<< Week of February 12 >>

Monday, February 13, 2017

Interactive Learning

Workshop | February 13 – 17, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

Interactive learning is a modern machine learning paradigm of significant practical and theoretical interest, where the algorithm and the domain expert engage in a two-way dialog to facilitate more accurate learning from less data compared to the classical approach of passively observing labeled data. This workshop will explore several topics related to interactive learning broadly defined,...   More >

Love Your Data Week 2017

Conference/Symposium | February 13 – 16, 2017 every day with exceptions | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The University Library and Research Data Management will host a set of events February 13-17 as a part of the Love Your Data Week campaign to encourage and teach researchers how to manage, secure, publish, and license their data. Graduate students, researchers, librarians, and data specialists are invited to attend these events and learn about multiple data services that the university campus...   More >

The Future of Collective Innovation

Seminar | February 13 | 11 a.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Elizabeth Gerber, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Design and Faculty Founder, Design for America; McCormick School of Engineering; Northwestern University

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Socio-technical infrastructure offers remarkable opportunities for improving innovation and the global economy by engaging geographically distributed and diverse individuals to identify, ideate, and implement new ideas, expanding the sources of innovation beyond the formal organization. But it is also possible that collective innovation will fail to achieve its potential by becoming increasingly...   More >

Love Your Data Week 2017

Conference/Symposium | February 13 – 16, 2017 every day | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The University Library and Research Data Management will host a set of events February 13-17 as a part of the Love Your Data Week campaign to encourage and teach researchers how to manage, secure, publish, and license their data. Graduate students, researchers, librarians, and data specialists are invited to attend these events and learn about multiple data services that the university campus...   More >

Building a Platform for Machine Intelligence

Seminar | February 13 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Amir Khosrowshahi, Intel Corporation

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Deep learning is now state-of-the-art across a wide variety of machine learning domains including speech, video, and text. Nervana is a startup providing deep learning as a platform. Nervana’s core technology is a novel processor architecture for deep learning providing an enabling increase in speed, scale, and efficiency. I will talk about some of our engineering and early efforts in working on...   More >

Dialogues

Colloquium | February 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 127 Dwinelle Hall

 Center for Teaching and Learning

To enhance the value and visibility of teaching-focused discourse on the Berkeley campus, CTL presents Dialogues.
The 2016-17 Dialogues colloquium series is focusing on "Teaching Evaluations and Feedback Mechanisms". This year's faculty curators are: Claire Kremen, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; John Wallace, East Asian Languages and Cultures; Oliver O'Reilly, Mechanical...   More >

Fake News, or Real Science, a Perspective from NPR Science Correspondent, Joe Palca

Seminar | February 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Joe Palca, National Public Radio (NPR)

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

CLEAR, a grad student and postdoc group, intermittently sponsors roundtables on contemporary topics to raise awareness and encourage activism. This next one features National Public Radio’s science correspondent, Joe Palca, who will address, among other things, the current topic of fake news. CLEAR members feel this is a topic we all need to think about. Serious challenges to fact-based decision...   More >

Joe Palca

Combinatorics Seminar: Sequences: random, structured or something in between?

Seminar | February 13 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Fan Chung, UCSD

 Department of Mathematics

There are many fundamental problems concerning sequences that arise in many areas of mathematics and computation. Typical problems include finding or avoiding patterns; testing or validating various `random-like' behavior; analyzing or comparing different statistics, etc. In this talk, we will examine various notions of regularity or irregularity for sequences and mention numerous open problems.

Landscape Future: The Uncanny Effects of New Media

Panel Discussion | February 13 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 170 Wurster Hall

 Geoff Manaugh, University of Southern California Libraries; Nicholas de Monchaux, Berkeley Center for New Media

 Center for New Media

Geoff Manaugh is author of the New York Times-bestselling book A Burglar's Guide to the City (2016), currently under development for television by CBS Studios. He is currently co-authoring a book, with science writer Nicola Twilley, on the history and future of quarantine. Manaugh has curated exhibitions at the Nevada Museum of Art, Storefront for Art and Architecture, and USC Libraries,...   More >

String-Math Seminar: Limit shapes and fluctuations in dimer models

Seminar | February 13 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Nikolai Reshetikhin, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

TBA

Seminar 211, Economic History: No Meeting

Seminar | February 13 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Department of Economics

PF Student Seminar:

Seminar | February 13 | 2-4 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Evan Rose; Ludvig Wier

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Interdisciplinary Cognitive Science/Computational Cognition

Colloquium | February 13 | 3 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Judith Degen

 Department of Psychology

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Conditional Bi-Free Independence

Seminar | February 13 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Paul Skoufranis, York University, Canada

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, we discuss the recent extension of the notion of bi-free independence to two-state systems. This so called conditional bi-free independence enables one to keep track of more information pertaining to the actions of the left and right regular representations on reduced free product spaces thereby permitting a greater number of non-commutative probabilities to be modeled. The focus of...   More >

ESPM Freshwater Ecology Seminar Series - Albert Ruhi

Seminar | February 13 | 3-4 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall

 Albert Ruhi, Postdoctoral Fellow, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

"Dynamics and Conservation of Freshwater Communities in the Face of Novel Disturbance Regimes"

Ian Heywood (CSIRO): ASKAP Commissioning and Early Science

Seminar | February 13 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

 Ian Heywood, CSIRO

 Radio Astronomy Lab

The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) is a 36-dish radio interferometer located in Western Australia. ASKAP is a fast survey telescope with novel phased array feed receivers that allow 36 simultaneous beams, resulting in an instantaneous field of view of 30 square degrees. An Early Science program using 12 dishes began in late 2016, in parallel to on-going commissioning and...   More >

Lee Fleming - Innovative search as exploration vs. exploitation

Seminar | February 13 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Lee Fleming, University of California Berkeley

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Professor Lee Fleming's work investigates how mobility influences creative output, innovative search strategy drives firm performance, non-competes change labor mobility and entrepreneurship, and crowdfunding might reduce regional inequality.

