<< Week of October 24 >>

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

SF/Bay Area Fall Amgen Biotech Experience PD Workshop

Workshop | October 21 – 22, 2017 every day | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

Our Fall training on the abridged series of the ABE labs will be held October 21-22, 2017 at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley. We welcome new and returning Bay Area AmgenBiotech Experience teachers to join us for the training. To sign up, please please contact Maia Binding: mbinding@berkeley.edu or...   More >

Family Day at the Garden: Japanese Arts and Crafts

Workshop | October 22 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Families will fold origami cranes, practice brush painting with ink, hear and try their hand and writing haiku, and create a leaf journal. Docents will take small groups on a walk and talk exploring the Japanese Pool and our Asian plant collection.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

Data Dialogs 2017

Conference/Symposium | October 23 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Fernando Pérez, Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics UC Berkeley

 Alberto Cairo, Knight Chair in Visual Journalism, University of Miami; Hoda Eydgahi, Manager of Data Science, Stitch Fix; Chetan Gupta, Chief Data Scientist & Architect, Hitachi America Big Data Lab; Sharon Lin, Data Scientist, Okta; T. Christian Miller, Investigative Reporter, Author, and War Correspondant, ProPublica; Taral Shah, Assistant Director of Prospect Analysis, UC Berkeley

 Menglin Cao, Senior Vice President, Data Management & Insight, Wells Fargo; Mauro Cardenas, Senior Vice President of Analytics, Wells Fargo

 Information, School of

Data Dialogs brings together data experts from industry, research, and academia in an intimate and informal setting, allowing participants to make connections and generate new ideas.

Over the course of the day we will hear how organizations are learning to fit data science and data science teams into their business practice, discuss the best way to pursue data-driven projects, explore the...   More >


  Registration opens October 1. Register online or by calling Tia Foss at 510-642-9257, or by emailing Tia Foss at datadialogs@ischool.berkeley.edu by October 23.

​Imaging Retinal Ganglion Cells

Seminar | October 23 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Don Miller, PhD, Indiana University School of Optometry

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Abstract: The retinal ganglion cell is the primary cell damaged by glaucoma, the leading cause of irreversible visual loss worldwide. While we have a detailed understanding of the atrophy this disease inflicts on retinal ganglion cells, our ability to assess this damage in the living human eye is limited. A major obstacle is the difficulty to image—and thus count—these cells owing to their high...   More >

Inflammation is a hot mess: Linking early environments with physical and mental health

Colloquium | October 23 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Michelle Byrne, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon

 Department of Psychology

Global disease burden in recent years has shifted from premature death to years lived with disability. Non-communicable, chronic diseases are more responsible for these years lost and cost of health care treatment than any other type of illness or disease. Many of these chronic diseases, such as heart disease, obesity, and depression, have links with chronic inflammation. However, the...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Cyclic descents

Seminar | October 23 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Vic Reiner, University of Minnesota

 Department of Mathematics

Descents in permutations and tableaux arise frequently in combinatorics. More recently, cyclic notions of descents have come up for permutations, and for standard tableaux of certain shapes. I'll talk about recent work resolving the question of exactly which shapes have such a notion of cyclic descents for their tableaux. This leads to a connection with Postnikov's work on toric shapes, and to...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Student/Post Doc Seminar

Seminar | October 23 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall

 Jessie Uehling, PMB

 Plant and Microbial Biology Student Group

Come join us to hear research going on in PMB from graduate students and post docs. There will be snacks and coffee/tea. Please bring a mug. Hosted by the Plant and Microbial Biology Student Group (PMBG).

This event is sponsored by the UCB Graduate Assembly. Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at...   More >

Political Economy Seminar/PERL

Seminar | October 23 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Ferenc Szucs, PhD Student, Berkeley

 Haas School of Business

The Political Economy Seminar focuses on formal and quantitative work in the political economy field, including formal political theory.

Copyright and Your Dissertation: Discover a workflow for answering copyright and policy questions as you prepare to publish

Workshop | October 23 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 309 Sproul Hall

 Rachael Samberg, Scholarly Communication Officer, Library

 Library, Graduate Division

From the beginning of the writing process all the way to submitting and publishing your dissertation or thesis, this workshop will teach you a workflow for addressing copyright and other legal considerations based on the content you're using. It will also help you address related publishing questions once you're finished writing, including considerations about sharing your dissertation online,...   More >

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Differential Geometry Seminar: Implicit time discretization for the mean curvature flow of mean convex sets

