ABOUT THE HOST
Ramona Soto is an arts educator, scientific editor, and communicator who specializes in helping people get in touch with what they really love. She’s interested in many things and usually finds herself immersed in art, words, music, and science. Ramona has seen how effective the arts are for helping people find their true selves and communicate with the outside world. In addition, she has taught short, interactive science lessons as her alter ego, Madame Molecule. It all connects!
Catch up on the fall season here.
THUR: JAN 24, FEB 28, MAR 28, APR 25 | 7pm to 9pm
Hosted by Ramona Soto
Produced by 14 Black Poppies
At Progressive Grounds Mission District (2301 Bryant Street, SF)
The Plastic Island: Thur, Apr 25
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: An Island of Plastic in the Ocean
Susan T. Mashiyama, PhD
University of California, San Francisco
Dept of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences
Ever hear of several huge islands of plastic garbage in the ocean? How did they get there and why are they a concern? What's the story about getting charged for bags in grocery stores now and why do we need to put up with biodegradable take-out containers that melt before you get them home with your dinner? Come learn about a global epidemic of accumulating plastic and how it starts with something so seemingly innocent as plastic shopping bags, why plastic in the environment may threaten your health, and how you can help.
Susan T. Mashiyama, PhD, is a researcher focusing on analyzing the databases of protein information to find out more about how enzymes function and how they are related to other. She has been concerned about the environment and how it affects human health since learning in school about bioaccumulation of toxins in living organisms, and about the food and water cycles that "recycle" water and food through all living things on earth. She also is a musician, and plays the Celtic harp, and is a singer/songwriter. TBA
FINDING NEMO: Thur, Mar 28 @ 7PM
Finding Nemo: Where were your fish last night?
Anna Sturrock, PhD
University of California, Santa Cruz
How do we track and map fish movements, and why does it matter Starring salmon from your local Californian rivers and a live dissection!
Anna Sturrock is a marine ecologist from the UK who moved to Berkeley nearly a year ago to study the movements of Chinook salmon in the California Central Valley. She comes from a zoology background and has worked in a variety of topics, ranging from gibbon calls to whale song, colourful coral reefs to the deepest fjords, mollusc genitalia to fish earbones! She has worked as an aquarist, teacher, research diver and presently as a researcher at the University of California, Santa Cruz, collaborating with a number of government agencies. Her talk will focus primarily on her current research, where she uses salmon earbones like flight box recorders to reconstruct movements of individual fish.
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