2009 October 3rd & 18th BerkeleyTIP meetings - quick info - Do UCB homecoming, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, instead of BTIP this Saturday Oct 3

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Oct 1, 2009, 5:05:16 AM10/1/09
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Oct 3 might not have an in person meeting at UCB - it depends if anyone emails the BT-local & BT-global lists to say they want to meet at the FSC. The online meeting will exist. But, due to the UCB Homecoming events, including free lectures for everyone & anyone, I'm suspecting people should prefer doing that on oct 3, instead of BTIP, & thus online might be small. ;) & I invite you to go to the homecoming lectures. - I don't know, but doubt, any lectures will be simultaneously netcast. If you find out they will, please tell us on the BT global list. :)

Oct 18th should be back to a regular local FSCafe & online meeting. :)

Here's my musings about this from yesterday:

----- Original message -----
From: "john_re" <joh...@fastmail.us>
To: "BTG" <BerkTI...@googlegroups.com>, "BTL" <Ber...@googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2009 23:26:08 -0700
Subject: [BerkTIPGlobal] Do UCB homecoming, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, instead of BTIP this Saturday Oct 3

Ad hoc, ad loc, & quid pro quo -
so little time, so much to know.

This Saturday, October 3, scheduled BTIP day,
is also UCB Homecoming, with many interesting talks,
(open for free to any/everyone)
& further, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass weekend,
a large free music event in San Francisco,
put on by an enthusiastic Cal alumn, Warren Hellman.

If I wasn't too tired to think straight right now,
I'd cancel the BTIP meeting for this Saturday. ;) :) :(

But, of course, we have other members who can't be in Berkeley or san Francis this weekend, so perhaps we should just allow btip to continue as usual, & those who want to attend, will. :)

I suspect that is what I'll do. & furthermore, I _won't_ try to get flyers up around campus before this saturday's btip meeting - time's too short for me, & it's not a good idea for me to create awareness for BTIP for the first time, for a first meeting when I know I can't put my full effort into being at that meeting. :)

Below are just a few of the talks at the Berkeley homecoming. Some relevant to BTIP's free sw hw or culture. :)

I encourage everyone to make time for one of these only once per year, free & freedom events. :) There are many other days we can spend time on BTIP activities. :)

===== Friday, October 2

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Language and Symbolic Power
Speaker: Claire Kramsch, Professor of German and Affiliate Professor of Education

Barrows Hall Lipman Room

The well-known saying, &#8220;Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me,&#8221; seems to have lost its meaning. Marketing strategists, political campaign managers, and media representatives remind us daily of the power of words to inflict pain and construct symbolic worlds that are just as real as those made of sticks and stones. We will discuss key aspects of the symbolic power of language using examples from everyday life, including classrooms and boardrooms. Sponsored by the College of Letters & Science.

11 a.m. - noon The Ugly Laws
Speaker: Susan Schweik, Professor of English and Co-Director of UCB's Disability Studies Program

Barrows Hall Lipman Room

This seminar will discuss issues surrounding an American law that prohibited "any person who is diseased, maimed, or deformed so as to be an unsightly or disgusting object" from "exposing him or herself to public view."

2 - 3 p.m. Changing the World, One Student at a Time
Speaker: Mike Bishop, Acting Director, Cal Corps Public Service Center

Alumni House

Hear about three projects that demonstrate the extraordinary commitment of Berkeley students to reshape our world through public service. Catalani worked with residents from a poor community in New Orleans to produce videos that share their stories of devastation and resilience following Hurricane Katrina. Seigel-Boettner distributed custom-built cargo bikes to coffee growers in Rwanda through a micro-loan system. Stachel employs renewable energy technology in rural Nigerian hospitals to improve lighting, medical, and communication equipment and reduce high maternal mortality rates. This seminar is part of the CALIFORNIA Live! series sponsored by the California Alumni Association.

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Secrets of the Sleeping Brain: Overnight Improvements in Memory and Emotion
Speaker: Matt Walker, Director, Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory

Bechtel Engineering Center Sibley Auditorium

The functions of sleep remain largely unknown, a surprising fact given the vast amount of time it takes from our lives. Explore new evidence, featured in a 2008 episode of CBS's "60 Minutes," that suggests sleep may enhance our memories by remodeling our brains and rebalance our emotional brain reactivity, preparing us for next-day social and psychological challenges. Sponsored by the College of Letters & Science.

