Lectures & Learning Opportunities

Check back often as events will be added to the website frequently — right up until Homecoming weekend!

A Conversation with the Chancellor

10/16/20 10 a.m.11 a.m.  

The whole Cal community comes together to kick off Homecoming! Alums, parents, and students are invited to join us live to hear a campus update and conversation about social justice.

Speaker(s): 
Carol Christ
Chancellor


Carol Christ began her term as Berkeley’s 11th chancellor in 2017. A celebrated scholar of Victorian literature, she is also well known as an advocate for high-caliber, accessible public higher education, a proponent of the value of a broad education in the liberal arts and sciences, and a champion of women’s issues and diversity on college campuses. Christ spent more than three decades as a professor and administrator at UC Berkeley before serving as president of Smith College from 2002 to 2013. Since her return to Cal, she has worked to foster community and improve the campus climate for people of all backgrounds, celebrate the institution’s long-standing commitment to free speech, strengthen Berkeley’s financial position, address a housing shortage, and develop a ten-year strategic plan for the campus.

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Cal Falcons

10/16/20  
10/17/20  
10/18/20  

Spend some time with Cal’s peregrine falcons, Annie and Grinnell. Three webcams monitor their nesting area and balcony atop the Campanile around the clock. Check out the highlights from the 2020 breeding season and Q&A sessions with the scientists studying these very famous falcons. More information will be added shortly.

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Fire in Western U.S. Forests: Friend or Foe?

10/16/20 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.  

Wildfires are becoming increasingly common, especially in California where they have devastated many communities and ecosystems across the state. Professor Scott Stephens outlines the science behind their increasing frequency and discusses strategies that can enhance the resilience of California’s forests.

Speaker(s): 
Scott Stephens
Professor of Fire Science, Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management

Professor Stephens is a leading expert on fire science and director of the UCB Center for Fire Research and Outreach. Stephens’ research expertise and interests include fire management, forest ecosystems, and fire ecology. He is interested in the interactions of wildland fire and ecosystems, which includes how prehistoric fires once interacted with ecosystems, how current wildland fires are affecting ecosystems, and how future fires, changing climates, and management may change this interaction. Stephens also is interested in forest and fire policy and how it can be improved to meet the challenges of the next decades, both in the United States and internationally.

Sponsored by: 
Rausser College of Natural Resources
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Prytanean Homecoming Lecture

10/16/20 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.  

Professor Andrea Roth will discuss the ways in which COVID-19 has affected criminal trials: the challenges, opportunities, and lessons for the future. Each year, the Prytanean Society awards $25,000 to a nontenured woman faculty member who has been selected on the basis of distinguished teaching, scholarly achievement, and success as a role model for students. The award recipients are among the very best of Berkeley professors in a variety of fields. Founded in 1900 at UC Berkeley, the Prytanean Society is the oldest women’s honor society in the United States. 

Speaker(s): 
Andrea Roth
Professor, Berkeley Law


Professor Roth is the 2017 Prytanean Faculty Enrichment Award recipient, a 2019 recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award, and an expert on the topic of law and evidence.

Sponsored by: 
Prytanean Society
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UC Research Should Be Free to All: COVID-19 Shows Us Why

10/16/20 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.  

The University of California has long believed that its research should be free for all to access. A world without barriers to knowledge promotes progress — including in the critically important fields of healthcare and medicine — and maximizes the impact of research. Since the pandemic struck, research on the novel coronavirus has been shared freely worldwide. In this panel discussion, Britt Glaunsinger, professor and researcher who specializes in viruses, Jeff MacKie-Mason, university librarian and professor, and Randy Schekman, Nobel Laureate and professor, explain why we should never go back to our old ways of scientific publishing.

Speaker(s): 
Britt Glaunsinger
Professor, Plant and Microbial Biology and Molecular and Cellular Biology


Glaunsinger is a UC Berkeley professor in the Department of Plant & Microbial Biology and the Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology and is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.

Jeff MacKie-Mason
University Librarian; Chief Digital Scholarship Officer; and Professor, Economics and Information


MacKie-Mason is UC Berkeley’s university librarian, chief digital scholarship officer, and a professor of economics and information. He is co-chair of the UC-wide task force that negotiates with academic publishers.

