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UCMP's Cal Day 2014 schedule of events

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The UC Museum of Paleontology's annual Cal Day open house is coming up on Saturday, April 12, 2014, 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 (a new trilobite design, plus old friends T. rex and Smilodon), get your Science@Cal passports stamped, and get free tickets for tours of the UC Museum of Paleontology collections. (Wallace Atrium, 1st floor VLSB)
Curiosities of the Natural World: Feast your eyes upon the bizarre and unusual – discover and unravel twists of nature! The UC Berkeley Natural History Museums and Integrative Biology pair up for this exciting display including live animals, museum specimens, and strange facts. Get your Science@Cal Passport stamped here! A Berkeley Natural History Museums collaboration, with support from the Department of Integrative Biology and UC Press. (VLSB courtyard)
What Is a Fossil?: Can you recognize a fossil when you see one? Learn how fossils form, discover how they differ from modern specimens, and find out how not to be fooled by pseudofossils! (1101 VLSB)   What Is a Fossil? (continued)
The Looy Lab Paleodetectives: In our paleobotany lab, we study how plant communities have responded during periods of major environmental change in the geologic past. Come see how we study the biggest extinction ever (not the dinosaur one), examine leaves from one of the earliest rainforests, and look at fossil pollen that won't make you sneeze. (1101 VLSB)   The Looy Lab Paleodetectives (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.
  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:* Waterlogged Wood on the Seafloor and the Critters that Call it Home (2040 VLSB) ‹ Some of the wood that gets washed into the ocean ends up as driftwood on the beach, but most gets waterlogged and sinks to the bottom of the ocean where a whole plethora of marine organisms take up residence. Let's take a look at some of those organisms, their adaptations for living in/on wood, and their wood-type preferences. Presented by grad student Jenna Judge.
  Lecture:* Why Do Dinosaurs Have such Weird Heads? (2040 VLSB) ‹ It's not just dinosaurs! It's pterosaurs, amphibians, birds, mammals, fishes, and many other kinds of animals, past and present. What explains these strange structures, and how do scientists try to figure out what they were used for? Come for some insight into the real science of weird heads. Presented by Professor Kevin Padian.
  Lecture:* Disco Clams: Lighting up Coral Reefs! (2040 VLSB) › There are lots of interesting animals in the ocean that use light for dramatic displays, but have you ever heard of a flashing clam? One bivalve, Ctenoides ales, has two bright stripes that flash light, leading divers to call it a "disco" clam. We'll explore how this unique display works and try to understand what the flashing is for. Presented by grad student Lindsey Dougherty.
› Can you identify the scientists vs. the impostor? A game of deception, science, and enlightenment. Answer a question and get a free prize! Along the way, meet scientists from Integrative Biology and the Berkeley Natural History Museums. Get your Science@Cal passport stamped here. A Berkeley Natural History Museums collaboration, with support from the Department of Integrative Biology Science in Disguise (2040 VLSB)  

* Indicates lectures cosponsored by the Department of Integrative Biology.

Visit the official Cal Day site.