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March 2019 Newsletter

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From the President

Mary Gilliland At AsilomarOur annual Presidents’ Weekend retreat at Asilomar, which was held 15-18 February, is now over, but due to publishing deadlines I had to write this missive prior to the meeting. I’m sure Deirdre Frontczak will have done a superb job of coordinating the event, with presentations to interest every attendee. There is a brief summary on page 7. If you haven’t ever attended one of these retreats, you NEED to come! It is a learning experience like no other, and you’ll meet PBK-NCA members who have come for decades and always say they are taking home so many new ideas (not to mention a few extra pounds from the tasty meals in the Dining Hall). Put it on your 2020 calendar, it’ll be held 14-17 February, so we can celebrate Valentine’s Day, too.
During the year, PBK-NCA hosts visits to remarkable sites around our “neck of the woods,” sign-ups for which are available on our website, PBKNCA.org, and in our newsletter starting on page 2 (ably edited by Ray Hendess, my go-to person for historical information about the Association and all things Internet). While our First Vice President for Programs, Judy Hardardt, is enjoying her “Around-the-World-in-180-Days” cruise, she has recruited O’Neil Dillon to cover the almost-monthly events that PBK-NCA offers throughout the year. He will be happy to receive your payments for excursions (either by check – remember those? – or via the links to PayPal online at PBKNCA.org). Again, all the news you need to know is at PBKNCA.org.
Board members for the 2019-20 year will be elected and installed at the Annual Meeting, to be held at noon on Sunday May 5, 2019 at the Bancroft Hotel in Berkeley. Check the ΦBKNCA website or page 3 of this Newsletter for more information.

I look forward to meeting you at one of our upcoming activities, and I thank you for your continued support of Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association.
Mary Turner Gilliland President 2011-19, Mltg@aol.com
Information about our event enrollment, refund and cancellation policies

Most events can accommodate you and any friends or family you'd like to bring along. Occasionally an event will have a limited enrollment, in which case we may not be able to accommodate more than one member and one guest per enrollment. No refunds; fees will be donated to the scholarship fund program in lieu of a refund. You will not receive written confirmation of your reservation for the events unless you register online. Directions are available from the event websites, Google.com, your GPS, or on the day of the event by calling O’Neil at 510-207-8761.

If you subsequently can’t make an event, others may be waiting. Kindly notify O’Neil Dillon, Programs, cell 510-207-8761, oneilsdillon@gmail.com

How to make reservations

Reservations can now be made online using Paypal or credit card. Quick and easy, no coupons to download and mail, and you get an instant receipt! See the website at www.pbknca.org/events/. Of course, coupons are still available if you want to send a check. No acknowledgements will be sent for coupon reservations.

EVENT - Sunday, March 17, 2019: A Little Bit Of India And Holla Mohalla, San Jose

The Gurdwara Sahib of San Jose is the largest Sikh temple in North America, serving the Sikh and larger community in the Santa Clara Valley.

 Not only will we have a guided tour of the Temple itself, but be able to observe an important Sikh Festival on that day, "Holla Mohalla”. This will be a very crowded and colorful event, like India itself. The festival is a combination of exhibitions of martial arts, poetry and competitions.  The Sikhs have a proud history of militantly resisting, and freeing others from, oppression, and this festival celebrates that history. There will be a 1/2 hour presentation included on what Sikhism is all about by our tour leader.

Service to humanity is an important Sikh tenet and is reflected in Sikh temples being open to all as places of refuge and comfort.  All Sikh Temples have community kitchens (“Langar”), and we will share in a communal meal. For example, the Gurdwara in Old Delhi provides 60,000 meals a day all year round. This particular Gurdwara also provides no-cost medical care as one of their programs in service to the community.

We will need to remove our shoes and have head coverings (scarf, no hats) at one point in the tour.  Plain white head coverings are available for all, but it’s best for women to bring head scarves.

