Event Archives

  • Why Time Flies – Feb 9Alan Burdick
    09 February, 2017

    Time may be — simultaneously! — both the most mundane and the most mysterious feature of our universe.

  • A Most Improbable Journey – Jan 24Walter Alvarez, Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences, UC Berkeley
    24 January, 2017

    Legenedary geophysicist Walter Alvarez discusses the insights in his latest book, “A Most Improbably Journey: A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves.”

  • Healthy Aging – Jan 10Dr. Gregory Tranah, Senior Scientist (CPMC Research Institute) & Adjunct Professor (UCSF Epidemiology & Biostatistics Dept.)
    10 January, 2017

    Humans are living longer but are not necessarily healthier. The latest research on human health and longevity has identified factors that control the aging process. By increasing our understanding of the biology of aging, we are beginning to identify interventions that will significantly extend the years of health, happiness, and productivity.

  • Creating Worlds – Mar 28Alejandro Garcia, Professor of Physics & Astronomy, San José State
    28 March, 2017

    The more closely animated characters’ actions obey the laws of physics, the more believable they become and, ironically, the better audiences can escape reality.

  • Hunting Asteroids – Mar 21Carrie Nugent, Staff Scientist, IPAC/Caltech
    21 March, 2017

    Caltech’s Dr. Carrie Nugget hunts asteroids. In doing so, she will ultimately help to protect Earth from cataclysmic impacts. Learn about the nature, origin, and global lethality of our solar system’s numerous (and mostly unidentified) mini-worlds.

  • Mapping the Heavens – Mar 8Priya Natarajan, Professor of Astronomy & Physics, Yale University
    08 March, 2017

    Radical ideas and discoveries are transforming our understanding of the universe. Yale astrophysicist Priya Natarajan leads us on a tour of the “greatest hits” of recent cosmological detective work.

  • The Parent as GardenerDr. Alison Gopnik, Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley
    16 February, 2017

    Caring deeply about our children is part of what makes us human. Yet the thing we call “parenting” is a surprisingly new invention. Drawing on the study of human evolution and her own cutting-edge research, developmental psychologist and philosopher Alison Gopnik shatters key myths of “good parenting.”

  • US Solar Eclipse of August ’17 – Apr29Alex Filippenko, Professor of Astronomy, UC Berkeley
    29 April, 2017

    Astronomer Alex Filippenko discusses the magnificence of the “All-American” total solar eclipse (2017) AND of the many others he’s observed.

  • Is Anybody Out There? – Apr24Dan Werthimer, Chief Scientist, Berkeley SETI
    24 April, 2017

    Dan Werthimer, chief scientist at UC Berkeley SETI, discusses the rationale for past and future searches, and shows how new technologies are revolutionizing SETI.

  • March For Science – Apr22
    22 April, 2017

    March For Science – Apr22

  • Exploring Mars: the Next 100yrs, Apr13Pascal Lee & Chris McKay
    13 April, 2017

    MARS BECKONS. The SETI Insititute’s Pascal Lee presents “Mission to Mars: The First Human Journeys to the Red Planet.” And NASA Planetary Scientist Chris McKay looks even further with “The Long View of Mars: Biology, Humans, and Terraforming.”

  • Magic vs. Quantum Entanglement Apr6Ken Wharton, Professor of Physics, San José State University
    06 April, 2017

    Entanglement phenomena are the closest thing we have to reproducible magic, and even physicists can’t agree as to what’s really going on.

  • Heavenly Vision, July1Dr. Alan Agrawal, Mount Diablo Astronomical Society
    01 July, 2017

    Astronomer Alan Agrawal shows us how Galileo’s celestial observations dramatically changed our understanding of the universe and of our place in it.

  • Exoplanet Traits & Prevalence, Jun23Dr. Erik Petigura, California Institute of Technology
    23 June, 2017

    Caltech’s Dr. Erik Petigura surveys our current understanding of exoplanet demographics.

  • Music of the Spheres, Jun22Lauren Weiss & Marc Pinsonneault, Researchers, NASA Ames Research Center
    22 June, 2017

    In this Wonderfest dialogue, Dr. Lauren Weiss, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Montreal, talks about the sizes and compositions of the Kepler exoplanets. She reveals the essentials of planetary discovery by helping her audience members to build a model exoplanet system and observatory. Dr. Marc Pinsonneault, Professor of Astronomy at Ohio State University, discusses ...

  • Planets Everywhere, Jun19Dr. Steve Bryson, Researcher, NASA Ames Research Center
    19 June, 2017

    Planets Everywhere, Jun19

  • Mind-Body Inquiry, May11Elissa Epel & Howard Fields
    11 May, 2017

    Mind-Body Inquiry, May11

  • Cosmic Evolution, Jun14Dr. Eliot Quataert, Professor of Astronomy & Physics, UC Berkeley
    14 June, 2017

    UC Berkeley astrophysicist Eliot Quataert summarizes our modern understanding of cosmic origins — from the Big Bang to exoplanets (and even to humans).

  • Popular Myths of Astronomy, May27Dr. Thomas Targett, Asst. Professor of Astronomy & Physics, CSU Sonoma
    27 May, 2017

    Prof. Thomas Targett takes on a tour through the worlds of Star Trek and Star Wars (and much more) to sort fact from fiction in popular astronomy.