Cal Academy Conversations On Science Series

Conversations On Science 2015
All programs at the Nourse Theater

Wednesday March 4, 2015 at 7:30pm
Surprising Benefits of Bacteria: The Human Microbiome
Katie Pollard in conversation with Shannon Bennett
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Did you know that most of you is not even human? What is a human being? One short answer is that it is an individual that started out as a fertilized egg with genes from a male and a female that has developed into a fully functional biological being. But now, there is a growing group of scientists that would say that this is an incomplete definition. They might argue that we are not simply individuals but that we are actually part of our own personal ecosystem. More than 100 trillion…

Wednesday March 18, 2015 at 7:30pm
Minds of Their Own: Animal Intelligence
Virginia Morell in conversation with Roy Eisenhardt
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Today, it’s almost impossible to imagine a society that didn’t believe that animals could think or use tools in navigating their world. Jane Goodall is widely recognized as one of the scientific pioneers to document complex behaviors such as tool use in the animal world. With the publication of her early work, she began to change how we look at animals and consider…

Wednesday April 8, 2015 at 7:30pm
The Neuroscience of Zen: Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
Rick Hanson in conversation with Pamela Weiss
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With new breakthroughs in neuroscience, combined with insights from thousands of years of contemplative practice, we are beginning to understand how we can actively shape our own brains for greater happiness, love, and wisdom. Rick Hanson combines modern science with ancient teachings to show you how to have greater emotional balance in turbulent times, as well as healthier relationships, more effective actions, and greater…

Wednesday April 29, 2015 at 7:30pm
The Internet of Things (IoT)
Vinton Cerf in conversation with Jacob Ward
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Widely known as the “Father of the Internet,” Vinton Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and basic architecture of the Internet. He worked throughout the 1970s on developing the protocols that would become the basis for internet communication. In the early 1980s, while at MCI, he developed and deployed the first commercial email service to use the internet. His efforts have greatly shaped…

Wednesday May 20, 2015 at 7:30pm
The Science of Sleep
Matt Walker in conversation with Indre Viskontas
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The science of sleep has traditionally been abstract, but advances in imaging technology now allow scientists to peek inside the sleeping brain. This is exactly what neuroscientists at UC Berkeley are working on in their sleep labs that study everything from how the brain functions during sleep to what the impacts of sleep deprivation have on our health and on our memories. Why do we sleep? What exactly is going on in our brain during…

Tuesday June 30, 2015 at 7:30pm
Drugs, Dopamine, And Lessons From The Brain
Nora D. Volkow in conversation with Michael Krasny
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By definition, drugs are a medicine or other substance that has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body. Drugs are chemicals that alter, block, or mimic chemical reactions in the brain. They may be taken for medicinal purposes, as part of our daily routine such as with caffeine or as a recreational activity. This causes an alteration of the body’s normal processes, causing physical changes such as faster heartbeat, deeper…

SFUSD: Upcoming Events and Announcements

Upcoming SFUSD Recruitment Events

1.      SFUSD SpEd Panel & Networking Event

Wednesday, 2/18 – 4-6pm

Everett Middle School – 450 Church Street, San Francisco


If you currently hold a credential in Special Education or if your Special Education credential is in progress, we invite you to join us for this unique recruitment event.  At this event, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Hear from current San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Special Education teachers about their experiences;
  • Learn more about our Special Education program and areas where you can teach;
  • Network with school site administrators who are hiring at their schools for the upcoming 2015-16 school year;
  • Speak with Human Resources’ staff regarding the application and hiring process.

2.      Upcoming Events – Save the Date

  • Tuesday, March 3rd, SFUSD Interview Event,  4pm-6:30pm
  • Monday, March 16th, SFUSD SpED Panel & Networking Event, 4pm-6:00pm
  • Thursday, March 19th,  SFUSD Bilingual Recruitment Event, 4-6:30pm
  • Wednesday, March 25th SFUSD Interview Event, 4-6:30pm

Willie Brown, Jr. Middle School Openings – Join our team!

Become a founding teacher at Willie Brown, Jr. Middle School (WBMS), a brand new public middle school in the historic Bayview Community of San Francisco. We are looking for committed, passionate, and creative teachers to educate children in a STEM focused academic program.  In the fall of 2015 we will enthusiastically welcome our pioneering class of 200 excited and motivated sixth graders.

Currently, we have openings for English Language Arts, Social Science, Science, PE, Health, SpEd: Mild/Moderate, and Math teachers for the 2015-16 SY.  We also have a STEM Coordinator/Teacher on Special Assignment and an Engineering teacher position open.  Full job descriptions are also posted in SearchSoft.  We will be conducting interviews and site visits in the next few weeks.  You can also get a virtual tour of the new WBMS here:

SFUSD Webinars

If you can’t attend one of our in-person recruitment events but want to learn more about our application and hiring process, join us for an upcoming webinar.  You’ll also have the opportunity on these webinars to ask questions of our HR recruiters.

