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Hour-by-hour highlights for Cal Day 2003

– The following are hour-by-hour highlights for Cal Day 2003, to be held on Saturday, April 12. This event - an annual UC Berkeley open house for the public - is expected to draw more than 30,000 visitors from the Bay Area and beyond. Great visual opportunities will be available all day.

8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Newly admitted students are invited to meet Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl at the New Student Information Session, Haas Pavilion.

9 a.m.-2 p.m.
RecFest! Experience the fun of Cal Recreation with sports clubs and gymnastics demonstrations, a fencing demonstration, skateboarding clinics and sports challenges for all ages. Music, program information and a drawing for great prizes. Dana Court, Spieker Plaza.

9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Natural History of Eucalyptus in California, or Why Are the Bluegum Trees on Campus So Big? The eucalyptus is California's largest naturalized citizen. Learn the history and ecology of what is possibly the tallest eucalyptus stand in North America. Professor John Battles, Eucalyptus Grove, West Gate.

9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Critters, Creepers, and Crawlers. Discover animal diversity at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. Introduce yourself to a slithery snake, or how about a shy, furry tuco? Curators, researchers, staff and students will present a wide variety of special exhibits and displays. Go behind the scenes and view research collections normally closed to the public. Experts will be available to answer questions and talk to visitors. 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building.

9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Then and Now: Students Photograph the Berkeley Campus. A selection of historical and contemporary photographs of the Berkeley campus, as created by students here, examines the evolution of campus life. Jack Von Euw, curator of the Pictorial Collection, The Bancroft Library.

10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Is Anybody Out There? Learn how astronomers are searching for extraterrestrial civilizations with help from four million SETI@home volunteers. You can also hear about the latest planetary research at the Space Sciences Laboratory. Dr. Dan Werthimer, director, SETI Project, 1 Pimentel Hall.

10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fun with Fossils. Experience the thrill of finding fossils of animals millions of years old in this hands-on activity. You may discover Cretaceous microfossils, gar scales, turtle shells, even dinosaur teeth! 3007 Valley Life Sciences Building.

10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Robotic Racing Cars. Vrrooom! Student-made vehicles race a 100-meter course under computer control, avoiding obstacles and staying on a track. Professor Ron Fearing and students, 240 Cory Hall.

10 a.m.-1 p.m. 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Architecture Shop Open House. This 3,000-square-foot facility - which provides three-dimensional support to the instructional programs - is equipped for model making, woodworking, metalworking, plastics, concrete and plaster casting. See students working on their class projects. Safety glasses will be provided. 277 Wurster Hall.

10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Microscopic Robots. Small is beautiful in the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center. See a microscopic robot, motors and sensors that fit on the head of a pin, tiny "smart dust" wireless sensors and a 2mm-high model of the Campanile. Professor Kris Pister and graduate student Sarah Bergbreiter, 400 Cory Hall.

10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Automobile Collision Warning and Avoidance Systems. Sneak a peek at the workings of the advanced control systems for automated vehicles. Professor J. Karl Hedrick, Hesse Hall, parking area by main doors.

10 a.m.-3 p.m.
You Are What You Eat. What happens after you chew and swallow your food? What kinds of foods keep you healthy and strong? Undergraduate Nutritional Sciences students will show kids how to make good food choices. Undergraduate Dietetic Student Association, 120 Morgan Hall.

10 a.m-3 p.m.
Living in a Seismically Active Region: Earthquake Preparedness and Safety. It's earth-shaking! Check out the miniature earthquake simulator and get tips on safety and preparedness. Earthquake Engineering Research Center, Bechtel Engineering Center, Garbarini Lounge.

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Engineering Student Vehicles. Move over, Detroit. See the latest in student design and engineering of UC Berkeley's solar car, a human-powered vehicle, and the racy concrete canoe. Memorial Glade, east.

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The 11th Annual Celebration of Children's Literature. Author and illustrator appearances and book signings will feature current National Book Award winner Nancy Farmer and author and illustrator Ruth Heller. Also appearing will be Ann Arnold, Remy Charlip, Thacher Hurd, Elisa Kleven, Megan McDonald, J. Otto Seibold and photographer Peter Linenthal. The event will include storytelling by Walter the Giant Storyteller, Olga Loya and Clara Yen. Musical performances for children will include Steven Kirby, and there will be workshops for teachers and other interested adults as well as children's activities. 370 Dwinelle Hall, level F.

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Residence Hall Tours. Tours of all campus residence halls will leave every 30 minutes throughout the day. Tours include a residence hall orientation and a look at a student room, dining areas, computing facilities, and academic centers. Visit the Residential and Family Living table in the Information Marketplace for directions. Tours conducted in each unit.

11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Preparing for the Future: The Center for Infectious Disease Preparedness. Learn how researchers at this new center are improving communication and coordination in response to bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks, and other public health threats. Professors Arthur Reingold and Linda Neuhauser, 160 Dwinelle Hall.

12 p.m.-1 p.m.
Digging Up Cal's Past. Hear about interesting discoveries made from the archaeological excavations at the former Zeta Psi fraternity house on the UC Berkeley campus. Dr. Laurie Wilkie, professor, Archaeological Research Facility Shorb House, 2547 Channing Way.

12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Bells, Bells, Bells. On the hour starting at noon, university carillonist Jeff Davis, assisted by John Agraz and students, will perform carillon duets and Cal songs in five-minute carillon recitals. Best listening site: Faculty Glade, Sather Tower (the Campanile).

12:15 p.m.-12:45 p.m.
Young Musicians Program. Come hear talented young musicians (5th grade through high school) play and sing music from Bach to Broadway. Young Musicians Program, 125 Morrison Hall.

1 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
String Quartet in the Courtyard. Enjoy selections of music from the UC Berkeley string quartet's classical repertoire performed by Robert Kraig and Rachel Teukolsky on violin, Eric Hsieh on viola and Hannah Hyon on cello. Hertz Hall Courtyard.

1 p.m.-2 p.m.
The Molecular & Cell Biology of Infectious Disease: From Food Poisoning to Bioterrorism. Learn about infectious microorganisms, ones that can infect our food and ones that are potential threats in other ways. Professor Daniel Portnoy, 2060 Valley Life Sciences Building.

1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Literary Giants Read from their Greatest Works. Hear Professor Robert Hass, former Poet Laureate of the United States, and esteemed writer Professor Ron Loewinsohn read from their collective works. 312 Wheeler Hall.

12 p.m.-1 p.m.
Counting in the Dark: The Census and the Concept of Race. While "scientific" concepts of race have been generally abandoned, social concepts of race continue to be defined and used in the U.S. Census. How do we understand the necessity for racial classification, and what meaning does it have for group claims for recognition, the formation of multiracial identities, and issues such as racial profiling? Professor Michael Omi, 3 LeConte Hall.

3 p.m.-4 p.m.
Virtual Reality Takes You There. Immersive imagery gives you a 360-degree view, the next best thing to being there. Use it to travel (virtually) from Alaska to Mexico, from the Rockies to Hawaii. G. Donald Bain, manager of the Geography Computing Facility, and Landis Bennett, 141 McCone Hall.

NOTE: Parking is free but limited. Free shuttles will run between downtown Berkeley BART and campus attractions all day. For a full schedule of events, visit the Cal Day website.