All Homecoming Events

We will continue to add to this list as the weekend grows closer. Check back often!

Berkeley's Ivory Tower: The Campanile at 100 (Exhibition)

Friday 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM |
October 02, 2015 08:00:00 October 02, 2015 21:00:00 Berkeley's Ivory Tower: The Campanile at 100 (Exhibition) Rowell Cases, Bancroft Library America/Los_Angeles
Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM |
October 03, 2015 09:00:00 October 03, 2015 17:00:00 Berkeley's Ivory Tower: The Campanile at 100 (Exhibition) Rowell Cases, Bancroft Library America/Los_Angeles
Sunday 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM |
October 04, 2015 13:00:00 October 04, 2015 21:00:00 Berkeley's Ivory Tower: The Campanile at 100 (Exhibition) Rowell Cases, Bancroft Library America/Los_Angeles

Sather Tower, also known as the Campanile, looms large both as a physical structure and as the most widely recognized symbol of the Berkeley campus. This exhibition celebrates the centennial of this landmark through holdings from the University Archives and The Bancroft Library’s manuscript and pictorial collections.

Doe and Moffitt Libraries and Gardner Stacks Open House

Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM |
October 02, 2015 08:00:00 October 02, 2015 17:00:00 Doe and Moffitt Libraries and Gardner Stacks Open House Doe Library America/Los_Angeles
Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM |
October 03, 2015 09:00:00 October 03, 2015 17:00:00 Doe and Moffitt Libraries and Gardner Stacks Open House Doe Library America/Los_Angeles
Sunday 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM |
October 04, 2015 13:00:00 October 04, 2015 17:00:00 Doe and Moffitt Libraries and Gardner Stacks Open House Doe Library America/Los_Angeles

Explore these extraordinary libraries that have served the campus for more than 100 years. Be awed by grand spaces including North Reading Room, Heyns Reading Room, and the Gardner (Main) Stacks, the last of which contains 52 miles of shelves. Delve into exhibits in the Bernice Layne Brown Gallery and elsewhere.

Your nametag gets you entry to the Gardner Stacks.

Nothing About Us, Without Us: The 25th Anniversary of ADA (Exhibition)

October 02, 2015 08:00:00 October 02, 2015 21:00:00 Nothing About Us, Without Us: The 25th Anniversary of ADA (Exhibition) Bernice Layne Brown Gallery, Doe Memorial Library America/Los_Angeles
October 03, 2015 09:00:00 October 03, 2015 17:00:00 Nothing About Us, Without Us: The 25th Anniversary of ADA (Exhibition) Bernice Layne Brown Gallery, Doe Memorial Library America/Los_Angeles
October 04, 2015 13:00:00 October 04, 2015 21:00:00 Nothing About Us, Without Us: The 25th Anniversary of ADA (Exhibition) Bernice Layne Brown Gallery, Doe Memorial Library America/Los_Angeles

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush. The ADA is one of America’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation. It prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life — to enjoy employment opportunities, purchase goods and services, and participate in state and local government programs and services. This exhibition draws on the history of the disabled, the activism of the 1970s, and events which led to the passage of the ADA. 

University and Jepson Herbaria Open House and Tours

Friday 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM |
October 02, 2015 08:00:00 October 02, 2015 12:00:00 University and Jepson Herbaria Open House and Tours 1001 Valley Life Sciences Building America/Los_Angeles
Friday 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM |
October 02, 2015 13:00:00 October 02, 2015 17:00:00 University and Jepson Herbaria Open House and Tours 1001 Valley Life Sciences Building America/Los_Angeles

With more than 2.2 million specimens representing all plant groups from around the world, the herbaria hold the largest collection of its kind at a U.S. public university. Visit on your own time to see these delicately preserved specimens, from marine algae to California flowers, or join a guided tour at 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. 

Cal Café

Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM |
October 02, 2015 09:00:00 October 02, 2015 17:00:00 Cal Café Alumni House America/Los_Angeles
Saturday 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM |
October 03, 2015 08:00:00 October 03, 2015 12:00:00 Cal Café Alumni House America/Los_Angeles

Stop by to celebrate Homecoming with complimentary refreshments. Cal Alumni Association members will receive a free Cal-themed souvenir. Visit alumni.berkeley.edu for more information about CAA.  

Sponsored by: 
Cal Alumni Association

Charter Hill and Benjamin Ide Wheeler Hospitality Tent

Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM |
October 02, 2015 09:00:00 October 02, 2015 16:00:00 Charter Hill and Benjamin Ide Wheeler Hospitality Tent Homecoming Headquarters America/Los_Angeles
Saturday 9:00 AM to football kickoff |
October 03, 2015 09:00:00 October 03, 2015 09:00:00 Charter Hill and Benjamin Ide Wheeler Hospitality Tent Homecoming Headquarters America/Los_Angeles

Members of the Charter Hill and Benjamin Ide Wheeler (BIW) Societies are invited to relax in a private hospitality tent. Stop by to enjoy refreshments, visit with students and fellow society members, and even charge your phone. Dedicated staff members can answer questions about your giving or participation in these philanthropic communities. Open exclusively to members of the Charter Hill and BIW Societies.

The Charter Hill Society recognizes donors who make annual gifts totaling $1,000 or more to any school, college, or program at Berkeley. The Benjamin Ide Wheeler Society recognizes and thanks visionary individuals who provide essential philanthropic support to Berkeley through planned gifts, life income plans, and beneficiary designations of retirement plans, brokerage accounts, or life insurance policies.

CITRIS Tech Museum Open House

Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM |
October 02, 2015 09:00:00 October 02, 2015 16:00:00 CITRIS Tech Museum Open House Sutardja Dai Hall America/Los_Angeles

Learn how cell phones can help diagnose disease or predict traffic and see how wireless sensor networks can measure snowmelt in the Sierra. This fascinating self-paced tour of the Tech Museum at the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society — CITRIS — features homegrown exhibits by faculty and students. Get to know how CITRIS is creating solutions for many of today’s most pressing social, environmental, and health care challenges. 

Sponsored by: 
CITRIS

Homecoming Headquarters

Friday 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM |
October 02, 2015 09:00:00 October 02, 2015 20:00:00 Homecoming Headquarters Homecoming Headquarters America/Los_Angeles
Saturday 8:00 AM to football kickoff |
October 03, 2015 08:00:00 October 03, 2015 08:00:00 Homecoming Headquarters Homecoming Headquarters America/Los_Angeles

Stop here first when you arrive to pick up your nametags, tickets, and program and to enjoy refreshments. Staff can help answer your questions or arrange for golf-cart transportation around campus.