SFUSD Candidate Application Webinar

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
3:30 – 5:00 pm (PST)

Please RSVP here:

In the Certificated Application Session, we’ll take an in-depth look at our application and share some helpful tips to ensure your application is complete and best represents your experience, interests, and skills. We’ll also leave time to answer your questions about working in SFUSD.  Space is limited, reserve your webinar seat by clicking on the link above. We’ll be holding webinar sessions throughout the spring and summer.  Please check back on our website for future dates.  After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Grace Pun at

1. PDF – 2015-16 SY Special Education Event Flyer_021815

1. PDF – 2015-16 SY Special Education Event Flyer_021815

AAAS seeks Volunteers for “Public Science Day” in San Jose

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will be hosting its annual meeting next month in San Jose, CA. During the meeting AAAS will be hosting a “Public Science Day” (PSD) event. For 25 years, PSD been the opening event for the AAAS Annual Meeting, engaging local students in science through interactive and hands-on experiences. Public Science Day occurs on the Thursday before the annual meeting, this year on February 12th.

Shaped by the needs of the city where the meeting is being held, AAAS Public Science Day inspires K-12 students to understand the increasing importance of science and technology in their lives. Public Science Day specifically targets school groups and after-school programs that might not normally have access to the resources within their community, including those in underserved communities, as well as foster youth and children with disabilities.

AAAS is looking for volunteers to guide students through interactive booths around the subjects of science, math, engineering, and architecture. Volunteers can help for a few hours or a full day—whatever fits your schedule. Please see full details below and feel free to share widely with your campus networks.

For questions about this program contact Dione Rossiter:


Volunteer Tutor Low-Income Arab Youth–APPLY NOW for February-May!

The Arab Cultural and Community Center is now accepting applications for volunteer tutors in our TAMKEEN after-school tutoring/language integration program for low-income Arab K-12 students, in the Tenderloin, San Francisco– for FEBRUARY-MAY 2015.  We are deeply committed to bringing in our community to serve our community, and would greatly appreciate your involvement.  We will work with schools and departments to ensure students in need of volunteer/service hours receive credit as well.  Students and professionals from all majors and disciplines are encouraged to apply.
TAMKEEN in Arabic means “empowerment,” and the acronym encompasses our strategic goals of Teaching And Mentoring Kids for Enrichment and Empowerment Now!  If you have any questions, please contact us at 415-664-2200 or
Apply Now!:

Summer Internship opportunities in CK-12 foundation

CK12 Grad Student & College Alum Summer Intern Program

CK12 Foundation is recruiting stellar summer interns to work on one or more projects (see attached flyer for project descriptions). In your cover letter, please express your expertise and interest in one or more of the projects. This opportunity is a paid internship, unless applicant is working to fulfill community service requirements.

● Creative, inquisitive, passionate, committed, strong work ethic, strong research skills, proactive, attention to detail, ability to work with minimal supervision based on a provided project description.
● Strong software experience is a plus: Google Apps, HTML5, Photoshop, Illustrator, or similar programs.

Internship Benefits
● Unique learning experience at a leading technology foundation committed to 21st century education.
● Work in an exciting, innovative, and inviting team environment.
● Impressive resume builder.
● Great snacks are available!

● Commit to a minimum of 4 weeks, 48 hours a day, Monday Friday.

How to Apply:
Early application is encouraged. Positions are limited and will be filled as soon as possible, beginning February 1, 2015.
Email your cover letter and resume to with “Grad/Alum Intern Program” in the subject line. Please also submit one instructor recommendation letter either electronically to or by mail to Attn: Katie Sinclear Content Intern Program, CK12 Foundation, 3430 W. Bayshore Road, Suite 101, Palo Alto, CA 94303.

CK-12 Grad Student & Col…gram 2015

SFSU Scholarships for High School Seniors

1) Alumni Association: Elmira Sanderson Endowed Scholarship Fund

  • Scholarship Intent: Award four or five of at least $1,500 scholarships to incoming freshmen who graduate from a San Francisco Public High School.
  • Criteria: Must have a culmulative GPA of at least 2.75 for the junior and senior high school years.
  • Major: Any
  • Class Level: HS Seniors, Undergrad: N/A, Grad: N/A
  • Enrollment Status: Entering

Click here for more information

2) Jenny Low Chang/Associated Students Memorial Scholarship

Associated Student Inc.

