<< Wednesday, March 14, 2018 >>

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

SOLD OUT - Local Color: A Watercolor Workshop with Mimi Robinson

Workshop | March 14 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Have you ever noticed that each place has its own distinct set of colors? This watercolor workshop explores the colors that make up The UC Botanical Garden. Through classroom and garden we will develop color palettes that reflect this remarkable place. Learn and refine your color mixing skills, and how “limited palettes” can create a wide range of subtle color.

$100, $90 members

 Sold out.

WEBINAR: Travel and Visa Renewal in 2018

Workshop | March 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Online Webinar

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Learn about what to expect when traveling abroad and re-entering the U.S. Topics include: Is it ok to travel internationally right now? What are the risks involved with travelling? When a visa stamp is needed (and when it is not), documents you need to apply for a visa, the visa application process and timelines, Security Clearances, and travel to Canada and Mexico.

Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects

Workshop | March 14 | 11:10 a.m.-12:40 p.m. | Barrows Hall, D-Lab, 350 Barrows Hall

 Rachael Samberg, Scholarly Communication Officer, Library


This training will help you navigate the copyright, fair use, and usage rights of including third-party content in your digital project. We will also provide an overview of your intellectual property rights as a creator and ways to license your own work.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Anne Yoder: From speciation, to sensory biology, to translational biomedicine: My journey with the mouse lemur as an emerging genetic model organism

Seminar | March 14 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Anne Yoder (MVZ Student Invited Speaker)

 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 >

Bridging the Gap Between the Petri Dish and the Patient: Integrative Approaches to Put Disease in Context

Seminar | March 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Stephanie Fraley, University of California, San Diego

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Technological advances continue to accentuate the fact that biological knowledge is highly context and time dependent. It is now clear that in vitro model systems, which are necessary for studying the molecular mechanisms of disease, fail to represent many critical pathophysiological features of human disease. Thus, findings from in vitro studies rarely translate directly into impact for...   More >

The contribution of drug-related deaths to the US disadvantage in mortality: Magali Barbieri, UC Berkeley/INED

Colloquium | March 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Magali Barbieri, Professor, UC Berkeley/INED

 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.

Non-Invasive Bladder Volume Sensing for Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction Management: CITRIS Spring 2018 Research Exchange Series

Seminar | March 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Eric A. Kurzrock, Professor of Urology, UC Davis

 Soheil Ghiasi, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UC Davis

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

We will develop machine learning algorithms to identify patterns in light absorption maps generated by the sensor array, and to personalize the alert to better match individual patient’s body characteristics and preferences. Extensive empirical studies with bladder replicas, swine bladder and healthy human volunteers will be carried out.

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Chemical Intelligence of Fungi"

Seminar | March 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Nancy Keller, University of Wisconsin - Madison

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

My research focus lies in genetically dissecting those aspects of Aspergillus spp. that render them potent pathogens and superb natural product machines. We are interested in elucidating the mechanism of fungal sporulation and host/pathogen interactions; processes intimately linked to secondary metabolite (e.g. mycotoxin) production.

The Persistence of Gender Inequality from Interpersonal and Intergroup Perspectives

Colloquium | March 14 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Laura Kray, Professor, Haas School of Business

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Laura Kray will weigh evidence in support of a popular explanation for women’s lesser outcomes in pay and career advancement—the belief that women are poor advocates for themselves.

Sound meditation for Sleep (BEUHS057)

Workshop | March 14 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Melissa Felsenstein, Inner Sounds Yoga

 Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance

Experience the powerful effects of live sound during this special, free sound meditation. Learn how sound can be used as therapy to help reduce stress, release tension, balance the nervous system, and encourage healthier sleep. Feel a deeper sense of relaxation and renewal as you are immersed in tone and vibration of quartz crystal bowls and other instruments.

Participants have reported...   More >

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Employment Issues in Agriculture

Workshop | March 14 | 1-5 p.m. |  2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment)

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment

The aim of this workshop is to explore employment issues in Californian agriculture. This workshop aims at approaching the broad theme of employment issues in Californian agriculture from different perspectives, by focusing on the following: i) low wage jobs in agriculture; ii) discrimination at work; ii) immigration reform; and iii) attempts to make agriculture more sustainable. These approaches...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Rigidity and flexibility for discrete subgroups of semisimple Lie groups

Seminar | March 14 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Beatrice Pozzetti, University of Heidelberg

 Department of Mathematics

After introducing semisimple Lie groups as groups of isometries of symmetric spaces, I will give a panorama on some classical results about their discrete subgroups. On the one hand, I will discuss Mostow rigidity and Margulis superrigidity, on the other I will discuss how the Teichmuller space gives examples of flexible subgroups of Lie groups, as well as bending constructions.

