Wonderfest – Bay Area Festival of Science 2010

This weekend November 6 & 7 is Wonderfest, a free two-day Bay Area Festival of Science at Stanford (Saturday) and UC Berkeley (Sunday).

A few of the topics include:

Does 10,000 Hours of Videogaming Have Side Effects?

Is Mathematics More Art than Science?

Will Synthetic Biology Make Industrial Chemistry Obsolete?

Dare We Try to Engineer Earth’s Climate?

How Did Evolution Shape Human Behavior?

Also, the Bay Area Science Expo at UC Berkeley, where artists and craftspeople show their science stuff including art, books, crafts, music and more.

What would a science festival be without comedy? Norm Goldblatt does stand-up comedy on Saturday and Brian Malow does a Neil Armstrong routine on Sunday.

Wonderfest’s mission statement: Through public discourse about provocative scientific questions, Wonderfest aspires to stimulate curiosity, promote careful reasoning, challenge unexamined beliefs, and encourage life-long learning.

Wonderfest is a free event and open to the general public.

Wonderfest – Bay Area Festival of Science

Stanford University – Hewlett Teaching Center
Saturday, November 6, 2010
1:00 pm to 9:00 pm

UC Berkeley – Stanley Hall
Sunday, November 7, 2010
10:00 am to 6:00 pm



1:00 pm – Does 10,000 Hours of Videogaming Have Side Effects?
Jane McGonigal, Director of Game Research, Institute for the Future
Philip Zimbardo, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Stanford

2:45 pm – Is Mathematics More Art than Science?
Keith Devlin, H-STAR Institute Executive Director, Stanford
Alejandro Garcia, Professor of Physics, San Jose State

4:00 pm to 7:00 pm – AMATEUR SCIENCE FORUM – groups & individuals share their explorations

4:30 pm – Science Laughs, with Norm Goldblatt

5:00 pm – Neuromagic, with Luigi Anzivino

5:30 pm – Bechtel WonderCup “Innovation Challenge” Championship

8:00 pm – Will Synthetic Biology Make Industrial Chemistry Obsolete?
Paul Berg, Nobel Laureate & Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry, Stanford
Richard Zare, Priestley Medalist & Chemistry Department Chair, Stanford

8:00 pm – Presentation of the 2010 Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization
to Donald Kennedy, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Science, Stanford

UC Berkeley

10:00 am – Emmy Noether: Mistress of Nature’s Laws, with Ransom Stephens

10:30 am – Dare We Try to Engineer Earth’s Climate?
Julio Friedmann, Carbon Management Program Leader, Lawrence Livermore National Lab
Jane C.S. Long, Associate Director at Large, Lawrence Livermore National Lab

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm – BAY AREA SCIENCE EXPO – art, books, crafts, & music for science lovers

1:00 pm – The Lives of Stars, with Ken Croswell

1:30 pm – How Did Evolution Shape Human Behavior?
David DeGusta, Research Paleontologist, Paleoanthropology Institute
Henry Gilbert, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, CSU East Bay

3:00 pm – Science Laughs, with Brian Malow

3:30 pm – This Week In Science | LIVE podcast, with Dr. Kiki & Justin

4:15 pm – Do We Understand the Structure of the Universe?
Lloyd Knox, Professor of Physics, UC Davis
Chung-Pei Ma, Professor of Astronomy, UC Berkeley


Stanford Hewlett Teaching Center

Stanford’s parking restrictions are not enforced during Wonderfest; parking stickers and meter fees are unnecessary. However, all parking laws are strictly enforced; violations involving red curbs, fire lanes, handicapped parking, etc., will be cited.] Small street-level lots can be found across Serra Street from Hewlett Teaching Center, along “The Oval” (where Palm Drive meets Serra Street), and at the end of Lomita Drive after it crosses Roth Way. Large lots can be found near the Stanford Medical Center at Palm Drive and Via Ortega. Finally, a multi-level parking structure lies at the corner of Via Ortega and Panama Street.

UC Berkeley Stanley Hall

Parking near Stanley Hall should be fairly easy to find along Hearst avenue on the north side of campus. The Upper Hearst Parking Structure, on the northwest corner of Hearst and Gayley, is particularly handy. Purchase parking tickets from machines inside the structure. The rate is $3.00 for the first hour, $1.00 per hour thereafter. Since Wonderfest happens at Cal on a Sunday, parking may be readily available in other areas.

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