Bay Area Science Festival - Unleash Your Inner Scientist

Super-powered science exhibit by The Tech Museum at Discovery Days at AT&T Park.

Hands on science at Discovery Days at AT&T Park.

Hands on science at Discovery Days at AT&T Park.

Hands on science at Discovery Days at AT&T Park.

The Bay Area Science Festival kicked off with Discovery Days at Cal State East Bay on October 29th, 2011 at the Cal State East Bay Hayward Campus.

Discover over 150 hands-on activities, performances, interactive demonstrations and family fun science at our free Discovery Days Event AT&T Park on November 6th, 11am - 4pm

Discovery Days at Infineon Raceway

When: Saturday November 5th, 11AM-4 PM

Infineon Raceway - 29355 Arnold Dr, Sonoma, CA, United States, 95476

See the work of North Bay science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) organizations. Enjoy hands-on experiments, demos, and exhibits. Save a droid ICU patient, create a pulsar, extract DNA, drive robots, eat liquid nitrogen, and more! VIP Parking for electric vehicles.

An evening of “mad science”

When: Thursday, November 3rd, 6-10 PM

Where: California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118

Cost: $10 members/$12 non-members, Tickets

Be dazzled, puzzled and inspired by an evening of “mad science” that will leave your beaker bubbling. Expand your geeky cocktail party repertoire with tidbits from a series of thought-provoking 5-minute Ignite talks by the likes of Tim O’Reilly (co-founder of Maker Faire), Tito Jankowski (of BioCurious, which he describes as “hackerspace for biotech”), science journalist Annalee Newitz, and science comedian Brian Malow. Plus, a series of memorable demonstrations from Physics Circus Ringmaster Zeke Kossover at 7 and 8pm, and a caberet-style musical act performed by one-of-a-kind Physics Chanteuse Lynda Williams at 7:30 and 8:30pm. Then stop by and see an exhibit of original artwork from the one and only Science Tarot deck, and have your cards read. Music by DJs from Rock It Science Laboratory. Mad Science NightLife is a Bay Area Science Festival event.

Tumblr on the brain?

Social Networking & the Brain: Neuroscience & the New Media

When: Tuesday, November 1st, 7-9 PM

Where: Commonwealth Club, 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94014

Cost: $15 members/$20 non-members

Speakers include:

  • Adam Gazzaley, Associate Professor of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry and Director, Neuroscience Imaging Center, UCSF
  • Tiffany Shlain, Founder, Webby Awards; Filmmaker, Connected: An Autobiography about Love, Death and Technology
  • David Ewing Duncan, Author, Experimental Man; Co-host, Tech Talk Radio – Moderator

What are social networks and tools like tumblr, facebook, and twitter doing to our brains? How is it impacting who we are as humans, and how is it making us different from previous generations in how we interact with information, our environment and each other? This provocative panel will feature a neuroscientist who studies the impact of multitasking on our gray matter and those who believe new social networking may be leading us to a more connected and even better world, as well as those who are wary of the physiological and societal impact that social media has on humanity. Come participate in a mind-bending special event, check out clips from the film Connected and be social in the real world.

(Source: bayareascience.org)

Special Screening of Contact with Jill Tarter

Contact - The Reel and the Real
Humanity’s Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence

When: Wednesday, November 2nd, 6-9 PM

Where: McKenna Theater, San Francisco State University, Creative Arts Building, Room 103, McKenna Theater, 1600 Holloway Avenue San Francisco, CA 94132

Cost: FREE

Join astronomer Jill Tarter, whose work and life was a key model for the character Jodie Foster plays in the film Contact, for a very special evening of science fiction and cutting-edge science.  We will screen the full-length film about the discovery of intelligent life among the stars, and then hear Dr. Tarter discuss her ongoing work at the SETI Institute to find radio signals from alien civilizations. After her film and the talk, there will be time for questions from the audience.

Here is what Dr. Tarter has to say about the evening:

" Contactis a wonderful film that tries to depict the scientific project we call SETI (the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence), and does so with enthusiasm and dramatic flair. Since it’s based on a novel by astronomer Carl Sagan, that should come as no surprise. Nobody has yet had the experience of detecting a radio signal with a message from a civilization around a distant star, so what happens in the film and book after that moment are pure fiction – maybe Carl guessed right, maybe he didn’t.  But my colleagues and I at the SETI Institute hope to find out one day just how close he got.

After we see the film together, we’ll talk a bit about what the film got right and where it made some blunders with the facts.  I’ll share with you some things you may not know about the making of the film.  But then we’ll change our focus to the real quest to find our counterparts among the stars.

In 1968, Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders’ photo of ‘Earthrise’ changed our collective point of view — for the first time we saw our planet as a single entity surrounded by the darkness of space. Scientists are about to change our collective perspective again — imagine what will happen when we know that there are in fact *two* such Earth-like planets hanging in the blackness of space…, or three, or a multitude!  With the Kepler spacecraft, and its successors, you will not have to wait long before that is our new reality.  We will soon know ourselves to be one, among many, Earth-like planets in this region of the Milky Way Galaxy.

Once other Earths are known to exists, I suspect that there will be a growing curiosity about whether life, even intelligent life, might exist on those worlds and SETI will be poised to try to answer that question.  Indeed we are already doing so, as we point the Allen Telescope Array and other telescopes to those candidate worlds that we think are closest to being Earth-analogs.  We are experimenting with new ways to conduct our searches, ways that actively involve people all across this planet, and in so doing we hope to trivialize the differences among humans and help us all to internalize our true identity as Earthlings.”

The Bay Area Science Festival kicked off with Discovery Days at Cal State East Bay on October 29th, 2011 at the Cal State East Bay Hayward Campus.

Discover over 150 hands-on activities, performances, interactive demonstrations and family fun science at our free Discovery Days Event AT&T Park on November 6th, 11am - 4pm