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Saturday, February 28
 

8:00am

8:30am

Expanding Your Horizons Conference
About Blaze a trail in science as you enjoy this one-day, hands-on, interactive program that will encourage girls to envision themselves as the next generation of scientific leaders.
http://www.sdsa.org/eyh
Pre-Registration Required Girls in grades 6-10 must pre-register online at SDSA.org by February 13, 2009. Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience Family, Middle School Areas Nature, Engineering, Physical World, Medicine, Science All Around Us Expanding Your Horizons Tags SDSA, workshop, conference, girls, biology, physics, engineering
 
Sunday, March 1
 

8:00am

Cell Culture Art Exhibit - in collaboration with BIOCOM
About Cell Culture: An artistic exhibit featuring miscroscopic research from the San Diego life science community. These amazing images from high-powered laser and electron microscopes detailing microscopic processes inside cells and tissues will be on display at various San Diego Public Library locations, courtesy of BIOCOM and the presenting companies and research labs. Images will be on display March 1 - April 4 at the following library branches: Central (San Diego Downtown), 820 E St., San Diego, CA 92101-6416; La Jolla/Riford Branch, 7555 Draper Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037-4802; North University Community Branch, 8820 Judicial Drive, San Diego, CA 92122-4684. Pre-Registration Required No Links Location Central-Coastal Audience High School, Adults, Family, Teachers, Science Professionals Areas Arts & Humanities BIOCOM Tags art, biology, exhibit

8:00am

Journeyman: the Birth of an Early Videogame
About The Journeyman Project was a computer game released in 1993 by Presto Studios, a pioneering gaming company formed by UCSD alumni and later known for developing the popular Myst game. See a life sized costume from The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time, game design drawings, and clips from the game itself at the UCSD Science & Engineering Library. Also on exhibit in the Science & Engineering Library: A Celebration of UCSD Women in Science and Engineering: UCSD faculty and alumni tell what led them to careers they chose.
http://libraries.ucsd.edu
Pre-Registration Required No Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience Middle School, High School, Adults, Family Areas Engineering UC San Diego Science & Engineering Library Tags Exhibit, UCSD, engineering

8:00am

Buy One Get One Free Coupon from SEA LIFE Aquarium at LEGOLAND® California Resort
About Is an octopus smarter than a fifth grader? Find out at SEA LIFE Aquarium! Meet the giant Pacific red octopus, tunnel through the shark tank, and visit the Ray Lagoon to find a mermaid's purse. We champion the cause of marine conservation through education, awareness, and direct action. Throughout Science Month, enjoy a Buy One Get One Free offer for kids. Pre-Registration Required No Links SEA LIFE Aquarium at LEGOLAND® California Resort
 
Monday, March 2
 

12:30pm

Afternoon Scholars Lecture Series: Music Therapy
About Enjoy music? Ever wonder why its effects are so powerful? Join Tiffany Wyndham of Resounding Joy, Inc. for an interactive program on how music influences our body, emotions, and sense of well being. Bring ideas for discussion about your experiences with music and how it has impacted you or a loved one. Audience: Seniors 65+; Cost: Admission for seniors is $6 and includes gallery access, snacks, lecture and IMAX® film.
http://www.rhfleet.org/education/senior
Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience Adults Areas Arts & Humanities Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

6:30pm

The Chemistry of Love
About What do romantic love, obsessions and melancholy have in common? For centuries the domain of poets and musicians, new research is revealing what lovers have always known: It is a matter of the "right chemistry", but is that all? Join UCSD's Hagop Akiskal for an intriguing exchange on his Ig Nobel winning work. APPROPRIATE FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY. Pre-Registration Required Space is limited. While this event is free of charge, you must pre-register online by February 28, 2009 to secure your seat. Click here to register. Walk-ins welcome if space is available. APPROPRIATE FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Adults, High School Areas Arts & Humanities, Science All Around Us UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry Tags UCSD, Ig Nobel, lecture, discussion, biology, chemistry
 
Tuesday, March 3
 

10:00am

Dumbledore's Transfiguration Class for Master Wizards
NOTE THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY About Explore the science behind the magic at Hogwarts Academy with Muggle, Professor Alan McCormack. Harry Potter's Moaning Myrtle, Fawkes the Phoenix, and Hedwig the Owl will be our guests during this fun magic show that will leave you pondering mysteries. Please note: This event is not open to the public. Participation will be pre-arranged with local schools. Pre-Registration Required No Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Grade School Areas Entertainment, Arts & Humanities, Physical World, Science All Around Us San Diego State University Tags lecture, workshop, SDSU, chemistry, physics

10:30am

Infection Detectors: White Blood Cells
NOTE THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY About How do our bodies protect against infections? Learn about the immune system's sneakiest detectives and how our bodies chase the criminals every instant in our circulatory system! Please note: This event is not open to the public. Participation will be pre-arranged with local schools. Pre-Registration Required No Links Audience Middle School Areas Medicine, Nature, Science All Around Us UCSD Bioengineering Graduate Student Association Tags UCSD, workshop, biology

11:30am

Lunch with a Laureate: Dr. Kurt Wuthrich
NOTE THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY About The Lunch with a Laureate series is a rare opportunity for a small group of middle and high school students to engage in an informal conversation with a Nobel Prize winning Scientist over a brown bag lunch. Please note: This event is not open to the public. The Lunch with a Laureate series is hosted by various school districts throughout the county. Pre-Registration Required No Links Audience Middle School, High School Tags Lunch with a Laureate, lecture, discussion, biology, chemistry, physics
 
Wednesday, March 4
 

2:00pm

The Science of Hidden Prejudices
About Are personal prejudices and stereotyping based on real science? Find out more when SDSU's Dr. Theirry Devos talks about how today's psychologists are looking at issues related to implicit associations related to prejudice, stereotyping, social identity and more. Pre-Registration Required No Links Location Central-Coastal Audience High school, Adults Areas Arts & Humanities, Science All Around Us San Diego Mesa College Tags Mesa College, lecture, psychology, society

4:00pm

The Greenovation Forum: New Sources of Water
About Join a dynamic town hall style meeting that brings together academia, industry, government and the non-profit sector to discuss practical solutions for sustainability. This month's topic: New Sources of Water - Desalination to Re-Use: With demand for water projected to increase, we must explore new sources of potable water. Be part of a discussion and the potential solution for new technologies and innovative methods to meet San Diego's future water needs.
http://esi.ucsd.edu/greenovation
Pre-Registration Required Attendance is free, but attendees are required to RSVP by emailing or calling Michelle Jensen at mijensen@ucsd.edu or 858-822-2521. Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience High school, Adults, Teachers, Science Professionals Areas Nature, Arts & Humanities, Science All Around Us Greenovation Forum Tags UCSD, discussion, water, conservation, biology, society

5:00pm

Powerful Latinas Interview Series
About PowerfulLatinas.com will interview an impressive lineup of Latinas in the sciences during the month of March! Each interview will take place on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. PST, and is broadcast on the internet, as well as on a teleconference line. Listeners can sign up to receive a study guide to follow along with each call, as well as submit questions in real time during the course of the interview on the web. To find out more, go to PowerfulLatinas.com to sign up for the newsletter to be advised of upcoming interviews. The March 4 interview features Marina La Grave - Marina works as a translator and outreach coordinator in The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research's (UCAR's) Education and Outreach group, a close team of scientists and educators who strive to build bridges between NCAR's (National Center for Atmospheric Research) scientific research and K-12 education. She does everything from organizing workshops for bilingual science teachers to traveling to Mexico to help scientists from around the world share their research with teachers and students during a major field study of air pollution. She was in Mexico for the spring 2007 joint assembly in Acapulco of the American Geophysical Union and participating societies from across Latin America, for example.
http://www.PowerfulLatinas.com
Pre-Registration Required To log in to the teleconference, visit http://instantTeleseminar.com/?eventid=6161241; dial info: 419-400-0202 / 127976# or sign up for the newsletter at PowerfulLatinas.com Links | Link to Audience High School, Adults, Science Professionals, Teachers PowerfulLatinas.com Tags online interview

5:30pm

Exploring Ethics: Our Robots, Our Selves
About Will your robots be your best friends forever-BFF-or best enemies forever-BEF? In Scientific American 2008, Bill Gates has called for a robot in every home by 2020. How are we going to live with them? In Japan, South Korea, and Norway, robots are quickly becoming the companions of the elderly, in some sense their friends. Georgia Tech roboticists have announced a new model that fetches objects for the elderly, while pet robotic seals have become increasingly popular among the elderly in Norway. Robots from the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla compete in robo-soccer games against Carnegie-Mellon. Soon they will be providing a similar role for children. Robots-some built by the same company that makes the robotic home vacuum, the Roomba-have quickly become the infantryman's friend in Iraq and Afghanistan, ready to risk their existence to blow up enemy bombs or provide real-time battlefield intelligence. Some of us feel great affection toward our robotic vacuums that clean our floors with unerring regularity-and we wish others in our lives displayed a similar dependability. In South Korea, robotic machine guns are installed along the DMZ to automatically repel any invaders from the north. Autonomous robotic systems now oversee parallel parking in some new cars, and other autonomous systems are integrated into cruise control to automatically slow down your car when it gets too close to the vehicle ahead of it. Is the car itself becoming a robot, transforming us from drivers to passengers? Will this be a metaphor for larger transformations in our lives? Join us and our panel of experts for a discussion of the role of robots in our lives. What would it mean to have a good life together with robots? What are the possible gains? The risks? The panelists include: Vernor Vinge, Science Fiction Author; Larry Hinman, University of San Diego; Third panelist, to be named. The program and parking are free but please RSVP by March 2.
http://ethicscenter.net/Events/FleetProgram/Robots.html
Pre-Registration Required To RSVP, go to ethicscenter.net. Once we receive your RSVP, we will send a confirmation with driving and parking details. We recommend that you arrive at the event by 5 p.m. Only those who have RSVP'd will be allowed to go in at that time. At 5:15 p.m. we will open the Lecture Hall to walk-ins and those not on the RSVP list. Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience High-school, Adults, Teachers, Science Professionals Areas Arts & Humanities, Business & Innovation, Engineering, Science All Around Us The Ethics Center in collaboration with the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Tags lecture, discussion, UCSD, society, ethics, robotics, engineering

6:30pm

Dumbledore's Transfiguration Class: Scintillating Science and Magic from Harry Potter
About Teachers, Mentors, Youth Group leaders: Spice up your wizardry in this special teacher training class on the science behind the magic of Harry Potter with Muggle, Professor Alan McCormack. Alan McCormack has been a full-time science teacher and part-time magical performer for more than 30 years. His life-long quest has been to find ways to incorporate theatrical magic techniques into science teaching to motivate, stimulate imagination, develop science concepts, and invent mind-warping simulations. In this session, Alan McCormack will use episodes from the Harry Potter books as starting points for science lessons. Moaning Myrtle and Fawkes the Phoenix will open doorways to understanding of thermal convection currents. Unicorn Fur will be used as an entree into static electricity concepts. Professor Snape's Potions will provide opportunities to illustrate some principles of chemistry. And, higher-order thinking skills will be stimulated in a demonstration of The Enchanted Teapot. Techniques of showmanship, story telling, and use of highly-visual apparatus will emphasize motivation, concept development, and the potential overall fun involved in merging science lessons with children's literature. Pre-Registration Required Space is limited. While this event is free of charge, you must pre-register online by March 2, 2009 to secure your seat. Click here to register. Walk-ins welcome if space is available. Links Location East County Audience Teachers, Adults Areas Entertainment, Physical World, Arts & Humanities, Science all around us San Diego State University Tags SDSU, workshop, chemistry, physics
 