Seminar | October 23 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Tim Laux, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In 1993, Almgren, Taylor and Wang introduced an implicit time discretization for mean curvature flow which comes as a family of variational problems. The a priori estimate yields weak convergence of the approximations. In the talk I will show that this convergence is in fact strong if the initial conditions are mean convex. In particular, following the work of Luckhaus and Sturzenhecker, the...   More >

String-Math Seminar: A new look at the quantum knot invariants

Seminar | October 23 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Aaron Lauda, University of Southern California

 Department of Mathematics

The Reshetikhin-Turaev construction associated knot invariants to the data of a simple Lie algebra and a choice of irreducible representation. The Jones polynomial is the most famous example coming from the Lie algebra sl(2) and its two-dimensional representation. In this talk we will explain Cautis-Kamnitzer-Morrison’s novel new approach to studying RT invariants associated to the Lie algebra...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Free entropy packing dimension

Seminar | October 23 | 3-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Srivatsav Kunnawalkam Elayavalli, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We recall the notion of free entropy dimension of a finite set of selfadjoint operators in a noncommutative probability space introduced by Voiculescu. We then provide a new definition of the above notion due to Kenley Jung and discuss its ramifications and survey some of its applications.

BLISS Seminar: Sparsity, variance, and curvature in multi-armed bandits

Seminar | October 23 | 3-4 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Sebastien Bubeck, Microsoft Research

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In (online) learning theory the concepts of sparsity, variance and curvature are well-understood and are routinely used to obtain refined regret and generalization bounds. In this work we further our understanding of these concepts in the more challenging limited feedback scenario. We consider the adversarial multi-armed bandit and linear bandit problems and solve several open problems pertaining...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Dominating varieties by liftable ones

Seminar | October 23 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Remy van Dobben de Bruyn, Columbia University

 Department of Mathematics

Given a smooth projective variety over an algebraically closed field of positive characteristic, can we always dominate it by another smooth projective variety that lifts to characteristic 0? We give a negative answer to this question.

Seminar Format: The seminar consists of two 50-minute talks, a pre-talk (3:10-4:00) and an advanced talk (4:10-5:00), with a 10-minute break (4:00-4:10) between...   More >

Students figuring it out themselves: Shifting learning frames in science classrooms

Colloquium | October 23 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Dr. Larry Horvath, Department of Secondary Education, Center for Science and Math Education, San Francisco State University

 Graduate School of Education

To support learning aligned with the recently adopted Next Generation Science Standards for California, science classrooms need to be spaces where students are actively engaged in figuring out and explaining scientific phenomena. This talk will be interactive and focus on what an NGSS aligned lesson could look like, along with ways preservice science teachers are being supported in implementing...   More >

Chemical Tricks for Drugging the Undruggable

Seminar | October 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Kevan Shokat, University of California, San Francisco

 College of Chemistry

Design Field Notes: Andreas Bastian

Seminar | October 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Andreas Bastian, an engineer and designer who explores the blurring line between materiality and design, will speak at Jacobs Hall.

And Campus for All: Diversity, Inclusion, and Free Speech at Berkeley: PEN America on Campus

Panel Discussion | October 23 | 5-6:30 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Chancellor Carol T. Christ

 Suzanne Nossel; Erwin Chemerinsky; DeRay Mckesson; Rigel Robinson

 Abdi Soltani

 Chancellor's Office, PEN America

A panel of thought leaders discussing what is Free Speech on the Berkeley campus. A complete list of panelists will be announced by October 10. PEN America, our partner for this event, is a free expression organization with a more than 90-year track record of fostering dialogue and understanding that transcends social, political and geographic boundaries. In November 2016 PEN published And Campus...   More >

 Open to Faculty, Staff, Students, Parents and Alumni on a reservation basis. More details to come. Make reservations online or or by emailing Maya Goehring-Harris at mgoehring@berkeley.edu by October 20.

McNair Application Open Hours and Research/Funding Opportunities Workshop (Hosted by UROC: Underrepresented Researchers of Color)

Workshop | October 23 | 5:30-8 p.m. | 360 Stephens Hall

 Istifaa Ahmed (Humanities/Social Science), UROC

 Office of Undergraduate Research

This workshop will introduce and expose students to various research programs and funding opportunities on campus. It will cover various program applications (such as the Mcnair Scholars Application), reaching out to mentors, getting solid letters of recommendations, and writing strong research proposals and personal statements. Presenters will also discuss their experiences with their research...   More >

BPG Psych Professor Panel: Decision-making of young adults

Panel Discussion | October 23 | 6 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Serena Chen; Aaron Fisher; Stephen Hinshaw; Ozlem Ayduk

 ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California)

Free food will be provided as well.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

Climbing Redwood Trees: Interview with Claire Willing, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

Presentation | October 24 | 9-9:30 a.m. | Barrows Hall, Radio broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7FM

 Claire Willing, PhD Candidate, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

 KALX 90.7FM

Tune in for this special fundraiser episode of The Graduates as we speak with Claire Willing, graduate student in the Department of Environmental Policy, Science, and Management about her work on the symbiotic relationship between redwood trees and fungus in California. The Graduates, featuring graduate student research at Cal, is broadcast every other Tuesday on KALX 90.7 FM.

