security engineering team at Google, which is responsible for improving Google's product security. This team of "hired hackers" conducts security design and code reviews, builds and enhances Google technology to make secure development possible and easy, conducts security engineering training, and does vulnerability response.


Measuring Regenerative Medical Technology - 03/09/2016 12:00 PM
CITRIS at UC Berkeley, Berkeley

Dr. Jan Nolta is the Director of the Stem Cell Program at UC Davis School of Medicine. Her current research is focused on developing therapies that will use mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to deliver factors for treating Huntington's disease and other disorders and injuries. Her group focuses on "bench to the bedside" research, and she has been involved in numerous clinical trials of gene and cell therapy. This talk will address how the field of regenerative medicine can advance into the future of medicine and healthcare hand in hand with devices and wearable technologies to measure outcomes.


Himalayan Tectonics, Isotopes, and the Late Cenozoic Carbon Cycle: A Work in Progress - 03/09/2016 12:30 PM
Stanford University, Stanford

The Himalayan orogeny is widely believed to have had impacts on global climate, erosion and weathering fluxes, and the carbon cycle.  Despite many proposals, the connections between late Cenozoic Himalayan tectonic history, geochemical tracer records such as 87Sr/86Sr, 187Os/188Os, and d7Li, and the carbon cycle remain uncertain.  Both modern river fluxes and reconstructed fluxes based on sedimentary archives demonstrate that CO2 consumption by silicate weathering in the Himalaya is modest.  Metamorphic degassing of CO2 in the orogen offsets much of the weathering consumption such that the carbonate silicate cycle is near steady state. However, organic carbon storage in sediments has increased as a result of Himalayan erosion.  In order to reconcile tracer records that indicate increased weathering fluxes with late Cenozoic carbon cycle records (CCD, pCO2, d13C), we need to consider changes source regions, weathering intensity and in the ratios of silicate/carbonate and organic/carbonate weathering.

Speaker: Louis Derry, Cornell


The power of the perimeter: how flows and transport in an estuary are influenced by the shallows - 03/09/2016 03:30 PM
Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, Tiburon

Speaker: Lissa MacVean, University of California Berkeley, Civil & Environmental Engineering


Evolution of Goodness: Empathy in Animals and Humans - 03/09/2016 06:00 PM
Stanford University - Cemex Auditorium, Stanford

Does morality come from God, as many religions believe, offering a foundation of theocracy, or could there be biological explanations that have more to do with evolution than Divine design? In this lecture, De Waal will discuss the sense of fairness in animals and will review expressions of empathy in animals.

Speaker: Dr. Frans B. M. de Waal, Emory University


Mega-Drought - 03/09/2016 06:30 PM
Martin Luther King Library, San Jose

Trends indicate that a major drought event is looming in the not-too-distant future. In as few as three decades we could experience conditions that would make the Dust Bowl of the 1930s seem like an oasis. Efforts to conserve, while admirable and desperately necessary, may already be too late. This episode of the History Channel's mega-disaster series projects a scenario 70 years into the future in which a 12-year drought leaves the U.S. unstable and economically depressed. Western cities are abandoned, states clash for dwindling water supplies and society devolves into a battle for survival.


Building Exoskeletons - 03/09/2016 07:00 PM
Carlmont High School, Belmont

Exoskeletons offer a world of possibilities in augmenting human ability.  We can help restore motion to those who have been injured and we can provide extra strength to soldiers or builders.   The super suits offer a lot of possibility for improving our world, but creating them is not as easy as Tony Stark would have you believe.  We must bring together many facets of engineering and biomechanics to make these devices functional and useable.  I will discuss what it takes to make an exoskeleton.

Speaker: Katherine Strausser, Ekso Bionics


Jennifer Doudna and the Possibility of Hacking the Human Genome - RESCHEDULED - 03/09/2016 07:00 PM
Science Buzz Cafe, Sebastopol

Speaker: Philip Harriman

Editor's Note: Per the speaker, this talk has been rescheduled to next week, 3/16.


