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Top Tourist Sights of the Solar System – Jun 20

May 17, 2015   //   by Eric   //   Coming Events, Events  //  Comments Off
The Top Tourist Sights of the Solar System
 
Using spectacular images from space probes and the world’s largest telescopes, we will explore the most intriguing future “tourist destinations” among the planets and moons in our cosmic neighborhood. Among our stops will be the 4,000-mile lava channel on Venus, the towering Mount Olympus volcano on Mars (three times the height of Mount Everest), the awesome Verona Cliffs on the moon Miranda (which are the tallest “lover’s leap” in the solar system), and the recently discovered steam geysers on Saturn’s intriguing moon Enceladus.
 
After the lecture and slide presentation, Paul Salazar, the Urban Astronomer <http://urbanastronomer.blogspot.com>, will lead us on a laser-guided tour of the night sky. Then, everyone is invited to gaze through the big telescopes of the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers http://www.sfaa-astronomy.org.
 
Our principal speaker, Andrew Fraknoi, is the Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College. He was named California Professor of the Year in 2007 and has received several other awards for his work in explaining space science. He appears regularly on local and national radio explaining astronomical developments in everyday language. Asteroid 4859 has been named Asteroid Fraknoi by the International Astronomical Union in recognition of his work in science education and outreach.

WHAT:  The Top Tourist Sights of the Solar System: Where Bill Gates’ Great-Granddaughter Will Go on Her Honeymoon
WHO:  Andrew Fraknoi, Professor & Chair of Astronomy, Foothill College
WHEN:  8:30pm, Saturday, Jun 20, 2014
WHERE: Cushing Memorial Amphitheater, Mount Tamlapais State Park <http://goo.gl/maps/iRRFR>
HOW:  Admission is FREE. Bring a flashlight, and, just in case, wear warm clothes in layers. If bad weather threatens, call 415-455-5370 after 4pm. This event is presented in collaboration with Mount Tamalpais State Park, Friends of Mt. Tam, San Francisco Amateur Astronomers, and the Mt. Tam Astronomy Programs.
WHY:  
Because we’re curious creatures.

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The Evolution of Science – May 13

Apr 27, 2015   //   by Eric   //   Coming Events, Events  //  Comments Off

Evolution of ScienceAuthor and physicist Leonard Mlodinow (PhD, UC Berkeley) will explore how humans have won such a grand grasp of nature’s workings — and what deeper understandings may lie ahead. He is the author of five bestsellers including two co-written with Stephen Hawking: A Briefer History of Time and The Grand Design. Dr. Mlodinow’s The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives was an Editor’s Choice New York Times Bestseller and Notable Book of the Year, and was short-listed for the Royal Society Book award. He has taught at Caltech, has debated Deepak Chopra on ABC’s Nightline, and has written screenplays for MacGyver and Star Trek: the Next Generation. In 2013, Dr. Mlodinow received the PEN/E.O. Wilson Award for literary science writing.

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  • WHAT:  The Evolution of Science
  • WHO:  Dr. Leonard Mlodinow
  • WHEN: 7pm (check-in at 6:30), Wednesday, May 13, 2015
  • WHERE:  Schultz Cultural Hall, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
  • HOW:  Get the WONDERFEST 40% ticket discount here: http://bit.ly/science-evolution; do NOT click “Apply.”
  • WHY:  Because we’re curious creatures. Big thanks to the Commonwealth Club Silicon Valley.

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Love, Sex, & DNA – May 11

Apr 23, 2015   //   by Eric   //   Coming Events, Events  //  Comments Off

Love, Sex, & DNACan 21st-century molecular biology answer age-old questions about the human experience? Can studying proteins and DNA help us understand how we make our choices in sex and love? How we communicate? Where our emotions come from? Or why we age and die? Using stories of people and animals, Peter Schattner will show how the amazing new world of molecular biology is revolutionizing our understanding of what it means to be human.

  • WHAT:  Love, Sex, & DNA
  • WHO:  Dr. Peter Schattner
  • WHEN:  7 PM, Monday, May 11, 2015
  • WHERE:  PianoFight, 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA
  • HOW:  Please register below.
  • WHY:  Because we’re curious creatures.