Women's Tennis Cal Nike Invitational

Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM |
October 02, 2015 09:00:00 October 02, 2015 16:00:00 Women's Tennis Cal Nike Invitational Hellman Tennis Complex America/Los_Angeles
Saturday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM |
October 03, 2015 09:00:00 October 03, 2015 16:00:00 Women's Tennis Cal Nike Invitational Hellman Tennis Complex America/Los_Angeles
Sunday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM |
October 04, 2015 09:00:00 October 04, 2015 16:00:00 Women's Tennis Cal Nike Invitational Hellman Tennis Complex America/Los_Angeles

Root for Cal women’s tennis at this exciting tournament in the newly renovated Hellman Tennis Complex.

Free admission.

Campus Walking Tour

Friday 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM |
October 02, 2015 10:00:00 October 02, 2015 11:30:00 Campus Walking Tour Homecoming Headquarters Tour Tent America/Los_Angeles
Friday 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM |
October 02, 2015 13:00:00 October 02, 2015 14:30:00 Campus Walking Tour Homecoming Headquarters Tour Tent America/Los_Angeles
Saturday 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM |
October 03, 2015 10:00:00 October 03, 2015 11:30:00 Campus Walking Tour Homecoming Headquarters Tour Tent America/Los_Angeles
Saturday 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM |
October 03, 2015 11:00:00 October 03, 2015 12:30:00 Campus Walking Tour Homecoming Headquarters Tour Tent America/Los_Angeles
Saturday 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM |
October 03, 2015 13:00:00 October 03, 2015 14:30:00 Campus Walking Tour Homecoming Headquarters Tour Tent America/Los_Angeles

Learn about campus architecture, history, and university life during these 90-minute walking tours led by knowledgeable student ambassadors.

Contextualizing Alcohol Use and Sexual Risk among Latino Migrant Day Laborers​

Friday 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM |
October 02, 2015 10:00:00 October 02, 2015 11:00:00 Contextualizing Alcohol Use and Sexual Risk among Latino Migrant Day Laborers​ Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center America/Los_Angeles

​This presentation will explore the ways in which the harsh living and working conditions of Latino migrant day laborers allow for vulnerability to psychosocial and health problems. The talk will advance a theory of structural vulnerability to explain the production and reproduction of such problems. This research was funded by a large federal grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Speaker(s): 
Kurt Organista
Professor, Social Welfare

Organista has published scholarly articles and edited and authored books on the physical and mental health of Latino populations. He conducts research on HIV prevention for Latino migrant laborers, including acting as principal investigator on a grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Organista serves on the editorial board of several psychology and social work journals, has served on the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council at the National Institutes of Health, and is vice chair of the San Francisco Foundation Board of Trustees. 

Sponsored by: 
School of Social Welfare

Foods of the Americas (Exhibition & Family Day)

Friday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM |
October 02, 2015 10:00:00 October 02, 2015 16:00:00 Foods of the Americas (Exhibition & Family Day) UC Botanical Garden America/Los_Angeles
Saturday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM |
October 03, 2015 10:00:00 October 03, 2015 16:00:00 Foods of the Americas (Exhibition & Family Day) UC Botanical Garden America/Los_Angeles
Sunday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM |
October 04, 2015 10:00:00 October 04, 2015 14:00:00 Foods of the Americas (Exhibition & Family Day) UC Botanical Garden America/Los_Angeles
View a colorful marketplace filled with produce domesticated by ancient farmers of the Americas, including corn, tomatoes, potatoes, beans, quinoa, and chocolate. A docent will be on hand to answer your questions. Join us on Sunday for special hands-on activities. Appropriate for all ages.
Sponsored by: 
UC Botanical Garden

Morrison Library Open House

Friday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM |
October 02, 2015 10:00:00 October 02, 2015 17:00:00 Morrison Library Open House Doe Library, Morrison Reading Room America/Los_Angeles
Saturday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM |
October 03, 2015 10:00:00 October 03, 2015 15:00:00 Morrison Library Open House Doe Library, Morrison Reading Room America/Los_Angeles

Morrison Library opened in 1928 as a traditional library reading room, providing an ambient atmosphere for students to take a break from the rigors of academic life. One of the architectural treasures of the Berkeley campus, it offers comfortable seating for leisurely reading and maintains a circulating collection of newly published popular fiction and nonfiction.

Undergraduate Admissions at UC Berkeley

Friday 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM |
October 02, 2015 10:00:00 October 02, 2015 11:00:00 Undergraduate Admissions at UC Berkeley Maude Fife Room, 3rd Floor, Wheeler Hall America/Los_Angeles

Get an overview of Berkeley admissions, including how we recruit, evaluate, and select new undergraduate students. Learn how we balance selective admissions and holistic review while fulfilling our mission as a public university.

Speaker(s): 
Greg Dubrow
Director of Research & Policy Analysis, Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Dubrow has been at  Berkeley for more than 10 years, leading the analytical efforts for undergraduate admissions. Prior to coming to Cal, he was an assistant professor of education policy at Florida International University in Miami. He earned a Ph.D. in higher education policy at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in film/TV/communications from Temple University.

Your Brain on Stress — It's All About Plasticity

Friday 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM |
October 02, 2015 10:00:00 October 02, 2015 11:00:00 Your Brain on Stress — It's All About Plasticity Alumni House America/Los_Angeles

Psychological stress is a big part of modern life and, as we’ve all learned by now, it affects our bodies and brains. Discover the details during this talk: Is all stress bad for you? In what context can stress be beneficial for brain function? Can exposure to stress impact our vulnerability to develop mental illness? Daniela Kaufer will share findings from her lab about the plastic changes that occur in the brain in response to stress — and the consequences on mental, cognitive, and neurological function.

Speaker(s): 
Daniela Kaufer
Associate Professor, Integrative Biology and Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute; Class of 1943 Memorial Chair

Kaufer earned her Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was a neurosurgery research fellow at Stanford. Research in her lab is focused on the events underlying the plasticity of the brain in the face of stress and neurological insults throughout life, with a particular focus on developmental trajectories toward cognitive, emotional, and neurological vulnerability and resilience. Kaufer is the recipient of the National Institute of Mental Health’s BRAINS (Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists) award to study pathways that lead from early life stress to mental illness vulnerability, and of the Bakar fellowship to study post-traumatic epilepsy.

Sponsored by: 
Prytanean Alumnae, Inc.