Randy Schekman
Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology and Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute


Schekman is a UC Berkeley professor of cell and developmental biology, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, and recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Sponsored by: 
UC Berkeley Library
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CRISPR and the Genome Engineering Revolution

10/16/20 1 p.m.2 p.m.  

What started off as curiosity-driven research at UC Berkeley has quickly led to a revolution in genome engineering. Scientists around the world are now using CRISPR technology to treat genetic diseases, engineer food systems, and study the world around us. Kevin Doxzen, science communications specialist at the Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI), will break down the basics and recent advancements in CRISPR technology and highlight work under way at IGI. Ethics, access, and societal impact will also be discussed. Additionally, you’ll hear about IGI’s rapid COVID-19 response and learn how scientists plan to use CRISPR as viral detection and treatment tools.

Speaker(s): 
Kevin Doxzen
Science Communications Specialist, Innovative Genomics Institute


Doxzen received his Ph.D. in biophysics from the lab of Jennifer Doudna at UC Berkeley before joining the IGI, a joint research partnership between UC Berkeley and UCSF, focused on developing genome-editing technologies for treating genetic diseases and engineering sustainable agriculture. Doxzen explores the science and societal impacts of genome editing, undertaking a range of projects across education, outreach, and communications. He gives public talks, writes op-ed articles, and collaborates with various community groups to engage, equip, and empower different stakeholders with accurate information.

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Social Safety Net Crisis: Lessons from a Pandemic

10/16/20 1 p.m.2 p.m.  

Join Assistant Professor Tina Sacks as she discusses the country’s social safety net that is made up of various programs to assist low-income Americans and the importance of these programs in light of the current pandemic. A Q&A session will follow this presentation.
 

Speaker(s): 
Tina K. Sacks
Assistant Professor, School of Social Welfare


Sacks is assistant professor at Berkeley Social Welfare. Her fields of interest include racial inequities in health; social determinants of health; and poverty and inequality. Her current projects include gender dynamics and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program enrollment among immigrant families in California.

Sponsored by: 
School of Social Welfare
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Asian Americans and Racial Justice Today

10/16/20 2:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.  

Engage in a discussion on how Asian Americans have been perceived in an increasingly multiracial United States. A panel of distinguished Cal alums will talk about how, as Asian Americans, they have responded creatively to the challenging issues of our times in health, immigration, and politics.

Speaker(s): 
Annie Fukushima Ph.D. ’12
Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies, University of Utah
Thu Quach Ph.D. ’09
Chief Deputy of Administration, Asian Health Services
Susan Lee J.D. ’95
Deputy Mayor of Public Safety, City of Chicago
Sponsored by: 
Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies Program
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Practical Solutions for Inclusive Local Economies

10/16/20 2:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.  

Learn about practical solutions to promote inclusive economies at the local level from the Othering & Belonging Institute’s California Community Partnerships group and the Berkeley Student Cooperative Alumni Association. The California Community Partnerships group works with community-based organizations to ensure that members of marginalized communities have the resources and tools to be meaningfully involved in transforming the structures that shape community opportunity and belonging. Promoting cooperation and the Rochdale Principles, a set of ideals for the operation of co-ops drafted back in 1844, the Berkeley Student Cooperative Alumni Association builds community and promotes connection among co-op students and alums.

Sponsored by: 
Berkeley Student Cooperative Alumni Association and the Othering & Belonging Institute
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The Climate-COVID-Race Collision

10/16/20 2:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.  

From pandemics and racism to fires and gas prices, climate and energy have become mainstream topics. Professor Dan Kammen will look at the science and politics behind today’s global crises. Please register in advance through the Cal Alumni Association to receive the Zoom link.

Speaker(s): 
Daniel M. Kammen
Professor of Energy


Kammen is a professor of energy with appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the Department of Nuclear Engineering. He is also the director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory. He served as the World Bank Group’s chief technical specialist for renewable energy and energy efficiency and is a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Sponsored by: 
Cal Alumni Association
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The Role of Neural Activity in Wiring Up the Brain

10/16/20 2:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.  

