Press Release

Kelly Mendez (415) 379-5133
kmendez@calacademy.org
Andrew Ng (415) 379-5123
ang@calacademy.org

What's On in APRIL 2013
at the California Academy of Sciences


Full schedule of programs, events & lectures below

This month! 2013 Big Bang Gala – Mingle with the leading minds in science and sustainability in a glamorously green environment, while supporting the Academy’s conservation and sustainability programs. Featured speakers include renowned nature photographer James Balog and pioneering architect William McDonough.

Coming soon: Built for Speed (May 10 - September 29, 2013) – This summer, join in the excitement leading up to the America’s Cup races by visiting Built for Speed at the California Academy of Sciences. This new exhibit will explore the fascinating adaptations of some of the fastest animals in the sea—from the speedy sailfish and streamlined shark to the spineless squid. Get a close-up look at the assembling of an orca skeleton, examine a high-speed sailboat designed by ORACLE TEAM USA (the America’s Cup defending champions), and compare the forms that make these boats and marine animals fast in fluid.

 

GENERAL INTEREST PROGRAMS
(April 2013)

New Human Odyssey Program
LIVE AFRICAN SAFARI

Daily at 1:00 pm
Adventure through Africa and explore the amazing biodiversity of its animals and habitats. How do pythons hunt so masterfully in the dark of night? How does a hissing cockroach attract a mate? And just how fast does a cheetah run? Discover the answers and learn how each animal plays an important role in its diverse ecosystem. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

New Human Odyssey Program
WHAT MAKES US HUMAN?

Monday – Friday at 11:00 am
Follow the milestones in human evolution—upright walking, tool making, symbolic thinking—while comparing the adaptations of early humans to our modern bodies through fun activities that help reveal the origins of who we are. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

New Human Odyssey Program
FOSSIL FORENSICS

Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 am
Ever wonder how our evolutionary story began? In this lab-based program, you will learn about recent discoveries that scientists have made in uncovering the story of “us.” Touch a hominin skull cast or stone tool replica to better understand what fossil exploration tells us, and how scientists make sense of it all through DNA analysis and modern technology. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

Back by Popular Demand!
FRAGILE PLANET

Shows daily
Proceed to the planetarium entrance upon arrival to get your show passes.
Leave Planet Earth behind as you fly to the farthest reaches of the Universe in this 25-minute show. Zoom through the roof of the Academy’s building, float up through Earth’s atmosphere, and gain an astronaut’s view of your home—the only planet currently known to support life. Then travel to the Moon, Mars, and even beyond the Milky Way to search for habitats that might support extraterrestrial life. Free with Academy admission; seats are limited and show passes are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

EARTHQUAKE: EVIDENCE OF A RESTLESS PLANET
Shows daily
Proceed to the planetarium entrance upon arrival to get your show passes.
Journey through our planet's geologic history to witness the processes that shape our landscape in Morrison Planetarium's current show, narrated by Emmy-nominated actor Benjamin Bratt. Begin your journey in 1906 with an all-digital recreation of the 7.9-magnitude earthquake that rocked San Francisco, and then dive into the Earth's interior to see how it happened. You will then embark on a high-speed tour through the past 200 million years, witnessing the formation of the Atlantic Ocean and visiting the cradle of humanity in Africa’s Great Rift Valley, along with sites of historic earthquakes in India, China, and Japan. Along the way, you will discover how seismic events continue to shape our landscape. Free with Academy admission; seats are limited and show passes are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

CURIOSITY ON MARS
Showing weekends
What has the Curiosity rover been up to since its thrilling landing on the Red Planet? NASA’s latest explorer is searching for signs of past (or present) habitability on Martian soil. Discover why Mars captures our imaginations and learn about the latest discoveries from our robotic explorers in this live, 15-minute program hosted by our planetarium presenters in Hohfeld Hall. Visit www.calacademy.org/events for specific dates and times. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

PENGUIN FEEDING
Daily at 10:30 am and 3:00 pm
The Academy’s African penguins are always especially animated during meal time. Watch the birds dip and dive in their tank at the end of African Hall as a biologist dons a wet suit and hands out vitamin-stuffed herring and capelin. Each feeding takes 10 minutes, and questions are encouraged. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.