Date-  Sunday March 17, 2019
Deadline for registration - March 15th
Time-  10:00 AM tour starts 10:30 AM. Tour will be 1 1/2 hours
Cost $15
Minimum 10- Maximum 40
Place-  Gurdwara Sahib of San Jose
3636 Murillo Ave., San Jose, CA
Meet outside of entrance to main lobby. Look for PBK sign
Parking info Arrive by 10:00 AM (or earlier) especially for parking close to Temple.  Carpooling advised, as well as studying temple site and parking on satellite image  of Google Maps.
10,000 people attend over the course of a day so it will really be crowded and colorful, like India itself.
Emergency Contact: cell is 510-207-8761 and should be available for unforeseen events (people get lost, arrive late and need direction for shuttle etc, etc,)
Click for Google Directions

Websites: Sikh Gurdwara Sahib - San Jose, CA (Official Website) 
Hola Mohalla · Maptia    
Who are Sikhs? What is Sikhism? | SikhNet


EVENT - Friday, April 26, 2019: Birding As Well As Climate Smart Conservation Science, Petaluma

Conservation Science*First, a guided birding tour of the nearby Petaluma Wetlands area. Binoculars and comfortable shoes recommended
*Then we will go to the nearby headquarters of Pt Blue Conservation Science where Dr. Grant Ballard, Chief Science Officer, will present some of their projects and the role a conservation organization like theirs plays in helping protect our world's biological systems.
*Finally, a light lunch will be served.

A complimentary one year's membership will be available for any member of PBKNCA. 
For those unable to attend, the complimentary membership is available, as well as live streaming of the scientific presentation, via the internet. To get details on logging on, E-mail oneilsdillon@gmail.com Questions are possible for those logged on.

Point Blue Conservation Science, with its 160 scientists, is one of the premier conservation science and climate solution organizations in America. Starting in Marin and the Farallon Islands, it has monitored biological systems in those locations on a 24/7 basis for the last 50 years, building the Keystone Data Set, one of the longest biological databases existing in science. Such “Big Data" are a powerful tool in understanding, and planning for, biological changes in our world. This organization uses science, partnership, and outreach to make a real-world impact on some of the largest environmental challenges we face.

Point Blue Conservation Science has expanded its groundbreaking conservation science projects globally and is an important player in “Climate Smart” conservation science, helping policy-makers address ecological issues (like climate change, habitat loss, sustainable agriculture, carbon sequestration and sea-level rise) facing us today. It was appointed an official UN observer NGO in 2017.

Website https://www.pointblue.org/

Date- Friday, April 26, 2019
for registration- April 24
Time- 9:30AM (birding starts at 10:00 AM, scientific presentation at 11:00 AM)
Cost- $20
Minimum 10- Maximum 80
Place- Point Blue Conservation Science
3820 Cypress Drive, Suite 11, Petaluma, CA 94952

Click for Google Directions


EVENT - Sunday, May 5, 2019: PBKNCA Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon. Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley

Bancroft HotelBancroft Hotel, Berkeley, 12:00 Noon

We have decided to go to a luncheon rather than dinner for several reasons, including cost and the advantages of daytime travel. As you are aware, the annual meeting is the occasion when we celebrate ΦBKNCA’s primary mission—the awarding of Scholarships to deserving scholars and Teaching Excellence awards to professors, fulfilling ΦBKNCA’s objectives of enhancing scholars’ educational and research activities and honoring those who are teaching our next generation.

The “Meeting” portion will consist of election of officers for the 2019-2020 year.

The slate will consist of: Mary Turner Gilliland, President; Judy Hardardt, First Vice President – Programs; Joanne Sandstrom, Second Vice President – Scholarships; Patricia Kenber, Third Vice President – Membership; Duncan Missimer, Treasurer; Susan Jenkins, Corresponding/Recording Secretary.

Nomination Committee shall be Judith Hardardt, Chair; Gerald T. Richards; Maria W. Norall; Elizabeth D. Archambeault.

