New Media

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

The Undergraduate Certificate in New Media program emphasizes the critical understanding and practice of new media through interdisciplinary perspectives. The certificate introduces students to the changing new media landscape that is transforming the way we think in the fields of art, technology, the humanities, and social sciences. Our students learn to innovate as they question the impact of new media on the human experience. The certificate program will serve as a pilot and a portal for undergraduate engagement in new media. The certificate is not an official program offered by Undergraduate Education and will not be noted on a student’s transcript.

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Certificate Requirements

Core Class

Students should take a project-based undergraduate seminar at NWMEDIA with learning goals that will include new media theory, new media tools, prototyping, evaluation methods, and collaboration methods. Any NWMEDIA undergraduate course will count towards the core class. Students can also petition the academic committee to have a course that substantially deals with new media that they have taken in another department count towards fulfilling this requirement.

New Media Engagement

Help organize and manage a BCNM conference, lecture, hackathon, or workshop. Students will have the opportunity to interact extensively with new media faculty, and will be immersed in the subject. By petition, students can also have their own new media activities and events on campus count towards this requirement. These applications will be considered by the executive committee.

Choose Option 1 or 2

Option 1: Enroll in a New Media Graduate-Level Course

Students will be challenged to think critically about new media in the graduate-level courses the BCNM offers. They will produce either a design project or a substantial paper depending on the class, showing their thorough appreciation for transformations in new media. Since these courses are intended for graduates, students will need to seek instructor approval to enroll in the class. Currently, the BCNM offers the following graduate courses:

NWMEDIA 200History and Theory of New Media4
NWMEDIA 201Questioning New Media3
NWMEDIA 202New Media Methods3
NWMEDIA C203Critical Making4
NWMEDIA C262Theory and Practice of Tangible User Interfaces4
NWMEDIA C263Technologies for Creativity and Learning3
NWMEDIA C265Interface Aesthetics3
NWMEDIA 290Special Topics in New Media1-4

Option 2: Produce a final project during an independent study on a new media topic

Students may enroll in an independent study with a BCNM faculty member to produce an extended paper or final project on a new media topic of their choice. Topics must be pre-approved by the BCNM Director. The paper should exhibit the student’s thorough command of new media concepts.

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Faculty and Instructors

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Faculty

Pieter Abbeel, Associate Professor. Artificial Intelligence (AI); Control, Intelligent Systems, and Robotics (CIR); Machine Learning.
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Dor Abrahamson, Associate Professor. Mathematics cognition through the lenses of design-based frameworks.
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Ilan Adler, Professor. Financial engineering, optimization theory, combinatorial probability models.
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Alice M. Agogino, Professor. New product development, computer-aided design and databases, theory and methods, intelligent learning systems, information retrieval and data mining, digital libraries, multiobjective and strategic product, nonlinear optimization, probabilistic modeling, supervisory.
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+ Nezar Alsayyad, Professor. Virtual reality, urban history, Architectural history, Middle Eastern Studies, cross-cultural design, cities and cinema, cultural studies of the built environment, environmental design in developing countries, housing and urban development, Islamic architecture and urbanism, traditional dwelling and settlements, urban design and physical planning.
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Charles F. Altieri, Professor. Literature and the visual arts, Wittgenstein, Modern American poetry, Contemporary American poetry, history of aesthetic philosophy.
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William Andrew Atwood, Assistant Professor.