Thursday, March 5
 

10:30am

Creation by Evolution
NOTE THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY About This workshop introduces new ways of dealing with such fundamental questions as How old is the Universe? How can there be something out of nothing? The core of the workshop is the use of a linear time line to illustrate the amazing growth of complexity along otherwise unimaginable expanses of time. The wide-ranging session brings in elements of particle physics, cosmology, astrophysics, astrochemistry, biology and astrobiology alongside links to art, philosophy, myth and religion. The presenter, Dr. Francisco Diego, is a world-renowned educator based in the UK. He is a professor with the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at University College London (Observatory), and the Vice President of the Association for Astronomy Education (AAE). Participation will be pre-arranged with local schools. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience High school, teachers Areas Physical World, Nature, Science All Around Us Tags school field trip, workshop, biology, chemistry, physics, evolution

4:00pm

Film Screening and Discussion: Future Conditional
About How can we cope with the spread of toxic pollution? Join Mesa College Professor Don Barrie for a preview of the stunning film, Future Conditional, and a candid discussion on the link between environmental change, how to handle the spread of toxic pollution, and the future health of our planet. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience High school, Adults Areas Nature, Science All Around Us, Business & Innovation San Diego Mesa College Tags Mesa College, lecture, conservation, environment, chemistry
 
Friday, March 6
 

9:00am

Tech Trends - presented by San Diego Science Festival and Microsoft
About Are you a high school or college student with a passion for the future of technology? Are you interested in learning about advancements in technology? Join Sam Stokes, Microsoft Academic Evangelist, for a Technology Seminar to learn what it takes to succeed in today's workforce; learn the importance of basic technology skills to jumpstart your career after college; get a firsthand look at the latest technology trends; and learn how you can become more invovled in the innovation process. Enjoy hands- on demonstrations of latest technology including Silverlight, CSI Photosynth, Xbox and Mobile phones and the opportunity to network with Microsoft employees with a focus on innovation. Pre-Registration Required Space is limited. While this event is free of charge, you must pre-register online by March 3, 2009 to secure your seat. Click here to register. Walk-ins welcome if space is available. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience High School, Adults, Teachers Areas Engineering, Science All Around Us Microsoft Tags careers, engineering, business, innovation

9:00am

Become a Scientist for a Day!
About Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego's National Park, is home to sensitive Coastal Mediterranean and fascinating rocky intertidal habitats. Join staff marine ecologist Dr. Benjamin Pister and the Cabrillo National Monument tidepool monitoring team for a unique, behind the scenes, hands-on look at this important component of the Vital Signs Monitoring Program at San Diego's National Park. Learn how park scientists and visiting researchers study and care for plants, reptiles and amphibians, small mammals, birds, terrestrial and marine invertebrates, lichens, weather, water and air quality. This is a unique opportunity for 6 volunteers (2 per day) to work alongside Dr. Benjamin Pister and his team. Pre-Registration Required Space is very limited and you must apply by February 15, 2009, to be considered. To apply, please send an email to Benjamin_Pister@nps.gov. Subject Line: Become a Scientist for a Day! In your email, please indicate your availability between March 6-8, explain why you would like to participate in this program, and include your name, phone number and e-mail address. Participants must be 18 years or over and must sign a National Park Service Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) Agreement to participate. Contact person, Dr. Benjamin Pister, tel. 619-523-4582 or email Benjamin_Pister@nps.gov. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Adults Areas Nature Cabrillo National Monument Tags Cabrillo National Monument, biology, environment, conservation, water, wildlife, workshop
 
Saturday, March 7
 

9:00am

2009 Walk the Watershed, Chollas Creek
About San Diego Coastkeeper and Groundwork San Diego-Chollas are proud to present the 2nd Annual Walk the Watershed - an outdoor, fun, interactive, and free event that will introduce and connect community members to one of San Diego's most unique watersheds. During this short walk, participants will take the scenic route following Chollas Creek upstream, through rare Cactus Wren habitat and the restoration and community enhancement projects of local organizations. At the end of the tour, food and educational outreach will be provided with African Dance, Recycling, composting workshops and much more. Walk begins at the four acre open space parcel adjacent to Millenial Technology School and ends at Market Creek Plaza. Walk 9:00am - 11:00am. Festival 11:00am - 1:00pm.
http://www.sdcoastkeeper.org
Pre-Registration Required For more information on Walk the Watershed contact Sarah Blakeslee at sarah@sdcoastkeeper.org or 619.758.7743 ext. 115 Links | Link to Location East County Audience Family, Adults, Middle School, High School Areas Nature San Diego Coastkeeper and Groundwork San Diego-Chollas Tags conservation, water, wildlife, biology

9:00am

Estuary Explorers
About Teachers, step into the world of a field biologist in this hands-on training. Experience the estuary - pinch plants that adapt to salt, catch plankton, observe birds, and travel through a watershed. After you're done, you can bring your students on the exploration too! Links Location South County Audience Teachers Areas Nature, Science All Around Us Tijuana Estuary Tags Tijuana Estuary, teacher workshop, biology, environment, conservation, water, wildlife

9:00am

Become a Scientist for a Day!
About Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego's National Park, is home to sensitive Coastal Mediterranean and fascinating rocky intertidal habitats. Join staff rine ecologist Dr. Benjamin Pister and the Cabrillo National Monument tidepool monitoring team for a unique, behind the scenes, hands-on look at this important component of the Vital Signs Monitoring Program at San Diego's National Park. Learn how park scientists and visiting researchers study and care for plants, reptiles and amphibians, small mammals, birds, terrestrial and marine invertebrates, lichens, weather, water and air quality. This is a unique opportunity for 6 volunteers (2 per day) to work alongside Dr. Benjamin Pister and his team. Pre-Registration Required Space is very limited and you must apply by February 15, 2009, to be considered. To apply, please send an email to Benjamin_Pister@nps.gov. Subject Line: Become a Scientist for a Day! In your email, please indicate your availability between March 6-8, explain why you would like to participate in this program, and include your name, phone number and e-mail address. Participants must be 18 years or over and must sign a National Park Service Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) Agreement to participate. Contact person, Dr. Benjamin Pister, tel. 619-523-4582 or email Benjamin_Pister@nps.gov. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Adults Areas Nature Cabrillo National Monument Tags Cabrillo National Monument, biology, environment, conservation, water, wildlife, workshop

10:00am

The Mummy Mystery: How Science Unwraps the Past
About As part of the Museum's Explorer Saturdays series, kids will learn about some of the Museum's own mummies, how and why mummies were created, and how modern science is used to unwrap mummy mysteries. Provide a detailed description of your proposed event. San Diego's Museum of Man has a unique collection of mummies, coffins, amulets, and other artifacts associated with the Ancient Egyptian art of mummification on display. Modern technology such as CAT Scans helps archaeologists and researchers learn more about mummies without damaging them. Young explorers can hear about the process of mummification and find out what we know about the Museum's mummies from past investigations. Kids can then complete their own investigation and make a mummy amulet to take home with them. How does your event/program celebrate science and technology in ways that combine spirit, interactivity and audience appeal? This program shows how science can suplement our understanding of the past by providing new lines of evidence. Mummies are fun to look at, but when we peer inside of them using X-rays, CAT Scans, and other techniques, we can learn a world of information that was not available before. Visitors will come to see our 3,000 year-old mummies as real people through the details of their lives that we can uncover through their remains.
http://www.museumofman.org
Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience Family, Grade School Museum of Man

1:00pm

Biosciences Day at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
About The Fleet is partnering with several local researchers to bring an extravaganza of hands-on bioscience activities. Extract DNA, use micropipettes, handle microscopes, and more! Learn about electrophoresis, model organisms, the nervous system, protein isolation, and aquatic organisms. Plus, interact with scientists and students from UCSD, the Salk Institute, The Scripps Research Institute and Arroyo Paseo Charter High School. Cost: Free with admission.
http://www.rhfleet.org/education/weekendprograms
Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience Family, Adults, Science Professionals Areas Science All Around Us Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
 
Sunday, March 8
 

9:00am

Become a Scientist for a Day!
About Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego's National Park, is home to sensitive Coastal Mediterranean and fascinating rocky intertidal habitats. Join staff rine ecologist Dr. Benjamin Pister and the Cabrillo National Monument tidepool monitoring team for a unique, behind the scenes, hands-on look at this important component of the Vital Signs Monitoring Program at San Diego's National Park. Learn how park scientists and visiting researchers study and care for plants, reptiles and amphibians, small mammals, birds, terrestrial and marine invertebrates, lichens, weather, water and air quality. This is a unique opportunity for 6 volunteers (2 per day) to work alongside Dr. Benjamin Pister and his team. Pre-Registration Required Space is very limited and you must apply by February 15, 2009, to be considered. To apply, please send an email to Benjamin_Pister@nps.gov. Subject Line: Become a Scientist for a Day! In your email, please indicate your availability between March 6-8, explain why you would like to participate in this program, and include your name, phone number and e-mail address. Participants must be 18 years or over and must sign a National Park Service Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) Agreement to participate. Contact person, Dr. Benjamin Pister, tel. 619-523-4582 or email Benjamin_Pister@nps.gov. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Adults Areas Nature Cabrillo National Monument Tags Cabrillo National Monument, biology, environment, conservation, water, wildlife, workshop

9:30am

NanoArt
About The invisible is made visible in this unique exhibit of NanoArt, a new art discipline that captures and visualizes nanoscale structures in aesthetically pleasing works of art. Exhibit available daily March 8-April 4. Call library at 858-573-5007 for hours of operation. Pre-Registration Required No Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Middle School, High School, Adults, Science Professionals Areas Arts & Humanities NanoTecNexus Tags art, exhibit
 
Monday, March 9
 

8:00am

4:00pm

Endangered!
About Interact with scientists at the Beckman Center for Conservation Research at the Wild Animal Park as they demonstrate state-of-the-art methods for rescuing and saving endangered species and their habitats. Target audience is 5th graders and up. This event is free of charge and no pre-registration is required. The event will be held at the Beckman Center for Conservation Research, headquarters for the research arm of the San Diego Zoo. Attendees will drive to the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park in Escondido as they normally would (signs posted from Interstate 15), but instead of turning left into the Main Park Entrance, they will continue east on the highway to the very next left turn (there is a driveway there with a closed gate). An employee at the gate will let visitors through, but just in case, attendees can press the button labeled ""Beckman Center"" on the keypad to the left of the driveway and someone will answer and be able to open the gate (there will also be posted directions there at the gate). Once inside the gate, attendees need to make an immediate left turn, and the Beckman Center is the last building on the right; there will be plenty of parking right out front of the building.
http://www.zooconservation.org
Pre-Registration Required This event is limited to 100 attendees. Attendees are requested to RSVP directly to Maggie Reinbold at mreinbold@sandiegozoo.org Links | Link to Location East County, North County Audience Grade School, Middle School, High School, Family, Teachers Areas Nature The San Diego Zoo's Conservation and Research for Endangered Species (CRES) Tags biology, wildlife, conservation

6:30pm

The Science of Running a Marathon
About From the time the ancient Greek runner Pheidippides ran from Sparta to marathon to announce the Greeks' victory in the Peloponnesian War, humans have had a compelling interest with endurance. There are more than 300 marathons in the U.S. each year, including San Diego's own Rock 'n' Roll marathon, with more than 400,000 people running them. It's an understatement to say that running a marathon has become very popular. However, most people who run a marathon have little running experience and don't know how to adequately prepare for such a big event. This workshop will discuss the science of running a marathon to give people that guidance so that they can be successful. Pre-Registration Required Space is limited. While this event is free of charge, you must pre-register online by March 7, 2009 to secure your seat. Click here to register. Walk-ins welcome if space is available. Links Location Central-Coastal, North County Audience Adults, High School Areas Medicine, Science All Around Us RunCoachJason.com Tags biology, physiology, sports, lecture

6:30pm

Perspectives on Ocean Science: Life in the Extreme: The Rock Bottom of Antarctica's Food Chain
About Hubert Staudigel, Geologist and Antarctic Expedition Leader Recent discoveries from seafloor and other rocks suggest that Earth's crust might be host to vast, unexplored ecosystems of microbes. Join Hubert Staudigel as he describes his recent expedition to Antarctica and how he is exploring inhospitable environments for microbes that may provide clues to the early history of life on Earth. Free for Members, $8 for non-members.
http://aquarium.ucsd.edu/Calendar/index.php?date=2009-03-09#1740
Pre-Registration Required Pre-registration required. Click here to register. Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience Middle School, High School, Adults, Teachers, Science Professionals Areas Nature Birch Aquarium
 
