July 2012

William Clancey: Working on Mars - Voyages of Scientific Discovery

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Sun, Aug 26 2012 - 2:00pm

William J. Clancey: Working on Mars – Voyages of Scientific Discovery

Chief Scientist, Human-Centered Computing Intelligent Systems Division, NASA Ames Research Center and Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition; Author, Working on Mars: Voyages of Scientific Discovery with the Mars Exploration Rovers

For more than eight years, scientists have been doing fieldwork on Mars in the first overland investigation of another planet. Read more »

Tony Haymet: Understanding the Deep Sea - Oceanography Meets Business

Wed, Sep 5 2012 - 6:00pm

Understanding the Deep Sea: Oceanography Meets Business

Tony Haymet, Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences, and Dean, Graduate School of Marine Sciences, UCSD

Our community is increasingly asking demanding questions on the prediction of the natural world. What useful chemicals will be discovered from the ocean and ocean mud? Will the steady trend in movement of California precipitation from snow to rain continue, or accelerate? Read more »

Joel Fajans: Antimatter, Anti-Atoms, and the Big Bang

Mon, Oct 1 2012 - 6:00pm

Antimatter, Anti-Atoms, and the Big Bang

Joel Fajans, Professor of Physics, UC Berkeley Read more »

Rebecca Costa: The Watchman's Rattle - Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction

Wed, Jul 18 2012 - 6:00pm

The Watchman's Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction

This program is postponed until November 8

Rebecca Costa, Interviewer, The Costa Report, Author, The Watchman's Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction

Sociobiologist Costa asks what happens to us when complexity exceeds our ability to handle it. Read more »

Alejandro Garcia: The Physics of Animation

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Sun, Sep 16 2012 - 2:00pm

The Physics of Animation

Alejandro Garcia, Professor, San Jose State University
Angie Coiro, Radio Host, “Live from the Left Coast” — Moderator

Computer animation in feature films is a modern-day nexus of art and science. Garcia discusses the animation industry from both the scientific and artistic perspectives and the process of making illustrations come to life. Read more »

Peter Gleick: The Future of Our Water - Can We Learn From The Past?

Thu, Sep 13 2012 - 6:00pm

The Future of Our Water:  Can We Learn from the Past?

Peter Gleick, Water Expert; Co-founder, Pacific Institute; MacArthur Fellow Read more »

Kira Z. Reginato: Here I am to Save the Day! What a Skilled Eldercare Manager Can Do for You

Mon, Sep 17 2012 - 5:15pm

Here I Am to Save the Day! What a Skilled Eldercare Manager Can Do for You

Kira Z. Reginato, Eldercare Manager; Radio Show Host

If you’re a caregiver for an aging spouse or one or more parents, you’re in good company with 66 million other Americans. Many will spend more years at this than they did raising children, and they are doing a demanding job without training or having a break. However, Reginato will explain that there is no need to struggle alone any more. Read more »

Russian Hill Walking Tour #8

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Thu, Aug 30 2012 - 2:00pm

Russian Hill Walking Tour

Join a more active Commonwealth Club Neighborhood Adventure! Russian Hill is a magical area with secret gardens and amazing views. Join Rick Evans for a two-hour hike up hills and staircases and learn about the history of this neighborhood. See where great artists and architects lived and worked, and walk down residential streets where some of the most historically significant houses in the Bay Area are located.

Location: Meet in front of Swensen's Ice Cream Store located at 1999 Hyde Street at Union. Read more »

San Francisco Architecture Walking Tour #15

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Thu, Sep 13 2012 - 2:00pm

San Francisco Architecture Walking Tour

Explore San Francisco’s Financial District with historian Rick Evans and learn the history and stories behind some of our city’s remarkable structures, streets, and public squares. Hear about the famous architects that influenced the building of San Francisco after the 1906 Earthquake. Discover hard-to-find rooftop gardens, Art Deco lobbies, unique open spaces, and historic landmarks. This is a tour for locals, with hidden gems you can only find on foot! Read more »

John E. O'Grady: Estate Planning in Film

Tue, Jul 24 2012 - 5:15pm

Estate Planning in Film

John E. O’Grady, Esq., Chair of the Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law section, Bar Association of San Francisco Read more »