CORAL REEF DIVE

Daily at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm
Watch as a diver suits up in SCUBA gear and plunges into the world’s deepest living coral reef exhibit. Outfitted with an underwater microphone, the diver will answer all of your reef-related questions. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.(415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.


SWAMP DISCOVERY
Daily at 3:30 pm

Learn about the wetland ecosystems of the Southeast United States and their hidden value. Listen to sounds of amazing swamp inhabitants, whose relatives have existed for millions and millions of years. We’ll follow the life of the American alligator from hatchling chirps to the booming bellows of mature adults, all beneath the moss-draped limbs of a bald cypress. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

THE SWEET SIDE OF DNA
Monday – Friday at 12:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what “the essence of life” – DNA – would look like if you held it in the palm of your hand? In the course of this 15-minute program, we will crush up fresh strawberries and extract their DNA in order to see it up close and personal – without the aid of a microscope. During the process, discover why some scientists call DNA the most extraordinary molecule on earth. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

POLLINATOR POWER
Monday – Friday at 12:30 pm

Join us atop the Academy’s living roof to explore the fascinating lives of pollinators including birds, bats and bees. As these animals buzz, swoop and fly through the air, they are helping to keep California one of the most diverse places on earth. Here at the Academy, researchers and gardeners work to maintain a living roof of entirely native plants—come find out how this helps keep habitats healthy! Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

SHARKS TO DINOSAURS: A WALK THROUGH TIME
Friday – Monday & Wednesday at 1:30 pm
Uncover the Earth’s ancient history and learn about the sharks, tortoises, and dinosaurs that first appeared millions of years ago as you explore the Academy’s exhibits. Step back in time and discover the unique adaptations these amazing species developed for thriving and surviving on a planet that was very different from our modern world. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

CHAT WITH AN ACADEMY SCIENTIST (AGES 10+)
Saturdays at 11:30 am

Meet Academy scientists who explore the planet in search of life and a greater understanding of its mysteries. From the tops of mountains to the bottom of the oceans, and in high-tech laboratories here at the Academy, these explorers see the world, discover new life, and help explain Earth’s amazing story. Join them for a glimpse at their fascinating work, and to hear their exciting stories first-hand.
Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 

THE SCIENCE OF EXPLORATION
Saturdays and Sundays at 12:00 pm
Academy scientists travel to remote corners of the Earth to explore some of the most extreme environments on this planet. Their mission is to shed light on the mysteries of life: how it got here and how we can help ensure it survives. In this interactive program, we take an in-depth look at a few of our intrepid explorers and see the wild adventures they’ve had while on their amazing explorations to discover and protect life on Earth. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

DISCOVERY NATURE WALK

Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30 pm
Join us for a 30-minute nature walk, exploring gardens and groves that surround the Academy. Learn about the importance of native plants and trees and how they support animals in Golden Gate Park, a unique and unusual ecosystem. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

SCIENCE DISCOVERY
Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 pm

Meet Project Lab scientists as they share and discuss specimens from the Academy’s collections and around the world. Learn about the fascinating research these scientists conduct everyday and what we learn from preserving these important specimens. Curious minds are encouraged! Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000.

OUT OF THE LAB

Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm
Curious to get a behind-the-scenes perspective on Academy research and the labs where the work gets done? Scientists will join visitors at the Project Lab to share stories about dissecting and documenting the many specimens collected on their global expeditions. Have a burning science question? Ask a real scientist! Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

SHARKS AND RAYS
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30 pm

Learn more about the Reef Lagoon’s shallow reef residents, who share a family tree with prehistoric ancestors from millions of years ago, and watch a feeding on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.


SPECIMEN SPOTLIGHT: FAMOUS FOSSILS
Thursdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm
Discover the stories behind important anthropological discoveries like “Mrs. Ples,” “Zinj” and more in this twice-weekly program that features specimens from the Naturalist Center collection. Free with Academy admission. Naturalist Center at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.


“MAKE YOUR GAME PLAN” PREP RALLY

Thursday, April 18 from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
On the anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter and Pacific Gas and Electric Company are holding a “Make Your Game Plan” Prep Rally on the Academy’s front plaza. Get your family quake-safe with fast and easy preparedness tips, learn basic first aid and CPR, take home free preparedness kits and prizes (while supplies last), and enjoy free admission to the Academy, including its ground-jolting Earthquake exhibit. Please note: The Academy closes at 3:00 pm on this day, with last entry at 2:00 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.


