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On the Merits of Strangling your Friends

BY BRENDAN BANE
@ VOL 9 ON MAR 24, 2016

Brendan Bane loves brazilian jiu jitsu. He's pretty sure that he can make you love it too.

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Highway 17 Wildlife Connectivity Project

BY AHIGA SNYDER
@ VOL 9 ON MAR 24, 2016

Wildlife Biologists Tanya Diamond and Ahíga Roger Snyder are working on solutions that make the road safer for wildlife and drivers alike. They partner with land trust organizations and local government and specialize in identifying, monitoring, and implementing connectivity designs for wildlife movement within a landscape.

They are currently working on solutions for Highway 17, which carries a substantial amount of commuter and vacation traffic between the Bay Area and Santa Cruz. The road cuts through the habitat of foxes, black-tailed deer, mountain lions, and many other species of wildlife.

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Building a Better Buoy

BY DOUG ROSS
@ VOL 9 ON MAR 24, 2016

Artist, engineer, and Marine Mammal rescue volunteer, Doug Ross saw a need, and set out to fill it. In this presentation he shares his experience designing and developing "David Buoy," a streamlined tracking device to help rescuers track and assist whales trapped in fishing lines and other human debris.

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Connecting the Dots between Teaching, Learning, and Making in California and Japan

BY MAI RYUNO
@ VOL 9 ON MAR 24, 2016

Artist and educator Mai Ryuno shares stories from her life and projects in the US and Japan. She creates community experiences in her classroom, and finds ways to engage students in developing their conceptual and artistic capabilities.

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Doodles Rockets & Dreams

BY DARRIN CADDES
@ VOL 9 ON MAR 24, 2016

Darrin Caddes (@unclewillard) is a father and vice president of corporate design for Plantronics, so his days were already pretty full when he decided at the start of 2013 to take on a personal creative challenge - to create a drawing every day for a year.

His sketches are funny, sad, inventive, and great and three years in (and still going strong!) his "Daily Doodle" project illustrates the power of a regular creative habit.

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Learning to Teach Ethics

BY KYLE ROBERTSON
@ VOL 9 ON MAR 24, 2016

Kyle Robertson teaches ethics to high schoolers, middle schoolers, at retirement communities and at the local jail. In this presentation he shares his passion for the "Ethics Bowl," a team competition that combines the excitement and fun of a competitive tournament with an innovative approach to understanding both sides of a problem.  

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Shika no Tsunokiri, aka the Japanese Rodeo

BY PETER CHESTER
@ VOL 9 ON MAR 24, 2016

Peter Chester and his 4 year old daughter Olivia present their experience of the sacred deer of Nara and in particular, the deer antler cutting ceremony.

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The Journey of Yellow Cedar

BY TAI MOSES
@ VOL 9 ON MAR 24, 2016

Following one species on a journey through time, Tai Moses shares her wonder for trees. Her talk explores the changing relationship between humans and trees over time.

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Dance of the Horny Hairy Arachnid

BY BRENDAN BANE
@ VOL 8 ON SEP 19, 2014

Science journalist Brendan Bane talks about his life-long fascination with tarantulas. He goes into great depth on his recent adventures to Costa Rica, and the process of learning about their courtship rituals. 

"Presentation of the Day" on October 13, 2014.

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Define the Meaning of Making It

BY JON LUINI
@ VOL 8 ON SEP 19, 2014

Jon Luini of Chime Interactive talks about how his definition of making it has changed over time. Sharing his life story and the trals and errors of "making it", Jon expresses his opinion of what it means to really make it. 

"Presentation of the Day" on January 5, 2015.

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Si Se Puede

BY DANNY CONTRERAS
@ VOL 8 ON SEP 19, 2014

Danny Contreras spent 14 years in jail for a crime he did not commit. He tells the story of making it through that experience.

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Time-Based Art

BY JUSTIN HOOVER
@ VOL 8 ON SEP 19, 2014

Justin Charles Hoover is a Chinese/Russian/American time-based artist and curator. He also always wanted to be a stunt double but settled for Kung Fu master. He shares a few recent projects and talks about why he loves performance art.

"Presentation of the Day" on October 30, 2014.

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