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The Mysteries of Sleep, May 7

Apr 2, 2014   //   by Eric   //   Coming Events, Events  //  Comments Off

Mysteries of SleepWe spend one third of our lives asleep, yet doctors and scientists still have no complete understanding as to why. It is one of the last great scientific mysteries. This talk will describe new discoveries suggesting that sleep is a highly active process, essential for improving brain functions including (1) learning, (2) memory, (3) creativity and (4) emotional regulation.

  • TITLE: The Mysteries of Sleep
  • SPEAKERS: Matthew P. Walker, Associate Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley
  • WHEN:  Wednesday, May 7, 2014; 7:00pm
  • WHERE:   SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 – 11th Street, San Francisco
  • HOW:  Produced in collaboration with Ask a Scientist.
  • WHY:  Because we’re curious creatures
  • ADMISSION:  FREE!  Register here.  (All “Dreamer” donations are put to excellent use, are tax-deductible, and are MUCH appreciated!)
 

Dr. Jared Diamond, Apr 9

Apr 2, 2014   //   by Eric   //   Coming Events, Events  //  Comments Off

Jared Diamond Pulitzer Prize-winning author Diamond examines the evolutionary history of humans and the unique traits that distinguish us from other animals. Diamond also explains why our innate tendencies toward invention and violence have led us to a crucial tipping point. Learn what Diamond has to say about the future of our species.

  • SPEAKERS: Jared Diamond, Professor of Geography, UCLA
    WHEN: Wednesday, April 9, 2014; 6:30pm check-in, 7pm program
  • WHERE:  Eagle Theater, Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Avenue, Los Altos (Map: http://goo.gl/maps/LOAoE)
  • HOW:  In collaboration with the Commonwealth Club Silicon Valley.
  • WHY:  Because we’re curious creatures
  • ADMISSION:  Friends of Wonderfest can access the discounted member rate by following these instructions:
    • Enter WONDERFEST (case sensitive) in the promotional code box.
    • Add Member tickets into basket (note limit of 2 tickets per transaction)
    • Proceed to the Check Out page and enter ticket & credit card information.
 

Understanding Pain, April 15 (tax day!)

Mar 10, 2014   //   by Eric   //   Coming Events, Events  //  Comments Off
Understanding PainPain speaks as forcefully and as personally as any human experience. While the ability to experience pain is essential for survival, chronic pain is the scourge of sentient existence. As a topic of research, pain presents a formidable challenge for scientists. How does individual perception of pain vary? Why are some chronic pains so difficult to control? How effective are alternative and complementary methods, such as acupuncture and hypnosis, and how do they exert their pain-relieving effects?
  • TITLE: Understanding Pain
  • SPEAKER: Allan Basbaum, MD, Professor and Chair, Anatomy Department, UC San Francisco http://profiles.ucsf.edu/allan.basbaum
  • WHEN:  Tuesday, 15 April, 2014, 7:00-8:00 PM; 6:30 check in
  • WHERE:  Hoover Theater, 1635 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126 http://hoovertheatre.org
    Google Map: http://goo.gl/maps/AmuiW
  • HOW: Co-produced with the Commonwealth Club of Silicon Valley 
  • WHY:  Because we’re curious creatures
  • ADMISSION: $10 (with $5 ticket Wonderfest discount.)
    1. Visit http://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2014-04-15/understanding-pain
    2. Add General Admission Member tickets into basket (note that there is a limit of 2 tickets per transaction)
    3. Proceed to the Check Out page and enter ticket & credit card information
    4. For the Member ID enter: WONDERFEST (no service fees will be charged with this code)
 

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!

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Wonderfest to help us popularize science. Even a modest gift will make more events like this possible.

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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.