Thursday, August 29, 2013

Spark Design Entries Fall Semester Deadline EXTENDED

The Spark Concept & Student Fall Semester Standard deadline has been extended from September 15 to the final deadline of October 10. We will NOT have a late deadline.
This will keep entry fees down and give students more time to complete, and hopefully, submit their projects.

CED Admissions Ambassador Internship Program Application: DEADLINE AUGUST 30TH

CED Admissions Ambassadors Internship Program Applications Due 8/30

Are you interested in leadership, professional development, diversity, and increasing the visibility of the College of Environmental Design? If so, join the CED Admissions Ambassadors and share your personal experience as a student at CED with a wide array of audiences!
We are looking specifically for newly admitted freshmen and transfer students to apply for the CED Undergraduate Admissions Ambassador Internship Program for the Fall 2013-Spring 2014 academic year. Applications are due Friday, August 30th at noon. Please submit applications to 250 Wurster Hall (Advising Office) or email to

For more information about the program, see attachment below. Please contact with any further questions.

UCDC Application Online- Spring 2014

An application for the Spring 2014 UC Berkeley Washington Program is now available online, at:
Each Fall and Spring, the UCB Washington Program sends undergraduates to Washington, D.C., to complete academic research projects of their own design, and to participate in internships related to their research. The Program is open to juniors and seniors in any major, and graduating seniors may participate during their final semester at UCB (but not after they actually graduate).

To apply, you must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and have junior or senior standing in the semester you plan to attend. You must also have taken at least two upper-division courses on the UC Berkeley campus, which provide background for the topic you intend to research. Internships are available in a wide variety of DC-based government agencies, nonprofit organizations, policy think-tanks, media outlets, and businesses. Students live in the brand new UC Washington Center at Scott Circle and UCB financial aid is transferrable to DC. Students earn a full semester of UCB academic credit.

Applications for the Spring 2014 UCDC Program are due Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 4 p.m.
Fall 2014 applications will be due Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4 P.M.
Candidate interviews will be conducted in mid-October 2013 for the Spring 2014 UCDC Program. Accepted students will be notified in the 12th week of class in the semester they apply.

I will conduct several information sessions during the early weeks of Fall Semester. An alum of the UCDC Program will speak about his or her experiences and answer your questions. In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns, feel free to schedule an appointment with me.
All UCDC info sessions will be held in 291 Barrows Hall:

Weds., Aug. 28 noon - 1:30 P.M.
Weds., Sept. 4 4-5:30 P.M.
Tuesday, Sept. 10 4-5:30 P.M.
Thursday, Sept. 12 noon- 1:30 P.M.

Information about how to locate internships in DC is available on a bulletin board outside the UCB Washington Program Office and at the Information Sessions. The Program Office is at M24 Wheeler Hall, and generally will be open 9-12 and 1-4 on Mondays through Thursdays.
More details about the program can be obtained by e-mailing, by visiting M24 Wheeler Hall, or by calling 510/642-9102

Leadership Opportunity- Training Planning Committee- DEADLINE Sept. 12th

Leadership Opportunity for current cal students (grad and ungrad) to be part of the UndocuAlly Training Planning Committee :
Student representatives on the UndocuAlly Training Planning Committee will ensure that the current needs, concerns, and experiences of undocumented students on campus are represented during UndocuAlly trainings (up to 5 students will be selected). Students must have experience working with the undocumented student community and be a Sophmore, Junior, Senior or Graduate student at Cal. Students with any documentation status are welcome to apply.

Application attached. Deadline Sept. 12th at NOON

Upper Division Course: Environmental Design C169A

September 15th: Women in the Mix!

We cordially invite you to this fall's WOMEN IN THE MIX event!

Women in the Mix is a program sponsored by the Women's Empowerment Cohort of the Gender Equity Resource Center, where woman-identifying faculty, students, and staff gather to engage in conversation, find resources specifically focused on women, and celebrate the achievements of women at UC Berkeley.
The theme for this fall's Women in the Mix is "Empowering Women in Higher Education"
The details of the event are as follows:

When: September 5, 2013, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Where: Unit 2 All-Purpose Room, 2650 Haste St.
For disability related accommodations, please go to with as much notice as possible.
For more information, please contact

Monday, August 19, 2013

Wind Turbine Construction and Rural Electrification Opportunity in Peru

Volunteering for WindAid is an opportunity to explore Peru, to enforce the necessity of renewable energy, to learn in depth the design, construction, and installation of a wind turbine, and see its social impact on a community, a school, or a microenterprise.

WindAid started up over five years ago with the simple idea to bring energy to a school in the rural mountains of Peru. Since then they have achieved an incredibly diverse set of installations with more than 35 projects bringing electricity to hundreds of Peruvians. They have installed the first wind park in Peru, two mobile turbines – both on an automobile and a ship, and the Guinness World Record breaking Highest Wind Turbine in the World! WindAid has won awards from the BiD Network at The Hague in Holland, and the Ashden Award in London, England.