Student Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Points, lines, planes, etc

Seminar | February 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Chris Eur, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We present a recent proof by June Huh and Botong Wang of the Dowling-Wilson conjecture, a classical enumeration problem in projective space which originated from de Bruijn and Erdös. We define the Mobius ring and the Chow ring associated to a configuration of points in \(\mathbb P ^ n\) and discuss one can deduce the conjecture from the classical Hard Lefschetz theorem by walking along...   More >

IB SEMINAR: Neural circuitry for context-dependent behavior and learning

Seminar | February 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Kishore Kuchibhotla, NYU School of Medicine

 Department of Integrative Biology

BLISS Seminar: Active Ranking from Pairwise Comparisons

Seminar | February 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Reinhard Heckel, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We consider sequential or active ranking of a set of n items based on noisy pairwise comparisons. Items are ranked according to the probability that a given item beats a randomly chosen item, and ranking refers to partitioning the items into sets of pre-specified sizes according to their scores. This notion of ranking includes as special cases the identification of the top-k items and the total...   More >

Staging Internationalism: Documentary and Translation in Roar, China! and The Red Poppy

Colloquium | February 13 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Edward Tyerman, Term Assistant Professor, Slavic Department, Barnard College

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

The fourth lecture in the Spring 2017 Slavic Colloquium series.

Towards New Systems for Mobile/Cloud Applications

Seminar | February 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Irene Zhang, University of Washington

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will present three systems designed to tackle the challenges of mobile/cloud applications: Sapphire, Diamond and TAPIR. These systems represent a first step towards better end-to-end support for mobile/cloud applications in runtime management, data management, and distributed transactional storage. Together, they significantly simplify the development of new mobile/cloud applications.

Seminar 271, Development: Anonymity or Distance? Experimental Evidence on Obstacles to Youth Employment Opportunities

Seminar | February 13 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Marcel Fafchamps, Stanford

 Department of Economics

Analysis and PDE Seminar: On the small eigenvalues of the Witten Laplacian.

Seminar | February 13 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Laurent Michel, Stanford and Université Nice

 Department of Mathematics

The Witten Laplacian, introduced (by E. Witten) in the early 80’s to give an analytic proof of the Morse inequalities, also models the dynamics of the over-damped Langevin equation. The understanding of the so-called metastable states goes through the description of its small eigenvalues. The first result in this direction was obtained in 2004 (Bovier-Gayrard-Klein, Helffer-Klein-Nier) under...   More >

[Physics Colloquium] Particle Physics Beyond Colliders

Seminar | February 13 | 4:15-5 p.m. | LeConte Hall, Lecture Hall 1

 Asimina Arvanitaki, Professor, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

 Department of Physics

When we think about Particle physics the first thing that comes to mind is colliders and high energies. Recently there have been several proposals of low-energy precision experiments that can also look for new particles, new forces, and the Dark Matter of the Universe in a way that is complementary to collider searches. In this talk, I propose two different experiments that search for a type of...   More >

Standing Rock Teach-In and Public Comment Workshop

Workshop | February 13 | 6-7:30 p.m. | B100 Blum Hall

 Berkeley Water Group

In this meeting, we will be discussing Trump’s executive order on the Dakota Access XL pipeline followed by a public comment workshop. Come check it out if you want updates on the ramifications of the executive order followed by a workshop on how to write an effective public comment. While the Army Corps of Engineers has closed the public comment period early, we will still write our...   More >

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Interactive Learning

Workshop | February 13 – 17, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

Interactive learning is a modern machine learning paradigm of significant practical and theoretical interest, where the algorithm and the domain expert engage in a two-way dialog to facilitate more accurate learning from less data compared to the classical approach of passively observing labeled data. This workshop will explore several topics related to interactive learning broadly defined,...   More >

The Evolution of New Species: Interview with Katya Mack, Department of Integrative Biology

Seminar | February 14 | 9-9:30 a.m. | Barrows Hall, Radio broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7FM

 Katya Mack, PhD Candidate, Department of Integrative Biology; Tesla Monson, PhD Candidate, Department of Integrative Biology

 KALX 90.7FM

The Graduates is back with new episodes for the spring semester! Join us as we speak with Katya Mack about her research on the molecular processes that lead to the evolution of new mammal species. The Graduates, highlighting graduate student research at Berkeley and around the world, is broadcast every other Tuesday at 9AM on KALX 90.7FM and on the web.

Katya Mack at Cal Day (photo by C. Conroy)

Artificial photosynthesis: from nano to microbes

Seminar | February 14 | 10-11 a.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Chong Liu, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

 College of Chemistry

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Impact Investing

Seminar | February 14 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Adair Morse, UC Berkeley

 Center for Risk Management Research

Abstract:
We study investments in impact funds, defined as venture capital or growth equity funds with dual objectives of generating financial returns and positive externalities. Being an impact fund elevates a fund’s marginal investment rate by 14.1% relative to a traditional VC fund, even more for funds focused on environmental, poverty, and minority/women issues.