Ruzena Bajcsy, Professor. Artificial Intelligence (AI); Biosystems & Computational Biology (BIO); Control, Intelligent Systems, and Robotics (CIR); Graphics (GR); Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Computer vision; Bridging information technology to humanities and social sciences; Security (SEC).
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Brian A. Barsky, Professor. Computer science, geometric design and modeling, computer graphics, computer aided cornea modeling and visualization, medical imaging, virtual environments for surgical simulation.
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David William Bates, Professor. Enlightenment, early Modern European intellectual history, 20th century European and American intellectual history, history and theory of media and technology, history of political thought.
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Mark Berger, Adjunct Professor. Film studies, film production, film sound.
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Henry Brady, Professor. Comparative politics, public policy, electoral politics, political participation, survey research, program evaluation, statistical methods in the social sciences, social welfare policy, Soviet Union, inequality in America.
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Edmund Campion, Professor. Music, composition, musical application of computer technologies.
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John Canny, Professor. Computer science, activity-based computing, livenotes, mechatronic devices, flexonics.
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Anthony J. Cascardi, Professor. English, comparative literature, literature, Spanish, Portuguese, philosophy, aesthetics, early modern literature, French, Spanish Baroque.
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Coye Cheshire, Associate Professor. Sociology, trust, social media, social psychology, social networks, collective action, social exchange, information exchange, social incentives, reputation, internet research, online research, online dating, online behavior.
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Raveevarn Choksombatchai, Associate Professor.

Galen Cranz, Professor. Architecture, sociology of space, urban parks, Alexander Technique, chairs, ergonomics, somatics, body conscious design, social research methods for architecture and urban design, ethnography, programming, post occupancy evaluation and assessment, sociology of taste, housing for the elderly.
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Trevor Darrell, Professor in Residence. Artificial Intelligence (AI); Control, Intelligent Systems, and Robotics (CIR); Computer Vision.

Whitney Davis, Professor.

Abigail T. De Kosnik, Assistant Professor. New media, performance studies, performance theory, performance, media studies, fan studies, digital culture, social networks, film, television, social media, Internet culture, digital humanities.
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Nicholas de Monchaux, Associate Professor. Architecture, urban design and organization, natural and manmade systems.
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J. Bradford Delong, Professor. Economics, globalization, economic growth, convergence, economics of post WWII Europe.
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Paul Duguid, Adjunct Professor. Trademark, information, communities of practice.
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+ Robin L. Einhorn, Professor. Taxation, United States political history, urban history, nineteenth century.
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Laurent El Ghaoui, Professor. Decision-making under uncertainty, convex optimization, robust solutions, semidefinite programming, exhaustive simulation.
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Harrison Fraker, Professor. Urban design, architecture, environmental design, passive solar, daylighting, sustainable design, sustainable systems, urban design principles, transit oriented neighborhoods.
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Michael Franklin, Professor. Operating Systems & Networking (OSNT), AMPLab.

Jacob Gaboury, Assistant Professor.

Dan Garcia, Professor. Education (EDUC); Computational Game Theory; Graphics (GR).

Deniz Gokturk, Associate Professor.
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Ken Goldberg, Professor. Robotics, art, social media, new media, automation.
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Tom Goldstein, Professor. Journalism, mass communications, writer, reporter, editor.
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Xin Guo, Professor. Financial engineering, industrial engineering and operations, stochastic processes and applications, stochastic control, semi-martingale and filteration expansions, credit risk, (ir)reversible investment.
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Maria-Paz Gutierrez, Assistant Professor. Next-generation building systems, self-regulated facades, biologically inspired technologies, multifunctional materials.
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Bjorn Hartmann, Associate Professor. Human-Computer Interaction (HCI); Graphics (GR); Programming Systems (PS).

Cori Hayden, Associate Professor. Latin America, Mexico, social and cultural anthropology, kinship, anthropology of science, technology, and medicine, post-colonial science, gender, queer studies.
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Marti A. Hearst, Professor. Information retrieval, human-computer interaction, user interfaces, information visualization, web search, search user interfaces, empirical computational linguistics, natural language processing, text mining, social media.
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Richard Koci Hernandez, Assistant Professor.

