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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


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


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


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


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


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 >

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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 >

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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
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


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