Plants of the World (Tours)

Friday 11:00 AM |
October 02, 2015 11:00:00 October 02, 2015 11:00:00 Plants of the World (Tours) UC Botanical Garden America/Los_Angeles
Friday 12:30 PM |
October 02, 2015 12:30:00 October 02, 2015 12:30:00 Plants of the World (Tours) UC Botanical Garden America/Los_Angeles
Friday 1:30 PM |
October 02, 2015 13:30:00 October 02, 2015 13:30:00 Plants of the World (Tours) UC Botanical Garden America/Los_Angeles
Saturday 1:30 PM |
October 03, 2015 13:30:00 October 03, 2015 13:30:00 Plants of the World (Tours) UC Botanical Garden America/Los_Angeles
Explore deserts, tropical forests, wetlands, and other diverse plant habitats from six continents. View special collections of orchids and carnivorous plants, and stroll through the Garden of Old Roses overlooking the Bay. Each tour is a unique experience focused on plants at their seasonal best and your interests.
Sponsored by: 
UC Botanical Garden

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Friday 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM |
October 02, 2015 11:00:00 October 02, 2015 16:00:00 The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life America/Los_Angeles

The Magnes Collection is one of the world’s preeminent Jewish collections in a university setting, providing innovative and accessible resources to both researchers and visitors. Three exhibitions are currently on display: The Future of Memory encourages exploration of the many approaches to history in the digital age by focusing on the global nature of Jewish culture; Living by The Book brings together scrolls, ritual objects, clothing, furniture, and memorabilia that express culture in biblical terms with remarkable diversity and creativity; and Larger than Life: Jonah and the Fish reinterprets the Book of Jonah with etchings, aquatints, a wooden box, a fish net, and a representation of the giant fish that is equally comforting and uncanny. 

UC Museum of Paleontology Tour

October 02, 2015 11:00:00 October 02, 2015 12:00:00 UC Museum of Paleontology Tour Valley Life Sciences Building, Wallace Atrium, 1st Floor America/Los_Angeles

The University of California Museum of Paleontology contains more than five million specimens: invertebrate fossils and microfossils; ancient North American mammals, crocodilians,​ turtles, marine reptiles; and even massive dinosaurs that once roamed Montana and California. In this ​exclusive behind-the-scenes tour, ​learn why these collections are critical to​ understanding global change past and present.

Tour is limited to a maximum of 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sponsored by: 
UC Museum of Paleontology

Comprehensive Excellence in Intercollegiate Athletics & Academics: Challenges and Successes at Berkeley

Friday 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM |
October 02, 2015 11:30:00 October 02, 2015 12:30:00 Comprehensive Excellence in Intercollegiate Athletics & Academics: Challenges and Successes at Berkeley Maude Fife Room, 3rd Floor, Wheeler Hall America/Los_Angeles

Berkeley prides itself on comprehensive excellence in everything we choose to do — a high standard for our students to meet. In this seminar, we will discuss the current academic performance of our intercollegiate student-athletes, their challenges, and their successes.

Speaker(s): 
Bob Jacobsen
Professor of Physics; Faculty Athletic Representative to the NCAA; Interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Letters and Science; and Gary and Donna Freedman Chair in Undergraduate Education

Jacobsen recently taught Physics for Future Presidents and the upper-division physics major lab course.  

Self-Compassion: Antecedents and Consequences for Growth and Self-Improvement

Friday 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM |
October 02, 2015 11:30:00 October 02, 2015 12:30:00 Self-Compassion: Antecedents and Consequences for Growth and Self-Improvement Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center America/Los_Angeles

The scientific study of self-compassion — approaching one’s own suffering with an attitude of kindness and non-judgmental understanding — has flourished in recent years. Self-compassion is especially crucial when dealing with failure or rejection, negative events that can lead to self-criticism. This talk describes recent findings emerging from Serena Chen’s lab, touching on what promotes self-compassion and illuminating the consequences of self-compassion, particularly for personal growth and self-improvement.

Speaker(s): 
Serena Chen
Professor of Psychology; Marian E. and Daniel E. Koshland, Jr. Distinguished Chair for Innovative Teaching and Research

Chen is a fellow of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, American Psychological Association, and the Association of Psychological Science. Chen was also the recipient of the Early Career Award from the International Society for Self and Identity, and the Distinguished Teaching Award from Berkeley’s Social Sciences division.

Sponsored by: 
College of Letters & Science

Suspect Race: Causes and Consequences of Biased Policing

Friday 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM |
October 02, 2015 11:30:00 October 02, 2015 12:30:00 Suspect Race: Causes and Consequences of Biased Policing Alumni House America/Los_Angeles

Recent episodes of police killings of unarmed black men highlight what is actually a longstanding and pervasive problem. Jack Glaser will describe the phenomenon of biased policing in America, highlighting psychological science research that explains the problem and offers prospective solutions. He will also describe his own research on the “reverse deterrent” effects of racial profiling and discuss policy and practice changes that should lead to more equitable law enforcement.

Speaker(s): 
Jack Glaser
Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy

Glaser received his Ph.D. in social psychology from Yale University in 1999 and joined the Cal faculty in 2000. He studies prejudice and discrimination as they operate at multiple levels, including “implicit” (unconscious) bias. He is working with law enforcement leaders, civil rights groups, and other stakeholders to address racial and ethnic bias in policing, including building a national database of police stops and use-of-force incidents. In 2014, Oxford University Press published his book, Suspect Race: Causes and Consequences of Racial Profiling.

Sponsored by: 
Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy

Cal Spirit Noon Rally

Friday 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM |
October 02, 2015 12:00:00 October 02, 2015 13:00:00 Cal Spirit Noon Rally Sproul Plaza America/Los_Angeles

Rev up your blue and gold pride at this lively, all-campus event featuring all of your favorite Cal Spirit groups!

Sponsored by: 
UC Rally Committee

Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Tour

October 02, 2015 13:00:00 October 02, 2015 14:00:00 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Tour 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, Wallace Atrium, 3rd Floor America/Los_Angeles

Visit one of the largest university-based collections of tetrapod vertebrates in the world, including about 700,000 superb bird, mammal, reptile, and amphibian specimens from around the globe. You’ll see rare and extinct animal specimens, and learn about research projects aimed at answering fundamental questions about evolution and conservation.

Tour is limited to 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sponsored by: 
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

The 2015 Arleigh Williams Forum

October 02, 2015 13:15:00 October 02, 2015 14:30:00 The 2015 Arleigh Williams Forum The Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall (enter building off Bancroft at Piedmont) America/Los_Angeles

Join us for this annual public gathering presented by one of the campus’s most historic organizations, the Order of the Golden Bear. The Arleigh Williams Forum honors the memory of a standout Cal football player, U.S. Navy veteran, and campus administrator who regularly opened his doors for the campus community to engage in open dialogue. This year, Joseph D. Greenwell will share his unique perspective on “Berkeley Life: Reflections on the Students’ Experience.” He will discuss some of the challenges that our students face, where our students flourish, and his hopes for enhancing Berkeley’s sense of community and belonging.

Speaker(s): 
Joseph D. Greenwell
Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students

Greenwell serves all students with customized programs and services that support them from orientation through graduation and beyond. Greenwell joined Berkeley from San Francisco State University, where he served as dean of students. Passionate about the field of human development, he is currently enrolled in a doctorate of education program at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College.

Sponsored by: 
The Order of the Golden Bear

How are Cal Band Formations Created?