James Holston, Professor. Citizenship, Brazil, architecture, law, planning, the United States, cities, democracy, political and social anthropology, urban ethnography, the Americas.
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+ Glynda Hull, Professor. Language, culture, society, education, literacy, writing in and out of schools, multi-media technology, new literacies, adult learning, work, and community, school, university collaborations.
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Lisa M. Iwamoto, Professor. Architecture, design, materials research and fabrication.
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Shannon Jackson, Professor. Rhetoric, performance studies, American studies, 20th century art movements and critical theory, local culture and intercultural citizenship in turn-of-the-century United States, history and theory of theatre and performance art.
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Martin E. Jay, Affiliated Professor. Rhetoric, history, Marxist theory, European intellectual history, 19th 20th century, visual discourse and culture.
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Rosemary Joyce, Professor. Latin America, anthropology, gender, archaeology, sexuality, museums, cultural heritage, ethics, Central America, feminism.
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Tony Kaes, Professor. Film studies, modern literature, literary and cultural theory, cinema, interdisciplinary and comparative aspects of Weimar culture, contemporary literature and film, literary theory, theory of cultural studies, film history, film theory, history of cinema.
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Philip M. Kaminsky, Professor. Biotechnology, logistics, distribution, algorithms, planning, optimization, control, manufacturing, semiconductors, scheduling, biomanufacturing, probabilistic methods, production scheduling, supply chain management, operations management, logistic.
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Asma Kazmi, Assistant Professor.

Richard G. Kern, Professor. Literacy, second language acquisition, writing, psycholinguistics, reading, French language, French linguistics, technology and education.
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Kurt Keutzer, Professor. Computer Architecture & Engineering (ARC); Design, Modeling and Analysis (DMA); Scientific Computing (SCI).
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Michel Laguerre, Professor. Globalization, information technology, urban studies.
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Niklaus Largier, Professor. Religion, literature, German, history of medieval and early modern German literature, theology, mysticism, secularism, senses, sensuality, history of emotions, passions, asceticism, flagellation, sexuality.
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Ray Larson, Professor. Information Retrieval system design and evaluation, database management.
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Edward A. Lee, Professor. Embedded Software, Real-Time Systems, Cyber-Physical Systems, Concurrency; Design, Modeling and Analysis (DMA); Programming Systems (PS);Signal Processing (SP).
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+ Dennis K. Lieu, Professor. Actuators, magnetics, acoustics, electromechanical devices, rolling elements, spindle motors, structural mechanics.
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Marcia C. Linn, Professor. Cognitive processes, science, computer instruction.
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Michael Lucey, Professor. Pragmatics, the novel, sexuality studies, comparative literature, French, French literature, nineteenth and twentieth centuries, British literature and culture, social and literary theory, cultural studies of music, studies of language in use, theories of practice, twentieth-century American literature.
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Jabari Mahiri, Professor. Language, culture, society, literacy, literacy learning of urban youth, African American students in schools, writing development, effective teaching, learning strategies in multicultural urban schools and communities.
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Jitendra Malik, Professor. Artificial Intelligence (AI); Biosystems & Computational Biology (BIO); Control, Intelligent Systems, and Robotics (CIR); Graphics (GR); Human-Computer Interaction (HCI); Signal Processing (SP);.
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Tom McEnaney, Assistant Professor.

Peter S. Menell, Professor. Intellectual property, property law, environmental law and policy, entertainment law.
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Russell L. Merritt, Adjunct Professor.

Minoo Moallem, Professor. Transnational and Postcolonial Feminist Studies, cultural studies, Visual and Material Cultures of Religion, Immigration and Diaspora Studies, Middle East Studies, and Iranian Studies.
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Deirdre Mulligan, Associate Professor.

Daniel Neumark, Professor. Physical chemistry, molecular structure and dynamics, spectroscopy and dynamics of transition states, radicals, and clusters, frequency and time-domain techniques, state-resolved photodissociation, photodetachment of negative ion beams.
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Greg Niemeyer, Associate Professor. Art, film studies, digital media installations, photography.
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Alva Noe, Professor. Cognitive science, phenomenology, consciousness, philosophy, theory of perception, theory of art, Wittgenstein, analytic philosophy origins.
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Geoffrey D. Nunberg, Adjunct Professor.

James O'Brien, Professor. Computer graphics, fluid dynamics, computer simulation, physically based animation, finite element simulation, human perception, image forensics, video forensics, computer animation, special effects for film, video game technology, motion capture.
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Daniel C. O'Neill, Associate Professor. Modern Japanese Literature, East Asian Cinema, Global Modernism, visual studies.
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Christos H. Papadimitriou, Professor. Economics, evolution., algorithms, game theory, networks, optimization, complexity.
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Tapan Parikh, Associate Professor. Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), ICTD.

