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Press Releases

2014

January

Khan Academy partnership launches with new online course

2013

December

91 new species described by Academy in 2013

November

Academy appoints inaugural Chief of Science and Sustainability

October

'Tis the Season for Science opens Nov. 27, 2013
Academy welcomes new Fellows, bestows annual awards

September

New Trustees join Academy in 2013
Executive Director Gregory Farrington announces plans to retire in July 2014
Academy appoints first Patterson Scholar in Science and Sustainability
Neighborhood Free Days announced for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014

August

Brilliant!Science: Extraterrestrial Life festival from Oct. 10-18
SuperNatural Halloween Party: October 26

July

New approach to treating venomous snakebites could reduce fatalities
BigPicture: Natural World Photography Competition announced
Programs & Events: September 2013

June

Programs & Events: August 2013
Elizabeth Babcock to receive White House "Champions of Change" honor
Turning point for early human diets occurred 3.5 million years ago

May

Programs & Events: July 2013
Academy curator appointed to Principe's Scientific Advisory Council

April

Programs & Events: May 10 - June 30, 2013
Male chick introduced to African penguin colony
Academy sleepover dates announced for 2013

March

Rare octopus publicly displayed for the first time

February

Party After Dark: April 18
Big Bang Gala: April 18
Programs & Events: April 2013
Built for Speed summer exhibit opens May 10, 2013
Human Odyssey in Tusher African Hall

January

Programs & Events: March 2013

2012

December

Programs & Events: February 2013
Brilliant!Science: Decoding Human Health festival from Jan. 24-28
189 new species described by Academy in 2012

November

Programs & Events: January 7-31, 2013

October

Lucy and Selam's species climbed trees
Programs & Events November 16, 2012 - January 6, 2013
Morrison Planetarium celebrates 60th anniversary from Nov. 5-9

September

San Francisco Learning Lab partners announce Hive Pop-Up in October
Earthquake eBook and iTunes U course for educators launch
Teacher programs and quarterly free Sundays supported by Chase
Neighborhood Free Days announced for Fall 2012 and Spring 2013
'Tis the Season for Science from Nov. 16, 2012 - Jan. 6, 2013

August

New trustees join Academy in 2012
New spider family discovered from caves in Pacific Northwest
Celebrate a SuperNatural Halloween at the Academy
Dino Discovery in Golden Gate Park

July

Pyjama sharks join popular colony of African penguins
Programs & Events September 4 - November 15

June

New Google Earth film invites users to plunge into global water issues

May

Melissa Felder joins Academy as Chief Marketing Officer
Earthquake Premiere Party: May 25

April

Higher concentrations of heavy metals found in post-spill Gulf oysters
Programs & Events May 23 - August 31

March

Frog feared extinct found in Burundi after 62 years
New species of deep-sea catshark from the Galapagos
Celebrate Earth Day

February

Party After Dark: April 19
Big Bang Gala: April 19
Programs & Events February 9 - March 23, 2012
Animal Attraction exhibit opens Feb. 11, 2012 

January

Fish mimics octopus that mimics fish
Programs & Events January 17 - Febuary 8, 2012
Programs & Events January 1 - 16, 2012

2011

December

140+ new species described by Academy scientists in 2011

November

Earthquake exhibit and planetarium show to open May 26
Holiday gift packages now available
'Tis the Season for Science from Nov. 23 - Jan. 16

October

The Kepler Project performances in Morrison Planetarium
What's On in December 2011
Life: A Cosmic Story named best fulldome program at JHWFF

September

What's On in November 2011

August

Academy appoints three new curators
New trustees join Academy in 2011
Creepy, crawly Halloween festivities announced
What's On in October 2011
15 new fellows announced for 2011

July

Exhibits in fall 2011
What's On in September 2011
New Pocket Penguins app now available

June

What's On in August 2011
300+ new species discovered on Philippine expedition

May

What's On in July 2011

April

What's On in June 2011
Solar powered efforts to save biodiversity hotspot
Exhibits in summer 2011
Academy launches its largest expedition to the Philippines

March

What's On in May 2011
Neighborhood Free Days announced for SF residents
Celebrate Earth Day at the Academy
Announcing the 25th Annual Big Bang Gala fundraiser
Children's birthday parties now available

February

What's On in April 2011

January

Exhibits in Spring 2011
100-year-old bird specimens help determine then avian pox hit Galapagos
Encyclopedia of Life names Academy researcher a 2011 Rubenstein Fellow
What's On in March 2011

2010

December

What's On in February 2011
More than 100 new species described by Academy scientists in 2010
Snakes & Lizards exhibit opens May 7, 2011