Ocean Acidification and Marine Invertebrates - 03/09/2016 07:30 PM
Marin Science Seminar, San Rafael

Speaker: Diara Spain, Dominican University


Thursday, 03/10/2016
A 250-Year Argument (Belief, Behavior, and the Bootstrap) - 03/10/2016 11:00 AM
Kavli Institute Astrophysics Colloquium, Stanford

The year 2013 marked the 250th anniversary of Bayes rule. The rule has been influential over the entire period, and controversial over most of it. It's reliance on prior beliefs has been challenged by frequentist methods, which focus instead on the behavior of specific estimates and tests. The bootstrap helps connect the two philosophies, particularly when Bayes inference is based on "uninformative" priors. Some examples will be used to illustrate the connection, without much in the way of theory.

Speaker: Bradley Efron, Stanford


Spring Bloom Plankton Demonstration - 03/10/2016 11:00 AM
Exploratorium, San Francisco

Living in the water beneath the Exploratorium at Pier 15 is an ever-changing community of microscopic plankton. As spring approaches and the days get longer, plant-like phytoplankton are rapidly growing and reproducing.

Join oceanographer Anna McGaraghan, from the Kudela Phytoplankton Ecology Lab at UC Santa Cruz, as she examines phytoplankton from the Bay under a powerful microscope, looking for evidence of this "spring bloom."

McGaraghan will talk about why March is a good month for observing plankton, and what the spring bloom means for the rest of the Bay ecosystem.

Under a microscope, a plankton sample appears as a miniature world of intricate shapes and speeding swimmers. These tiny organisms form the base of the marine food web, and in San Francisco Bay they provide food for baby fish, crustaceans, sea birds, and marine mammals.


Managing agricultural biodiversity for ecosystem services - 03/10/2016 12:00 PM
Mulford Hall, Berkeley

Speaker: Dr. David Gonthier.  As an agroecologist, I collaborate with farmers, academics, and other stakeholders to better understand how to promote environmental and socio-economic sustainability. In practice, my research evaluates the viability of agricultural management systems to curtail environmental problems while maintaining profitability and valuable ecosystem services. In theory, I use ecological and evolutionary principles to design agroecological practices that improve the functionality of farmlands.


An Oaklander in Paris: Next Steps for Climate Action - 03/10/2016 12:30 PM
SF Planning + Urban Research Assoc. (SPUR), Oakland

With a delegation led by Mayor Schaaf, Oakland was well represented at COP21, the United Nations summit on climate change held in Paris last December. Hear what happened at the conference, why Oakland was so deeply engaged and what next steps for climate action the city is planning.

Speaker: Daniel Hamilton, City of Oakland


Patterns in Nature: From the Architecture of Life Tour Series - 03/10/2016 01:00 PM
UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley

Look closely at nature – trees, leaves, cones, cacti, ferns, flowers, honeycomb, and more. Discover geometric shapes, angles, symmetry, and patterns, even fractals and Fibonacci numbers! Learn how nature's mathematical designs and patterns are adaptations helping plants to survive.

Register at web site


Broadening Participation in STEM: How Far We've Come, How Far We Have to Go - 03/10/2016 03:00 PM
Sutardja Dai Hall, Berkeley

American innovation, know-how, and prosperity depend on the talent of a diverse technical workforce. Every U.S. student must have an equal opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge needed to compete. New policies and strategies are needed to improve the educational environment for underrepresented engineering students, from K through Ph.D. A Berkeley alum, Dean May will discuss Georgia Tech's success in broadening STEM participation, and ideas for replicating it widely.

Speaker: Dean Gary May, Georgia Institute of Technology


THz Interconnect, the Last Centimeter Communication - 03/10/2016 04:00 PM
Sonoma State Dept. of Engineering Science, Rohnert Park

Speaker: Jane Gu, UC Davis


Rock On Nightlife - 03/10/2016 06:00 PM
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

From rocks in space to rock 'n' roll, join us for NightLife's salute to rock in all forms.

Be among the first to catch the Academy's latest original planetarium show Incoming!, narrated by George Takei-an out of this world, all-digital show exploring asteroids, comets, and the hard-hitting stories of our cosmic origins. View geology specimens, including meteorites, from the museum's renowned collection.

From ancient rocks to modern rock legends, head to the swamp to check out a pop-up exhibit on groundbreaking rock music promoter Bill Graham, including vintage concert posters from The Fillmore and the post-show apple barrel made famous by this SF venue! At the Project Lab, hang with the UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology and check out fascinating fossils found deep beneath the surface. Plus, make and take home your very own pet rock with Julia Jane Moore to the rocking soundtrack of DJ Omar (PopScene) 

Ready to rock?


