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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Agricultural strategies and environmental change in the ancient eastern Mediterranean

Lecture | October 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 John M. Marston, Associate Professor, Anthropology, Boston University

 Archaeological Research Facility

Marston presents recent work from an ancient urban center in central Anatolia (modern Turkey), where complex agricultural strategies were employed to adapt to coincident environmental and social change on both local and regional scales.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

ESPM Seminar Series, Fall 2019: Andrew Jones

Seminar | October 3 | 3:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Andrew Jones

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

Andrew Jones, Deputy Director of the Climate Readiness Institute and research scientist at LBNL, will present: "Rational Numbers: Improving the Usability of Science for a Climate Resilient Society." Coffee will be available before the talk at 2:30PM in 139 Mulford; meet the speaker after the talk in 139 Mulford Hall. Open to the public.

Depolarizing Climate Change:: A Conversation Between the GOP and the WWF

Panel Discussion | October 3 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 108 Wheeler Hall

 Elan Strait, World Wildlife Fund; Catharine Baker, California State Assembly

 BridgeUSA at Berkeley

Rising sea levels, increasing frequency of disasters, and melting ice caps, oh my! In a world of polarizing politics, climate change has become a topic of debate. What are the future ramifications of climate change? What is the responsibility of individuals and corporations? What policies should be enacted? To discuss these pressing questions, BridgeUSA is hosting two speakers, Elan Strait and...   More >

Monday, October 7, 2019

Half-Earth Day: How to Save the Natural World

Lecture | October 7 | 7-9 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Edward O. Wilson, Biologist and Naturalist; Sally Jewell, Interim Chief Executive Officer, The Nature Conservancy

 College of Natural Resources

Presented by The Horace M. Albright Lecture in Conservation and the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation Distinguished Lectureship in Biodiversity, with biologist and naturalist Edward O. Wilson and other special guests for a discussion moderated by Sally Jewell.

 General admission $25, Students $15

  Tickets go on sale September 4. Buy tickets online

E.O. Wilson

Thursday, October 10, 2019

IB Seminar: Cloud Forests, Confiscations and Conetainers: Adventures in Plant Conservation

Seminar | October 10 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Vanessa Handley, UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

 Department of Integrative Biology

ESPM Seminar Series, Fall 2019: Ken Alex

Seminar | October 10 | 3:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Ken Alex

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

Ken Alex, Director of the Project Climate initiative in the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at Berkeley Law, will present: "Increasing the pace and scale of carbon removal from California's natural and working lands." Coffee will be available before the talk at 2:30PM in 139 Mulford; meet the speaker after the talk in 139 Mulford Hall.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Fossil Coffee Presents: Rowan Lockwood: Oysters past and present, and the future of the Chesapeake Bay

Seminar | October 15 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Rowan Lockwood, William & Mary

 UCMP

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Eva K. Fischer: Title TBA

Seminar | October 16 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Eva K. Fischer

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist...   More >

Thursday, October 17, 2019

ESPM Seminar Series, Fall 2019: Robin Snyder

Seminar | October 17 | 3:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Robin Snyder

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

Robin Snyder, Associate Professor of Biology at Case Western Reserve University, will present: "The role of luck in individual success." Coffee will be available before the talk at 2:30PM in 139 Mulford; meet the speaker after the talk in 139 Mulford Hall.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Building a Forest Positive Future:: Strategies for Nature, Climate and People

Lecture | October 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Clark Kerr Campus, Garden Room

 Kerry Cesareo, Senior Vice President, Forests, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

 College of Natural Resources

Healthy forests are critical to addressing the climate crisis, ensuring human well-being and providing wildlife with what they need to survive. Yet efforts to conserve forests are not delivering at the speed or scale that’s needed to do so. We need new "forest positive” approaches that align public and private efforts, go beyond doing less harm and strive for reaching science-based targets.