Tuesday, March 10
 

8:00am

Picturing the Process: Exploring the Art and Science of Photography
About As part of an ongoing series of education-based exhibitions, The Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) will be presenting an exhibition entitled, Picturing the Process: Exploring the Art and Science of Photography. The Industrial Revolution of the nineteenth century brought thousands of commercial and scientific innovations, including photography. Since its infancy, a number of inventors and discoveries have led to the modern state of photography. Utilizing MoPA's permanent collection, this exhibition will examine the ever growing relationship between the field science and the art of photography. Comprised of innovators of the medium, both famous and unknown, this exhibition will include photographic works from the mid-nineteenth to the early twenty-first century. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Adults Areas Arts & Humanities The Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) Tags art

10:00am

All About Color
About Come and listen to readings from "Mouse Paint: The Color Kittens" and other books about the concept of color. The readings will be followed by the children painting their own masterpieces. No registration is required. Links Location South County, East County Audience Family Areas Arts & Humanities Tags art
 
Wednesday, March 11
 

8:30am

March of Dimes Salk Symposium
About High school students and teachers are invited to join leading research professionals in the biological sciences fields of genetics, developmental biology, teratology and birth defects, and various March of Dimes health campaign issues at the 34th Annual Salk Symposium. A highlight of the symposium is the panel of high school students living with a birth defect who will discuss their challenges and success of living with their conditions. For more information, please contact the March of Dimes, Director of Program Services at via email at nsmith@marchofdimes.com or 858/ 576-1211 ext. 217. The event is open only to teachers and high school students in San Diego-Imperial Counties. Registration forms will be sent to all school biology teachers, principals, and counselors. Registration forms will also be available online at www.marchofdimes.com/ca the week of January 12th, 2009. The cost is $8 and student registration and payment must be made by Friday, February 28th 2009. There will be no day of event payments or registration. All payments must be via personal check or cash only and are sent to our office at the following address: March of Dimes, 9325 Sky Park Court, Suite 250, San Diego, CA 92123. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Teachers, High school Areas Medicine, Science All Around Us March of Dimes Tags Salk Institute, conference, biology, neuroscience, genetics, disease, health, society

8:30am

San Diego Science Alliance High Tech Fair
NOTE THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY About Learn the cool applications behind those text book concepts when fifty of San Diego's most exciting companies converge on the Del Mar Fairgrounds and strut their stuff to middle and high school students. Schools must pre-register by Jan. 30, 2009.
http://www.sdsa.org/pub/sdsa_docs/programs/high_tech.htm
Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal, North County Audience Family, middle school, high school Areas Engineering, Physical World, Medicine, Science All Around Us San Diego Science Alliance Tags SDSA, high-tech, school field trip, workshop

5:00pm

Powerful Latinas Interview Series
About PowerfulLatinas.com will interview an impressive lineup of Latinas in the sciences during the month of March! Each interview will take place on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. PST, and is broadcast on the internet, as well as on a teleconference line. Listeners can sign up to receive a study guide to follow along with each call, as well as submit questions in real time during the course of the interview on the web. To find out more, go to PowerfulLatinas.com to sign up for the newsletter to be advised of upcoming interviews. The March 11 interview features Ines Cifuentes - Dr. Cifuentes, a Ph.D. in Seismology, and former Director of the Carnegie Academy for Science Education (CASE) won the 2008 Hispanic Heritage Award for Math and Science in recognition of her role in creating CASE. Now at the American Geophysical Union, Ines won the 2006 National Hispanic Scientist of the Year award from the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, Florida.
http://www.PowerfulLatinas.com
Pre-Registration Required To log in to the teleconference, visit http://instantTeleseminar.com/?eventid=6161367; dial info: 419-400-0202 / 127976# or sign up for the newsletter at PowerfulLatinas.com Links | Link to Audience High School, Adults, Science Professionals, Teachers PowerfulLatinas.com Tags online interview

6:00pm

The Evolution of Music
About Music puzzled Darwin because it is a human universal but serves no obvious biological function. Is music an evolutionary adaptation? Or is it a byproduct of our intelligent brains? Join Aniruddh Patel of The Neurosciences Institute for a new perspective on these questions from the standpoint of modern neuroscience. Pre-Registration Required Space is limited. While this event is free of charge, you must pre-register online by March 9, 2009 to secure your seat. Click here to register. Walk-ins welcome if space is available. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Adults, Family, Science Professionals Areas Medicine, Arts & Humanities, Nature, Science All Around Us The Neurosciences Institute Tags music, neuroscience, evolution, Darwin, genetics, biology, society, lecture

6:30pm

Create a Critter
About Children will learn about different animal characteristics and environments, make their own craft "critter", and then sing along with Garit about the animals. No registration required. Designed for preschool through grade school children. Pre-Registration Required Call 858-538-8159 for more information. Links Location North County Audience Family, Grade School Areas Nature, Physical World

6:30pm

The Science of Exercise and Weight Loss
About With its documented capacity to lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and body fat, and increase bone density, metabolism, and self-esteem, exercise is the best medicine. But when you consider all the different components of an exercise program, from target heart rate to building biceps, you practically need a Ph.D. to understand it all to get the results you want. Exercise physiologist and coach Dr. Jason Karp, Ph.D., owner of RunCoachJason.com, will answer all of your exercise and fitness questions, debunk exercise myths, and help you understand the science of exercise so that you can become empowered to lose weight and become the most fit you've ever been! Pre-Registration Required Space is limited. While this event is free of charge, you must pre-register online by March 9, 2009 to secure your seat. Click here to register. Links Audience high school, adults, teachers, science professionals Areas Medicine, Science All Around Us RunCoachJason.com Tags lecture, discussion, workshop, health
 
Thursday, March 12
 

3:30pm

What's the Danger in Being Endangered?
About San Diego County has more endangered species than any other area of its size in North America. Investigate one of the sensitive birds at the Tijuana Estuary - what scientists know about then and how they study them. Links Location South County Audience Grade School Areas Nature, Science All Around Us Tijuana Estuary Tags Tijuana Estuary, biology, conservation, environment, wildlife, workshop

6:30pm

The American Nerd
About Join critically acclaimed writer, Benjamin Nugent, the author of American Nerd: The Story of My People -- a cultural history of the nerd -- for a reading, booksigning and discussion. The Los Angeles Times called it "One of the season's most talked-about cultural studies." He'll speak about how the modern concept of the nerd evolved during the 19th and 20th centuries, and how the presentation of the nerd in popular culture has changed over the past several decades. Pre-Registration Required Space is limited. While this event is free of charge, you must pre-register online by March 10, 2009 to secure your seat. Click here to register. Walk-ins welcome if space is available. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience High School, Adults, Teachers, Science Professionals Areas Entertainment, Arts & Humanities, Science All Around Us Benjamin Nugent Tags reading, discussion, society, biology, chemistry, physics, engineering
 
Friday, March 13
 

4:00pm

What's Mitochondrial Got to Do with It?
About Cells live and cells die. What does mitochondrial structure and function play in the life and death of cells, and why should we care? Find out more when SDSU's Dr. Terry Frey discusses the role of mitochondria and his research findings on the structural study of mitochondria. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience High school, Adults Areas Nature, Medicine San Diego Mesa College Tags Mesa College, lecture, discussion, genetics, biology
 
Saturday, March 14
 

8:00am

San Diego Math Field Day
About The pressure's on when middle school students have a field day with problems and puzzles posed by college professors. Let's see"? if the ratio of bananas to pears in a basket of fruit is 3 to 4, and if there are 58 bananas and pears in the basket"? how many are pears? Learn how to have fun with numbers on this event sponsored by the Greater San Diego Area Math Council (GSDMC). Links San Diego Mesa College Tags Mesa College, school field trip, workshop, th

9:00am

T Minus 10 Seconds to Launch ... All Systems Go!
About Get inspired and explore the outer horizons with the amazing hobby of model rocketry. Join DART (Diego Area Rocket Team) as they launch rockets from Fiesta Island. Safety briefing at 8:30am.
http://www.dartrocketry.com
Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience Middle School, High School, Adults, Family Areas Engineering, Physical World, Entertainment, Science All Around Us DART Tags engineering, aerospace

10:00am

Botball Robotics Tournament
About Hold on to your lug nuts as you watch the Super Bowl of high-tech, high energy robotics competition.
http://www.botball.org/current-season/SCA/
Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience High School, Teachers Areas Engineering, Entertainment, Science All Around Us San Diego Science Alliance Tags SDSA, robotics, competition, exhibit

12:00pm

Saturday Science Club for Girls: Forces of Nature
About Each Saturday session will be filled with new challenges, hands-on activities and interaction with local women scientists. This month, explore the challenges facing earth scientists while designing monitoring devices for volcanoes and creating earthquake-proof buildings. Cost: Science Center members $10 per person; nonmembers $12 per person; Audience: 5th - 8th grade girls.
http://www.rhfleet.org/education/SatSciClub
Pre-Registration Required Pre-registration required: Please call (619) 238-1233 ext. 802 to make reservations. Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience Family, Middle School Areas Science All Around Us Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

1:00pm

Science Saturday!
About Come help us celebrate science. Learn the difference between a physical reaction and a chemical reaction, make a potato clock, and be amazed by a Van de Graaff generator demonstration! Free with price of admisson ($5).
http://www.escondidochildrensmuseum.org/
Links | Link to Location North County Audience Family, Grade School, Middle School Areas Science All Around Us Escondido Children's Museum Tags Escondido Children's Museum, workshop
 
Monday, March 16
 

8:00am

1:00pm

Social Psychology Lecture: Report Card on Bullying
About Bullying is a serious issue that comes in many forms affecting millions of students of all classes and races. Learn from SDSU's Dr. Audrey Hokoda about how to develop community and university partnerships, and school-based interventions that can be implemented to curb bullying and teen relationship violence. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Adults San Diego Mesa College Tags Mesa College, lecture, psychology, society

7:00pm

Contagious!
About Join New York Times Bestselling Author Scott Sigler as he reads from his hard-science thriller Contagious. The sequel to Infected, Contagious follows the spread of a pathogen as it changes normal people into raving mad killers infected by sentient alien parasites. Sigler writes scientifically accurate, action-oriented thrillers all based in real world science: no magic, zombies, vampires, or supernatural elements. In Contagious, he takes a similar concept of a virus hijacking the cellular reproductive system to the macro organic level, and uses it to terraform the human body: reprogramming biologic maintenance systems to turn the infected into human factories that create complex organic Von Neumann Machines. By taking what our bodies do every day (cellular reproduction) and adding robotic self-assembly made biologic, Sigler places science fiction squarely in the realm of real world science. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Adults Areas Arts & Humanities Author Scott Sigler Tags biology, health, reading

7:30pm

Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives
About Join author and neuroscientist David Eagleman for a discussion and book signing of "Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives". Sum is a dazzling exploration of funny and unexpected afterlives that have never been considered, each presented as a vignette that offers us a stunning lens through which to see ourselves here and now. These wonderfully imagined tales, at once funny, wistful, and unsettling, are rooted in science, romance, and awe at our mysterious existence: a mixture of death, hope, computers, immortality, love, biology, and desire that exposes radiant new facets of our humanity. This event is free and open to the public. Pre-Registration Required For more information, please call the store at (858) 454-0347. Links Location Central-Coastal, North County Audience Adults, Middle School, High School, Teachers Areas Physical World, Nature
 
Tuesday, March 17
 

8:00am

Picturing the Process: Exploring the Art and Science of Photography
About As part of an ongoing series of education-based exhibitions, The Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) will be presenting an exhibition entitled, Picturing the Process: Exploring the Art and Science of Photography. The Industrial Revolution of the nineteenth century brought thousands of commercial and scientific innovations, including photography. Since its infancy, a number of inventors and discoveries have led to the modern state of photography. Utilizing MoPA's permanent collection, this exhibition will examine the ever growing relationship between the field science and the art of photography. Comprised of innovators of the medium, both famous and unknown, this exhibition will include photographic works from the mid-nineteenth to the early twenty-first century. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Adults Areas Arts & Humanities The Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) Tags art

