Two Videos about the First Photo of a Black Hole

Presented by Matt Courtney

11 a.m., April 14, 2019

Two videos about the first photo of a black hole, which was just taken, will shown and discussed. (A third video about black holes MAY be shown, if time permits.)

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Humanist? Atheist? Agnostic? How would you describe yourself?

Alex Havasy, facilitator

11 a.m., April 7, 2019

Which doughnut would you be? (See graphic above.)
Note: A wide variety of doughnuts will be served at this Forum.

At our first Forum in the new Mountain View location, our Board President, Alex, will facilitate a discussion where members can share how they might answer the above questions. We expect this to spark an intriguing exchange about the pros and cons of each title.

Afterwards, please join us for a “Welcome to our New Home” party and lunch.

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The New Carbon Tax Bill

Sudhanshu Jain

11 a.m., March 31, 2019

In this talk, Sudhanshu “Suds” Jain will discuss the new federal Carbon Tax Bill (HR 763) that was introduced a few weeks ago. He will compare it with the Green New Deal and the California bill, AB 40, which would eliminate fossil fuel cars in California.

Suds Jain designed integrated circuits for 25 years. In 2008 he decided that the impending climate crisis was far more important than designing the next switch chip for computer networking and he “retired” from Broadcom Corporation to volunteer full-time on mitigating climate change.

He has installed solar panels on low income housing with Grid Alternatives. As part of Citizen’s Climate Lobby, he leads a group of Bay Area volunteers which meets with members of Congress to advocate for a Carbon Tax with 100% revenue recycling (dividends to consumers). He is on the board of Acterra, a 48 year old environmental non-profit and he chairs the planning commission in Santa Clara. Suds earned his BS and MSEE degrees from MIT.

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What The Press Doesn’t Tell You About Climate Change

Hawley K. Rising III, Ph.D.

11 a.m., March 24, 2019

When we hear about climate change in the news, it is often in the form of votes (polls) or it is in the form of very general statistics. In reality, science isn’t a vote, and climate change affects much more than the frequency of storms or the sea level. This talk will examine some of the rest of what it affects, by looking at where some of the theory came from and what it means. This will be a talk about how it is easier to break things than to put them back together.

Dr. Rising is a mathematician, and has worked in the Tech industry doing various topics related to coding and understanding of media. Before that, I did my doctoral research on chaos and dynamical systems in fluids. One of the topics in that subject at that time (the mid 1980s) was the climate change results from NASA Goddard, and the possibility of runaway climate change. Although there is more data by far now than there was then, much of what so disturbed fluid dynamics scientists at that time is still relevant, particularly the notion of tipping points.

To see the slides that were shown during the talk, click here.

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The Misinformation and Misconception Problem

Brad Hoge (PhD, MEd)

11 a.m., March 17, 2019

Brad Hoge, the Director of Teacher Support at the National Center for Science Education (see https://ncse.com/), will discuss the misinformation and misconception problem – how misinformation targets misconception and what NCSE is doing about it.

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