Love Your Data Week 2017

Conference/Symposium | February 13 – 16, 2017 every day with exceptions | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The University Library and Research Data Management will host a set of events February 13-17 as a part of the Love Your Data Week campaign to encourage and teach researchers how to manage, secure, publish, and license their data. Graduate students, researchers, librarians, and data specialists are invited to attend these events and learn about multiple data services that the university campus...   More >

Novartis Lecture in Organic Chemistry: Design and Evolution of New Biocatalysts for Enantioselective Synthesis

Seminar | February 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Nick Turner, Department of Chemistry, University of Manchester

 College of Chemistry

This lecture will describe recent work from our laboratory aimed at developing new biocatalysts for enantioselective organic synthesis, with a particular emphasis on the design of in vitro and in vivo cascade processes for generating chiral pharmaceutical building blocks. By applying the principles of ‘biocatalytic retrosynthesis’ we have shown that is now increasingly possible to design new...   More >

UCMP Fossil Coffee

Seminar | February 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 1101 (UCMP Fishbowl)

 Daniel Stolper, EPS, Berkeley

 Museum of Paleontology

Securing Research Data

Workshop | February 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Doe Library, BIDS (rm. 190)

 Chris Hoffman, Research Data Management

 Research Data Management

Across campus, researchers face an increasingly complex set of requirements to protect their research data. While many researchers have developed innovative approaches to accomplish their research, others encounter significant obstacles. Campus support and guidance for research on these kinds of data sets is uneven at best.

Join us in this Love Your Data week discussion, in which researchers...   More >

Love Your Data Week 2017

Conference/Symposium | February 13 – 16, 2017 every day | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The University Library and Research Data Management will host a set of events February 13-17 as a part of the Love Your Data Week campaign to encourage and teach researchers how to manage, secure, publish, and license their data. Graduate students, researchers, librarians, and data specialists are invited to attend these events and learn about multiple data services that the university campus...   More >

Institutional trust, identity, and compliance in post-Ebola Guinea

Colloquium | February 14 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Allison Grossman, PhD Student, Political Science

 Center for African Studies

One of the Center for African Studies weekly sessions in our Spring 2017 Colloquium Series.

Allison Grossman

Development Lunch:"Topic Forthcoming"

Seminar | February 14 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Adina Rom

 Department of Economics, CEGA

From Resource to Price: The Case of the Italian Electricity Network and Market

Seminar | February 14 | 1-2 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 (Banatao Auditorium)

 Anna Creti, Université Paris Dauphine

 Siebel Energy Institute

This talk investigates the impact of renewable production on congestion using a unique database on the Italian Power Market, where zonal pricing is in place. As part of her involvement with the Siebel Energy Institute, Professor Anna Creti will present research that estimates two econometric models.

Anna Creti

Ambivalent Kinship and the Production of Wellbeing: the Social Dynamics of Health Among Women in Indian Slums

Colloquium | February 14 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Claire Snell-Rood, Assistant Professor, Health and Social Behavior, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley

 Center for Ethnographic Research, Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

This ethnographic approach re-appraises the social scientific and health literature on patron-client relationships, social support, and family exchange, while introducing a new social lens to approach wellness.

http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520284821

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Entangled multilinear forms and applications

Seminar | February 14 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Polona Durcik, University of Bonn

 Department of Mathematics

We discuss $L^p$ estimates for some multilinear singular integral forms and their applications to sharp quantitative norm convergence of ergodic averages with respect to two commuting transformations, quantitative cancellation estimates for the simplex Hilbert transform, and a question on side lengths of corners in dense subsets of the Euclidean space.

3-Manifold Seminar: Chromatic and Temperley-Lieb algebras

Seminar | February 14 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I'll discuss the chromatic algebra introduced by Fendley-Krushkal and its relation with the Temperley-Lieb algebra. We'll use this relation to understand the behavior of the chromatic algebra at special values, the Beraha numbers, leading to Tutte's golden identity.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: Isotonian Algebras

Seminar | February 14 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Mina Bigdeli, MSRI

 Department of Mathematics

To a pair P and Q of finite posets we attach the toric ring K[P, Q] whose generators are in bijection to the isotone maps from P to Q. This class of algebras, called isotonian, are natural generalizations of the so-called Hibi rings.

In this talk we introduce isotonian algebras and then state their Krull dimension. We discuss particular classes of posets P and Q for which the toric ring K[P,...   More >

Machine Learning with Neural Networks Using Keras.io: The Hacker Within

Workshop | February 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

This Week's The Hacker Within

Topic: Machine Learning with Neural Networks Using Keras.io

http://thehackerwithin.github.io/berkeley/

This is a weekly meeting for sharing skills and best practices for scientific computation.

Introduction to LaTeX using Collaboration Tools

Workshop | February 14 | 4-5 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Kresge Engineering Library 110 MD

 Anna Sackmann, Kresge Engineering Library

 Library

This workshop is an introduction to the LaTeX typesetting language. Document structure, templates, and commonly used syntax will be introduced and practiced during this hands-on workshop. Additionally, attendees will learn about the benefits of Overleaf and ShareLaTeX, two online LaTeX collaboration tools that the Library is piloting. This is a hands-on workshop - please bring a laptop (the...   More >

  RSVP online

Light, Electrons, Protons: Lessons from Model Systems and Potentials for Photocatalysis

Seminar | February 14 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Jahan Dawlaty, Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California

 College of Chemistry

The inspiration for this talk comes from the photoelectrochemical
interface, which is a place rich with unknowns and unrealized
potentials. Electrons are excited by light either in the electrode or in the adsorbed molecules, charges traverse the electrode-electrolyte interface, protons flow from the bulk to complete redox reactions, and interfacial electric fields develop to balance chemical...   More >

Design Field Notes: Aaron Marcus

Seminar | February 14 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Aaron Marcus

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Aaron Marcus, a pioneer in computer-based graphic design, will share insights at the Jacobs Institute.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: Real Rank Two Geometry

Seminar | February 14 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Anna Seigal, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A tensor is real rank two if it can be written as a sum of two real outer products of vectors. Similarly, the real rank two locus of an algebraic variety is the union of all secant lines spanned by real points. We seek a semi-algebraic description of this set and its boundary. Our study of Segre and Veronese varieties yields a characterization of tensors of real rank two. We also examine the real...   More >

EPMS Weekly Seminar

Seminar | November 1, 2016 – December 5, 2017 every Tuesday | 5:10-6 p.m. | 212 O'Brien Hall

 Engineering and Project Management Society

Each week the Engineering and Project Management Society brings in a speaker to talk about topics related to construction and project management. Light refreshments will be provided.

Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at...   More >

Sustain U: Green Up Your Life

Course | January 31 – April 25, 2017 every Tuesday with exceptions | 6:30-8 p.m. | 228 Dwinelle Hall

 Sharon Chen; Mary Thomasmeyer

 Student Environmental Resource Center

This course, presented by the Student Environmental Resource Center, is meant to introduce sustainability as a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary concept embodying business, economics, public health, engineering, and ethnic studies, as well as its real practical applications in students’ lives.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Interactive Learning

Workshop | February 13 – 17, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

Interactive learning is a modern machine learning paradigm of significant practical and theoretical interest, where the algorithm and the domain expert engage in a two-way dialog to facilitate more accurate learning from less data compared to the classical approach of passively observing labeled data. This workshop will explore several topics related to interactive learning broadly defined,...   More >

RDM Tools and Tips: Box and Drive

Workshop | February 15 | 10:30-11:45 a.m. | Doe Library, BIDS (rm. 190)

 Anna Sackmann, Library; Rick Jaffe, Research IT

 Library

Learn the best practices for using Box and bDrive to manage documents, files and other digital assets. The presenters will address:

The personal use of both tools.
The collaborative use of both tools (including control permissions, special purpose accounts, pushing and retrieving files).
How to utilize the various desktop applications that accompany Box and Drive.
Refreshments provided by...   More >

Love Your Data Week 2017

Conference/Symposium | February 13 – 16, 2017 every day with exceptions | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The University Library and Research Data Management will host a set of events February 13-17 as a part of the Love Your Data Week campaign to encourage and teach researchers how to manage, secure, publish, and license their data. Graduate students, researchers, librarians, and data specialists are invited to attend these events and learn about multiple data services that the university campus...   More >

Matrix Computations and Scientific Computing Seminar: Acorn Magic: How linear algebra solves optimization problems nonlinearly and why do it?

Seminar | February 15 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall

 Martin Lee, MediaX, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

Recently, the speaker discovered a way to use matrix algebra to solve a set of nonlinear equations by first transforming them into an equivalent matrix equation and then finding the solutions analytically in terms of the elements of the inverse matrix of this equation. With the newly developed ACORN (an adaptive constrained optimal robust nonlinear) algorithm, it is possible to minimize an...   More >

Love Your Data Week 2017

Conference/Symposium | February 13 – 16, 2017 every day | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The University Library and Research Data Management will host a set of events February 13-17 as a part of the Love Your Data Week campaign to encourage and teach researchers how to manage, secure, publish, and license their data. Graduate students, researchers, librarians, and data specialists are invited to attend these events and learn about multiple data services that the university campus...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Underground signaling networks"

Seminar | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Philip Benfey, Duke University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Dr. Lidstrom is a Professor of Microbiology and holds the Frank Jungers Chair of Engineering, in the Department of Chemical Engineering, at the University of Washington, Seattle. She received her B.S. in Microbiology from Oregon State University. After receiving her M.S. and Ph.D. in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Lidstrom conducted work as a Leverhulme postdoctoral Fellow in...   More >

Philip Benfey

Quality Assurance Program for Higher Education Pedagogy

Seminar | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio, Dwinelle 117

 Michael O'Hare, Professor of Public Policy, Goldman School of Public Policy

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

Join us for a presentation from Michael O'Hare, Professor of Public Policy, on a Quality Assurance Program for Higher Education Pedagogy. Modern quality assurance for manufacturing and service industries, for academic research, and for affectively-dense and craft-skill- dependent professions like the arts and medicine, share a few core principles:

-Measure everything, and learn from...   More >

 No RSVP required

Michael O'Hare

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Walt Koenig "The California Acorn Report: The Behavioral Ecology of California Oaks"

Seminar | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Walt Koenig

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist...   More >

BioE Seminar: “Endless forms most beautiful: How physics shapes life - starfish larvae, swimming parasites and other musings in science”

Seminar | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Manu Prakash, Stanford University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Spring 2017 Seminar Series
Wednesday, February 15
12noon - 1:00pm
290 Hearst Mining Building

Manu Prakash
Assistant Professor of Bioengineering
Stanford University

Taking A Pass: How Jobs Stay Gender-Segregated: IRLE Spring Seminar Series

Seminar | February 15 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director's Room

 Ming Leung, Assistant Professor, Haas School of Business

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment

Jobs are notoriously gender-segregated. But examinations of companies’ hiring data often don’t show a female disadvantage, even for male-dominated jobs. Many audit studies, on the other hand, do. This discrepancy can be partially explained by accounting for “failed searches” – cases when employers decide not to hire anyone from the applicant pool they receive. Professor Leung presents research...   More >

  RSVP by emailing Charlotte Rutty at charlotterutty@berkeley.edu

Cellular and circuit mechanisms of neuropeptide signaling

Seminar | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Jennifer Garrison**, Buck Institute for Research on Aging

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Local context and the effectiveness of health systems decentralization in rural Honduras: Evidence for improved child health?: Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | February 15 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Elisabeth Root, Associate Professor, Geography, Ohio State University

 Population Science, Department of Demography

A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.