Find out about recent research that addresses how two sources of neural activity interact and influence the visual system in this intriguing lecture from Professor Marla B. Feller. Immature neural circuits spontaneously generate correlated activity patterns that are critical for normal development in the nervous systems of vertebrates. Learn about this phenomenon in the mouse retina, where propagating waves have been shown to play a critical role in properly wiring the retina to the brain. In addition to spontaneous retinal waves, light stimulation also plays a role in early retinal function.

Speaker(s): 
Marla B. Feller, Ph.D.
Paul Licht Distinguished Professor in Biological Sciences

Feller is a professor of neurobiology in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and a member of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley. The overarching question at the Feller Lab is the role that spontaneous activity of the developing nervous system plays in establishing and shaping mature circuits. Feller earned her Ph.D. in physics from Berkeley and subsequently entered the field of neuroscience. She is a recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Teaching Award, the 2018 Faculty Mentor Award, and is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Einstein Triumphs: The Magnificent Detection of Gravitational Waves

10/16/20 4 p.m.5 p.m.  

Discover how gravitational waves are helping to unlock mysteries of the universe in this can’t-miss lecture from Professor Alex Filippenko. Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity predicts the existence of ripples in the fabric of space-time. In the past five years, such gravitational waves have been detected from dozens of pairs of merging black holes, an incredible technical feat requiring the most precise measurements ever made. And in August 2017, astrophysicists detected a merging pair of neutron stars with both gravitational waves and light. This cosmic collision produced a gamma-ray burst, gold and other precious metals, and probably a black hole.

Speaker(s): 
Alex Filippenko
Professor, Astronomy


Filippenko is one of the world’s most highly cited astronomers and the only person to have served on both teams that simultaneously discovered the Nobel-worthy accelerating expansion of the universe. Voted UC Berkeley’s “best professor” a record nine times, he appears frequently on documentaries and is addicted to observing total solar eclipses throughout the globe (17 so far).

Sponsored by: 
Class of 1995
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The Intersection of Industrial and Indigenous Forest Management

10/16/20 4:30 p.m.6 p.m.  

This 2020 S.J. Hall Lecture in Industrial Forestry will examine the intersection of industrial and indigenous forest management in California and across the United States. Peter Wakeland will moderate, and Tim Hayden and Dr. Mike Dockery will discuss the aspects of successful and profitable forest management on tribal lands. The program will highlight the unique elements of tribal forest management, explore challenges faced by tribes managing forestland, and identify industrial forest management practices unique to tribal forestry that may have applications beyond tribal forest lands.

Speaker(s): 
Tim Hayden
Executive Deputy Director, Natural Resources Division, Yurok Tribe
Dr. Mike Dockery
Assistant Professor, Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota; Member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation
Peter Wakeland (Moderator)
Chief, Forestry and Wildland Fire Management Division, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Sponsored by: 
Rausser College of Natural Resources
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Wine Tasting with Stu Smith ’70

10/16/20 5 p.m.6 p.m.  

Taste chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, and riesling while having a conversation via Zoom with Cal alum and vintner Stu Smith, who has been on the Napa Valley wine scene for almost 50 years. Smith-Madrone is a small producer of estate-grown grapes and artisanal wines and has an international reputation for beautifully crafted wines. Its riesling is recognized as one of the top-20 dry rieslings in the world. Register to either watch the presentation at no cost or order a discounted tasting package directly from Smith-Madrone.

Speaker(s): 
Stu Smith ’70
Founder, General Partner, Smith-Madrone Vineyards & Winery


Smith played football and rugby at Cal and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics. While at Cal, Smith realized he liked wine more than beer and became an intercampus exchange student, taking the introductory winegrowing class at UC Davis. That led him to graduate school there, studying viticulture and enology, and he became the department’s first teacher’s assistant. In 1971, Smith founded Smith-Madrone with his brother, clearing the land, planting the vineyard, and building the winery located at the top of Spring Mountain just west of St. Helena in the Napa Valley. In the early years of establishing the winery, Smith taught enology and viticulture at Santa Rosa Junior College and Napa Valley Community College. He was chair of the 1986 Napa Valley Wine Auction and co-chaired the 2005 auction. Today, Smith is respected for his expertise and leadership as a mountain winegrower.

