Archive for the ‘Lecture’ Category

Highlights from the Spitzer Space Telescope

Astronomer Michael Bicay, Ph.D., of the NASA Ames Research Center, will discuss Lifting the Cosmic Veil: A Decade of Highlights from the Spitzer Space Telescope, an illustrated, non-technical lecture, Wednesday, April 16, at 7:00 p.m. in the Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.
Admission is free and the public is invited.

The Universe is continually radiating information to Earth, sending signals in wide-spectrum of light. However, not all of these messages reach the ground. Because our planet’s atmosphere blocks most radiation coming in from space.

The Spitzer Space Telescope was launched in 2003 to study the cool universe with waves that are invisible to the human eye. It was designed to probe the birth and youth of stars and planetary disks, and to observe some of the most distant objects in the universe.

However, Spitzer’s mission has since changed—the study of planets orbiting other stars. Dr. Bicay will describe the long road leading to Spitzer’s launch, and present highlights from the mission’s remarkable first decade of discovery.

The planned mission period was to be 2 and a half years with a pre-launch expectation that the mission could extend to five or slightly more years until the onboard liquid helium supply was exhausted in 2009. Without liquid helium to cool the telescope to the very low temperatures needed to operate, most of the instruments are no longer usable. However, the two shortest-wavelength modules of the Infrared Array Camera are still operable with the same sensitivity as before the cryogen was exhausted, and will continue to be used in the Spitzer Warm Mission.

Spitzer has been put to work studying exoplanets (planets outside the Solar System) by modifying its hardware. This included doubling its stability by modifying its heating cycle, finding a new use for the camera, and analyzing the sensor at a sub-pixel level. In its “warm” mission, the spacecraft’s passive cooling system keeps the sensors at minus 407 degrees Fahrenheit.

Dr. Bicay is the director of science at the NASA Ames Research Center, leading more than 400 scientists and technical staff conducting research in space, earth and biological science. He holds a doctorate in applied physics from Stanford University and his research interests include the properties and contents of galaxies and galaxy clusters, as well as the large-scale structure in the universe.

Smithwick Theater, Foothill College
12345 El Monte Rd, Los Altos, California 94022

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
7:00 pm

Admission: Free

Parking lots 1, 7 and 8 provide stair and no-stair access to the theatre. Visitors must purchase a parking permit for $3.00 from dispensers in student parking lots. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters; bring exact change.

STEM Lecture – Inventing Future Entrepreneurs

Michelle Khine, Ph.D., will discuss Inventing Future Entrepreneurs, particularly the growing need to cultivate “homegrown” science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) student innovators. The lecture also features opening remarks from Marc Tarpenning, co-founder of Tesla Motors.

Inquisitive teens (age 16 and older), their parents and community members are invited Friday, March 14, 7:00 p.m. in Room 5015 at the Foothill campus in Los Altos Hills. Tickets are $8, general admission; $5, Foothill students with OwlCard.

The U.S. is ranked 52nd in STEM education. With a continual decline in Americans pursuing advanced education in STEM fields (fewer than 67 percent of engineers earning Ph.D.s in the U.S. are not U.S. citizens), there is an undeniable need to foster and culture homegrown innovators. The low retention rate of student interest in STEM at the K–12 level has been identified as a major factor in this crisis.

Dr. Khine is currently an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at UC Irvine.

Parking in Lots 5 and 6 only is free for ticket-holders.

Space is limited. Purchase tickets here.


Foothill College
Lecture Hall Room 5015

Los Altos Hills

From 280 take the El Monte exit and head west. Enter Foothill College on the right and follow the campus loop.

Exploding Stars, Black Holes & Lick Observatory

Astronomer Alex Filippenko, Ph.D., of UC Berkeley, will discuss Exploding Stars, New Planets, Black Holes and the Crisis at Lick Observatory, an illustrated, non-technical lecture, Wednesday, February 26, at 7:00 p.m. in the Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

Dr. Filippenko, Distinguished Professor in the Physical Sciences at UC Berkeley, is a world-renowned expert on some of the most dramatic fields in astronomy, including exploding stars, black holes and cosmology. An elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, he was the only person to have been a member of both teams that revealed that the expansion of the universe is accelerating. This discovery, based in part on work done by him at Lick Observatory and elsewhere. Voted the “Best Professor” on the Berkeley campus a record nine times.

