Event Archives

  • Search for Life’s Second Genesis – July 14Dr. Alphonso Davila
    14 July, 2018

    Planetary scientist Dr. Alphonso Davila describes NASA’s search for a second, independent, origin of life in the Solar System.

  • Eye of the Shoal – June 25Dr. Helen Scales, Marine biologist and Author
    25 June, 2018

    Marine biologist Dr. Helen Scales explores the surprisingly complex lives of ocean fishes.

  • Eye of the Shoal – June 20, MarinDr. Helen Scales, Marine biologist and author

    Marine biologist Dr. Helen Scales explores the surprisingly complex lives of ocean fishes.

  • Understanding Heredity – June 19Carl Zimmer

    Celebrated science journalist Carl Zimmer helps unravel some of the deepest mysteries surrounding heritable traits, our genetic blueprint, and how we became who we are.

  • MISSION: MARS – Event CANCELLEDDr. Pascal Lee, Planetary Scientist, Mars Institute and SETI Institute

    Mars expert Dr. Pascal Lee tells the REAL story of how NASA will take 5-7 humans to the Red Planet within the next 20 years.

  • Strange Invaders – June 3Dr. Vernard Lewis, Emeritus Extension Specialist, UC Berkeley

    Dr. Vernard Lewis, UC Berkeley entomologist, describes the creepy crawlers that invade our living space.

  • Quantum Questions – May 27Dr. Miriam Diamond, Research Associate, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center

    Stanford physicist Miriam Diamond answers questions about the realm of the VERY small, especially exploring common misapplications of the word “quantum.”

  • Northern DeLights – May 19Dr. Laura Peticolas, Assoc. Director of Education & Outreach, Sonoma State Univ.

    Physicist and outreach specialist Dr. Laura Peticolas describes the origin, nature, and majesty of the Northern Lights.

  • The Big One: Fact & Fiction – May 16William B. Hawley, Department of Earth & Planetary Science, UC Berkeley

    UC Berkeley Seismologist William Hawley reveals how much we know — and how much we don’t — about California’s coming earthquake(s).

  • Love Among the Neurons – May 6Thomas Lewis, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCSF

    UCSF’s Dr. Thomas Lewis examines where, in the brain, we find the roots of our multiple connections to each other, and how those connections reverberate within and between us.

  • The Truth About Animals – Apr 26Lucy Cooke, Zoologist & Author

    Zoologist Lucy Cooke explores the wild side of wildlife. She takes us on a global journey, exposing myths and misconceptions about the animal world.

  • Cognition & Romance – Apr23Mariel Goddu & Ryan York, Wonderfest Science Envoys

    UC Berkeley psychologist Mariel Goddu describes the origin of abstract cognition, and Stanford neuroscientist Ryan York plumbs the fishy depths of romance.

  • Global Warming – Apr22Dr. David Romps, Assoc. Professor of Earth & Planetary Science, UC Berkeley

    David Romps, UC Berkeley Earth Scientist, presents the big picture of global warming, its impacts, our failure to act, and what needs to be done.

  • Multiple Universes?–Apr21Alex Filippenko, Professor of Astronomy, UC Berkeley

    Renowned astronomer Alex Filippenko explores the lines of reasoning behind modern arguments for the existence of multiple universes.

  • Universal Biology? – Apr 8Dr. Lynn Rothschild, Astrobiologist, NASA Ames Research Center

    NASA astrobiologist Dr. Lynn Rothschild asks “Is there only one way to construct a living organism, or are we Earthlings but one possibility out of a multitude?”

  • Machine Learning – Mar29Dr. Peter Norvig, Director of Research, Google

    Peter Norvig, Director of Research at Google, explains how modern software can/must incorporate machine learning.

  • Why Study Apes? – Mar27Dr. Kelly Stewart Harcourt, Research Associate, UC Davis

    Alongside a special screening of the acclaimed documentary JANE, anthropologist Kelly Harcourt explains our need — both scientific and emotional — to understand apes.

  • Is Anybody There?– Mar25Dan Werthimer, Chief Scientist, Berkeley SETI Research Center

    SETI pioneer Dan Werthimer describes the rationale for past and future ET searches, and will show how new technologies are revolutionizing SETI.

  • Brain and Body Inquiry – Mar 15Greg Tranah, PhD and Bob Siegel, MD PhD

    Wonderfest presents two scientists with deep insights into the brain-body connection.

  • Pleasure vs. Happiness – Feb 25Dr. Robert Lustig, Professor Emeritus, University of California, San Francisco

    Dr. Robert Lustig explores the scientific, cultural, historic, economic, and social causes of our modern problem with pleasure.

  • MISSION: MARS – Feb 21, East BayDr. Pascal Lee, Planetary Scientist, Mars Institute & SETI Institute; Director, NASA Haughton-Mars Project, NASA Ames Research Center

    The first human mission to Mars will be our greatest adventure in the 21st-century. As with all expeditions, its success will depend on planning. The first steps are already under way: achieving longer spaceflight missions, planning for deep space journeys beyond the Moon, and exploring extreme terrestrial environments as Mars “analogs.” Dr. Lee will discuss ...

  • MISSION: MARS – Feb 20Dr. Pascal Lee, Planetary Scientist

    Dr. Pascal Lee explores the what, why, how, when, and who of our first journey to the Red Planet.

  • The Secret Life of Viruses – Feb 17Dr. Robert Siegel, Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, Stanford

    Stanford microbiologist Dr. Robert Siegel shines light on the basic structure and function of viruses. He also explores those features that distinguish viruses from the living organisms they commandeer.

  • The Human Drive to Explain – Feb 8Dr. Tania Lombrozo, Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley

    Cognitive psychologist Tania Lombrozo suggests that our “drive to explain” itself explains some of the most remarkable human achievements, but also some of our failings.

  • Gene Editor Wins ’17 Sagan Prize, Jan 17Dr. Jennifer Doudna, Professor of Chemistry and of Molecular & Cell Biology, UC Berkeley

    Dr. Jennifer Doudna receives Wonderfest’s 2017 Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization.

  • Cosmic Gold & Neutron Stars – Jan 7Eliot Quataert, Professor of Astronomy, UC Berkeley

    Astronomer Eliot Quataert describes the remarkable new results coming out of our first steps into the gravitational wave era of cosmic exploration.