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: The relative Drinfeld commutant of a fusion category and alpha-induction

Seminar | March 14 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Yasuyuki Kawahigashi, University of Tokyo

 Department of Mathematics

We establish a correspondence among simple objects of the relative commutant of a full fusion subcategory in a larger fusion category in the sense of Drinfeld, irreducible half-braidings of objects in the larger fusion category with respect to the fusion subcategory, and minimal central projections in the relative tube algebra. Based on this, we explicitly compute certain relative Drinfeld...   More >

Feminism and Politics in 1980s Britain

Workshop | March 14 | 2-5:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Stephen Brooke, York University; Judith Walkowitz, Johns Hopkins University; Sarah Stoller, UC Berkeley; Christopher Lawson, UC Berkeley

 James Vernon, UC Berkeley; Tehila Sasson, Emory University

 Department of History, Center for British Studies

This afternoon workshop will be structured around discussions of work-in-progress that are helping us to rethink the nature of feminism and the political culture of 1980s Britain. Papers will be pre-circulated electronically and each presenter will have 10-15 minutes to talk about them before opening up to discussion.

  RSVP by emailing ctrbs@berkeley.edu

Genre Awareness and Analysis: A Strategic Tool for Language Learning

Workshop | March 14 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)

 Greta Vollmer, Professor Emerita, English & Applied Linguistics, Sonoma State University

 Berkeley Language Center

Students studying foreign languages often struggle to produce texts whose forms, purposes and linguistic features are unfamiliar or unclear to them. How can we - as instructors - help them understand the key genres of a foreign language, as well as the linguistic choices and cultural expectations that shape them? This session will offer an activity-based introduction to "genre-based pedagogy,”...   More >

Random walk on the Heisenberg group

Seminar | March 14 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Persi Diaconis, Stanford University

 Department of Statistics

The Heisenberg group ( 3 by 3 upper-triangular matrices with entries in a ring) is a venerable mathematical object. Simple random walk picks one of the bottom two rows at random and adds or substracts it from the row above.
I will use Fourier analysis to get sharp results about the long term behavior. For entries in integers mod n, the walk converges to uniform after order n squared steps

Bankers and Empire: How Wall Street Colonized the Caribbean

Colloquium | March 14 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Peter James Hudson, University of California Los Angeles

 Department of Geography

From the end of the nineteenth century until the onset of the Great Depression, Wall Street embarked on a stunning, unprecedented, and often bloody period of international expansion in the Caribbean. The precursors to institutions like Citibank and JPMorgan Chase, as well as a host of long-gone and lesser-known financial entities, sought to control banking, trade, and finance in the region. In...   More >

Protecting the genome of mitotic and meiotic cells by homologous recombination

Seminar | March 14 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Maria Jasin, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Ethnographic films by Director-cinematographer Xiangchen Liu

Colloquium | March 14 | 4-6 p.m. |  1995 University Avenue, fifth floor


 Xiangchen Liu, independent filmmaker

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Mongolian Initiative

Zul (documentary, 57 minutes)
The Mongolians in Bayanbulug Area, believers of Tibetan Buddhism, make a lengthy journey through ridges and passes to reach their winter pasture deep inside Mount Tianshan. There, while being isolated for 5 months by storm and snow, people celebrate Zul, the Lamp Lighting Festival on the 25th of October on the lunar calendar each year. On this Day of Death of...   More >

How to Prepare Human Subjects Protocols for Your Research Projects

Workshop | March 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

If you need to learn how to prepare human subjects protocols for a research project, you may want to attend one of these workshops given by the Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarships (OURS). Note that they are timed to be very shortly after SURF and Haas Scholars human subjects selection, respectively.

We will go through, step by step, the things...   More >

ERG Colloquium: Andy Jones: Rational Numbers: Improving the Usability of Science for a Climate Resilient Society

Colloquium | March 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Andy Jones, Research Scientist, Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

 Energy and Resources Group

Many of the scientific data products available to decision-makers were not produced with their needs in mind and lack credibility information that could be used to guide the use of certain data products for specific applications. Dr. Jones will describe two lines of research aimed at addressing this gap

Mediation analysis for count and zero-inflated count data

Seminar | March 14 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Jing Cheng, UCSF

 Department of Statistics

In health studies, the outcome is often a count or zero-inflated (ZI) count such as the number of decayed, missing and filled teeth (dmft) or surfaces (dmfs); many subjects have zeros because they have not had any cavities. To aid in understanding the underlying mechanisms of diseases and treatments, we developed a series of statistical methods for mediation analyses specifically for count or ZI...   More >

Individualizing Healthcare with Machine Learning

Seminar | March 14 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 Soda Hall - HP Auditorium

 Suchi Saria, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will begin by introducing the types of health data currently being collected and the challenges associated with learning models from these data.