Deep Brain Stimulation – Past, Present, Future - 03/10/2016 07:00 PM
Stanford Hospital Health Library, Palo Alto

This talk will focus on deep brain stimulation with respect to Parkinson's disease reviewing the history of its discovery, current indications, and future direction. In addition there will be short updates on treatment and research regarding Parkinson's disease.

Speakers: Melanie Lising, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Stanford University Medical Center; and Laurice Yang, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Stanford University Medical Center


Supermassive Black Holes (and how to observe them cheaply!) - 03/10/2016 07:00 PM
Santa Cruz Astronomy Club, Santa Cruz

In this talk Martin Gaskell, UC Santa Cruz, will explain how you can can detect the effects of supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies.  He will give the main observational properties and explain how the energy is generated.  He will particularly emphasise how observations can be made remarkably cheaply from your backyward.


Friday, 03/11/2016
Water Detectives - 03/11/2016 05:00 PM
Calabazas Branch Library, San Jose

In Matamoros, Mexico, a severe water shortage led to a one-of-a-kind solution: The city put local children in charge of changing adults' attitudes and habits. Thousands of schoolchildren were enlisted as "water detectives." Educated about resource conservation, they were encouraged to discuss proper water usage with adults and were authorized to give "tickets" to transgressors seen to be wasting water. The municipality followed up by fixing leaks and visiting homes. The result? Matamoros lowered its water consumption by nearly 20 percent in just one year!


There Once Was An Island - 03/11/2016 05:15 PM
Calabazas Branch Library, San Jose

What if you had to leave your home forever? Takuu, a tiny atoll in Papua New Guinea, contains the last Polynesian culture of its kind. Facing escalating climate-related impacts, including a terrifying flood, community members Teloo, Endar and Satty take us on an intimate journey to the core of their lives and dreams. Will they relocate to war-ravaged Bougainville - becoming environmental refugees - or fight to stay? Two visiting scientists investigate on the island, leading audience and community to a greater understanding of climate change.


Future Fridays: Life on Mars: Past and Future - 03/11/2016 06:00 PM
Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland

The search of past life on Mars is one of the key goal of NASA's astrobiology program. The indications from the missions to date are that we will have to drill meters below ground to find any preserved evidence of past life. Mars may have life in the future though. Humans may decide to set up permanent bases on Mars, as it may also be possible to restore the climate of Mars resulting in biology widespread on its surface. In his talk, McKay will explore the challenges and opportunities that impact our journey to Mars.

Speaker: Christopher McKay


Green Friday: What the Paris Agreement Means for the Climate, and What the Climate Means for the Drought - 03/11/2016 07:00 PM
Sierra Club office, Berkeley
Andy's Katz's talk will reflect on the Paris Agreement adopted during the recent climate negotiations, in addition to an important community update on the drought emergency.  Andy Katz was a delegate to the talks representing Sierra Club, and will outline what the milestone agreement represents for facilitating international collaboration, where it falls short, and how the new momentum can build on this groundwork for the ambitious action needed to protect our climate.  As our elected representative to the EBMUD Board of Directors, Andy will also address how our regional water utility has prepared for drought through robust conservation and efficiency programs and strategic acquisition of supplemental supplies.  If the one month left in the rainy season doesn't end this five-year drought, what happens next for ensuring a reliable water supply and the sustainability of our natural resources?   Speaker: Andy Katz is a former Chair of Sierra Club California.
Saturday, 03/12/2016
Guided Nature Walk - 03/12/2016 09:30 AM
Bouverie Preserve, Glen Ellen

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.

There is no charge but donations are appreciated. Contributions support the preservation, education and conservation science programs of Audubon Canyon Ranch.

Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis and can be made a month in advance of each respective hike. Reservations are not definite until confirmed.

To make a reservation, e-mail with the following information: The hike date you wish to reserve Your complete name Your address Your phone number The number of people in your party (limit 6)

Call ACR headquarters with questions.


Little Explorers Workshop: Tails and Workshops - 03/12/2016 10:00 AM
Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley

Make take-home projects and do activities with our menagerie of animals, including rabbits, turtles, and birds. Young children develop an appreciation of living things and spark their curiosity with a new animal theme each week.


