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Cal Day Events 2017

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Damon English/UC Berkeley


CalDay April 22, 2017

Cal Day is your chance to explore Science at Cal in the laboratories and museums where our creative researchers do their work. From astronomy to zoology, there are presentations, talks and tours for every interest.

Be sure to visit the Cal Day website, where you can use digital tools to plan your day. Note some tours (like the Museum of Paleontology) require tickets, so be sure to check the requirements on the official site.

Look out for Stand up for Science activities, celebrating the importance and critical role that science plays in our society and communities.

Stand up for Science


Talks, Presentations and Demos

Stand up for Science

Stand Up for Science: The Intersection of Science, Technology and Society

1:00-1:45 pm | Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor Sutardja Dai Hall

The pressing problems of our time are scientific and social, technological and political, ethical and economic. In a rapidly evolving, technology-and-data-driven landscape, where do we turn for solutions? How do we process information? And, how do we ensure that all members of society are included–that their voices are heard and valued–in the problem-solving process? Come hear from three leading researchers who seek solutions through rigorous interdisciplinary collaboration, bridging innovative research with real-world implementation.

Alice M. Agogino, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS)
Camille Crittenden, Deputy Director, CITRIS (Moderator)
Gretchen Gano, Associate Director of Research, Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society (CSTMS)
R. Stuart Geiger, Ethnographer/Postdoc, Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS)

Stand Up For Science: Noon Rally

12:00-12:30 pm  | Memorial Glade

A non-partisan rally in support of science at noon on Memorial Glade. We’ll hear from inspiring champions of science in celebration and in defense of what science brings to our society.

Alex Filippenko, Professor, Astrophysicist and Internationally Renowned Educator
Randy Schekman, Professor and Nobel Prize-Winning Cell Biologist
Ashley Truxal, Graduate Student, Pines Lab, College of Chemistry

Stand Up for Science: Kids, Share Your Voice!

9:00 am-4:00 pm | Various locations around campus

Look for locations around campus–including the Lawrence Hall of Science and the Valley Life Sciences Building–to write or draw a message about what science means to you and your future. Share your voice and creations on social media with #YouthForScience!

Tours – Labs, Libraries and Museums

College of Engineering
11 am-1 pm | McLaughlin Plaza
Join students for a guided walking tour of buildings in the College of Engineering. Tours leave every 10 minutes.

Bioscience Library
10 am-3 pm
| 2101 Valley Life Sciences Building
Check out dinosaur fossils–including Triceratops skulls–and some beautiful scientific images.

Earth Science & Map Library
10 am-3 pm
| 50 McCone Hall
Visit one of the largest map collections in California, and see demos of a digital globe (11 am, 1 pm & 2 pm).

Mathematics and Statistics Library
10 am-3 pm
| 100 Evans Hall, Mathematics Statistics Library
Tour the library and view an exhibit inspired by the book and film Hidden Figures, focused on women who have made important contributions to mathematics throughout history.

Physics-Astronomy Library
10 am-3 pm
| 351 LeConte Hall
See maps and books related to the upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, and browse through some of the library’s 90,000 volumes.

Essig Museum
9 am-4 pm
| 3003 Valley Life Sciences Building
See some of the biggest and smallest specimens in the museum’s collection of over five million species of insects, spiders, and their relatives. Tours offered in English, Spanish and Russian.

Hearst Museum of Anthropology
9 am-6 pm
| Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology
Take a free tour of the museum’s newly renovated gallery and see the opening exhibition “People Made These Things: Connecting with the Makers of Our World.”

Museum of Paleontology
9:30-11:30 am & 1:30-3 pm
| 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building
Get a behind-the-scenes guided tour of the museum’s fossil collections. Tours offered every half hour but are limited to 15 people, so get your (free) tickets early.

UC Botanical Garden
9 am-5 pm
| UC Botanical Garden (take Hill Shuttle from Evans Hall east entrance)
Take a free guided tour (11 am, 12 pm & 1:30 pm) and interact with the Garden Animal Discovery Stations (11 am-3 pm).

University & Jepson Herbaria Collections
10-11 am & 1-2 pm
| 1001 Valley Life Sciences Building
See preserved plants, algae and fungi from around the world.

Robotics Lab Open House

1:00-2:00 pm | 2111 Etcheverry Hall
Come see Berkeley’s Automation Sciences Lab, a center for research in robotics and automation. Learn about current projects in networked telerobotics, computer-assisted surgery, automated manufacturing, and new media artforms.

Quantum Materials Lab Tour

11:00-11:30 am & 11:45 am-12:15 pm |

LeConte Hall, breezeway between LeConte and Birge Hall

Take a 30-minute guided lab tour and explore the new materials that will shape our future. Tour departs from the courtyard/breezeway between Birge Hall and New LeConte Hall.

Tour the Donald A. Glaser Advanced Physics Lab

11:00-11:30 am & 11:45 am-12:15 pm | LeConte Hall, breezeway between LeConte and Birge Hall
Take a 30-minute guided tour of the Donald A. Glaser Advanced Physics Laboratory. This lab is home to Physics 111, a course that encourages students to apply their theoretical understanding to real-world problems and to become innovators.

Physics Lab Tour: Dark Matter Search

11:00-11:30 am & 11:45 am-12:15 pm | LeConte Hall, breezeway between LeConte and Birge Hall
Take a 30-minute guided lab tour and explore how physicists are trying to touch dark matter. Tour departs from the courtyard/breezeway between Birge Hall and New LeConte Hall.

Astronomy Undergraduate Lab Tour 

10:00 am-3:30 pm | 541 Campbell Hall
Professor Carl Heiles and current students will take you on a tour of the astronomy lab. Students are observing planets, galaxies, comets, and clouds with the Leuschner Observatory telescope and learning about interferometry, the basis for modern radio astronomy.

Molecular and Cell Biology Instructional Laboratory Tour

9:00-9:30 am, 9:30-10:00 am, 1:00-1:30 pm, 1:30-2:00 pm
Hallway Outside Room 2063 Valley Life Sciences Building
See state-of-the-art facilities used for instructing molecular and cell biology students in current lab techniques. Instructors and students will answer questions about classes and the major.

Special Tour: Spotlight on the College of Natural Resources 

12:00-1:00 pm | Genetics & Plant Biology Lawn
12:30-1:30 pm | Information Marketplace
Join an exclusive tour of Berkeley’s small college home for natural resources, biology and social science majors. The College of Natural Resources is housed among historical buildings on the beautiful northwest side of campus. The tour begins at the College of Natural Resources table at the Information Marketplace near South Hall Drive.

Natural Landscape Campus Tour
1 pm |  Genetics & Plant Biology Lawn
Learn more about UC Berkeley’s natural landscape with a tour of campus trees. The Forestry Club leads this guided one-hour tour. To take the tour on your own, the College of Natural Resources offers a smartphone audio tour (see instructions for downloading at

Digital Fabrication Lab Open House: Using Technology in Design
9:00 am-3:00 pm | 279 Wurster Hall
Our 1,500-square-foot digital fabrication lab combines traditional shop fabrication methods with computer-controlled equipment to bring designs created on the computer into the material world using specialized output devices such as plastic 3D printers, desktop metal mills, laser cutters, blade cutters and CNC routers.