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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

KEYS Track 1b- Creating an Inclusive Work Environment

Course | February 7 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Sid Reel

 Human Resources

This course will explore the importance of creating inclusive work environments and effective teams. We will examine the principles of equity and inclusion, emotional intelligence, and multi-generational workforce issues. The class will finish with an Interactive Theater presentation and participatory discussion. By applying these principles and treating people with fairness and respect,...   More >

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Seminar: Seismic Performance Evaluation and Retrofit of Vulnerable Concentrically Braced Frames

Seminar | February 7 | 10-11 a.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Andrew Sen

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Concentrically braced frames built prior to the codification of capacity-based and other ductile design provisions constitute a substantial proportion of steel building infrastructure on the West Coast of the US. These buildings, built prior to about 1990, utilize a wide variety of connection and system configurations with deficiencies expected to lead to significant damage.

Food Systems Policy and Communications Workshop Series 2017–18: Session 3: Engaging with the Media

Workshop | February 7 | 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. | 112 Hilgard Hall

 Haven Bourque, Founder, HavenBMedia

 Berkeley Food Institute

Session 3: Engaging with the Media

Training on practical tools for researchers and policy experts to effectively engage with the media. Topics include establishing connections with key reporters and becoming a trusted source for specific beats and issues.

Featuring: Haven Bourque, HavenBMedia

 Free. RSVP online

A natural mouse model of cryptosporidiosis

Seminar | February 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Adam Sateriale**, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Can Subsidized Early Child Care Promote Women’s Employment? Evidence from a Slum Settlement in Africa: Shelley Clark, McGill University/Stanford

Colloquium | February 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Shelley Clark, Professor, McGill University; 2017-18 Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford 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.

CANCELLED Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "RNA structure encodes specificity in intracellular phase transitions"

Seminar | February 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Amy Gladfelter, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

The Gladfelter lab is interested in how cells are organized in time and space.  We study how cytoplasm is spatially patterned and how cells sense their own shape.  We also investigate how timing in the cell division cycle can be highly variable yet still accurate.

“Massively Parallel Synthetic Investigation of Protein Folding and Binding”

Seminar | February 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Gabriel Rocklin, University of Washington

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Computationally designed miniproteins (~40 amino acids in length) have exciting potential as therapeutics and are also ideal model systems for studying protein biophysics. We recently introduced massively parallel methods for designing, expressing, and experimentally testing tens of thousands of entirely new proteins, leading to an avalanche of new protein structures. Assaying these "de novo"...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Matthew Fujita: Biodiversity and Natural History Research in the Genomics Era

Seminar | February 7 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Matthew Fujita (MVZ/IB Faculty Candidate)

 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 >

Why Read Don Quijote?: "Why Read....?" Series

Conference/Symposium | February 7 | 12-2 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Leah Middlebrook; Anthony Cascardi, UC Berkeley; Timothy Hampton, UC Berkeley; Ignacio Navarrete, U.C. Berkeley

 William Childers, City University of New York

 Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, D.E.

As part or the new Renaissance and Early Modern Studies series "Why Read" our guests will share their perspectives on why it is that "Don Quijote" (1605-1615) continues to be a work that everyone should read, perhaps especially now.   More >

Technology and Your Emotional Health (BEUHS056)

Workshop | February 7 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Jonathan Rousell, PsyD, Employee Assistance, Be well at Work - Employee Assistance

 Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance

Over the last 25 years, we have simultaneously witnessed and participated in an unprecedented set of sociocultural changes due to the development, marketing, and expansion of technological devices, social media platforms, and software applications. These "advancements" in digital communications technology have altered the landscapes of our lives and changed the way we relate to ourselves, others,...   More >

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Econ 235, Financial Economics: Job Market Seminar

Seminar | February 7 | 12:30-2 p.m. | C125 Haas School of Business

 Laura Blattner, Harvard

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

[Peterson Speaker Series] Chef Dan Barber: : A Case for Regenerative Cooking

Panel Discussion | February 7 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Wells Fargo Room

 Dan Barber

 Will Rosenzweig

 Center for Responsible Business, Berkeley Food Institute

It’s time to reimagine the way we eat from the ground up.

Each day, we see more irrefutable evidence that our global food system is broken. Soils erode, fisheries collapse, forests shrink, heart diseases rise. Studies show a new way of organic and regenerative farming is necessary to meet the challenges of the future. But what about a new way of eating? Can the principles of regenerative...   More >


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Chef Dan Barber

STEM Research Proposal Writing Workshop for SURF Fellowship

Workshop | February 7 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Justin Lopez

 Office of Undergraduate Research

In this workshop, undergraduates will receive detailed guidance on how to construct a research proposal in the STEM disciplines for the SURF Fellowship.