Open House at the Marine Science Institute - 03/12/2016 10:00 AM
Marine Science Institute, Redwood City

Please bring your friends and family to visit our site.  Feel fre to explore our discovery classrooms, view live fish and invertebrates in our aquarium, and pack a picnic lunch to nibble on whilst enjoing our Bay front location.  Staff will be around to answer questions and give you a tour of the facility.

No reservations required.  Parental or guardian supervision is required for all children.


The Bay Model Wants You!!! - 03/12/2016 10:00 AM
Bay Model Visitors Center, Sausalito

Become part of Sausalito's very own attraction known around the world! We have a variety of volunteer positions that are suited for people just like you! Greet visitors, lead tours, work with school groups, and more! Come and be a part of one of the largest working hydraulic models in existence. Join us for a brief orientation! Information, contact Ranger Joanne Jarvis 


Roara's Story - 03/12/2016 12:00 PM
North Berkeley Public Library, Berkeley

Join us at The North Berkeley Public Library and bring along your young learner for a fabulous event featuring Marley, the creator of the children's book Hello Roara! , a book about a dinosaur named Roara.
There will be real fossils to marvel at, free toys for the youngsters, and the chance for them to make their very own prehistoric storybook.


Mega-Drought - 03/12/2016 04:00 PM
Alum Rock Branch Library, San Jose

Trends indicate that a major drought event is looming in the not-too-distant future. In as few as three decades we could experience conditions that would make the Dust Bowl of the 1930s seem like an oasis. Efforts to conserve, while admirable and desperately necessary, may already be too late. This episode of the History Channel's mega-disaster series projects a scenario 70 years into the future in which a 12-year drought leaves the U.S. unstable and economically depressed. Western cities are abandoned, states clash for dwindling water supplies and society devolves into a battle for survival.


Sunday, 03/13/2016
Begging Birding - 03/13/2016 09:30 AM
Marin Headlands Visitor's Center, Sausalito

Spring is a wonderful time to enjoy the influx of birds to the Marin Headlands. Join volunteer Jane Haley for an easy walk to discover our spring visitors. Meet at the Marin Headlands Visitor Center. Bring field guides and binoculars; dress in layers. For ages 8 and up; no pets allowed.

Reservations required


Marine Science Sunday: Celebrating the Ocean: The Big, The Small, and The Weird - 03/13/2016 10:00 AM
Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito

The theme this month is Celebrating Our Oceans: The Big, The Small, and The Weird.  Come learn about the amazing diversity of life that lives out in the Ocean, from the big to the small and everything in between.  Docent-led tours will take you around the hospital showcasing some of the patients we are caring for and how our veterinarians are getting them better.  Classroom presentations will feature interactive activities and multimedia showcasing the diversity of life living in our oceans, from the biggest animal in the World (the blue whale), to the smallest animals in the Ocean (plankton), the top predator (the orca) and even the weirdest animals like the unicorns of the sea, the narwhal!  

FREE Classroom Programs: The Big, The Small and The Weird- 12 PM and 2 PM  (1 hour sessions)

Come learn about the diversity of life living in our oceans, from the biggest (the blue whale), to the smallest (plankton), to the top predator (the Orca), and everything in between!   A great compliment 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!).  


Fusion: Seeing Symmetry: Making Art with Waves - 03/13/2016 01:00 PM
Cupertino Community Hall, Cupertino

Have you ever thought about the intersection of mathematics and art?   Dr. Farris  has an entirely new approach. Instead of stitching together pieces to make a pattern, he uses mathematical functions called wave forms to create patterns different from any you've seen before.  Dr. Farris' talk will touch on some high-power ideas from mathematics, like group theory and number theory, but it is fundamentally a tale of art made from waves.  Don't worry if your last brush with higher mathematics was high school trigonometry – everyone can enjoy Dr. Farris' lecture!

Speaker: Dr. Frank A. Farris, professor of mathematics at Santa Clara University.  Dr. Farris is also the author of Creating Symmetry: The Artful Mathematics of Wallpaper Patterns. Princeton University Press, June 2015.

Sponsored by the Cupertino Library Foundation.


Drones: An Introduction to a Modern Phenomenon - 03/13/2016 02:00 PM
Civic Center Library, Livermore

Do you own a drone? Thinking about getting one?  Come learn all about these wildly popular devices.