Polluting Black Space

Colloquium | February 15 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Courtney Bonam, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, Chicago

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Physical space has been and remains a tool for maintaining racial hierarchy, resulting in a range of different kinds of physical spaces being imbued with racial meaning (e.g., Black inner-cities, White suburbs). Accordingly, racial stereotype content extends beyond personal attributes to physical space characteristics (e.g., Black areas are impoverished, White areas are wealthy). The mere...   More >

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | February 15 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 370 University Hall

 Jason Smith, UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health, & Safety

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This session briefly covers the UC Berkeley specific radiation safety information you will need to start work.​ In addition, dosimeter will be issued, if required.

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Expanding maps on manifolds

Seminar | February 15 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Wouter van Limbeek, University of Michigan

 Department of Mathematics

Suppose M is a manifold that covers itself nontrivially. What can we say about M? In general this is a difficult question. In this talk we will consider this problem with the further dynamical assumption that the map is expanding (with respect to some auxiliary metric). These maps have been completely classified (by combined work of Shub, Franks, and Gromov): Any closed manifold that admits an...   More >

Thresholds for contagious sets in random graphs

Seminar | February 15 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Brett Kolesnik, Univ of British Columbia

 Department of Statistics

Bootstrap percolation with threshold r on a graph G evolves as follows: initially some of its vertices are infected, and then any vertex with at least r infected neighbors becomes infected. On the Erdos–Renyi graph G(n,p) we identify the sharp threshold for p above which there is with high probability a set of size r whose infection results in the entire infection of the graph. Joint work with...   More >

Virtual water 'flows' in space and time

Colloquium | February 15 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Dr. Paolo D'odorico, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management

 Department of Geography

Number Theory Seminar: Rational comparisons between p-adic cohomology theories

Seminar | February 15 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Alex Carney, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Gilman Scholarship Application Workshop

Presentation | February 15 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Stephens Lounge

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Are you a Pell Grant recipient and U.S. citizen who is planning to study and/or intern abroad? Attend the Gilman Scholarship Application Workshop and learn about the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, a federal scholarship which funds up to $5,000 towards a study abroad experience.

The Gilman Scholarship Application Workshop will review scholarship and eligibility requirements,...   More >

EECS Colloquium: Adding “Human-Like” Sensing and Intelligence to Devices and Machines

Colloquium | February 15 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Achin Bhowmik, VP/General Manager, Perceptual Computing Group, Intel

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

With recent advances in natural sensing and perceptual computing technologies, devices and machines are increasingly being endowed with the abilities to “sense”, “understand”, and “interact” with us and the physical world. This seminar will present the Intel® RealSenseTM Technology, and demonstrate a new class of applications based on real-time 3D-sensing and visual intelligence, including...   More >

ERG Colloquium: Paul Baer Retrospective: The Global Climate Equity Challenge, as Refracted Through the Work of Paul Baer

Colloquium | February 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Tom Athanasiou, Director, EcoEquity

 Energy and Resources Group

This special ERG colloquium will celebrate the work of ERG alumnus Paul Baer who passed away on September 6, 2016. Paul was a strong force as an activist scholar and interdisciplinary researcher. He was a leading thinker on how to determine the fair and equitable obligation of each country under UN climate agreements, and a compelling voice bringing this work into the UN climate negotiations....   More >

Efficient subsampling for linear regression under label budget

Seminar | February 15 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Aarti Singh, Machine Learning Department, Carnegie Mellon University

 Department of Statistics

We investigate statistical aspects of subsampling for large-scale linear regression under label budget constraints. In many applications, we have access to large datasets (such as healthcare records, database of building profiles, and visual stimuli), but the corresponding labels (such as customer satisfaction, energy usage, and brain response, respectively) are hard to obtain. We derive...   More >

Seminar 291, Departmental Seminar: "High Frequency Identification of Monetary Non-Neutrality: The Information Effect"

Seminar | February 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Emi Nakamura, Columbia Business School

 Department of Economics

Joint with Macro/International Seminar

Resilience and Stress Management Workshop

Colloquium | February 15 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Dr. Yu Bi

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Towers of regular self-covers and linear endomorphisms of tori

Seminar | February 15 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Wouter van Limbeek, University of Michigan

 Department of Mathematics

Let M be a closed manifold that admits a nontrivial cover diffeomorphic to itself. What can we then say about M? Examples are provided by tori, in which case the covering is a linear endomorphism. Under the assumption that all iterates of the covering of M are regular, we show that any self-cover is closely related to a linear endomorphism on a torus, namely the covering is induced by a such a...   More >

Food Industry Networking Event

Career Fair | February 15 | 6-8 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), Blue & Gold Room

 Student Environmental Resource Center, Career Center

Opportunities in the food industry are plentiful and diverse –from food justice to food business consulting to food engineering. Start by attending the Food Industry Networking Event on February 15th from 6-8 PM in the Career Center. This event is sponsored by the Career Center, the Student Environmental Resource Center, and food-related student organizations at UC Berkeley. Attendees will have a...   More >

History Homecoming

Panel Discussion | February 15 | 6:30 p.m. |  Alumni House | Note change in date and time

 Department of History

History Homecoming is a gathering of alumni and friends of the Department of History for fellowship, food, wine, and a special history panel.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Interactive Learning

Workshop | February 13 – 17, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

Interactive learning is a modern machine learning paradigm of significant practical and theoretical interest, where the algorithm and the domain expert engage in a two-way dialog to facilitate more accurate learning from less data compared to the classical approach of passively observing labeled data. This workshop will explore several topics related to interactive learning broadly defined,...   More >

Traffic Signal Diagnostics and Maintenance

Workshop | February 16 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Holiday Inn

 11269 Point East Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

 Rafat Raie, Technology Transfer Program; Leonard Gilliana, City of Walnut Creek

 Technology Transfer Program

This course covers the essential operational functions of traffic signals, starting with basic design principals and specifications writing techniques. Participants will see and touch each component inside a traffic signal cabinet, a thorough explanation of each component and how they work inside the cabinet. This critical knowledge of each component will provide the skillset necessary for proper...   More >

 The class is for traffic engineers, electrical contractors, and technicians who are new to traffic signal timing. Experienced practitioners who desire a "refresher" course also benefit.