November

What's On in January 2011
New Golden Gate Park iPhone app launches

October

World's vertebrates face increasing risk of extinction
Exhibits in Winter 2010-11
What's On in December 2010
'Tis the Season for Science: special wintry programs Nov 23-Jan 2
Extinct passenger pigeon's closest relative revealed
Academy selects new Fellows, bestows annual award

September

Elizabeth Babcock welcomed as first Dean of Education
What's On in November 2010

August

Octopus mimics flatfish and flaunts it
What's On in October 2010
Celebrate the "SuperNatural" this Halloween at the Academy
Scientists discover evidence for oldest tool use among human ancestors
New trustees join Academy in 2010

July

Exhibits for Fall 2010
What's On in September 2010
Academy Cafe Fact Sheet
Moss Room Fact Sheet

June

What's On in August 2010
Planetarium show "Life: A Cosmic Story" to debut in Nov. 2010

May

Ocean Voices debuts at NightLife June 3
Scientists to study impact of Gulf oil spill on marine food webs
What's On in July 2010

April

Exhibits in Summer 2010
What's On in June 2010
New Academy sleepover program launches in June
Microdonations campaign launched to support mammal research

March

What's On in May 2010
2010 Free Days Program begins April 23

February

What's On in April 2010

January

What's On in March 2010
Exhibits in Spring 2010
Guidebook Information update

2009

December

What's On in February 2010
Academy scientists describe nearly 100 new species in 2009
Academy scientist to present at "COP15" climate conference Dec. 15
Academy names Janet Harris as new Chief Development Officer

November

Extreme Mammals Exhibit opens April 3, 2010
Academy is first aquarium to breed fascinating dwarf cuttlefish
What's on in January 2010
Academy announces holiday extended hours and new gift opportunities
Academy honored with prestigious 2009 ULI Award
Exhibits in Winter 2009-10

October

What's On in December 2009
What's On in November 2009

September

New species of "ghostshark" discovered by Academy scientists
New Trustees join the Academy
Maya Lin Unveils What is Missing?

August

What's On in October 2009
Academy hosts annual family-friendly Halloween party on Oct. 23

July

Exhibits in Fall 2009
Academy celebrates first anniversary on September 26-27
Extended hours announced for summer 2009
What's On in September 2009

June

What's On in August 2009
First ever webcam on Farallon National Wildlife Refuge
New mushroom species named after Academy scientist
Journey to the Stars space show opens September 26

May

What's On in July 2009
New Hawkes Submersible debuts at Academy
Celebrate World Oceans Day at the Academy

April

Academy Exhibits in Summer 2009
What's On in June 2009

March

What's On in May 2009
Earth Day at the Academy
The Academy celebrates its millionth visitor

February

National survey shows that American adults flunk basic science
What's On in April 2009

January

Academy Exhibits for Spring 2009
What's On in March 2009
A Climate For Life photo exhibit opens

2008

December

What's On in February 2009
New Year's Resolutions for the Planet
NightLife event series to launch in February 2009
What's On in January 2009
EVOLVE 2009 - a citywide celebration of the Darwin anniversaries

November

What's On in December 2008
Academy Exhibits for Winter 2008-2009

October

What's On in November 2008
What's On in October 2008
Academy achieves LEED platinum rating

September

New Academy comprehensive press release
New Academy fact sheet
Green Building fact sheet
Rebuilding project fact sheet


Neighborhood Free Days Program Expanded For 2009
Culturebus launches in San Francisco


Altered State: Climate Change in California exhibit plans unveiled
New Morrison Planetarium dome
"Fragile Planet" to debut as inaugural planetarium show
Steinhart Aquarium fact sheet

August

California Academy of Sciences celebrates opening weekend with eco-friendly flair September 27-28
"Water Planet" showcases connection between water and life
World's deepest living coral reef display update
Pacific shellfish ready to invade Atlantic

July

Thirteen new members elected to serve on the California Academy of Sciences Board of Trustees

June

Tusher African Hall Fact Sheet
Dr. Zeresenay Alemseged is new Anthropology Chair

May

Multicultural Cafe and Restaurant update

April

Scientists develop new model for protecting biodiversity

March

California Academy of Sciences Launches Children's Photo Contest On April 15, 2008
Dr. David Mindell selected as new Dean of Science and Research Collections

January

Scientists Discover New Species of Elephant Shrew
What's On in January 2008
Academy launches "Great Migration" back to Golden Gate Park

2007

December

What's On in December 2007
Howard Street museum closes Jan. 6, 2008 with day-long celebration

November

What's On in November 2007
Exhibit plans for Kimball Natural History Museum - Nov. 1, 2007
Kimball Natural History Museum fact sheet
Academy perspectives on Nov. 7 oil spill in San Francisco Bay

October

What's On in October 2007
New art and science exhibit FROM THE DEPTHS opens Nov. 15

