Posts Tagged ‘sun’

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano is Sponsoring Free Skin Cancer Screenings at UCSF on Divisadero Tomorrow Saturday, April 21st

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Hey look, it’s free!

And no co-payment neither.

Here’s the crew who’ll be waiting for you, or at least this was the crew at one of UCSF’s recent screenings in Chinatown:

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Free Skin Cancer Screening at UCSF

WHAT: In honor of National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, the UCSF Department of Dermatology is offering free skin cancer screenings. The event is co-sponsored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano. No appointment is necessary and no insurance is required.

WHEN: Saturday, April 21, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The screenings will take approximately 30 minutes.

WHERE: 1701 Divisadero Street, third floor, San Francisco.

WHY: Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, with more than three million skin cancers diagnosed annually in some two million people in the United States. More new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year than the combined totals of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers. Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25 to 29 years old. Anyone can develop skin cancer, regardless of skin color or general health. Many can be easily treated when detected early.

About UCSF Medical Center

UCSF Medical Center consistently ranks as one of the top 10 hospitals in the United States. Recognized for innovative treatments, advanced technology, collaboration among health care professionals and scientists, and a highly compassionate patient care team, UCSF Medical Center serves as the academic medical center of the University of California, San Francisco. The medical center’s nationally preeminent programs include children’s health, the brain and nervous system, organ transplantation, women’s health and cancer. It operates as a self-supporting enterprise within UCSF and generates its own revenues to cover the operating costs of providing patient care.

Follow UCSF Medical Center on www.facebook.com/UCSFMedicalCenter or on Twitter @UCSFHospitals.

Lockheed Martin Sun Scientist Dr. Alan M. Title Honored With 2011 American Geophysical Union Medal in San Francisco

Friday, December 9th, 2011

The big 2011 AGU convention is winding down in San Francisco with news of a bay area physicist winning the big award.

Congratulations Dr. Alan M. Title!

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All the deets:

“Lockheed Martin Physicist Honored With 2011 American Geophysical Union John Adam Fleming Medal

PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 8, 2011  – Dr. Alan M. Title, physicist at the Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Space Systems Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in Palo Alto, was honored last evening with the 2011 John Adam Fleming Medal, at a ceremony at the 2011 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in San Francisco. The Fleming Medal is awarded not more than once annually to an individual “for original research and technical leadership in geomagnetism, atmospheric electricity, aeronomy, space physics, and related sciences.”

Established in 1960, the Fleming Medal is named in honor of John Adam Fleming, who made important contributions to the establishment of magnetic standards and measurements. Fleming served as AGU officer in a number of positions, including: secretary of the Terrestrial Magnetism and Atmospheric Electricity section (1920-1929), Union General Secretary (1925-1947), and honorary president (1947-1956). John Adam Fleming was associated with the science of geomagnetism throughout his career, and with the American Geophysical Union from its founding until his death.

As a scientist, Alan Title studies the Sun.  His primary research interest is the generation, distribution, and effects of the solar magnetic field throughout the Sun’s interior and outer atmosphere. Using spectral imaging techniques we now can map both horizontal and vertical flows in the solar interior and surface. Flow maps have shown among other things how the solar interior rotates as a function of radius. This profile is essential for any understanding of interior magnetic field generation – dynamo action. Magnetic fields can be measured in the photosphere and inferred in the interior and outer atmosphere. Using these techniques it has been discovered that magnetic field emerges everywhere on the solar surface at a rate sufficient to completely replace the fields outside of active regions in less than a day, and even active region fields are replace in at most a few weeks. The detailed mechanisms by which magnetic energy is released is currently the focus of his research. At present, he has 169 articles in refereed journals. Building on accumulated knowledge, through observation and experimentation, he asks new questions of the Sun and formulates hypotheses on how it might work.