Alvin Alejandro, owner of the Bay Area company Aerial Vue (www.aerial-vue.com), and an expert in the field, will be discussing the various types and classification of drones, their different uses and who buys them. He will also speak about some of the myths and controversies that surround drone use right now and how new state and local laws affect drone owners.  Come see actual aerial drones on display!  Alejandro will also show videos of drones in action.


Daring the Western Desert: Ancient Travelers and Their Rock Inscriptions - 03/13/2016 02:30 PM
Barrows Hall, Berkeley

Since 2001 the North Kharga Oasis-Darb Ain Amur Survey team has been exploring the sandy routes connecting Kharga oasis to Dakhla and beyond. In the course of this survey we have discovered and recorded numerous lonely rock sites which were used in antiquity as camping spots and stopovers for travelers. The rich epigraphic material from these sites provides us with valuable information about the uses of these desert routes, traveling practices, as well as the identity and background of the ancient travelers who chose to carve their marks on these rocks. In this lecture I will discuss some of these Egyptian rock graffiti, focusing on their connection to ancient Egypt's historical narrative and their appropriation of Egyptian formal writing conventions.

Speaker: Dr. Nikolaos Lazaridis, CSU Sacramento.


Monday, 03/14/2016
Pi Day - Free Day at the ExplOratorium - 03/14/2016 10:00 AM
Exploratorium, San Francisco
Evidence for the kSZ effect with ACTPol and BOSS: probing baryon physics in galaxy groups and clusters - 03/14/2016 11:00 AM
Kavli Institute Astrophysics Colloquium, Stanford
Earth Under Water - 03/14/2016 04:00 PM
Rose Garden Branch Library, San Jose
Anthropogenic impacts on native Olympia oysters: understanding the roles of local adaptation and multiple stressors - 03/14/2016 04:00 PM
UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory, Bodega Bay
When We Are No More: How Digital Memory is Shaping Our Future - 03/14/2016 04:30 PM
Green Library, Stanford
March LASER Event - San Francisco - 03/14/2016 07:00 PM
LASER Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, San Francisco
Ask a Scientist's PI DAY Puzzle Party - 03/14/2016 07:00 PM
SoMa StrEat Food Park, San Francisco
How Will the World End: Death Plunge or Death Spiral? - 03/14/2016 07:30 PM
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
Tuesday, 03/15/2016
Old Nukes, New Nukes - 03/15/2016 10:00 AM
Commonwealth Club, San Francisco
Surviving a methane monsoon: the bizarre cryogenic rains, flammable dunes and carbon hazes of Saturn's planet-moon, Titan - 03/15/2016 12:00 PM
SETI Institute Colloquium Series, Mountain View
From microbes to landscapes: Managing the rhizosphere for productive, resilient, and healthy agroecosystems - 03/15/2016 12:00 PM
Mulford Hall, Berkeley
Performance-based Seismic Design of Tall Buildings - 03/15/2016 05:00 PM
Sutardja Dai Hall, Berkeley
Being Human: The Primates Who Tell Stories - 03/15/2016 06:00 PM
Public Works, San Francisco
Drawing in Nature, with audience participation - 03/15/2016 07:00 PM
Mycological Society of San Francisco, San Francisco
The Violent Universe Observed with the Fermi Telescope - 03/15/2016 07:45 PM
San Francisco Amateur Astronomers, San Francisco
Wednesday, 03/16/2016
Marine ecomechanics: Exploring the biology of ocean acidification, intertidal thermal stress, and nearshore turbulence - 03/16/2016 11:00 AM
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing
The Future of Travel Demand - 03/16/2016 12:00 PM
CITRIS at UC Berkeley, Berkeley
Under pressure: Climate Change, Upwelling, and Eastern Boundary Upwelling Ecosystems - 03/16/2016 03:30 PM
Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, Tiburon
Mega-Drought - 03/16/2016 06:00 PM
Tully Community Branch Library, San Jose
Jennifer Doudna and the Possibility of Hacking the Human Genome - 03/16/2016 07:00 PM
Science Buzz Cafe, Sebastopol