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Engineering Homecoming Kickoff

10/17/20 9 a.m.10 a.m.  

Engineering alums, students, parents and friends are invited to join us for an informal conversation with our college deans, student advisers, and fellow members of the Berkeley Engineering community. We hope to see you!

Sponsored by: 
College of Engineering
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Mediating Investor Attention

10/17/20 10 a.m.11 a.m.  

Discover how media coverage, psychological biases, and decision heuristics affect the trading of individual investors. Professor Terrance Odean outlines new research that shows individual investors tend to trade too frequently, hold onto their losing investments, and buy stocks that are in the news. Mutual fund investors pay too much attention to past returns and too little to expenses. And investors’ excitement contributes to asset pricing bubbles. Excessive trading and return chasing with too little attention to fees materially lower investment returns and welfare.

Speaker(s): 
Terrance Odean
Rudd Family Foundation Professor of Finance


Odean is an advisory editor of the Financial Planning Review, a member of the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Investment Consulting and the Russell Sage Behavioral Economics Roundtable, and is an expert panelist for the Wall Street Journal. In 2016, he received the James R. Vertin Award from the CFA Institute for his research notable for its relevance and enduring value to investment professionals.

Sponsored by: 
Haas School of Business
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Meet Dean of CED Vishaan Chakrabarti

10/17/20 10 a.m.10:45 a.m.  

Vishaan Chakrabarti, the new dean of the College of Environmental Design (CED), will discuss his vision for the school. Renee Y. Chow, chair of architecture, joins him to talk about how CED plans to continue forging new urban visions for a sustainable future. A Q&A will follow the discussion. Advance registration in Zoom will be required to attend this event. One week prior to this event, a registration link will be provided.

Speaker(s): 
Vishaan Chakrabarti
Dean, College of Environmental Design

An alum of UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design (M.Arch. ’96), Chakrabarti founded the Practice for Architecture and Urbanism in 2015. He served as director of the New York City Department of City Planning from 2002 to 2005, overseeing planning and development during the period that followed the September 11 attacks. He holds a master’s degree in city planning from MIT and dual bachelor’s degrees in art history and engineering from Cornell. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Sponsored by: 
College of Environmental Design
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Q&A with College of Chemistry Undergraduate Dean

10/17/20 10 a.m.11:15 a.m.  

John Arnold, undergraduate dean at the College of Chemistry, will offer an update on undergraduate studies at the college and answer questions from the audience. This session will be interactive! Bring your questions, or submit them in advance by emailing CoC_relations@berkeley.edu. Please register in advance for this session through the College of Chemistry.

Sponsored by: 
College of Chemistry
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Rising to the Challenge: Berkeley Engineers Take on COVID-19

10/17/20 10 a.m.11 a.m.  

Berkeley Engineering faculty members have mustered a remarkable research response to COVID-19, and work continues around-the-clock. Join Dean Tsu-Jae King Liu and fellow engineering faculty from across the college and learn about the work being done in service to society.

Speaker(s): 
Tsu-Jae King Liu
Dean and Roy W. Carlson Professor of Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences


Dean Liu is internationally recognized in academia and industry for her innovations in semiconductor devices and technology and highly regarded for achievements as an instructor, mentor, and administrator.

Patrick Hsu
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering


As a member of the Innovative Genomics Institute, Professor Hsu is working to apply new CRISPR tools he has discovered to provide a faster and better diagnosis of COVID-19 infection. The research also involves searching for new drug targets using CRISPR genetic screens.

Simo Mäkiharju
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Professor Mäkiharju is collaborating to adapt sleep apnea machines to give respiratory aid to COVID-19 patients and is studying the droplet transport of infectious diseases.

Sponsored by: 
College of Engineering
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An Election Like No Other: Ensuring Democracy’s Survival

10/17/20 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.  

This panel will gather leaders and experts to address these unprecedented times and all the challenges confronting the 2020 election. What can we do to make voters’ voices heard during a pandemic and a historic civil rights upheaval?

Sponsored by: 
Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement and Goldman School of Public Policy
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Lives and Legacy: Celebrating Japanese American Women at Cal

10/17/20 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.  