As an engineer, Alan Title designs, develops, builds, and flies new instruments that will gather the data necessary to test those hypotheses. He led the development of tunable bandpass filters for space-based solar observations, a version of which is currently operating on the JAXA/ISAS Hinode spacecraft.  He also invented a tunable variation of the Michelson Interferometer that has been employed on the SOHO spacecraft, the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), the Global Oscillations Network Group of the National Solar Observatory as well as other ground-based systems.

Extraordinarily dedicated to advancing public awareness of science, Dr. Title has supported activities at the Tech Museum, Chabot Observatory, Boston Museum of Science, the National Air and Space Museum, and the Hayden Planetarium. In addition, his educational outreach funding has supported a yearly summer program for Stanford undergraduates, and the Stanford Hass Center activities that develop science programs for K-12 classrooms. And for two decades, promising students from the Palo Alto High School District have come to work in his laboratory.

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New SFPUC Building at 525 Golden Gate Has Lots and Lots and Lots of Louvers

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

That’s what I’m calling them, louvers.

This is the south-facing wall of our new EcoPalace:

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This building is a bit different, anyway.

That’s Califorya: Another Excellent Capture from Kevin Montgomery of the Uptown Almanac

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

The best mural ever, as shown at the Uptown Almanac:

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Speechless I am.

Botox Mom Doesn’t Live in San Francisco, Despite “Published Reports” to the Contrary – Also, Nobody Ate My Hamster

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

[UPDATE: All right, well then tell me where. You need somebody to cross-examine the woman who gave birth eight years ago at 26 with a husband who was like 80, per the Sun? I can do that. Just show me where that suddenly-shy news hound is and I'll go ask her. (Oh, and I'll need some cash for her interview fee, if she demands one - hey, did she get anything from the Sun? Mmmmm...) And she's entered her daughter into beauty pageants, like plural? In San Francisco? In California? Those pageants that have no presence on the Internet in this day and age? And do beauty pageant stage moms really use botox, that's like a technique IRL?]

Let’s see here, does “Botox Mom” Kerry Campbell live in any of the 47 square miles of San Francisco?

Noooope!

And yet:

According to published reports, Campbell lived in Birmingham, England, and recently moved to San Francisco.”

Let’s see here, who published these reports?

The Sun:

Now, did somebody make a live hamster sandwich and then eat it in England?

Nope, the reporter made it up.

And yet, that’s a “published report”  in the Sun as well.

Oh well.

 

OMG, Skin Cancer Screening in Chinatown – See a UCSF Doctor for Free – Saturday, May 7th – Ends at 4PM

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

[This event turned out to be a huge success, with a bigger turnout than a recent effort in the Mission District. This one's all over but I'll post about the next one when it happens.*]

Our UCSF Department of Dermatology is bringing it today in C-Town. Check out all the deets below.

Drs. Ortiz and Wei and UCSF professionals and volunteers are waiting to see you right now – no appointment necessary:

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In Chinese first:

(本報訊)

五月是全國皮膚癌關注月,加州大學三藩市分校皮膚病學系於明日(星期六)上午8時30分至下午4時在華埠舉辦一項免費皮膚癌檢查活動。皮膚癌是一種最常見的癌症,每年有超過百萬人被診斷患上這病。任何人仕,無論膚色或健康狀況,都可能罹患上皮膚癌。

*皮膚癌和黑色素瘤約佔所有診斷出癌病的50%

*皮膚癌是一種比較可以預防的癌病

*超過90%的皮膚癌是由於過度暴露在陽光下所造成

*五分之一的美國人患上皮膚癌

*每小時有1人死於皮膚癌

*亞裔比白人有較大機會被診斷出患有晚期黑色素瘤。

及早檢測對診斷潛伏的黑色素瘤非常重要。這次檢測毋須預約,整個過程約30分鐘。華埠公共衛生局地址: Mason 街1490號 (夾 Broadway 街)。

欲知詳情,請致電加州大學三藩市分校,電話:415-467-3206。

And now back to English:

UCSF to Offer Free Skin Cancer Screenings in Chinatown

WHAT: The UCSF Department of Dermatology, in partnership with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and the Chinatown Public Health Clinic, will offer free skin cancer screenings in Chinatown to mark National Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

UCSF faculty and residents will perform the screenings. Translation services will be provided.