Absolutely all of this is possible thanks to the over 200 amazing volunteers hosted from 28 different countries and from some of the most prestigious universities in the world. These include; Stanford University, Columbia University, The University of Strathclyde, Duke University, Arizona University, and Imperial College London along with university organized groups. They are the official provider of facilities and training in wind energy for the professors and students of the top Peruvian engineering school, Universidad Nacional de Trujillo.

Volunteers are involved in every part of the process of building and installing the wind turbines. They will learn and gain expertise in such materials and processes as; carbon fiber, fiber glass, resin composites, steel structures and welding, electrical systems, aerodynamics, and much more. All disciplines and levels of learning are welcome. They seek out passionate, enthusiastic individuals hungry to have the experience of a lifetime affecting positive change in the lives of others.

Officially opening up applications for 2014. Although it is a rolling applications, they have already been approached by a number of highly interested individuals and universities, and will be filling spaces rapidly. Please explore our volunteering opportunities, and contact us directly to organize a specific program, including long-term volunteering. Or, chose from one of our 2014 program dates below:
6 January - 31 January
10 February - 7 March
17 March - 11 April
21 April - 16 May
24 May - 20 June
30 June - 25 July
4 August - 29 August
8 September - 3 October
13 October - 7 November
17 November - 14 December
Please also note that we do still have a very limited number of openings for 2013 left, and further information on WindAid and all available project dates and opportunities can be found on our website:

Bonner Leaders Program Recruting for Community-Based Internships

Interested in taking action in service to local communities?

Gain valuable leadership skills
Earn an AmeriCorps Education Award, $1,1,75
Up to 2 academic units
Membership in a nationally recognized program
One-on-one coaching from Center staff

Still recruiting for positions in the community:
American Red Cross
Aspire Education
East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation
Excelsior Action Group
SEEDS Community Resolution Center
Resources for Community Development
STEAM Exploration Lab
As a Bonner Leader you will serve in your specific position for 8-10 hours per week and will also:
Participate in reflective dialogue groups second Tuesday, 6-8pm of every month
Attend one additional Tuesday 6-8pm leadership workshop each month
Network with other student leaders in August and January orientations/retreats
For full information visit or email

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Student Applications to the Student Advisory Council on Undergraduate Education

Call for Student Applications to Join the Student Advisory Council on Undergraduate Education!
Vice Provost Cathy Koshland is seeking students to fill open, two-year positions on the Student Advisory Council on Undergraduate Education (SACUE) beginning Fall 2013, and we would appreciate your assistance in spreading the word about this exciting opportunity!
 The deadline for applications is Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. Applications should be submitted to Monica Garcia in the Office of the Vice Provost at .

We specifically need representation from rising juniors in the following areas:

· College of Chemistry
· College of Environmental Design
· College of Natural Resources
· L&S Biological Sciences
· L&S Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies

Members must be able to attend monthly meetings held one Wednesday per month from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Specific meeting dates and more information about the Council are located at:
To apply, candidates should submit a one page, double-spaced statement expressing interest in the Council and their reasons for applying and a current copy of their resume.

Job Opportunity for Undergraduate Students

Do you believe every child deserves the same chance to succeed? Join Jumpstart in working toward this future. Jumpstart is now hiring UC Berkeley students to work as Corps Members for the upcoming school year. Corps Members work directly in a local preschool classroom, helping children to develop early reading, writing, and social skills.
This position requires that you are eligible for work-study* and available for one of the following time blocks for the entire school year:
i. Tuesday/Thursday 8:00-12:30pm
ii. Tuesday/Thursday 12:30-5:00pm
iii. Wednesday/Friday 8:00-12:30pm
iv. Wednesday/Friday 1:00-5:30pm
Corps Members earn $12/hour AND a $1,175 AmeriCorps Education Award.

Apply now! Visit for more information and to apply. Select "join the corps" at the bottom of the page and choose "apply now" under the "College Student & Community Corps Member" heading.
Questions? Email Alex Aja at
*If you are not eligible for work-study but are still interested, please email Alex Aja.

We hope you decide to join the Corps. The Class of 2032 is counting on you!

New Architecture Startup: Archie, Check it out!

A young web startup ( founded by architecture students, and dedicated to the exchange of ideas, collaboration between students, teachers and architects, and looking for apprenticeships and work opportunities for the users of our site. organizes architecture and design contests for students and young professionals, in order to give them the chance of confronting a design project for themselves. It is good for students to apply what they know to a project that is closer to reality, rather than the theoretical approach which is often far removed from it. The competition will be judged by renowned architects, and rewarded with prize-money.

