Monday, May 21, 2012

Arch 169: Special Topics in Construction Materials

There is still space available in Arch 169: Special Topics in Construction Materials
ON CHERRY TREES AND ENTROPY
A course the ecology of construction materials: how raw materials are transformed into building components, assembled, then torn down and disposed of at the end of their life-cycle, and how these trajectories interact with the environment. In real life. 

Starting point of the course is Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, first published in 2002. That book carries a somewhat problematic legacy now, but the utopia it lined had a tremendous impact on architecture, design, manufacturing and politics. We will use the book and its visionary tale as a prism to look at the more dismal reality in the field.  

Alongside lectures, films and seminars, the course will include visits to state-of-the-art demolition sites and materials recovery facilities in the East-Bay area. Empirical evidence will help students assess wether the vision of closed-loop building materials cycles may become reality, or wether the Entropy Law, the second law of thermodynamics, is doomed to prevail?
  • Taught by Lionel Devlieger
  • Monday and Thursday 9-12
  • Summer session C
  • 3 units
  • Approved for the Sustainable Design Minor (List 1)
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Architectural Design Competitions - Arcbazar

Dear Students,



I am writing to you in regards to Arcbazar, an exciting MIT VMS affiliated start-up in Cambridge, MA. We administer small-to-medium scale architectural design competitions geared towards architecture students and recent graduates. We are located at Dogpatch Labs, part of Microsoft’s NERD center in the MIT campus.



Arcbazar offers a unique design platform that gives your students and recent graduates an opportunity to hone their skills by competing on smaller scale real-world design problems in the US and around the world. These smaller-scale competitions may be an opportunity for your students to win quick cash prizes, perhaps connect with potential clients, develop their portfolio, and put their name out in the design world before they even graduate.


Here are three exemplary competitions --among many others-- that we are currently running:
- Award: $2,500 - A beach house in Florida

- Award: $2,000 - A street façade for a physical therapy clinic in New York

- Award: $750 - An 800 sqf addition for a home in South Carolina



We have around 100 new projects in the pipeline.



There is no participation fee and you can register and sign up for these competitions for free on our site www.arcbazar.com.


Please do not hesitate to contact me (
imdat@post.harvard.edu) if you have any questions, or need any clarifications. If you  happen to be in the Boston area, please feel free to drop by at our office at MIT Kendall Square.


I hope you consider spreading the word, and look forward to hearing from your students!

Best regards,

Dr. Imdat As




Planning Internships - SANTA CLARA VALLEY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

Job Bulletin:  SANTA CLARA VALLEY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
invites applications for the position of:  Student Intern

An Equal Opportunity Employer

SALARY: $15.00 /Hour
OPENING DATE: 05/21/12 CLOSING DATE: 06/01/12 04:00 PM

GENERAL
DESCRIPTION:

Candidates must be enrolled in a Department of Education accredited college or university in the
current term, or the term prior to and/or subsequent to their internship with VTA. The enrollment
must be full time, consisting of 12 semester or quarter units.  Please read this entire job announcement before applying for the Student Intern position, print and keep a copy of this announcement so that you can refer to it.  Official proof of current, previous, or upcoming term full time enrollment must be attached to the
application - Incomplete applications will be rejected. Candidates must check their own application
status through their on-line account as no rejection notices will be sent. Only on-line applications will be accepted for the Student Intern recruitment (No paper applications or resumes will be accepted). Position Interest Notification Cards, or copies of previous, partial or unsubmitted applications, are not an acceptable substitute to a completed application. Any submitted paper or hard copies of resumes, certifications, and diplomas will not be accepted and will be shredded to preserve candidate confidentiality.
Note: All applications for Student Intern will be purged every 4 months. If you wish to be re-considered for a Student Internship position, you must re-apply using the Profile you originally created, when the Student
Intern recruitment opens again. No previously submitted application will be carried over.
ALL NOTIFICATIONS WILL BE SENT BY E-MAIL. Applicants should select E-mail as the preferred
method of notification. Candidates must maintain an up to date, valid and reliable email address, phone
numbers and postal addresses. Information on how to apply for jobs at the VTA is available at the VTA Employment website and from the NEOGOV’s Applicant Assistance Line (877) 204-4442 or (310) 469-0515. NeoGov Applicant support is available from 6:00AM to 6:00PM Pacific Standard Time Monday thru Friday, excluding holidays. Due to the number of applicants, the VTA may not be able to provide individualized application assistance nor computer instruction.  Due to the number of applications received, candidates must check their own application status through their on-line account. NO additional acknowledgement of receipt of application for Student Intern, or advisement of missing items, or rejection will be sent. Candidates must check their own application status through their on-line account. Contact NeoGov for assistance if needed. Applications determined to contain false information will result in the applicant being barred from future emplacement opportunities with the VTA Classification Bargaining Unit: N/A Definition Under close supervision and in a learning capacity, Student Interns assist in the performance of various professional and technical activities of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA).
Student Interns are college-level students enrolled in curricula pertinent to VTA’s needs, and are employed
for a limited term. Student Interns are typically assigned one or more projects that are research-oriented
and involve interaction with several departmental units and/or several VTA Divisions. The activities
performed are typically sub-professional or technical duties and are related to the student’s field of study.
http://agency.governmentjobs.com/vtasantaclara/job_bulletin.cfm?JobID=462213 (1 of 7) [5/18/2012 8:33:18 AM]
 
ESSENTIAL JOB
FUNCTIONS:

Typical Tasks
Specific tasks will vary depending on the student’s field of study and the area of assignment.
· Collect, correlate, and tabulate data; learn to interpret and evaluate information in accordance with
established policies and procedures;
· Research issues relevant to the assigned Division; participate in team analysis of problems;
· Participate in the preparation of reports and preliminary studies;
· Assist in analyzing information and preparing recommendations on systems, equipment, and
business processes of VTA.
MINIMUM
QUALIFICATIONS:

Employment Standards
Candidates must be enrolled in an accredited college or university in the current term, or the term prior to
and/or subsequent to their internship with VTA if their internship is to begin during the summer break. The
enrollment must be/have been considered by the college or university to be full time.
VERY IMPORTANT: Proof of current, previous or the up-coming term, FULL TIME (12 units-semester or
quarter) enrollment in a Department of Education accredited college or university is required. Additionally
proof of enrollment in the upcoming semester or quarter in an accredited college or university is also
required. These required education documents must be attached to your application and is required to
verify all educational units listed on your application. Official transcripts are not necessary. Copies of
existing diplomas, degrees, or foreign transcript evaluations must also be attached to the submitted
application as a pdf.
Note: Failure to provide all of the required documents in the appropriate format (pdf ONLY), and properly
labeled as shown in the example (for example: Smith_J SJSU Transcripts), will result in the application
being rejected as incomplete. No advisement of the rejection will be sent – candidates are required to
check their own status on their on-line account. No exceptions will be made.
All related current and past work experience (including VTA experience) must be listed and fully described
in the Work Experience section of the application stating (See Resume is not acceptable). Incomplete or
improperly completed online applications may be rejected even if you are qualified for the position for which
you are applying. It is your responsibility to ensure that the online application reflects the work experience
and education needed to meet the requirements for the position you are applying for. Although your
resume may have all your experience and education details, please make sure to complete each section of
the online application to ensure that your information is accurately captured during our screening process.
All applications are subject to re-review as to meeting all minimum qualifications at any point in the
recruitment process. Passing any step is no guarantee of continuation if it is determined that the applicant
does not meet all of the minimum qualifications as stated in the job bulletin. Candidates found to have
exaggerated/falsified their qualifications, experience, training and/or education may be disqualified at any
point in the recruitment process and denied future employment with the VTA. Applicant’s failure to disclose
criminal convictions pursuant to VTA’s Background Checks policy shall be disqualified from continuing in
any recruitment process. Candidates who are hired and fail to disclose any of the criminal background
information required by this policy shall be subject to discipline up to and including discharge. No
advisement of the rejection will be sent – candidates are required to check their own status on their on-line
account. No exceptions will be made.
SUPPLEMENTAL
INFORMATION:

All Student Interns must have clear academic standing and continuing enrollment in an appropriate
curriculum. Continuation of an internship is at all times contingent upon acceptable performance of the
intern and the availability of funds. Internships may start at any time of the year, but are limited to no more
than 999 hours in any fiscal year. Student Interns are bound by applicable VTA policies and procedures,
particularly those concerning nepotism.  Student Intern positions are non-benefitted.
http://agency.governmentjobs.com/vtasantaclara/job_bulletin.cfm?JobID=462213 (2 of 7) [5/18/2012 8:33:18 AM]
APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT:
http://www.vta.org
OUR OFFICE IS LOCATED AT:
3331 North First Street, Bldg. B-1
San Jose, CA 95134-1927
(408)321-5575
(408)546-7952
Personnel@vta.org
http://agency.governmentjobs.com/vtasantaclara/job_bulletin.cfm?JobID=462213 (3 of 7) [5/18/2012 8:33:18 AM]
Student Intern Supplemental Questionnaire
* 1. I have attached proof of current, previous term, and/or next term, full-time (12 unitssemester
or quarter) enrollment in an accredited college or university as required.
YES
* 2. Were you enrolled in an accredited college or university in the last school term (Spring Quarter
or Semester?
Yes No
* 3. Are you currently enrolled in an accredited college or university for the next school term (Fall
Quarter or Semester)?
Yes No
* 4. I understand that applications for the Student Intern recruitment will be purged every four (4)
months, If I wish to be re-considered for a Student Internship position, I will be required to reapply
when the position opens again. I understand that previously submitted applications will
not be carried over.
YES
* 5. I have read the entire job bulletin for Student Intern and have printed a copy for reference
purposes.
YES
* 6. We are recruiting for a Service Planning & Accessible Services Intern. The Intern will support
the varied functions in Service Planning & Accessible Services especially in the development of
new or updated programs such as transit advertising shelters, paratransit services, passenger
facilities, contracted services and new transit services. The Intern will also assist with other
planning duties including field reviews of service and bus stops; developing maps, charts, and
graphics; community outreach for new services; compiling and maintaining ridership statistics;
special event planning; ambassador assignments; preparing and proofreading notices, signs,
and other public information; bus stop inventory maintenance and other related duties.
The ability to analyze data, develop written reports and create supporting maps, graphics and
charts is necessary for this position. Experience with Excel, Word, PowerPoint and GIS is
required. Effective oral and written communications skills, sound problem-solving techniques
and the ability to form cooperative working relationships with others is necessary. The desire
and ability to perform related field work - riding transit to collect data, reviewing bus stops and
similar tasks is required. As a result, a valid class "C" driver's license is also required. This is an
internship for which I wish to be considered.
Yes No
* 7. Some internships require the possession of valid class "C" drivers license. Do you possess a
valid class "C" drivers license?
Yes No
http://agency.governmentjobs.com/vtasantaclara/job_bulletin.cfm?JobID=462213 (4 of 7) [5/18/2012 8:33:18 AM]
Job Bulletin
* 8. We are also recruiting for an internship with Congestion Management Agency in the Engineering
Department. Under supervision, the student intern will assist in various and technical
transportation planning activities under the mentorship of senior staff. The intern will assist
with on-going projects such as Express Lanes, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Complete
Streets, Transportation System Monitoring Program and VTA Highway projects. The intern will
also learn about VTA's organizational structure and responsibilities and gain experience in
transportation planning activities in a professional environment.
Experience in using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required. Good writing and oral
communications skills are also required. Experience in using ArcView is desirable. The preferred
major or field of study most related to this intership is Transportation Engineering or
Transportation Planning. This is an internship for which I wish to be considered.
Yes No
* 9. We are offering a second internship CMA engineering. Under supervision and in a learning
capacity, the student intern will assist in various general and technical transportation planning
geographic information systems development and analysis under the mentorship of CMA
Engineering staff. The intern will assist with on-going GIS projects such as GIS projects such as
ArcGIS Server implementation, data base development, various cartographic needs from staff
and applications of GIS in transportation projects including transit. The intern will also learn
about VTA's organizational structure and responsibilities and gain experience in transportation
planning activities in a professional environment.
Experience in using the ArcGIS suite of software, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access
is required. Good writing and communications are also required. Additional experiece in using
Erdas Imagine, and Google Earth is desirable. Preferred fields of study include Geography or
Transportation Planning. I am interested in being considered for this internship.
Yes No
* 10. We are also recruiting for an Internship in the Recruitment & Selection Unit of the Human
Resources Department. Under direction of an HR Analyst, the Intern will be assigned an entire
recruitment from inception to completion. Mors specifically the intern will coordinate with Hiring
Authorities to plan effective recruitment strategies, select cost-effective advertising
alternatives, place the advertising, screen applications for minimum qualifications, determine
effective testing options for recruitments, administer and score tests. The intern will alos
facilitate the appointment process for each assigned recruitment. The intern will learn to use
NEOGOV, VTA's Applicant Tracking System to recruit for positions. The intern will be primarily
responsible for the student intern recuitment and related projects depending upon work load
demands.
The ideal candidate for this position will be a college senior majoring in human resources.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office including: Word, Excel, and Outlook is required. Strong attention
to detail and one year of customer service experience are required. Previous experience in
using an applicant tracking system would be helpful. I am interested in being considered for
this internship.
Yes No
http://agency.governmentjobs.com/vtasantaclara/job_bulletin.cfm?JobID=462213 (5 of 7) [5/18/2012 8:33:18 AM]
Job Bulletin
* 11. We are seeking an Intern to support the Employee Development Unit's functions. Under
supervision, the Intern will support training programs, projects and organizational development
applications of a limited scope, as well as recognition and other programs for all employees.
Typical tasks may include conducting subject matter literature reviews to be incorporated into
training materials and curriculum. Additional duties include writing, editing and preparing print
training handbooks, manuals, scripts, course handouts and related materials. Further, the
Intern will coordinate training locations, facilities, instructors, accouncements, program supplies
and equipment in preparation for training sessions. The intern will shadow staff and observe the
training implementation process. Additionally, the Intern will assist with programs such as:
Training Reimbursement; Employee Recognition; and other related projects.
Knowledge of basic principles, theory, and practices of human resources managemetnt,
organization development, change management, public administration, communication, or
training is desired.
The ideal candidate will possess effective oral and written communications skills, good
computer skills, active listening skills, the ability to lreadon logically, sound problem- solving
techniques, and the ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with
others.
Qualifications: Undergraduate or graduate degree in progress in Human Resources
Management, Organizational Development, Organizational Behavior, Industrial Psychology,
MBA, MPA or a related field. An interest in gaining hands-on experience with Human Resources
in the transportation industry is required.
This is an internship for which I wish to be considered.
Yes No
* 12. We are offering two internships in Planning. The interns will assist in planning related research,
analysis, data collection, and preparation of reports and studies.
Special skills include knowledge of transit planning, land use and transportation planning
principles and concepts.
One of the interns will be participating in planning initiatives including Transit Corridor Studies,
Light Rail Systems and Bus Operational Studies, Transit Access and Waiting Environment
Studies and other efforts as necessary.
The second intern will be participating in several planning initiatives including VTA's Community
Design & Transportation Plan, Grand Boulevard Initiative, and other efforts as necessary.
These are internships for which I wish to be considered.
Yes No
http://agency.governmentjobs.com/vtasantaclara/job_bulletin.cfm?JobID=462213 (6 of 7) [5/18/2012 8:33:18 AM]
Job Bulletin
* 13. We are recruiting for an Environmental Planning Intern. Under general supervision, the
Environmental Planning Intern will support the Environmental Programs and Resources
Management Department activities. The primary focus will be to support VTA's Sustainability
Program by assisting with collecting and analyzing data on energy, water, and solid waste
utilization along with assisting on a variety of conservation efforts. The intern position will also
assist in preparation of environmental studies on highway, rail and facility projects.
This position requires the ability to write clearly and concisely; to collect and analyze data
accurately using charts and graphs; and to research and evaluate technical information.
Familiarity with the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy
Act is also preferred.
Preferred fields of study include: Sustainability, Environment Studies or a related field.
Eligibility for this internship includes junior level status, at the minimum.
This is an internship for which I wish to be considered.
Yes No
* 14. Should one become available, I would be interested in an internship in Marketing or Public
Communications.
Yes No
* 15. Should one become available, I would be interested in an internship in Information Technology
Yes No
* 16. Should one become available, I would be interested in an internship in Accounting or Finance
Yes No
* Required Question
http://agency.governmentjobs.com/vtasantaclara/job_bulletin.cfm?JobID=462213 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Berkeley's Library Survey

If you care about the Library, please take the survey.   We have an 
urgent need for your opinion on how Berkeley should change the library 
services we offer.   Please take the 10 minute survey at: 
http://tiny.cc/ucblib.The survey will only be available until May 31^st 
so please take it today, before you leave town.

If you have questions, please contact me at deifler@library.berkeley.edu 
<mailto:deifler@library.berkeley.edu> .Thank you for your time.

David Eifler
Librarian, Interim Head
Environmental Design Library <http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/ENVI>, 

NEW COURSE summer 2012 Arch 179 002: Gerostathopoulos

Tuesday-Thursday 6-9 pm

FILM [TIME] ARCHITECTURE
Cinematic spaces of modernism postmodernism and beyond.

A selection of European and American films  will be the focus of the seminar discussions helping to 
understand twentieth century historical developments in the concepts of  S P A C E   A N D   T I M E, 
the P O L I T I C A L  and E C O N O M I C  factors that shape our cities and the design of single 
structures. Filmic constructions amplify, contradict, re/de construct space/time in 
architecture and urbanism. In our  analysis buildings will assume the role of cinematic protagonists: the 
modern metropolis is continuing to inspire entire filmographies, and the suburban home is often a character 
equally important as the people living there. At the same time, the mass spectacle of film had 
the unique ability to shape collective identity in key periods of the twentieth century, in a way 
similar to new urban constellations, the factory and new spaces of leisure.