9:00am

San Diego Center for Molecular Agriculture 2009 Symposium: Water: plants, agriculture and society
About Where will our water come from in 2050? Explore the amazing world of water from the molecular structure, to the way plants respond to drought conditions, to the global water situation. After participating in this all-day program, you'll never look at water the same way again. Pre-Registration Required Registration Fee: $25 for UCSD/Salk/Scripps affiliates; $100 for general public. To register Click here Links Location Central-Coastal Audience High School, Adults, Teachers, Science Professionals Areas Nature, Business & Innovation, Physcial World, Science All Around Us San Diego Center for Molecular Agriculture Tags UCSD, water, conservation, environment, biology, chemistry, physics

10:00am

The Nutrition Train
About The Community Actor's Theater presents "The Nutrition Train", an entertaining look at proper nutrition. No registration required. Designed for ages 3-5. Links Location South County, East County Audience Family, Grade School Areas Physical World, Science all Around us

3:30pm

Marsh Madness
About Experience the world of an estuary - where the river meets the sea - the most productive natural habitat on the planet! You'll meet marsh species small and large, see science in action, and discover the many values of wetlands. Migrate on by for a few minutes or extend your stay. Links Location South County Audience Family, Grade School, Middle School, High School, Adults, Teachers, Science Professionals Areas Nature, Science All Around Us Tijuana Estuary Tags Tijuana Estuary, biology, conservation, environment, wildlife, workshop

6:30pm

Nerd, Nerd Go Away
About What's wrong with Ichabod Crane? Why doesn't Lois ever recognize Superman when he is pretending to be Clark Kent? Clinical-developmental psychologist David Anderegg, author of Nerds: Who They Are and Why We Need More of Them answers these and other questions as he joins a panel of local science and math teachers to discuss social stereotypes and how they affect our kids. Pre-Registration Required Space is limited. Click here to register. Walk-ins welcome. Links Location East County Audience Teachers, Adults, High School, Science Professionals Areas Science All Around Us, Entertainment, Arts & Humanities David Anderegg Tags reading, discussion, society, biology, chemistry, physics, engineering
 
Wednesday, March 18
 

5:00pm

Powerful Latinas Interview Series
About PowerfulLatinas.com will interview an impressive lineup of Latinas in the sciences during the month of March! Each interview will take place on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. PST, and is broadcast on the internet, as well as on a teleconference line. Listeners can sign up to receive a study guide to follow along with each call, as well as submit questions in real time during the course of the interview on the web. To find out more, go to PowerfulLatinas.com to sign up for the newsletter to be advised of upcoming interviews. The March 18 interview features Adriana Manzi - Adriana E. Manzi, Ph.D. has over 25 years of experience in biomolecules R&D. She is President and Principal Consultant of Manzi & Associates where her consulting work has spun the areas of recombinant proteins, dendritic cell vaccines, biosimilars, analytical methods, CMC, and selection and management of CMOs. Previously, as Sr. Director of Research for Baxter Healthcare Corp. Dr. Manzi was responsible for the design and execution of the analytical component of bio-pharmaceutical development leading 35 scientists supporting global programs.
http://www.PowerfulLatinas.com
Pre-Registration Required To log in to the teleconference, visit http://instantTeleseminar.com/?eventid=6161430; dial info: 419-400-0202 / 127976# or sign up for the newsletter at PowerfulLatinas.com Links | Link to Audience High School, Adults, Science Professionals, Teachers PowerfulLatinas.com Tags online interview

5:30pm

The Science of Wine
About Heard the news? Red wine has anti-aging properties. Learn about the science of taste perception and recent scientific discoveries and ancient beliefs about red wine, all while sipping several carefully chosen vintages. Presenters include Tanya Ditschun, Ph.D., head of the Sensory Science group at Senomyx, Inc., who will speak about the science of taste testing, and Joseph P. Noel, Professor, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, who will be speaking about the Science of Wine, followed by tutored Wine Tastings by Anita Busquets and Aline Thiebaut, Elixirs du Monde, Inc. Generously hosted by Alexandria Real Estate and Equities Inc. Registration starts at 5:30pm. Please note: Participants must be 21 and over. Pre-Registration Required This event is SOLD OUT.We hope to see you at other Festival events. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Adults Areas Science All Around Us, Arts & Humanities, Entertainment, Business & Innovation, Medicine Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. in partnership with Senomyx, Inc. Tags UCSD, Salk Institute, lecture, tasting, biology

6:30pm

Afoot and Afield: San Diego County
About Join local author Jerry Schad for an informational slideshow presentation about hiking and walking in San Diego County. Please join us after the program for free refreshments. Pre-Registration Required Free presentation. Call 858-581-9935 for more information. Links Location North County Audience Adults Areas Nature, Physical World
 
Thursday, March 19
 

9:30am

Kyoto Laureate Symposium
About Dr. Richard Karp of U.C. Berkeley will be recognized for receiving the Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology on the campus of San Diego State University. Dr. Karp is the nation's leading creator of computer algorithms that model the physical and biological environments. He will speak about the development of algorithms and the uses to which they are put in our daily lives. Dr. Karp's lecture will be followed by a brief presentation by Dr. Andrew Viterbi (co-founder of Qualcomm) on how Dr. Karp's algorithms have shaped our modern world. Pre-Registration Required This event is free of charge, however, registration is requested at kyotoprize.org Links Location East County Audience High School, Adults, Teachers, Science Professionals SDSU

3:30pm

Pollution Solutions
About Will our beaches and estuaries be under water in 40 years? How will this affect you and wildlife? What can YOU do to reverse the trend? Links Location South County Audience Grade School Areas Nature Tijuana Estuary Tags Tijuana Estuary, biology, conservation, environment, wildlife, workshop

6:30pm

The Science of Beer
About Extra, Extra. This just in. The same yeast used to make your favorite beer is helping to find the cure for cancer. Learn about the colorful history of beer up-to and including the latest findings in yeast genetics, all while sampling some great beers and nibbling on some light appetizers. Oh, and we encourage you to chew on this new information by staying for dinner. Please note: Participants must be 21 and over. Pre-Registration Required This event is SOLD OUT. We look forward to seeing you at other Festival events. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Adults Areas Nature, Business & Innovation, Physcial World, Science All Around Us Rock Bottom Brewery Tags lecture, tasting, biology
 
Friday, March 20
 

1:00pm

Evolutionary Origins of Art and Aesthetics
About How does the human mind create and appreciate art? Is art and appreciation uniquely human? Come explore these profound questions. Symposium Chair: Jean-Pierre Changeux, Pasteur Institute: Rules and Constraints of Artistic Creation: The Neurobiologist Viewpoint; SPEAKERS: Antonio Damasio, University of Southern California: Art and Emotions; Helen Fisher, Rutgers University: Art, Emotion and Romantic Love; Jean-Jacques Hublin, Max Planck Institute: Neanderthal Art; Randall White, New York University: Paleolithic Art; Patricia Kuhl, University of Washington: Aesthetics in Bird Song and Human Development; Isabelle Peretz, University of Montreal: The Emotional Power of Music; Daniel Povinelli, University of Louisiana: A Critical Analysis of Claims for the Production of Art by Other Animals; Vilayanur S. Ramachandran, University of California, San Diego: Aesthetic Universals and the Neurology of Art.
http://carta.anthropogeny.org
Pre-Registration Required Admission is free, but registration is required by sending an e-mail to: CARTAADMIN@ucsd.edu and indicating the number of people who will be attending. Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience Science Professionals, Adults Areas Arts & Humanities, Nature, Science All Around Us CARTA - Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny Tags UCSD, Salk Institute, evolution, Darwin, society, biology, art

7:00pm

Grossmont College Science Festival
About The Grossmont College Science Festival celebrates the importance of science in our everyday lives and inspires the next generation of science leaders, in particular, future Grossmont College students. Events begin Friday, March 20 at 7 p.m. The main festival exhibits and sessions take place Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival will feature interactive projects and exhibits to be experienced by the whole family and students of all ages, including demonstrations, hands-on projects, science exhibits, stargazing, real science, Sci-Fi films, careers in science, speakers, tours of Grossmont College's high tech buildings, and much more.
http://www.grossmont.edu/sciencefestival/default.asp
Links | Link to Location East County Audience Family, Middle School, High School, Teachers Grossmont College Tags biology, physics, chemistry, exhibit
 
Saturday, March 21
 

9:00am

Teacher Workshop: More Fun With Gene
About Middle and high school life science teachers: join our MORE FUN WITH GENE workshop covering simple, fun genetics and biotechnology activities you can use in your classroom. The workshop will include DNA-related games, models, solving forensic cases, DNA cloning, searching Genbank database, and more. Presenters: Drs. Celeste Bailey and Lucy Eskeland of Science2Discover, Ms. Debbie Culley of Santa Fe Christian Schools. Note: This workshop may be counted towards professional development credits. Please check with your school or school district. Pre-Registration Required To register, either call 888-359-6075, or send an email to info@science2discover.com and type the word WORKSHOP in the Subject area of the e-mail. Please provide your name, the grade you teach, and the name of your school. Links Location North County Audience Teachers Areas Arts & Humanities, Science All Around Us, Medicine Science2Discover Tags workshop, biology

9:00am

Quail Botanical Gardens' Annual Herb Festival
About Explore the world of herbs at Quail Botanical Gradens' Annual Herb Festival. The two-day event features numerous lectures, workshops and children's activities: Chemist and aspiring chef Mary Dralle will talk about The Chemistry of Eggs Florentine and Rosemary Potatoes, and herbalist Charlotte Tenney will speak on The Science of Herbs. Then listen to Dr. Robert Bonakdar, Director of Pain Management at the Scripps Center of Integrative Medicine as he addresses herbs and pain management. On Saturday, March 21, from 11am - 2pm, children's activities include story telling and wizardly goings-on in the Herb Garden. For a small fee, children can make their own potpourri pouch of secret herbal ingredients, learn about the legendary connection between Basil and Basilisks, and create their own basil seed starter pot shaped like a basilisk. Children will explore herbal references in children's literature such as the plants mentioned in Peter Rabbit and Harry Potter books. There will also be guided tours of the Herb Garden, the Herb Festival Marketplace, the A-Z of Herbs Information Booth, ongoing music, and delicious and healthy food. Most activities are free with Garden admission.
http://www.qbgardens.org
Links | Link to Location North County Audience Grade School, Middle School, High School, Family, Adults, Teachers, Science Professionals Areas Nature, Arts & Humanities, Entertainment, Science All Around Us Quail Botanical Gardens Tags exhibit, workshop, envrionment, conservation, biology, botany

10:00am

Celebrate World Water Day
About Water is one of life's essential ingredients and life exists wherever there is water. Join us on March 21, 2009 to celebrate World Water Day with activities on water conservation, storm-drain runoff, native plants, oil spill cleanups, water quality testing, and the lagoon and ocean critters touch tank. Come, enjoy yourself and learn more about the world's most precious resource and how we can all become better, more responsible water stewards!
http://www.aguahedionda.org/
Links | Link to Location North County Audience Grade School, Middle School, High School, Family Areas Nature, Physical World, Science All Around Us Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation Tags water, conservation, environment, biology, wildlife, workshop

10:00am

Grossmont College Science Festival
About The Grossmont College Science Festival celebrates the importance of science in our everyday lives and inspires the next generation of science leaders, in particular, future Grossmont College students. Events begin Friday, March 20 at 7 p.m. The main festival exhibits and sessions take place Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival will feature interactive projects and exhibits to be experienced by the whole family and students of all ages, including demonstrations, hands-on projects, science exhibits, stargazing, real science, Sci-Fi films, careers in science, speakers, tours of Grossmont College's high tech buildings, and much more.
http://www.grossmont.edu/sciencefestival/default.asp
Links | Link to Location East County Audience Family, Middle School, High School, Teachers Grossmont College Tags biology, physics, chemistry, exhibit