Eric Paulos, Associate Professor.

Mary E. Power, Professor. Freshwater ecology, food webs, trophic dynamics, northern California rivers, watersheds.
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Leigh Raiford, Associate Professor. Social movements, visual culture, memory, photography, African American history and culture.
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Juana Maria Rodriguez, Professor. Sexual politics, LGBTQ communities, Latino issues, women of color feminisms, ethnic studies, queer activism, transgender studies, queer kinship.
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Stuart Russell, Professor. Artificial intelligence, computational biology, algorithms, machine learning, real-time decision-making, probabilistic reasoning.
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Kimiko Ryokai, Associate Professor.

Pamela Samuelson, Professor. Public policy, intellectual property law, new information technologies, traditional legal regimes, information management, copyright, software protection and cyberlaw.
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Mark Sandberg, Professor. Silent film, late nineteenth-century visual culture, theater history, comedy, Scandinavian design, serial television, film historiography, Scandinavian film history, Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian literature, Nordic literary history.
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S. Shankar Sastry, Professor. Computer science, robotics, arial robots, cybersecurity, cyber defense, homeland defense, nonholonomic systems, control of hybrid systems, sensor networks, interactive visualization, robotic telesurgery, rapid prototyping.
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Alexandra Saum Pascual, Assistant Professor.

Annalee Saxenian, Professor. Innovation, information management, entrepreneurship, Silicon Valley, regional economic development, high skilled immigration, Asian development.
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Lee W. Schruben, Professor. Health care systems, simulation, optimization of simulation system response, foundations of simulation modeling, supply chains, experimental designs, biopharmaceuticals, Production.
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Zuo-Jun Shen, Professor. Logistics, supply chain design and management, inventory management, auction mechanism design.
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Ikhlaq Sidhu, Adjunct Professor. Technology management, industrial engineering and operations, technology commerialization, interdisciplinary engineering.
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George A. Starr, Professor. 18th-century English literary, social and intellectual history; prose style; bibliography and textual criticism, literature of California and the west.
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Charis M. Thompson, Professor. Science and technology studies, environmental ethics, feminist theory, reproductive technology, genetics, stem cell and cloning technology, personalized medicine, biodiversity conservation, transnational studies of reproduction and population, ethnography.
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Claire Tomlin, Professor. Control, Intelligent Systems, and Robotics (CIR); Biosystems & Computational Biology (BIO); Control theory; hybrid and embedded systems; biological cell networks.
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Minh-Ha Trinh, Professor. Gender and sexuality, womens studies, rhetoric, feminist postcolonial theory, film theory and production, music composition, ethnomusicology, contemporary critical theory and the arts.
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Neyran Turan, Assistant Professor.

Anne Walsh, Associate Professor. Video, performance, audio, photography, text.

Steven Weber, Professor. Political science, international security, international political economy, information science.
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Kristen Whissel, Professor. Cinema and technological change, computer-generated images and contemporary cinema, digital visual effects, the history and theory of special effects, cinema in transition, American film history, silent American cinema, modernity and early cinema.
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Hertha D. Sweet Wong, Associate Professor. English, American literature, native American literature, autobiography, ethnic American literature.
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Paul K. Wright, Professor. Mechanical and electrical engineering design, 3D-printing, manufacturing, energy systems, wireless sensor networks, sensors/MEMS/NEMS, IT systems, automated manufacturing and inspection.
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Damon R. Young, Assistant Professor.

Avideh Zakhor, Professor. Signal Processing (SP); Artificial Intelligence (AI); Control, Intelligent Systems, and Robotics (CIR); Graphics (GR).
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John Zysman, Professor. Political science, comparative politics, finance, political economy, manufacturing, European and Japanese policy, corporate strategy, Western European politics, post-industrial economy, governments, the politics of industrial change.
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Lecturers

+ Sara Beckman, Senior Lecturer SOE.