Claire Willing climbing a redwood tree. Photo credit: Roxy Cruz

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Submodular Risk Allocation

Seminar | October 24 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Samim Ghamami, U.S. Department of the Treasury and UC Berkeley

 Center for Risk Management Research

We analyze the optimal allocation of trades to portfolios when the cost associated with an allocation is proportional to each portfolio's risk. Our investigation is motivated by changes in the over-the-counter derivatives markets, under which some contracts may be traded bilaterally or through central counterparties, splitting a set of trades into two or more portfolios. A derivatives dealer...   More >

UCB Startup Fair

Conference/Symposium | October 24 | 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The UCB Startup Fair is back!

Student-run by IEEE, HKN, and CSUA, students are introduced to small tech companies that typically rely on personal connections for hiring. It's a great way for students to find full-time and internship positions! Attendance is free for all UCB students!

Introduction to Mapping with ArcGIS Online

Workshop | October 24 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 55A McCone Hall

 Susan Powell, Library


This workshop will introduce the ArcGIS Online (AGOL) platform. AGOL is a web-based mapping software that allows you to build maps and explore data online. Topics to be covered include how to construct a simple web map from a spreadsheet of data, perform basic spatial analysis and queries, and publish the map to the web. We will also explore finding data sources through AGOL and using AGOL as a...   More >

  Register online

Merck-Banyu Lecture in Organic Chemistry: Synthesis of Pillar-Shaped Macrocyclic Compounds “Pillar[n]arenes” Providing Supramolecular Assemblies

Seminar | October 24 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Tomoki Ogoshi, Kanazawa University

 College of Chemistry

Macrocyclic compounds play a major role in supramolecular chemistry because of their beautiful shape, nano-scale size and molecular recognition ability. Numerous supramolecular architectures have been constructed and studied as new components of materials as well as entities related to biological structural formation and functions using various macrocyclic hosts.
In 2008, we reported a new...   More >

Judicial Strategies of Repression in Authoritarian Regimes: Evidence from Post-Colonial Africa

Colloquium | October 24 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Fiona Shen-Bayh, PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

This is a meeting of the weekly colloquium for the Center for African Studies.

Fiona Feiang Shen-Bayh

Development Lunch: "A new approach to treatment assignment for one and multiple treatment groups"

Seminar | October 24 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Sebastian Schneider

 Department of Economics

Student seminar series for development economics student in Econ and ARE.

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | October 24 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and suggestions on how to find them.

We will also let you know about upcoming deadlines and eligibility requirements for some of...   More >

First Books and Publishing Your Dissertation

Panel Discussion | October 24 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 309 Sproul Hall

 Rachael Samberg, Scholarly Communication Officer, Library

 Library, Graduate Division

Hear from expert panelists about what happens once you submit your dissertation, how to shape your dissertation's impact, and how to go about publishing your first book based on your dissertation.

  RSVP online

ECON 281, International Trade and Finance: "Artificial Intelligence and Economic Growth"

Seminar | October 24 | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Chad Jones, Stanford University

 Department of Economics

Seminar 237, Macroeconomics: ​"Artificial Intelligence and Economic Growth"

Seminar | October 24 | 2:10-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Chad Jones, Stanford University

 Department of Economics

joint with International Trade & Finance

Healthy Relationships: Friendship and Dating in the US

Workshop | October 24 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | International House, Robert Sproul Room

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

What is the difference between having a girlfriend and boyfriend and partner? Are you dating? Seeing each other? In a relationship? Come learn about American social and dating culture, and discuss tips for maintaining healthy relationships with friends and romantic interests, understanding American norms, personal space, as well as how and where to socialize with others here at Cal!

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Scattering and modified scattering for the NLS equation

Seminar | October 24 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Grace Liu, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The NLS with nonlinear term $|u|^p u$ has the property that when $1< p< 2/n$, there is no low energy scattering, when $2/n< p< 4/n$, there is low energy scattering. When $p=2/n$, we expect there will be modified scattering. The talk will be based on the work of Hayashi and Naumkin, they proved that the NLS with critical nonlinearity has low energy scattering when $n=1,2,3$.