11:00am

Ocean Family Fun
About Embrace family learning and togetherness by blending arts and crafts, science, special tours and one-of-a-kind activities for all ages as you explore the mysteries of the ocean! Program is free with a paid Aquarium admission. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Middle School, High School, Family Areas Nature, Arts & Humanities, Entertainment, Science All Around Us Birch Aquarium Tags UCSD, water, conservation, environment, biology, wildlife, workshop

12:00pm

Movie Showing: 'WALL-E'
About Join us for a screening of a futuristic animated film that includes themes of ecology, waste management, robotics, and space travel. Pre-Registration Required Call 858-538-8159 for more information. Links Location North County Audience Family, Grade School, Middle School, High School, Adults Areas Science all Around us

12:00pm

SDSU College of Sciences Science Sampler
About SDSU College of Sciences is hosting a Science Sampler as part of the 2009 San Diego Science Festival. The Science Sampler takes place on Saturday, March 21, 2009 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The sampler will feature interactive experiments and exhibits to be experienced by the whole family and students of all ages, including geological and planetarium exhibits, laser demonstrations, hands-on experiments in our Electron Microscope Facility, CSI Labs, and making Ice Cream using liquid nitrogen, and much more.
http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/sampler
Links | Link to Location East County Audience Grade School, Middle School, High School, Family, Teachers, Adults, and Science Professionals SDSU College of Sciences Tags SDSU, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, geological Sciences, physics, exhibit

1:00pm

Bird House Design Contest and Pine Cone Bird Feeder!
About Children and adults of all ages are invited to enter a competition to design a bird house to attract native birds to your backyard! We'll also be making pine cone bird feeders that you can take home to hang in your gardens! Free with price of admisson ($5).
http://www.escondidochildrensmuseum.org/
Links | Link to Location North County Audience Family, Grade School, Middle School Areas Science All Around Us Escondido Children's Museum Tags Escondido Children's Museum, competition, workshop, biology, wildlife
 
Sunday, March 22
 

9:00am

Quail Botanical Gardens' Annual Herb Festival
About Explore the world of herbs at Quail Botanical Gradens' Annual Herb Festival. The two-day event features numerous lectures, workshops and children's activities: Chemist and aspiring chef Mary Dralle will talk about "The Chemistry of Eggs Florentine and Rosemary Potatoes,"? and herbalist Charlotte Tenney will speak on "The Science of Herbs."? Then listen to Dr. Robert Bonakdar, Director of Pain Management at the Scripps Center of Integrative Medicine as he addresses herbs and pain management. On Saturday, March 21, from 11am - 2pm, children's activities include story telling and wizardly goings-on in the Herb Garden. For a small fee, children can make their own potpourri pouch of secret herbal ingredients, learn about the legendary connection between Basil and Basilisks, and create their own basil seed starter pot shaped like a basilisk. Children will explore herbal references in children's literature such as the plants mentioned in Peter Rabbit and Harry Potter books. There will also be guided tours of the Herb Garden, the Herb Festival Marketplace, the A-Z of Herbs Information Booth, ongoing music, and delicious and healthy food. Most activities are free with Garden admission.
http://www.qbgardens.org
Links | Link to Location North County Audience Grade School, Middle School, High School, Family, Adults, Teachers, Science Professionals Areas Nature, Arts & Humanities, Entertainment, Science All Around Us Quail Botanical Gardens Tags exhibit, workshop, envrionment, conservation, biology, botany

3:00pm

Galileo 1610
About What if we could go back in time and meet Galileo Galilei, the man whose destiny it was to be the first human being to assault the heavens with a telescope, and explain to the rest of us what he saw? Dressed in authentic Renaissance attire, Mark Thompson breathes life into the personality of Galileo through music, humor and drama, telling the fascinating story of "The Father of Modern Science."
http://www.galileo1610.com/
Pre-Registration Required Space is limited. While this event is free of charge, you must pre-register online by March 20, 2009 to secure your seat. Click here to register. Walk-ins welcome if space is available. Links | Link to Audience Adults, Teachers, Science Professionals, Middle School, High School, Family Areas Art & Humanities, Physical World, Entertainment Galileo 1610 Tags performance, astronomy, music
 
Monday, March 23
 

8:00am

 
Tuesday, March 24
 

8:00am

Picturing the Process: Exploring the Art and Science of Photography
About As part of an ongoing series of education-based exhibitions, The Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) will be presenting an exhibition entitled, Picturing the Process: Exploring the Art and Science of Photography. The Industrial Revolution of the nineteenth century brought thousands of commercial and scientific innovations, including photography. Since its infancy, a number of inventors and discoveries have led to the modern state of photography. Utilizing MoPA's permanent collection, this exhibition will examine the ever growing relationship between the field science and the art of photography. Comprised of innovators of the medium, both famous and unknown, this exhibition will include photographic works from the mid-nineteenth to the early twenty-first century. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Adults Areas Arts & Humanities The Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) Tags art

10:00am

All About Insects
About The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Itsy Bitsy Spider and other children's book characters will demonstrate facts about the buggy world. No registration required. Designed for ages 3-5. Links Location South County, East County Audience Family, Grade School Areas Nature, Physical World

2:00pm

Chemistry Career Fair: Chemistry, Charisma and Careers
About Whether it's finding a cure for cancer, discovering new resources to make our homes warmer in the winter, or new material used in the latest fashions-the work of chemists is everywhere! Chemists are the people who transform the everyday materials around us into amazing things. Learn more on Chemistry Career Day from Mesa College's Rob Fremland. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience High school, Adults Areas Physical World, Business & Innovation, Medicine, Science All Around Us San Diego Mesa College Tags Mesa College, careers, chemistry, lecture, discussion

7:00pm

The Science of Chocolate
About News Flash: Chocolate can prevent heart disease. Learn about recent scientific discoveries and ancient beliefs about chocolate, all while nibbling on exotic chocolate confections generously provided by Chuao Chocolatier, San Diego's premier artisan chocolate maker. Speakers include Chef Michael Antonorsi of Chuao Chocolatier and UCSD Professor of Medicine Franciso Villarreal. Pre-Registration Required This event is SOLD OUT. We hope to see you at other Festival events. Links Audience Adults Areas Science All Around Us, Arts & Humanities, Entertainment, Medicine, Business & Innovation Chuao Chocolatier Tags lecture, tasting, biology, health
 
Wednesday, March 25
 

4:00pm

Teacher Workshop: The Art of Science
About Enrich your natural and life sciences curriculum with a hands-on workshop focusing on an interdisciplinary approach to teaching visual art and science. A great way to prepare lessons for Earth Day (April 1). In collaboration with the Escondido Children's Museum. Part of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido Teacher Workshop Series. No Prior experience is necessary and credit available. First-come, first-served basis, space is limited. Pre-Registration Required Free of charge; please RSVP by calling 760.839.4173. Links Location North County Audience Teachers Areas Arts & Humanities Tags art, workshop

5:00pm

Powerful Latinas Interview Series
About PowerfulLatinas.com will interview an impressive lineup of Latinas in the sciences during the month of March! Each interview will take place on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. PST, and is broadcast on the internet, as well as on a teleconference line. Listeners can sign up to receive a study guide to follow along with each call, as well as submit questions in real time during the course of the interview on the web. To find out more, go to PowerfulLatinas.com to sign up for the newsletter to be advised of upcoming interviews. The March 25 interview will feature Lydia Villa-Komaroff, CEO of Cytonome, a company building the first optical cell sorter capable of supporting rapid, sterile sorting of human cells for therapeutic use. Dr. Villa-Komaroff received a Ph.D. in Cell Biology. She is a member of the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Hall of Fame and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and of the Association for Women in Science. She has served on review committees for the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation.
http://www.PowerfulLatinas.com
Pre-Registration Required To log in to the teleconference, visit http://instantTeleseminar.com/?eventid=6161556; dial info: 419-400-0202 / 127976# or sign up for the newsletter at PowerfulLatinas.com Links | Link to Audience High School, Adults, Science Professionals, Teachers PowerfulLatinas.com Tags online interview

5:00pm

CAREER NIGHT: Your Future in Science, Technology & Business
About What is the future of your career? Career Night will allow you to explore the career trends emerging now and over the next several years in science, technology and business. You will be able to attend informative workshops, network with industry colleagues, and learn tips and trends from local professional associations. Pre-Registration Required Please register at http://extension.ucsd.edu/openhouse/index.cfm Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Adults, High School, Science Professionals Areas Business & Innovation, Engineering, Medicine UCSD Extension Tags careers, UCSD

6:00pm

imagine-it!
About The Desired Future: How can we get there? What needs to change? What can you do to help? The documentary film 'Imagine it!² The Powerof Imagination' presents a powerful story capturing innovative moments in history and inspiring people today to meet the grand challenges of a new generation. The film illustrates the convergence of science, engineering and technology with education, political will and personal desire, intersecting at a moment in time unlike any other; when a new generation unleashes their curiosity to change the world in ways we can only imagine. You will be watching a 25-minute excerpt from imagine it!² called "Global Challenges."? This is Part 1 of the 3-part film and introduces challenges such as the Apollo Project, The X Prize and the National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenges. Following the screening there will be a brief panel discussion with Executive Producer Richard Tavener, Director Rudy Poe, internationally renowned Neuroscientist Terry Sejnowski, and President of Intel Science Talent Search and Publisher of Science News Elizabeth Marnicola. The discussion will be moderated by Barbara Bry, Associate Publisher, San Diego News Network. The San Diego EcoCenter for Alternative Fuel Education invites all attendees to tour the center prior to or after the film screening. Doors open at 6pm, with the movie and discussion starting at 7pm.
http://www.iloop.tv/igineit2/index.html
Pre-Registration Required Space is limited. While this event is free of charge, you must pre-register online by March 24, 2009 to secure your seat. Click here to register. Walk-ins welcome if space is available. Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal, East County Audience High School, Teachers, Adults, Science Professionals Areas Business & Innovation, Nature, Physical World, Engineering, Medicine, Science All Around Us, Arts & Humanities San Diego EcoCenter for Alternative Fuel Education Tags innovation, environment, conservation, discussion

6:30pm

SeaWorld San Diego's Family Learning Night
About As SeaWorld and Busch Gardens' animal ambassador, Julie Scardina has shared her life-long love of animals and commitment to wildlife conservation with audiences ranging from a few children in a classroom to millions of viewers on national television. On March 25, join her for 'SeaWorld San Diego's Family Learning Night' where she and some of her exotic animal friends will educate, entertain and amaze guests at the park's Nautilus Pavilion. The evening will begin with the chance for kids to touch sharks, see penguins up-close and take part in an educational conservation activity. From 7 to 7:45 p.m., Scardina will highlight the important role all animals play in the planet's ecosystem, with special emphasis on species that are or have been threatened or endangered, including an American alligator, bald eagle and lemur. Scardina is a fascinating animal expert with more than 20 years of experience in animal training and care. She has trained and performed with killer whales, dolphins, sea lions, elephants and many other species. Scardina is involved with several conservation organizations, including the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund (which provides grants for research, conservation education, rescue and rehabilitation, and environmental protection around the world), the National Wildlife Federation and the World Wildlife Fund, which are just a few of the partners with SeaWorld's parent company Busch Entertainment Corporation. This event is geard for ages 9 and older. Pre-Registration Required This event is now SOLD OUT. We look forward to seeing you at other Festival events. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Family Areas Nature SeaWorld San Diego Tags conservation, nature, wildlife

7:00pm

Young Adult Literature Book Club: GemX
About The Young Adult Literature Book Club will be reading the book "GemX" by Nicky Singer. It is a futuristic thriller which features themes of genetic modification and cloning. No registration required. Designed for ages 12 and older. Pre-Registration Required Call 858-538-8159 for more information. Links Location North County Audience Middle School, High School, Adults, Teachers Areas Science all Around us
 
