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Friday, October 25, 2019

RAPDP - Intermediate - New Awards

Workshop | October 25 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

Synopsis: An intermediate workshop that details the processes for setting up a newly finalized sponsored award, including interpreting a Notice of Award, and processing a BFS budget upload. Learning Objectives: • Interpret a Phoebe Award Summary and the related Terms & Conditions • Summarize the information a PI needs to know about a new fund • List the steps in setting up a fund for use •...   More >

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Festschrift in Honor of Gordon Rausser

Conference/Symposium | October 24 – 25, 2019 every day | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 College of Natural Resources

Dr. Gordon C. Rausser is the Robert Gordon Sproul Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, in the College of Natural Resources. He is a preeminent agricultural and resource economist whose contributions in academia, government service, business, and public policy are exceptional for their impact around the world. His leadership at Berkeley, including his exemplary...   More >

  RSVP online by October 20.

Sound Waves: Resonances of Virginia Woolf

Colloquium | October 25 | 9:15 a.m.-5 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 France-Berkeley Fund

Friday October 25th, 9:15am-5:00pm and Saturday October 26th, 10:00am-1:30pm
Location: Friday in 3401 Dwinelle Hall and Saturday in 300 Wheeler Hall

Colloquium sponsored by the France Berkeley Fund. Featured speakers include Marie Laniel (Université de Picardie – Jules Verne), Namwali Serpell (University of California, Berkeley), Claire Davison (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle), Anne...   More >

Maneuvering in a World of Great Powers

Conference/Symposium | October 25 | 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Berkeley APEC Study Center (BASC), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In a globalized international political economy, with increasing competition between the US, China and other large powers, medium and small powers must maneuver carefully.

This workshop will specifically focus on the security and economic dimensions of strategic competition including industrial policy, strategic trade, and the financial system.


Essig Brunch Seminar: Entomology - insects, arachnids, and other arthopods

Seminar | October 4 – December 13, 2019 every Friday with exceptions | 10-11 a.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 1101 (UCMP "fishbowl")

 See website for current speaker and topic

 Essig Museum of Entomology

Weekly seminar series focused on insect ecology, evolution, behavior, and other research topics.

Quantum Many-Body Seminar: Classical and quantum walks: analogies and differences and a bouquet of surprises.

Seminar | October 25 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Alberto Grunbaum, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will give an ab-initio description of "Quantum walks" comparing them to classical walks. Both similarities and differences will be stressed.

CDB Seminar: Characterization of steroid hormone importers involved in insect development

Seminar | October 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Naoki Yamanaka, University of California, Riverside

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Aborting America: Eschatology and the National Debt in Tea Party Republicanism: Faculty and Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | October 25 | 12-2 p.m. |  UC Berkeley Campus

 Melinda Cooper, Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney

 The Program in Critical Theory, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Department of History, Department of Sociology, Department of Geography, Berkeley Network for a New Political Economy

This event requires registration. Readings will be emailed two weeks prior to the event. Register online by October 22.

Beginning with the rise of the Tea Party and extending into the Trump era, far-right Republicans have forced a series of debt-ceiling crises and government shutdowns over the alleged federal funding of abortion and birth control. Although perplexing from the point of...   More >

Faculty and Graduate Student Seminar: Aborting America: Eschatology and the National Debt in Tea Party Republicanism

Seminar | October 25 | 12-2 p.m. | 650 Barrows Hall

 Melinda Cooper, Associate Professor, Sociology and Social Policy, The University of Sydney

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Department of History, Department of Sociology, Department of Geography, The Program in Critical Theory, Berkeley Network for a New Political Economy

This seminar will look at the first arguments linking the national debt, deficit spending and abortion in the 1970s and concurrent efforts to undo federal funding of abortion and birth control for low-income women.

 Readings will be emailed two weeks prior to event. Registration opens September 17. Register online by October 22.

Dr. Howard Kipen: Problems with fixing your indoor air quality - Is CO2 more than a greenhouse gas?

Seminar | October 25 | 1-2 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Howard Kipen, MD, MPH, Rutgers School of Public Health

 Environmental Health Sciences Division, Center for Occupational & Environmental Health

Dr. Howard Kipen will summarize health effects attributed to indoor air pollution and how indoor doses of some regulated outdoor pollutants (particularly PM) may exceed outdoor doses. The talk will then consider efficacy and effectiveness of indoor interventions to lower pollutant levels in the developed world. Finally, because elevated levels of indoor carbon dioxide are often a problem...   More >

Managing and Maximizing Your Scholarly Impact

Workshop | October 25 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 309 Sproul Hall

 Rachael Samberg; Timothy Vollmer


This workshop will provide you with practical strategies and tips for promoting your scholarship, increasing your citations, and monitoring your success. You’ll also learn how to understand metrics, use scholarly networking tools, evaluate journals and publishing options, and take advantage of funding opportunities for Open Access scholarship.

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Bartolomeo Stellato — The Voice of Optimization

Seminar | October 25 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 1174 Etcheverry Hall

 Bartolomeo Stellato, MIT Sloan School of Management, Operations Research Center

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: We present a machine learning approach to predict the strategy behind the optimal solution of continuous and mixed-integer convex optimization problems. Using interpretable algorithms such as optimal classification trees we gain insights on the relationship between the problem data and the optimal solution. In this way, optimization is no longer a black-box and practitioners can...   More >

Ground Penetrating Radar for Archaeology

Workshop | October 25 | 2-5 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Scott Byram, Research Associate, Archaeological Research Facility, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

At 1pm the workshop will begin at the UC Faculty Club lawn where subsurface features are being mapped.