EARTH DAY AT THE ACADEMY

Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21
Join the California Academy of Sciences and the Golden Gate National Parks for a weekend of Earth Day fun! On Saturday, April 20, take part in an Ocean Beach Cleanup from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, and enjoy a cup of coffee – compliments of Earth Day supporter, Peet’s Coffee & Tea. Throughout the weekend, exciting and educational restoration projects will be held at Lands End and Fort Funston to help preserve San Francisco’s most treasured natural spaces. The Academy will host fascinating chats with scientists, nature walks and informative programs on the museum floor, teaching visitors what they can do to explore, explain and sustain our natural world. The Golden Gate National Parks Volunteer Program is a cooperative parkwide effort of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the National Park Service and the Presidio Trust. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. For more information and details on how to participate, visit www.calacademy.org/events in March.

 

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN
(April 2013)


LITTLE NATURALISTS (AGES 3-5)

Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00 am
These rotating programs for 3 to 5-year-olds are presented in the Naturalist Center.
  • Wild & Crafty (1st, 3rd & 5th Mondays of the month at 10 am)
    Get creative and learn about animals during this program that pairs children's literature with a take-home craft.
  • Sprouts (2nd, 4th Mondays of the month at 10 am)
    Explore the plants and animals of nature's gardens through hands-on investigation and activities.
  • Little Learners' Lab (1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays of the month at 10 am)
    Become a scientist-in-training and join us for a fun hands-on experiment.
  • Children of the World (2nd, 4th Wednesdays of the month at 10 am)
    A special program highlighting children from around the world through folktales, art, music and movement.

Visit www.calacademy.org/science/early_explorers_cove for program topics on specific dates. Adult supervision is required. Free with Academy admission ; space is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. You may register at the Naturalist Center after 9:30 am on the day of the program. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000.


NATURALIST CRAFT
Sundays from 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Visit the Naturalist Center every Sunday for a fun and educational craft activity.  Spark your curiosity, be creative, and explore natural history specimens and other resources. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.


SATURDAY SAFARI
Saturdays at 11:00 am
April 6 theme: Exploring the Savannah
April 13 theme: African Primates
April 20 theme: The Earth is our Home
April 27 theme: African Penguins
All ages are invited to Tusher African Hall for an imaginary expedition around the corner or around the world. We will navigate with maps to chart our exploration and use props, specimens, storytelling, and songs to set the scene for our travels. A special children’s book will be read each week. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.


FAMILY NATURE CRAFTS (AGES 5-11)
Sundays at 10:00 am, while supplies last
April 7 theme: Academy Treasure Box
April 14 theme: Astronomy Day Puzzle
April 21 theme: Earth Day Rulers
April 28 theme: Penguin Mobile
Join us in front of the Swamp and get creative with nature-themed craft projects designed for families with children ages 5-11. Space is limited. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.


TODDLER TREKS (AGES 1-3)

Tuesday, April 2 and Thursday, April 25 at 11:00 am (Theme: Ant Trek)

Join us for a caregiver/child participatory program designed especially for children ages 1-3. Each month will feature a different animal—some extinct, some still among us today. Participants will use props and their imaginations to “trek” together to the place each animal calls home. Please note that both programs each month are about the same topic, so participants should register for only one date per month. Tickets are $6 per child, $4 per Academy member child, free to adults with general admission. Note that Academy general admission is free for children 3 and under. Space is limited; to reserve a place today, buy a ticket at www.calacademy.org/tickets/toddler_treks/, or over the phone at (415) 379-8000. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.


PENGUINS + PAJAMAS SLEEPOVER (AGES 5-17, with adult chaperones)
Friday, April 19, 2013 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 am (Girl Scouts exclusive, groups of 10 or more only)

Why count sheep when you can count geckos, butterflies, sharks, and penguins? Now kids can camp out for a night at the California Academy of Sciences—and see the museum in a whole new light. Sleepovers include after-hours access to Academy exhibits, a special penguin talk, live animal demonstration, planetarium show, story time with cookies and milk, parking, breakfast, and more. Group rates and ticketing information available online at www.calacademy.org/sleepovers. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000.


