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Friday, April 7, 2017

Israeli Artists in Conversation with Israel: International Conference on Israeli Art and Society

Conference/Symposium | April 7 | 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Goldberg Room

 Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Center for Jewish Studies

How do differing artistic mediums uncover, make visible, or refocus the places where people, things, or ideas come together, cross paths, or mix-up, even if only for a moment?

This conference focuses on what is cutting edge in the arts and culture world in Israel – slicing across a broad cross-section of the arts from film to music to dance to visual culture to theater and performing arts –...   More >

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Future of Social Ventures Conference and GSVC Global Finals

Conference/Symposium | April 7 | 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Andersen Auditorium

 Berkeley-Haas Institute for Business and Social Impact, Berkeley-Haas Center for Social Sector Leadership, Global Social Venture Competition

The Future of Social Ventures Conference will feature speakers and interactive sessions with experts in the field of social impact, as well as presentations from the top finalists of the 2017 Global Social Venture Competition.


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The Future of Higher Education: Creating Opportunity, Assessing Value

Conference/Symposium | April 7 | 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Robert Birgeneau, Chancellor Emeritus and Professor of Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, and Public Policy, UC Berkeley, Co-Chair of The Lincoln Project

 Henry Brady, Dean, Goldman School of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, UC Berkeley; Carol Christ, Interim Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, and Chancellor Designate, UC Berkeley; Mark Becker, President, Georgia State University; Martin Kenney, Professor, Community and Regional Development, UC Davis; Sean Randolph, Senior Director, Bay Area Council Economic Institute; Edward Penhoet, Associate Dean, Biology, UC Berkeley; Pradeep Khosla, Chancellor, UC San Diego; Mike Hout, Professor, Sociology, New York University; James Rosenbaum, Professor, Education and Social Policy, and of Sociology, Northwestern University; Laura Hamilton, Associate Professor, Sociology, UC Merced; Sandy Baum, Policy Fellow at the Urban Institute, Professor Emerita of Economics, Skidmore College

 John Zysman, Professor, Political Science and Director, Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy, UC Berkeley; John Dougass, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Institute of Governmental Studies, Graduate School of Education, Center for Studies in Higher Education , Cal Alumni Association

This one-day conference will examine the implications of the developments for the future of American universities, students and society.

Commercial Development Site Design and Traffic Impact Analysis

Workshop | April 6 – 7, 2017 every day | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Online

 Nazir Lalani, Traffex Engineers Inc.

 Technology Transfer Program

This new online course is about examining the key components that result in effective internal circulation for commercial land development projects. The course will also focus on why earlier designs have failed to provide good circulation and the resulting impacts on the tenants of shopping centers and business parks. It will discuss the problem of designing commercial development projects for...   More >

 This course is intended for traffic engineers, transportation planners, architects, and representatives of developers who regularly have to interact with public agencies regarding the land use entitlement process.

Counterfactual thinking and comparative similarity

Seminar | April 7 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Felipe de Brigard, Duke University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Counterfactual thinking involves imagining hypothetical alternatives to reality. Philosopher David Lewis argued that people estimate the subjective plausibility that a counterfactual event could have occurred by comparing an imagined possible world in which the counterfactual statement is true against the current, actual world in which the counterfactual statement is false. Accordingly,...   More >

Environmental and Sustainability Career Expo

Career Fair | April 7 | 12-3 p.m. |  Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

 Student Environmental Resource Center, Career Center, College of Natural Resources

Seeking an environmental and sustainability career? Want to learn more about different green-focused organizations or network with sustainability professionals? Want to learn tips for getting an environmental job?

Join us for an Environmental and Sustainability Career Expo! Featured employers TBA.

ARE Seminar: On the Estimation of Treatment Effects with Endogenous Misreporting

Seminar | April 7 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 201 Giannini Hall

 Martin L. Weitzman, Harvard University

 College of Natural Resources

Speaker Rusty Tchernis from Georgia State University

Dancing for Fun and Fitness (BEUHS605)

Workshop | April 7 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

 Nadia Qabazard

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Fit some fun and fitness into your day with these free, beginner dance classes. Zumba will be on 2/10, and 5/5, Samba will be on 3/3 and Polynesian/Hula will be on 4/7 and 6/2. No partner required. Comfortable clothing and athletic shoes recommended.

