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UC Berkeley Extension Presents Spring Events on Obama, Biotechnology, Journalism, and More

Free and low-cost lectures, panels, and reading series are open to the public

BERKELEY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 20, 2011 - A panel on the Obama administration, a presentation on venture capital in biotechnology, and a discussion of journalism's future are part of the UC Berkeley Extension spring 2011 events lineup. UC Berkeley Extension presents the following free and low-cost events as part of its mission to bring the educational excellence of the University of California, Berkeley, to the community.

The Business of Biotechnology

Explore the drug development process and the funding trail in biotechnology, from venture capital through initial public offering. Examine how venture capital deals in biotechnology are viewed and what sources of information and funding are available.

February 1, 4–6 pm; UC Berkeley Extension Downtown Center, 425 Market St., San Francisco; Free

Mental Disorders: Understanding the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)

Join Alan F. Schatzberg, 2009–2010 president of the American Psychiatric Association, as he offers professional insight into the latest edition of the DSM. Topics include the historical development of the DSM and how the manual affects patient care. (This event is full, but a waitlist is available.)

February 9, 4–6 pm; UC Berkeley Extension Downtown Center, 425 Market St., San Francisco; Free

Educators Job Fair

Seize this opportunity to meet with educational employers — including school districts, public and private schools, and volunteer organizations — in areas such as ESL, adult and technical education, and educational technology.

March 12, 10 am–1 pm; UC Berkeley Campus; Free preregistration ($5 at the door)

Join a panel of experts for the 30th-Annual Panel on the Presidency, and prepare for a spirited assessment of the Obama administration. Topics include economic and foreign-policy dilemmas, party dynamics, and midterm election results.

March 14, 7:30–9:30 pm; UC Berkeley Campus, 155 Dwinelle Hall; Free

Advancing the Green Economy: Achieving Impact from the Office to the Ecosystem

Discover how businesses are boosting profits and productivity with green products. Learn how to identify the products, partners, and certifications that can help your company achieve measurable positive impacts.

March 17, 6:30–8 pm; UC Berkeley Extension Golden Bear Center, 1995 University Ave., Berkeley; Free

Empowering 21st-Century Teachers and Learners

Get an inside look at the major trends in Web 2.0 — from e-learning to professional development — including important steps that educators, parents, and students can take now to prepare for changes ahead.

April 16, 11 am–12:30 pm; UC Berkeley Campus; Free

Pulitzer Prize winner Steve Fainaru discusses the future of journalism and possible variants of that media-to-be, including whether a newspaper can exist without the paper.

April 26, 7–9 pm; UC Berkeley Extension Golden Bear Center, 1995 University Ave., Berkeley; Free

14th-Annual Student Reading Series

Listen to students in the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Writing share their works of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction.

May 7, 4 pm; Books Inc., 1601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco; Free & May 22, 3 pm; Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Ave., Oakland; Free

Posted: January 2011