Friday 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM |
October 02, 2015 14:00:00 October 02, 2015 15:00:00 How are Cal Band Formations Created? Alumni House America/Los_Angeles

Two insiders provide a brief history of the Cal Band, including how field formations are conceptualized and charted. Learn how this is accomplished on arrangements ranging from traditional Cal songs to contemporary selections. Hint: it involves something called a “poop sheet”!

Speaker(s): 
Bob Calonico '76
Cal Band Director

Calonico has been teaching at Berkeley since 1990 and has served as director of UC Jazz Ensembles and director of bands since 1995. In May 2016, he will tour China and Japan with the Cal Marching Band.

Samuel Cappoli
Cal Band Drum Major

Cappoli hails from Southern California and will receive his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering in 2016.

Sponsored by: 
Student Musical Activities

Mandarin-Language Campus Walking Tour

Friday 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM |
October 02, 2015 14:00:00 October 02, 2015 15:30:00 Mandarin-Language Campus Walking Tour Homecoming Headquarters Tour Tent America/Los_Angeles
Saturday 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM |
October 03, 2015 09:30:00 October 03, 2015 11:00:00 Mandarin-Language Campus Walking Tour Homecoming Headquarters Tour Tent America/Los_Angeles

Learn about campus architecture, history, and university life during a 90-minute walking tour with a knowledgeable Mandarin-speaking student ambassador.

Music as an Art and a Science: A Musician's Perspective

October 02, 2015 14:00:00 October 02, 2015 15:00:00 Music as an Art and a Science: A Musician's Perspective Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center America/Los_Angeles

Musical scholars tend to rely on carefully chosen words to lecture and write about music. Performers, especially those trained in the tradition of Western classical music, prefer to communicate fully and precisely by relying on carefully composed and performed notes, rhythms, and sonorities. Scholar-performers enjoy combining these complementary approaches. To what extent can artistic performances be instinctive and non-verbal, and to what extent can they be prepared intellectually and held up by the language of scientific discipline? This talk will discuss a few of these tensions that have given texture to a 40-year career.

Speaker(s): 
Davitt Moroney Ph.D. '80
Professor of Music

Moroney joined Berkeley’s faculty in 2001 as a professor and University Organist, a position that specifically combines his activities as a scholar and performer. He specializes in music of the 16th to 18th centuries, in particular the works of J. S. Bach. He has concertized in many countries and made over 70 CD recordings. His monograph “Bach: An Extraordinary Life” (2000) has been translated into five languages.

Spanish-Language Campus Walking Tour

Friday 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM |
October 02, 2015 14:00:00 October 02, 2015 15:30:00 Spanish-Language Campus Walking Tour Homecoming Headquarters Tour Tent America/Los_Angeles

Learn about campus architecture, history, and university life during a 90-minute walking tour with a knowledgeable Spanish-speaking student ambassador.

Essig Museum of Entomology Tour

October 02, 2015 15:00:00 October 02, 2015 15:00:00 Essig Museum of Entomology Tour 1170 Valley Life Sciences Building America/Los_Angeles
October 02, 2015 16:00:00 October 02, 2015 16:00:00 Essig Museum of Entomology Tour 1170 Valley Life Sciences Building America/Los_Angeles
October 02, 2015 17:00:00 October 02, 2015 17:00:00 Essig Museum of Entomology Tour 1170 Valley Life Sciences Building America/Los_Angeles
October 02, 2015 18:00:00 October 02, 2015 18:00:00 Essig Museum of Entomology Tour 1170 Valley Life Sciences Building America/Los_Angeles

Explore the weird and wonderful world of insects and spiders at the Essig Museum, home to more than five million insect specimens collected over 100 years’ time from western North America, Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Tahiti. Learn how specimens are used to discover new species, decipher evolutionary questions, and understand where and how these creatures live. Friday’s tours are limited to 12 people per time slot; you can also stop by anytime on Saturday for a tour.

History Walking Tour

Friday 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM |
October 02, 2015 15:00:00 October 02, 2015 16:30:00 History Walking Tour Homecoming Headquarters Tour Tent America/Los_Angeles

Don’t miss this rare chance to explore the campus with one of its most revered historians, Peter S. Van Houten ’56, M.A. ’62, Ed.D. ’73. On this fun, easy walking tour, you’ll benefit from the encyclopedic knowledge about Cal’s memorable people, buildings, events, and traditions that Van Houten acquired during his 50-plus years on campus as a student and administrator. You’ll gain a very special perspective — and “meet” some important historical figures from Berkeley’s fascinating past.

Neuroscience: Your Brain at Berkeley

October 02, 2015 15:30:00 October 02, 2015 16:30:00 Neuroscience: Your Brain at Berkeley Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center America/Los_Angeles

Neuroscience — the biological study of brain and behavior — is in an era of rapid discovery. Modern research is revealing how the brain develops, senses the world, computes, learns, controls​ ​movement, and performs many of the cognitive functions that make us human. This seminar will survey recent discoveries made at Berkeley that give new insight into brain function and dysfunction​ ​in neurological disease.

Speaker(s): 
Dan Feldman
Associate Professor, Molecular & Cell Biology

Feldman earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University and did postdoctoral research​ ​at UCSF and at the National Institutes of Health. He has been at Berkeley since 2007.​ ​His research laboratory studies the function of the brain’s cerebral cortex. In addition to undergraduate teaching, he is director of the Neuroscience Ph.D. program at Berkeley.

Sponsored by: 
Letters & Science, Molecular & Cell Biology and Helen Wills Neuroscience Center

Plant Evolution, Cascading Mentorships, Undergraduate Research

Friday 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM |
October 02, 2015 15:30:00 October 02, 2015 16:30:00 Plant Evolution, Cascading Mentorships, Undergraduate Research Maude Fife Room, 3rd Floor, Wheeler Hall America/Los_Angeles

In Chelsea Specht’s lab, undergraduates pursue exciting research topics exploring the field of plant evolution. Hear about some of the intriguing projects they have conducted independently and in collaboration with graduate students and postdocs. You will learn how “cascading” mentorships, combined with support from programs like Sponsored Projects for Undergraduate Research (SPUR), generate outstanding research opportunities for undergrads and powerful experiences for mentors, ultimately creating a network of influential academic leaders, teachers, and researchers with a shared passion for education.

Speaker(s): 
Chelsea Specht
Associate Professor and Plant Organismal Biologist, Plant & Microbial Biology and Integrative Biology

Specht obtained her Ph.D. in plant evolution from New York University and the New York Botanical Garden, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. In her research, she combines traditional morphological and developmental techniques with molecular genetics, comparative genomics, and evolutionary biology to study the natural diversity of plants and to help better understand the forces creating and sustaining this diversity. She and her students are part of the Berkeley Natural History Museums (including the UC/Jepson Herbaria and the UC Botanical Garden) and take advantage of living and preserved collections to advance their research in plant systematics, biogeography, and developmental evolution.