Thursday, March 26
 

12:00pm

Lunch with a Laureate: Dr. Kary Banks Mullis
NOTE THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY About The Lunch with a Laureate series is a rare opportunity for a small group of middle and high school students to engage in an informal conversation with a Nobel Prize winning Scientist over a brown bag lunch. Please note: This event is not open to the public. The Lunch with a Laureate series is hosted by various school districts throughout the county. Links Audience Middle School, High School Tags Lunch with a Laureate, lecture, discussion, biology, chemistry

3:30pm

Oh Halibut!
About What happens to wildlife when shelter, food, water, and oxygen levels change in the wild? Find out in this fun simulation of everyone's favorite flounder. Links Location South County Audience Grade School Areas Nature, Science All Around Us Tijuana Estuary Tags Tijuana Estuary, biology, conservation, environment, wildlife, workshop

6:00pm

The Kelp Forest Ecosystem: Nature's Apartment Complex!
About Come and join us for a fun-filled evening exploring the underwater wonders of our local kelp forest. Learn all about kelp from the bottom (holdfast) to the top (canopy) and the diversity of organisms that utilize this marvelous ecosystem. Participate in a holdfast dissection to uncover tiny invertebrates that find protection there, discover the inner workings of sharks though a shark dissection, and learn about basic fish anatomy while making your own fish print to take home. Fun for all ages! Families welcome!
http://www.aquaticadventures.org
Pre-Registration Required Please RSVP to Aquatic Adventures by calling 858-488-3849. Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience Grade School, Middle School, High School, Adults, Teachers Areas Nature, Science All Around Us Aquatic Adventures Tags ocean, conservation, environment, workshop
 
Friday, March 27
 

11:30am

Lunch with a Laureate: Dr. Mario Molina
NOTE THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY About The Lunch with a Laureate series is a rare opportunity for a small group of middle and high school students to engage in an informal conversation with a Nobel Prize winning Scientist over a brown bag lunch. Please note: This event is not open to the public. The Lunch with a Laureate series is hosted by various school districts throughout the county. Links Areas High school Tags Lunch with a Laureate, UCSD, lecture, discussion, environment, biology, chemistry, physics

6:00pm

ARCS Foundation 2009 Scientist of the Year Dinner
About This year's Scientist of the Year dinner will honor Dr. Erminia "Mimi" Guarneri, M.D., F.A.C.C., Founder and Medical Director of Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, who will speak about "Beyond Your Genes: The Journey to Optimum Health and Wellness". Reception with ARCS Scholars: 6:00 p.m.; Dinner and program: 7:00 p.m. Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation is a volunteer nonprofit organization which provides scholarships to academically outstanding US citizens studying to complete their degrees in science, medicine and engineering, thereby contributing to the worldwide advancement of science and technology. ARCS Scholars attend USD, UCSD, TSRI and SDSU.
http://www.arcsfoundation.org/SanDiego/ARCS_3.asp?CID=13&PID=8
Pre-Registration Required This event is open to the public. For reservations, please call Patricia Stewart at 619-435-6482. Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience Adults Areas Science All Around Us ARCS Tags biology
 
Saturday, March 28
 

8:00am

T Minus 10 Seconds to Launch ... All Systems Go!
About Get inspired and explore the outer horizons with the amazing hobby of model rocketry. Join DART (Diego Area Rocket Team) as they launch rockets from Fiesta Island. Safety briefing at 8:30am.
http://www.dartrocketry.com
Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience Middle School, High School, Adults, Family Areas Engineering, Physical World, Entertainment, Science All Around Us DART Tags engineering, aerospace

9:00am

Science for ages 9 to 99
About Bring your family and join Miramar College's science faculty for fun science in Miramar's state of the art Science and Technology Building. Activities include: How to Get DNA from Anything, Sunspots and Alternative Energy, Marine Critters, Slime Molecules and Dancing Raisins, and Sensory Perception and You. Links Audience Grade School, Middle School, High School, Family Areas Science All Around Us, engineering, medicine, business & innovation, physical world, entertainment Economic and Workforce Development through the California Community Colleges Tags workshop, biology, chemistry, physics

9:00am

Where Science Takes Flight!
About Rotors thump and jet engines roar the sound of freedom at MCAS Miramar! Explore military fixed and rotary wing aircraft, discover how weather effects aviation operations, and understand the principles of flight when you visit the heart of west coast marine aviation. Meet your US Marines as they provide hands-on demonstrations and tour Marine Corps aircraft, crash, fire and rescue vehicles, and much, much more! Pre-Registration Required Pre-registraton is required. Please send an email to smbmiramarmcas.4kids@usmc.mil and include the number of people in your party and names of those attending. Links Audience Middle School, High School, Family Areas Science All Around Us, engineering, medicine, business & innovation, physical world, entertainment MCAS Miramar Tags exhibit, workshop, chemistry, physics, engineering, aerospace

10:00am

Cabrillo National Monument Science Day
About Join scientists conducting ongoing research into the threatened coastal mediterranean and fragile rocky intertidal (tidepool) habitat, flora and fauna of Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego's National Park, and learn the most up-to-date status of the findings and results of their research. All presentations will take place on Saturday, March 28, 2009 between 10:00 AM and 4:30 PM in the Cabrillo National Monument visitor center auditorium. This program is open to the general public, but will be most suitable for middle schools students to adult. Public transportation (#84 bus) is available hourly to the park. Please contact Dr. Benjamin Pister, tel. 619-523-4582 or email for more infortion or schedule of presenters. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Middle School, High School, Adults Areas Nature Cabrillo National Monument Tags Cabrillo National Monument, environment, conservation, ocean, water

1:00pm

Flower Power - THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
About THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED - WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AT OTHER FESTIVAL EVENTS Links Location North County Audience Grade school, middle school, Family, Teachers Areas Nature, Entertainment, Science All Around Us The Flower Fields Tags workshop, biology, nature

6:00pm

The Politics of Science
About With the dramatic decline in interest in the sciences by Americans, what can the government do to help America keep its competitive edge? Join in on a Town Hall discussion with a panel of leading San Diego politicians and scientists to include BIOCOM CEO Joe Panetta, San Diego Union Tribune Science Writer Scott LaFee, San Diego Council Member Sherri Lightner, and Executive Director of the California Council on Science and Technology Susan Hackwood as they discuss this vital issue. Pre-Registration Required Space is limited. While this event is free of charge, you must pre-register online by March 26, 2009 to secure your seat. Click here to register. Walk-ins welcome if space is available. Links Audience High School, Adults, Teachers, Science Professionals Areas Art & Humanities, Business & Innovation, Medicine, Engineering, Nature, Science All Around Us League of Women Voters Tags discussion, society

10:30pm

The Grunions Are Running
About On certain spring nights, hundreds of small, silvery fish called grunion ride the waves onto some Southern California beaches to spawn. This unusual mating ritual is a must-see! Join Dr. Karen Martin, Executive Director of the Grunion Greeters and Birch Aquarium Instructors as they guide you through an unforgettable night of activities. Learn more than you imagined about grunion and experience the excitement of watching grunion hatch right before your eyes! Prepare for cool, wet conditions and bring a flashlight. Pre-Registration Required Cost is $12. Space is limited. Attendees must make a reservation to attend by calling the Birch Aquarium reservation department at 858-534-7336. Links Location Central-Coastal, East County Audience Middle School, High School, Family, Teachers, Adults, Science Professionals Areas Nature, Science All Around Us Birch Aquarium and Grunion Greeters Tags UCSD, workshop, water, ocean, wildlife, conservation, biology
 
Sunday, March 29
 

12:00pm

River Bugs are Cool!
About Join scientists as they look for bugs in the San Diego River and learn how bugs can unlock secrets about the River's health. Activities include gathering bugs in nets, doing bug counts, and talking with water quality scientists and managers. Parking is available at the Mission Valley YMCA located at 5505 Friars Rd. Look for the blue tent visible from the parking lot to go to Mission Valley Preserve. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Grade School, Middle School, Adults, Teachers Areas Nature, Science All Around Us The San Diego River Park Foundation Tags environment, conservation, wildlife, biology
 
Monday, March 30
 

8:00am

10:30am

Why do Woodpeckers not get Headaches?
NOTE THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY About Join Ivan Schwab, recipient of the "Ig Nobel", the quirky alternative to the genuine Nobel prizes, who studied woodpeckers to find out why they do not suffer from headaches despite banging their head against a tree trunk 12,000 times a day and at 1,200-times the force of gravity. Please note: This event is not open to the public. Participation will be pre-arranged with local schools. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Middle School, High School Ivan Schwab Tags Ig Nobel, lecture, discussion, biology, physics, wildlife

5:30pm

Your Planet Needs You
About Learn why Green Careers are so hot and how Scientists are using their skills to help solve our most urgent environmental problems, engage their values and earn a great living. From the headlines of CNN and Business Week to the speeches of presidential candidates, the nation is buzzing with talk about "Green Jobs"?, and the promise that they might create new employment; protect our environment and help the US become energy-independent. A new report from the American Solar Energy Society claims that there are currently 8.5 million green jobs in the U. S. and that this will increase to 40 million by 2030, about one-quarter of the total workforce. So what does this mean to science students entering the workforce over the next 10 years? In this presentation from well renown thought leader, Paul Hannam, we will provide answers to this question and more: What are Green Jobs; what are the numbers and trends? What are the hot sectors and jobs for the next decade? How can I prepare for a green career? How well-positioned is the US to lead the Green Business Revolution? Links Location East County Audience High School, Adults, Teachers Areas Nature, Science All Around Us Alliant International University Marshall Goldsmith School of Management Tags careers, business, biology, engineering, nature, conservation

6:30pm

Get Your Head Out of the Clouds!
About Brain Clouds, that is. Come learn about the exciting new science of collective phenomena and the brain. How do thought, perception, and creativity emerge from the collective behavior of the astronomical number of neurons that make up the human brain? Individually the behavior of neurons is unreliable, but together they cooperate to form complex patterns of electrical activity, which we call brain clouds. This process may be key to understanding cognition, as well as a variety of neurological disorders including epilepsy. We will discuss the science behind these and other organized patterns observed in nature. Pre-Registration Required Space is limited. While this event is free of charge, you must pre-register online by March 28, 2009 to secure your seat. Click here to register. Walk-ins welcome if space is available. Links Location Central-Coastal, East County Audience Adults, High school Areas Science All Around Us, Medicine, Nature, Arts & Humanities BrainClouds.org Tags lecture, discussion, neuroscience, biology

12:00am

Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair
About What are kids curious about? Come see for yourself a the 55th Annual Greater Science and Engineering Fair as students display their discoveries.
http://www.gsdsef.org/home.asp
Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience Middle School, High School, Family, Teachers, Adults, Science Professionals Areas Science All Around Us, Engineering, Physical World Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair Tags exhibit, competition, engineering, biology, chemistry, physics
 
Tuesday, March 31
 

11:30am

Lunch with a Laureate: Dr. David Baltimore
NOTE THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY About The Lunch with a Laureate series is a rare opportunity for a small group of middle and high school students to engage in an informal conversation with a Nobel Prize winning Scientist over a brown bag lunch. Please note: This event is not open to the public. The Lunch with a Laureate series is hosted by various school districts throughout the county. Links Audience Middle School, High School Tags Lunch with a Laureate, lecture, discussion, CalTech, biology, chemistry

6:15pm

Stem Cell Science: The Pace to Cures
About You voted YES! Come here about our progress. The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the state stem cell agency, is holding a Town Forum to provide an opportunity for individuals to learn how CIRM is investing Proposition 71 funds to improve human health and about advances in stem cell science from some of the most distinguished researchers in the field. The Forum features three CIRM-funded speakers who will speak briefly on a particular topic, followed by a question and answer period. The speakers will provide an overview of the current state of stem cell research, cell therapy in a particular disease area, and other applications of stem cell science such as safety testing in drug development. The event is free and open to the public. Speakers: Jeanne Loring, PhD, The Scripps Research Institute; Founding Director, Center for Regenerative Medicine; Stuart Lipton, MD, PhD, Burnham Institute; Director, Del E. Webb Neuroscience, Aging and Stem Cell Research Center; Mahendra Rao, MD, PhD, Invitrogen; Vice President, Research, Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine.
http://www.cirm.ca.gov
Pre-Registration Required The event is free and open to the public; please reserve a seat by registering at pace2curesSD@cirm.ca.gov Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience Adults Areas Science All Around Us, Medicine The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Tags biology, stem cells, Burnham Institute

