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Last meeting - August 5, 2017 at Basque Cultural Center, South San Francisco

Bruce Blumberg MD spoke about the nascent Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine. Pictures below are from the August luncheon. Click on any photo to see it larger, and then use your left or right arrow buttons to move to other pictures if you wish. We hope some of you will also take pictures at future events - send them to        




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RPA luncheons usually occur on the first Saturday of February, August, and November, and the first or second Saturday of May, at rotating locations. Exact upcoming dates usually appear on the Notices page. Online reservations become available approximately one month prior to the event. If you have questions or comments about the luncheons, please direct them to Ron Bachman -

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Saturday, November 4, 2017                                                                                            Location: Boundary Oak Golf Course                                                                                               3800 Valley Vista Road, Walnut Creek 94598

Social hour:  11:30 AM       
Lunch: 12:15 PM
Speaker: 1:00 PM    

Speaker: Michael Stocker, Exec. Director of Ocean Conservation Research,                Bioacoustian and marine mammal expert

Topic: TBA

Menu: Baked Cod OR                                                                                                                       Vegetarian Stuffed Sweet Potato OR                                                                             Chicken Breast Stuffed with Goat Cheese

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Speaker info:

Michael Stocker, founding director of Ocean Conservation Research, uses his fluency in bioacoustics to explore the impacts of noise on ocean animals. He hopes to decrease human bioacoustic impacts on marine habitats by influencing ocean policy and practice.

Michael’s book Hear Where We Are: Sound, Ecology, and Sense of Place (Springer 2013) is an assembly of ideas and understandings of human and animal sound perception cultivated over a lifetime of interdisciplinary thinking incorporating his studies in world cultures, Western intellectual history, physics, architecture, biology, acoustics, signal processing, music, theology, and literature.

He has advised and designed environments and technical systems for a diverse array of clients including the U.S. National Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC; George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch; the Monterey Bay Aquarium; Mexico City’s El Museo Papalote children’s museum; and various premier Hollywood sound and film studios.

Michael also served as the electronic and musical engineer on the benchmark film “Koyaanisqatsi” and as a project development engineer for Pax Scientific, working in applied physics and acoustics – exploring how the principles of bio-mimicry can be used in fluid and air movement systems.




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