Sponsored by: 
College of Natural Resources

Technology and Human Rights

Friday 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM |
October 02, 2015 15:30:00 October 02, 2015 16:30:00 Technology and Human Rights Alumni House America/Los_Angeles

Over the course of the past decade, the United States has increasingly used drone technology for various policy-related purposes, including targeted assassinations and surveillance. In this seminar, Alexa Koenig will discuss how drones are being used both globally and at home; some of the legal issues that have emerged from their use; and the ways in which human rights actors are using new technologies to document and investigate the world’s most egregious crimes.

Speaker(s): 
Alexa Koenig Ph.D. '13
Executive Director, Human Rights Center, Berkeley Law

Koenig, J.D., Ph.D.,  has published research and commentary in such diverse outlets as the Annual Review of Law and Social Science and U.S. News and World Report. She is the editor, with Keramet Reiter, of the forthcoming book Extreme Punishment (Palgrave MacMillan), as well one of three authors (with Eric Stover and Victor Peskin) of the forthcoming Hiding in Plain Sight: The Pursuit of War Criminals from Nuremberg to the War on Terror (UC Press). A member of the technology advisory board for the International Criminal Court, she is often called upon to speak about U.S. detention and drone policies as well as technology and human rights.

Sponsored by: 
Berkeley Law

The Peter E. Haas Public Service Award Presentation and Lecture

Friday 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM |
October 02, 2015 16:00:00 October 02, 2015 17:00:00 The Peter E. Haas Public Service Award Presentation and Lecture Doe Library, Morrison Reading Room America/Los_Angeles

This event recognizes a Berkeley alumnus who has made a significant voluntary public contribution to the betterment of society, particularly at the community level, within the U.S. This year’s recipient is James A. Kowalski, Jr. ’86, who is being honored for his pro bono service to victims of mortgage fraud and predatory lending and collection practices. His work — including the litigation of landmark foreclosure defense cases — has been instrumental in slowing down foreclosure filings nationwide. 

Stars and Planets and Black Holes, Oh My!

Friday 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM |
October 02, 2015 17:00:00 October 02, 2015 18:00:00 Stars and Planets and Black Holes, Oh My! Wheeler Auditorium America/Los_Angeles

Lick Observatory, an iconic, 127-year-old research facility on Mt. Hamilton, is a vibrant base for the University of California’s astronomy education and outreach efforts. Here, Berkeley students gain invaluable hands-on experience in cutting-edge fields such as stellar explosions, Earth-like planets orbiting other stars, and giant black holes. Learn about recent discoveries and how you can help sustain the observatory.

Speaker(s): 
Alex Filippenko
Professor of Astronomy; Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Chair in the Physical Sciences

Filippenko is one of the world’s most highly cited astronomers and an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences. He was the only person to have served on both teams that simultaneously discovered the accelerating expansion of the universe. Voted by Berkeley students as the “Best Professor” on campus a record nine times, he appears frequently on TV documentaries and is addicted to observing total solar eclipses (14 so far).

Sponsored by: 
College of Letters & Science

Reunion Volunteer Leadership Reception

Friday 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM |
October 02, 2015 17:30:00 October 02, 2015 19:00:00 Reunion Volunteer Leadership Reception Pauley Ballroom, MLK Student Union America/Los_Angeles

Each year, hundreds of alumni volunteers raise funds and do outreach for their class campaigns. This special invitation-only reception thanks them for helping to sustain Berkeley’s excellence.

Contact Beverly Ingram at bingram@berkeley.edu for more information.

Sponsored by: 
Class Campaigns

Berkeley Hillel Parents and Alumni Shabbat

October 02, 2015 18:00:00 October 02, 2015 18:00:00 Berkeley Hillel Parents and Alumni Shabbat Berkeley Hillel Jewish Student Center America/Los_Angeles

Cal parents, has your student found a community at Berkeley Hillel? Alumni, do you miss hanging out with the awesome staff and enjoying free food? You’re invited to a special evening at Berkeley Hillel. Join us at 6 p.m. for conservative and reform services, followed by a free Shabbat dinner and dessert at 7 p.m.
Visit www.berkeleyhillel.org for more information.

Homecoming Rally

Friday 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM |
October 02, 2015 20:00:00 October 02, 2015 21:30:00 Homecoming Rally Wheeler Auditorium America/Los_Angeles

This showcase of student talent at Cal today features dance, cultural, and singing groups. Don’t miss special appearances by the Dance Team, Cheer Team, and, of course, the University of California Marching Band!

Sponsored by: 
UC Rally Committee

Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra: Cinderella at Cal Performances

Friday 8:00 PM |
October 02, 2015 20:00:00 October 02, 2015 20:00:00 Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra: Cinderella at Cal Performances Zellerbach Hall America/Los_Angeles
Saturday 2:00 PM |
October 03, 2015 14:00:00 October 03, 2015 14:00:00 Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra: Cinderella at Cal Performances Zellerbach Hall America/Los_Angeles
Saturday 8:00 PM |
October 03, 2015 20:00:00 October 03, 2015 20:00:00 Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra: Cinderella at Cal Performances Zellerbach Hall America/Los_Angeles
Sunday 3:00 PM |
October 04, 2015 15:00:00 October 04, 2015 15:00:00 Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra: Cinderella at Cal Performances Zellerbach Hall America/Los_Angeles

The Mariinsky Ballet has been a bastion of arts excellence for more than two centuries. The company presents one of the most celebrated works in its repertoire, Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella. The production launched the choreographer to international stardom, earning him a reputation for revitalizing classic ballet with urbane sophistication and modern storytelling. Ratmansky’s enchanting version of the fairy tale draws its drama from the wellspring of Prokofiev’s glorious, bittersweet score performed by the unparalleled Mariinsky Orchestra. 

Tickets start at $45. Visit calperformances.org for tickets and more information.

Bear Affair Tailgate BBQ

3 hours before football kickoff
October 03, 2015 00:00:00 October 03, 2015 00:00:00 Bear Affair Tailgate BBQ 3 hours before football kickoff Homecoming Headquarters America/Los_Angeles

Relax before the game at a traditional tailgate barbeque open to everyone. Price includes second helpings. Special seating area for Cal parents, each alumni class, and student group reunions. 

$30 for adults; $20 for current Cal students and kids 5–17; free for kids 4 and under. Limited tickets may be available at the door for an additional $15.

Your ticket to this event also includes unlimited access to faculty seminars, tours, and open houses all weekend long.

Cal vs. Washington State Homecoming Football Game

Time To Be Determined
Saturday |
October 03, 2015 00:00:00 October 03, 2015 00:00:00 Cal vs. Washington State Homecoming Football Game Time To Be Determined Memorial Stadium America/Los_Angeles

Cheer on your Golden Bears in the company of friends and family. Individual game tickets are sold separately through Cal Athletics: visit calbears.com/code and enter the appropriate code below to receive a ticket discount and special seating with your classmates or fellow Cal Parents.