Ways of Knowing the Ordinary in Climate Adaptation

Colloquium | October 24 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Sarah Vaughn, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, Joint UCSF/UCB PhD Program in Medical Anthropology, Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

In this talk I track the development of a Red Cross participatory climate adaptation project in a flood-prone and former urban squatter-town in Guyana. Based on fieldwork between 2009 and 2010, the talk focuses on one technology specific to Red Cross urban climate adaptation called the Vulnerability Capacity Assessment (VCA). The goal of my talk is to examine the VCA as a provocation for the...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: A “bad” component of the Hilbert Scheme

Seminar | October 24 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ritvik Ramkumar, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We witness a phenomenon of so-called Murphy's law in the context of Hilbert schemes. After a brief review of Hilbert schemes and their basic properties, we use the liaison theory to construct Mumford's example of a non-reduced component of the Hilbert scheme of smooth curves in $P^3$.

Rhetoric Fall Colloquium - Tissue of the World: On Stoic Sympathy: A Lecture by Brooke Holmes, Professor of Classics, Princeton University

Colloquium | October 24 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Brooke Holmes, Princeton University

 Department of Rhetoric, Department of Classics

Co-sponsored by the Department of Classics.

This event is free and open to the public.

The concept of cosmic sympathy, highly developed by the Stoics, is at once deeply foreign to us in its claims regarding a mind fully immanent in the world and intriguing, as we struggle anew with imagining communities that bring together humans and non-humans. This talk investigates the contours, the...   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 >

Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in STEM Research (Hosted by Underrepresented Researchers of Color -- UROC)

Workshop | October 24 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Community Center (MCC)

 Ifechukwu Okeke (co-director), Ilexis Chu-Jacoby, UROC

 Office of Undergraduate Research

This workshop discusses violence committed against people of color and marginalized identities by scientific research, and how students can reclaim research and knowledge production as a means of decolonization. We aim to introduce students to various forms STEM research could take, and unpack our vital role as underrepresented students to change the direction of scientific research – by...   More >

Workshop: What Makes Environmentalism So White?

Workshop | October 24 | 6-7 p.m. | Latimer Hall, 120 Latimer

 Academic Senate

This Climate Justice Week join us for a workshop on whiteness in the environmental movement. American Environmentalism has a history of exclusion of people of color, marginalizing POC narratives, and explicit racism. The campus environmental community is complacent in its role in perpetuating this destructive phenomenon. This workshop is dedicated to providing some historical context on whiteness...   More >

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

Ergonomic Chair Adjustability

Workshop | October 25 | 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Career Library

 Mallory Lynch, Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonimics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

**Limited to the first 10 enrollees**

As the Department Computer Workstation Evaluator, learn about the ergonomic chairs in the matching funds program and how to fit a chair to someone. Product information will be available at the workshop.

Computer Health Matters: User Friendly Workstations (BEUHS400)

Workshop | October 25 | 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonimics; Mallory Lynch, Ergonomics@Work

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn how to set up a user-friendly workstation and practice stretches to help relieve computer-related aches and pains. This workshop is required to qualify for computer ergonomics matching funds.

  Register online

Ergonomic Chair Adjustability

Workshop | October 25 | 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Career Library

 Mallory Lynch, Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonimics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

**Limited to the first 10 enrollees**

As the Department Computer Workstation Evaluator, learn about the ergonomic chairs in the matching funds program and how to fit a chair to someone. Product information will be available at the workshop.

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | October 25 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This training is required for anyone who is listed on a Biological Use Authorization (BUA) application form that is reviewed by the Committee for Laboratory and Environmental Biosafety (CLEB). A BUA is required for anyone working with recombinant DNA molecules, human clinical specimens or agents that may infect humans, plants or animals. This safety training will discuss the biosafety risk...   More >

Keyboards and Mice: Ergonomic Alternatives (BEUHS401)

Workshop | October 25 | 9:45-10:45 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonimics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn about the ergonomics of keyboards and pointing devices, including appropriate workstation set-up, postures, and techniques for using them. Find out about the keyboards and pointing devices covered by the Computer Ergonomics Matching Funds Program. Enroll online at the UC Learning Center.

  Register online

Increasing and Monitoring Scholarly Impact

Workshop | October 25 | 10-11:30 a.m. | 309 Sproul Hall

 Rachael Samberg, Scholarly Communication Officer, Library

 Library, Graduate Division

Discover strategies and tips for preparing and promoting your scholarship, and the best ways to monitor and increase your citations and success. You'll also learn how to: understand metrics, select and use scholarly networking tools, choose reputable open access journals and publishing options, and participate in open access article and monograph funding opportunities.

