At its core, Novum is about the exchange and spread of ideas that change the way we go about our everyday lives. As students, it's easy for us to get lost in the routine of daily living, and not very often do we think about the depth of the world around us. Novum is a chance for like-minded, curious individuals to gather together for a moment in time to hear from some of the greatest minds on campus speak about topics that they are passionate about. This event will be an exciting celebration of knowledge in all forms.
Next Generation Leadership
As students of a leading university and one of the bay area’s greatest centers of knowledge, the University of California, Berkeley is a place where the best and the brightest gather to learn from and teach each other. As students graduate, they become the leaders of their generation. we have gathered a wide variety of some of UC Berkeley’s greatest faculty members to speak about their passion, inspiration, and the next generation. Come see what this generation’s leaders are passionate about and be inspired to become the leaders of the next generation!
Alex Filippenko - Astronomy
Alex Filippenko is a Professor of Astronomy and also the Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Physical Sciences. He joined the faculty in 1986, after receiving his PhD from Caltech in 1984. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, he is one of the world's most highly cited astronomers and has received numerous prizes for his scientific research. He won the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1991, has been voted the “Best Professor” on campus a record 9 times, and was named the National Professor of the Year in 2006. He has produced five astronomy video courses with The Great Courses, coauthored an award-winning textbook, and appears in about 100 TV documentaries. Fun fact: He was featured on askReddit on Pi Day last year, generating over 1000 comments! His next Reddit AMA will be on May 10, 2014.
Bob Berring - Law
Bob Berring is a lecturer in Law at the Boalt Hall School of Law. Berring received his undergraduate degree from Harvard in 1971 and his law degree from University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law in 1974. In 1987 he was awarded UC Berkeley's Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2003 he won the Frederick Charles Hicks Award for contributions to law librarianship. Professor Berring teaches contracts, advanced legal research and courses covering Chinese law. He also regularly teaches an undergraduate course about China for the Legal Studies Department, and offers freshmen seminars about law and cognitive studies.
Gerald Friedland - Computer Science
Dr. Gerald Friedland is the Director of the Audio and Multimedia research at the International Computer Science Institute, a private research lab affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley. He leads a group of multimedia researchers, mostly focussing on acoustic analysis methods for large scale video retrieval. He is currently PI on an IARPA-funded project on video concept detection, a PI on a DARPA project on multimodal grounded learning for robots, a PI on an NSF project on the human accuracy of location estimation, a PI on an industry-funded project on video duplicate detection using acoustic methods, and co-PI on an NSF project on the privacy implications of global inference.
Robert Birgeneau - Former Chancellor
Robert Birgeneau was UC Berkeley’s ninth chancellor serving his term from 2004 to 2013. Chancellor Birgeneau graduated from St. Michael's College School in Toronto. He received a B.S in mathematics in 1963 from St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto Birgeneau received his Ph.D in physics from Yale University in 1966. Birgeneau pioneered the creation of the campus’s Middle Class Access Plan in 2011. Birgeneau led the campus as the state slashed hundreds of millions of dollars from the University of California’s budget. He fought to maintain the quality of education against all odds, while redefining what it means for UC Berkeley to be a public university.
Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas - Cognition Brain and Behavior
Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D., the science director of the Greater Good Science Center, where she oversees the GGSC’s Expanding Gratitude project. She earned her doctorate in Cognition Brain and Behavior at UC Berkeley. Her dissertation used behavioral and neuroscience methods to examine how negative states like fear and aversion influence thinking and decision-making. During her postdoc, Emiliana transitioned to studying pro-social states like love of humanity, compassion, and awe. From there, she served as Associate Director/Senior Scientist at CCARE (the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University), focusing on how compassion benefits health, well-being, and psychosocial functioning. Today, Emiliana’s work spotlights the science that connects health and happiness to social affiliation, caregiving, and collaborative relationships, as she continues to examine the potential for – as well as the benefits of – living a more meaningful life.
Todd Fitch - Economics
Todd Fitch received his MBA from the Berkeley-Columbia MBA Program in 2005 and his BS in Computer Science in 1988. He is currently a Lecturer in the Haas School of Business. Professor Fitch has worked for various startups and large corporations as an engineer and senior manager. He currently holds 26 patents and has over 40 patents pending. He also won the Cheit GSI Award in 2009.
UC Berkeley Azaad is a co-ed competitive Hindi film dance team. Azaad, referring to “independence or freedom”, is excited to bring a fresh, new taste of Bollywood to Berkeley. The team is based on dedication, passion and energy, with the primary goal of creating productions that entertain and motivate audiences to connect with the Bollywood culture. After two years of collegiate competitions, Azaad has been extremely successful and has entertained audiences nationwide. To find more info, check out their Facebook page HERE.
The California Golden Overtones
The California Golden Overtones are a completely student-run musical group on campus. We are a lively group of girls who, with our music, love to spread joy and Cal Spirit. We can be seen performing at Cal football games, at University functions, as well as all over the Bay Area for private events and parties. We have been performing for our favorite fans — Cal students — every Friday at 1 PM in front of Sather Gate for more than 20 years!
For more information, go to our event website: novum.berkeleypbl.com
When & Where
A leading chapter of the largest student business organization, we are UC Berkeley's chapter of Future Business Leaders of America - Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL). We are committed to developing your leadership, communication, and team skills and growing your professional network.
To learn more, visit us at http://www.berkeleypbl.com/