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September 2019

Garden Herbalism for Digestive and Respiratory Health

September 8 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Gardens and landscapes possess great potential to nourish, strengthen, and treat the tissues of the respiratory and digestive systems. This class will discuss herbal actions helpful for these tissues and meet/taste the herbs that have them. We will also discuss how to prepare and administer herbs from the garden for self care and treatment of common maladies of these organ systems.

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Younger Lagoon Reserve Tours

September 8 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

This 90-minute, behind-the-scenes hiking tour takes visitors into Younger Lagoon Reserve adjacent to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Part of the University of California Natural Reserve System, Younger Lagoon Reserve contains diverse coastal habitat and is home to birds of prey, migrating sea birds, bobcats, and other wildlife. Come and see what scientists are doing to track local mammals, restore native habitat, and learn about the workings of one of California’s rare coastal lagoons. A tour is offered on selected…

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Lick Observatory: Public Evening Tour

September 9 @ 1:00 am - 2:00 am

Our new "behind the scenes" style 4 - 6 hour walking tour of Lick Observatory will start at the main building's Visitor Center. An astronomer based on Mount Hamilton will be the main guide for the evening. Participants can learn about the unique history of the world’s first permanently occupied mountaintop observatory, the eccentric California pioneer James Lick, technology used for observing on different telescopes along the tour route, and current science being conducted at Lick Observatory. A highlight of…

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September Prof & A Pint: Synthetic Biology with Assistant Professor Marcella Gomez

September 10 @ 1:30 am - 3:00 am

Assistant Professor Marcella Gomez and their lecture about Synthetic Biology. More information to come.

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Zero-Knowledge Proofs & the Demand for Cryptography & Blockchain Talent

September 11 @ 1:30 am - 3:30 am

How do you prove you know something without sharing all your confidential information? Join us for an introduction to the groundbreaking cryptographic technology of zero-knowledge proof and a discussion of the opportunities available in the cryptography and blockchain field. Presenter: VANISHREE RAO, Ph.D., is cryptography technical advisor for O(1) Labs, a blockhain startup that employs zero-knowledge proofs. Prior to that, she was a cryptographer at Intertrust Technologies, the inventor of anti-piracy technologies or digital rights management, and she researched various…

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UC Santa Cruz Alumni Excursion: Birding and Natural History of Santa Cruz and the Monterey Bay

September 13 @ 1:00 am - 2:00 am

Join us for a very special two-day excursion in the Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz's north coast. With students, faculty, and alumni experts from UC Santa Cruz, we will explore the areas birding and natural history. The cost is $375 per person for all activities, meals, and transportation included in the list below. All are welcome at this event, Banana Slug or not! Welcome reception and private tour of Kenneth Norris Center for Natural History. Lecture by Chris Lay, Administrative…

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An Introduction to Seed Saving

September 14 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Kellee Matsushita of the UCSC Farm & Garden, leads this workshop to explore the foundational concepts of seed saving: which crops to choose, how to crop plan for seed production, and how botany impacts mating systems for various crops/species. We may be able to clean and process a few seed crops (weather dependent ). We will also discuss how we can participate in the reformation of local seed sheds.

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Science Sunday—Kelp Forest Resiliency: Life after Sea Urchin Grazing

Along California’s Central Coast, sea urchins have recently transformed a long-established kelp forest into an underwater mosaic—patchy forests interspersed with barrens void of kelp. What causes sea urchin outbreaks that result in widespread kelp deforestation? How will they end and when will kelp forests recover? Join Joshua Smith as he disentangles the mechanisms that underpin kelp forest resiliency. Come learn what drives this changing ecosystem. Joshua Smith, Ph.D. Candidate Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Santa Cruz ________________________________________________________________ Join…

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Orin Martin’s book launch party

September 15 @ 11:00 pm - September 16 @ 1:00 am
UCSC Hay Barn, 1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Orin Martin shares his wisdom, experience, and advice in his new book, Fruit Trees for Every Garden. Celebrate with us at the UCSC Hay Barn on Sunday, September 15, 2019 from 4-6pm! Enjoy a book reading and signing by Orin and artwork by Stephanie Martin on display and for sale. Refreshments will be available, plus a pie potluck. Bring your favorite fruit pie if you can! This event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you…

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September Prof & A Pint: Synthetic Biology with Assistant Professor Marcella Gomez

September 17 @ 1:30 am - 3:00 am

Synthetic biology is an engineering discipline that uses components of natural systems as building blocks to serve new engineering functions. Synthetic biology has quickly evolved from modifying existing systems in nature to designing new systems from the ground up, such as enzymatic pathways for biofuels. However, the inherent variability and our limited understanding of nature has challenged our ability to get predictable and consistent performance. In spite of this complexity, new technology, machine learning, and controls can give us unprecedented…

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