Ikujiro Nonaka, Xerox Distinguished Professor of Knowledge at the Haas School of Business and one of Japan's foremost authorities on developing the intellectual capital of workers to create and expand business knowledge, will give a lecture open to the campus community Friday, Sept. 26.
Nonaka, who received both his MBA and his PhD at Haas School of Business, is currently dean of the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Hokuriku. He is also co-author of "The Knowledge-Creating Company: How Japanese Companies Create the Dynamics of Innovation" (1995). The book continues to be the best-selling title on the Oxford University Press business list.
The study of knowledge management, as Nonaka describes it, is part Asian philosophy and part Western capitalism. "The West tends to emphasize explicit knowledge, while Japanese businesses love tacit knowledge," he says. "We believe both are important."
The recently endowed Xerox Distinguished Professorship in Knowledge is the nation's first professorship dedicated to the study of knowledge and its impact on business.
Nonaka's lecture will take place at 2:30 pm in the Haas School's Andersen Auditorium (F295 Faculty Wing). For information call 642-4604.
Music and science are in harmony at the California premiere of the interactive exhibit "Mostly Music," Saturday, Oct. 4 at Lawrence Hall of Science.
Step inside a giant walk-in guitar and feel it resonate. Sing out inside a karaoke booth. Command a giant jukebox to play music from Albania to Zambia, rap to reggae-and dance to the world beat.
Opening day activities include "Musical Math," a workshop for kids aged 4 to 8 and accompanying adults, from 10 to 10:50 a.m. From noon to 4 p.m., the schedule includes live performances by the Cal Band and other local groups.
"Mostly Music" was designed by the Pacific Science Center in Seattle to engage visitors of all ages in the joy of playing music and learning how it's made.
To register for the Musical Math workshop, call 642-5134 at least one
week before. For other information, call 642-5132 or visit www.lhs.berkeley.edu.
University Health Services at Tang Center is offering flu shots for the campus community. Drop in to one of the flu clinics on the first floor of the Tang Center.
Flu clinic times are Monday, Oct. 13; Thursday, Oct. 30; Wednesday, Nov. 5; Monday, Nov. 17; and Thursday, Dec. 4. The cost per vaccine is $8. Tang Center is located at 2222 Bancroft Way. For information call 642-2000.
The season's first lecture in the continuing series "Communicating in America" presents Tom Brokaw, NBC Nightly News anchor and managing editor, Oct. 6. The event is hosted by Orville Schell, dean of the School of Journalism. It will be held in Zellerbach Hall at 8 p.m. Reserved seating is $3 for Berkeley students, $5 for all others.
For tickets and information, call 642-9988.
Two teaching grants programs are again available to Berkeley faculty for the 1997-98 academic year.
The Instructional Minigrant Program provides rapid access to modest funds of up to $1,000 for small-scale projects to improve existing courses, develop new courses, evaluate instruction, and/or assess curricular needs.
The Classroom Technologies Grant Program provides up to $3,500 per grant to help faculty introduce new instructional technologies into the classroom. Projects might include, for example, creating multimedia instructional materials or developing and monitoring electronic information servers for courses. All faculty members, including lecturers and students in partnership with faculty, are eligible to apply.
The grants programs are sponsored jointly by the Academic Senate's Committee on Teaching, the Office of Student Life-Educational Development and the Office of Media Services. Both grant programs receive, review and act upon applications on a rolling basis throughout the academic year.
For information, contact Michael Hardie, Office of Media Services, 9 Dwinelle Hall, 3-9433; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guidelines and applications for both programs are also available on-line at http://www.uga.berkeley.edu/sled/oed.html.
Jazz artist Jon Jang has been named by Cal Performances as artist-in-residence at the UC Jazz Ensembles for fall semester. While in residence, Jang will work with students in the program to share his experience as a jazz artist and his personal approach to the art.
Jang's ensembles have performed at major international jazz festivals, most notably on the main stages of the Monterey and Chicago Jazz Festivals. He has made more than 10 recordings; his composition "Tiananmem!" won first prize in the jazz orchestra category of the Jazz Commposer's Alliance/Julius Hemphill Composition Award for 1997. "Downbeat" magazine recognized Jang as a composer "deserving wider recognition" in its 45th annual critics poll.
A 1978 graduate in piano performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Jang has studied piano with Wilbur Price and composition with Wendell Logan.
The recent discovery of Bose-Einstein condensation of ultracold atoms opens up new possibilities for fundamental research and applications.
Wolfgang Ketterle, professor of physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will discuss this important phenomenon in the eleventh Emilio Segrè Distinguished Lecture, "When Atoms Behave as Waves: Bose-Einstein Condensation and the Atom Laser," Monday, Oct. 6.
Ketterle's research is in atomic physics and laser spectroscopy. His group is working on novel methods to slow, cool and trap atoms, with the goal of exploring novel aspects of ultracold atomic matter.
Ketterle will describe the techniques used to produce and observe Bose condensates and how Bose condensates have been used to realize a basic atom laser.
The Segrè lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the George Pimentel Lecture Hall.
The International House Chicano-Latino Heritage Banquet is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 19. An "all-you-can-eat" buffet dinner, it features specialties from Central and South America. Strolling mariachi musicians will provide entertainment.
Tickets for guests are $7. The banquet will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the I-House Dining Commons, 2299 Piedmont. For information call 642-9456.