GIRL SCOUTS—LIVING ECO-WISE PATCH PROGRAM FOR BROWNIES AND JUNIORS
Saturday, April 13 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Increase your eco-awareness and discover what makes the Academy the greenest museum in the world in this fun program for Girl Scouts. Must be a registered Brownie or Junior to participate. One adult chaperone is required for every eight girls. If attending the program individually, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. $24.95 per person. To register, visit www.calacademy.org/tickets/gs. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000.


NANODAYS AT THE NATURALIST CENTER
Through Sunday, April 7, 2013

Discover nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future during NanoDays, a nationwide festival of educational programs. The Academy's Naturalist Center will host hands-on demos at 1:00 pm each day that will explore the impacts of "nano in nature." More information available at www.calacademy.org/academy/exhibits/naturalist_center/nnotebook/. Naturalist Center at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000.

 
PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS
(April 2013)


NIGHTLIFE (AGES 21+)

Thursdays from 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Every Thursday night, music, creatures and cocktails come together for NightLife at the Academy. Explore exhibits and aquarium displays while sipping creative cocktails, and let exotic animals from around the world transport you to the tropics, Tibet, and dozens of other remote destinations. Special planetarium shows will take you even farther afield. Each week features a live band or DJ, and a unique theme. NightLife is for those ages 21 and over; a valid ID is required for entry. Admission is $12 per person, $10 for Academy members. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org/nightlife.


NIGHTLIFE VIP TOUR (AGES 21+)
Thursdays at 6:00 pm
For an enhanced NightLife experience, join us on a NightLife VIP Tour. The one-hour behind-the-scenes tour includes a closer look at the unique native species of California’s largest living roof, a private viewing of the Academy's renowned gem and mineral collection, and interaction with Academy researchers. In addition to the tour, guests receive VIP access to the Rainforests of the World exhibit, reserved planetarium show seats, and an open bar in a reserved cocktail area prior to the tour. 6:00-8:00 pm (building closes at 10:00 pm); available every Thursday during NightLife. $59 per person (NightLife admission included); purchase tickets in advance online at www.calacademy.org/nightlife, or by calling (415) 379-8000. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.

BIG BANG GALA
Thursday, April 18 from 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Mingle with the leading minds in science and sustainability in a glamorously green environment, while supporting the Academy’s conservation and sustainability programs. Featured speakers include renowned nature photographer James Balog and pioneering architect William McDonough. Seated dinner and admission to Party After Dark are included. Tickets start at $1,000. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-5411. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.calacademy.org/bigbang


BIG BANG: PARTY AFTER DARK

Thursday, April 18 from 8:30 pm – 12 midnight
Explore the tastes, sounds and creatures of the night during an evening of dancing, dessert, and an open bar stocked with inspired libations—all under one spectacular living roof. Live DJ set by retro-soul crooner Mayer Hawthorne, Rock the Bike and more. Late night eats from Del Popolo, a roving pizza kitchen. Proceeds benefit the Academy's conservation and sustainability programs. Tickets are $75. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-5411. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.calacademy.org/bigbang


A Benjamin Dean lecture

SMALL WORLDS IN COLLISION: RECENT METEORITE FALLS IN CALIFORNIA
Featuring Dr. Peter Jenniskens, SETI Institute
Monday, April 8 at 7:30 pm

On April 22 of last year, a small asteroid impacted close to home in California—at Sutter's Mill, the site where gold was first discovered in 1848, sparking the California Gold Rush. Meteor astronomer Dr. Peter Jenniskens kept a tally of finds and mobilized NASA Ames Research Center into leading the recovery effort from the air and the ground. 77 meteorites were found. Jenniskens will summarize research results reported in a recent 70-author Science article, and also discuss a second meteorite fall that happened in Novato and Sonoma on October 17 and was recovered, thanks to an ongoing allsky video surveillance of meteor showers in the Bay Area. If you are interested in having your potential Sutter's Mill or Novato meteorite validated, please bring it to the meeting. 7:30 pm; Purchase tickets in advance online at www.calacademy.org/lectures, or by calling (415) 379-8000. Seating is limited and tickets are first-come, first-served. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for Academy members. Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.


