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The East Bay Science Cafe information and cafe listings have moved to Science @ Cal!


View the current East Bay Science Cafe postings at the Science @ Cal website.

Talks from January, 2007 through May, 2014

  • May 7th, 2014 -- Dr. Dale McCullough presents “Kangaroo Quest: Juggling Study of Roos and Family Life in Outback Australia.”

  • March 5th, 2014 "Bees!" UC Berkeley graduate student and Essig Museum of Entomology researcher, Lauren Ponisio presents on fascinating Californian pollinators.

  • February 5th, 2014 "Natural history, aesthetics, and conservation." Dr. Greene is a professor and faculty curator of herpetology at Cornell University. Before 2000, he was a professor in Zoology and curator at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology on the UC Berkeley campus. He reflects on friendship and happiness, tackles notions like anthropomorphism and wilderness, and argues that organisms remain the core of biology, science plays key roles in conservation, and natural history offers an enlightened form of contentment.

  • December 4th, 2013 "What determines the complexity of life? " UC Berkeley professor in Integrative Bioloogy and director of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, Dr. Michael Nachman, explored how genomics have deepened our understanding of evolution in ways Darwin never could have imagined.

  • November 6th, 2013 "Vines, Wines, and Viruses" UC Berkeley Post-doctoral fellow in Environmental Science, Policy & Management, Dr. Kai Blaisdell, presents the science of viruses in California vineyards.

  • October 27th, 2013 "Indulge!The Delicious Chemistry of Fat" UC Berkeley Professor of Biochemistry (and avid cook) Dr. Matt Francis presents the science of fat.

  • October 2nd, 2013 "Fluorescence microscopy reveals how bacteria do amazing things!" Dr. Pat Zambryski a professor at the University of California Berkeley in Plant and Microbial Biology.

  • September 4th, 2013 "Atmospheric River Storms and Megafloods: Past and Present." Dr. B. Lynn Ingram is a professor in the Earth and Planetary Science Department at the University of California, Berkeley.

  • August 7th, 2013 "Explore the power, the promise and the problems of stem cells." Uta Grieshammer, PhD is a science officer for California's Stem Cell Agency.

  • June 5th, 2013 "Making Red Wine Green: Using biodiversity to reduce pesticide use in vineyards." Houston Wilson is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley.

  • May 1st, 2013 "The Seven-Year Science Fair, or Fifty Shades of Green: True bugs, new species, and why I'm not smarter than a fifth grader.", Brad Balukjian is finishing up his Ph.D. in the department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at UC Berkeley.

  • April 3rd, 2013 "New phylogenetic methods for measuring biodiversity and their conservation applications", Brent D. Mishler is Director of the University and Jepson Herbaria as well as professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley.

  • March 6th, 2013 "Urbanization of Dragonflies: Changes in Odonata communities over the past century", Joanie Ball, PhD candidate in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM).

  • February 6th, 2013 "Pesticides and Predators: What are the risks of reduced risk pesticides on an important predator, the convergent ladybird beetle?", Lisa Fernandez, PhD candidate in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM).

  • December 5th, 2012 "The co-evolution of communication and cooperation", Mark Laidre, Miller Fellow in the Department of Integrative Biology at Berkeley.

  • November 7th, 2012 "Out of the mist and into the mayhem: the biology of redwoods in the changing world", Todd Dawson is a professor of plant ecology and physiology in the Departments of Integrative Biology and Environmental Science, Policy & Management at UC Berkeley.

  • October 3rd, 2012 "The Big Data Revolution in Natural History Museums", Michelle Koo is the Biodiversity Informatics & GIS Staff Curator at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ), UC Berkeley.

  • September 5th, 2012 "Using Synthetic Biology to Build Microbial Factories Producing Biofuels", John Dueber is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at UC Berkeley.

  • August 1st, 2012 "The Shape of Our Thoughts (Visual perception of geometric shape)", Mark Lescroart is a postdoctoral researcher in the Gallant laboratory at UC Berkeley.

  • June 6th, 2012 "Inside dinosaur bones: what bone tissues reveal about the life of fossil animals", Sarah Werning is a PhD candidate in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley.

  • May 2nd, 2012 "How Important Is Genetics?", Dr. William Klitz, Visiting Scholar in the School of Public Health.

  • April 4th, 2012 "The CalBug Project: Insects, Environmental Change, and Citizen Science", Pete Oboyski, Collections Manager at the Essig Museum of Entomology.

  • March 7th, 2012 "Astronomy and Evolution: From the Death of the Dinosaurs to the Stardust in your Bones", Steve Croft, Department of Astronomy at UC Berkeley and David Lindberg, Professor of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley.