The first remote mountaintop observatory in the world, Lick Observatory has a remarkable record of discovery spanning 126 years. Lick remains a world leader, such as the discovery and monitoring of exploding stars; the search for planets orbiting other stars, especially Earth-like planets; and the study of giant black holes in the centers of nearby galaxies.

Located on the summit of 4,200′ Mt. Hamilton in the Diablo Range east of San Jose, Lick is used to develop and test new instruments, such as the “adaptive optics” systems that can give telescopes on Earth clarity that matches or exceeds that of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Dr. Filippenko was involved in the development of a 0.8-meter robotic telescope at Lick Observatory (KAIT, the Katzman Automatic Imaging Telescope) that obtains data automatically, every clear night. With KAIT, they have found over 300 supernovae in the past five years.

The UC Berkeley Office of the President has decided that the university’s funding for Lick will be terminated by 2016–2018, given the financial pressures on UC. This crisis has inspired a group of Silicon Valley and Bay Area leaders to begin a serious search for alternative sources of funding to sustain this Bay Area institution. The lecture includes what Lick is all about and why we need to keep it going.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrive early to locate parking.

Parking lots 1, 7 and 8 provide stair and no-stair access to the Smithwick Theater.

Smithwick Theater, Foothill College
12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
7:00 pm

Admission: Free
Parking: $3.00

(650) 949-7888

Black Widow Stars That Consume & Destroy Their Partners

Astronomer Roger Romani, Ph.D., of Stanford University, will discuss Black Widow Stars That Consume and Destroy Their Partners, an illustrated, non-technical lecture Wednesday, January 22, at 7:00 p.m. in the Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. Admission is free and the public is invited. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dr. Romani is an astrophysicist interested in neutron stars, black holes and other relativistic, high energy sources —where density, gravitational field and, often, magnetic field reach their maximum measured values.

NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has revealed a violent high-energy universe full of stellar explosions, black hole jets, and pulsing stars. Dr. Romani will describe the quest to discover the true nature of the most puzzling of these gamma-ray sources. Several turn out to be a star corpse called a ‘black widow’ pulsar.  When a massive star dies, it leaves a collapsed remnant called a neutron star. When a star corpse has a companion star, it can be reanimated by material from the companion.  The revived corpse then begins to vaporize its mate.

The lecture is free; however, there is a charge of $3 for parking and exact change is appreciated.

Parking lots 1, 7 and 8 provide stair and no-stair access to the Smithwick Theater.

Smithwick Theater, Foothill College
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills 94022
(650) 949-7888

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014
7:00–8:30 p.m.

Admission: Free
Parking: $3.00

Chelyabinsk Meteor: Can We Survive?

Astrobiologist and planetary scientist David Morrison, Ph.D., of the NASA Ames Research Center and the SETI Institute, will discuss The Meteor That Exploded Over Russia Last Year: Can We Survive a Bigger Impact?, an illustrated, non-technical lecture Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7:00 p.m. in the Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College. Admission is free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

David Morrison will discuss the Chelyabinsk impact and evaluate ways we might meet the grand challenge to protect our population from space impacts.

Dr. Morrison is the director of the Carl Sagan Center for Study of Life in the Universe at the SETI Institute in Mountain View.

Parking lots 1, 7 and 8 provide stair and no-stair access to the theatre. Visitors must purchase a parking permit for $3 from dispensers in any student parking lot. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters; bring exact change. Foothill College is located off I-280 on El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills.

Chelyabinsk Meteor: Can We Survive a Bigger Impact?
Free Astronomy Lecture
Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College
November 06, 2013
7:00 p.m.
(650) 949-7888

HILLBARN THEATRE & THE FOSTER CITY LIBRARY BEGIN NEW “BARN TALKS” SERIES

Love theatre? Want to learn more about the shows you are seeing, and theatre in general?

Cy Coleman

The award-winning Hillbarn Theatre of Foster City is partnering with the Foster City Library for a series of talks about theatre. “Barn Talks” are hour long panel discussions that examine the creators and themes of America’s great stage works. Hillbarn Theatre’s Resident Musical Director Greg Sudmeier will moderate.

