Monday, December 5, 2016

Student Information Systems Project Now Hiring Two eLearning Assistants


Wanted:  Students to Transform the Student Technology Experience at UC Berkeley
The Student Information Systems Project (sisproject.berkeley.edu) is replacing the current admissions, enrollment, registration, financial aid, student accounts, and advising systems with a modern, nimble, and effective vendor-supported system.  eLearning Assistants are needed to help students, faculty, and staff learn how to use the new CalCentral by developing clear, concise, and fun explanatory videos and online materials. You’ll be part of a multi-disciplinary team consisting of professional and student trainers, testers, designers, and project managers.  The position starts immediately but start date can be pushed to the beginning of Spring semester.  Pay is $15.00/hour. For more information, review the job description (http://bit.ly/2fKt1iv) and see Workstudy Job #5773914715. Interviews will  be held during dead week and finals week so please apply ASAP. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Arlette Jacome - arlettemarisol@berkeley.edu.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Open seats in Econ 1 and 2: Introduction to Economics

The economics department has open and available seats in Econ 1 and 2 for spring 2017. These seats are available to all students especially freshman in their second semester. 

Below are course descriptions. The courses are very similar however, Econ 2 has more lecture. Econ 1 will be taught by Professor Moretti, and Econ 2 will be team taught by Professors David and Christina Romer. 

ECON 1 Introduction to Economics 4 Units

A survey of economics designed to give an overview of the field. 
Rules & Requirements
Credit Restrictions: Students will receive 2 units of credit for 1 after taking Economics 3 or Environmental Economics and Policy 1; no credit after taking Economics 2.


ECON 2 Introduction to Economics--Lecture Format 4 Units

The course provides a survey of economics principles and methods. It covers both microeconomics, the study of consumer choice, firm behavior, and market interaction, and macroeconomics, the study of economic growth, unemployment, and inflation. Special emphasis is placed on the application of economic tools to contemporary economic problems and policies. Economics 2 differs from Economics 1 in that it has an additional hour of lecture per week and can thus cover topics in greater depth. It is particularly appropriate for intended economics majors. 
Rules & Requirements
Credit Restrictions: Students will receive no credit for 2 after taking 1; 2 units after taking 3 or Environmental Economics and Policy 1.

Nov. 29 Arts/Humanities Info Session: Research/creative projects funding; prizes; scholarships!!!

Dear undergraduate students in the arts and humanities,

I am writing to let you know about a valuable information session that will address prizes, scholarships, and opportunities to obtain funding for research and creative projects in the arts and humanities.   Honors theses and the below-listed opportunities will be addressed briefly in the first half hour, by departmental advisors (among them Ken Mahru from English) and those who run some of the programs (among them Leah Carroll, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships -- URAP, Haas Scholars, and SURF; Siti Keo, Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, and Juan Esteva, McNair and Firebaugh Scholars Programs). Then students who have participated in some of these opportunities will speak, and finally there will be a chance for attendees to meet one on one with program representatives.  The event will be held

Tuesday, November 293:30-4:30 pm
in Hearst Field Annex room D-37.


I hope to see you there!

Opportunity name
Deadline
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url
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PRIZES AND SCHOLARSHIPS



Eisner Prizes in arts and humanities
range from 12/2/16 to 1/20/17
$50-$2,000
Beinecke Scholarship
2/10/17
$34K
Other scholarships in scholarships.berkeley.edudatabase
varies
varies - up to $90K

Select "arts and humanities" and your class level on the search




FUNDING FOR CREATIVE AND RESEARCH PROJECTS



URAP (work as research ass't for professor)
1/24/17
$0 (course credit)
SURF L&S
2/16/17
$4000
Haas Scholars Program
2/20/17
up to $13,800
Mellon Mays
opens2/26/17*
$12,600
McNair Scholars Program
10/15/17*
$2,800
Marco Antonio Firebaugh Scholars Program
11/18/17*
(do not have info)
Center for Race and Gender
3/1/17*
Up to $1000
Institute for Internat'l Studies Ugrad Merit
11/14/17*
Up to $2000
Anne Scott Scholarship in Chinese Studies
4/1/17*
Up to $3000
SMART (work as research ass't for grad student)
2/26/17
$3500
Other awards