Please note that students with season tickets sit in their own section. Students wishing to sit with their families will need to purchase additional tickets.

Cal Parents:
PARENTS2015

Reunion Classes:
REUNION1955
REUNION1960
REUNION1965
REUNION1970
REUNION1975
REUNION1980
REUNION1985
REUNION1990
REUNION1995
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All other alumni and friends, or groups with mixed affiliations:
HOMECOMING

Living with Richard Pryor: A Biographer's Tale

Saturday 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM |
October 03, 2015 09:00:00 October 03, 2015 10:00:00 Living with Richard Pryor: A Biographer's Tale Maude Fife Room, 3rd Floor, Wheeler Hall America/Los_Angeles

To write a biography is to practice a sort of exorcism in which the spirits of the dead are brought, in thrilling ways, back to life. Biographer Scott Saul discusses his journey in researching and capturing the life of comedian-actor Richard Pryor — how he found secret histories behind the better-known public stories that circulated around Pryor during his moment of fame. Pryor has often been acknowledged — by figures ranging from Mel Brooks and Bob Newhart to Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock — as a comic genius, but Saul found that the nature and wellsprings of his genius had been misunderstood.

Speaker(s): 
Scott Saul
Professor, English

Saul is a historian and critic who has written for The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, The Nation, and others. He is the author of the acclaimed biography Becoming Richard Pryor (described by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon as “a fascinating, exhilarating read”) and the creator of Richard Pryor’s Peoria, an online archive which brings to life Pryor’s formative years in the red-light district of Peoria, Illinois. He teaches courses in American literature and history at Berkeley.

Sponsored by: 
College of Letters & Science

University Library Book Sale

Saturday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM |
October 03, 2015 09:00:00 October 03, 2015 15:00:00 University Library Book Sale 303 Doe Library America/Los_Angeles

Expand your home library at the annual book sale in Doe Library. Hunt for treasures among thousands of hardback and soft-cover books for sale for just one dollar!

College of Chemistry Breakfast

Saturday 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM |
October 03, 2015 10:00:00 October 03, 2015 10:30:00 College of Chemistry Breakfast Chemistry Plaza America/Los_Angeles

Join College of Chemistry alumni, students, parents, and friends for a continental breakfast prior to Professor David Schaffer’s faculty seminar, “Evolving New Synthetic Viruses: Sparking the Gene Therapy Revolution.”

Sponsored by: 
College of Chemistry

Energy Policy in the US and Around the World

October 03, 2015 10:30:00 October 03, 2015 11:30:00 Energy Policy in the US and Around the World Arthur Andersen Auditorium, Haas School of Business America/Los_Angeles

Catherine Wolfram will explore current energy policy issues such as climate change and efforts to reduce emissions from the energy sector, the link between energy and economic development, and the use of big data to inform energy policy.

Speaker(s): 
Catherine Wolfram
Faculty Director, Energy Institute; Cora Jane Flood Endowed Chair in the Walter A. Haas School of Business

Wolfram has been at UC Berkeley for 15 years and has twice been honored with the Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching. Wolfram earned her B.A. in economics from Harvard University and Ph.D. in economics from MIT. She has served as the associate editor for The Economics Journal and The Journal of Industrial Economics. Today, her research focus is on energy markets and environmental regulation. She is a faculty scientist in the environmental energy technologies division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. 

Sponsored by: 
Haas School of Business

Evolving New Synthetic Viruses: Sparking the Gene Therapy Revolution

Saturday 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM |
October 03, 2015 10:30:00 October 03, 2015 11:30:00 Evolving New Synthetic Viruses: Sparking the Gene Therapy Revolution 120 Latimer Hall America/Los_Angeles

Gene therapy has been increasingly successful in human clinical trials for rare diseases, but much better gene delivery vehicles are needed to expand these successes to the treatment of the majority of conditions. Learn about directed vector evolution, an exciting new technology used to create viruses specifically designed for more targeted delivery.

Speaker(s): 
David Schaffer
Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Bioengineering, and Neuroscience

Schaffer received his undergraduate degree from Stanford and his Ph.D. from MIT. His postdoctoral research was focused on neural stem cells and viral gene delivery vehicles at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla. In 1999, Schaffer joined the Berkeley campus with a joint appointment in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and at the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, the latter of which investigates fundamental questions about how the brain functions. He has been affiliated with the Berkeley Stem Cell Center since 2007 and currently serves as its director.

Sponsored by: 
College of Chemistry

The Jacobs Institute: At the Intersection of Design and Technology

Saturday 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM |
October 03, 2015 10:30:00 October 03, 2015 11:30:00 The Jacobs Institute: At the Intersection of Design and Technology Jacobs Hall, 3rd Floor America/Los_Angeles

Budding engineers, artists, and game-changers from many fields meet at the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation to turn visionary ideas into designs to help improve the world. The new Jacobs Hall is home to the institute. With five design studios and the latest equipment for rapid prototyping and digital fabrication, it provides space and resources so students can learn by doing. Björn Hartmann will present the history and vision behind the institute and share how design education will play a crucial role in our students’ futures.

Speaker(s): 
Björn Hartmann
Chief Technology Officer, Jacobs Institute and Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences

Hartmann received a B.A. in communications, B.S.E. in digital media design, and M.S.E. in computer and information science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University in 2009. His research in human-computer interaction focuses on the creation and evaluation of user interface design tools, end-user programming environments, and ubiquitous computing tool kits. He co-founded the CITRIS Invention Lab, a precursor to the Jacobs Institute.

Sponsored by: 
College of Engineering

Water Policy & the Drought: Balancing Competing Interests to Stay Afloat

Saturday 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM |
October 03, 2015 10:30:00 October 03, 2015 12:00:00 Water Policy & the Drought: Balancing Competing Interests to Stay Afloat 145 Dwinelle Hall America/Los_Angeles

Scientists agree that California’s droughts are cyclical and appear to be growing worse. While we have developed technologies to address our water challenges, water policy remains a hot-button issue in the Golden State, and not necessarily on traditional Republican-Democratic policy lines. Along with the need for major new infrastructure, deep conflicts divide agricultural and urban industries, Central Valley and coastal communities, environmentalists and fracking proponents, and others. Join us for a timely discussion on how we can build consensus and create bipartisan solutions to ensure a sustainable water future for our state.

Speaker(s): 
Felicia Marcus
State Water Resources Control Board Chair

Marcus was appointed to the board in 2012 and designated as its chair in 2013 by Governor Jerry Brown. Her previous work spans the government, nonprofit, and private sectors. As Region IX administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton administration, she was known for uniting unlikely allies to make environmental progress on a wide range of issues.