To celebrate 150 years of women at UC Berkeley, this multigenerational panel of Japanese American women will share personal stories about their student life and experiences. Learn how their time at Berkeley has shaped their understanding of their roles as Japanese American women within a global community.

Speaker(s): 
Joyce Nao Takahashi ’55


Dr. Takahashi received her Ph.D. in chemistry from UCLA and is an emerita adjunct professor at UC Davis. She has served as a volunteer with the Time of Remembrance program at the California Museum in Sacramento and a board member of the Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley. She is the author of the monograph, Japanese American Alumnae of the University of California, Berkeley: Lives and Legacy.

Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto ’77


For almost 60 years, Muramoto has performed and taught the Japanese koto in the United States and Japan. The koto is a Japanese stringed musical instrument and the national instrument of Japan. Muramoto received her Shihan instructor’s license with Yushusho honors and her Dai Shihan Master’s degree from the Chikushi School in Fukuoka, Japan. In 2012, she was inducted into the Hokka Nichibei Kai Bunka (the Japanese Cultural Hall of Fame) by the Japanese American Association of America. She is the founder of the Murasaki Ensemble, a world jazz band, and producer of Hidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Performance Arts in the World War II Internment Camps, a documentary based on her research about Japanese traditional performance arts in World War II concentration camps.

Nina F. Ichikawa ’00
Executive Director, Berkeley Food Institute


Ichikawa received her B.A. in interdisciplinary studies/food policy and her M.A. in international relations/food policy from Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo. She previously served in the office of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye and worked on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” Initiative. In 2011, she was named a Food and Community Fellow by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. She volunteers for the California Farmer Justice Collaborative, the Center for Urban Education on Sustainable Agriculture, and Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley.

Sarena Kuhn ’22

A fifth-generation Japanese American, Sarena Kuhn is a third-year undergraduate student studying civil and environmental engineering and creative writing. In 2018, she received a Scholastic Art & Writing Gold Medal Portfolio Award. A senior staff writer at The Daily Californian, her work has been published in The Daily Californian, the Rafu Shimpo, and the Berkeley Fiction Review

Lisa Hirai Tsuchitani ’92 (Moderator)
Lecturer, Asian American & Asian Diaspora Studies Program


Dr. Tsuchitani ’92, M.A. ‘94, Ph.D. ’00 is a graduate of the Asian American Studies, East Asian Studies, and Social and Cultural Studies programs. She is founder and chair of the Japanese American Studies Advisory Committee, board chair of the Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley, and faculty chair of the Asian American & Pacific Islander Standing Committee.

Sponsored by: 
Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley Alumni Chapter
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Measuring Brand Equity: Inside the Mind of the Consumer

10/17/20 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.  

Find out about breakthroughs in the neuroscience of consumer choice in this intriguing talk. Brands are often seen as one of the most valuable assets for firms. Yet the answer to “How much is a brand worth?” is surprisingly elusive. As one writer puts it, “Perhaps the only thing that has not been reached with regard to brand equity is a conclusion.” Associate Professor Ming Hsu outlines a new model that shows how and why standard customer-based brand equity measures systematically understate the brand value of (especially) well-known firms. 

Speaker(s): 
Ming Hsu
William Halford Jr. Family Chair, Marketing; Associate Professor, Business Administration


Hsu is an associate professor at UC Berkeley. He holds appointments in the Haas School of Business and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. Hsu’s research involves using neuroscientific and computational tools to understand the biological basis of economic and consumer decision-making and how brain-based methods can be used to generate and validate insights into customers’ thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Prior to joining Berkeley, he was assistant professor of economics and neuroscience at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Sponsored by: 
Haas School of Business
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Putting the ‘f’ in Chemistry

10/17/20 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.  

Professor Polly L. Arnold discusses the subtleties of structure and bonding in compounds of the f-block elements, the rare earth metals and their heavier congeners, uranium, and the actinides are still poorly understood. Our research to make new, exotic molecules from these metals contributes to our fundamental understanding of them. Rare earth metals are important as they are employed in various technologies, and researching safe, long-term handling of our nuclear waste legacies is critical. Another factor that slows our creativity and progress is the failure to include female and minority scientists. Find out what we’re doing to change the research ecosystem and improve STEM diversity.

