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Thursday Morning Lectures

Join us for a variety of topics ranging from science to nature to health and more!

Since we had to cancel our in-person lectures due to the shelter-in-place order, we are continuing them virtually so you can enjoy them in the comfort and safety of your own home. You can participate by phone only (but you won't see the slides) or by video conference - it is your choice.

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Lecture 1: Mining and Mineralogy

Mining Geology

Thursday September 10, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Our speaker is a retired soil and groundwater specialist who has had a life long interest in mercury mining and mineralogy. Over the years, his main interest has been investigating the New Almaden mines in San Jose as well as mines from all over the world with the goal to alert the public to mining related environmental issues and restoration.
Photo by Curioso Photography on Unsplash

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Lecture 2: The History of Redwood Conservation

Redwood Conservation

Thursday September 24, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

An expert from Save the Redwoods League will teach us about the history of preserving redwoods in parks and preserves and who was influential in making it happen.
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Lecture 3: Crime Scene Investigation Bay Area

CSI Bay Area

Thursday October 1, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Are you fascinated with forensic TV shows like Crime Scene Investigation? Have you wondered what it is like to work in a REAL crime lab? This virtual tour of the Santa Clara County Crime Lab walks through all the different areas of the lab via photographs and stories from real cases. The presentation is given by a criminalist with over 17 years of experience who has worked on many different kinds of cases, from crime scenes to shoeprints to bloodstain patterns. She is an engaging presenter with lots of local crime stories.
Image by Tawny van Breda from Pixabay

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Lecture 4: Endangered Snowy Plover Chicks

Tuesday October 6, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Snowy Plover Chick

The Snowy Plover Program Director at San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory will talk about his work with Snowy Plover Chicks, an endangered species. He grew up in San Luis Obispo, where he attained an early love for nature exploring the nearby tide pools and oak forests. He completed his B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at U.C. Santa Cruz, and first came to SFBBO while beginning his Masters at San Jose State University. For his Masters thesis, he examined how various factors affect plover foraging habitat selection during the winter in the South San Francisco Bay. His favorite part of field work is banding Snowy Plover chicks and watching them grow up, and also enjoys teaching the public about these special birds.
Image from National Park Service - Matt Lau

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Lecture 5: Your Questions Answered about Safely Selling Your Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Snowy Plover Chick

Thursday October 29, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Many sellers need to sell their home right now but do not want to risk exposing themselves and their family to the COVID-19 virus. Our partner, Sharad Gupta's COVID-19 Seller Protection Program solves this dilemma. He and his team sells homes 100% virtually without any need to enter the home. Because he and his team has handled thousands of transactions, they have proprietary systems to make sure your family is safe. This lecture is presented by our partner and real estate expert, Sharad Gupta.

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Lecture 6: GMOs and Our Food Supply

Genetically Modified Organisms

Thursday November 5, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

It is estimated that at least 70% of food products in U.S. retail stores contain genetically modified (GMO) ingredients. Have you ever wondered why companies like Monsanto spend billions making genetically modified crops and how they are made? This seminar will cover these issues and risks associated with genetic modification so you can make educated decisions about what you eat and whether it is important for our food to be labeled. We will discuss the Monsanto perspective, what other scientific researchers are creating and what activist groups like Greenpeace are saying and why. The information will be presented in simple terms to make it easy to understand. The lecture is presented by Ph.D. scientist who worked directly with academics and agriculture companies creating GMOs. Image by Julio Cesar Garcia from Pixabay.

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Lecture 7: Essential Nutrients and Vitamins - How to Distinguish the Good from the Bad Part 1

Genetically Modified Organisms

Thursday November 19, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

More than fifty percent of adults in the United States take at least one dietary supplement such as vitamins and minerals, which supports a 30 billion a year supplement industry. Most people take these supplements without a doctor’s recommendation because they believe it will improve or maintain their health as they age. In this seminar, you will learn what nutrients and vitamins the human body needs to function properly and why. We will also discuss how this changes as we age and how to choose the best quality dietary supplements. The information will be presented in simple terms to make it easy to understand. The seminar is presented by a Ph.D. scientist with a background in chemistry and enzymology. Image by MasterTux from Pixabay

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Lecture 8: Essential Nutrients and Vitamins - How to Distinguish the Good from the Bad Part 2

Thursday December 3, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

More than fifty percent of adults in the United States take at least one dietary supplement such as vitamins and minerals, which supports a 30 billion a year supplement industry. Most people take these supplements without a doctor’s recommendation because they believe it will improve or maintain their health as they age. In this seminar, you will learn what nutrients and vitamins the human body needs to function properly and why. We will also discuss how this changes as we age and how to choose the best quality dietary supplements. The information will be presented in simple terms to make it easy to understand. The seminar is presented by a Ph.D. scientist with a background in chemistry and enzymology.

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