Thursday, October 12, 2017

Upcoming events at the Jacobs Institute

We have several exciting events coming up at the Jacobs Institute, including a talk from Jess Hobbs on Monday (10/16) -- please join us!

On Monday (10/16), 4pm-5pm in 220 Jacobs Hall, Jess Hobbs will speak as part of the Design Field Notes series. Jess is a public artist, designer, and social entrepreneur who skillfully navigates the complex world of collaboration to produce projects of great scope, originality, and social importance. She is a founder of Flux Foundation and a co-founder at All Power Labs. She is also one of the Makers of Maker Faire.

Jess and her projects have been covered in The New York Times, Wired Magazine, LA Times, Boing Boing, Make Magazine, Fast Company, and the Colbert Report. She has spoken at SXSW, TED, TEDx, the Exploratorium, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the American Association of Museums Conference. Learn more.

Also upcoming:

On Saturday, 10/21we'll open our makerspace doors for an open house as part of homecoming weekend — all are welcome to come meet students who are developing thoughtful solutions to real-world problems and to participate in activities for makers of all ages. Learn more.

On Monday, 10/23, Autodesk research scientist Andreas Bastian will speak as part of the Design Field Notes series. Learn more.

We hope to see you soon!

Letters & Science Discovery Courses

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New DES INV courses!

The Jacobs Hall fall 2018 course list is now available to preview before Phase I; enrollment and course details can be found through CalCentral. 

The courses in this list include ones taught by Jacobs Institute instructors, as well as ones offered by other departments from across the Berkeley campus. Several more courses are anticipated to be added to the list in the coming months.

New DES INV courses!
You'll notice several new DES INV courses in the spring lineup, ranging widely in topics as well as from introductory to upper-division/grad level courses:
  • DES INV 23 Creative Prototyping & Electronics: Starting this year, the content that had formerly been taught in one semester of DES INV 22 is now divided into two semesters; the new course DES INV 23 will focus on electronics, programming, and interactive devices. DES INV 22, which now focuses more on physical prototyping, will be offered again in summer 2018.
  • DES INV 24 User Experience Design: First taught as a pilot in spring 2017, this course is now a permanent offering that rounds out the Jacobs introductory design innovation suite.
  • DES INV 95 Design Innovation Lecture Series: Have you already been attending all of the Design Field Notes talks? Now you can get credit for it!
  • DES INV 97 Manufacturing Field Trips: Visit a series of Bay Area manufacturing facilities and learn about various aspects of physical product commercialization and production.
  • DES INV 190-1 Reimagining Mobility: Design Development & Delivery: Work with an interdisciplinary team of students and mentors from the Ford Research and Innovation Center on proposing solutions, prototyping, and storytelling for projects addressing the future of transportation.
  • DES INV 190-2 Global Product Development: Learn about the process of translating a functional prototype into a commercial, consumer-ready product, and go on a field trip to Hong Kong and China during spring break to get a first-hand view of the global supply chain.
If you have questions about taking a DES INV course, being a GSI for one, or teaching a design DeCal, contact If you are interested in a course offered by another department (i.e. any course aside from the DES INV courses), please reach out to the department administering the course.

EOP Graduation Gown Lending

We are pleased to announce that the EOP Graduation Gown Lending Project Fall 2017 application will open October 29 at 5PMThis resource serves all EOP students at UC Berkeley by providing a cap and gown free of charge. Graduation can be an exciting moment for students, but the cost of purchasing a cap and gown can come as a burden and impede them from fully enjoying their academic achievement.

Students are encouraged to apply once the application opens. Due to the limited amount of gowns available, gowns will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.  In order to qualify, a student must either be 1) Low-income and/or 2) First Generation and/or 3) Historically Underrepresented. Unsure of EOP status? Stop by the EOP office in 119 Cesar Chavez to be verified by one of our counselors or apply to be EOP here.

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Food Systems Career Panel

Food Systems Career Panel

Wed, November 8, 2017
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM PST

Interested in a career in transforming food systems? Come network with local leaders from across the food and agriculture sector. Speakers will share stories of how they built their job paths and offer insights into current trends in the field. The event will consist of a panel followed by a reception with ample time for networking—with refreshments from an innovative food business of course!
This event is intended for UC Berkeley students. Please register with your email address.
  • Ben Chesler, Co-founder, Imperfect Produce
  • Monica Cooper, Farm Advisor, Viticulture, UC Cooperative Extension
  • Rebekah Moses, Sustainability and Agriculture Manager at Impossible Foods Inc.
  • Justin Rausa, Principal Field Representative, Office of California Assemblymember Rob Bonta
  • Tiffany Tran, Senior Sustainability Analyst, Annie’s Homegrown, Inc.
  • Moderated by Kris Madsen, Faculty Director, Berkeley Food Institute, and Associate Professor, Joint Medical Program and Public Health Nutrition, University of California, Berkeley
Refreshments by Aileen Suzara of Sariwa.
Cosponsored by the following UC Berkeley Student Organizations: BEACN, FEED, FoodInno, Food@Haas, Food and Agriculture Policy Group, Food Science and Tech at Cal, GradFood, Berkeley Food Institute Undergraduate and Graduate Student Councils, and UC Global Food Initiative Student Ambassador.