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UCMP's Cal Day 2012 schedule of events

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The UC Museum of Paleontology's annual Cal Day open house is coming up on Saturday, April 21, 2012, between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. Find out more about previous UCMP Cal Days. Tours, displays and activities run throughout the day. All UCMP events take place in the Valley Life Sciences building; locations are noted in the schedule below.

Directions to campus and to the building.

9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 1:00 1:30 2:00 2:30 3:00 3:30
Meet T. REX / Science@Cal: Visit T. rex and Pteranodon, buy a museum tee shirt (new Smilodon design!), get your Science@Cal passports stamped, and get free tickets for tours of the UC Museum of Paleontology collections. (Wallace Atrium, 1st floor VLSB)
Recreating Prehistoric Life: The Specimens and the Art: California artist William Gordon Huff maintained a long relationship with UCMP, from the late 1930s through the 1970s, recreating prehistoric life in illustrations, sculptures, and murals. (1101 VLSB)   Recreating Prehistoric Life: The Specimens and the Art (continued)
  Tours of the UCMP Collections: This is your chance to see the museum's extensive collections, normally closed to the public. Tours and tickets are limited. The free tickets, distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the tee shirt table (near the T. rex), go fast so come early! Tours leave at 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30. (Wallace Atrium, 1st floor VLSB)   Tours of the UCMP Collections (continued)
Tours leave at 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30.
Five Fabulous Fossil Tales: See cool fossils and what gives them scientific value — field notes, maps, illustrations, and research. Representatives from the UC Paleontology Museum will be on hand to explain what makes a fossil an important scientific specimen and not just a paperweight. Also, bring your own fossils by the Can You Identify It? table and have experts identify them. A Berkeley Natural History Museums collaboration, with support from the Department of Integrative Biology and UC Press. (VLSB courtyard)
  Fun With Fossils: Experience the thrill of finding fossils of animals millions of years old in this hands-on activity. You may discover Cretaceous microfossils, gar scales, turtle shell … even dinosaur teeth! (3007 VLSB)   Fun With Fossils (second session)  
Lecture:* A New Geological Epoch? The Anthropocene (2040 VLSB) ‹ There is a growing movement to formally define a new geological epoch that recognizes the extensive ways that humans have modified the earth. This talk will explore both the scientific basis and the societal implications of formally designating the time in which we live as the Anthropocene, or Age of Humans. Presented by Professor Tony Barnosky.
  Lecture:* How Dinosaurs Grew — and How We Know (2040 VLSB) ‹ Learn how new investigations inside the bones of dinosaurs are telling us how fast they grew, how long they took to grow up, when they started having kids, and what this means for our understanding of their physiology and evolutionary success! Presented by Professor Kevin Padian.
  Lecture:* Mating Behavior and Development in the Lesser Pacific Striped Octopus, Octopus chierchiae (2040 VLSB) ‹ To better understand Octopus chierchiae, a rare and little known pygmy octopus from Central America, my lab has been studying its mating behavior and development, hoping to devise a method of breeding multiple generations of the octopus in the lab for further behavioral research. Presented by grad student Jenny Hofmeister.

* Indicates lectures cosponsored by the Department of Integrative Biology.

Visit the official Cal Day site.