7:00pm

Diabetes goes Techno - Are you up on the hottest technologies in diabetes care?
About Dr. Steven Edelman, founder of the not for profit diabetes education organization, Taking Control of Your Diabetes, will join Dr. Ian Blumer and a panel of San Diego-based endocrinologists for an empowering and highly informative evening on new developments and technologies in diabetes care. In addition to an entertaining presentation, this program will feature Q&A and one-on-one time with the experts, as well as opportunity to interact with informational exhibits from national and local diabetes-related companies and organizations. Talk to the experts, and interact with others living with diabetes, and their families. Get on top of new technologies in diabetes care - from continuous glucose monitors, to smart insulin pumps, upgraded blood glucose meters, new pen injection devices, finger sticking solutions, and other developments. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Adults, Family, High school Areas Medicine, Business & Innovation, Engineering Taking Control of Your Diabetes Tags discussion, health, disease, biology, chemistry

12:00am

Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair
About What are kids curious about? Come see for yourself a the 55th Annual Greater Science and Engineering Fair as students display their discoveries.
http://www.gsdsef.org/home.asp
Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience Middle School, High School, Family, Teachers, Adults, Science Professionals Areas Science All Around Us, Engineering, Physical World Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair Tags exhibit, competition, engineering, biology, chemistry, physics
 
Wednesday, April 1
 

9:30am

Small Wonders
NOTE THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY About You have heard about the Stone Age, the Iron Age and the Bronze Age. Now we are in the midst of a new technological revolution driven by nanotechnology and other material sciences, which will usher in a new age of Advanced Materials. On April 1, 175 high school students from all over San Diego County will have the opportunity to participate in a fun, interactive and eye-opening day as they learn about some of the exciting technologies that are driving this new technological age. The application deadline for this event has passed - please check back for 2010. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience High school Areas Science All Around Us, business & innovation, engineering, physical world, nature, medicine San Diego Science Festival Tags school field trip, workshop, lecture, UCSD, biology, chemistry, physics, engineering

12:00pm

Lunch with a Laureate: Robert H. Grubbs
NOTE THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY About The Lunch with a Laureate series is a rare opportunity for a small group of middle and high school students to engage in an informal conversation with a Nobel Prize winning Scientist over a brown bag lunch. Please note: This event is not open to the public. The Lunch with a Laureate series is hosted by various school districts throughout the county. Links Audience High school Tags Lunch with a Laureate, CalTech, lecture, discussion, chemistry

4:00pm

Spotlight on Science in the Valley of Discovery at Cal State San Marcos
About Have you ever wondered about the shape of water or if animals can communicate with one another? Have you been curious about rockets or how climate change is affecting our world? What about the complexities of the human mind and the inner workings of the brain? Meet with leading California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) scientists, professors, and students as they provide lectures, demonstrations, hands-on activities, and exhibits that will showcase and illuminate the many wonders of our world!
http://www.csusm.edu/
Pre-Registration Required For more information, please email sciencefest@csusm.edu. If you would like to receive regular updates about the festival, please type "subscribe"? in the subject line. Links | Link to Location North County Audience High school, Adults Areas Science All Around Us California State University San Marcos Tags biology, chemistry, physics

5:00pm

Powerful Latinas Interview Series: Interview with Astronaut Ellen Ochoa
About PowerfulLatinas.com will interview an impressive lineup of Latinas in the sciences during the month of March! Each interview will take place on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. PST, and is broadcast on the internet, as well as on a teleconference line. Listeners can sign up to receive a study guide to follow along with each call, as well as submit questions in real time during the course of the interview on the web. To find out more, go to PowerfulLatinas.com to sign up for the newsletter to be advised of upcoming interviews. The March 25 interview will feature astronaut Ellen Ochoa -- As a doctoral student at Stanford, and later as a researcher at Sandia National Laboratories and NASA Ames Research Center, Dr. Ochoa investigated optical systems for performing information processing. She is a co-inventor on three patents for an optical inspection system, an optical object recognition method, and a method for noise removal in images. As Chief of the Intelligent Systems Technology Branch at Ames, she supervised 35 engineers and scientists in the research and development of computational systems for aerospace missions. Dr. Ochoa has presented numerous papers at technical conferences and in scientific journals. Selected by NASA in January 1990, Dr. Ochoa became an astronaut in July 1991. Note: Dr. Ochoa's interview will be prerecorded. Please send questions to be posed to her to info@powerfullatinas.com prior to March 10.
http://www.PowerfulLatinas.com
Pre-Registration Required To log in to the teleconference, visit TBD; dial info: 419-400-0202 / 127976# or sign up for the newsletter at PowerfulLatinas.com Links | Link to Audience High School, Adults, Science Professionals, Teachers PowerfulLatinas.com Tags online interview

5:00pm

Science on the Mesa and Beyond
NOTE THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY About On Wednesday evening April 1st, 2009, over 25 of San Diego's leading science organizations will open their doors to 1600 high school students from all across San Diego County. The early evening, two and a half hour event will feature hands-on interactive encounters with some of the most cutting edge science, engineering and technology going on in the world. Participating organizations include Agilent Technologies, BD Biosciences, Biogen IDEC, Burnham Institute for Medical Research, Cal State University, San Marcos, General Atomics, Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation (GNF), Genzyme, Illumina, Inc., Invitrogen, Johnson & Johnson, La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, Lockheed Martin, National University, NuVasive, Inc., Pfizer, Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego Super Computer Center, The Scripps Research Institute, UC San Diego Division of Biological Sciences, UC San Diego Division of Physical Sciences, UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego Stem Cell Biology Program and Vertex Pharmaceuticals.The application deadline for this event has passed - please check back for 2010. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience High school Areas Science All Around Us, business & innovation, engineering, physical world, nature, medicine San Diego Science Festival Tags school field trip, engineering, biology, physics

5:30pm

Exploring Ethics: Smart Drugs: How smart are they?
About Wouldn't it be great if we could take a pill to learn faster, remember better, or think more clearly? Scientists have already developed drugs that can help people with cognitive deficits, so it isn't a great leap to imagine those same pills being used to help someone to be "better than normal."? In fact, one recent survey found that approximately 1 of 4 college students had used some at least one of these prescription medications to improve their studying. The future is here. Or is it? What does it mean to be smart or smarter? Do these drugs work? Are they safe? The panelists will be: George Koob, The Scripps Research Institute, Joan McRobbie, San Diego Unified School District, Veronica Galvan, University of San Diego, Mark Trotter, Minister, First United Methodist Church, retired. The program and parking are free but please RSVP by March 30
http://ethicscenter.net/Events/FleetProgram/Truth.html
Pre-Registration Required To RSVP, go to ethicscenter.net. Once we receive your RSVP, we will send a confirmation with driving and parking details. We recommend that you arrive at the event by 5 p.m. Only those who have RSVP'd will be allowed to go in at that time. At 5:15 p.m. we will open the Lecture Hall to walk-ins and those not on the RSVP list. Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience High-school, Adults, Teachers, Science Professionals Areas Arts & Humanities, Medicine, Science All Around Us The Ethics Center in collaboration with the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Tags lecture, discussion, UCSD, society, ethics

12:00am

Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair
About What are kids curious about? Come see for yourself a the 55th Annual Greater Science and Engineering Fair as students display their discoveries.
http://www.gsdsef.org/home.asp
Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience Middle School, High School, Family, Teachers, Adults, Science Professionals Areas Physical World, Engineering, Science All Around Us Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair Tags exhibit, competition, engineering, biology, chemistry, physics
 
Thursday, April 2
 

12:00pm

Lunch with a Laureate: Dr. Gerald M. Edelman
NOTE THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY About The Lunch with a Laureate series is a rare opportunity for a small group of middle and high school students to engage in an informal conversation with a Nobel Prize winning Scientist over a brown bag lunch. Please note: This event is not open to the public. The Lunch with a Laureate series is hosted by various school districts throughout the county. Links Audience High school Tags Lunch with a Laureate, lecture, discussion, TSRI, biology, chemistry, neuroscience, robotics, engineering

12:00pm

Lockheed Martin at the Air & Space Museum
NOTE THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY About Festival Host Lockheed Martin and the Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park join forces to create a unique exhibit to be explored by middle and high school students. A cockpit simulator, a virtual reality environment, gaming technologies, the Prius Urban Challenge Vehicle, robotics, and a space exploration showcase are among the exhibits, displays and demonstrations that will be offered. Participation has been pre-arranged with area schools. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Middle School, High School Areas Engineering Lockheed Martin Tags engineering, careers, business, innovation

1:00pm

Finding Health Information on the Web - At Any Age!
About Not all health websites are created equal. Discover the best websites, and learn tips for searching the web for medical information you can trust. Take advantage of hands-on training with expert health sciences librarians. Two hands-on sessions will be offered on April 2, one for adults (1-2 PM) and one for kids (3-4 PM; parents are welcome). During the time between the two hands-on sessions, there will be a question and answer period which is open to everyone. Pre-Registration Required Space is limited so pre-registration by March 30, 2009 is required. To register, contact Vicky Anderson at (858) 822-4760 or vkanderson@ucsd.edu Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Adults Areas Medicine, Business & Innovation, Science All Around Us UCSD Biomedical Library Tags UCSD, workshop, health, disease

2:00pm

The Science of Napping
About Love to nap? It's not your imagination or simply a guilty pleasure -- napping is really good for you! Dr. Sara Mednick, a leading researcher in the science of napping at UCSD will provide you with legitimate reasons for snoozing that even your college professors will believe. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience High school, Adults Areas Medicine, Arts & Humanities, Science All Around Us San Diego Mesa College Tags Mesa College, biology, neuroscience

3:00pm

Finding Health Information on the Web - At Any Age!
About Not all health websites are created equal. Discover the best websites, and learn tips for searching the web for medical information you can trust. Take advantage of hands-on training with expert health sciences librarians. Two hands-on sessions will be offered on April 2, one for adults (1-2 PM) and one for kids (3-4 PM; parents are welcome). During the time between the two hands-on sessions, there will be a question and answer period which is open to everyone. Pre-Registration Required Space is limited so pre-registration by March 30, 2009 is required. To register, contact Vicky Anderson at (858) 822-4760 or vkanderson@ucsd.edu Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Middle School, High School Areas Medicine, Business & Innovation, Science All Around Us UCSD Biomedical Library Tags UCSD, workshop, health, disease

5:30pm

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED - From Idea to Marketplace - THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
About How do new ideas and exciting discoveries become real products and businesses? Join successful entrepreneurs for a look at the ups and downs of the pathway from research to commercial reality. Parking is available at the meters in the parking lot adjacent to the Rady School or by purchasing a parking permit at the Northpoint entrance to the UCSD campus just east of North Torrey Pines Dr. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Adults, High school, Science Professionals, Teachers Areas Business & Innovation, Engineering, Physical World, Medicine, Arts & Humanities The Rady School of Management Tags entrepreneurship, innovation, business, UCSD, lecture, discussion

6:00pm

This is Your Brain on Science
About Check out the exciting exhibits and displays created by some of San Diego's most creative students. These high achievers put the High in High Tech High! 3 locations: High Tech Middle: 2359 Truxtun Road, San Diego, CA 92106-6025; High Tech High North County: 1420 W. San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, CA 92078; High Tech High Chula Vista: 1945 Discovery Falls Drive, Chula Vista, CA 91915 Links Location Central-Coastal, North County, South County Audience Middle School, High School, Adults, Family Areas Science all around us High Tech High Tags exhibit, high-tech