Speaker(s): 
Polly L. Arnold
Professor, Chemistry and Chemical Sciences Division Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Arnold joined the UC Berkeley faculty as a professor in January 2020 and is the new director of the Chemical Sciences Division at Berkeley Labs. Prior to her arrival at Berkeley, Arnold was the Crum Brown Chair of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. She holds degrees from the University of Oxford and University of Sussex and was a Fulbright postdoctoral fellow at MIT. She is the fifth-youngest woman to be elected to the fellowship of the Royal Society and was appointed to the Order of the British Empire in 2017 for services to chemistry and women in STEM.

Sponsored by: 
College of Chemistry
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Black in STEM in the Face of Two Pandemics

10/17/20 1 p.m.2:30 p.m.  

The Black Engineering and Science Alumni Club (BESAC) presents a virtual moderated panel of Black engineers and scientists working in a COVID-19 and post-George Floyd world. Topics will range from engineering projects by alums and faculty to address issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, efforts to address the disparate effects of COVID-19 on the Black community, and wide-ranging initiatives to redress the impacts of systemic racism. Registration is required to receive the event details, including the Zoom link. Please register in advance for this session through the BESAC. 

Speaker(s): 
Grace O’Connell
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering


O’Connell is the Don M. Cunningham Chair of Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley. This summer, she pivoted from her pioneering research in the bioengineering of intervertebral soft tissues and cartilage to direct her lab to re-engineer sleep apnea machines into home-use ventilators for COVID-19 patients. O’Connell was recently awarded funding from the UC Office of the President to offer summer research opportunities for undergraduate engineering students at Howard University in 2021.

John S. Davis II Ph.D. ’00
Senior Privacy Engineer, Google


As a senior privacy engineer at Google, Davis and his colleagues recently published their work to aid COVID-19 researchers in data mining symptom search terms in Google while simultaneously protecting user privacy. Davis joined Google in 2019 after eight years at the Rand Corporation as a senior information scientist and seven years at IBM’s Watson Research Center as a research staff member. He earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from UC Berkeley in 2000.

Candia L. Brown ’91
Senior Director, Global Market Development, Genetic Sciences Division, Thermo Fisher Scientific


As the senior director of global market development, Brown is responsible for market segmentation strategy, thought leadership, and business development within the clinical research, agriculture, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical markets. She is passionate about genomics and health disparities in communities of color. She is currently leading a project to support COVID-19 testing in historically black colleges and universities. The Just Project is a result of a $15 million donation from Thermo Fisher Scientific and is named after pioneering biologist Ernest Everett Just. Brown earned her degree from UC Berkeley in integrative human biology in 1991.

Kris Okumu ’98, M.D.
Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon; Medical Director, Spine Health Institute; Interim Director, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Seton Medical Center


Dr. Okumu is a fellowship-trained, orthopaedic spine surgeon and the medical director of the Spine Health Institute. He is trained in pediatric and adult scoliosis surgery, complex spine surgery, and minimally invasive spine surgery. Dr. Okumu is also an entrepreneur and co-founder of two medical device and software companies, Oculapps and Orcana. He earned his bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in biochemistry/molecular and cell biology in 1998 and his medical degree from UC Davis School of Medicine.

Dr. Fatima Alleyne M.S. ’06, Ph.D. ’13
Director, Community Engagement and Inclusive Practices; Trustee, Contra Costa County Board of Education

Alleyne will act as the panel moderator for this event. She recently started her new role as director of community engagement and inclusive practices at UC Berkeley. In her current role, she develops and leads programs to engage faculty, staff, and students in the College of Engineering in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts to increase awareness of implicit bias, interrupt exclusionary behaviors, and build capacity to promote and share evidence based-practices that advance DEI. She earned her degrees from Cal in materials science and engineering.

Sponsored by: 
Black Engineering and Science Alumni Club
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Cal and Craft: Calicraft on Beer, Beverages, and Innovation

10/17/20 1 p.m.1:45 p.m.  