  RSVP online

Wellness Wednesdays in the Garden: Flower Power Yoga| Grow and Go with Chai!

Workshop | September 6 – October 25, 2017 every Wednesday with exceptions | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Grow - stretch to feel longer, stronger & more balanced.
Go - get back to your day w/renewed vitality

Yoga is an effective strategy to release tension, relax the nervous system, improve focus, & increase balance.Each class offers a healthy dosage of crisp fresh air, all natural organic floral aromas, vitamin D sunlight, blooming visions, stable grounding platform, direct &loving...   More >

Free with Garden Admission

Unsupervised Inference of the Hippocampal Population Code from Offline Activity

Seminar | October 25 | 12 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Caleb Kalmere, Rice University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Make Things Better: A Journey Through Impact Entrepreneurship with Rey Banatao: CITRIS Fall 2017 Research Exchange Series

Seminar | October 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Rey Banatao, CEO, Conora Technologies Inc.

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Rey Banatao receieved his Ph.D in Computational Biology, Bioinformatics and Biochemistry from UC San Francisco and his BA from UC Berkeley in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He is passionate about the innovation process of early stage startups, and hopes it yields a positive impact on society and the environment.

City as Nexus: Global Urban Humanities Fall 2017 Colloquium

Colloquium | August 30 – November 15, 2017 every Wednesday with exceptions | 12-1:30 p.m. | Wurster Hall, 494, South Tower

Various Guest Lecturers, Global Urban Humanities Initiative

 Global Urban Humanities

Fall 2017 (1 Unit)
Rhetoric 198-3 (Class Nbr: 21377) and CYPLAN 198-2 (Class Nbr: 12006)
Rhetoric 244A (Class Nbr: 46989) and CYPLAN 298-2 (Class Nbr: 47047)
Instructor: Kevin Block
Instructor of record: Susan Moffat
Wednesdays, 12-1:30PM
Location: Cal Design Lab, Room 494 SE Wurster Hall

The city is a social nexus. It binds people, things, forces, ideas together as a crossroads, grid,...   More >

“Spatial genomics and single cell lineage dynamics by seqFISH and MEMOIR”

Seminar | October 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Long Cai, California Institute of Technology

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Identifying the spatial organization of tissues at cellular resolution from single cellgene expression profiles is essential to understanding many biological systems. We have developed an in situ 3D multiplexed imaging method to quantify hundreds of genes with single cell resolution via Sequential barcodedFluorescence in situ hybridization (seqFISH) (Lubeck et al., 2014). We used seqFISH to...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Eric Riddell "Ecological consequences of acclimation under past, present, and future climates in a small ectotherm: implications for conservation"

Seminar | October 25 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 Grinnell-Miller Library

 Eric Riddell

 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 >

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | October 25 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Ali Hortacsu, Professor, University of Chicago

 Haas School of Business

The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis, named after our esteemed colleague who founded the seminar, features current research by faculty, from UCB and elsewhere, and by advanced doctoral students. The research investigates governance, and its links with economic and political forces. Markets, hierarchies, hybrids, and the supporting institutions of law and politics all come...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "In an immobile plant cell world, mobile endophytic microbes can seek, stop and destroy invading pathogens"

Seminar | October 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Manish Raizada, University of Guelph

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

The focus of the Raizada Lab is to develop low cost technologies that empower farmers in North America, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, focusing on technologies that reduce the need for synthetic nitrogen fertilizers and pesticides to grow corn and other crops, by replacing them with more natural, biological resources. In particular, the lack of nitrogen fertilizer limits crop production, but...   More >

Manish Raizada

Human Health and Disease: Dynamics, Statics, and the Compression of Morbidity: Steven Orzack, Fresh Pond Research Institute

Colloquium | October 25 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Steven Orzack, President and Senior Research Scientist, Fresh Pond Research Institute

 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.

Relaxation Techniques for Stress Relief (BEUHS055)

Workshop | October 25 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Dana Walsh, LMFT, CEAP, Be well at Work - Employee Assistance

 Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance

This short experiential workshop will guide you through a series of relaxation techniques, including progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, deep breathing and meditation. You will learn about the benefits of these techniques and be able to practice them in class. Please arrive on time (“Berkeley time”) to be respectful of others engaged in relaxation exercises.

Average-case reconstruction for the deletion channel

Seminar | October 25 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Alex Zhai, Stanford University

 Department of Statistics

The deletion channel takes as input a bit string $\mathbf{x} \in
\{0,1\}^n$, and deletes each bit independently with probability $q$,
yielding a shorter string. The trace reconstruction problem
is to recover an unknown string $\mathbf{x}$ from many independent outputs
(called ``traces'') of the deletion channel applied to $\mathbf{x}$.