September

What's On in September 2007

August

What's On in August 2007
Researcher Wallace J. Nichols featured in documentary film "The 11th Hour"
Academy and Pusod to promote Philippine reef conservation
16th annual Halloween party - BOO! from the Deep Blue

July

What's On in July 2007
Multicultural restaurant and cafe announced
23rd annual Thanksgiving weekend race - RUN WILD 5K/10K

June

What's On in June 2007
Dramatic living roof installed atop new California Academy of Sciences
Living roof fact sheet

May

What's On in May 2007
Construction on innovative new building nears completion
William J. Patterson elected as new Chair of the Board

April

What's On in April 2007
Ryan Wyatt is new Director of Morrison Planetarium and Science Visualization
New Morrison Planetarium dome rising in Golden Gate Park

March

What's On in March 2007
iPod tours of Steinhart Aquarium now available

February

What's On in February 2007
Valentine's week programs - February 10-15
Chinese New Year programs - February 18 through March 3
Neighborhood Free Days 2007

January

What's On in January 2007
Dr. Gregory Farrington appointed as new Executive Director

2006

December

What's On in December 2006

November

What's On in November 2006
22nd annual Thanksgiving weekend race - RUN WILD 5K/10K

October

What's On in October 2006
Skin: A Natural History, lecture by Dr. Nina Jablonski--Oct. 5
15th annual Halloween party - Dynamite DinoNight!
Four-story living rainforest under construction in Golden Gate Park

September

What's On in September 2006
Seven new members elected to Board of Trustees
A conversation with James Lovelock, author of the Gaia theory--Sept. 13
DINOSAURS exhibit opens Sept. 16
The Reluctant Mr. Darwin, a lecture by David Quammen--Sept. 28

August

What's On in August 2006
Trap-jaw ants set speed record
Free cell phone audio tours

July

What's On in July 2006
New species of social spitting spider discovered in Madagascar

June

What's On in June 2006

May

What's On in May 2006
HOT, HOT, HOT - Academy throws 21st annual ball on May 5, 2006
Astronomy Day - May 6
Top Environmental Defense attorney to speak on May 24
Endangered beluga sturgeon reunited with brother
World's deepest living coral reef display under construction

April

What's On in April 2006
Xtreme Life exhibit now open
Podcasts highlight HOTSPOT, stars
Earthquake Preparedness - April 1
Earth Day Festival - April 21-23
Indulge in food and wine tastings, April - May

March

What's On in March 2006
Construction launched on innovative museum project

February

What's On in February 2006
Valentine's programs - February 14

January

What's On in January 2006
Dr. Brian Fisher helps change conservation plan of Mauritius

2005

December

What's On in December 2005
Steinhart Aquarium acquires four new penguins

November

Maya Lin to create public art for new Academy
Chung and Gilhuly Elected to Board of Trustees
What's On in November 2005
HOTSPOT exhibit opens November 19
Academy Hosts 21st Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Race - RUN TO THE FAR SIDE
Help Create an "Under the Sea" Tree on November 12, 2005

October

What's On in October 2005
New Snake Feeding Programs - Fridays at 2 pm
Take a Tour of the Night Sky with your iPod

September

Dr. Brian Fisher Maps World's Ants with Google Earth
What's On in September2005
Academy receives silver Holcim Award for sustainable construction in North America
Academy breaks ground on new museum - September 14, 2005
Up Close and Personal at Steinhart Aquarium, September through November 18, 2005
Academy Celebrates Latino Heritage Month September 24, 2005

August

Academy Scientist Finds First Fossil Chimp
What's On in August 2005

July

Scholarships awarded to Women in Science participants
What's On in July 2005
Become a Docent at the Academy

June

Chocolate exhibit opens June 11
What's On in June 2005

May

Women in Science Day at the Academy on May 16, 2005
Academy's 20th Annual Ball, A World of Chocolate, takes place on May 13, 2005
Watch a Diver Plunge into the Coral Reef tank Every Monday and Wednesday at 2 pm
What's On in May 2005
Big Men: Why Does Height Matter? Lecture on May 9, 2005
Academy Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage May 19-21, 2005

April

Jablonski Awarded Prestigious Fletcher Fellowship
What's On in April 2005
Celebrate Earth Day at the Academy on April 9, 2005

March

What's On in March 2005

February

What's On in February 2005
Meet SpongeBob Squarepants at the Academy from February 21 - March 7

January

Two New Board Members Elected
Academy Scientists Find 58 New Reptiles and Amphibians in Myanmar
Director of Steinhart Aquarium Selected
What's On in January 2005
Dive into Spring Break at the California Academy of Sciences
Third Thursdays: Monthly After-hours events at the Academy
Academy Offers Breakfast Tours Before Public Hours

Archived Press Releases

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