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Berkeley Calendar: April 25 — May 1

by on Apr, 25 2011

Berkeley Calendar: April 25 — May 1

Monday, April 25, 2011

Technology: Janet Napolitano

Lecutre | 2 – 3 p.m. | Sibley Auditorium Bechtel Engineering Center

Janet Napolitano, secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will speak on “Securing Cyberspace: Our Shared Responsibility” as part of the College of Engineering’s View from the Top lecture series. Refreshments will be provided.

  • A valid UC Berkeley student, staff or faculty ID is required for admittance.
  • The doors to Sibley Auditorium will open at 1:30 pm.
  • Seating will be first come–first served.
  • Bags and backpacks will be opened and inspected, oversized bags will not be allowed into the auditorium.
  • The secretary’s presentation will be shown on the Garbarini Lounge flat screen for overflow.
  • Tuesday, April 26, 2011

    Butterfly Walk

    Tour/Open House | 3-4 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month every month | Botanical Garden
    Sally Levinson
    Botanical Garden

    Join Sally Levinson, Garden volunteer propagator, docent and caterpillar lady as she guides you through the collection in search of butterflies.

    Free with Garden Admission. UCBG Members, current UCB and LBNL staff,
    faculty and UCB students Free

    Space is limited. Register by calling 510-643-2755, or by emailing

    Wednesday, April 27, 2011

    Tara Higgins & Francois Cadeau — Designing Learning Solutions at Google

    Talk | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | Berkeley Institute of Design (BiD) Lab, 354/360 HMMB (

    Designing learning experiences for Googlers presents a unique set of challenges for instructional designers. Our team, GoogleEDU’s Learning Labs, designs learning solutions for employees across Google. This talk will provide 3 perspectives on our work as instructional designers:

    • How learning fits within the organization
    • How our previous experiences led us to this role
    • Three examples of learning problems that our team is working to solve

    Thursday, April 28, 2011

    A Village Called Versailles

    Film – Documentary | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | 2060 Valley Life Sciences Bldg.

    S. Leo Chiang, Filmmaker, Walking Iris Films
    Southeast Asia Studies, Center for, Center for Asian American Media

    This new documentary film covers the story of Versailles, a tight-knit neighborhood on the edge of New Orleans that is home to one of the country’s densest populations of Vietnamese-Americans. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Versailles residents worked to rebuild their homes, only to have their community threatened by a toxic landfill planned in their neighborhood. As the community fights back, it turns a devastating disaster into a catalyst for change. The film’s director, S. Leo Chiang, will discuss the film after the screening.

    All Audiences. Admission is free., 510-642-3609

    2011 WikiLeaks Conference (free): National Security and Free Speech

    Conference/Symposium | April 28 | 1:30-7:30 p.m. | International House

    2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA
    Daniel Ellsberg
    Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT), Boalt Hall, KQED

    KQED News, Berkeley Law, and the UC Berkeley School of Information are presenting several free panels on one of the most important issues facing this country today. The WikiLeaks saga is bringing new urgency to central tensions between speech and national security, transparency and diplomacy. At the same time it is focusing attention on how new technologies, such as cloud computing and social media, further complicate these perennially hard questions. Come hear experts discuss the technical, legal and political issues at play in this important discussion.

    Speakers will include representatives from Google, the National Security Archive and Daniel Ellsberg, the former military analyst whose decision to leak the Pentagon Papers in 1971 helped drive public opinion against the Vietnam War.

    The panels will be followed by a free screening of “The Most Dangerous man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers,” a documentary by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith.

    For more information, go to or, 510-642-8073

    Friday, April 29, 2011

    Cal Band Spring Showcase

    Performing Arts – Music | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Haas Pavilion

    University of California Marching Band, University of California Marching Band
    University of California Marching Band

    Performances include halftime tunes, choreographed dance numbers, rock bands, comedy skits, trombone quartets and more by members of the University of California Marching Band.

    General Admission: $10.00
    UCB Students with valid student ID: $5.00

    Tickets are available here and at the Student Musical Activities office, 72 Cesar Chavez Center (basement level). Tickets will also be available at the door one hour before show time., 510-642-3436


    Saturday, April 30, 2011

    2011 California Cognitive Science Conference: “Cognitive Change: Metamorphoses of the Mind”

    Conference/Symposium | 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union

    Michael Merzenich; Patricia Churchland
    ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California)

    The University of California (UC), Berkeley Cognitive Science Student Association cordially invites you to the third annual California Cognitive Science Conference (CCSC). The theme for the 2011 CCSC is “Cognitive Change: Metamorphoses of the Mind”. Our remarkable speakers will discuss the fascinating ways in which the brain and mind are capable of plasticity and change.

    This year’s conference will host two keynotes: Patricia Churchland and Michael Merzenich. Churchland, Professor of Philosophy at UC San Diego, is a respected scholar of neurophilosophy and has written on the subject extensively, most recently in her new book “Braintrust”. Merzenich, Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience at UC San Francisco, is one of the founding fathers of neuroplasticity research and co-founded Posit Science. The conference will also feature talks from: Lera Boroditsky, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University; Terrence Deacon, Anthropology Department Chair at UC Berkeley; Michael Silver, Professor of Neuroscience, Optometry, and Vision Science at UC Berkeley; Tom Griffiths, Director of the Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences at UC Berkeley; and more.

    The conference will be showcasing exceptional undergraduate research from students across California in a poster session. The 2011 CCSC is a great opportunity for researchers, students, and anyone interested in cognitive science to network, share ideas, and hear from leaders in the field.

    Registration for the 2011 CCSC is now open! Breakfast and lunch is included; limited seating is also available for the Banquet Dinner following the conference.

    Please feel free to contact the officers of the Cognitive Science Student Association via email at with any questions or concerns. Find us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter: @calcogsci. We look forward to seeing you in April.


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    1. Yousef Babahanian

      I love these recaps! Thanks Joyce.

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