Events

On top of all the learning and fun we offer every day, events are even more great reasons to visit Lawrence Hall of science all year and become a member of The Lawrence. Bring your family, friends, and students to our maker events, special exhibit happenings, holiday science parties, trips to other UC Berkeley locales and much more. Find more science events on our community page.

Children on the DNA Sculpture on the plaza at The Lawrence

Events

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Science at Cal – Nature’s Toxic Defenses: Why Don’t Poison Frogs Poison Themselves?

10/08/2022
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

While we might be most familiar with rattlesnakes, black widows, and poison frogs (oh my!), toxins are produced or acquired by organisms in nearly every major group of life. This means that animals must avoid toxins or adapt to them. In this talk, Dr. Rebecca (Becca) Tarvin of UC Berkeley’s Department of Integrative Biology and Museum of Vertebrate Zoology will discuss why and how animals evolve to be both toxic and toxin resistant, including her research on how some poison frogs avoid poisoning themselves.

Grounds for Science: Illuminating the Brain and Programming Viruses to Harvest Solar Energy

Grounds for Science – Illuminating the Brain and Programming Viruses to Harvest Solar Energy

10/04/2022
5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

Grounds for Science presents Illuminating the Brain: How light, color, and a jellyfish protein help us study the mind and Programming Viruses to Harvest Solar Energy. Featuring Ph.D. Candidates Anneliese Gest and Amanda Bischoff.

A planet with a view of its core

Science at Cal – Materiales en condiciones extremas: una ventana al interior de los planetas

09/27/2022
5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Nuestro planeta Tierra es como una cebolla: está hecho de capas. Algunas son sólidas, otras líquidas, y están hechas de distintos materiales. Así como un submarino debe soportar toda la presión del océano encima, estas capas tienen que soportar la presión de todas las otras capas encima, dejando el núcleo a una descomunal presión de 3 millones de veces la presión atmosférica.

Planet in space

Science at Cal – Outer Space’s Hottest and Brightest Objects

09/15/2022
12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

At this month’s Midday Science Cafe, we’ll take a star-studded intergalactic journey to see some of the universe’s hottest and brightest objects. Featuring Dr. Gontcho A Gontcho, Berkeley Lab and Steven Giacalone, UC Berkeley.

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Solano Avenue Stroll

09/11/2022
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Featured Activity Create your own Bunny Copter with a fun, quick, hands-on STEM activity, and make a souvenir to take […]

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Science at Cal – An Inside Look: UC Berkeley’s Center for the Science of Psychedelics

09/10/2022
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Exactly two years ago, before the new Netflix documentary series, “How to Change your Mind” premiered, the UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics (BCSP) was founded to provide research, training, and public education on a long-standing taboo in our society: psychedelic drugs. BCSP brings together researchers from across disciplines, including neuroscience, psychology, education, journalism, and molecular biology. Michael Silver, the director of BCSP and a professor in optometry and neuroscience, will provide an overview of the burgeoning center and its work to better understand the fundamental properties of the mind, brain, and body through psychedelics.

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