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Friday, February 23, 2018

The Science of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

Workshop | February 23 – 24, 2018 every day | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Kristin Neff, Ph.D., University of Austin, Texas; Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D., Santa Clara University

 Greater Good Science Center

Since publication of Kristin Neff's goundbreaking book, Self-Compassion, there has been a surge of interest in the science and practice of self-compassion, particularly in clinical settings. But what is self-compassion, how does it relate to the practice of mindfulness, and how can it benefit yourself and your clients, patients, colleagues, and loved ones?

Self-compassion is made up of three...   More >


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Kristin Neff and Shauna Shapiro

BERC Energy Summit: Energy in the Trump era: Industry leaders highlight the way forward at the western U.S.’s biggest student-run energy conference

Conference/Symposium | February 23 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Christine Harada, Chief Sustainability Officer, Obama Administration

 Shayle Kann, Senior Vice President, Greentech Media

 Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative

How are the nation’s energy innovators building a more sustainable future even in the Trump era? Industry leaders, researchers and top government officials will answer that urgent question at the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (BERC)’s annual Energy Summit - the biggest student-run energy conference in the western U.S. Discussions will address this year’s theme: Bridging Divides &...   More >

$20 2-Day Student Ticket [Post-docs eligible]

  Register online or or by emailing energy_summit@berc.berkeley.edu

Botanical Illustration: Trees with Catherine Watters

Workshop | February 22 – 23, 2018 every day | 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden | Note change in time

 Botanical Garden

This two-day class will focus on trees and 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.

$190, $175 members

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

“A Rational Account of Inaccurate Self-Assessment”: Psychology 229A

Colloquium | February 23 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Rachel Jansen, UC Berkeley

 Department of Psychology

Two 30 minute research talks by current graduate students.

Symplectic Geometry and Mirror Symmetry Seminar: Lagrangian tori in $\mathbb {CP}^2$

Seminar | February 23 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Renato Vianna, Univ. Federal do Rio de Janeiro and MSRI

 Department of Mathematics

We will present an infinite series of monotone Lagrangian tori in $\mathbb {CP}^2$, which arise as fibres of almost toric fibrations (ATFs). We show how to distinguish these tori up to the action of $\mathrm {Symp}(\mathbb {CP}^2)$. Time permiting, based on a joint work with Tonkonog and Shelukhin, we will present (a 4-dimensional version) of an invariant for any Lagrangian, and use it to...   More >

Preschoolers Rationally Use Evidence To Select Causally Relevant Variables.: Psychology 229A

Colloquium | February 23 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Mariel Goddu, UC Berkeley

 Department of Psychology

Two 30 minute research talks by current graduate students.

Slavery Scandals and Capitalism in Southeast Asian Fisheries

Panel Discussion | February 23 | 12-2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Peter Vandergeest, Professor of Geography, York University; Melissa Marschke, Associate Professor of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa

 Nancy Lee Peluso, Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy, UC Berkeley

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This discussion will outline labor and migration issues concerning commercial fisheries in Thailand, which have been under scrutiny since controversial 'slave labor' practices among Burmese and Cambodian migrants working in this sector were exposed in 2014.

“Systems Approaches for Understanding Antimicrobial Efficacy”

Seminar | February 23 | 12-1 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Jason Yang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Recent advances in high-throughput experimental technologies and data analytics now enable unprecedented quantification and association of biological signals with markers of human health and disease; but current efforts to harness this potential fail to reliably produce the mechanistic biological insights necessary for driving translational innovation. Here, we will discuss systems approaches for...   More >

DIY Couture Fashion Lab

Workshop | February 23 | 12-6 p.m. | Dwinelle Annex, Room 126

 Lauren Pearson

 Arts Research Center

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! DIY Couture Fashion Lab with Angie Wilson! No sewing skills needed! Used garments will be redesigned and reconstructed into fashion masterpieces: shirts, pants, jackets, dresses, bags, etc.

DIY Couture Fashion Lab

First Steps into Functional Fitness (BEUHS618)

Workshop | February 23 | 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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Talking About Combinatorial Objects Student Seminar: The (strong) Bruhat order

Seminar | February 23 | 1-2 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Isabelle Shankar, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Nanoscale imaging with RF sensors

Seminar | February 23 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 Hogan Room

 Monica Allen, Stanford University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Although the wavelength of microwaves far exceeds the nanoscale, it is possible to use an RF sensor to perform nanoscale imaging by confining electromagnetic fields to small spatial dimensions. In this talk, I will discuss microwave impedance microscopy (MIM), a near-field imaging tool that spatially visualizes the local conductivity and dielectric constant of a material with nanoscale precision....   More >

Engineering Functionality in Colloidal Semiconductor Nanomaterials: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | February 23 | 2-3 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Prof. Dmitri V. Talapin, Univ of Chicago, Chemistry