===== Saturday, October 3

10 - 11 a.m. Cave Art and the Human Imagination
Speaker: Meg Conkey, Class of 1960 Professor of Anthropology

Barrows Hall Lipman Room

What do cave art and other expressions of Europe's Ice Age peoples tell us about human imagination and cultural sensibilities from this 25,000-year-long tradition? Spirituality, shamanism, memorializing practices, and cultural performances, as well as humans' relationship with animals, all inform current understandings. We will also discuss the state of preservation and challenges for cave art. Sponsored by the College of Letters & Science.

10 - 11 a.m. Igniting the "Public" in Public Education
Speaker: Ingrid Seyer-Ochi, Assistant Professor, Education

Alumni House

What makes UC Berkeley &#8220;public,&#8221; and what opportunities and responsibilities does this entail for our students, families, alumni, and faculty? Explore the unrivaled power and privileges that come with public institutions of learning. As the No. 1 public university in the world, Berkeley is uniquely positioned to ignite the potential of public learning, knowledge, and change within -- and far beyond -- our campus. Sponsored by the Graduate School of Education.

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Managing Your Career in Challenging Times
Speaker: Susan Bernstein,
Speaker: Mark Coopersmith,
Speaker: Lauren M. Doliva,
Speaker: Nancy Friedman,
Speaker: Martha Gerhan,

Haas School of Business Arthur Andersen Auditorium

Never has strategically managing your career been more important than in these uncertain economic times. Learn from a panel of experts, many of whom are Haas alumni, on how to identify a viable new career path, attain professional goals, and maximize your unique skills and experiences. Whether you want to progress within your organization, change jobs or industries, or work with recruiters, this session will offer practical tips on effectively guiding your career path. Sponsored by the Haas School of Business.

1 - 1:45 p.m. The Innovation Eco-system at Haas
Speaker: Michael Katz, Director, Institute of Management, Innovation and Organization

Haas School of Business Arthur Andersen Auditorium

Central to the success of corporate and non-profit enterprises alike, innovation is, indeed, a critical driver of the economic welfare of nations. No enterprise innovates alone, and innovation also comes in many forms, including new products, processes, organizational structures, and business models. Professor Katz will discuss the Haas School&#8217;s innovation eco-system and what it is doing to help other organizations improve their ability to innovate in a variety of ways. Sponsored by the Haas School of Business.

1 - 2 p.m. Aging: Genetic Regulation and Dietary Intervention
Speaker: Danica Chen, Assistant Professor, Department of Nutritional Science and Toxicology

Barrows Hall Lipman Room

Can we slow aging and prevent age-related diseases? This seminar will explore the latest development on how genetic factors and diet regulate the aging process, and how small molecules are designed to prevent age-related diseases. Taking a pill a day to slow aging may not be a fairy tale after all. Sponsored by the College of Natural Resources.

1 - 2 p.m. The Future Is Not What It Used to Be
Speaker: Ken Jowitt, Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Stanley Hall 105

In Common Sense, Thomas Paine made a ringing declaration: "We (Americans) have it in our power to make the world over again." This messianic element in American political culture has been manifested and contested at regular intervals throughout history. Hear about what occurred in the 20th century and why the prophecy has not come to fruition. Sponsored by the College of Letters & Science.

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Grassroots Biosecurity
Speaker: Stephen Maurer, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy and Director, Information Technology and Homeland Security Project

Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall

The technologies needed to make advanced biological weapons are available from hundreds of commercial suppliers and academic laboratories throughout the world. Experts agree that such traditional Cold War strategies as treaties and regulation will be hard-pressed to manage the threat of advanced biological weapons. But if government regulation won&#8217;t work, why not enlist the commercial and academic communities involved in their making? This seminar will describe how the Goldman School is helping one such community &#8211;- synthetic biologists, who use artificial DNA to create designer organisms &#8211;- take practical steps to make their field safer. Sponsored by the Goldman School of Public Policy and the School of Law.

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. The Origins of Federal Power
Speaker: Robin Einhorn, Professor, History

Bechtel Engineering Center Sibley Auditorium

The powerful federal government we know today was not what the framers of the Constitution had in mind in the 18th century. This seminar will examine how the U.S. federal system was transformed, isolating major moments of change mainly since the Civil War. Sponsored by the College of Letters & Science.

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