Science Events

The known universe has some hard and fast rules to it. Learn a few and figure out some of this crazy world.

Upcoming Events

Speaker: 
Marlene Simon
Wednesday, August 4th, 5:30pm-6:50pm PT / 8:30pm-9:50pm ET

Taking stem or leaf cuttings can be an easy and cheap way of obtaining more plants and we all want more plants. But knowing the basic science and why's behind this practice will help you become even more successful. This session will focus on the hormones, myths, tips and tricks that are key to propagating easy to those more-difficult-to-root plants.

Monday, August 30th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

This talk will be all about CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy). What is it? How does it work? What to look for in a CBT therapist? Can it actually help you? If you've ever wondered if therapy is for you and didn't know where to get your questions answered, this is the place!

Past Events

Mondays & Thursdays, Jun 7 - Jun 24, 3pm-4pm ET / 7pm - 8pm GMT

This seminar is on sex differences, an eternal flame in the culture wars. I'll be covering 6 essential topics, the biological foundations of sex, sex differences in sexuality, sex differences in personality, the nature and nurture of sex differences, sex differences at work, and the sex differences controversy itself. This seminar takes the evidence-based perspective that men and women are significantly biologically and psychologically different.

Speaker: 
Jodi Roebuck
Sunday, June 6th, 1pm-2:45pm PT (US) / Monday, June 7th, 8am-9:45am NZST (New Zealand)

Learn the gardening strategies of Roebuck Farm, a leader in sustainable farming, and how you can use them to make your farming business bloom. This event is being held on Sunday, June 6th, 1pm PT, which is Monday, June 7th, 8am in New Zealand. The ticket price is listed in USD.

Speaker: 
Jodi Roebuck
Sunday, April 11th, 1pm-2:30pm (PT) / Monday, April 12th, 8am-9:30 (New Zealand)

Learn the gardening strategies of Roebuck Farm, a leader in sustainable farming, and how you can use them to make your farming business bloom. This event is being offered on Sunday, April 11th 1pm PT, which is Monday, April 12th 8am NZST in New Zealand. The ticket price is listed in USD.

Mondays & Wednesdays, Apr 5 - Apr 21, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

This seminar is on sex differences, an eternal flame in the culture wars. I'll be covering 6 essential topics, the biological foundations of sex, sex differences in sexuality, sex differences in personality, the nature and nurture of sex differences, sex differences at work, and the sex differences controversy itself. This seminar takes the evidence-based perspective that men and women are significantly biologically and psychologically different.

Speaker: 
David Shiffman
Mondays, Mar 15 & Mar 22, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

In this 2-session workshop, participants will learn the basics of how to share their expertise with the interested public using modern communications tools. It will include guided interactive activities as well as advanced tips and tricks, taught by one of the most-followed scientists in the world.

Saturday, March 13th, 7am-8am PT / 10am-11am ET

Join marine biologist Melissa Cristina Márquez as she dives into the secret lives of sharks, from their past to their perilous present.

Sunday, February 28th, 10am-11:30am PT / 1pm-2:30pm ET

In this seminar Brigit will explain some of the basic differences between bumblebees, solitary bees, and honeybees – including lifecycles and nesting behaviour; their relationships with flowering plants; the problems they all face; and, most important, what we can do to help them.

Mondays & Thursdays, Feb 15 - Feb 25, 3pm-4pm ET / 8pm-9pm GMT

Evolutionary Psychology examines the human mind through the lens of evolution. This short seminar series explores topics covering the basics of the field and examines, through robust group discussion and Q&A, how evolutionary psychology answers some of the most controversial and persistent questions about human nature.

Speaker: 
Razib Khan
Wednesday, January 27th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

Do you have 23andMe or Ancestry.com data that you’re interested in analyzing more deeply? Join geneticist and personal genomics expert Razib Khan for a crash course in getting the most out of the raw data available from popular genetic sites.

