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Meet the whales off our coast and in our bay, with research biologist Izzy Szczepaniak of Golden Gate Cetacean Research (GGCR) on Monday, June 25, at 6:30 pm at the Menlo Park Library.

Did you know that harbor porpoises only recently returned to San Francisco Bay, after an absence of approximately 65 years? Learn more about the variety of our local cetaceans, where to see them, and what you can do to help in the study of marine mammals in the bay.

GGCR is a nonprofit organization devoted to scientific research on our local porpoises, dolphins and whales (collectively known as ‘cetaceans’). Projects are led by a team of marine mammal researchers, all highly experienced in identifying and photographing cetaceans. The goal is to add to the body of scientific knowledge of the species inhabiting San Francisco Bay Area waters, and provide resource managers with the information they need to make wise conservation choices.

Izzy has been studying the harbor porpoise population off the local coast for over 30 years. He has conducted research on humpback whales in California and Costa Rica, and on bottlenose dolphins in Belize. He has worked as a naturalist for the Oceanic Society since 1982 and teaches classes on marine mammals at San Francisco State University and the California Academy of Sciences.

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SLAC free public lecture looks at “The End of Spacetime” on June 19

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SLAC presents a free public lecture by Nima Arkani-Hamed titled “The End of Spacetime” on Tuesday, June 19 at 7:30 pm at the Panofsky Auditorium (Science and User Support Building (BLDG 53) Spacetime and quantum mechanics are the pillars of our modern understanding of fundamental physics. But there are storm clouds on the horizon indicating that […]

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Learn how humans are causing earthquakes at USGS lecture on May 31

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The next free public lecture at USGS in May 31 at 7:00 pm in Rambo Auditorium/Bldg. 3, 345 Middlefield Rd., Menlo Park. USGS research geophysicist’s topic is “Yes, Humans Really Are Causing Earthquakes!” which will look at how energy industry practices are causing earthquakes in America’s heartland.

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“The New Grid: 100% Clean Energy for All” is topic of SLAC public lecture on May 29

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Sila Kiliccote will offer a free public lecture titled The New Grid: 100% Clean Energy for All at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory  on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the Panofsky Auditorium/Science and User Support Building (BLDG 53). The grid that transmits our electrical power needs a radical transformation. The structure of the grid has not […]

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Learn about coral reefs at USGS public lecture on April 26

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USGS research geologist Curt Storiazzi will talk about the role of U.S. coral reefs in coastal protection at a free public lecture at USGS in Menlo Park on April 26. The lecture will take place in the Rambo Auditorium/Building 3, 345 Middlefield Rd., Menlo Park.

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“Axions: Ghost Riders in the Sky” is SLAC public lecture on April 3

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Theoretical physicist Hendrik Vogel will talk about Axions: Ghost Riders in the Sky at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm. The lecture will take place at SLAC’s Panofsky Auditorium (2575 Sand Hill Road). The event is free; registration is not required. At a first glance, ther galaxy appears to […]

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Secretary of Energy Rick Perry visits SLAC in Menlo Park, tours site of X-ray laser upgrade

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Secretary of Energy Rick Perry visited the U.S. Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park on Wednesday, where he toured the site of a superconducting upgrade to the accelerator that powers the lab’s X-ray laser and met with employees in a town hall meeting. “We enjoyed the opportunity to share with the […]

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Snow and Avalanche Science is USGS topic on March 22

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USGS Physical Scientist Erich Peitzsch will discuss highlights of applied avalanche research and forecasting on March 22 at 7:00 pm. The lecture will take place at Rambo Auditorium/Bldg. 3, 345 Middlefield Rd., Menlo Park.

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Science Night returns to the Menlo Park Library on March 8

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Science Night returns to the Menlo Park Library on March 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Join us for fun and fascination, with exhibits and hands-on activities & experiements aimed at children elementary school age, all the way up to adults. Participating organizations include: – Lawrence Hall of Science – NASA – San Mateo County […]

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Pioneering SLAC physicist Richard Taylor, who won a Nobel Prize, passes away at age 88

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Richard Edward Taylor, one of the pioneering particle physicists working at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, died at his Stanford campus home on February 22 at the age of 88. Taylor was an early user of the 2-mile-long linear accelerator at SLAC and carried out experiments that revealed subatomic particles called quarks […]

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How neuroscience affects learning is M-A parent education talk on Feb. 15

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Melina Encipher, Ph.D.,  of the Institute of Applied Neuroscience (IAN) will talk about The Neuroscience of Learning on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 7:00 pm at the next M-A Parent Education Lecture. Focusing on the the emerging field of educational neuroscience, she will describe how a neuroscientific understanding of learning can shape the future of education. […]

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