Dziga Vertov’s Man with the Movie Camera (1929) will set the stage for the weekly film screenings/seminars.
In the first three weeks we will look at key debates of modernism as they appear in early twentieth century
European and American film (Vertov, Chaplin, Murnau, Welles). In the next five weeks we will look at
postmodern debates with reference to films such as Terri Gilliam’s Brazil (1985), Tom Tykwer’s Run Lola Run
(1998), Peter Greenaway's The Cook the Thief his Wife and her Lover (1989), and Krzysztof Kieslowski’s
Three Colors: Blue (1993). Short film interludes will include Chris Marker’s La jetée (1962), Andy Warhol’s
Blowjob (1964) and Michal Snow’s Wavelength (1967).

The beyond aspect of the course will examine what constitutes a historical shift against postmodernism:
creative synthesis or fragmented bodies and architectural elements?  Weekly readings complement the 
understanding of the films and situate them within the architectural debate.  The completion of a film-essay 
(we will see examples in the work of Jean-Luc Godard) can substitute the weekly reading responses as the 
final project for the class.

The course is open to architecture students and students from other departments.

Research Assistant for Dan Chatman

Please contact Prof. Dan Chatman dgc@berkeley.edu 
<mailto:dgc@berkeley.edu> if you are interested!

Professor Dan Chatman seeks a reliable and enthusiastic research
assistant immediately for the period of May 21st to June 29 for at least
three days (24 hours) per week, working on campus. Pay will be at
standard campus research assistant rates depending on experience and
graduate/undergraduate status.

Tasks will include some or all of the following depending on ability and
experience:
-Downloading, retrieving, printing and photocopying articles and books
-Downloading, formatting, and describing data from the American
Community Survey and the National Household Transportation Survey
-Cleaning and recoding survey data using Stata software
-Using GIS software to geocode addresses, zipcodes, and municipalities;
calculate network or airline distances between points

Experience with Stata and ArcGIS (or similar software) desired, but not
necessary.

To apply, please send cover email, resume, and your schedule
availability for the period above to Professor Chatman at dgc@berkeley.edu.

Summer Teaching and Assistant Positions - Japan


 SUMMER P/T JOB POSTING

3-WEEK SUMMER TEACHING and ASSISTANT POSITIONS FOR
JAPANESE YOUTH AFFECTED BY THE 2011 EARTHQUAKE & TSUNAMI
[JULY 23 – AUGUST 11, 2012]

Program Description:  Tutoring TOMODACHI Summer 2012 SoftBank Leadership Program

TOMODACHI is a public-private initiative endorsed by the US and Japanese governments to support Japan's recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake. The program goal is to foster the next generation of Japanese and Americans, a "TOMODACHI generation" of driven doers, thinkers and creators who are invested in the future of U.S.-Japan relations.

Supporting the mission of TOMODACHI, SOFTBANK CORP will provide up to 300 Japanese high school students from the disaster-affected regions with an intensive 3-week program at UC Berkeley focusing on global leadership development and community service.

Administered by Ayusa International, a non-profit educational exchange organization established in San Francisco in 1980, in partnership with the Center for Cities & Schools (CC&S) at UC Berkeley, this program will provide a campus-based leadership program concentrated on developing powerful social advocates. Students will learn leadership skills, and develop volunteer community service projects to implement in their home communities when they return home. Through this experience students will learn to appreciate our two cultures, and to cultivate globally oriented skills and mindsets needed to thrive and make a difference.

Job Description
·      1-Day Program and Curriculum Training (June - date TBD)
Prior to the commencement of the program, participate in a 1-day training session offered by CC&S to teach a
unique, award-winning civic engagement and leadership course called the Y-PLAN (Youth – Plan, Learn, Act, Now).
·      In-Class Tutorial (Monday-Friday from 8:30am-12:00pm)
Lead a team of 20-25 students to discuss and explore ways to improve one’s community and city via the Y-PLAN (Youth - Plan, Learn, Act, Now) civic engagement methodology and curriculum. Instruction will be carried out in a of mix of English and Japanese depending on teacher’s abilities and strengths. All student course materials will be translated into Japanese to support English based instruction and Japanese speaking teaching assistants will also be available in needed classrooms. Coursework will be project based, hands-on learning opportunities where Japanese youth work together on a real world community development project.  CC&S will provide teachers with all necessary teaching materials and day-by-day curriculum.
·      Course Development and Team Building Meetings (2 times/week)
Attend 2 team meetings weekly, and some afternoon field trip activities as needed.

Requirements
·      Individuals with experience teaching/mentoring youth in leadership development or related educational experiences.
·      Experience in urban planning/community development or urban design helpful
·      Japanese language ability and experience/knowledge of Japanese culture helpful.

Salary Range: $1.500-$2.500 (based on experience). Teaching assistant positions may also be available.

To Apply:  Please submit cover letter and resume to David Beiser at AYUSA dbeiser@ayusa.org. Applications are reviewed on an on-going basis till June 1, 2012 to fill 12 spots. For more information please contact David Beiser.
Information on TOMODACHI is available at http://usjapantomodachi.org/index.html.
 ----------------
OVERVIEW
Y-PLAN (Youth – Plan, Learn, Act, Now!) is an award-winning educational methodology that teaches young people to be civic leaders through participation in real-world community development projects. It builds on high-quality social entrepreneurship strategies to teach young people how to work with government, business and community leaders to develop innovative solutions to society’s needs. Created by the Center for Cities & Schools (CC&S) at the University of California – Berkeley in 1999, Y-PLAN has developed into a national model of youth civic leadership and college preparation, reaching over 1,500 young people across the United States and the world.
In January 2012, CC&S partnered with AyusaInternational to bring the Y-PLAN leadership methodology to participants of the Summer 2012 TomodachiSoftBankLeadership Program. The UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design (CED) and Institute of Urban and Regional Development are also dedicating people, classrooms and critical resources to this important and exciting initiative. 

Three key aspects to the Y-PLAN method include:

·         A “studio” educational experience offering students a very “hands-on” and project based learning approach to leadership development.  Field trips out into the community will be a key part of this course as well as meeting with UC Berkeley faculty and students.

·         Engagement in an authentic community development project where students learn through experience how to use their imagination and innovative ideas to create change. Students will interact directly with city and community leaders.

·         Students work together in small teams to learn from each other and adult professionals who will offer the Y-PLAN instruction and support/mentor young people as a “community of practice” to develop their  Social Action Y-PLAN  project proposals.

