The Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate of the University of California invites you to attend the 106th Annual Martin Meyerson Faculty Research Lectures.

Alison Gopnik

Professor of Psychology and Affiliate Professor of Philosophy

Life History and Learning: When (and Why) Children Are Better Learners than Both Adults and A.I.

Tuesday, March 19
4—5 p.m.

Free to the public
Chevron Auditorium, International House, 2299 Piedmont Avenue

Alison Gopnik received her B.A. from McGill University and her Ph.D. from Oxford University. She is an internationally recognized leader in the study of cognitive science and of children’s learning and development and was one of the founders of the field of “theory of mind,” an originator of the “theory theory” of children’s development, and, more recently, introduced the idea that probabilistic models and Bayesian inference could be applied to children’s learning. She has held a Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences Fellowship and the Moore Distinguished Scholar fellowship at the California Institute of Technology, among other distinguished postings. She is an elected member of the Society of Experimental Psychologists, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the Cognitive Science Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is the author or coauthor of over 100 journal articles and several books including the bestselling and critically acclaimed The Scientist in the Crib, The Philosophical Baby, and The Gardener and the Carpenter. She has also written widely about cognitive science and psychology for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Science, and other publications.

Jill Banfield

Professor of Earth and Planetary Science, and Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

Mysteries of the Invisible World of Microbes

Tuesday, April 30
4—5 p.m.

Free to the public
Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center.

Jill Banfield is the director of microbial research in the Innovative Genomics Institute and a CZ Biohub investigator. She studies microbial communities and their roles in shaping soil and groundwater biogeochemistry as well as human health. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Australian Academy of Science and the National Academy of Science.

For more information about visiting campus, consult the online campus map. Campus parking information can be found at We suggest the Underhill Structure, located between Haste Street and Channing, near College Ave. You may park in surrounding city and private lots on a first-come, first-served basis, but charges and hours vary.

For information, please call 510.643.1936 or e-mail .