Early detection is key to diagnosing potential cases of melanoma. No appointment is necessary and screenings will take approximately 30 minutes.

WHEN:
Saturday, May 7, 2011
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE:
Chinatown Public Health Center
1490 Mason Street @ Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133

WHY: Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, with over one million people diagnosed each year. Anyone can develop skin cancer, regardless of their skin color or general health.

  • Skin cancer and melanoma account for about 50 percent of all types of cancers diagnosed;
  • Skin cancer is one of the more preventable types of cancer;
  • More than 90 percent of skin cancer is caused by excessive exposure to the sun;
  • One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime;
  • Each hour, one person dies from skin cancer;
  • Asian American melanoma patients have a greater tendency than Caucasians to have advanced disease at diagnosis.

See you there!

*Assuming I survive the Great San Francisco Blog War of 2011.

Oh Hail! Bee-bee-sized Hail Assaults San Francisco – When Oh When Will the Comforting Fog Return?

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Look what’s falling on San Francisco this AM.

It’s hail! Newsworthy hail. (Run for the hills, Ma Barker.)

Or snow, some people call this kind of thing snow.

But not area Kiwi jodiolson. She knows the score:

“Simultaneous sun and hail in SF. In New Zealand, they call these sun showers.”

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And here’s how it looked in the SoMA, per Bluoz

(Thank Gaia I don’t live in Chicago or someplace….)

Photovoltaic Solar Panels Have Come to San Franciscos Public Housing Projects

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

That big residential solar project in the Lower Haight / Western Addition / Hayes Valley from SunWheel Energy Partners just went live. The juice, she  is flowing.

See all the deets in this 15 minute video - it’s just like being there.

San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Phil “The Thrill” Ting was there for the ribbon-cutting…

…as was District 5 Supervisor Ross “The Boss” Mirkarimi:

San Francisco Affordable Housing Sites Power On Solar Energy
 
Federal, State and Local Officials, Site Residents and Community Members Celebrate Green Energy and New Jobs at Western Addition Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
 
San Francisco, CA, January 26, 2010 – On Monday, January 25, 2010, Sunwheel Energy Partners, which provides turnkey solar energy systems for urban and community partners, celebrated the commissioning of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at three affordable housing community sites in San Francisco’s Western Addition and Hayes Valley neighborhoods — bringing solar power, green jobs and financial relief to residents and owners.  The ribbon cutting ceremony at Plaza East Apartments was widely attended by a notable group of federal, state and local officials as well as the site’s residents and community members who were hired to install the solar panels.
 
Dignitaries in attendance included Henry Alvarez, Executive Director, San Francisco Housing Authority; Timothy Alan Simon, CPUC Commissioner; Phil Ting, SF Assessor-Recorder; David Rubin, Director of Service Analysis, PG&E; Michael Carlin, SFPUC Deputy General Manager; Neola Gans, Vice President, SF Housing Authority Commission; Caroline Krewson, Deputy Regional Director, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Stephen Schneller, Director, San Francisco Office of Public Housing; Ross Mirkarimi, San Francisco Supervisor; and representatives of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer’s offices. Senator Mark Leno issued a proclamation commending the site.

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Merry Christmas from the Groves of Marin County, USA

Friday, December 25th, 2009

These trees near Muir Woods are tall, huh?

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The Best Place to Hunt for Buried Treasure in Golden Gate Park

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Now you can a bunch of research by reading up on tomes of yore but if you want to search for buried treasure in Golden Gate Park, the best place to start must be at Stow Lake near Yelp-rated Strawberry Hill island.  

Why? Well, just look at this recent photo. Something must be down there, ‘neath the spotlight:

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Happy hunting!