Senior Vice President, Forests, WWF

Saturday, October 19, 2019

The Surprises of the Sunflower

Lecture | October 19 | 10-11 a.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Benjamin K. Blackman Assistant Professor, Plant and Microbial Biology

 College of Natural Resources

Five thousand years ago, early farmers took a special interest in sunflowers. Through its continued cultivation since that time, the sunflower has evolved into an essential crop that permeates human life, whether in beautiful bouquets, as salty snacks, or as a primary source of cooking oil in many parts of the world. This lecture will examine how the sequencing of modern and archaeological...   More >

What's Next for the Blue Bin?

Lecture | October 19 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Kate O’Neill Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management

 College of Natural Resources

Last year, China stopped taking most foreign recyclables. Previously, 40 percent of the United States’s paper, plastics, and other recyclable materials were sent there. Beijing’s decision threw U.S. recycling into a crisis that reaches from global political decision-making all the way down to what we decide to put into our blue bins. This lecture draws on O’Neill’s new book, Waste, to talk about...   More >

Kate O’Neill Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Townsend Book Chat with Mark Schapiro: Seeds of Resistance: The Fight to Save Our Food Supply

Lecture | October 23 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens, Townsend Center

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Three-quarters of the seed varieties on earth in 1900 are now extinct, and more than half of the remaining commercial seeds are owned by three large companies. Schapiro examines the fate of our food supply under the pressures of corporate consolidation.

In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa’s Food Legacy in the Atlantic World - The 23rd Carl O. Sauer Memorial Lecture

Lecture | October 23 | 4 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Judith Carney, Department of Geography, UCLA

 Department of Geography, Department of African American Studies, Center for African Studies, Center for Research on Social Change, Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM), Berkeley Food Institute, 400 Years of Resistance to Slavery and Injustice

A striking feature of plantation era history is the number of first-person accounts that credit the enslaved with the introduction of specific foods, all previously grown in Africa. This lecture
lends support to these observations by identifying the crops that European witnesses attributed to slave agency and by engaging the ways that African subsistence staples arrived, and...   More >

 

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Pub Science: Are Bilinguals Smarter?

Lecture | October 24 |  Little Hill Lounge

 10753 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530

 Eve Higby

 CLEAR Project

Come to a pub to learn about the wonders of the bilingual brain!

Festschrift in Honor of Gordon Rausser

Conference/Symposium | October 24 – 25, 2019 every day | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 College of Natural Resources

Dr. Gordon C. Rausser is the Robert Gordon Sproul Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, in the College of Natural Resources. He is a preeminent agricultural and resource economist whose contributions in academia, government service, business, and public policy are exceptional for their impact around the world. His leadership at Berkeley, including his exemplary...   More >

 

  RSVP online by October 20.

ESPM Seminar Series, Fall 2019: Laureano Gherardi

Seminar | October 24 | 3:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Laureano Gherardi

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

Laureano Gherardi, Research Scientist in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, will present: "Precipitation variability and ecosystem functioning: experimentation, modeling, and data synthesis from local to global scales." Coffee will be available before the talk at 2:30PM in 139 Mulford; meet the speaker after the talk in 139 Mulford Hall.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Festschrift in Honor of Gordon Rausser

Conference/Symposium | October 24 – 25, 2019 every day | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 College of Natural Resources

Dr. Gordon C. Rausser is the Robert Gordon Sproul Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, in the College of Natural Resources. He is a preeminent agricultural and resource economist whose contributions in academia, government service, business, and public policy are exceptional for their impact around the world. His leadership at Berkeley, including his exemplary...   More >

 

  RSVP online by October 20.

PLANTS + PEOPLE Lunchtime Talks: Biocultural Diversity in the Central Valley

Lecture | October 25 | 12-1 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

While many people may think of California’s Central Valley as mostly monocultures of almonds and tomatoes, the landscape is also dotted with small-scale diversified farms. On these farms, you can find 50-100 different types of crops –– from jujube to jicama, from papaya to moringa, from water spinach to taro, and many more.