6:00pm

The Future of Green Jobs with SDG&E
About Come learn about San Diego Gas & Electric's energy programs including smart grid initiatives, energy efficiency, and available careers in the energy industry! This event will give high school students and anyone interested in learning about green careers the opportunity to meet and network with engineering and technology industry experts. Agenda: from 6:00pm to 7:00pm participants will check out the 'So Watt' exhibit and interact with staff; from 7:00pm to 8:30pm attendees will participate in the Careers in Energy presentation in the Community Forum room. Space is very limited - please pre-register to secure your seat. Pre-Registration Required Space is limited. While this event is free of charge, you must pre-register online. Click here to register. Walk-ins welcome if space is available. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience High School Areas Nature, Science All Around Us San Diego Gas & Electric Tags careers, business, engineering, conservation

7:00pm

Why Darwin Matters - Evolution, Intelligent Design, and the Battle for Science and Religion
About Evolution happened, and the theory describing it is one of the most well-founded in all of science. Then why do half of all Americans reject it? There are religious and political reasons, and in Why Darwin Matters, historian of science and bestselling author Dr. Michael Shermer diffuses these fears by examining what evolution really is, how we know it happened, and how to test it. Shermer then discusses what science is through a brief history of the evolution-creation controversy-from the Scopes' Monkey Trial of 1925 through the creationism trials of the 1960s and 1970s, to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case of 1987, to the Intelligent Design controversies of the 1990s and 2000s-demonstrating clearly how and why creationism and Intelligent Design theory are not science. Dr. Shermer builds a powerful case for evolution as the theory that most closely parallels the Christian model of human nature and the conservative model of free market economics. Dr. Shermer was once an evangelical Christian and a creationist, and is now one of the best-known public intellectuals defending evolutionary theory, so Why Darwin Matters provides readers with an insiders' guide to the evolution-creation debate, in which he shows why creationism and Intelligent Design are not only bad science, they are bad theology, and why science should be embraced by people of all beliefs. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Middle School, High School, Adults, Teachers, Science Professionals Areas Nature, Science All Around Us, Arts & Humanities UC San Diego Division of Biological Sciences Tags lecture, evolution

12:00am

Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair
About What are kids curious about? Come see for yourself a the 55th Annual Greater Science and Engineering Fair as students display their discoveries.
http://www.gsdsef.org/home.asp
Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience Middle School, High School, Family, Teachers, Adults, Science Professionals Areas Physical World, Engineering, Science All Around Us Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair Tags exhibit, competition, engineering, biology, chemistry, physics
 
Friday, April 3
 

11:30am

3rd Annual Bioengineering Day
About Check out the latest and greatest in bioengineering. Join professional bioengineers, faculty, and students to explore the variety of careers available and to learn about the latest research achievements of undergraduate students. The highlight of the day is the Bioengineering Quiz Bowl. See which team has what it takes! Free parking will be available in the Hopkins parking structure.
http://bmes.ucsd.edu/beday
Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience High school, Science Professionals, Adults, Teachers Areas Engineering, Medicine, Business & Innovation, Science All Around Us UCSD Chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Tags UCSD, biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, disease, exhibit, conference

12:00pm

Lockheed Martin at the Air & Space Museum
NOTE THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY About Festival Host Lockheed Martin and the Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park join forces to create a unique exhibit to be explored by middle and high school students. A cockpit simulator, a virtual reality environment, gaming technologies, the Prius Urban Challenge Vehicle, robotics, and a space exploration showcase are among the exhibits, displays and demonstrations that will be offered. Today's event features a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students to meet astronaut Marsha S. Ivins. Participation has been pre-arranged with area schools. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Middle School, High School Areas Engineering Lockheed Martin Tags engineering, careers, business, innovation

5:00pm

Family Science Night
About Ignite the flame of scientific discovery in all members of your family. Join us in an evening workshop as you DISCOVER, CONNECT and TAKE ACTION in a series of kid friendly hands-on experiments. Family members are encouraged to participate with their girl scientist! Please note: This event is open to Girl Scout Outreach only. Links Audience Family Girl Scouts Tags girls, workshop, biology, chemistry, physics, engineering
 
Saturday, April 4
 

10:25am

The Science of You Expo Day
About Come celebrate The Science of You in Balboa Park on April 4th, 2009, 10:30am-6:00pm. Expo Day is the pinnacle event of San Diego Science Festival. Science takes over the museums, cultural centers, and the central corridor of Balboa Park with over 300 hands-on activities, demonstrations, experiments, contests, and performances. Expo Day is perfect for families, teens, and adults who are looking for a day of fun and discovery. With activity categories like "Your Art," "Your Body," "Your Planet," "Your Heroes," "Your Discoveries," "Your Sports," "Your Future," and "Your Transit," Expo Day brings something for everyone's curiosity. This event is free of charge, for people of all ages, and no pre-registration is required. See below for performances throughout the day in addition to hundreds of hands-on activities. Times are 10:30am-6:00pm. Click here for more information and a map.
http://www.sdsciencefestival.org
Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience Grade School, Middle School, High School, Family, Adults, Teachers, Science Professionals Areas Engineering, Physical World, Nature, Business & Innovation, Medicine, Arts & Humanities, Science All Around Us San Diego Science Festival

10:30am

SeaWorld Killer Whale Education Show
About SeaWorld San Diego brings the wonders of the ocean to you! In this 20 minute presentation, we'll explore differences between toothed and baleen whales. Join the excitement as we meet life-size inflatable whales. Audience members will get a chance to see and touch real whale bones and baleen. Don't miss out; learn what whales are all about! Links

11:00am

Science and the Paranormal
About Since the dawn of civilization humans have been fascinated by phenomena which appear to lie outside the scope of science. Our history is peppered with accounts of psychics predicting the future, mediums conversing with the dead, and aliens in UFO's abducting earthlings. Today, there is widespread belief that the moon and planets influence our behavior, that "psychic surgeons" can remove tumors without king incisions and that Uri Geller bends spoons with the power of his mind. Do these effects really lie outside the scope of modern day science? This lecture examines paranorl phenomena and describes how many of the effects can be explained by perfectly "natural" means. The presentation, by Dr. Joe Schwarcz, is highlighted by a number of "demonstrations" aimed at increasing the awareness of the need to evaluate "paranormal" phenomena by critical scientific methods. Links

11:00am

The Magic of Math
About Meet "America's Best Math Whiz." In this highly entertaining show combining math with magic, "themagician" Arthur Benjamin displays feats of amazing mental mathematical gymnastics and explains the secrets behind his skills. Find out how he can be faster than an electronic calculator! Links

11:00am

The Misunderstood Marsupial
About Learn about the only marsupial in North America! Links

11:00am

Bats, Hedgehogs, and Flying Creatures
About Learn about Charles Darwin's Origin of Species during the American premiere of the Darwin Songs by British composer David Haines. With over 100 singers on stage and songs about reptiles, trees and selfish genes, this performance promises to be not only educational, but a lot of fun for the whole family. With 2009 marking Darwin's 200th birthday, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his book Origin of Species, he would have surely sung along"?Performed by the San Diego Children's Choir, Boys' and Girls' Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral and Canyoncrest Academy Choir. Links

11:15am

Mad Science Presents: Spin, Pop Boom
About Be mesmerized with bubbling potions, erupting foam volcanos, gravity"? Links

11:40am

San Diego Science Festival Rubik's Cube Tournament
About Rubik's cubing is coming to the San Diego Science Festival! We will be having a special competition consisting of a single round of 3x3x3 speedsolve. When you sign up you decide on a time frame during which you show up to do your solves. Registration fees will be collected online via PayPal, and your registration will not be finalized until you have paid. Due to venue limitations this competition is limited to the first 24 competitors to sign up and pay the registration fee. Before and after your solves you will not be able to hang around the Rubik's cube tent. Please have fun looking at all of the other booths at the Science Festival. We only have a 10x10 booth and want other non cubers to get a chance to play with the displays and to be able to ask questions. If you are not 100% sure that you are going to make it then don't sign up, you are taking someone else's spot. Entry fee is $15, and each registered competitor will receive a free Rubik's Cube. If you don't want to keep your cube, we will buy it back for $5.
http://caltech.cubingusa.com/sdsciencefestival/
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12:15pm

Molecules that Changed the World
About Meet the molecules that have changed our lives with chemist and author K.C Nicolaou Links

12:15pm

Yellow Submarine
About Explore the rocky intertidal areas of Cabrillo National Monument, with National Park Service scientists and park rangers, as you take a virtual ride on a yellow submarine. Links

12:30pm

Who was Galileo Galilei?
About Meet Galileo Galilei, the "father"? of astronomy, physics and modern science and the first man to use an astronomical telescope exactly 400 years ago. Travel back in time with Mark Thompson as he tells the story of Galileo Galilei and his many discoveries, lacing his narration with entertaining lute songs, some of which were actually composed by Galileo's father, Vincenzo. Links

1:30pm

Chatter About Matter
About Explore the science of matter and energy! Check out the coldest volcano on the planet, use evaporation to blow up a balloon, explore the pluses and minuses of electricity, split a can in two using electric and magnetic fields and be dazzled by the arc of a Jacob's ladder. Links

1:45pm

Irreproducible Results from the Journal
About Journal of Irreproducible Results editor, Norm Sperling, presents a romp through warps and twists of science humor. Meet dark-suckers, the turboencabulator, subversive bubble wraps and Mentos, square eggs, hilarious molecules, and more. Links

2:00pm

Science Spectacular
About Learn about the air pressure and how we can use air to make things move. See how a real hovercraft works, explore the parts of a helicopter and take part in our 10 whirly-gig salute! Links

2:45pm

The Science of Magic and the Magic of Science
About Best selling author, Professor and magician, Bob Friedhoffer, will inspire and mesmerize you with his unique blend of science and magic. Links

3:00pm

Insect Inventions and Demonstrations
About Join Steven Kutcher, world-famous entomologist, environmentalist and founder of the Insect Fair, as he gives a fun and entertaining multi-media performance of the role of insects in movies, commercials, music videos and in his incredible works of art. Links

3:45pm

SciTalk
About Best-selling language writer and broadcaster Richard Lederer will demonstrate how the language of science pervades our everyday vocabulary. He'll also share the best and funniest science bloopers that he's captured over the years. Links

3:54pm

Eating -- Is There a Solution to the Confusion?
About Eating has become a confusing experience. Virtually every day brings news about some "miracle food"? that we should be gulping down. One day it's tomatoes to prevent cancer, then flaxseed against heart disease or soybeans for menopause. Then there are the worries: genetic modification, aspartame, MSG, the safety and efficacy of dietary supplements. Join Dr. Joe Schwarcz as he using proper science to guide us through this nutritional maze. Links

4:00pm

Light up your Mind with Albert Einstein
About Einstein's stories will engage the whole family and his ideas will stimulate your igination and natural curiosity! Links

4:00pm

We Are Not Alone!
About We are nearing a turning point in our quest for life in the universe-we now have the capacity to detect Earth-like planets around other stars. But will we find any? Join Alan Boss, renowned astronomer and author of The Crowded Universe, as he discusses how we will find abundant Earths, including many that are indisputably alive. Life is not only possible elsewhere in the universe, it is common. Links

4:45pm

Science Rocks!
About Chill out with THE GALAPAGOS MOUNTAIN FOLK as they entertain with their unique blend of science and music. Links

5:00pm

Chemistry - It's More Than Just Puffs and Bangs
About When people think of chemistry, usually images of fascinating color changes, explosions, incomprehensible formulas, undecipherable diagrams and toxic wastes spring to mind. Generally, not much attention is given to the benefits that the world's oldest profession has brought to our lives. But everything in the world is composed of chemicals and chemistry connects to virtually every aspect of our lives. Our medicines, plastics, paper, building materials, fuels and even our electronic equipment are direct results of chemists' abilities to convert natural materials into useful substances. This presentation uses dozens of demonstrations, including puffs and bangs and yes, magic, to illustrate why the study of matter and the changes it undergoes, is central to our lives. Links

5:00pm

The Magic of Math
About Meet "America's Best Math Whiz." In this highly entertaining show combining math with magic, "themagician" Arthur Benjamin displays feats of amazing mental mathetical gymnastics and explains the secrets behind his skills. Find out how he can be faster than an electronic calculator! Links