Furthermore, the website will offer the possibility for students to upload their personal work and portfolio, where architects might see it and offer them placement.
The current competition now involves the rehabilitation or reconstruction of the Barley Market in Madrid, Spain. We think it is an interesting architectonic challenge!
Please find attached further information and poster for the competition, as well as a dossier detailing the initiative.
Link to the Dossier (PDF)
Link to details of the Contest (PDF)
Link to the Contest's Poster (PDF) 

Join the Bonner Leaders AmeriCorps Program and Scholarship!

Join the Bonner Leaders AmeriCorps Program and earn a scholarship for $1,175!
Applications are being accepted on rolling basis

Passionate about Social Justice? Apply to be a Bonner Leader, where you will have the opportunity to work for social justice and gain valuable leadership skills! Bonner leaders in the past have served in a spectrum of fields, working to end homelessness in the Bay Area, helping to end inequities in Berkeley public schools, helping achieve housing justice and immigrant rights for low-income Bay Area residents and assisting low income communities with tax preparation. Bonner Leaders earn a $1175 AmeriCorps Education Award at completion of service!

Visit for details and to apply!

Questions: E-mail

APA's Free Student Membership Enrollment Begins August 23th

Student enrollment for a free year of membership in APA’s Early Career Program begins August 23 and ends September 27. Most of the materials you need to enroll is here.

Who is eligible for a free year of membership?
Every undergraduate and graduate student matriculated for the Fall 2013 semester is eligible, as long as he or she:
-Is a full-time planning student, and
-Is younger than 35 at the time of enrollment, and
-Has never been an APA member.
By agreeing to participate in this program, you also agree to give every eligible student in your program the opportunity to enroll.

Application: APA membership application (PDF). Students may complete this application online, save it, and return it to Susan Hagstrom by e-mail ( They also can print the application, fill it in, and mail or fax it to Susan Hagstrom.
Early Career Program FAQ (PDF)


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Adaptive Metropolis Symposium: User Generated Urbanism September 27-29

The Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning Invite you to the symposium:
'Adaptive Metropolis: User Generated Urbanism'
When: Friday, September 27, 2013- Sunday, September 29, 2013
Where: Wurster Hall, UC Berkeley
Register Today:

The 100th year of landscape architecture at UC Berkeley is a good time not only celebrate the past, but also to think about the future. As a department that has always been committed to the public realm, the symposium Adaptive Metropolis will convene a global community of thinkers and doers to discuss the future of collaborative city-making. The symposium brings together citizens, designers, artists, activists, academics, entrepreneurs, government officials, and policy makers that are conceiving of new ways of building shared urban spaces. In addition to two days of structured debate and discussion, the symposium features keynote addresses by Alfredo Brillembourg, Gil Penalosa, Lisa Gansky, and Steven Johnson.
The symposium will be held on Friday and Saturday September 27 & 28, ending in time for participants to attend the Centennial Dinner. The symposium concludes on Sunday September 29 with a San Francisco urban exploration, led by the Rebar Art & Design Studio. For more information including a list of speakers and a detailed schedule of events, please visit the Adaptive Metropolis website.

New Urban Course in Geography for Undergraduates (GEO 170)

Course Title: Post-Socialist Space (Geography 170)
Instructor: Dr. Melanie Feakins
When: Monday & WEdnesdays 12:30-2:00pm
Location: 145 McCone Hall
Course Description:
The 'Fall of the Wall' in Berlin in 1989 and the USSR break-up in 1991 were events that created unfathomable chaos and inimitable circumstances for transformation of modern developed industrial societies. Using a variety of source materials (books, newspaper articles, academic articles, pictures, media representations, films, policy recommendations, ethnographic accounts) we will examine the changes that have been taking place in East Center Europe and the Former Soviet Union in the post-socialist period. Among the topics dealt with in the class are: territoriality and new citizenship regimes, borders and new forms of exclusion, urban transformations (memory and its destructions, creation of 'real-estate' new forms of intensification/abandonment, international architectural competitions), urban migrations and rural desolations, property privatizations programs and strategies, prostitution, and human tracking.

Course Structure:
We will meet on Monday and Wednesday afternoons for lecture with discussion. Students are expected to complete the readings before the lecture and will assume that students are prepared. We will watch several films in the course and students are responsible for attending when the films will be shown.

Course Evaluation:
There is one mid-term exam, one book review assignment and one final exam. The system is based on 100 points for the entire course. The mid-term, book review, final exam and course participation each constitute a part of the final grade. They contribute to the final assessment as follows:
Midterm Exam 30 points
Book Review   30 points
Final Exam      30 points
Participation    10 points
The exams include short answers and essays. The book review is an essay of 2500-3000 words. Students can choose from among a list of five books. A detailed description of this assignment, including the grading rubric will be distributed in class. The grades given for exams and the book review are final. No exceptions will be made. No special consideration for anyone, regardless of plans for graduate school, GPA needs , etc.
Final Exam: December 20th, 11:30am-2:30pm