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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
 

10:30am

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
 
Saturday, March 7
 

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
 
Monday, March 9
 

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
 
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

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
 
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
 
Tuesday, March 17
 

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
 
Wednesday, March 18
 

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
 

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
 
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
 
Tuesday, March 24
 

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
 
Monday, March 30
 

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
 
Tuesday, March 31
 

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
 
Thursday, April 2
 

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