 Free with Garden Admission; Free for UC Berkeley Students, Staff and Faculty

  Register online

Celebrating the Nature of California

Special Event | October 25 | 5-8:30 p.m. |  Valley Life Sciences Building

 David Ackerly, Dean, College of Natural Resources

 Peggy Fiedler, Executive Director, UC Natural Reserve System; Ana M. Alvarez, Deputy General Manager, East Bay Regional Park District; Todd Dawson, Professor, Integrative Biology

 Science@Cal

Join us for a vibrant celebration of the nature of California to kick off the 2019 Bay Area Science Festival. Discover how the University of California Natural Reserve System is cultivating tomorrow’s field scientists, providing environmental forecasting, and serving the people of California. Meet scientists working at the UC Natural Reserves, including partnership reserves located in the...   More >

Celebrating the Nature of California

The Future of California’s Nature: Conservation leaders in conversation

Panel Discussion | October 25 | 7-8:15 p.m. | 2060 Valley Life Sciences Building

 David Ackerly, Dean, College of Natural Resources

 Peggy Fiedler, Executive Director, UC Natural Reserve System; Ana M. Alvarez, Deputy General Manager, East Bay Regional Park District

 Science@Cal

In today’s world of rapidly warming temperatures and rising seas, California’s land stewards are working hard to protect the state’s renowned biodiversity, unique ecosystems, and natural landscapes. Three leading Bay Area scientists discuss their hopes for how science-based land stewardship can ensure a vibrant California for the decades ahead.

Celebrating the Nature of California

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Ask a Berkeley Scientist: Science, Cider and Snacks!

Special Event | October 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Ella Lachman, Physics, UC Berkeley; Bill Page, Physics, UC Berkeley; Peggy Hellweg, Berkeley Seismology Lab, UC Berkeley; Howard Isaacson, Astronomy, UC Berkeley; Kwabena Bediako, Chemistry, UC Berkeley; Daniel Westcott, Plant Biology, UC Berkeley

 Thomas Mittiga, Physics, UC Berkeley

 Science@Cal

Science is all about being curious and asking questions. If you could ask a scientist a question, what would it be…? Here’s your chance to do that now!

Sunday, October 27, 2019

UC Gill Tract Harvest Festival: Celebrating our Stories

Tour/Open House | October 27 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  UC Gill Tract Community Farm

 1050 Marin Ave, Albany, CA 94706

 Gill Tract Farm Coalition

Gardening work, harvesting, tea, artisan and jewelry pop-ups, advocacy groups, education, food, live music, dancing, indigenous peoples' storytelling, song and drum circle. All are welcome!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Turning Trash into Cash: Wecylers of Lagos, Nigeria

Seminar | October 29 | 4-6 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, Founder, Wecyclers; Olawale Adebiyi, Chief Executive Officer, Wecyclers

 Center for African Studies

A seminar in our Africa Matters series.

Empowering people through their waste management start-up, Wecyclers of Lagos, Nigeria, have won the 2018-2019 King Baudouin African Development Prize.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

GGPlot2 Data Visualizations for Environment and Natural Resources

Workshop | October 30 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 2063 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Evan Muzall, D-Lab

 Society of Conservation Biology

This 2-hour training session will be led by professionals from the D-Lab to explore GGPlot2 data visualization functionality. The training will be broken into two sections. The first hour will focus on R fundamentals including a review of syntax and basics in R. The second hour will focus on using GGplot2 for (1) histograms, boxplots, and scatterplots and (2) Coordinate systems and maps....   More >

 

  RSVP online by October 29.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Dan Blumstein: The Sound of Fear

Seminar | October 30 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Dan Blumstein

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist...   More >

Thursday, October 31, 2019

ESPM Seminar Series, Fall 2019: Brian Eyler

Seminar | October 31 | 3:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Brian Eyler

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

Brian Eyler, Senior Fellow and Director of the Stimson Center’s Southeast Asia program, will present: "Last Days of the Mighty Mekong." Coffee will be available before the talk at 2:30PM in 139 Mulford; meet the speaker after the talk in 139 Mulford Hall.