“Barn Talks” will focus on the life and career of Broadway composer Cy Coleman. This Tony winning composer wrote many smash Broadway musicals such as “Sweet Charity,” The Will Roger Follies,” “Little Me, ” and Hillbarn’s current hit “City of Angels.” Coleman also wrote such popular standards as “Witchcraft” and “The Best Is Yet to Come.”

A drawing for tickets to see “City of Angels” will also take place.

“Barn Talks” are free and open to all ages.

Monday, September 19th from 7 – 8 PM
Foster City Library – in the Port Room
1000 East Hillsdale Boulevard
Foster City, CA 94404.
Free parking is available.

For more information, visit Hillbarn Theatre, or call Cynthia Rider at the Foster City Library at 650.574.4842

Whole Foods Market – Back To School Dinner Menus


We want our children to do well in school and good nutrition is important. Start at home by including the kids in planing and preparing dinner.

For new quick and easy ideas stop by the Whole Foods Market on Blossom Hill Road today, August 19, at 6 PM for a class on Back To School Dinner Menus.

One Idea – Whole Foods Recipe: Sweet Potatoes with Collards and Aduki Beans.

The healing power of the sweet potato

Whole Foods Market on Blossom Hill on Facebook.

Whole Kids Foundation

Whole Foods Market
Back To School Dinner Menus
August 19, 2011 at 6 PM
1146 Blossom Hill Rd. Map
San Jose, CA 95118
(408) 266-3700

San Jose Museum of Art Lunchtime Lectures 4/6/11

Jehangir Sabavala - Marine Encounter

Jehangir Sabavala - Marine Encounter

The free Lunchtime Lecture series takes place on the first Wednesday of the month beginning at noon in the Charlotte Wendel Education Center.

Bring your lunch or purchase from the Museum’s Cafe.

This Wednesday (4/6/11) Santhi Kavuri-Bauer, who teaches modern and contemporary Asian art history at San Francisco State University, will look at modern Indian art from the 1900s to the 1980s in the context of Indian history, culture, and politics in her talk, “A Historical Survey of Indian Modern Art.”

Visit the exhibition Roots in the Air, Branches Below: Modern and Contemporary Art from India (for which regular Museum admission applies).


San Jose Museum of Art
Charlotte Wendel Education Center
110 South Market Street, San Jose
408.271.6840

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

April 6, 2011 – A Historical Survey of Indian Modern Art
May 4, 2011 – Difference and the Politics of Identity in Contemporary Art

Lecture Admission: Free

San Jose Museum of Art Lunchtime Lectures

The free Lunchtime Lecture series takes place on the first Wednesday of the month beginning at noon in the Charlotte Wendel Education Center.

Bring your lunch or purchase from the Museum’s Cafe.

This Wednesday (1/5/11) artist and educator Griff Williams (owner of Gallery 16 and Urban Digital Color in San Francisco) explores the challenges of new media and digital art in his talk, “Yes, But Is It Art?: Artmaking in a Digital Age.”

San Jose Museum of Art
Charlotte Wendel Education Center
110 South Market Street, San Jose

408.271.6840

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Free

January 5, 2011 – Yes, But Is It Art?: Artmaking in a Digital Age

February 2, 2011 – Race, Gender, and Sexual Identity in Contemporary Photography

March 2, 2011 – Understanding And Collecting Contemporary Indian Art

April 6, 2011 – A Historical Survey of Indian Modern Art

May 4, 2011 – Difference and the Politics of Identity in Contemporary Art

Learn about publishing at the Campbell Library

Quill writingThis Thursday, April 22, the Campbell branch of the Santa Clara County Library is presenting a special program on the publishing business. The program should be interested for anyone interested in becoming a writer, or just interested in how publishing works. There will be special attention to the children’s books business, and a question-and-answer session. Two publishing industry insiders will be presenting:

Leslie Fitch is a book designer who has done a lot of work on fine art books for academic presses. Her website has a portfolio of her work.

Laurie Gibson is a veteran editor and proofreader. According to her profile at the Central Coast Writer’s Club, she’s also written over 200 articles for newspapers, magazines, websites, and other outlets.

The presentation runs from 7 to 8:30 pm on Thursday, April 22. It’s located in the Community Room at the Campbell Library, 77 Harrison Avenue in Campbell. There is no charge to attend.

(Thanks to Chris at the Campbell Library for this story)

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