Calicraft’s founder and CEO Blaine Landberg ’01 and brand director and brewmaster Thomas Vo talk beers, beverages, and innovation. From humble beginnings of clandestine homebrewing to presenting new beverage categories at the biggest beer festival in the world, Landberg and Vo will discuss the process of taking a passion and turning it into a business. Order a Brewer’s Select mixed pack, available for local pickup or home delivery! This mixed six pack has our newest innovation and features everything from lager to IPA to Spritzers. These beers help to illustrate the history of Calicraft as well as the future of the company.

Speaker(s): 
Blaine Landberg ’01
Founder and CEO, Calicraft


Landberg is founder and CEO of Calicraft. After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2001, Landberg started his career at Honest Tea, building the brand from the ground up to an eventual acquisition by Coca-Cola. With 21 years of beverage industry experience, Landberg founded Calicraft,an innovative adult beverage company focusing on beer first. Landberg currently resides in Walnut Creek, California.

Thomas Vo
Brand Director and Brewmaster, Calicraft


Vo is brand director and brewmaster of Calicraft. After a year-long stint at UC Berkeley as a research assistant and lab manager, Vo left Cal and started the research and development division at Calicraft. Vo is a marketing and product professional who is developing disruptive products with a modern perspective. He holds an M.B.A. from Saint Mary’s College and currently resides in Concord, California.

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Chronicling COVID-19: A Collaboration between Berkeley Journalism and the New York Times

10/17/20 1 p.m.2 p.m.  

Join Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Barstow and a panel of student reporters to hear firsthand about their experiences on this unprecedented project. In April 2020, more than 80 students and nearly 20 journalism instructors and staff organized into small reporting teams to cover how the novel coronavirus is impacting each of California’s 58 counties. The teams’ stories are running in the main edition of The New York Times, in its California Today newsletter, and in other top media outlets, including The Atlantic, NPR, the Los Angeles TimesNational GeographicCalMattersRolling Stone, and Aristegui Noticias in Mexico.

Speaker(s): 
David Barstow
Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism


Barstow is the head of investigative reporting at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. He is the first reporter to win four Pulitzer Prizes and is the recipient of three Polk Awards, the Goldsmith Prize, the Alfred I. duPont Silver Baton, the Barlett and Steele Gold Medal, a Loeb Award, the Sidney Hillman Award, the Daniel Pearl Award for Investigative Reporting, two Sigma Delta Chi Awards, the Peabody Award, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, the Mirror Award, an Overseas Press Club Citation, two Society of American Business Editors and Writers awards, and the Gold Keyboard.

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A Firm Foothold for Economic and Social Welfare

10/17/20 2:30 p.m.  

Find out how leading social welfare scholar Dr. Neung-hoo Park is shaping overall welfare policies covering labor, social services, and the environment in the Republic of Korea. Policies for what he calls an “inclusive welfare state” are based on equality of opportunity and public responsibility for vulnerable population groups. He discusses financial support and infrastructure expansion needed to support the economic and social well-being of citizens. He also outlines three principles of Korea’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic: openness, transparency, and democracy.

Speaker(s): 
Dr. Neung-hoo Park
Minister of Health and Welfare, Republic of Korea


Park is minister of health and welfare of the Republic of Korea. He has dedicated himself to developing social welfare research and policy in Korea as a scholar and a member of various policy committees. As minister, he has come up with measures to secure a firm foothold for an inclusive welfare state.

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COVID-19 and Anti-Asian Violence

10/17/20 2:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.  

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, the United States has seen a surge of Asian Americans reporting racially motivated crimes. Studies have shown that when viral outbreaks are deadly, fear often drives those at risk to place blame on external groups. Professor Lok Siu will discuss these complex issues. Please register in advance through the Cal Alumni Association to receive the Zoom link.

Speaker(s): 
Lok Siu
Professor of Ethnic Studies


Professor Siu is a cultural anthropologist and professor of ethnic studies at UC Berkeley. Her areas of expertise include Asian diasporas in the Americas, transnational migration, belonging and cultural citizenship, performance, and food. Her award-winning books include Memories of a Future Home: Diasporic Citizenship of Chinese in Panama and Asian Diasporas: New Formations, New Conceptions. She has appeared on CNN’s United Shades of America with Kamau Bell and WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show and is currently working on the book, Worlding Asian Latinx: The Intimate Publics of Cultural Mixing.

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