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.
We will be giving out Speck iPhone cases to the first 300 attendees!
Dan Garcia is a Senior Lecturer in the Computer Science Division of the EECS Department and joined the faculty in the fall of 2000. Professor Garcia received his PhD and MS in Computer Science from UC Berkeley in 2000 and 1995 respectively. He also received dual BS degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1990. He has won the Information Technology Faculty Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, earned the highest teaching effectiveness ratings in the history of the CS department’s lower division introductory courses.
Terry Johnson has a master’s degree in chemical engineering from MIT in 2000 and currently teaches bioengineering at UC Berkeley. He has taught Biomechanics, Introduction to Bioengineering, Biological Mass Transfer Phenomena and more. Professor Johnson has written a book called How to Defeat Your Own Clone: And Other Tips for Surviving the Biotech Revolution and maintains a column on io9.com called “Ask a Biogeek.” This year, he won the Distinguished Teaching Award. He has also won the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center Science Education Leadership award, the Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Teaching, and several others.
Keiko Yamanaka is a Continuing Lecturer in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. She received her PhD in Sociology from Cornell University. Since the early 1990s, Professor Yamanaka has studied transnational migration and social transformation in central Japan, focusing on communities of Japanese Brazilians and unauthorized Nepalese. She has been investigating feminized migration in Asia, and civil actions by, and on behalf of, migrant workers in East Asian countries. Some of the courses she teaches are “Asian American Women”, “Migration and Multiculturalsim in Asia”, and “Asian Diasporas: History, Citizenship and Identity”.
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.
Stephen Etter is a finance lecturer at the Haas School of Business since 1995. He obtained his Certified Public Accountant from PriceWaterhouse. He received an MBA in 1989 and a BS degree in 1983 from the Haas School of Business. He has received the Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching, Undergraduate Program in 1996; the Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence as GSI Undergraduate Program; and the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award as GSI in 1979. Stephen is a member of Board of Directors for the San Francisco Giants Community Fund and currently serves on the audit committee for the University of California Berkeley Foundation.
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!
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