Northern California Science Writers Association


Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, June 21, 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • 34

    The last time a total eclipse of the sun crossed the entire U.S. and turned day to night was 99 years ago. Soon, on August 21, the rare event repeats. The shadow of the moon will completely block our view of the sun’s disk along a path 60 to 70 miles wide, arcing thousands of miles from Oregon to South Carolina. (Everyone – including Bay Area viewers – not in the narrow band of full eclipse will see a partial solar eclipse.)

    On June 21 – the summer solstice -- we will learn the hows and whys of the total solar eclipse, one of nature’s most spectacular sights. Popular Bay Area astronomy educator and explainer of all things astronomical, Andrew Fraknoi, will be the featured speaker at our early summer dinner meeting in San Francisco.

    In an illustrated, non-technical talk, he will share some fascinating history of discoveries made during eclipses, and describe citizen-science projects planned for the 2017 eclipse. We’ll learn how eclipses work and how to observe them safely. Fraknoi is co-leader of a project to distribute two million eclipse glasses – and eclipse factoids – through public libraries in the U.S.

    Everyone attending this talk will receive a free pair of “certified safe” eclipse viewing glasses courtesy of Google. Join us!

    Andrew Fraknoi is the chair of astronomy at Foothill College and the former executive director of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. He has shed light on many an astronomical phenomenon for thousands of students and teachers, and hundreds of news reporters facing deadlines with uncertainty. This year, he has been training teachers and librarians to act as guides for the public as the August eclipse approaches.  He is the co-author of Solar Science, a guide for teachers, and also of a new children’s book about eclipses. The International Astronomical Union has named Asteroid 4859 Asteroid Fraknoi in honor of his contributions to public understanding of science.

    When: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    Where: ThirstyBear Brewing Company661 Howard St, San Francisco. The restaurant is a convenient walk from the Montgomery St. BART station.

    Dinner: The menu at ThirstyBear presents a contemporary and seasonal approach to traditional Spanish tapas. The restaurant is also the first and only brewery in San Francisco to brew certified organic beer and become a certified Green Business.

    Vegetarian deviled eggs
    Patatas bravas
    Pan Roasted broccolini
    Empanadas with corn, spinach & goat cheese
    Shrimp sautéed w/garlic, parsley, white wine & paprika
    Beef and pork meatballs

    COST: $28 members / $20 students / $44 nonmembers (there is a limit of 58 attendees). The deadline for sign-ups is June 19.

Past events

Saturday, April 29, 2017 NCSWA Workshop: Smartphone Photography
Saturday, April 22, 2017 NCSWA March for Science Meetup
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 When itch becomes a pain: the biology of touch
Saturday, March 04, 2017 Show and Tell: How to build stories with scenes and voice
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 California's redwoods in a changing climate
Sunday, October 30, 2016 Tour of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
Saturday, October 08, 2016 NCSWA Workshop: Smartphone Photography
Tuesday, October 04, 2016 A Giant Step for Robots
Saturday, August 27, 2016 Walking Tour: Berkeley Rocks!
Thursday, August 04, 2016 The see-through brain
Saturday, April 23, 2016 NCSWA Workshop: Narrative Structure: Choosing the best way to tell your story
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 Open Board Meeting
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 Stiff, Spook, Bonk and More: Science Meets Humor
Saturday, February 27, 2016 Marine Mammal Center & Point Bonita Lighthouse
Saturday, February 20, 2016 NCSWA WORKSHOP: The Art of the Science Essay
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 Pluto’s “Spinning Top” Moons and other Discoveries
Thursday, October 08, 2015 NCSWA Movie Night: The Martian
Thursday, October 01, 2015 Your Aging Cells: The Fast Track to Disease?
Saturday, September 19, 2015 NCSWA Data Scraping and Visualization Workshop
Tuesday, July 07, 2015 How CRISPR gene editing is changing our world
Friday, June 26, 2015 NCSWA weekend at Hastings Reserve, June 26-28
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Proof: the Science of Booze
Tuesday, October 07, 2014 How scary is Ebola?
Saturday, May 24, 2014 Underground tour of Black Diamond Mines
Thursday, April 03, 2014 Daniela Kaufer - Stress & the Brain
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 Holiday dinner: Chasing volcanoes
Thursday, September 26, 2013 NCSWA Night at the Exploratorium
Friday, August 16, 2013 Camping trip to Sagehen reserve in the Sierra Nevada
Friday, May 03, 2013 How to Be a Science Writer
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 Spring Dinner: Hydraulic Fracturing, with Stanford's Mark Zoback
Saturday, January 12, 2013 NCSWA Data Journalism Workshop
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 NCSWA Holiday Dinner: Nerds on Wall Street (REGISTRATION CLOSED)
Thursday, October 11, 2012 NCSWA Fall Event: Cyber Crime (REGISTRATION CLOSED)
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 NCSWA Movie Night
Friday, August 24, 2012 Overnight trip to North Coast’s Angelo Reserve (FULL)
Saturday, July 14, 2012 Special tour of Buckminster Fuller exhibit (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, May 17, 2012 Spring dinner with Atul Butte
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Resetting the Aging Clock
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 Intimate Aerials: Photography using Kite-Lofted Cameras
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 GAMING SCIENCE: Video Games and Scientific Research – Who’s in the Lead?
Monday, July 11, 2011 SETI: If We're Not Alone, How Will We Find Out?
Thursday, March 10, 2011 Building the brain in silicon
Saturday, February 26, 2011 Hike the "minor peaks" of San Francisco
Saturday, January 22, 2011 Hike the Pinnacles with a ranger
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 Math whiz and Las Vegas card counting veteran Paul Stepahin
Saturday, November 20, 2010 Digital Photography Workshop
Thursday, October 07, 2010 Oil Spills and Microbes: Can Mother Nature Take a Punch?
Saturday, August 21, 2010 NCSWA Point Reyes Kayak Camping
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 David Relman & the Micro World of Endo-Ecology
Thursday, April 01, 2010 Dinner with Stephen Palumbi
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 Holiday Dinner with Science Comedian Brian Malow
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 Let’s Get Really Small: A Report on Nanotechnology from Someone Ahead of the Forefront
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 The Hunt for Planets Like Earth
Saturday, April 25, 2009 WORKSHOP: New Directions in Science Writing
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