 Registration Info: This workshop is open UC affiliated researchers, students, faculty, and staff.

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GSSI 400mhz antenna

Novel Nanotechnology Solutions to Oncology Challenges: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | October 25 | 2-3 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Wenbin Lin, Univ. of Chicago, Chemistry and Radiation & Cellular Oncology

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Liposomal nanoparticles have made important contributions to cancer therapy over the two past decades, but their limited tunability and stability hinder further progress in addressing unmet oncology needs. By harnessing the power of synthetic chemistry and nanotechnology, the Lin group has developed several novel classes of molecular nanomaterials, including nanoscale coordination polymers (NCPs)...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Constructing the Airy Sheet Using Brownian Last Passage Percolation

Seminar | October 25 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Milind Hegde, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will present the recent construction of the Airy sheet by Dauvergne, Ortmann, and Virag. In the first talk we will prove the novel extension of the RSK correspondence at the center of their approach, which relates last passage values in a Brownian environment to last passage values in the environment of the Airy line ensemble. Reference: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1812.00309.pdf

MENA Salon: The Tunisian Elections

Workshop | October 25 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.

On 13 October, Tunisians voted in a runoff in the second presidential elections since nationwide protests forced Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to step down after his twenty-four-year rule. The two frontrunners, legal scholar Kais Saied and businessman Nabil Karoui, were both...   More >

Composition Colloquium: Nicole Mitchell and Josh Kun

Colloquium | October 25 | 3 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room

 Department of Music

The practice of composition is common to most creative and scholarly undertakings. Composition is where artistic or intellectual inspiration runs up against the everyday struggle of making. It comes from the Latin for "putting things together” — com-ponere. It involves questions of unity and linkage, of transition, of beginning, of ending. Many artists struggle (some famously) with the practice....   More >

Roaming in the outskirts of the chemical engineering camp to find sustainable paths

Seminar | October 25 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Magdalena Svanström, Professor, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

 College of Chemistry

In this talk, Professor Magdalena Svanström will share some insight from her work on using environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) and sustainability assessments to guide technology development. Over the years, many of her research activities have been focusing on wastewater and sludge management or biobased production.

Intimate and Accountable Reconfigurations of Social Platforms

Seminar | October 25 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Niloufar Salehi

 Information, School of

How might online spaces be reconfigured against harassment and abuse?

Modeling Human Distraction in the Car Due to Acoustic Annoyances

Seminar | October 25 | 4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Ruzena Bajcsy, UC Berkeley

 Institute of Transportation Studies

UC Berkeley's Ruzena Bajcsy will present Modeling Human Distraction in the Car Due to Acoustic Annoyances at 4 p.m. Oct. 18 at the ITS Transportation Seminar in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Ruzena Bajcsy

Managing Protons and Electrons in Small Molecule Activation

Seminar | October 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Abhishek Dey, School of Chemical Science, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science

 College of Chemistry

Small molecule activation often requires both protons and electrons. This includes chemical transformations key to sustainable energy and environment e.g. reduction of H+, O2, CO2 and N2. Similarly, mono-oxygenation of organic molecules using molecular oxygen, a process often described as the Holy grail of chemistry, requires protons and electrons. Erstwhile mechanistic investigations on...   More >

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: Bertini Theorems over Finite Fields

Seminar | October 25 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Anya Michaelsen, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The Bertini Theorems prove smoothness of the intersection of smooth varieties with generic hyperplanes when working in projective space over infinite fields. However, over a finite field, even the existence of such a hyperplane can fail. Using hypersurfaces instead of hyperplanes, we will state a modified Bertini Theorem for finite fields due to Poonen. We then give a brief intuition for the...   More >

Music Studies Colloquium: AMS Preview III

Colloquium | October 25 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

James Davies (UC Berkeley)
"White Genius, ca. 1817”

Mary Ann Smart (UC Berkeley)
“Leiris at the Opera: Memory, Mishearing, and Materiality in Mid-Century France”

Pre-proposal Writing Workshop: Landscape Analysis

Workshop | October 25 | 6 p.m. | B100 Blum Hall

 The Big Ideas Contest

Big Ideas advisors will walk you through every element that is required in your 3-page pre-proposal application and any answer questions. The workshop will highlight the Landscape Analysis section of the pre-proposal, which is often cited as an area for improvement by Big Ideas judges.

The Future of California’s Nature: Conservation leaders in conversation

Panel Discussion | October 25 | 7-8:15 p.m. | 2060 Valley Life Sciences Building

 David Ackerly, Dean, College of Natural Resources

 Peggy Fiedler, Executive Director, UC Natural Reserve System; Ana M. Alvarez, Deputy General Manager, East Bay Regional Park District


In today’s world of rapidly warming temperatures and rising seas, California’s land stewards are working hard to protect the state’s renowned biodiversity, unique ecosystems, and natural landscapes. Three leading Bay Area scientists discuss their hopes for how science-based land stewardship can ensure a vibrant California for the decades ahead.

Celebrating the Nature of California