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Memo: Cal Day Highlights

ATTENTION: Weekend editors, photographers, camera crews
Hour-by-hour highlights for Cal Day 2004

The following are hour-by-hour highlights for Cal Day 2004, this coming Saturday, April 17. This event - an annual University of California, Berkeley, open house for the public - is expected to draw more than 35,000 visitors from the Bay Area and beyond. Great visual opportunities will be available all day.

8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
New Student Welcome Session. Newly admitted students and their families are invited to a special, early morning session with campus leaders who share insights on the value of the UC Berkeley experience. Haas Pavilion

9 a.m.-10 a.m.
Genetically Modified Weeds, Hermaphroditic Frogs, and Premature Babies. Learn how heavy pesticide use is changing biology from the evolution of herbicide-resistant weeds, to the production of hermaphroditic frogs, to the impact of pesticides found in human amniotic fluid. Professor Tyrone Hayes, 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Caltopia 2004 Kickoff. Come to the kickoff of Caltopia 2004 for information about this annual fall Welcome Week event. More than 20 sponsors and exhibitors will be on hand to promote new products, provide food samples and give away great prizes. Recreational Sports Facility

9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Martial Arts Program. Check out the renowned UC Martial Arts Program for kids and adults, with clubs for hankido, judo, karate, taekwondo, tai chi chuan and wushu. Recreational Sports Facility, Martial Arts Room

9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Rappelling Clinic. Ever dream of rappelling down a mountainside? How about a building? Army ROTC, part of UC Berkeley's Department of Military Science, conducts this instructional clinic. Meet at south entrance of Wheeler Hall. Dwinelle Plaza

9 a.m.-3 p.m.
CALnival. Carnival activity area for children ages 3-12. Win prizes at carnival games, take a picture with the victory cannon, wave one of the big Cal flags, and more! All children must be accompanied by an adult. UC Rally Committee, Memorial Glade

9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fossils Beneath Our Feet. Ever wonder what lay buried under the Oakland Coliseum or what was discovered while the Caldecott Tunnel was being built? See a display of unusual finds from some familiar places. 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building

9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Bug Doctor Booth with Live Insect and Spider Displays. The Bug Doctor and the Dream-Team bug experts will demonstrate how to identify bugs. Bring your spiders and other creepy crawlers and your bug-riddled plants. Microscopes, books, displays and Internet access will be available. Professor Eileen Hebets and Extension Specialists Vernard Lewis, Robert Van Steenwyk and Kent Daane; Wellman Hall, 2nd floor

10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Adventures in the Wing Trade: From Tropical Butterflies to Antarctic Pteropods. Flying animals are diverse and conspicuous denizens of the terrestrial biosphere. This talk presents an overview of animal flight performance, including bats, hummingbirds, gliding lizards, and even polar mollusks that flap wing-like structures underwater. Professor Robert Dudley, 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Bear in Mind: The California Grizzly Bear. Author Susan Snyder will present a slide lecture and sign copies of her new book, "Bear in Mind." The Bancroft Library collections include the many images and descriptions found in this compelling natural history. Susan Snyder, The Bancroft Library; Bancroft Library, Edward H. Heller Reading Room

10 a.m.-noon
Robotic Racing Cars. See student-made vehicles race a 100-meter course under computer control, avoiding obstacles and staying on a track. Professor Ron Fearing and students, 200 Cory Hall courtyard

10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Coincidences, Current Events, and Gambling. Do you want to find someone who shares your birthday, see how statistics affects your everyday life, or try out your favorite strategy for winning at roulette? Participate in hands-on demos with a statistician. Professor Deborah Nolan, Evans Hall lobby

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Activities in Archaeology. What is it like to be an archaeologist? Participate in archaeology and ethnoarchaeology activities throughout the day - mock digs, rock art painting, jewelry making, pottery crafting, posters and presentations. UC Berkeley archaeologists, Archaeological Research Facility, 2251 College Ave.

11 a.m.-noon
The Physics of Bicycle Riding. How do we balance and steer when riding a bike? Why do we lean to turn? Why is riding slow harder than riding fast? How does a helmet work? Physics explains it all! Bring your helmet if you can. Professor Joel Fajans, 4 LeConte Hall

11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sense of Smell Activities. Celebrate the 11th Annual National Sense of Smell Day with hands-on science activities. Special demonstrations on hazardous materials detection by the UC Police Department's police dog at 1 and 2:30 p.m. Take the Hill Shuttle from the Mining Circle.
Lawrence Hall of Science

11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Showtime on Lower Sproul Plaza. Enjoy student groups displaying their talents through traditional and cultural dances, songs and skits. Cal student groups, Lower Sproul Plaza

11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Student Musical Performances. We have music all day! Take time to relax and enjoy chamber music and choral presentations by some of our talented student groups. 125 Morrison Hall

Noon -1 p.m.
Hallelujah! Cantamos! Marika Kuzma directs the University Chorus and the UC Chamber Chorus as they perform music from their spring concerts. The program includes Handel's Messiah and various sacred and secular pieces from Latin America. Wheeler Auditorium

Noon -3 p.m.
Spring Football Game. On the heels of its winning 2003 season, Coach Jeff Tedford and the Cal football team are hosting the annual spring game. Come to Memorial Stadium for a free preview of another great season. Enjoy a free lunch at the game, while the food lasts. Memorial Stadium

Noon -4:15 p.m.
Carillon Bells, Bells, Bells. Enjoy 5-10-minute performances of carillon duets and Cal songs. Recitals are on the hour, beginning at noon. Best listening site: Faculty Glade. University Carillonist Jeff Davis, John Agraz, and students; Sather Tower (the Campanile)

1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Men's Tennis. Cheer for the men's team as it faces PAC-10 rival UCLA. Hellman Tennis Courts

1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Readings from the Faculty . . . Plus a Bit from the Bard: A Shakespearean Scene. Noted English department faculty will read from their most recent works, and students of English 117T, Shakespeare in the Theater, will perform a scene from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Professor Joel Altman. The play will be presented in its entirety at the end of April. Professors Joel Altman, Tom Farber, Nick Howe, Georgina Kleege, Ron Loewinsohn, and John Shoptaw; Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Cal Alumnus and NASA Astronaut. Hear Astronaut Rex Walheim discuss his mission to the International Space Station and how his career in the U.S. Air Force allowed him to become an astronaut. Lt. Col. Rex J. Walheim (USAF), 120 Bechtel Engineering Center

2 p.m.-4 p.m.
University Dance Theater-Free Performance! See University Dance Theater, the much-anticipated annual performance showcasing UC Berkeley's Dance Program, featuring several premieres and works by visiting choreographers. Audience members can come and go between dance pieces. UC Berkeley Dance Program, Zellerbach Playhouse

2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Women's Softball. Watch a classic battle between Cal and the Arizona Wildcats. Levine-Fricke Field

2 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
"Company," a Musical with Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. See this 2 1/2-hour show, directed by Patricia Garza with musical direction by Mark Sumner. Tickets are on sale starting at 1 p.m. Admission: $8 for students/seniors, $10 general admission. BareStage/UC Choral Ensembles, 20 CÚsar Chavez Center (enter north side along Strawberry Creek)


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 http://www.berkeley.edu/calday