When the input is drawn uniformly at random, we...   More >

Roger Y. Stanier Memorial Lecture: Choreography of bacterial nanomotors revealed by live-cell imaging

Seminar | October 25 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Judith Armitage, University of Oxford

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Roger Y. Stanier Memorial Lecture

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Local min-max surfaces and existence of minimal Heegaard splittings

Seminar | October 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Antoine Song, Princeton University

 Department of Mathematics

Let M be a closed oriented 3-manifold not diffeomorphic to the 3-sphere, and suppose that there is a strongly irreducible Heegaard splitting H. Previously, Rubinstein announced that either there is a minimal surface of index at most one isotopic to H or there is a non-orientable minimal surface such that the double cover with a vertical handle attached is isotopic to H. He sketched a natural...   More >

Converting CO2 via Thermocatalysis and Electrocatalysis

Colloquium | October 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Jingguang CHen, Columbia University

 Department of Chemical Engineering

light refreshments 15 minutes before

Applied Math Seminar: Multiscale modeling and simulation: some challenges and new perspectives

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

 Celia Reina, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of Mathematics

The design and optimization of the next generation of materials and applications strongly hinge on our understanding of the processing-microstructure-performance relations; and these, in turn, result from the collective behavior of materials’ features at multiple length and time scales. Although the modeling and simulation techniques are now well developed at each individual scale (quantum,...   More >

Who Owns the Founding?: Race, Gender and Immigration in Hamilton

Panel Discussion | October 25 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Robin Kelley, Professor, History, UCLA; Mark Peterson, Professor, History, UC Berkeley; Shannon Steen, Professor, Theater, Dance and Performance Studies, UCB

 Wendy Brown, Professor, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 College of Letters & Science

One aim of Hamilton is to tell the story of the Founding in a way that allows today's highly diverse, multi-racial and multi-ethnic American society to see themselves in the narrative. How does the play handle the tension between historical accuracy and crafting a narrative that allows today’s Americans to identify with the story of the Founding? Is it possible to make history “usable” for...   More >

 Free and open to everyone on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Alexander Hamilton

EECS Colloquium: Designing Processors for Intelligence

Colloquium | October 25 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Simon Knowles, Graphcore

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Intelligence is a new computing workload of unusual character and profound importance. We must adapt our understanding of computer design, forged over 70 years of "dumb" computing, to support this new opportunity. And doing so must acknowledge the energy constraints which dominate silicon capability through the autumn of geometry scaling. Graphcore has built a new type of processor from scratch...   More >

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Bethe ansatz from geometry (I)

Seminar | October 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Andrey Smirnov, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This talk is the summary of new geometric approch to the quantum integrable spin chains. As a warm up, I will illustrate these ideas on the example of $sl(2)$ XXZ spin chain: we will obtain conventianal $sl(2)$ Bethe ansatz for this model from geometry of cotangent bundles over grassmannians. In the second part we use same ideas to derive Bethe ansatz for moduli spaces of instantons. As a...   More >

Seminar 291, Departmental Seminar: Does Strategic Ability Affect Efficiency? Evidence from Electricity Markets

Seminar | October 25 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Ali Hortacsu, University of Chicago

 Department of Economics

Joint with Psychology & Economics, Williamson, and IO seminars

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Does Strategic Ability Affect Efficiency? Evidence from Electricity Markets

Seminar | October 25 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Ali Hortacsu, University of Chicago

 Department of Economics

Joint with Departmental, Williamson, and IO seminars

* Please note change in time due to joint event

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

Politically Engaged Science: A Brownbag Lunch Series

Seminar | September 14 – December 21, 2017 every Thursday with exceptions | 12-1 p.m. | 103 Mulford Hall

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

This series challenges the notion that science and politics should not mix. Building on the March for Science and the People's Climate March, we'll discuss how research in the public interest can make an impact in a political environment dominated by corporate interests, from the major parties to the media.

Weekly discussions will focus on case studies of activist scientists, political...   More >

Graduate Publications Workshop with Gordon Hutner, Editor of ALH

Workshop | October 26 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 306 Wheeler Hall

 Gordon Hutner, American Literary History

 Department of English

IB Seminar: When caterpillars attack: sounding the alarm in plant-herbivore interactions

Seminar | October 26 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Adam Steinbrenner, University of California, San Diego

 Department of Integrative Biology

Understanding the (Changing) Realm of Peer Review

Panel Discussion | October 26 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 309 Sproul Hall

 Rachael Samberg, Scholarly Communication Officer, Library

 Library, Graduate Division

Are you publishing an article or reviewing someone else's work? Panelists demystify the peer review process, what's expected of you and what you'll experience, and how the world of peer review is evolving with new models that foster transparency and impact.