Wonderfest works every day to promote the scientific outlook. For as little as $1/month, why not become a Wonderfest Patron? As the Medici family were patrons of popular art in old Italy, you can become a patron of popular science and rationality in the modern Bay Area. (And you’ll get that tax-deduction that the Medici never did!) Please become a regular supporter of Wonderfest, and help enlarge the concept of scientific community.

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WATCH: IS ANYBODY OUT THERE?

Nov 2, 2013   //   by Eric   //   2013 Archive, Archives, Festival  //  Comments Off

The evening will begin with a lecture and slide presentation by UC Berkeley researcher Dan Werthimer.  Then Paul Salazar, the Urban Astronomer, will lead the audience in a brief tour of the night sky.  Finally, all attendees are invited to walk to a nearby site where the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers will make their telescopes available for public deep-sky observing.

If cloudy, lecture still happens.  If raining, full event is cancelled.  For weather info, call 949-391-3604.

 

Dan WerthimerDan Werthhimer is principal investigator of SETI@home and several radio and optical SETI programs at the University of California, Berkeley.  Werthimer also directs the Center for Astronomy Signal Processing and Electronics Research (CASPER), and is associate director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC). Werthimer was associate professor in the engineering and physics departments of San Francisco State University and a visiting professor at Beijing Normal University, the University of St. Charles in Marseille, and Eotvos University in Budapest. He has taught at universities in Peru, Egypt, Ghana,  Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Kenya.  Werthimer is co-author of “SETI 2020″, editor of “BioAstronomy: Molecules, Microbes and Extraterrestrial Life” and “Astronomical and Biochemical Origins and the Search for Life in the Universe”.

 
  • TITLE: IS ANYBODY OUT THERE? The Search for ET with help from Eight Million Volunteers
  • SPEAKER: Dan Werthimer, principal investigator, SETI@home, UC Berkeley
  • WHEN: 7:30 PM, Saturday, November 2, 2013
  • WHERE: Cushing Amphitheater, Ridgecrest Blvd., Mount Tamalpais State Park, CA 94941
  • HOW: Presented in cooperation with Mount Tamalpais State Park, Friends of Mount Tam, Mount Tam Astronomy Program, San Francisco Amateur Astronomers, The Urban Astronomer
  • WHY:  Because we’re curious creatures
  • ADMISSION:  FREE!

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Watch: Science-Comedy Improv Blitz

Nov 1, 2013   //   by Eric   //   2013 Archive, Archives, Envoy, Festival  //  Comments Off
 Laughing Chimp

Actors meet scientists!  See what happens when experts in comedy improvisation glorify, qualify, and versify the science insights of earnest PhD students (Wonderfest’s Science Envoys)…  Laughter joins learning to capture your imagination.

 

 

  • TITLE: Science Improv Blitz
  • SPEAKER: Wonderfest Science Envoys and Improv Comedians
  • WHEN:  7:00 PM, Friday, November 1, 2013
  • WHERE: StrEat Food Park, 428 – 11th Street,  San Francisco, CA 94103
  • HOW: Presented as a public service by Wonderfest, the Bay Area Beacon of Science, and the Bay Area Science Festival
  • ADMISSION:  FREE!

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2013 Bay Area Science Festival

Oct 12, 2013   //   by Eric   //   Events  //  Comments Off

Bay Area Science Festival 2013Wonderfest-hosted Bay Area Science Festival events.  However, there are many more events going on between Oct 24 and Nov 2.  Find out more at BayAreaScience.org.

 
  • WATCH: IS ANYBODY OUT THERE? Is Anybody Out ThereThe evening will begin with a lecture and slide presentation by UC Berkeley researcher Dan Werthimer. Then Paul Salazar, the Urban Astronomer, will lead the audience in a brief tour of the night sky. Finally, all attendees are invited to walk to a nearby site where the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers will make their telescopes available for public deep-sky observing.
  • Watch: Science-Comedy Improv Blitz Science Comedy ImprovActors meet scientists! See what happens when experts in comedy improvisation glorify, qualify, and versify the science insights of earnest PhD students (Wonderfest’s Science Envoys)… Laughter joins learning to capture your imagination.