Bios of all nominees are at https://www.pbknca.org/bios/2018-2019.phi.beta.kappa.pbk.php

Spinach and strawberry salad
Choice of entrée: sautéed chicken breast, halibut, or spring vegetable ragout
Gluten free accompaniments available for each entrée choice
Mango guava cheesecake or chocolate torte
Baskets of sliced vegan breads with sweet cream butter
Beer, wine, and soft drinks are included

Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019
Deadline: April 19, 2019
Time: 12:00 Noon
Cost: $45
Location: Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley
Directions: click here

Street parking is available for free on Sundays. A limited number of handicapped parking spots are available with advance notice.

From the Bancroft Hotel's website:  "we are located across the street from UC Berkeley at 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704. Our phone number is (510) 549-1000.  From Interstate 80, take the University Avenue exit into Berkeley, heading east toward the U.C. campus. At the University, turn right on Oxford Street and then left onto Durant Avenue. Cross Telegraph Avenue, turn left onto College Avenue, and left again onto Bancroft Way.  The Bancroft Hotel is the second building on the left-hand side."

The website, bancrofthotel.com/directions/   includes a decent map showing the hotel's location on Bancroft Way.  A parking structure is across the street from the hotel’s entrance.


EVENT - Friday, June 14, 2019: UC Davis, World leading Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (as well as the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, if you wish)

As the top-ranked global leader in veterinary medicine, the UC Davis Veterinary Hospital treats more than 50,000 patients a year — from dogs and horses to mountain lions and iguanas. Their faculty, staff and students provide attentive and personalized care to each animal, understanding that it is a valued member of a family. Their world-renowned specialists have access to leading-edge equipment and technology, and are equipped to handle 34 clinical specialties. These include 24/7 emergency and critical care, cardiology, internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology,and surgery, among others. 

Our tour will be led by students in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. We will see the world's Number 1 veterinary hospital in full operation. 

See:  https://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/hospital 

 Date-  Friday, June 14, 2019
Time-  Arrive 10:30AM, tour starts 11AM -12:30PM  
Deadline- Thursday, May 23rd.
Limit- 22 
Cost- $10

Location- UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
#1 Garrod Dr., Davis,CA
Parking information to be sent to sign-ups later on
For directions see:  https://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/contact

Shrem MuseumThis is also an opportunity to visit the Manetti Shrem Art Museum at UC Davis, 254 Old Davis Rd, Davis, CA 95616 on your own after our tour.   There is no admission fee.  It is open 12 noon-6 PM on the date of our tour.



See: https://manettishremmuseum.ucdavis.edu/visit  -especially for parking information


EVENT - Sunday, July 21, 2019: Oakland Museum focus on Architecture


Experience OMCA’s remarkable mid-century modernist landmark building with the guidance of the Museum’s expert members of the Council on Architecture. This tour shares with you a few of the highlights of the incredible building, including views of Lake Merritt and downtown Oakland from atop a three-tiered roof garden, and the serene Koi Pond. It is a truly Californian indoor/outdoor landmark.

Built in 1969 with a design by Kevin Roche and landscaping by Dan Kiley, the Museum recently completed a major renovation and expansion project, overseen by San Francisco-based firm Mark Cavagnero Associates, which honors Roche and Kiley’s original vision of a vibrant urban park and public space.

Learn about the social times and urban planning concepts the architects (both structural and landscape) took into consideration when designing the museum, which whose collection is as interesting as the architecture itself. 

Website http://museumca.org/

Meet at Museum ticket desk
Date-  Sunday July 21, 2019
Time 12:30 PM, Tour starts 1 PM.

Limit-  30
Deadline-  Saturday, July 20th
Cost $10 
Place- Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak St, Oakland California

Directions and parking
Parking - The entrance to the parking garage is on Oak Street between 10th and 12th streets. Parking fees are $3 per hour.



Asilomar 2019 33nd Annual Asilomar Conference, the Weekend of February 15 - 18, 2019 in retrospect (sort of)

Our annual Presidents’ Weekend retreat at Asilomar, which was held 15-18 February, is now over, but due to publishing deadlines I had to write this missive prior to the meeting. I’m sure Deirdre Frontczak will have done a superb job of coordinating the event, with presentations to interest every attendee.

See pbknca.org/asilomar/asilomar.2019.speakers.phi.beta.kappa.pbk.php


Shannon Vallor, Ph.D.

