Events Calendar

Upcoming Events:
  • June 21, 23, & 25, 2016 - TERC Docent Training Program (Flyer) (Agenda): Join a group of individuals who are helping to make possible the best in science education and enjoyment. The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center has initiated a volunteer Docent Program in order to connect the talents of community volunteers to the needs of visitors and students. Register with Evan Portier ( or 775-881-7560 ext. 7474)
  • June 30, 2016 - Monthly Lecture: Chemical Discovered May Be New Tool for Depression Therapy: Translation Tales from Bugs to Man. A chemical discovered in a UC Davis lab may be a new, innovative tool to control depression. Studies involve an enzyme (soluble epoxide hydrolase or sEH) which is found in many species from bugs to humans. Research in animal models of depression suggests that sEH plays a key role in modulating inflammation, which is involved in depression. Years of research and discovery around this enzyme led from investigating insect biology to translating the basic science into a potential therapy for man. Karen Wagner is a researcher in the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. Register for this event.
  • July 28, 2016 - Monthly Lecture: Lake Tahoe: State of the Lake Report. Join TERC Director Dr. Geoff Schladow for an entertaining public presentation about the most important factors that affected the health of Lake Tahoe last year. Come and hear about the most pressing issues for this year, and the new programs that are designed to address them. Seating is available at 5:30 p.m. to guests who have pre-registered open seating starts at 5:50 p.m. and the program begins at 6:00 p.m. A $5 suggested donation will be collected at the door.
  • July 30, 2016 - Tahoe Plant Workshops: Edibles and Herbal Series. Day 1: Tahoe Plants = Tasty Teas. There are a lot of wonderful native plants that not only help to preserve the natural environment but can also be easily turned into delicious beverage. Learn what summer plants to use and how to use them. Talk may lead into fall plants as well or potentially open up an opportunity for a fall workshop where visitors can harvest as many rosehips as they can carry from the Tahoe City Field Station.
  • August 11, 2016 - Monthly Lecture: Transforming Transportation, Finally: How Three Transportation Revolutions Are Starting to Disrupt Transportation as We Know It with Daniel Sperling. The passenger transportation system has seen little innovation since the advent of the Interstate Highway System. That is now changing. The ubiquity of smart phones is enabling the commercialization of a range of new mobility services, led by Uber and Lyft; rapid advances in battery and fuel cell technology are enabling electrification of vehicles; and rapid advances in digital technologies are enabling automation of vehicles. The challenge for policymakers is to direct these revolutions toward the public interest—including in the Tahoe Basin.
  • August 13, 2015 - Tahoe Plant Workshops: Edibles and Herbal Series. Day 3: Dandelions, weed or feed? A weed by most people’s definition is actually incredibly nutritious and has many beneficial uses. Learn the different ways to utilize an otherwise noxious plant.
  • August 25, 2016 - Monthly Lecture: Science of wine (and wine tasting) with Jill Brigham the Executive Director of the UC Davis Sustainable Wine & Food Processing Center.
  • September 1, 2016 - Monthly Lecture: Gratitude with Bob Emmons. Research on the science of gratitude continues to accelerate rapidly. However, questions still remain: What are the functions of gratitude in the economy of human social behavior? What mechanisms are involved in the expression and detection of gratitude? Experiments and recent neuroimaging studies offer important clues as to why gratitude matters, how it works, and how we can collectively capitalize on its promise and potential.
  • September 15, 2016 - Monthly Lecture: State of Innovation: The U.S. Government's Role in Technology Development Professor Fred Block from the UC Davis Department of Sociology
  • September 29, 2016 - Monthly Lecture: A Gut-Feeling: How intestinal microbes modulate mood and behavior with Melanie Gareau a physiologist at the University of California, Davis. Scientists are investigating the idea that intestinal microbiota might influence brain development and behavior. Could your gut microbes influence behavior and alter brain physiology and neurochemistry? Researchers have begun drawing links between gastrointestinal pathology and psychiatric neurological conditions such as anxiety, depression, autism, schizophrenia and neurodegenerative disorders. The Human Microbiome Project, a large-scale study of the microbes that colonize humans, might help to unravel mental-health disorders.
  • October 13, 2016 - Monthly Lecture: Beer: Simply Splendid Science and the Best of Beverages (and beer tasting) with Charles Bamforth the first Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor at UC Davis teaching undergraduate courses in Malting and Brewing Science.
  • November 3, 2016 - Monthly Lecture: Impact of Ocean Acidification due to Climate Change with Nann Fangue Associate Professor at the UC Davis Fangue Laboratory.
  • December 8, 2016 - Monthly Lecture: Environmental Toxicology and Chemical Stressors with Andrew Whitehead Associate Professor at the UC Davis Department of Environmental Toxicology.

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Note: All events are held at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences building in Incline Village unless otherwise indicated.

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