RAPDP - Foundational - F4 Fund Accounting

Course | February 16 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | University Hall, Room 24

 Human Resources

Synopsis: An introductory accounting workshop that covers general accounting concepts, the types of campus funds that RA's manage, the UC chartstring structure, and an introduction to expense transfers.

  Register online

Vernacular Theologies

Conference/Symposium | February 16 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. |  UC Berkeley Campus

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

The notion of “vernacular theology” has developed in reference to a body of Christian texts in vernacular languages that emerged during the late middle ages in lay or semi-lay circles. These texts and artifacts (music, images) address questions and practices of devotion, as well as theological issues and problems. They articulate positions outside of, and often in competition with, more official...   More >

Introduction to Botanical Art with Catherine Watters

Workshop | February 16 – 17, 2017 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

This two-day class will introduce you to the fascinating world of Botanical Art. Catherine Watters will teach you to observe, measure and draw plants in great detail and with botanical accuracy. Students will work with graphite, colored pencil and watercolors. All levels are welcome.
A Supply List will be given to you once you register for the class or you can sign up in advance to use...   More >

$190/ $175 Garden Members

  Register online or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Research Data Publishing and Licensing 101

Workshop | February 16 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Doe Library, BIDS (190)

 Rachael Samberg, Scholarly Communication Officer, Library; Anna Sackmann, Science Data & Engineering Librarian, Library

 Library

Your article’s been accepted, but where does your research data end up? Where should it be published, and who can reuse it for their own studies? This workshop covers why and how to publish and license your research data.

Love Your Data Week 2017

Conference/Symposium | February 13 – 16, 2017 every day with exceptions | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The University Library and Research Data Management will host a set of events February 13-17 as a part of the Love Your Data Week campaign to encourage and teach researchers how to manage, secure, publish, and license their data. Graduate students, researchers, librarians, and data specialists are invited to attend these events and learn about multiple data services that the university campus...   More >

Love Your Data Week 2017

Conference/Symposium | February 13 – 16, 2017 every day | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The University Library and Research Data Management will host a set of events February 13-17 as a part of the Love Your Data Week campaign to encourage and teach researchers how to manage, secure, publish, and license their data. Graduate students, researchers, librarians, and data specialists are invited to attend these events and learn about multiple data services that the university campus...   More >

ESPM 2017 Seminar Series - John Harte

Seminar | February 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 John Harte, Professor, ESPM

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

"Pattern, Process, and Prediction in Ecology: Where Do We Stand?"

Back Talk: Less Stress on Your Back (BEUHS404)

Workshop | February 16 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Mallory Lynch, Campus Ergonomist, Ergonomics@Work

 Ergonomics@Work

Learn new ways of performing daily activities with less stress to your back. Practice some useful stretching and strengthening exercises. Wear comfortable clothing.

  Register online

IB Postdocs on Parade

Seminar | February 16 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Alejandro Rico-Guevara (Dudley Lab): "Hummingbird drinking and prospects on its integration with respiration and hovering"; Robert Skelton (Ackerly Lab): "Diversity of drought responses within plant communities"

 Department of Integrative Biology

Swarm - Terraswarm Seminar: Sascha Von Meier: Electric Grid 2.0: Getting Ready for the next Generation

Seminar | February 16 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 490 Cory

 Sascha Von Meier, EECS Adjunct Professor

 Swarm Lab/Terraswarm

The electric grid has been called a system that works in practice, not in theory. While large, interconnected a.c. networks based on 19th century technology have served us remarkably well, new challenges await: a transition to carbon-neutral energy sources is now imperative. This introduces the problem of coordinating heterogeneous, temporally intermittent and spatially distributed resources at...   More >

Derived Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Ind-coherent sheaves on (affine) dg schemes (part 2)

Seminar | February 16 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall | Note change in date

 Harrison Chen, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This is a continuation of last week's talk. We will briefly review, and then talk about t-structures on categories of dg $A$-modules, the left completeness property for quasi-coherent complexes and convergence property for ind-coherent complexes.

Student Applied Math Seminar: Mathematical Introduction to Many Body Perturbation Theory

Seminar | January 26 – March 23, 2017 every Thursday with exceptions | 2-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Lin Lin, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this series of lectures, we discuss quantum many body perturbation theory from a mathematical perspective. The starting point is Feynman diagrams for Gaussian integrals. This only requires the knowledge of freshman calculus. Then assuming basic knowledge of quantum mechanics, we discuss Feynman diagrams for quantum statistical mechanics, and proceed to many body perturbation theory for...   More >

ESPM Freshwater Ecology Seminar Series - Sara Jackrel

Seminar | February 16 | 3-4 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall

 Sara Jackrel, Dow Sustainability Postdoctoral Fellow

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

"Drivers and Consequences of Intraspecific Trait Variation in River Ecosystems"

Dynamic regulation of movement drive by distinct neuromodulator systems in the striatum

Seminar | February 16 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Mark Howe**, Northwestern University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

A Conversation with Writer Kyung-uk Kim

Colloquium | February 16 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Kyung-uk Kim, Writer

 Bruce Fulton, University of British Columbia

 Laura Nelson, Chair, Center for Korean Studies, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Literature Translation Institute of Korea

Kyung-uk Kim is a novelist and short story writer whose work follows what is called the 1990s generation of South Korea and the culture that dominated that time.

Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis: "Up from Poverty? The 1832 Cherokee Land Lottery and the Long-Run Distribution of Wealth"

Seminar | February 16 | 4:10-6 p.m. | Haas School of Business, C325 Cheit Hall

 Joseph Ferrie - Northwestern, Haas School of Business

 Haas School of Business

Part of the Haas School's Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Operator scaling - theory and applications

Colloquium | February 16 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Avi Wigderson, IAS

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk I will explain the “singularity problem” for symbolic matrices over non commuting variables, and describe its myriad origins and incarnations in commutative and non-commutative algebra, computational complexity, optimization, quantum information theory, Brascamp-Lieb inequalities and other areas. I will describe the “Operator scaling” algorithm, which efficiently solves all...   More >

Applied Algebra Seminar: Commutative and non-commutative rank of symbolic matrices

Seminar | February 16 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Avi Wigderson, Institute for Advanced Study

 Department of Mathematics

Our objects of study are matrices whose entries are linear forms in a given set of variables. We will be interested in their rank, both when variables commute and when they do not. I will discuss the importance of understanding these, and some structural and computational problems and results regarding them.

This talk will directly follow the departmental colloquium on a related topic. Attending...   More >

Friday, February 17, 2017

Interactive Learning

Workshop | February 13 – 17, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

Interactive learning is a modern machine learning paradigm of significant practical and theoretical interest, where the algorithm and the domain expert engage in a two-way dialog to facilitate more accurate learning from less data compared to the classical approach of passively observing labeled data. This workshop will explore several topics related to interactive learning broadly defined,...   More >

Vernacular Theologies

Conference/Symposium | February 17 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. |  UC Berkeley Campus

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

The notion of “vernacular theology” has developed in reference to a body of Christian texts in vernacular languages that emerged during the late middle ages in lay or semi-lay circles. These texts and artifacts (music, images) address questions and practices of devotion, as well as theological issues and problems. They articulate positions outside of, and often in competition with, more official...   More >

Research Tools Fair: Brief Intro to ShareLaTex

Workshop | February 17 | 10-10:30 a.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Kresge Engineering Library Training Room (110MD)

 Henry Oswald, ShareLaTeX

 Library

Join us for this brief introduction to ShareLaTeX, an online collaborative LaTeX editor. Come learn about the features and benefits of using ShareLaTeX for your scientific writing and homework assignments including collaboration, journal templates, document history, and syncing with Dropbox and Github.

Essig Brunch: Aaron Pomerantz, Patel Lab

Seminar | February 17 | 10-11 a.m. | 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Entomology, Essig Museum of, Entomology Students' Organization

The Entomology Students' Organization is pleased to present the Essig Brunch, UC Berkeley's only entomology-themed seminar series. Join us once a week to hear about exciting new research on a broad range of insect-related topics, from evolution to conservation to ecology to pest management, and much more. Refreshments are provided and all are welcome!

Introduction to Botanical Art with Catherine Watters

Workshop | February 16 – 17, 2017 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

This two-day class will introduce you to the fascinating world of Botanical Art. Catherine Watters will teach you to observe, measure and draw plants in great detail and with botanical accuracy. Students will work with graphite, colored pencil and watercolors. All levels are welcome.
A Supply List will be given to you once you register for the class or you can sign up in advance to use...   More >

$190/ $175 Garden Members

  Register online or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Research Tools Fair: Brief Intro to Mendeley

Workshop | February 17 | 10:30-11 a.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Kresge Engineering Library Training Room (110MD)

 Doug Feldner, Mendeley

 Library

Join us for this brief introduction to Mendeley, a reference manager and academic social network that allows you to organize your references across multiple devices, automatically generate bibliographies, and share references with collaborators online. The Libraries have licensed Mendeley Institutional Edition for campus.

Research Tools Fair: Brief Intro to Overleaf

Workshop | February 17 | 11-11:30 a.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Kresge Engineering Library Training Room (110MD)

 Shelly Miller, Overleaf

 Library

Join us for this brief introduction to Overleaf, an online collaborative LaTeX editor. Come learn about the features and benefits of using Overleaf for your scientific writing and homework assignments including collaboration, journal templates, project history, and syncing with Dropbox. As part of a 3-year pilot, the Libraries have licensed Overleaf for campus.

ICBS Seminar

Seminar | February 17 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Poppy Crum, Dolby Labs

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Research Tools Fair: AccessEngineering and DataVis Material Properties

Workshop | February 17 | 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Kresge Engineering Library Training Room (110MD)

 Vincent Pizzoli, McGraw-Hill Education

 Library

Join us for this brief introduction to AccessEngineering and DataVis. AccessEngineering is an award-winning engineering reference tool for professionals, instructors, and students that provides seamless access to the world's best-known, most-used collection of authoritative, regularly updated engineering reference information.

Labor Lunch Seminar: "Tastes for Discrimination in Monopsonistic Labour Markets"

Seminar | February 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Bernardo Fanfani, University of Turin

 Department of Economics

Research Tools Fair: Brief Intro to Geofacets

Workshop | February 17 | 12-12:30 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Kresge Engineering Library Training Room (110MD)

 Kimberly Pierce, Elsevier

 Library

Join us for this brief introduction to Geofacets, a database for searching geologic maps extracted from peer-reviewed publications in an interactive map-based interface. The Libraries have licensed Geofacets as a 3-year pilot. Come learn how you can use Geofacets to enhance your research in geology, earth sciences, geography, and energy exploration. Coffee & soft drinks will be provided.

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Seminar: Harnessing Data Analytics and Computational Models in Structural Monitoring

Seminar | February 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Hao Sun

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Advances in informatics and data science have assisted engineers to tackle structural dynamics problems. For example, health monitoring of structure and infrastructure systems has become a valuable source of information for evaluating structural integrity and reliability throughout the lifecycle of structures as well as ensuring optimal maintenance planning and operation.

