science

Courtesy of blackgirlscode.com

Electrical engineer and computer programmer Kimberly Bryant says that when she was in college, she was one of only a few women, and the only black woman, in her graduating class. When she had her own daughter, Kai, she wondered what she could do to get more young girls of color into the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math-- known as STEM.

There’s a science to happiness. And one of the centers for its study is right here in the Bay Area.

The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley studies human happiness, compassion and altruism. KALW's Hana Baba wanted to find out the formula, so she went to the center and sat down with its co-director Dacher Keltner, author of the book, Born To Be Good.

Sea Slugs & "Science, Neat"

Oct 23, 2014
Shayle Matsuda

  

Shayle Matsuda is a graduate student studying sea slugs at the California Academy of Sciences. Out of the lab, he creates research experiences for high school students and hosts an interactive happy hour series at San Francisco's El Rio bar called "Science, Neat." He draws by hand, water-colors and uses digital media to make science more accessible. (His hand-drawn "Science, Neat" whale illustration is pictured here.) At a Bay Area Science Festival event Oct. 28, Shayle will talk about the challenges and rewards of being in transition from female to male while in the close quarters of a scientific expedition. He shares these and other highlights of his personal journey and his passion for science on tonight's Out in the Bay with host Eric Jansen.  7pm Thursday, Oct. 23, 91.7 FM + kalw.org

Prakash Lab


I am in a lab tucked away in the basement of a Stanford University engineering building. Bioengineering professor Manu Prakash is showing me a tiny music box which plays the song “Happy Birthday.” 

The Fog Harvester

Sep 17, 2014
Leila Day

John Lovell is holding onto a rope, easing himself down a steep drop-off.

“I’ve already fallen off it once!” Lovell yells, looking down a steep canyon called Avalon in Daly City. It’s a gusty place, with planes constantly overhead. Lovell is here to check on his harvest.    

“People ask me what I do, and I say, ‘[I] harvest fog,’ they say, ‘Harvest frogs?’” Lovell laughs.

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