Conversations on Science
*SOLD OUT*
UNLOCKING THE MYSTERIES OF NEUROSCIENCE
Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30 pm
Featuring David Eagleman in conversation with Dr. Kiki Sanford
David Eagleman is a neuroscientist and author best known for his work on time perception, synesthesia, and neurolaw. His New York Times best-selling book, Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, explores the neuroscience of the conscious mind. His previous book, Wednesday is Indigo Blue, co-authored with Richard E. Cytowic, was an exploration of the neurological condition of synesthesia, in which the senses are blended. Eagleman directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action, as well as the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law at the Baylor College of Medicine. Kirsten “Dr. Kiki” Sanford is dedicated to making science accessible. She has produced and hosted programs featuring scientific luminaries such as James Watson, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Brian Green, Lisa Randall, Leonard Susskind, and Michio Kaku, among others. Eagleman is the 2013 Claire Matzger Lilienthal Distinguished Lecturer. 7:30 pm; Tickets are $22-27 for adults, $20-25 for Academy members. Price dependent on seating area. Purchase tickets in advance online at www.calacademy.org/lectures or by calling City Box Office at (415) 392-4400. This event takes place at the Herbst Theatre.


GULP! A TOUR OF OUR INSIDES
Tuesday, April 16 at 7:00 pm
A special lecture featuring best-selling author Mary Roach
Called “America’s funniest science writer” by the Washington Post, author Mary Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour of our insides. The alimentary canal is classic Roach terrain: the questions inspired by our insides are as taboo, in their own way, as the cadavers in Stiff, and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find names for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis? We meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks —or has the courage —to ask. And we go on location to a pet food taste-test lab, a bacteria transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal. Like all of Roach’s books, GULP! is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies. Roach is the author of four previous books, including Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, and Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void. 7:00 pm; Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for Academy members and seniors. Purchase tickets in advance online at www.calacademy.org/lectures or by calling (415) 379-8000. This event takes place in Tusher African Hall at the California Academy of Sciences.


CONSERVATION PHOTOGRAPHY 2-DAY WORKSHOP & EXCURSION (18+): Point Reyes National Seashore
Saturday, April 20 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm and Sunday, April 21 from 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

Led by Gary Sharlow, Photographer and Academy Education Manager
Dive into the art of conservation photography during this hands-on two-day workshop. On the first day, participants will be introduced to the field’s methodology and techniques among the Academy's live animal exhibits. On the second day, the group will put its skills into practice on an all-day excursion to some of California's most dramatic protected spaces in Point Reyes National Seashore. Conservation photography is a field rich with history, which has only recently been recognized as a discipline and powerful medium for conservation of wild areas. Throughout the experience, Academy staff and guest experts will offer photographic guidance and insight into the subjects' natural history. Workshop fee includes full day admission to the Academy on Saturday, April 20 for Earth Day activities and a three-hour afternoon photography workshop held at the Academy. The second day includes round-trip transportation between the Academy and Point Reyes. Lunch will be provided, as well as a tour and discussion about the history of conservation in Marin and Point Reyes. Tickets are $175 for adults, $150 for Academy members. Space is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserve a space in advance online at www.calacademy.org/photography, or by calling (415) 379-8000.


A Leakey Foundation lecture*

THE NEUROECONOMICS OF INNOVATION
Thursday, April 25 at 7:30 pm
Featuring Dr. Michael L. Platt, Professor and Director, Duke University Institute for Brain Sciences
*This lecture takes place during NightLife and is 21+ only.
Innovation is critical for both individual and evolutionary success, but creative disruption requires taking risks. New research marrying the theory and methods of economics to cutting-edge neuroscience techniques—an emerging field known as neuroeconomics—is making new discoveries about the biological processes that motivate us to take risks and create new solutions to unforeseen challenges. Dr. Michael L. Platt will describe how the brain overcomes uncertainty to explore novel alternatives and create new knowledge. Parallel findings from humans, monkeys, rodents, and worms indicate that a common suite of underlying mechanisms has evolved to control the desire to explore. At one extreme, neuropsychiatric disorders like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and addiction, may arise from dysfunctional control of exploration. At the other, uniquely human faculties of creativity and technological innovation may reflect elaboration of this shared biological heritage controlling our desire to explore. 7:30 pm; Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for Academy and Leakey Foundation members and seniors. Seating is limited and tickets are first-come, first-served. Purchase tickets in advance online at www.calacademy.org/lectures or by calling (415) 379-8000.