Mel Levine ’64
Counsel and former Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Former U.S. Representative, 27th Congressional District

Levine is president of the Board of Commissioners of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Retired as a partner from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, he continues to act as counsel. He served in Congress from 1983–93 and in the state Assembly from 1977–82. He is a member of the Goldman School of Public Policy’s Board of Advisors.

David L. Sedlak
Malozemoff Professor in Mineral Engineering, Co-director of Berkeley Water Center, and Director of Institute for Environmental Science and Engineering (IESE)

Sedlak’s research focuses on the fate of chemical contaminants, with the goal of developing cost-effective, safe, and sustainable systems to manage water resources. He is particularly interested in the development of local sources of water. He is the author of Water 4.0, which examines how we can gain insight into current water issues by understanding the history of urban water systems.

Richard “Dick” H. Beahrs '68
Moderator

Beahrs is a UC Berkeley Foundation trustee and a member of the Goldman School of Public Policy’s Board of Advisors. Now retired, he spent 35 years as a media executive at Time Warner. In 2001, Beahrs and his wife, Carolyn, funded the launch of the campus’s Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program, a multidisciplinary program that has trained over 400 environmental professionals from 90 countries in sustainable development skills.

Sponsored by: 
The Goldman School of Public Policy’s Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement

Campanile 100th Celebration

Saturday 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM |
October 03, 2015 11:00:00 October 03, 2015 12:00:00 Campanile 100th Celebration Campanile Esplanade America/Los_Angeles

Join the campus in celebrating the 100th anniversary of our beloved Sather Tower, a.k.a the Campanile. The bells will play “Happy Birthday” to commemorate this historic occasion, and you’re invited to sing along — and to have a slice of birthday cake!

Feed the Bears Tour

Saturday 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM |
October 03, 2015 11:00:00 October 03, 2015 12:30:00 Feed the Bears Tour Homecoming Headquarters Tour Tent America/Los_Angeles

This specialized tour focuses on the university’s philanthropic history, including programs and buildings made possible by private giving.

Bringing Design to Life: Digital Fabrication for All

Saturday 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM |
October 03, 2015 11:30:00 October 03, 2015 12:30:00 Bringing Design to Life: Digital Fabrication for All Jacobs Hall, 1st Floor America/Los_Angeles

Dive into the world of digital fabrication and prototyping with laser-cutters and 3D printers at the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation. You’ll get inspired —  and get your hands dirty — making a personalized souvenir with help from our team of technicians. No experience necessary; just bring your creativity and an open mind.

College of Chemistry Picnic

Saturday 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM |
October 03, 2015 11:30:00 October 03, 2015 12:30:00 College of Chemistry Picnic Chemistry Plaza America/Los_Angeles

Join College of Chemistry alumni, students, parents, and friends for complimentary lunch on the plaza.

Sponsored by: 
College of Chemistry

College of Natural Resources Picnic

Saturday 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM |
October 03, 2015 11:30:00 October 03, 2015 14:30:00 College of Natural Resources Picnic Genetics and Plant Biology Lawn America/Los_Angeles

The CNR Alumni Association (CNRAA) invites you to a picnic for all generations, including families with children. Enjoy delicious BBQ, farm-fresh produce, great company, and spirits compliments of CNR alumni. 

RSVP at nature.berkeley.edu/site/rsvp.php.

Sponsored by: 
College of Natural Resources

Alumni Panel: Why Culture Matters

October 03, 2015 12:00:00 October 03, 2015 13:00:00 Alumni Panel: Why Culture Matters Arthur Andersen Auditorium, Haas School of Business America/Los_Angeles

UC Berkeley is broadly recognized for its distinctive culture and values: how we view ourselves and how others view us shape the impact we have on our immediate communities and around the world. The Haas School of Business has its own robust culture, and in recent years the force behind all initiatives has been the school’s Defining Principles: “question the status quo,” “confidence without attitude,” “students always,” and “beyond yourself.” The principles guide and define the Berkeley-Haas community in all its endeavors, from admissions to alumni relations. Haas Dean Rich Lyons leads an alumni panel in a discussion on the invaluable space that culture occupies in an organization and a community.

Speaker(s): 
Rich Lyons '82
Dean, Haas School of Business

Rich Lyons has served as dean of the Haas School of Business since 2008. As an alumnus of the school’s undergraduate program, his ties to Berkeley-Haas were established long before his deanship. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from MIT and was an assistant professor at Columbia Business School before returning to Berkeley as a faculty member in 1993. Lyons’s teaching and research interests are in international finance and leadership. From 2006 to 2008 he held the position of chief learning officer at Goldman Sachs where he focused on leadership development. Over the years Lyons has received several teaching awards and in 1998 was honored with the Distinguished Teaching Award, Berkeley’s highest teaching honor. A signature achievement of Dean Lyons’s tenure has been the establishment of the Defining Principles as the Haas School’s cultural cornerstone.

Sponsored by: 
Haas School of Business

KALX Open House and Tour

Saturday 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM |
October 03, 2015 12:00:00 October 03, 2015 14:00:00 KALX Open House and Tour 26 Barrows Hall America/Los_Angeles

Celebrating more than 50 years of on-air magic, the mighty 90.7 FM invites you to enjoy a tour of the KALX studios and extensive music library, catch up with old friends, and share your fondest radio memories. Tours will be conducted on a drop-in basis, so stop by KALX any time!

Sponsored by: 
KALX

Unraveling the Quantum Ensemble

Saturday 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM |
October 03, 2015 12:00:00 October 03, 2015 13:00:00 Unraveling the Quantum Ensemble Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall America/Los_Angeles

In the quantum world, an object can simultaneously exist in multiple states, the “dead” and “alive” condition of Schrödinger’s cat being a quintessential example. It is the act of measurement that drives such a superposition to a more familiar classical outcome — “dead” or “alive” for the cat — thus bridging the gap between quantum mechanics and our concept of reality. The precise nature of this wave function collapse, however, remains a topic of debate at the intersection of physics, mathematics, and philosophy. Recent experiments have reconstructed the real-time collapse of the wave function describing a two-state system, thereby filling in the details of this mysterious process.

Speaker(s): 
Irfan Siddiqi
Professor of Physics

Siddiqi obtained his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and went on to get his doctorate from Yale. He joined Berkeley in 2005; his experimental research group focuses on quantum effects in nanoscale circuits at temperatures near absolute zero. Siddiqi has won a number of awards, including the George E. Valley prize from the American Physical Society, and citations from several branches of the Department of Defense.

Sponsored by: 
College of Letters & Science

Essig Museum of Entomology Open House

Saturday 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM |
October 03, 2015 13:00:00 October 03, 2015 17:00:00 Essig Museum of Entomology Open House 1170 Valley Life Sciences Building America/Los_Angeles

Don’t miss this unique chance to view the weird and wonderful world of insects and spiders at the Essig Museum, home to more than five million insect specimens collected over 100 years’ time from western North America, Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Tahiti. Learn how specimens are used to discover new species, decipher evolutionary questions, and understand where and how these creatures live. Check this listing for four tours on Friday with senior scientist Peter Oboyski. 