Mondays & Thursdays, December 7th, 10th, 14th, & 17th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

Evolutionary Psychology examines the human mind through the lens of evolution. This short seminar series introduces the basics of the field and examines how evolutionary psychology answers some of the most controversial and persistent questions about human nature.

Speaker: 
Chavi Karkowsky
Monday, October 19th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

They say knowledge is power, but is it always? As a maternal-fetal medicine physician, Dr. Chavi Karkowsky has seen how genetic testing can empower her patients -- and also open a Pandora’s Box they wish they could close. Join Dr. Karkowsky for this exploration of the history, science, and human experience of modern prenatal genetic testing.

Speaker: 
John Sitter
Wednesday, September 23rd, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

As ice caps melt and temperatures rise, novels about climate change have moved from the margins to the center of world literature. In this seminar, we will explore the emerging genre of climate fiction (aka "cli-fi") and discuss how the best work in this genre helps us understand our moment and imagine possible futures.

Speaker: 
Andrew Fraknoi
Friday, September 18th, 6-7:30pm PT / 9-10:30pm ET

Take a tour of the most intriguing future “tourist destinations” among the planets and moons in our cosmic neighborhood. Our stops include Venus, the Mount Olympus volcano on Mars, and Saturn's "Cold Faithful" and more!

Tuesdays, September 8th and 15th, 12-1:30pm PT / 3-4:30pm ET

Over two lectures, renowned computer science professor Michael Littman will share the major ways in which humans endow computers with their intended autonomous behaviors. If you understand how computers are told, trained, and taught what to do, you will be a savvier consumer and more adept at convincing the machines to do what you want them to do.

Speaker: 
Steve Chamow
Tuesday, May 19th, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

Dr. Steve Chamow is back by popular demand for an extended conversation on COVID-19 drug discovery. Join us to learn more about the availability of technologies for therapeutics and vaccines and opportunities to shorten the timeline of clinical drug development.

Speaker: 
Lauren Oakes
Thursday, May 7th, 6-7pm PT / 9-10pm ET

The solution space for climate change isn’t only about stopping emissions. It’s also about coping with the consequences in our local communities. Conservation scientist Lauren Oakes will discuss two responses to climate change —adaptation vs. mitigation — and what we can do to help.

Speaker: 
Steve Chamow
Tuesday, May 7th, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

The current pandemic is affecting our lives in ways we never expected, and scientists around the globe are working to stop its spread. In this timely talk with Dr. Steve Chamow, we'll learn about what it will take for drug companies to mitigate the impact of coronavirus.

Speaker: 
Lisa Ruth Rand
Saturday, April 18th, 6-7pm PT / 9-10pm ET

Like industries on earth, the space industry also generates waste. Join science historian and space junk expert Lisa Ruth Rand to explore how space junk became a threat and to discuss the challenges faced by those who wish to fix the problem.

Speaker: 
Iris Litt
Monday, April 13th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

Most drugs prescribed today have only been tested on white men. Don't miss this opportunity to talk with esteemed Stanford Pediatrics Professor Dr. Iris Litt about how this affects patients and what can be done.

Thursday, April 9th, 12-1pm PT / 3-4pm ET

Medical writer Dr. Randi Hutter Epstein takes us on a fascinating journey into the history of hormones and the outsized role they play in our lives. Randi has an MD and MPH and teaches writing at Yale and Columbia.

Speaker: 
Terry Johnson
Thursday, April 2nd, 4-5pm PT / 7-8pm ET

Learn how scientists design and construct biological systems to do everything from edit the genome to make better dye for blue jeans.

Speaker: 
Lauren Oakes
Wednesday, April 1st, 6-7pm PT / 9-10pm ET

Join conservation scientist Lauren Oakes to learn how we can adapt to climate change and support natural solutions to reduce emissions.

Thursday, March 26th, 4-5pm PT / 7-8pm ET

Join science historian Lara Freidenfelds for a discussion of how Americans' perceptions of miscarriage have changed over the past 250 years.