The Coming Dementia Epidemic: Is Alzheimer's Preventable? (Postponed) - 03/16/2016 07:30 PM
Marin Science Seminar, San Rafael
Biology in Space: Understanding How Luke Skywalker, Mark Watney, and Captain Jean Luc-Picard Survive - 03/16/2016 07:30 PM
Marin Science Seminar, San Rafael
Thursday, 03/17/2016
Botany Series: Plant Terminology - 03/17/2016 09:00 AM
Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco
How Early Nutrition Can Shape Gut Microbiota and Its Implications in the Autoimmunity Epidemics - 03/17/2016 12:00 PM
Commonwealth Club, San Francisco
Agricultural Landscapes: the last battleground for sustainability? - 03/17/2016 04:00 PM
Morgan Hall, Berkeley
Green Nightlife - 03/17/2016 06:00 PM
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
Great Gray Owls of the Pacific States - 03/17/2016 06:30 PM
Golden Gate Audobon Society, San Francisco
Space - Looking up to the Stars - 03/17/2016 07:00 PM
Fremont Main Library, Fremont
Amanita phalloides (Death Cap Mushroom) - 03/17/2016 07:00 PM
Sonoma County Farm Bureau, Santa Rosa
Everything Matters: Magnesium - 03/17/2016 08:00 PM
Exploratorium, San Francisco
Friday, 03/18/2016
Spring Flowers - 03/18/2016 03:30 PM
Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon, Fremont
Impacts of copper pollution and environmental factors on predator-prey interactions in marine food chains - 03/18/2016 04:00 PM
UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory, Bodega Bay
STEAM at CuriOdyssey - 03/18/2016 06:00 PM
CuriOdyssey, San Mateo
Wild Things - Coexisting with North America's Native Carnivores - 03/18/2016 06:30 PM
Oakland Zoo, Oakland
'The Universe of Galaxies and STEM Research Opportunities for Young People' - 03/18/2016 07:00 PM
Evergreen Valley College, San Jose
MISSION: MARS - Toward the First Human Journey to the Red Planet - 03/18/2016 08:00 PM
Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland
Saturday, 03/19/2016
Guided Walk at Ano Nuevo - 03/19/2016 09:15 AM
Ano Nuevo State Reserve, Pescadero
Hayward Fault Walking Tour - 03/19/2016 09:30 AM
Fremont Earthquake Exhibit, Fremont
Science Bites: Discover Bay Predators (River Otters) - 03/19/2016 10:00 AM
Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco
Lichens on Mt. Diablo! - 03/19/2016 10:00 AM
Mt. Diablo State Park, Walnut Creek
Earthquakes - 03/19/2016 11:00 AM
Mulford Hall, Berkeley
Mars Madness - 03/19/2016 11:00 AM
Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland
Aquarium of the Bay and BayMobile - 03/19/2016 11:30 AM
Bay Model Visitors Center, Sausalito
Who are our Top Predators? - 03/19/2016 11:30 AM
Bay Model Visitors Center, Sausalito
Water Detectives - 03/19/2016 02:00 PM
Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch Library, San Jose
The Fight for Water - 03/19/2016 02:15 PM
Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch Library, San Jose
Animal tracking for families at Lake Merritt - 03/19/2016 03:00 PM
Edoff Memorial Bandstand, Oakland
Sunday, 03/20/2016
Science Bites: Discover Bay Predators (River Otters) - 03/20/2016 10:00 AM
Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco
Science Sunday: Spawning, Sliming, and Stinging: The Sex Lives of Sea Urchins, Banana Slugs, and Honey Bees - 03/20/2016 01:00 PM
Seymour Center at Long Marine Lab, Santa Cruz
Birding for Beginners - 03/20/2016 02:30 PM
Middle Harbor Shoreline Park, Oakland
Monday, 03/21/2016
Science Bites: Discover Bay Predators (River Otters) - 03/21/2016 10:00 AM
Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco
GRAVITATIONAL WAVES FROM MERGING BLACK HOLES - 03/21/2016 04:00 PM
Sonoma State University - What Physicists Do, Rohnert Park
Spatial variation in species interactions on subtidal rocky reefs of the Southern California Bight - 03/21/2016 04:00 PM
UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory, Bodega Bay
San Francisco Green Film Festival: Wild Tales-Filmmaking and Conservation - 03/21/2016 06:00 PM
Commonwealth Club, San Francisco
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