BAO Lectures

EDUCATIONAL LECTURES

Join us for live seminars via video conference on a variety of topics ranging from science to nature to health and more!

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Lecture 12 Conserving Water Inside Your Home

Thursday August 5, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Participants will learn a holistic water conservation approach that focuses on reducing their overall water footprint. While the average American uses a lot of water for their personal hygiene and the yard, it is the food on our plates and the products we use in our daily lives that increases our water footprint by 10-fold. We will provide a water calculator to make participants more aware of the impact that their daily choices have on water conservation. We will also discuss water efficiency, achieved by relying on well-designed products that minimize the amount of water we use. There will be time at the end of the seminar for questions and answers. This program is in partnership with Valley Water.

Location: Virtual via YouTube streaming


Lecture 13 Newt Patrol

Thursday August 19, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Two species of newts live in the forested hills surrounding Lexington Reservoir, Los Gatos. Every winter, after the first substantial rain, they begin migrating into the creeks and the reservoir in order to reproduce. You may have seen them crossing park trails, roads and other paths. Incredibly, an average of 5,000 newts are killed per year by humans just at Lexington Reservoir! This is one of the highest amphibian mortality rates globally. Learn about Newt Patrol, a group of citizen scientists who have been surveying newt migration and roadkills near Lexington Reservoir since 2017 and advocating for their protection. Our speaker, Dr. Merav Vonshak will teach us about these fascinating amphibians and the important work Newt Patrol is doing to save them. Dr. Vonshak received her Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University and Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford University, is founder of the South Bay’s BioBlitz Club and is a faculty member at San Jose State University. Image by Midpen

Location: Virtual via YouTube streaming


Lecture 14 Climate-Safe California: The Path to Net-Negative Emissions

Thursday September 23, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

The Climate-Safe California campaign is a unique, bold, urgently needed, and comprehensive solution to the climate crisis, which will catalyze similar efforts in other states, the nation, and the world. The campaign calls on California lawmakers to commit to accelerating existing state policies to achieve net-negative emissions by 2030. We will learn about the multi-pronged approach of solving our climate change problems including changing energy resources and agricultural methods, emergency preparedness and financing mechanisms. Our speaker has 19 years of experience in researching ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and working on climate policy. Image by Matt Palmer on Unsplash.

Location: Virtual via YouTube streaming


Lecture 15 Conserving Water Outside Your Home

Thursday October 7, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

More than half the water consumed by a Santa Clara County household is used in the yard. This workshop will cover many different ways to reduce water use in your yard, pool and garden. Also, we will provide details about how to apply for and successfully complete a Valley Water landscape conversion rebate project and share landscape design templates. This program is in partnership with Valley Water.

Location: Virtual via YouTube streaming


Lecture 18 Screening the Past: Film and the Representation of History

Thursday October 21, 2021 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

This lecture explores how the inherently narrative character of history allows for cinematic representation to play such a dominant role in how history is known. Questions to be raised include what role film plays in our engagement with history, how movies both illuminate and distort our knowledge of the past and why increased access to media content via Netflix, Amazon and other streaming services warrants greater media literacy to decode the making of the story of our past. This lecture is presented by Falk Cammin, Humanities Mellon Scholars Program Director of Foothill College.Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay.

Location: Virtual via Zoom


Lecture 16 Conserving Water Outside Your Home

Thursday November 11, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

More than half the water consumed by a Santa Clara County household is used in the yard. This workshop will cover many different ways to reduce water use in your yard, pool and garden. Also, we will provide details about how to apply for and successfully complete a Valley Water landscape conversion rebate project and share landscape design templates. This program is in partnership with Valley Water.

Location: Virtual via YouTube streaming


Lecture 17 Understanding Alzheimers and Dementia

Thursday December 9, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Dementia affects approximately 11% of Americans 65 years and older with up to 215 million in associated costs. Learn about the latest scientific research on the causes of Alzheimers and dementia, early signs of the disease, what you can do to try to prevent or slow the disease, the latest ways to diagnose and treat the disease, and how the drugs on the market or close to market work. The information will be presented in simple terms to make it easy to understand. The seminar is presented by a Ph.D. scientist with more than 30 years of experience.

Location: Virtual via YouTube streaming