“Building and Unbuilding a Climate Change Crisis”
with Cyane Dandridge of Strategic Energy Initiatives
November 28, 2012
Cyane Dandridge is the executive director and founder of Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI). Cyane has experience establishing new business concepts and in combining a technical and a policy-oriented approach to clean energy, green buildings and energy efficiency.
She received her master's degree in building technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for her work in international energy policies and technologies. She also holds a BA in Physics from Reed College.
Cyane's work is published in books, journals and conference proceedings. At SEI, Cyane helps to enable communities to embrace clean energy and energy efficiency, green buildings, economic development, and sustainable communities. She believes sustainability will only work when communities consider the environment, economics, and equity. Her primary focus is on underserved market sectors such as local jurisdictions, schools, small businesses, and multifamily and affordable housing. She is also the executive director for the School of Environmental leadership, and helped to design and launch the first one, the Marin School of Environmental Leadership in partnership with Terra Linda High School.
March 6th: NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope (formerly known as GLAST) mission was launched into orbit on June 11, 2008. Its mission is to explore the most energetic and exotic objects in the cosmos: blazing galaxies, intense stellar explosions and super-massive black holes. Using experimental technologies developed by high energy particle physicists, Fermi's astrophysical observations are being conducted by scientists world-wide. Unlike visible light, gamma rays detected by Fermi's Large Area Telescope are so energetic that E = mc2 really matters! I will explain how Fermi uses matter and anti-matter pair production to track gamma rays to their cosmic locations, and will showcase recent exciting results from the mission
March 13: "I will begin by describing what black holes are (and what they are not!). I will then discuss how big black holes at the centers of galaxies are discovered, how they form, and how they give rise to some of the most remarkable and bizarre phenomena in the universe."
March 27: One of the fundamental goals of astronomy and astrophysics is to understand how the Universe and its constituent galaxies, stars, and planets formed, how they evolved, and what their destiny will be. Dr. Barsony's research is focussed on the formation of stars, brown dwarfs, free-floating planets, and planetary systems. The raw material is provided by the tenuous interstellar gas found in frigid clouds in our Galaxy. Since the present birthplaces of stars are hidden by interstellar dust mixed in with the gas, exploring the detailed mechanisms involved in star (and planetary system) formation requires observations at wavelengths whose passage is relatively unimpeded by the intervening dust: radio, millimeter, submillimeter, infrared, and X-ray wavelengths.
Marin Science Seminar Presentation: "Memory, Money, and Heat Sensing Underwear: Interdisciplinarity in Neuroscience" with Irina Rabkina, TLHS grad and junior at Scripps College (January 9, 2013) Download the flyer here.
In just two years as an undergraduate neuroscience major, I have been introduced to a variety of tools used and topics studied under the umbrella of neuroscientific research. In this talk, I will focus on my work at the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies of the Claremont Graduate University during the spring and summer of 2012 and hopefully answer the question on everybody's mind: just what do underwear have to do with anything? (For a hint, check out the TED talk by Dr. Paul Zak, the director of the lab)
Irina is a TLHS graduate ('10) who is currently majoring in Neuroscience at Scripps College. She is involved in both the Social Cognition & Decision Lab at Scripps, and the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies at Claremont Graduate University. Irina's interest in neuroscience sprang from a talk she heard through Marin Science Seminar, so she is excited to return to the source and share her experience.
Marin Science Seminar for Teens & Community: “Homeless Nemo: What Does the Future Hold for Coral Reef Communities?” with Vania Coelho PhD of Dominican University
Coral reefs are undoubtedly among the most threatened ecosystems in the world. Studies predict that without increased conservation and restoration efforts a complete collapse is only a few decades away. This talk will focus on the current status of coral reefs around the world, including threats to them and the consequences of those threats.
Dr. Coelho holds degrees in Biology, Ecology and Zoology and she completed doctoral research while working as a visiting scientist at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. After completing her doctorate she held research scientist positions at Columbia University. Dr. Coelho’s research focuses on the ecology and evolutionary biology of marine invertebrates including benthic community ecology, population biology, behavior, systematics of crustaceans, and coral reef ecology. She is currently Associate Professor of Biology at Dominican University.
Marin Science Seminar Presentation: “Birdbots, Bugbots, and Faux Gecko: Imitating Nature at Fearing Lab, Berkeley" with Ian Krase, TLHS grad and freshman at UC Berkeley (May 23, 2012, Terra Linda High School)
Many of today's robots are large, clunky assemblages of wheels, wires, and electronics. On the other hand, we can make much more mobile and effective ones by learning from millions of years of natural evolution. At the Fearing Lab in UC Berkeley, we imitate cockroaches, birds, and geckos; animals with very interesting properties. What can we gain by modeling our machines after these runners, fliers, and climbers?.
Ian Krase is an alumnus of Terra Linda High School, who took a strong interest in science and engineering in a wide variety of subfields. Ian taught himself machining, built electronic equipment, and made glass mirrors the old way. He also worked on equipment during internships at the UC Berkeley nanotechnology labs. Currently he is an undergraduate at UC Berkeley in the Mechanical Engineering department where he has discovered his love of robotics and joined the Fearing Lab, a group which focuses on imitating nature to make highly efficient small robots.