see the "search databases" link on research.berkeley.edu








Spring Data Science courses


What is the Data Science Education Program?
Berkeley’s Data Science Education Program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that provides a foundation for undergraduates in all fields and intended majors to engage capably and critically with data. No matter their major or background, all students today have a critical need to navigate a data-rich world.
Foundations of Data Science (CS C8 and STAT C8)
The program starts at the introductory level, with Foundations of Data Science, or Data 8, which teaches core computational and statistics concepts while enabling students to work hands-on with real data.
  • Accessible to students in all intended majors with no prerequisites.
  • Ideal for freshmen and sophomores; also now open to others
  • Appropriate for science and engineering students preparing to pursue more advanced courses, as well as social science and humanities students
  • Satisfies requirements, including the L&S Quantitative Reasoning requirement and the statistics requirement in most majors requiring statistics (See full list)
  • Taught this spring by acclaimed Computer Science Professor John DeNero
  • 4 units; lecture and (two-hour) lab section (students must enroll in both)
Tying data science to students’ interests
Connector courses enable students to develop deeper understanding or apply core concepts from the foundational course to explore real-world issues that relate to students’ areas of interest across disciplines.
New advanced courses launching this spring
New courses are being developed for Spring 2017 that take Foundations of Data Science (Data 8) as a prerequisite. They are ideal for students looking to move further into data science and take their knowledge to the next level.
  • Statistical Methods for Data Science (Stat 28): Stat 28 is a new lower-division course for students in many disciplines who have taken Data 8 and want to learn more advanced techniques without the additional mathematics called on in upper-division statistics. Students are introduced to “R”, the widely used statistical language, and obtain hands-on experience in implementing statistical methods on real-world datasets.
  • Probability for Data Science (Stat 140): This new course taught by Ani Adhikari introduces students to probability theory using both mathematics and computation. The prerequisites are Foundations of Data Science (Data 8) and one year of calculus.
  • Faculty will pilot a new course, Principles and Techniques of Data Science (Data 100) as a core offering for a data science major and minor, which has been approved by the Academic Senate as CS C100 and Stat  C100. As more details are available, they will be announced at data.berkeley.edu.
Advanced integrative opportunities are also being developed. These enable more advanced students to work hands-on with data in an interdisciplinary, project-based manner. For instance, Terrestrial Hydrology (Geog C136/ESPM C130) is a new course focused on the role that hydrology plays in malaria transmission in sub-Saharan Africa (prerequisites are Math 1A-1B and Physics 7A).
What students are saying about Foundations of Data Science:
  • “One of the things I most enjoy about data science is the diversity-- my classmates range from English majors to bio majors to computer science majors -- all looking at data from our different perspectives.”
  • “This class puts theory into practice. I was able to use data to tell powerful visual stories about the struggles I experienced growing up in southeast LA.”
  • “Out of all the classes I’ve taken, this class gave me the most practical knowledge. I’m applying it in my internship at Google already.”
To learn more, please watch this two-minute video made by Berkeley students this fall.
Please check out our website at data.berkeley.edu, and email me at mhurley@berkeley.edu if you have any questions.

The Prison Big Ideas Course is now open for enrollments (spring 2017)


The Big Ideas Course on "Prison" has just opened for enrollment. Professors from Ethnic Studies, Legal Studies and Social Welfare will co-teach this interdisciplinary class, which is guaranteed to enlighten and engage you. The course counts for Historical Studies or Social and Behavioral Studies breadth. Details are below and here


Taking a broad interdisciplinary approach, this course introduces students to the long history of the prison in the American experience, questioning the shadows of inevitability and normality that cloak mass incarceration both across the globe and, more particularly, in the contemporary United States. While directly addressing the prison system, this course intends to engage with the full range of carceral geographies in which social life is penetrated with the state’s power to surveill, arrest, judge, and punish its citizens and the organizations and capacities through which that power is carried out.  The course aims to introduce students to a range of literatures through which they can reorganize the logics of an institution we commonly accept as the reasonable destination for those identified as “criminal.” As an interdisciplinary team, we recognize that we cannot teach about the presence and persistence of punishment and prisons in contemporary American life without inviting conversation across time periods, genres, and geographies. Thus we will explore a series of visceral, unsettling juxtapositions: ‘freedom’ and ‘slavery’; ‘citizenship’ and ‘subjugation’; ‘crime’ and ‘punishment’, ‘marginalization’ and ‘inclusion’-- in each case explicating the ways that story making, political demagoguery, and racial, class, and sexual inequalities have shaped the carceral state.  These juxtapositions also show just how deeply incarceration practices are anchored in American history and identities.  Throughout the semester, we will explore a series of tough questions about the difficulty of escaping that past and the potential futures of the American carceral state.

The trajectory of the class will trace the idea of prison through its complex historical development, engaging the social, legal, and narrative parameters of incarceration, and leading to a real-time engagement with the current politics of mass incarceration in California and nationally (with some comparison to global alternatives). The course will also present people’s lived experience with the carceral system and its intersections with other systems of state control including criminal supervision, child welfare, and the welfare state. The semester will be marked by periodic presentations from invited activists, formerly incarcerated citizens, authors and artists. These sessions will extend our conversation and debate beyond the walls of academia. Guests, instructors and students will participate together in these discussions of some of the most exciting and contentious questions that arise from our contemporary cultural landscape.