City of Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates is eager to improve the city’s downtown area to become a great place where everyone wants to come, visit, live and have fun!   He has asked the Tomodachi summer students to help him!  In small groups, students will focus on one of the following four thematic areas:
·         Housing: What types of improvements will make Downtown a place where families and people with different needs want to live?
·         Business & Jobs:What improvements should the City of Berkeley make to create more jobs and successful businesses?
·         Public Spaces:How can the City of Berkeley improve public parks, gathering places and streets to benefit residents and strengthen Berkeley’s community?
·         Energy & Sustainability:How can the City of Berkeley increase environmental sustainability and energy-efficiency in the Downtown area?
 
OVERVIEW OF Y-PLAN PROCESS
The Y-PLAN process follows a flexible, but well structured, series of activities to support and guide youth through the collaborative
planning and policy making process, including:

Phase 1: Start Up
Learn about each other, the Y-PLAN framework, individual and team strengths and the project questions;and create a roadmap for work ahead
Phase2: Making Sense of the City
Conduct community mapping activities to identify assets and challenges in the community and consider relationships between people and places; work together to understand project questions through additional research and data collection; and create final posters “telling the story of the community”
Phase3: Into Action
Get inspired by learning about innovative projects around the world; identify and understand a variety of community perspectives;and create a vision and plan of action for the project
Phase4: Going Public
Create a public, multi-media proposal presentation; present ideas publicly to a panel of professionals and community leaders; receive feedback for future action
Phase5: Looking Forward, Looking Back
Evaluate personal participation and prepare reflective essays; and outline next steps for sustained leadership in home communities.

Interested in writing a thesis?

Env Des 195 (directed study leading to preparation of a senior thesis) 
is available FL 12 and is open to all Juniors and Seniors in CED.
-- 
Susan Hagstrom, Director
CED Office of Undergraduate Advising
http://www.ced.berkeley.edu/advising/


Summer Course - Aesthetic Autopsies ARCH 179-001, 3 credits

Attention All Architecture Students!  The following course will be offered in 
Summer Session C...

AESTHETIC AUTOPSIES
ARCH 179-001, 3 credits

Instructor: Braden Engel, archengel@berkeley.edu

CLASS TIME: 18 June – 10 August, 2012 (Session C)
                           Tuesday & Thursday, 9am-12pm
LOCATION:   104 Wurster

Course Description:
If we find a mound in the forest, six foot long and three foot wide,
formed into a pyramid shape by a shovel we become serious and something
within us says, ‘Someone lies buried here’.  This is architecture.
Adolf Loos, “Architecture” 1910

au•top•sy [<Gr autos, self + opsis, a sight] examination of a dead body to
discover the cause of death.

Histories of architecture are full of descriptions of dead buildings.
Historians, then, write eulogies, or at best, belated biographies. But if
this is the case, then what was the cause of death, and who is
responsible? The etymology of the term “autopsy” reveals that it is
essentially an act of seeing oneself. But, just as the deceased can longer
enquire into their own death, buildings are not aware of themselves, so an
outside correspondent is needed. And thus the post-mortem begins.

This course takes an overtly skeptical approach to historiography – the
analysis and writing of architectural histories – treating them as various
forms of aesthetic malpractice. For if works of architecture are works of
art that dynamically participate in aesthetic performances (and thus very
much “alive and kicking”), then any historian or critic who leaves a
victim in stiff rigormortis must be treated as a suspect. Each student
will assume two roles: Investigator and Coroner. Not unlike homicide
detectives, students will conduct rigorous investigations into the
motives, alibis and “weapons” used in architectural murders. By carefully
examining the corpse (building), students will also attempt to determine
time and cause of death.

The final submission will attempt the perverse exercise of the live
autopsy, or pre-mortem. By visits to buildings in the Bay Area students
will furnish visual material accompanied by written analyses seeking to
treat the work as a living, aesthetic body. In the foreground of the
interrogations and diagnoses compiled throughout the term, these living
autopsies will exhibit the ability of the students to both critically
engage with past interpretations of buildings and argue their own
analytical and aesthetic positions.

Hope to have you in the course!

Kind regards,

Braden Engel

Film class on Auteur Theory in the summer session A

I am a lecturer at UC Berkeley Film and Media Department. I am teaching a Film class on Auteur Theory in the summer session A. I thought that some Architecture undergraduates might be interested in my class, and I was wondering whether you could email the flyer to them. 


They can find the description here: http://fm.berkeley.edu/2012/02/summer-2012-session-a/


Thank you very much!

regards,

nil. 



nilgun bayraktar
Gray Lecturer, UC Berkeley
Ph.D, UC Berkeley 
Performance Studies
D.E. in Film Studies

