April 2016 – Vol. 28 No. 8

March LASER Event

Posted: Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

When:
March 13, 2012 @ 1:45 am – 4:00 am
2012-03-13T01:45:00+00:00
2012-03-13T04:00:00+00:00
Where:
LASER Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, University of San Francisco - Fromm (FR) Building
2130 Fulton St
University of San Francisco - Main Campus, San Francisco, CA 94117
USA

6:45pm-7:00pm: Socializing/networking.

7:00-7:25pm: Indre Viskontas, “Music that Moves: The Art and Neuroscience of Effective Performance”

We are constantly bombarded by a cacophony of sounds and yet music still has the power to influence us, often outside our awareness. We will explore how music engages the brain and why it continues to be a worldwide addiction.

7:25-7:50pm: Rebecca Kamen (Northern Virginia Community College), “Making the Invisible, Visible: Discoveries Between Art and Science”

Discoveries between art and science were revealed during research residencies at the American Philosophical Society and the Chemical Heritage Foundation libraries and collections. We will discuss the notion of scientist as artist and artist as scientist, highlighting historic images from these library collections. The main focus will be the genesis of a large sculpture/sound installation, Divining Nature: An Elemental Garden and the different research areas that have informed its development.

7:50pm-8:10pm: BREAK  Before or after the break, anyone in the audience currently working within the intersections of art and science will have 30 seconds to share their work.

8:10-8:35pm Shamit Kachru (Stanford Physics Dept) on “Are There More Dimensions of Space?”

Some leading approaches to theoretical physics (for example, the so called String Theory) suggest that there may be extra dimensions of space, “compactified” to such small size that we have not yet detected them with modern experiments (or our eyes!).

8:35pm-9:00pm: Scott Kildall (Artist) on “Tweets in Space”

Tweets in Space is a new art project by Scott Kildall and Nathaniel Stern, where we will beam Twitter messages from participants worldwide to Gliese 581d – an exoplanet 20 light years away that can support extraterrestrial life.

http://www.leonardo.info/isast/events.html#LASER-Mar12

Written by California Science Teachers Association

California Science Teachers Association

CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

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Posted: Monday, April 11th, 2016

When:
March 13, 2012 @ 1:45 am – 4:00 am
2012-03-13T01:45:00+00:00
2012-03-13T04:00:00+00:00
Where:
LASER Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, University of San Francisco - Fromm (FR) Building
2130 Fulton St
University of San Francisco - Main Campus, San Francisco, CA 94117
USA

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You are invited to submit a proposal for a 90 minute presentation at the first annual Northwest Nevada Math & Science Conference on Saturday August 27, 2016.  Take this opportunity to share your ideas and enthusiasm and to highlight your successes and challenges with fellow attendees at the inaugural conference. The deadline to submit a proposal is April 22. Learn More…

Written by California Science Teachers Association

California Science Teachers Association

CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

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Posted: Monday, April 11th, 2016

When:
March 13, 2012 @ 1:45 am – 4:00 am
2012-03-13T01:45:00+00:00
2012-03-13T04:00:00+00:00
Where:
LASER Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, University of San Francisco - Fromm (FR) Building
2130 Fulton St
University of San Francisco - Main Campus, San Francisco, CA 94117
USA

by Jessica Sawko

One of the number one questions that has been posed by teachers since the adoption of the California Next Generation Science Standards in 2013 is: “What about the assessments?” (or some version of that question). Last month, we reported the most recent information available on that topic and since then work has launched to being writing and reviewing assessment items for the new science summative assessment.

Many of you may have already put your names “into the hat” to participate in this process. For those of you who have not and would like to be considered for such an opportunity, I urge you to submit your application today: http://caaspp.org/reviewers.html. CDE’s testing contractor Educational Testing Services (ETS) is soliciting applications for content reviewers for the new CA NGSS assessment and alternate assessment.

This is your opportunity to participate in the implementation of the California NGSS and the new science summative assessment. Seize the moment and apply today!

Written by California Science Teachers Association

California Science Teachers Association

CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

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Posted: Sunday, April 10th, 2016

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March 13, 2012 @ 1:45 am – 4:00 am
2012-03-13T01:45:00+00:00
2012-03-13T04:00:00+00:00
Where:
LASER Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, University of San Francisco - Fromm (FR) Building
2130 Fulton St
University of San Francisco - Main Campus, San Francisco, CA 94117
USA

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CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

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Posted: Friday, April 8th, 2016

When:
March 13, 2012 @ 1:45 am – 4:00 am
2012-03-13T01:45:00+00:00
2012-03-13T04:00:00+00:00
Where:
LASER Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, University of San Francisco - Fromm (FR) Building
2130 Fulton St
University of San Francisco - Main Campus, San Francisco, CA 94117
USA

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Written by California Science Teachers Association

California Science Teachers Association

CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

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Posted: Friday, April 8th, 2016

When:
March 13, 2012 @ 1:45 am – 4:00 am
2012-03-13T01:45:00+00:00
2012-03-13T04:00:00+00:00
Where:
LASER Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, University of San Francisco - Fromm (FR) Building
2130 Fulton St
University of San Francisco - Main Campus, San Francisco, CA 94117
USA

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CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.