  RSVP online

i4Y Child Marriage and Youth Empowerment Group: Speaker Series

Seminar | October 26 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 440 University Hall

 Erin Murphy-Graham, PhD, GSE & Alison Cohen, PhD, i4Y/SPH/GSE, Examining the relationship between schooling, early marriage, and pregnancy among adolescents in rural Honduras

 i4Y - Innovations for Youth

The Innovations for Youth (i4Y) Child Marriage and Youth Empowerment Working Group has begun a speaker series to explore challenging questions related to child marriage and youth empowerment. The series will feature UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and graduate students' work in diverse contexts worldwide.
Presentations will begin in late October and run through early Spring 2018. Events will be...   More >

Division of Neurobiology and H. Wills Neuroscience Institute

Seminar | October 26 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition | Canceled

 Indira Raman, Northwestern University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

When Police Kill

Colloquium | October 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Franklin E. Zimring, William G. Simon Professor of Law, UC Berkeley

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

Lecture by Franklin E. Zimring, William G. Simon Professor of Law, UC Berkeley

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Chip firing, root systems, permutohedra, and Coxeter arrangements.

Colloquium | October 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Alex Postnikov, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

The abelian sandpile model (also known as the chip firing game) is a simple dynamical system with surprisingly rich and nontrivial structure. We discuss a version of this game for root systems, which has even more mysterious structure than the classical chip firing. This study is closely linked with combinatorics of convex (and nonconvex) polytopes, such as permutohedra, and affine Coxeter...   More >

Rhetoric Fall Colloquium: Where Have All the Leaders Gone?: A Lecture by Michael Hardt, Professor of Literature, Duke University

Colloquium | October 26 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Michael Hardt, Professor of Literature, Duke University

 Michael Watts, Professor Emeritus, The Department of Geography at UC Berkeley

 Department of Rhetoric, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of English, Department of Geography, Department of Italian Studies, Global Urban Humanities, The Program in Critical Theory

With Michael Watts, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geography at UC Berkeley, as discussant

Co-sponsored by the Departments of English, Geography, and Italian, the programs in Critical Theory and Global Urban Humanities, and the Townsend Center

Please join us for a talk by Michael Hardt entitled, "Where Have All the Leaders Gone?"

We continue to witness each year the eruption of...   More >

Friday, October 27, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

CRRJ@5: Unrivaled and Undaunted: Celebrating 5 Years of Advancing Reproductive Rights and Justice

Conference/Symposium | October 27 | 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice

Join us on October 27, 2017 for a full day of presentations and conversations about some of the most complex and compelling reproductive rights and justice issues of the day.

Heritage and Community in Asia and Beyond

Conference/Symposium | October 27 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This two-day conference focuses on the relationship between heritage and community in the following ways: the impact of top-down heritage projects on the residents who live and work in and around the project sites; the sociopolitical process of creating heritage projects that involves different actors with competing values and unbalanced power positions; and using heritage project as a strategy of...   More >

 Open to the public


Pine Needle Basketry with Judith Thomas

Workshop | October 27 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Judith Thomas, weaver and Waldorf handwork teacher will instruct students how to source materials and craft a pine needle basket. Learn how to work with pine needles to create a small coiled basket, using a needle and waxed linen to bind the bundles of needles together. A perfect activity for the fall. Pack a lunch to enjoy in the beautiful Garden setting during the break! All levels welcome.

$85/$75 Garden Members

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

Making Textbooks and Course Readers Affordable: Berkeley on the Leading Edge

Panel Discussion | October 27 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Wurster Hall, Environmental Design Library Atrium

 Brad DeLong, Professor of Economics; John Wallace, Lecturer, Japanese Program; Daniel A. Rodriguez, Professor of City & Regional Planning; Ani Adhikari, Teaching Professor, Statistics


Can students afford to take your class? What would student success and retention be like if an enrollment barrier—the cost of textbooks and course readers—were reduced or eliminated? Come to this panel discussion to find out.

  Register online

Why Can't a Baby Be Born Through Its Mother's Belly Button?: How evolution helps us understand why human childbirth is uniquely dangerous, and why half of all marriages end in divorce.

Presentation | October 27 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 714c University Hall

 Malcolm Potts PhD, MD, Professor, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

 Public Health, School of

School of Public Health and Maternal and Child Health Professor Emeritus Malcolm Potts, PhD, MD, presents at this Brown Bag Lunch.