Felipe Gutterriez, Lecturer.

Jean P. Retzinger, Lecturer. Environmental communication, particularly agriculture and food issues in advertising, television, film, and digital media.

Jeremy Rue, Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

Penny Dhaemers, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, electronic imaging, 2D and 3D.
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Andrea Disessa, Professor Emeritus. Education, cognition, conceptual development, science education, design of technology for education, computational literacies.
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Jon Else, Professor Emeritus. Directing, history, film, journalism, writing, documentary, producing, cinematography, nuclear weapons.
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Edwin Epstein, Professor Emeritus.

Jerome A. Feldman, Professor Emeritus. Artificial Intelligence (AI); Biosystems & Computational Biology (BIO); Security (SEC); cognitive science.
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Cynthia Gorney, Professor Emeritus. Ethics, law, journalism, writing, reporting the news, profiles.
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+ Ronald Gronsky, Professor Emeritus. Internal structure of materials, engineering applications.
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Gillian P. Hart, Professor Emeritus.

Neil Henry, Professor Emeritus. Race, Africa, urban society, journalism, newspapers, community reporting, journalistic values, foreign reporting, sports, fraud.
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George P. Lakoff, Professor Emeritus. Mathematics, literature, philosophy, cognitive linguistics, the neural theory of language, conceptual systems, conceptual metaphor, syntax-semantics-pragmatics, the application of cognitive linguistics to politics.
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Donlyn Lyndon, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, structure of place, ethical dimensions of design.
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+ Francine R. Masiello, Professor Emeritus. Gender theory, culture, globalization, comparative literature, Spanish, Latin American literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, comparative North and South literatures.
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Donald Mastronarde, Professor Emeritus. Professor of the Graduate School, classics, Greek literature, Greek drama, Greek textual transmission, Greek literary papyrology, Greek palaeography.
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Loren Partridge, Professor Emeritus. Urbanism, architecture, Italian Renaissance painting, sculpture, Rome, Florence, Venice, Italian courts, churches, palaces, villas, fresco decoration.
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David A. Patterson, Professor Emeritus. Computer Architecture & Engineering (ARC), Computer Architecture and Systems: Parallel Computing performance, correctness, productivity;Biosystems & Computational Biology (BIO), Cancer tumor genomics; Operating Systems & Networking (OSNT).
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Jean Pierre Protzen, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, design, planning, the logics of design, and construction principles of ancient civilizations, pre-columbian South America, architecture and construction, Tiwanaku in Bolivia, Tambo Colorado in Peru.
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Zak Sabry, Professor Emeritus. Public health, health and social behavior, health policy and management, public health nutrition.
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Carlo H. Sequin, Professor Emeritus. Geometric modeling, Artistic geometry, Mathematical visualizations.; Graphics (GR); Human-Computer Interaction (HCI); CAD tools.

Pablo Spiller, Professor Emeritus.

Barrie Thorne, Professor Emeritus. Feminist theory, gender theory, ethnography, qualitative methods, sociology, women, sociology of gender, sociology of age relations.
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Ruth Tringham, Professor Emeritus. Archaeology, Central European, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Anatolian prehistory, early agriculturalists, neolithic, bronze age, prehistoric architecture, household archaeology, feminist practice of archaeology, multimedia (hypermedia).
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Nancy A. Van House, Professor Emeritus. Digital libraries, science, information management, technology studies, knowledge communities, user needs, information tools, artifacts, participation of users.
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+ Linda Williams, Professor Emeritus. New media, film theory, pornography, melodrama, sex in cinema, popular genres, surrealist cinema, serial television.
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Contact Information

Center for New Media

426 Sutardja Dai Hall

Phone: 510-495-3505

info.bcnm@berkeley.edu

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Director

Nicholas de Monchaux (Architecture)

416 Sutardja Dai Hall

demonchaux@berkeley.edu

Program Manager

Lara Wolfe

426 Sutardja Dai Hall

Phone: 510-495-3505

lara@berkeley.edu

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