Weeklong Learning Journey in Tohoku in August 2012

Japan for Sustainability announces call for student applicants for weeklong Learning Journey in Tohoku in August 2012 (a "Learn toCreate in Tohoku" project) (Tokyo, April 19, 2012).  Japan for Sustainability (Chief Executive Junko Edahiro) is putting out the call for students who wish to participate in a learning journey to Tohoku in August 20-26, 2012. The Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, caused catastrophic damage in northeastern Japan, particularly in the three prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima. One year later, rehabilitation and reconstruction work continues in the affected areas, but it is now clear that true recovery will take much longer than originally anticipated. During the recovery process, for years to come, it will be important for children to continue having hopes and dreams, for youth to acquire and apply leadership skills for the reconstruction, and for people to share what they learn with the world while improving the recovery processes in the Tohoku region. 
Japan for Sustainability is a non-profit organization created in 2002 to disseminate information on developments and activities originating in Japan that lead toward sustainability. It has launched three "Learn to Create in Tohoku" projects with funds raised by Nipponkoa Insurance Co. (President/CEO Masaya Futamiya), which will take a deeper look at the current situation in Tohoku, to support children in fostering their hopes for the future, and to develop youth leadership for the recovery efforts
One of these projects is a "Learning Journey in Tohoku", in which JFS invites six students from overseas and six local students to form a learning group to go through personal as well as collective transformational processes. The purposes of the learning journey are to support the personal development of students, to harvest learning gained through students' eyes and communicate to the world, and to offer new perspectives on how Tohoku can recover faster and more effectively. In our first learning journey, we will choose sites mostly in Miyagi prefecture, which is closest to the epicenter of the earthquake and has many coastal cities and villages that were the most devastated by the tsunamis. The project aims to offer students both from Tohoku and other parts of the world a learning journey about the situation in the disaster- affected areas since the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, up to the present, while meeting in person and interviewing those who lived through the disaster and are working on the reconstruction. A facilitator experienced in the areas of systems thinking and learning organization will accompany the students, conducting dialogue along the way to draw out diverse points of view from participants and make their learning process a meaningful experience. At the end of the journey, participants will report on what they have learned during their time in the disaster areas, along with their hopes and dreams for creating a sustainable society.  Participating students will benefit from hands-on experiences through encounters with actual people and contexts they would not normally experience, diverse points of view within and outside of the learning group, and personal and group learning processes that allow them to explore their inner selves.  Additionally, the development of capacity for potential youth leaders will go a long way in designing more resilient social systems that will be needed for the recovery of Tohoku. JFS also hopes that learning harvested from the student experiences will provide important case studies for the world to be more resilient and sustainable. In turn, learning that occurs outside of Japan will give feedback and new perspectives to the Tohoku region and Japan.  
Interested persons are encouraged to apply after reading the application instruction in the following web link http://www.japanfs.org/tohoku/en/journey/pages/031864.html , by submitting the application form and the other required documents to Japan for Sustainability (info@japanfs.org) no later than May 20, 2012 (in Japan). Results of the selection will be announced by the end of May. Successful applicants are expected to obtain a visa to Japan (if required) and travel on their own to the nearest international airport in their home country. For inquiries: Japan for Sustainability http://www.japanfs.org/en/ 1-12-5-138 Mita, Tama-ku, Kawasaki, 214-0034 Japan E-mail: info@japanfs.org

Another Summer Spain Study Abroad

Another summer Spain study abroad opportunity. Contact Philip Speranza (below) for more information.
Barcelona Urban Design Program.  We have some limited places for Cal students in each program:
June 11- July 10 for New Jersey Institute of Technology and one Harvard student, www.22speranza.wordpress.com, $3000 including airfare from NYC (we can adjust for Cal students).
July 11- August 10 for University of Oregon students, http://studyabroad.uoregon.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1306&Itemid=83&catid=308&itemid=83,  $4400 not including airfare.

For more information:
 

Philip Speranza, RA California and New York, LEEP AP
Assistant Professor, AAA, University of Oregon
Director, l|c|a: BCN Urban Design Program
Principal, Speranza Architecture

321 Mill Street, Suite 5, Eugene, OR 97401

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Interns - The U.S. Green Building Council- Northern California

The U.S. Green Building Council- Northern California, best known for our LEED Certification System, is looking for two outstanding interns for an exciting, high-profile initiative we're gearing up to launch soon (more details attached). 

Given that the initiative is not yet public, I can't provide many details, however I can say that it's related to President Obama's Better Buildings Challenge, and we're hoping to launch the program with Bill Clinton in June.

Ashleigh Talberth, LEED® AP BD&C
Senior Manager
U.S. Green Building Council, Northern California Chapter
130 Sutter Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94104
Direct: 415.659.9396
Fax: 415.520.0864
www.usgbc-ncc.org

