College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Upcoming Campus-wide Events

December 4, 2009

Building Sustainability at Cal Invites You...How Sustainable is Mulford?
Date: Thursday, December 10
Where: 251C Hilgard
Time: 12 -1:00pm

Come learn what BS@C found out about your building through some baseline audits, and play a trivia game.

SEEDS (Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability: Diverse People for a Diverse Science) First club meeting 12/9
Interested in ecology? Don't miss out on an amazing chance to get involved in starting an ecology club here on campus! SEEDS is a national educational program with chapters all over the country that aims to engage underrepresented students in ecology through field trips, undergraduate research, pre-professional development and opportunities to take part in K-12 mentoring . First meeting is Wed 12/9 at 1pm, location TBA. Email to get involved and find out where we are meeting.

Click here to find out more about SEEDS.

California Colloquium on Water: The Espace de Liberté: Managing with River Processes
Dr. Hérve Piégay, Research Director, National Centre for Scientific Research, France

Abstract: After a long tradition of hard engineering of rivers, France and the EU are moving to a new paradigm of river management that sets aside a corridor within which the river can migrate and flood. Even downstream of large dams, many rivers still experience sufficiently large floods to inundate floodplains, erode banks, deposit gravel bars, develop complex channel geometries, and establish riparian vegetation critical for many species. Likewise, oxbow lakes and other off-channel water bodies provide critically important habitats for important species. Results from a multi-year research program shed light on the processes needed to maintain ecologically diverse habitats along the Sacramento River, drawing upon sedimentologic studies, vegetation analysis, and analysis of historical change from aerial photography. Management experience on the Ain and other French rivers suggests that many conflicts along the Sacramento River could be obviated by application of the concept of the 'Espace de Liberté', whereby the river is given a corridor within which it can dynamically erode and flood. In the 100-mi reach from Red Bluff to Colusa, nearly half of the riparian lands likely to be eroded within the next 50 years has been purchased or placed under conservation easement, paving the way for an eventual corridor for the river.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Goldman School of Public Policy (at the intersection of Hearst and LeRoy,) Room 250

5:00-5:30 Reception and meet the speaker
5:30-7:00 Lecture followed by Q&A

And, as always, please visit to view lectures and presentation materials from past speakers.
Thanks for your interest in California's water!

Energy and Resources Group Fall 2009 Colloquium Series (ER295)
Arthur Grossman, Staff Scientist, Carnegie Institution for Science Professor by courtesy at Stanford University & Chief of Genetics at Solazyme

"Algal Biodiesel: A Perspective on the Pros, Cons and Uncertainties"
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
110 Barrows Hall - 4:00 P.M.

Arthur Grossman has been a staff scientist at Carnegie Institution for Science since 1982, and is professor by courtesy at Stanford Unversity and CHief of Genetics at Solazyme, a company that has focused on generating products from algal oils. He received his B.S. from Brooklyn College, and his Ph.D. from Indiana University. Grossman's research has focused on the ways in which photosynthetic organisms perceive and acclimate to environmental conditions. His scientific scope extends from elucidating ways in which light is used by photosynthetic organisms that have evolved under different environmental conditions, to the responses of cyanobacteria, algae and plant to their nutrient environment. His studies exploit ecological/physiological as well as molecular and genomic tools. He has lead the community working on the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (often referred to as the 'green yeast') into the genomic era by overseeing the project that generated the complete sequence of the Chlamydomonas nuclear genome.

The Annual Symposium of the Center for Emerging & Neglected Diseases
Global Epidemics: What's Driving Discovery in HIV and TB?
Thursday, December, 10 2009
10 am to 5 pm
Stanley Hall Auditorium, UC Berkeley

Breakfast and lunch will be served. You must register in advance at:

10:15 Breakfast & Coffee

10:30 Daria Hazuda (Merck Research Labs)
Vice President, Virus and Cell Biology Research
"Discovery and Development of Inhibitors of HIV-1 Integrase"

11:30 Rafi Ahmed (Emory University)
Professor of Microbiology & Immunology
Director of the Emory Vaccine Center
"Immune Strategies for Targeting Chronic Viral Infections"

12:30 Box lunches provided

1:30 Targeting Neglected Diseases Competition
Featuring 2008 Winner Edgar deu Sandoval (Stanford University)
Judges & Contestants TBD

2:45 BioBreak

3:15 John McKinney (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne)
Professor, Global Health Institute
Head, Laboratory of Bacteriology (A Center of Excellence for TB)
"Individuality of Bacterial Responses to Stress"

4:00 Eric Rubin (Harvard University)
Professor of Immunology and Infectious Disease
Mycobacterial Cell Division: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

Seeking Nominations for the Women Who Dare Awards
Girls Incorporated of the Island City, a non-profit organization in Alameda, is now accepting nominations for our Women Who Dare Awards, which will be presented on March 27, 2010. This year’s awards will be given to three teen girls and three women who dare working in, or pursuing a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. This year’s theme, “Honoring Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)" connects to the work we are doing at Girls Inc. on both a national and local level.

In 1985, with funding from the National Science Foundation, we launched Girls Inc. Operation SMART®, a structured approach to helping girls develop enthusiasm for and skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Since that time, more than 750,000 girls have participated in Operation SMART. Through hands-on activities, girls explore, ask questions, and solve problems, and they interact with women pursuing STEM careers.

Be a part of this exciting event by nominating a teen or a woman who dares for an award.

The deadline to submit nominations has been extended to December 7, 2009. To find out more about Girls Inc., and to download nomination forms, go to our website: Please direct questions to me, or Kellee Hearn at or 510/521-1742, x201.