The Jenny Low Chang Scholarship was originally created through an endowment fund established by Associated Students Incorporated (ASI) of San Francisco State University in honor of the late Jenny Low Chang. Ms. Chang was an Asian American student attending SF State in the late 1970’s. She was a high achiever who viewed life as a series of challenges and a woman who met each of those challenges successfully. As a biology major, she was passionate about science and medicine and hoped of becoming an orthodontist. That dream was never realized, when her life came to a tragic end on the morning of September 12, 1977. As of today, her murder remains unsolved. In her memory, ASI has established a scholarship in her name.

  • Awarding Department: Associated Students Project Connect Recruitment and Retention Resource Center
  • Scholarship Intent: To provide assistance and support to the educational advancement of students by awarding money to eligible SF State students.
  • Criteria: Part time minimum enrollment at SF State or enrolled in at least half-time at another college or high school senior at the time of application. Applicants must include a detailed explanation of their academic achievement, supported by a letter of recommendation. Students must be actively involved in the empowerment of women in the Bay Area Community, especially but not exclusively in the advancement of Women in Nursing, Sciences and Technology.
  • Major: Any

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3) Robert and Joyce Corrigan SF Promise Endowed Scholarship

Office of Alumni Relations

  • Awarding Department: Alumni Relations
  • Scholarship Intent: The San Francisco Promise Scholarships were established to recognize the academic achievements and potential of students who have graduated from the San Francisco Unified School District and to assist them financially with the pursuit of their education. The scholarship is available to new students at San Francisco State University who have graduated from an SFUSD high school the previous spring.
  • Criteria: Must maintain a GPA of 2.5 at SF State for scholarship to be renewed up to 4 years and complete 24 units for the academic year.
  • Major: Any
  • Class Level: HS Seniors; Undergrad: N/A; Grad: N/A
  • Enrollment Status: Entering

Click here for more information

Community Youth Center Site Coordinator

Community Youth Center of San Francisco (CYC) provides education, leadership development, behavioral health, intervention, community outreach/special projects, and workforce development services to youth and their families in San Francisco community.

Our elementary school After School Program (ASP) is under the Education Component and runs daily from Monday thru Friday. The program is designed to support elementary school youth in a very diverse community with academic, social and emotional development while incorporating extracurricular activities to enhance the growth of our participants and staff. Under the supervision of the Project Manager, the Site Coordinator will administer the after school program as well as serve as a liaison among the school’s administrative staff and principal, front line Program Leaders and our agency.

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Assistant Manager, Extended Learning

The mission of the Extended Learning group is to expand access to Exploratorium inquiry-based learning experiences beyond the standard visit, for participants of all ages, through targetedinteractions for teachers and learners both on and off site. The Assistant Manager is part of a small, dynamic educator team within Extended Learning (EL), but currently assigned to the Lifelong Learning (LL) group.

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Summer 2015 Internships for High School Students and Undergraduates

The Canary Center at Stanford is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for our 2015 summer internships. Please distribute the information about our summer internship program (below and attached) to any of your students who might be interested in applying to participate. The application deadline is March 9th, more information can be found here:

The Canary Center at Stanford is a research center dedicated to early cancer detection research. As part of our efforts to train the next generation of scientists, we offer an unpaid summer internship program. Canary Center interns will work in faculty labs for a 10-week internship in our state-of-the-art research facility. Each participant will be matched with a faculty, postdoctoral scholar, or senior scientist mentor who will help them craft a research project. The successful applicant can expect to work in a dynamic lab environment on challenging projects that involve a broad range of research techniques. The program also includes a series of weekly seminars on early cancer detection research, conducting scientific research, and careers in science and the chance to interact with other interns. The program culminates with a research symposium, where students present individual talks or posters on their summer projects in front of their peers, faculty, and lab mentors. We have up to 12 positions open and will fill positions depending on the qualifications of the applicants.

Internship Eligibility

•       High School Students who are over 15 for non-wet lab projects or over 16 for wet lab projects.
•       Undergraduate students who are enrolled in accredited two or four-year colleges or universities.

•       Students must live locally or have the ability to find housing independently, no stipend or housing assistance is provided with this internship.€
•       Students are expected to work at least 8 hours per day 5 days per week in the lab for the 10-week internship period.

Internship Timeline
•       Applications are due March 9, 2015
•       Internship notification begins late April
•       Formal internship begins June 15, 2015 and ends August 22, 2015
* note early beginning and later end dates may be possible

Please click here for more information

CCSF Offering CBEST and CSET Preparation Courses

City College of San Francisco is offering both CBEST (English and Math) and CSET Multiple Subjects preparation courses in Spring 2015.

CBEST English and Mathematics: 2/28 and 3/14 (both days)
CSET (Multiple Subjects) English: 1/31 and 2/21 (both days)
CSET (Multiple Subjects) Mathematics: 4/18 and 4/25 (both days)

Please see attached flyers for more information

CBEST Flyer Spring 2015