USGBC-Northern California Seeks an Exceptional:  Communications Intern (Summer)
For a Unique Opportunity to Support a High-Profile Sustainability Initiative with Leading Silicon Valley Companies
Background:
The position reports to the USGBC-Northern California Senior Manager and is based in San Francisco. The internship runs full-time from June-August/September, and could lead to other opportunities.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) seeks an exceptional, bright, highly motivated person, with outstanding verbal and written communication skills, to support a high-profile corporate sustainability initiative that USGBC is gearing up to launch in partnership with leading Silicon Valley global brands including Google, and others. More information will be provided in person given that this initiative is not yet public.
This is a very unique opportunity to work on an exciting initiative associated with the Road to Greenbuild , a larger initiative to build momentum for Greenbuild, the largest green building industry conference in the world that’s coming to San Francisco in November (35,000 expected); and, an opportunity to become part of one of the most important and respected sustainability organizations worldwide.
USGBC:
Known for its LEED green building certification program, USGBC is a not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. Visit www.usgbc.org for more info.
USGBC-Northern California (NCC) is part of a network of approximately 65 USGBC Chapters throughout the United States, which represent USGBC in their respective regions. NCC is one of the largest USGBC Chapters in the country and the leading green building organization in Northern California. The Chapter is headquartered in San Francisco and has volunteer-led branches in the Mount Diablo region of the East Bay, Monterey Bay, Sacramento, San Francisco Bay Area, and Silicon Valley. Visit www.usgbc-ncc.org for more info.
Skills and Qualities:
The candidate should be an outstanding self-starter, versatile, results-oriented, and eager to grow and learn. Candidates should have a passion for green building and an understanding of its critical role in mitigating global climate change and promoting overall sustainability.
Benefits of Internship:
 Work for the USGBC, one of the most important and respected sustainability organizations worldwide.
 Exceptional, high-profile opportunity for professional development and to build experience in: marketing, communications, strategy and project development, stake-holder engagement, and more…
 Develop contacts with some of the leading firms in California.
 Attend USGBC-NCC workshops and events free-of-charge, during the duration of the internship.
 Exposure to Northern California’s green building industry, the largest market in the country.
Responsibilities of the Internship:
 Strategy and Action Planning: Work with the USGBC-NCC Senior Manager to implement a California strategy and action plan around the initiative.
 Outreach/Marketing/Media: Develop relationships and interface with partner organizations, such as trade associations. May include some PR/media relations activities, depending on the candidate.
 Relationship Management: Serve as a point of contact for companies, ranging from Fortune 500 firms to small businesses, who are considering committing to the initiative, or who have already committed.
 Content Development: Develop written content for USGBC-NCC’s newsletters (22,000 subscribers), website, and blogs.
 Program Development: Work with the Senior Manager to implement a Supporting Partner program.
 Miscellaneous support. This may include, but is not limited to:
o Support USGBC-NCC’s three Advocacy Committees (Green Schools, Sustainable Neighborhoods, and Green Homes).
o Grant funding research and support, and other projects that arise.
Qualifications include:
 Demonstrated outstanding written and verbal business communication, client/customer service, organizational, and time management skills.
 PR/media relations experience desired, but not required.
 Ability to work well in a dynamic environment with others (Staff, Committees, and Volunteers).
 Enthusiasm, eagerness to learn, flexibility and ability to multi-task.
 Passion for USGBC’s mission.
 Professional and/or volunteer experience (i.e. internships, clubs/organizations, etc).
 Must be detail oriented.
Recommended Majors/Career Paths include:
Major or specialization in Business, Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Journalism, Political Science, English, Environmental; or relevant experience preferred.
USGBC
Additional Details about the Internship:
Full-time: 7 hours per day; Monday-Friday.
 Position duration is approximately June-August, 2012, but could go on longer.
 Position is unpaid, but will provide invaluable work experience.
To Apply:
Please send a cover letter explaining why you are interested in working for USGBC, a resume, and references to usgbcncc.summerinternships@gmail.com by 5/23/2012. Please include “Communications- Summer Internship” in the subject title. 
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USGBC-Northern California Seeks an Exceptional:  Technical Support Intern (Summer)
For a Unique Opportunity to Support a High-Profile Sustainability Initiative with Leading Silicon Valley Companies
Background:
The position reports to the USGBC-Northern California Senior Manager and is based in San Francisco. The internship runs full-time from June-August/September, and could lead to longer term opportunities.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) seeks an exceptional, bright, highly motivated person, who has experience or an aptitude for building environmental management, and excellent verbal and written communication skills, to support a high-profile corporate sustainability initiative that USGBC is gearing up to launch in partnership with leading Silicon Valley global brands including Google, and others. More information will be provided in person given that this initiative is not yet public.
This is a very unique opportunity to work on an exciting initiative associated with the Road to Greenbuild , a larger initiative to build momentum for Greenbuild, the largest green building industry conference in the world that’s coming to San Francisco in November (35,000 expected); and, an opportunity to become part of one of the most important and respected sustainability organizations worldwide.
USGBC:
Known for its LEED green building certification program, USGBC is a not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. Visit www.usgbc.org for more info.
USGBC-Northern California (NCC) is part of a network of approximately 65 USGBC Chapters throughout the United States, which represent USGBC in their respective regions. NCC is one of the largest USGBC Chapters in the country and the leading green building organization in Northern California. The Chapter is headquartered in San Francisco and has volunteer-led branches in the Mount Diablo region of the East Bay, Monterey Bay, Sacramento, San Francisco Bay Area, and Silicon Valley. Visit www.usgbc-ncc.org for more info.
Skills and Qualities:
The candidate should be an outstanding self-starter, versatile, results-oriented, and eager to grow and learn. Candidates should have a passion for green building and an understanding of its critical role in mitigating global climate change and promoting overall sustainability.
Benefits of Internship:
 Work for the USGBC, one of the most important and respected sustainability organizations worldwide.
 Exceptional, high-profile opportunity for professional development and to build experience in: environmental/resource management in buildings, interfacing with high net worth sustainability leaders, understanding technical issues in building environmental management, honing communication skills, project management, etc.
 Develop contacts with some of the leading green buildings firms in California and expand your professional network.
 Attend USGBC-NCC workshops and events free-of-charge, during the duration of the internship.
 Exposure to Northern California’s green building industry, the largest market in the country.
Responsibilities of the Internship:
 Relationship Management: Serve as a point of contact for companies, ranging from Fortune 500 firms to small businesses, for their initiative applications.
o Review applications including project details such as Baseline/Performance Years, energy/water/waste reduction goals, etc.
o Serve as a point person and interface with companies who are considering committing to the initiative, or who have already committed.
 Program Development: Work with the Senior Manager to develop and implement an internal tracking system.
 Technical Point Person: Work with the Senior Manager, and the Technical Advisory Board, on technical issues that may arise.
 Miscellaneous support that may arise.
Qualifications include:
 Experience, or technical aptitude, in energy, water, and/or waste management or measurement preferred.
 Experience interfacing with corporate executives, or high net worth professionals, preferred.
 Demonstrated outstanding customer service or client relations experience.
 Demonstrated excellent written and verbal business communication, client/customer service, organizational, and time management skills.
 Ability to work well in a dynamic environment with others (Staff, Committees, and Volunteers).
 Enthusiasm, eagerness to learn, flexibility and ability to multi-task.
 Passion for USGBC’s mission.
 Professional and/or volunteer experience (i.e. internships, clubs/organizations, etc).
 Must be detail oriented.
USGBC
Recommended Majors/Career Paths include:
Major or specialization in environmental management, business, engineering, sustainability, MBA, etc. Ideal for a graduate or undergraduate student, or someone considering pursuing a career in sustainability consulting or environmental management.
Additional Details about the Internship:
Full-time: 7 hours per day; Monday-Friday.
 Position duration is approximately June-August, 2012, but could go on longer.
 Position is unpaid, but will provide invaluable work experience.
To Apply:
Please send a cover letter explaining why you are interested in working for USGBC, a resume, and references to usgbcncc.summerinternships@gmail.com by 5/23/2012. Please include “Technical-Summer Internship” in the subject title. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

GROUND UP: ISSUE ONE Landscapes of Uncertainty ...is here!

The moment you've all been waiting for...
Please join us for our Publication Launch Party this Saturday evening, 
May 12th, in Wurster Hall.

WHEN: 7:30pm-10:30pm
WHERE: Wurster Hall 2nd Floor Lobby

Food and drink provided, that's right, free booze and food, and most 
importantly....

Issue One On Sale! Get your copy Saturday!

