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New Science Smorgasbord: Viruses, Stars, Brains, & Shapes - Science Talk

Wonderfest Science

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

San Francisco, CA

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Viruses: Ancestors or Aliens? – Lauren Popov, Stanford
Biologists can’t agree if viruses are truly “living” entities. So if viruses aren’t alive, then how did they evolve and where did they come from?  Together we will explore the mainstream hypotheses about the origins of viruses and marvel at the diversity of the ever-expanding viral family tree.
 
Star Formation Through Radio Eyes – Chat Hull, UC Berkeley
How do stars form?  And how do magnetic fields affect the star formation process?  I focus on both of those questions in my research, which involves using radio telescopes to observe the dense blobs of dust and gas where stars like our sun are just beginning to form.
 
How to Grow a Primate Brain, and Why You Should – Drew Halley, UC Berkeley
Primate brains (including yours) have some remarkable differences from those of other mammalian species.  This talk will look at what’s different about primate brains, how development produces these differences, and why evolution selected them.
 
What Is The Best Shape? – Otis Chodosh, Stanford
...The best SHAPE?! A question for the ages!  What do geometers and physicists mean by “best”?  And which shape is the winner?
 
 
  • TITLE: New Science Smorgasbord: Viruses, Stars & Primate Brains
  • SCIENCE ENVOYS: Lauren Popov, Chat Hull, Drew Halley, & Otis Chodosh
  • WHEN: Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013, 7 pm – 9 pm
  • WHERE: StrEat Food Park, 428 – 11th Street, San Francisco 94103
  • HOW: This dialogue is presented as a public service by Wonderfest and Ask a Scientist
  • WHY:  Because we’re curious creatures
  • ADMISSION:  FREE!  Please register.
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Soma StrEat Food Park
428 - 11th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)


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Wonderfest Science

Wonderfest, the San Francisco Bay Area Beacon of Science, is a non-profit educational corporation with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.  Wonderfest was founded by Tucker Hiatt (tucker@wonderfest.org), and he currently serves as Executive Director.  Eric Yao (eric@wonderfest.org) is Technical Director.  Wonderfest headquarters are located just north of San Francisco—in Marin County—at 47 Alta Way, Corte Madera, CA 94925.

 Wonderfest’s Mission is to inspire and nurture a deep sense of wonder about the world. Wonderfest aspires to stimulate curiosity, promote careful reasoning, challenge unexamined beliefs, and encourage life-long learning. Wonderfest achieves these ends through public science gatherings in the San Francisco Bay Area and through online science discourse & video that reach around the world.

Science for whom?

The scientific endeavor has universal appeal. Every inquisitive person, regardless of culture or gender or income, is improved by the intellectual challenge and reward that science offers. Wonderfest presentations reach people of diverse ages, too; they appeal to the student in all of us, no matter how old. After all, if you’re through wondering, … you’re through! Wonderfest events are suitable for students in high school, in college, in the school of hard knocks, and in retirement communities.

Why?

…to celebrate the scientific spirit! The rational investigation of our world is the grandest human adventure, with the most significant long-term implications imaginable. Nevertheless, our science is fragile. It’s a small flame nourished in each of us by skepticism, by humility, and, above all, by wonder.

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