  • February 1st, 2012 "Exploding ant brains, mice who love cat piss, and people who eat too much cake - the hidden ways that microbes manipulate animal behavior", Michael Eisen is an evolutionary biologist at UC Berkeley and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

  • December 7th, 2011 "Web Mapping in the Age of Information: New Avenues for Environmental Research", Maggi Kelly is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley.

  • November 2nd, 2011 "The History of Kelp Forests: Global and Local Surprises", David R. Lindberg is Professor of Integrative Biology at the University of California Berkeley.

  • October 5th, 2011 "Forensic Vertebrate Zoology: Museum science in a changing world", Sean Rovito is a postdoctoral scholar in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley.

  • September 7th, 2011 "Archaeology by Community Mandate: A choose-your-own-adventure story of archaeological research and misadventure in New Mexico", Dr. Jun Sunseri is an assistant professor of archaeology at UC Berkeley.

  • August 3rd, 2011 "International Astronomical Search Collaboration: Asteroid Discoveries by High School & College Students", Dr. J. Patrick Miller, professor of mathematics at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX and Director of the International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC).

  • July 6th, 2011 "Spiders, Crustaceans, and Cells, Oh My! A Story of How Animals Use Cells to Put Themselves Together", R. Crystal Chaw, graduate student and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in the department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley.

  • June 1st, 2011 "Understanding the Current and Future Climate in California", Norman L. Miller, Adjunct Professor in the Geography Department at the University of California at Berkeley and the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona at Tucson.

  • May 4th, 2011 "You've Come A Long Way, Baby! Predicting dispersal of organisms to remote islands", Rosemary G. Gillespie, Professor in Environmental Science and Director of the Essig Museum of Entomology at the University of California Berkeley.

  • April 6th, 2011 "Blood, Guts, and Glory: Insight into a Vertebrate Natural History Museum", Monica Albe, Senior Museum Scientist at the UC Berkeley Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.

  • March 2nd, 2011 "How Dinosaurs Grew (and how we know)", Kevin Padian, Professor of Integrative Biology and Curator in the Museum of Paleontology at the University of California, Berkeley.

  • March 2nd, 2011 "How Dinosaurs Grew (and how we know)", Kevin Padian, Professor of Integrative Biology and Curator in the Museum of Paleontology at the University of California, Berkeley.

  • February 2nd, 2011 "Advancing Global Health and Sustainability: Green Chemistry", Michael P. Wilson, research scientist at the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley (COEH) and Associate Director of Integrative Sciences for the newly formed Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry (BCGC).

  • December 1st, 2010 "Engineering Nanobioreactors Using Nature as our Guide", Danielle Tullman-Ercek, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

  • November 3rd, 2010 "How Stars Are Made", Dr. Steven Stahler, Associate Research Astronomer, UC Berkeley.

  • October 6th, 2010 "Using fossils to help predict the response of ecosystems to climate change", Charles Marshall, professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley and Director of the UC Museum of Paleontology.

  • September 1st, 2010 "The Large Hadron Collider: Exploring Nature at its most fundamental level", Beate Heinemann, professor in the Physics Department of UC Berkeley and researcher in the Physics Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

  • August 4th, 2010 "Mean, Mimetic, Killing Machines: The Evolution of a Unique Beetle Predator", Traci Grzymala, graduate student in the Will Lab at UC Berkeley in the Environmental Science, Policy, and Management department.

  • June 2nd, 2010 "Pollination services and agroecosystems: Searching for sustainability?", Claire Kremen, Ph.D., conservation biologist and assistant professor of environmental science, policy and management at UC Berkeley's College of Natural Resources.

  • May 5th, 2010 "Happiness in Hard Times: Why Happiness Matters and How We Can Have More of It", Christine Carter, Ph.D., Greater Good Science Center, University of California at Berkeley.

  • April 7th, 2010 "You Wouldn't Be Here Without Exploding Stars and Other Astronomical Musings", Jeffrey M. Silverman.

  • March 3rd, 2010 "New Needs for Nature in the Age of Global Warming", Anthony Barnosky, Professor of Integrative Biology, Curator of Fossil Mammals in the Museum of Paleontology, and Research Paleoecologist in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.

  • February 3rd, 2010 "An Ethiopian Diorama: A glimpse of Humanity's Dawn", Henry Gilbert, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, California State University East Bay.

  • December 9th, 2009 "Novel H1N1(swine ) flu: an update", Arthur Reingold, MD.