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

The synthesis of inorganic nanomaterials has seen impressive developments, both in the fundamental understanding of nucleation, growth and surface chemistry of inorganic phases, and in the ability to prepare functional materials with precisely engineered optical and electronic properties. However, the lack of atomic precision in nanomaterial synthesis restricts our ability to harness all the...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Invariant Measures and (Discrete) Nonlinear Schrodinger Equations

Seminar | February 23 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Kyeongsik Nam, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The notion of invariant measure plays an important role in studying the long-time behavior of solutions to Nonlinear Schrödinger Equations (NLS). For instance, grand canonical Gibbs measures can be used to prove the almost sure well-posedness of NLS. However, it is hard to define grand canonical Gibbs measures in high dimensions. One way to remedy this is to use micro-canonical Gibbs...   More >

MENA Salon: Corruption in the Middle East

Workshop | February 23 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

On February 13, Israeli police recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for accepting $300,000 in bribes. Between November and January, the Saudi government detained 381 individuals and seized $106.6 billion as part of an aggressive anti-corruption campaign. For its part, Iraq arrested 290 officials on corruption charges in 2017. What drives government corruption in the Middle East...   More >

Composition Colloquium: Paula Matthusen

Colloquium | February 23 | 3 p.m. | 250 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Paula Matthusen is a composer who writes both electroacoustic and acoustic music and realizes sound installations. In addition to writing for a variety of different ensembles, she also collaborates with choreographers and theater companies. She has written for diverse instrumentations, such as “run-on sentence of the pavement” for piano, ping-pong balls, and electronics, which Alex Ross of The...   More >

Migration and the Value of Social Networks

Seminar | February 23 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Joshua Blumenstock

 Information, School of

Joshua Blumenstock uses novel data and methods to understand the economic lives of the poor.

Neil Bartlett Memorial Lecture: Phosphorus-Element Bond-Forming Reactions

Seminar | February 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Christopher Cummins, Department of Chemistry, MIT

 College of Chemistry

White phosphorus (P4) has been the traditional entry point into phosphorus chemistry. The thirteenth element to have been isolated, it can be oxidized with elemental oxygen or chlorine, or reduced in a variety of ways. We investigated its reduction using early transition metal systems and breakdown to produce complexes with terminal metal-phosphorus triple bonds. Such terminal phosphide complexes...   More >

Bioelectronic Noses for Odorants and Airborne Pathogen: Special Bio/Nano Seminar

Seminar | February 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 247 Cory Hall

 Prof. Seunghun Hong, Seoul National University, Applied Physics

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Recent progress in nanotechnology allows one to combine nanoscale devices with bio-molecules to build versatile nano-bio devices with interesting functionalities. One example can be a bioelectronic nose device to smell specific odorants just like human noses.

In this work, we coated olfactory receptor proteins on carbon nanotube-based transistors to build bio-electronic noses which can...   More >

Media Politics in China: Improvising Power Under Authoritarianism

Colloquium | February 23 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Rachel Stern, School of Law, UC Berkeley

 Maria Repnikova, Department of Global Communication and Center for Global Information Studies, Georgia State University

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Who watches over the party-state? In this engaging analysis, Maria Repnikova reveals the webs of an uneasy partnership between critical journalists and the state in China. More than merely a passive mouthpiece or a dissident voice, the media in China also plays a critical oversight role, one more frequently associated with liberal democracies than with authoritarian systems. Chinese central...   More >

Student / postdoc PDE seminar: Monotonicity formulas for elliptic and parabolic PDE 1

Seminar | February 23 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Tim Laux, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Vogue Dance Class with Sir JoQ

Workshop | February 23 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Tap into your inner diva and learn the basics of voguing in this intro dance class with Sir JoQ (Jocquese Whitfield), a vogue legend in San Francisco. Sir JoQ has held the winning title at the Miss Honey Vogue Ball multiple times and was voted the best dance instructor of 2014 by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Experience this dance form as a way of life and get inspired to celebrate the Bay...   More >

Grounds for Science- Putting it all together: cell choreography and energy grids

Presentation | February 23 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Scarlet City Espresso Bar

 3960 Adeline, Emeryville, CA 94608

 Mark Khoury, Molecular and Cell Biology; Christopher Poresky, Nuclear Engineering Department


Exciting short talks on cutting-edge topics by young researchers at UC Berkeley. Grounds for Science is a public science talk series organized by and featuring UC Berkeley graduate students.

Embryonic development: how cell choreography shapes animals with Mark Khoury

Just as the collective movements of many dancers are needed to perform the choreography in a ballet, the collective behavior...   More >

Mouse embryo. Image: MBL/Woods Hole