First Steps into Functional Fitness (BEUHS618)

Workshop | February 17 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

 Cori Evans, MA, NSCA-CPT Wellness Program Specialist, Be well at Work - Wellness

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

The journey to health begins with the first step. This introduction to the Get Fit in 7 Minutes workshop, will provide participants with the tools to design a sustainable and fun exercise plan, while learning how to safely execute the top 10 exercises for a complete strength and flexibility training routine. Participants will receive a band and guide for different types of workout routines....   More >

  Register online

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: New Frontiers in Terahertz Devices and Systems

Seminar | February 17 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 540 A/B Cory Hall

 Mona Jarrahi, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of California Los Angeles

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Terahertz waves exhibit various unique features for chemical identification, material characterization, biological sensing, and medical imaging. However, the relatively poor performance, higher costs, and bulky nature of currently existing terahertz systems continue to impede their deployment in field settings. In this talk, I will introduce a new class of optoelectronic devices based...   More >

Caltime KRONOS 8 – Time Keeper Training

Course | February 17 | 1-4 p.m. | 28 University Hall

 Lydia Jenkins

 Human Resources

Objective/Focus - KRONOS 8 Changes:
Cosmetic features and functionality of CalTime KRONOS 8
Access to CalTime via Citrix – one timecard view
Historical Edits
Step by step run reports process
View Accruals and totals for employee timecards
Individual and mass timecard approval
Icons, and color alerts to guide to the next task
Instructor-led, hands-on training using Caltime training...   More >

  Register online

Archaeological Illustration: Part 1

Workshop | February 17 | 1-4 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Lisa Johnson, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

This is a two-part workshop: The focus of the first workshop is to illustrate ceramic vessels (complete and incomplete) and flaked stone tools/debitage. Illustration is a time consuming procedure, but if we have time, each person should be able to pencil draw both kinds of artifacts. The second workshop will be spent tracing these technical drawing with pen and ink on velum

Towards RNA structure/function from scratch

Seminar | February 17 | 2-4 p.m. | Hildebrand Hall, Library seminar room 100F | Note change in location

 Dr. Rhiju Das, Stanford University

 College of Chemistry

Dr. Das seeks a predictive understanding of how RNA and protein molecules code for complex biological machines. His main research program involves blind tests of high-resolution computational approaches for modeling and designing RNA molecules and their complexes. He will present recent work in the field, including results from community-wide structure prediction challenges. Dr. Das will also...   More >

Probing Nanostructured Materials With Single Atom Sensitivity Using Aberration Corrected TEM: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | February 17 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. Jamie Warner, Univ. of Oxford, Materials Science

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

The properties of nanostructure materials are dictated by the arrangement of their atoms, and the rapid advancement of nanotechnology has been enabled by imaging methods that can see how atoms are bonded to form nanoscale solids. Aberration corrected transmission electron microscopy can now probe individual atoms in a material, and extract information about their element type, charge transfer,...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Flows for Hamiltonian ODE with Randomness III

Seminar | February 17 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In these talks I show how a random translation of a Hamiltonian vector field improves the regularity of its flow.

MENA Salon

Workshop | February 3 – May 5, 2017 every Friday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

On Fridays at 3:00 during the semester, the CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge.

Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | February 17 | 3-4 p.m. | 406 Davis Hall

 Dr. Steve Margulis, Professor, UCLA CEE

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Thinking about Cybersecurity for the Long Run

Seminar | February 17 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Steve Weber

 Information, School of

Steve Weber shares some of the lessons learned during the first two years of the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity and discusses where the center is headed.

Bodhisattva Precepts in East Asian Perspective and Beyond

Conference/Symposium | February 17 | 4-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Center for Buddhist Studies

Friday–Sunday, February 17–19, 2017
Conference
Bodhisattva Precepts in East Asian Perspective and Beyond
Friday (4–6:30 pm): 180 Doe Memorial Library
Saturday (9:30 am–6 pm) – Sunday (9 am–12:00 pm): Alumni House
UC Berkeley

Program

Panel 1 (Friday, February 17, 4–6:30pm): China I
Chair: Peiying Lin (UC Berkeley)

T. H. Barrett (SOAS, University of London) — How did Chinese Lay...   More >

Controlling the energetics and lifetimes of excited states in unconventional chromophores: ligand-to-metal (LMCT) and metal-to-metal (MMCT) charge transfer

Seminar | February 17 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Walter Weare, Department of Chemistry, North Carolina State University

 College of Chemistry

The discovery of new chromophores, particularly those synthesized from earth abundant elements, is critical for artificial photosynthesis to become a reality. The talk will address our work on unconventional chromophores based on LMCT and MMCT. We have identified an extremely long-lived LMCT excited state (1.6 ms at room temperature in methanol) and believe that this is a "symmetry trapped"...   More >

RTGC Seminar: Rational shuffle conjecture and torus braids.

Seminar | February 17 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Anton Mellit, IST Austria

 Department of Mathematics

I will talk about a proof of the rational shuffle conjecture, which relates certain weighted counts of Dyck paths with labelings to certain natural polynomials arising from Macdonald polynomials and elliptic Hall algebras. In an earlier work of Erik Carlsson and myself the "usual" shuffle conjecture was proved with the help of a certain algebra of operators acting on symmetric functions, a close...   More >

Analog Light Show Workshop

Workshop | February 17 | 6-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Come play with old overhead projectors, colored transparencies, prisms, mirrors, and more at this “light jam” with guest artist Jeff Manson (Misto Reef Lights) and the Libido Light Club. Taking inspiration from the light projection performance groups that pioneered this psych art form in the 1960s and 1970s, we will experiment with moving light across space to create patterns, textures, and...   More >

Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons $12 General admission