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See the Blue Serengeti and Get Intimate with Water at Exploratorium's Lab and Lunch

For Immediate Release:
November 01, 2013

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See the Blue Serengeti and Get Intimate with Water at Exploratorium's Lab and Lunch

Two Lab and Lunch Programs in November Explore San Francisco Bay and Beyond

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Exploratorium Lab and Lunch: Seeing the Blue Serengeti
12pm-1pm, Thursday, November 7, 2013
Exploratorium’s Bay Observatory Gallery
Free; RSVP required for lunch*

“Seeing the Blue Serengeti: Understanding Life in the Open Ocean” with Randy Kochevar of Tagging of Pacific Predators (TOPP), a project of the Census of Marine Life, managed in collaboration between NOAA’s Pacific Fisheries Ecosystems Lab, Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Lab, and University of California, Santa Cruz’s Long Marine Laboratory. TOPP researchers attach satellite tags to 22 different species of top predators that roam the Pacific Ocean, including elephant seals, white sharks, leatherback turtles, squid, albatross and sooty shearwaters. Data from the tags is transmitted via Argos, a polar-orbiting satellite, giving scientists a picture of the species’ migration routes and ecosystems.

The Exploratorium’s Lab and Lunch is a free lunchtime series for adults that explores new work and collaborations between visiting scientists, educators, or artists and Exploratorium staff. Spend your lunch break in the Exploratorium’s beautiful Bay Observatory gallery, get a free* catered lunch, and learn about new research and work-in progress, see demos and meet visiting scientists. The series is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

*There is no cost to attend the Lab and Lunch program, but you must RSVP in order to get a lunch. A limited number of lunches are available. To RSVP, call 415-528-4646. If you wish to also visit the Exploratorium, you must purchase a general admission ticket.

Exploratorium Lab and Lunch: Getting Intimate with a Water Body
12pm-1pm, Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Exploratorium’s Bay Observatory Gallery
Free; RSVP required for lunch*

"Getting Intimate with a Water Body" is a lunchtime talk and booksigning with science writers Ariel Rubissow Okamoto and Kathleen Wong, authors of Natural History of San Francisco Bay. The authors will share stories about researching their book in, on, and around the Bay. Trying to get close to water - especially when there's so much mud involved - requires surfboards, wet suits, vessels, and lots of ingenuity.  How do you follow a fingerling salmon? Catch a silverside? Scan the subtleties of bay floor elevations, plant eelgrass underwater, build floating houses for endangered birds, or track a speck of silt moved around by waves?  Join us for tales of touching, swimming, boating, and researching our estuary from the warmth and comfort of the Exploratorium's Bay Observatory gallery while engaging in a discussion about ways to learn and share knowledge about San Francisco Bay and our relationship to it.

Ariel Rubissow Okamoto is a science writer who lives in San Francisco with her husband Paul Okamoto, a green architect.  Early on in her 25-year-long freelance career, she wrote about saving forests, climbing mountains, stopping pollution, taking transit and building healthier cities for clients like the Sierra Club, Urban Ecology, the Oceanic Society and the San Francisco Municipal Railway. Later she specialized in California water issues, writing to make the complex science of the Left Coast’s most urbanized estuary come to life on the page.  She is currently employed as editor of the San Francisco Estuary Partnership’s ESTUARY News magazine, as well as by USGS and other agencies grappling with the environmental and climate challenges of our time.  Her articles have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and Bay Nature magazine.  She is also the author of the Guide to the Parks, the first guide to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and co-author of the Natural History of San Francisco Bay.

Kathleen M. Wong is a science writer specializing in the natural history and environment of California and the West. A Bay Area native, she was Managing Editor of California Wild, the magazine of the California Academy of Sciences, and has written for publications such as U.S. News and World Report, Nature, Health, New Scientist, and Bay Nature. She is currently Principal Publications Coordinator for the UC Natural Reserve System, where she coedited The Environmental Legacy of the UC Natural Reserve System (University of California Press, 2013).

The Exploratorium’s Lab and Lunch is a free lunchtime series for adults that explores new work and collaborations between visiting scientists, educators, or artists and Exploratorium staff. Spend your lunch break in the Exploratorium’s beautiful Bay Observatory gallery, get a free* catered lunch, and learn about new research and work-in progress, see demos and meet visiting scientists. The series is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

*There is no cost to attend the Lab and Lunch program, but you must RSVP in order to get a lunch. A limited number of lunches are available. To RSVP, call 415-528-4646. If you wish to also visit the Exploratorium, you must purchase a general admission ticket.

 


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