Microhydrodynamics of Ellipsoidal Particles

Colloquium | March 14 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Sangtae Kim, Purdue University

 Department of Chemical Engineering

The ellipsoid (along with its degenerate forms) is the workhorse in classical models that capture the role of nonspherical particle shapes in multiphase suspensions and composite materials. The utility of these models in many branches of science have forced generations of students to master the mathematics of elliptic integrals and related functions. And yet for over a half-century we have known...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Maximal Representations

Seminar | March 14 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Beatrice Pozzetti, University of Heidelberg

 Department of Mathematics

An important application of bounded cohomology is the theory of maximal representations: a class of exceptionally well behaved homomorphisms of fundamental groups of Kaehler manifolds (most notably fundamental groups of surfaces and finite volume ball quotients) in Hermitian Lie groups (as Sp(2n,R) or SU(p,q)). I will discuss recent rigidity results for maximal representations of fundamental...   More >

Seminar 211, Economic History: Pricing Uncertainty Induced by Climate Change

Seminar | March 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Lars Peter Hansen, University of Chicago

 Department of Economics

Note change in time. Joint with Departmental Seminar.

City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771–1965

Colloquium | March 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Hearst Memorial Mining Building, Room 290

 Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Associate Professor, History and African American Studies and Interim Director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, UCLA

 Eric Henderson, Policy Associate, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

 Center for Research on Social Change, Department of History, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Equity and Inclusion, Vice Chancellor

Los Angeles incarcerates more people than any other city in the United States, which imprisons more people than any other nation on Earth. In this talk based on her new book, historian Kelly Lytle Hernández explains how the City of Angels became the capital city of the world’s leading incarcerator.

Los Angeles incarcerates more people than any other city in the United States, which imprisons more people than any other nation on Earth. This book explains how the City of Angels became the capital city of the world’s leading incarcerator. Marshali

Applied Math Seminar: Modeling and simulation of plasmons in 2D materials

Seminar | March 14 | 4-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Mitchell Luskin, University of Minnesota

 Department of Mathematics

The manipulation of the electronic structure of low-dimensional materials has recently been the subject of active research with applications in spintronics, quantum information processing, energy storage, and novel composites. In particular, the electric conductivity of atomically thick materials such as graphene and black phosphorous yields an effective complex permittivity with a negative real...   More >

Seminar 291, Departmental Seminar: "Pricing Uncertainty Induced by Climate Change"

Seminar | March 14 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Lars Peter Hansen, University of Chicago

 Department of Economics

Climate science documents uncertainty induced by different emission scenarios, alternative models, and ambiguous physical interactions. Moreover, for some purposes, it constructs tractable approximations to initially complex models. To engage in credible policy analysis requires that we acknowledge and confront the limits to our understanding of dynamic mechanisms by which human inputs impact the...   More >

Basic Needs Security Fitness Workshop: Nutrition Week

Workshop | March 14 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Stiles Hall Conference Room (basement)

 Alvin Yu, UC Berkeley Basic Needs Security Committee

 UC Berkeley Basic Needs Security Committee

The Fitness Workshop will be hosted by BNS member, Alvin Yu. The purpose of our workshop is to provide motivation and inspiration to those tentative about working out or who could use some direction in beginning exercise. We plan to have a fun, interactive environment in which participants listen to Berkeley students with different interests in fitness (running, pilates, taekwondo, IM sports),...   More >

Women in Intellectual Life Conversation: Woman and Power

Panel Discussion | March 14 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 330 Wheeler Hall

 Department of English

This conversation and the next one (on April 13) will focus on "Women and Knowledge"--the creating of knowledge (aesthetic and scholarly), the learning of knowledge (how do we women learn and why do we do so), the conveying of knowledge (pedagogical practices).

Poulomi Saha, Kathleen Donegan, Katie Bondy, and Jane Hu will provide a few opening remarks, and the conversation will develop from...   More >

It’s not personal: Why being happy should be one of your explicit professional goals

Seminar | March 14 | 6-7 p.m. | 105 Stanley Hall

 Dr. Troy Lionberger, Senior Manager of Technology Development at Berkeley Lights

 Thriving in Science

As scientists, we are trained to think of our science as a deterministic process. We organize our research following the scientific method, execute experiments to the best of our abilities, and the honest truth is that most of our professional lives will be spent encountering failure. How we deal with failure (an unavoidable part of the scientific process) is what will ultimately determine...   More >