<< Tuesday, February 28, 2017 >>

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Investigating the Extinction of South American Mammals: Interview with Dr. Natalia Villavicencio, Integrative Biology

Seminar | February 28 | 9-9:30 a.m. | Barrows Hall, Radio broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7FM

 Dr. Natalia Villavicencio, Department of Integrative Biology; Tesla Monson, PhD Candidate, Department of Integrative Biology

 KALX 90.7FM

This week on The Graduates, we speak with Dr. Natalia Villavicencio about her research on the roles that humans and climate change play in driving animals to extinction, in the past and in the present.

The Graduates, highlighting graduate student research at Berkeley and around the world, is broadcast every other Tuesday at 9AM on KALX 90.7FM and on the web


Natalia with a giant armadillo at the Field Museum

Phase Transitions and Adsorption at the Atomic and Nanoscale: From Storing and Separating Gases to Manipulating Light

Seminar | February 28 | 10-11 a.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Jarad Mason, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University

 College of Chemistry

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Relationship Trading in OTC Markets

Seminar | February 28 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Terrence Hendershott, UC Berkeley

 Center for Risk Management Research

We examine the network of bilateral trading relations between insurers and dealers in the over-the-counter corporate bond market. Using comprehensive regulatory data we find that many insurers use only one dealer while the largest insurers have a network of up to eighty dealers. To understand the heterogeneity in network size we build a model of decentralized trade in which insurers...   More >

BASF Lecture in Chemical Sciences: Organic chemistry of natural proteins under crude conditions

Seminar | February 28 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Itaru Hamachi, Department of Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry Graduate School of Engineering Kyoto University, Kyoto and CREST/JST, JAPAN

 College of Chemistry

Traditionally, proteins analysis has been conducted under the purified dilute aqueous conditions in most cases. However, it is now being recognized that structure and functions of natural proteins in live systems are rather different from those under such pure conditions. Therefore, it is ideal that proteins can be studied in vivo in more-details for deep understanding of these biomolecules. For...   More >

Cook Well Berkeley Healthy Cooking Series: Practical Kitchen Tools (BEUHS641)

Workshop | February 28 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Kim Guess, RD, Be well at Work - Wellness

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Kitchen tools and gadgets can make healthy cooking easier, efficient, and fun! Learn easy recipes using our favorite practical tools that are often used in our cooking classes. Demonstration, recipes, and samples provided.

  Register online

Core Essentials for Better Posture (BEUHS402)

Workshop | February 28 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomics@Work


Improve your posture through awareness and exercise. Learn about common muscular imbalances and postural patterns. Practice strengthening, stretching, and stability exercises to promote healthy postures and better balance. Wear comfortable clothing. Enroll online through the UC Learning Center.

  Register online

The Politics of Order in Informal Markets: Evidence From Lagos

Colloquium | February 28 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Shelby Grossman, Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University

 Center for African Studies

One of the Center for African Studies weekly sessions in our Spring 2017 Colloquium Series.

Shelby Grossman

Development Lunch:"Identification of Other-Regarding Preferences: Evidence from a Common Pool Resource Game in Colombia"

Seminar | February 28 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 David Echeverry

 Department of Economics, CEGA

Township leaders and village chiefs in contemporary China

Colloquium | February 28 | 2 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), IEAS Conference Room, Suite 510

 Zhe Ren, Institute of Developing Economies, CJS Visiting Scholar

 Daniel Mattingly, Stanford University

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The relationship between a township leader and a village chief in contemporary China is something of a political puzzle. Researchers have maintained that China’s bureaucratic system contains a very important political contracting framework. Within this framework, the career of a cadre is strongly related to the performance of a contract that may cover not only economic development but also other...   More >

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | February 28 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 370 University Hall | Note change in time

 Jason Smith, UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health, & Safety

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This session briefly covers the UC Berkeley specific radiation safety information you will need to start work.​ In addition, dosimeter will be issued, if required.

ESPM Forest Products and Woody Biomass Seminar Series - Robert Hairstans

Seminar | February 28 | 3-4 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall

 Robert Hairstans, Associate Professor, School of Engineering and the Built Environment, Edinburgh Napier University

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

"Timber Offsite and Modern Methods of Construction"

The Transition from Complex Chemistry to Simple Biology Part 1. The Surprising Chemistry of Nonenzymatic RNA Replication

Seminar | February 28 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Jack Szostak, Simches Research Center Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Molecular Biology, and Center for Computational and Integrative Biology 7215

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Allan C. Wilson Memorial Lectures

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Eigenvalues for Schrödinger operators with random, highly oscillatory potentials.

Seminar | February 28 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Alexis Drouot, UCB

 Department of Mathematics

We study eigenvalues of 3D Schrödinger operators modified by a stochastic term $V_N$, oscillating at typical frequency $N \gg 1$. Such operators are a rough model for the propagation of waves inside a disordered medium. Using a perturbation argument, we show that eigenvalues converge almost surely as $N \rightarrow \infty$. The rate of convergence is investigated: we identify two regimes,...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: Fiberings of congruence covers of arithmetic manifolds

Seminar | February 28 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We'll discuss a condition to guarantee that a tower of congruence $p$-covers of an arithmetic hyperbolic 3-manifold have the RFRS property (Residually Finite Rational Solvable), and hence virtually fiber. We'll spend some time discussing the Bass-Serre tree which is the basis for this criterion.

Design Field Notes: Avery Trufelman

Seminar | February 28 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Avery Trufelman, 99% Invisible

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Avery Trufelman, a producer at 99% Invisible — the highly acclaimed podcast about "the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about: the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world"— will speak at Jacobs Hall.

Conformations and Dynamics of Protein Molecular Recognition

Seminar | February 28 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Megan Thielges, Department of Chemistry, Indiana University

 College of Chemistry

Protein dynamics, the population of and interconversion among multiple states, are often evoked to explain function. The experimental characterization of protein dynamics to fully uncover their role however is challenged by both the spatial heterogeneity of proteins and the rapid interconversion of potentially important conformational states. Our group combines the inherent temporal resolution of...   More >

LaTeX: Creating Tables, Figures, and Bibliographies

Workshop | February 28 | 4-5 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Kresge Engineering Library 110 MD

 Samantha Teplitzky, Kresge Engineering Library


This workshop will focus on how to add elements to a LaTeX document. Attendees will learn about various packages and syntax that enables the creation of tables, figures, images, and bibliographies.

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The Real 'Skin in the Game': The History of Naked, Sweaty, and Colorful Skin in the Human Lineage

Seminar | February 28 | 4-5 p.m. |  International House

 Nina Jablonski, Pennsylvania State University

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Machine Learning with Neural Networks Using Keras.io: The Hacker Within

Workshop | February 28 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

This Week's The Hacker Within

Topic: Visualization with D3.js


This is a weekly meeting for sharing skills and best practices for scientific computation.

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 >

Sustain U: Green Up Your Life

Course | January 31 – April 25, 2017 every Tuesday with exceptions | 6:30-8 p.m. | 228 Dwinelle Hall

 Sharon Chen; Mary Thomasmeyer

 Student Environmental Resource Center

This course, presented by the Student Environmental Resource Center, is meant to introduce sustainability as a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary concept embodying business, economics, public health, engineering, and ethnic studies, as well as its real practical applications in students’ lives.