  • November 4th, 2009 "Solving Environmental Problems Without Creating New Ones: An Atmospheric Scientist's Perspective", Kristie Boering, professor at U.C. Berkeley in the Departments of Chemistry and of Earth and Planetary Science.

  • October 7th, 2009 "The Next Big Earthquake in Our Backyard", Kevin Mayeda.

  • September 2nd, 2009 "Native Bees: A rich natural resource in urban California gardens", Gordon Frankie, Professor of Insect Biology in the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley.

  • July 1st, 2009 "The Evolving Universe", Steve Croft, Researcher in the Department of Astronomy at U.C. Berkeley.

  • June 3, 2009 "Algae mats, bugs, fish, and bats: mapping the future of rivers of the California North Coast", Mary Power, Professor of Integrative Biology at U.C. Berkeley.

  • May 6, 2009 "Solar Energy for 7 Billion People: Linking the Economics to the Chemistry Will Get us There", Cyrus Wadia, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.

  • April 1, 2009 "A Pathway to Sustainable LIFE on Planet Earth", Jeffery F. Latkowski, Chief Engineer for the Laser Inertial Fusion-Fission Energy (LIFE) program.

  • March 4, 2009 "How Could We Survive the Big Bang?", Hitoshi Murayama, Professor in the Department of Physics at UC Berkeley, and Director of the Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe at University of Tokyo.

  • February 4, 2009 "Milkshakes and melanin: Evolutionary adaptations out of place in a modern world?", Leslea Hlusko, Associate Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley.

  • January 7, 2009 "From limpets to echo location in whales: Serendipity in science", Dave Lindberg, Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley and Faculty Curator of the UC Museum of Paleontology.

  • December 3, 2008 "Barcoding DNA???", Brent Mishler, Director of the University and Jepson Herbaria.

  • November 5, 2008 "Long-term effects of a wildfire on butterfly and moth diversity in coastal California", Jerry A. Powell.

  • October 2, 2008 "Glowing Bands and Patches of Light in the Sky - the Northern Lights" Dr. Laura Peticolas.

  • September 3, 2008 "Water Wars: Bottled vs. Tap." Kishore Hari, Independent Water Treatment Consultant.

  • June 12, 2008 "The Dark Side of the Universe." Dr. Bernard Sadoulet, Professor of Physics, UC Berkeley.

  • May 8, 2008 "Mortality and Nature: the Human Challenge." Dr. Charles Fisher, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University.

  • April 10, 2008 "Growing Dinosaur Salad", Paul Licht, UC Botanical Garden Director.

  • March 13, 2008 "Amanitas of California: The Good, The Bad and the Beautiful", Debbie Viess, Co-Founder Bay Area Mycological Society.

  • February 13, 2008"Charles Darwin", Kevin Padian, Curator UC Museum of Paleontology.

  • December 13th, 2007 "Arctic Dinosaurs - what do we know and what are we still wondering about...", Dr. Roland Gangloff, Visiting Scholar, UC Museum of Paleontology.

  • November 8th, 2007 Michael Eisen and the Public Library of Science.

  • October 11th, 2007. "Where Are Species Now? Changes in Distribution of Birds and Mammals in Yosemite over 100 Years", Craig Moritz UCB Professor & Director Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.

  • September 13th, 2007. "Evolution and Extinction on Remote Islands of Oceania: The Comings and Goings of Bugs", Rosemary G. Gillespie UCB Professor & Director Essig Museum of Entomology, BNHM.

  • August 9th, 2007. "Can a new virus explain diabetes and other diseases?" Speaker was William Klitz, Public Health Institute, Oakland and School of Public Health, University of California.

  • June 14th, 2007. "The Basics of Nanotechnology and Applications to Energy and the Environment." Speaker was Jeff Grossman, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems, University of California, Berkeley (see QUEST Nanotechnology video).

  • May 10th, 2007. "The Dangerous Nymphs of California." Speaker was Robert S. Lane, UC Berkeley, Professor of Medical Entomology.

  • April 12th, 2007. "Does Life Exist Elsewhere in the Universe?" Speaker was Dr. Jere H. Lipps from the UC Museum of Paleontology.

  • March 8th, 2007. "Unseen and unheard: Finding bats in the night sky." Speaker was Dr. Joe Szewczak from Humboldt State University.

  • Feburary 8th, 2007. Robert Dudley and Jim McGuire addressed the topic of "New Insights into Animal Flight Evolution Obtained from Gliding Southeast Asian Lizards and Amazonian Ant-Tossing."

  • January 11th, 2007. Tyrone B. Hayes, PhD addressed the topic of "Amphibians, How Pesticides Impact Them, and Why Humans Should Be Concerned."

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