Undergraduate & graduate students from all SPH programs are welcome! Feel free to bring a lunch.

 mchprogram@berkeley.edu. RSVP online

Talking About Combinatorial Objects Student Seminar: Tutte polynomial of a matroid

Seminar | October 27 | 1-2 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Chris Eur, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We discuss an important invariant of a matroid called the Tutte polynomial which is the universal deletion-contraction invariant. We start with some examples of deletion-contraction invariants of a matroid, then define the Tutte polynomial in various ways, and realize these deletion-contraction invariants as an evaluation of the Tutte polynomial. Time permitting, we will also briefly give the...   More >

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: From inverse design to implementation of nanophotonics

Seminar | October 27 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 Cory (Hogan Room)

 Professor Jelena Vuckovic, Stanford University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

By completely opening the parameter space in nanophotonics design, new functionalities and better performance relative to traditional optoelectronics can be achieved. We have recently developed an inverse approach to design nanophotonic structures based only on their desired performance. Moreover, constraints including structure robustness, fabrication error, and minimum feature sizes can be...   More >

Multifunctional Nanoparticles for Single Cell Molecular Profiling: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | October 27 | 2-3 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall | Note change in location

 Prof. Xiaohu Gao, Univ. of Washington, Bioengineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Nanoparticles in the 1-10 nm size range are of considerable current interest, not only because of their unique size-dependent properties but also their dimensional similarities with biological macromolecules (e.g., nucleic acids and proteins). These similarities could allow an integration of nanotechnology and biology, leading to major advances in medical diagnostics, prognostics, and targeted...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: An overview of Homogenization Techniques for Hamilton-Jacobi PDE II

Seminar | October 27 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

MENA Salon: Crisis in Kirkuk: The Aftermath of the Iraqi Kurdistan Referendum

Workshop | October 27 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday in 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. Check the calendar the Monday before the Salon for the current week's topic.

Composition Colloquium: Cairn Ensemble

Colloquium | October 27 | 3 p.m. |  CNMAT (1750 Arch St.)

 Department of Music

Free and open to the public

Anthony Cheung (b. 1982, San Francisco) is a composer and pianist. His output ranges from solo to orchestral works, occasionally with electronics. His music has been commissioned by leading groups such as the Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio...   More >

What Counts As Information? What Counts As a Collection?

Seminar | October 27 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Michael Buckland

 Information, School of

A progress report on two topics:

(1) âInformationâ usually refers to text, images, or data, but specimens and other objects can also be informative. Suzanne Brietâs famous declaration in 1951 that an antelope in a zoo could be regarded as a document is now widely cited. However, she provided minimal explanation. A search for her sources led to the same ideas and a thoughtful explanation...   More >

Glenn T. Seaborg Lecture in Inorganic Chemistry: Artificial Metalloenzymes: Challenges and Opportunities

Seminar | October 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Thomas Ward, University of Basel

 College of Chemistry

Artificial metalloenzymes (ArMs) result from the incorportation of a catalyst precursor within a host protein, see Scheme. To engineer such ArMs, we have relied on various cofactor- anchoring strategies including: dative-, covalent- and supramolecular interactions. The resulting hybrid catalysts display features that are reminiscent of both homogeneous catalysts and enzymes. The optimization of...   More >

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: Fourier-Mukai Partners of Enriques and Bielliptic Surfaces in Positive Characteristic

Seminar | October 27 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Anningzhe Gao, UCB

 Department of Mathematics

In the talk we will first review some basic material of Fourier-Mukai partners, and then we will use it to give a sketch of the proof of the following theorem: If $X$ is an Enriques (resp. bielliptic) surface over an algebraically closed field $k$ with characteristic at least 3 (resp. 5), then $X$ has no non-trivial Fourier-Mukai partners. The theorem is proved in Katrina Honigs, Max Lieblich,...   More >

Student / postdoc PDE seminar: Riccati equation methods for weak KAM theory 2

Seminar | October 27 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 L C Evans, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Grounds for Science: Dark Matter Day!

Presentation | October 27 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. |  Scarlet City Espresso Bar

 3960 Adeline St, Emeryville, CA 94608

 Elizabeth Boulton, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Katelin Schutz, Department of Astronomy


How do we look for evidence of “Dark Matter” in the universe? Two young researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and UC Berkeley will share stories of their search for dark matter in the heavens and deep underground.

Grounds for Science is a public science talk series organized by and featuring UC Berkeley graduate students. Enjoy cutting-edge science at Scarlet City: a...   More >

The Large Underground Xenon experiment (LUX) dark matter detector