 
 

Mistresses of the Market: White Women and the Economy of Slavery in 19th Century America

Saturday 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM |
October 03, 2015 13:30:00 October 03, 2015 14:30:00 Mistresses of the Market: White Women and the Economy of Slavery in 19th Century America Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center America/Los_Angeles

Explore the experiences of white women who profited from commercial activities of 19th-century slave markets: those who bought and sold slaves within the market, who worked alongside slave traders, and the working-class white women whose commercial activities brought them into collaboration with individuals who traded in human flesh. Learn how this work helped to sustain the slave market economy and contributed to the system’s perpetuation.

Speaker(s): 
Stephanie Jones-Rogers
Assistant Professor, History

In 2013, Jones-Rogers received the Lerner Scott Prize for best dissertation in U.S. women’s history from the Organization of American Historians. She is currently completing her book manuscript, a regional study that dramatically reshapes current understandings of white women’s economic relationships to slavery in the 19th-century South.

Sponsored by: 
College of Letters & Science

The Physics and Development of Beauty: Structural Colors in Butterflies

Saturday 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM |
October 03, 2015 13:30:00 October 03, 2015 14:30:00 The Physics and Development of Beauty: Structural Colors in Butterflies Alumni House America/Los_Angeles

The color patterns of butterflies and moths serve such diverse functions as camouflage, warning coloration, and mimicry. The patterns we see are due to the coloration of scales on the wings, and usually come from pigment molecules within the scales. Colors like blue and green, however, are often created by nanostructures of the scales that refract light to create color; we are just now beginning to understand the way in which these nanostructures are formed within and on the surface of scale cells during the development of butterfly wings.

Speaker(s): 
Nipam Patel
Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development, Molecular and Cell Biology and Integrative Biology; William V. Power Endowed Chair in Biology

Patel grew up in the West Texas town of El Paso, received an A.B. in Biology from Princeton University, and earned a Ph.D. in Biology from Stanford University. Before moving to Berkeley, he was a staff associate in the Department of Embryology at the Carnegie Institution and a professor at the University of Chicago.  He is co-author of an undergraduate textbook on evolution and has taught the summertime embryology course at the Marine Biological Lab at Woods Hole for the past 15 years.

Sponsored by: 
Molecular and Cell Biology

Unleashing Science for a Sustainable Economy

Saturday 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM |
October 03, 2015 13:30:00 October 03, 2015 14:30:00 Unleashing Science for a Sustainable Economy Genetics & Plant Biology 100 America/Los_Angeles

New developments in biology and information technologies provide the foundation for a new renewable economy that can improve human well-being and environmental quality. Our research applies economics to the integration of multidisciplinary knowledge in order to identify the key features of a renewable economy and suggest policies and institutions that will lead to its emergence. It provides insights to address the challenges of biotechnology, biofuels, solar energy, and climate change.

Speaker(s): 
David Zilberman Ph.D. '79
Professor, Agricultural & Resource Economics

Zilberman holds the Robinson Chair in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and is the faculty director of the Master of Development Practice and co-director of the Environmental Leadership program. He has advised governments, international organizations, and companies on issues of water, biotechnology, and environmental policy. He is also a frequent contributor to the Berkeley Blog.

Sponsored by: 
College of Natural Resources

The New and the Old: A Walking Tour of Campus

Saturday 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM |
October 03, 2015 14:00:00 October 03, 2015 15:00:00 The New and the Old: A Walking Tour of Campus Homecoming Headquarters Tour Tent America/Los_Angeles

A student ambassador will be your guide around some of the newer buildings on campus, those under construction, and a few long-beloved edifices.

Can We Eat Less and Live Longer?

Saturday 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM |
October 03, 2015 15:30:00 October 03, 2015 16:30:00 Can We Eat Less and Live Longer? Genetics & Plant Biology 100 America/Los_Angeles

Calorie restriction — reduced food intake without malnutrition — has been shown to markedly prolong lifespan in several animal species while delaying many age-related health disorders. Are these observations translatable to humans, a larger animal with a slower metabolism? Can dietary or medicinal interventions that don’t involve lifelong food deprivation mimic the benefits of calorie restriction? The metabolic response of animals, including humans, to nutrient deprivation is complex, finely orchestrated, and extremely successful at preserving critical lean tissue stores. Learn how the biology and health consequences of calorie restriction comprise some of the most remarkable observations in all of biomedical science.

Speaker(s): 
Marc Hellerstein
Professor of Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology; Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Chair in Metabolic Nutrition

Hellerstein joined the Berkeley faculty in 1987 after completing medical training at Yale Medical School and a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He maintains a joint appointment in the department of medicine at UC San Francisco. Hellerstein’s major research interest has been developing novel methods to enable a new branch of medicine: molecular kinetics, or flux medicine. This research in dynamic molecular systems has resulted in more than 250 publications, 80 issued patents, 40 biopharma research programs and participation on several editorial boards, including Science Translational Medicine. He co-founded a medical diagnostics and drug development biotech company, KineMed, Inc., in 2001, for which he is currently chief of the scientific advisory board.

Sponsored by: 
College of Natural Resources

Creativity is a Public Good: Working Across the Arts and Design at Berkeley

Saturday 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM |
October 03, 2015 15:30:00 October 03, 2015 16:30:00 Creativity is a Public Good: Working Across the Arts and Design at Berkeley Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center America/Los_Angeles

The arts and design cultivate our powers of expression while creating a bridge to our community. Join this launch of Berkeley’s Arts and Design Initiative and dream with us about its future. This lecture explores a range of innovative projects developed on campus and in collaboration with our wider Bay Area arts community. We will consider the role of creative thinking and making in higher education, mindful of our distinctive public mission as well as the unique opportunity for artistic experimentation at a top research university.

Speaker(s): 
Shannon Jackson
Associate Vice Chancellor of the Arts and Design, Hadidi Chair of Rhetoric and of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Jackson is connecting and fortifying the many departments, centers, presenting organizations, and laboratories devoted to the arts and design at Berkeley. She recently was named to this new leadership post. With a background in the performing arts, Jackson conducts research and teaching that also explores visual art, architecture, and new media. The author of The Builders Association and other works, she is a frequent speaker on the role of the arts in higher education and in movements for social justice.

Cal Field Hockey vs. UC Davis

Sunday 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM |
October 04, 2015 13:00:00 October 04, 2015 14:30:00 Cal Field Hockey vs. UC Davis Underhill Field America/Los_Angeles

Free admission. 

Cal Men's Soccer vs. Stanford

Sunday 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM |
October 04, 2015 16:00:00 October 04, 2015 18:00:00 Cal Men's Soccer vs. Stanford Edwards Stadium America/Los_Angeles

$10 for adults; $5 for seniors, youth, and Cal students.