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 Stories for April 8, 1998

There’s Something for All at Cal Day
Campus Throws Wide Its Doors for Open House Saturday, April 18

by D. Lyn Hunter, Public Affairs
posted Apr. 8, 1998

The debut of mammoth bones recently discovered in the East Bay and readings by Berkeley’s own award-winning authors are just two of the hundreds of discoveries and presentations featured at Cal Day Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The mammoth bones were unearthed earlier this year at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory by construction workers and may be as old as 400,000 years.

Typically, only fragments of mammoth bones are found, but this specimen includes a nearly complete skull which is rare, according to Mark Goodwin of Berkeley’s Paleontology Museum. The remains will be on display throughout Cal Day in 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building.

Berkeley’s English department also boasts a rare collection – a select group of world-renowned, prize-winning faculty – who will be reading from their literary works between 1 and 3 p.m. in 315 Wheeler Hall.

Presenters include Maxine Hong-Kingston, recently awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Clinton; Thomas Gunn, recipient of a MacArthur Genius Award; Bharati Mukherjee, a National Book Critics Circle Award winner; and Ishmael Reed, one of today’s pre-eminent African-American literary figures.

In addition to readings and displays, campus departments have created a variety of tours, lectures, demonstrations and performances for Cal Day.

Leave the driving to the Institute of Transportation Studies as they demonstrate cars that allow hand- and feet-free driving between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in Memorial Glade, just North of Doe Library.

There’s a whole lotta shakin’ going on at Civil and Environmental Engineering as professors project the impact of a Hayward Fault earthquake on Bay Area bridges . The lecture and video presentation begins at 1 p.m. in 502 Davis Hall.

Icebergs aren’t the only reason the Titanic sank in the murky depths of the Atlantic at the turn of the century.

Find out more from the folks at Materials Science and Mineral Engineering from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Bechtel Engineering Center’s lobby.

For budding writers, famed San Francisco Chronicle columnist Adair Lara explains the art of composing first-person articles that sell, and reads from her work along with students in UC Extension’s Writing Program at 11 a.m. in 4 LeConte.

The speedy strains of “Flight of the Bumble Bee” will buzz from the bells of the Campanile as University Carollonist Geert D’Hollander takes on the famed Rimsky-Korsakov composition at noon. The piece is best heard from Faculty Glade.

Kids can meet the amazing Ant Man, half man and half ant, find out what happens to road kill and discover the amazing mysteries of metamorphosis at the College of Natural Resource’s Bug Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second floor of Wellman Hall.

The young and the young-at-heart will enjoy watching a remote-control helicopter perform search and rescue operations using robotic devices from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hearst Mining Circle.

The more daring can perform their own search-and-rescue maneuvers by rappelling down the South wall of Wheeler Hall under the guidance of Cal’s Army ROTC from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The most current schedule of events is available on the Cal Day web site at Programs will be available on the day of the event at campus entrances. For information, call 642-5215.

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