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Organosilicon Compounds for Salt-free Reduction of Metal Compounds, Generating Catalytically Active Species

Seminar | April 7 | 1-2 p.m. | 775B Tan Hall

 Kazushi Mashima

 College of Chemistry

Precision Total Station Mapping

Workshop | April 7 | 1-5 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Kirsten Vacca, UC Berkeley, Archaeological Research Facility; Alexandra McCleary, UC Berkeley, Archaeological Research Facility; Christopher Lowman, UC Berkeley, Archaeological Research Facility

 Archaeological Research Facility

This workshop will introduce the use of ARF’s Sokkia total stations for mapping archaeological sites and features at sub-centimeter precision. We will demonstrate the setup and leveling of the total station, the use of the Magnet Field tablet software, mapping process, and the export of data to desktop mapping software.

Sokkia SET 5


Presentation | April 7 | 1-2 p.m. |  Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design


Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Sustainable semiconductor for personal satellite and deep space exploration

Seminar | April 7 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 540 A/B Cory Hall

 Jin-Woo Han, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

AS Silicon devices scaling advances, a long-term operation becomes increasingly less sustainable due to several device aging mechanisms. A failure rate of the device tends to increase with miniaturization and new space applications by various wear out mechanisms including stress induced leakage current (SILC), hot-carrier injection (HCI), and bias temperature instability (BTI). In addition to...   More >

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: Witt vectors, semirings and total positivity

Seminar | April 7 | 2-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Martin Speirs, University of Copenhagen

 Department of Mathematics

The goal of this talk is to explain recent results of James Borger on extending the Witt vector functor from rings to semirings. This is achieved by using various positivity results from the study of symmetric functions. I will introduce a convenient algebraic set-up (introduced by Borger and Wieland under the name of plethories) for dealing with such questions, and finally I will also discuss...   More >

On Belonging: Gender, Sexuality, and Identity in Japan

Conference/Symposium | April 7 | 2 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, The Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

The UC Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies presents its fourth annual graduate student conference: On Belonging: Gender, Sexuality, and Identity in Japan. We invite proposals for papers from current graduate students and recent graduates from any discipline that focus on past and present inquiries into and expressions of identity and community formation vis-à-vis gender and sexuality in Japan....   More >

Biomimetic Engineering of Squid Sucker Ring Teeth Proteins: From Biology to Technology: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | April 7 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. Ali Miserez, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore / MSE

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Living organisms are “green chemist” masters, producing multi-functional materials under benign environmental conditions, with a limited amount of building blocks. Thus, they constitute important biomimetic model systems for eco-friendly and multi-scale processing of materials.

Proteins constitute either the structural components of biological materials or the templates that control the growth...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: A Semiclassical Approach to the Kramers–Smoluchowski Equation

Seminar | April 7 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Maciej Zworski, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We consider the Kramers–Smoluchowski equation at a low temperature regime and show how semiclassical techniques developed for the study of the Witten Laplacian and Fokker–Planck equation provide quantitative results. I will give complete proofs in the one dimensional case and explain how recent work of Laurent Michel gives results in higher dimensions. One purpose is to provide a simple...   More >

Composition Colloquium: Marco Stroppa

Colloquium | April 7 | 3 p.m. |  CNMAT (1750 Arch St.)

 Department of Music

Composer, researcher and professor, Marco Stroppa was born in Verona on December 8, 1959.
He undertook a range of musical studies - piano, choral music and choir conducting, composition and electronic music – under Laura Palmieri, Guido Begal, Renato Dionisi, Azio Corghi and Alvise Vidolin at the Conservatories of Verona, Milan and Venice. He also studied computer music, cognitive psychology and...   More >

Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | April 7 | 3-4 p.m. | 406 Davis Hall

 Dr. Bruce E. Logan, Professor, Penn State CEE

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

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.

The Bishan Project: 2010-2016

Colloquium | April 7 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Ou Ning, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University in the City of New York

 Weihong Bao, East Asian Languages and Cultures; Film Studies

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The Bishan Project was not just an art project. It started out from wanting to address those imbalances between cities and the countryside that had manifested grim realities such as the deterioration of agricultural industries, rural villages, and farm laborer empowerment, and were the direct result of excessive urbanization. The project relied on the accumulated experience of the rural...   More >

Earl L. Muetterties Memorial Lecture: Design of Advanced Materials?

Seminar | April 7 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Matt Rosseinsky, Department of Chemistry, University of Liverpool

 College of Chemistry

The development of advanced materials will increasingly rely on our ability to assemble complex compositions in an ordered and predictable manner to generate enhanced properties. There is thus considerable interest in building our capability for materials design. It is attractive to harness the ever-increasing power of computation in the search for new materials. The scale and nature of the...   More >

Takács Quartet Colloquium

Colloquium | April 7 | 4:30 p.m. |  Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Discussion with music students and faculty, with members of the Takács Quartet.
Tickets: private session for UC Berkeley students only; not open to the public.