On behalf of all the students who have worked so hard the past year, we 
are incredibly excited to share this moment with all of you. Feel free to bring family, 
significant others, and any other guests.
For more information, e-mail me at dsjones@berkeley.edu 
<mailto:dsjones@berkeley.edu>
See you there!
-- 
Darryl Jones
ASLA President, UC Berkeley Chapter & Co-Creative Director
GROUND UP Journal
www.groundupjournal.org <http://www.groundupjournal.org/>
Master of Landscape Architecture, 2D Candidate
UC Berkeley // College of Environmental Design

Monday, May 7, 2012

DCRP Celebration Volunteers NEEDED

This year the, the DCRP End of Year Celebration is on Sunday, May 13th 
from 1-2 PM (Note that this is a separate event from the CED Commencement 

at Zellerbach Hall)

DCRP Celebration Volunteer Options:

1.Coordinate Student Slideshow (photos from social events played before 
and after program)

2.Handing out programs (should be a continuing student)

3.Help set up and clean up for the reception (should be a continuing 
student)

Please let me know if you're interested in volunteering.

Thanks!
Yerdua Caesar-Kaptoech
Student Affairs Officer
City and Regional Planning
228 Wurster Hall #1850
Berkeley, CA 94720-1850
P: 510.643.9440
http://dcrp.ced.berkeley.edu/



Research Study - Earn $65

The Clinical Research Center is now recruiting experienced soft contact lens wearers for a new 2-day contact lens study! Study dates are either May 14-15 or May 21-22  Compensation is a flat $65 for 4 visits (about 2hrs of total time). Our office is located at 110A Minor Hall, adjacent to Haas/Wurster.  If you are interested or have any questions, please call our office 510-643-9252 or 510-642-9731 to see if you qualify. You will need to provide a hard copy of your contact lens prescription to be included in the study.



Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Landscape Architecture Major Handbook Curriculum Changes


The most up-to-date version of the Landscape Architecture
Major Handbook has a few curriculum changes which you
should take note on page 6.  Notably, for those of you going into your
Fall Junior year, make sure you enroll in LA 101, LA 134A, LA 110 (LA
170 is moved to Spring), and your American Cultures course (which, if
you have fulfilled it, can be substituted with a CED Upper Div
Non-Major, minor course, or elective).

There are some other changes in the order in which you will take courses
as well as the removal of LA 111 and addition of LA 134B.  Please feel
free to come in during drop-in or email me with any questions.  The rest
of my hours this week are:
Wednesday, 4/25:  1-4pm
Thursday, 4/26:  9am-noon
We are also open during RRR week, finals, and summer.
I hope you are all hanging in there!

Take care,
Donna

ASLA Officer Position

Ever feel like your voice isn’t being heard?
Have a good idea you think will benefit the department?
Wanna bring change to your experience here at UC Berkeley?
If so, YOU SHOULD RUN FOR A STUDENT ASLA OFFICER POSITION!!!

Nomination forms will be posted later today on the Official Student ASLA
bulletin board outside the doors to 315. You may nominate yourself or
someone else you think would do a good job. The nomination period will
close this Friday 4/27 at midnight. Nominees will then be notified and
the online election will occur during RRR week.
Come to the ASLA meeting today at 1pm to learn more.

Michael J. Cook
Vice President-ASLA Student Chapter
Master of Landscape Architecture '12
UC Berkeley - College of Environmental Design
mcook@berkeley.edu

Job Opportunity:Associate, Housing & Community Development


Silicon Valley Leadership Group
Associate, Housing & Community Development
www.svlg.org

Deadline for submissions is May 31st, 2012.  Please submit cover letter and resume to housing@svleadershipgroup.org.

The Housing & Community Development Associate supports the housing work of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and the Housing Action Coalition.  The Associate leads the constituency building efforts of these organizations in order to create more public support for housing and sound land use planning. 

BACKGROUND

Opposition to housing exists for a variety of reasons including school impacts, fiscal issues and increased traffic.  Unfortunately, housing affordability remains one of the toughest challenges in Silicon Valley.  The Housing Action Coalition was formed to create a supportive voice for housing bringing together disparate interests to facilitate the construction of more homes for those who struggle to live in Silicon Valley.  The Coalition works closely with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a business association, on policy and project advocacy and serves as the hub of housing advocacy in Santa Clara County.  It is a unique organization where disparate groups—labor, environmentalists, business and builders—unite under a focused agenda to facilitate the development of homes that will meet the needs of our community, economy and environment.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Housing & Community Development Associate provides staff support to the Housing Action Coalition and the various initiatives of the Coalition.  The focus of the Associate’s work is to grow the number of people willing and eager to constructively engage in housing issues.  Specifically, the Associate is responsible for leading the effort to:
-       Organize educational forums to broadly educate potential housing advocates about housing and land use issues in their communities through the nonprofit housing community, businesses and market rate rental housing properties
-       Inspire, train, grow and more deeply engage existing housing advocates
-       Organize tours of housing and transit-oriented development
-       Coordinate the Neighborhood Leadership Council quarterly forums, a group of emerging community leaders

SKILLS/EXPERIENCE

Community organizing:  This person will be expected to interact and inspire people to get involved in local government.  A track record and experience as an organizer will be prioritized over subject matter (housing/planning) expertise.

Project Management:  Strong organizational skills and the ability to plan/execute on events ranging from simple educational forums to logistically complicated tours.

Collaboration & People Skills:  Ability to facilitate meetings and build excellent working relationships with community groups and policy makers. Ability to engender collaboration among diverse groups.  Experience and knowledge of corporate culture in order to professionally represent the business community and successfully organize events on housing with businesses in Silicon Valley.

Initiative:  This position requires someone who is constantly thinking about how to improve and make the program better and take the initiative to do so.  For example, if a notice is put out to turn people out to a housing hearing and only 3 people show up, how do we get more next time?  Constant reflection and improvement of the program is essential.

Knowledge of Housing & Land Use:  Knowledge of land use and development issues, understanding of residential development, the entitlement process and city planning.

Communication:  Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to interact with diverse constituencies, understand political sensitivities and act with extreme diplomacy and professionalism as a representative of the business community.

Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

2-3 years experience in the professional world is preferred.

About our team

We are a dynamic, passionate team where everyone pitches in and supports organizational priorities and events. This may include some early morning, evening and weekend engagements.

Our offices are based in San Jose within walking distance of the airport, Guadalupe River Trail, and public transit.

Compensation

The salary range, based on experience in organizing and housing/planning, is $36,000-$44,000.  The position is funded through a one year grant from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation   Excellent benefits include health, vision, dental, 401(k), transit pass, and subsidized fitness center.