 Friday Evening, 7:30 pm. Shannon Vallor, Ph.D.

How to Cultivate Humane Machines – and People


While AI can impede or denature self-cultivation practices, it also has the potential to amplify and sustain them. Humanizing AI can provide reliable feedback channels that foster more honest self-appraisals, build sustainable intellectual habits, and strengthen personal and civic virtues. But... how do we achieve that?


Frederick M. Lawrence, J.D. Saturday Morning, 9:30 am. Frederick M. Lawrence, J.D.

The Nature of the University


To the question of “who is the college?" Chief Justice John Marshall famously answered that the charter of Dartmouth College had created an “artificial immortal being” … and that the university owes its duties to all its constituencies – students, faculty, alumni, staff, and even beyond….


Lynn Cominsky, Ph.D.Saturday Afternoon, 1:30 pm. Lynn Cominsky, Ph.D. (Physics)

Spacetime Symphony: Gravitational Waves from Merging Binaries


The LIGO team that Cominsky supports won a Nobel Prize for Physics in 2017, providing direct evidence of the last major unconfirmed prediction of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Here, she presents an introduction to LIGO, gravitational waves and black holes, also discussing the most recent gravitational wave detection results reported from the LIGO Observatory.


Michael WolfeSaturday Evening, 7:30 pm. Michael Wolfe Writer  / filmmaker

PBS film, The Sultan and the Saint


This documentary explores the historic, high-stakes diplomacy between Malik Al-Kamil, Sultan of Egypt and nephew of Saladin; and Francis of Assisi, wealthy warrior turned preacher, in their 13th-century peace mission seeking an end to the Crusades. 


Steve Hollingsworth     

Sunday Morning, 10:00 am. Steve Hollingworth, M.S. Economics, Grameen Foundation

How can digital technology empower the world’s poorest women?


 A recent report finds that 1.2 billion women in low- and middle-income countries do not use mobile internet and nearly one billion women are unable to access formal financial services of any kind. Grameen Foundation works to close these gaps; in this talk, Hollingworth explains why, and how.


Robert HartwellSunday Evening, 7:30 pm. Robert Hartwell, Ph.D. Music

Mozart and Mythology


It has been 228 years since one of humanity’s greatest geniuses was buried in an unmarked grave on the outskirts of Vienna. Since that time, few figures in history have been so surrounded by myths, half-truths, and sheer nonsense.  Here, Professor Hartwell shares fact, mystery and myth.


Lee PanichMonday Morning, 9:30 am. Lee Panich, Ph.D.

New insights into the lives of Native Californians at Spanish missions


The material evidence offers clues to clandestine activities within the mission estate as well as previously undocumented connections to autonomous communities in the colonial hinterlands. These findings encourage us to rethink the scholarly and popular portrayal of so-called Mission Indians.


PBK Board July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019

Mary Turner Gilliland, President
 Menlo Park, (650) 321-9966, Mltg@aol.com
Judy Hardardt, First Vice President – Programs
 Davis, cell (707) 696-9498, hardardtj@gmail.com
Joanne Sandstrom, Second Vice President – Scholarships
 Oakland, (510) 339-1352, joannes@berkeley.edu
Patricia Kenber, Third Vice President – Membership
 Danville, (925) 838-2296, kenber@sbcglobal.net
Duncan Missimer, Treasurer
 Mountain View, (408) 368-0835, Duncan.missimer@ieee.org
Susan Jenkins, Corresponding and Recording Secretary
 San Jose, (408) 532-6550, sjenkins4@yahoo.com
Deirdre Frontczak, Asilomar Chair
 Santa Rosa, (707) 546-4238, dfrontczak@santarosa.edu
Amanda Sanyal, Chapter Liaison
 Campbell, (650) 520-5419, a_derry@yahoo.com
Ray Hendess, Communications Officer
 Petaluma, (707) 763-2072, Ray@pbknca.org
Narcinda Lerner, Teaching Excellence Chair
 Woodside, (650) 851-0137, nrlernern@netscape.net