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Denseness of minimal hypersurfaces for $C^\infty $-generic metrics

Seminar | February 7 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Kei Irie, Kyoto

 Department of Mathematics

I will explain the following result, which was proved in a paper by Marques-Neves-speaker: on a closed manifold of dimension $3 \le d \le 7$ with a $C^\infty $-generic Riemannian metric, the union of closed, embedded minimal hypersurfaces is dense.

The key ingredient of the proof is an asymptotic formula (Weyl law) of the volume spectrum, which was conjectured by Gromov and proved by...   More >

Racial and political dynamics of an approaching majority-minority United States

Colloquium | February 7 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Jennifer Richeson, Professor, Yale University

 Department of Psychology

Ongoing and projected demographic shifts in the racial composition of the United States have been heralded as necessitating, if not promoting, positive change in the racial dynamics of the nation. Although change in response to this growing diversity is likely, its direction and scope are less clear. In this talk, I will present emerging social-scientific research on the psychological, social,...   More >

Large deviations for two time-scale jump-diffusions and Markov chain models

Seminar | February 7 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Lea Popovic, Concordia University

 Department of Statistics

For a number of processes in biology the appropriate stochastic modelling is done in
terms of multi-scale Markov processes with fully dependent slow and fast fluctuating variables.
The most common examples of such multi-scale processes are deterministic evolutions, jump-diffusions,
and state dependent Markov chains. The law of large numbers limit, central limit theorem,
and the corresponding...   More >

i4Y Child Marriage and Youth Empowerment Group Speaker Series: Harnessing the power of social norms for improving global health. A case study from West Africa

Seminar | February 7 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 401 University Hall

 Ben Cislaghi, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

 Innovations for Youth (i4Y)

Harnessing the power of social norms for improving global health. A case study from West Africa.

Social norms are the unwritten rules in a group or society. They facilitate human interaction by clarifying what behaviour people can expect from others. They range from simple rules of etiquette (shake hands when you meet someone) to fundamental family or social duties (get married, find a...   More >

EECS Colloquium: Toward Unifying Model-based and Learning-based Robotics

Colloquium | February 7 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Dieter Fox, University of Washington

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The predominant approach to perception, control, and planning in robotics is to design approximate models of the physics underlying a robot, its sensors, and its interactions with the environment. These model-based techniques often capture properties such as the propagation of light and sound, or the mass, momentum, shape, and surface friction of objects, and use these to generate controls that...   More >

Applied Statistics at Tesla

Seminar | February 7 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Swupnil Sahai, Tesla; Andrej Karpathy, Tesla

 Department of Statistics

From estimating the time to failure of battery modules for Reliability Engineering to predicting lane lines from images for Autopilot, statistics plays a vital role in building all of Tesla’s products. In this talk, we present the ways in which Tesla is changing the future of sustainable energy and discuss how statisticians will help us get there.

How Did US-Russian Relations Get So Bad and How Might They Be Improved?

Colloquium | February 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 George Breslauer, Professor of the Graduate School, The Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

The current hostility in US-Russian relations goes back to the aftermath of the collapse of the USSR and the formal end of the Cold War. US International behavior in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa progressively alienated Russian leaders, leading, under Putin, to sharp reactions. In response to those reactions, US leaders of both parties came to demonize Russia and Putin and to up the...   More >

Whose Classroom?: The Generative Potential of Conflict in Higher Education

Workshop | February 7 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio (Dwinelle 117)

 Dr. Sarah Lappas, ACES Culture and Activism Fellow

 American Cultures, Academic Innovation Studio, Equity and Inclusion, Vice Chancellor, Center for Teaching and Learning

This event brings together UC Berkeley faculty, and students in a guided dialogue unpacking the tensions, frustrations, opportunities and possibilities of contentious discourse in the classroom.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Academic Narratives: Thriving in Science Seminar

Seminar | February 7 | 6-7 p.m. | 105 Stanley Hall

 Terry Johnson, UCB Dept. of Bioengineering

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Academic communication is not unique in its reliance on narrative to convey information and gather interest. Unfortunately, the narratives that we routinely construct can encourage unrealistic expectations in participants new to our disciplines. We'll discuss the typical narratives academics engage in, compare how they are interpreted differently by different audiences, and consider the best (and...   More >

Lies, Damned Lies, and Academic Narratives

Seminar | February 7 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 105 Stanley Hall

 Professor Terry Johnson, UC Berkeley Department of Bioengineering

 Thriving in Science

Science Cafe - It's a small world: Viewing Life with Electrons

Presentation | February 7 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Restaurant Valparaiso

 1403 Solano Ave , Albany, CA 94706

 Danielle Jorgens, Director, Electron Microscope Laboratory; Restaurant Valparaiso


A revolution is occurring in biology due to new technologies in the world of electron microscopy. In addition to the monumental advances in the Cryo-EM, which garnered the Nobel Prize last year, a new wave of 3-dimensional imaging is taking over the rest of the electron microscopy field. With these advanced 3D electron microscopes, cells and tissues are being visualized at new depths and...   More >

3d-Electron microscopy: tunneling filaments