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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

Ropes Course 2 - 1st Year Students Only

Workshop | August 31 | 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. |  Strawberry Canyon Recreational Area

 Carol Rhodes

 University of California


Fundamentals of Sustainable Natural Dyeing with Michel Garcia

Workshop | August 28 – 31, 2017 every day | 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Learn the fundamentals of sustainable natural dyeing including fiber preparation, plant mordants, plant selection, using less dye for greater effect, surface design techniques, and various applications of natural dyes.

$425, $400 UCBG Members

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

Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis

Seminar | August 31 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Neale Mahoney, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS, University of Chicago

 Haas School of Business

The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis, named after our esteemed colleague who founded the seminar, features current research by faculty, from UCB and elsewhere, and by advanced doctoral students. The research investigates governance, and its links with economic and political forces. Markets, hierarchies, hybrids, and the supporting institutions of law and politics all come...   More >

Assessing Personality Type and Your Career with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

Workshop | August 31 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  University Hall

 Terrie Moore, Staff Career Development

 Human Resources

Understanding your preferred work style can help inform your career planning and how you adapt to the dynamic world of work. A clearer understanding of these can contribute to higher career satisfaction.

Pre-work required - See details online at the UC Learning Center, and upon registration.

REGISTRATION required at the UC Learning Center through the Blu portal. Course code - BECAR101

  Register online

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: How do Individuals Repay their Debt? The Balance Matching Heuristic

Seminar | August 31 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, C330 Cheit Hall

 Neale Mahoney, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

 Department of Economics

Joint with the Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis

* Note change in time and location due to a joint event

Prof. Matei Zaharia: Composable High-Performance Data Processing with Weld

Seminar | August 31 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 405 Soda Hall

 Matei Zaharia, Stanford University


The main way users are productive writing software is by composing libraries written by other developers. Unfortunately, the traditional interface for composing software -- function calls that exchange data through memory -- is increasingly inefficient on modern hardware. Even when developers write applications using highly optimized libraries, such as BLAS, their performance can be orders of...   More >

IB Seminar: Thermal performance, local adaptation, and niche evolution in a short-lived annual

Seminar | August 31 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Joe Hereford, University of California, Davis

 Department of Integrative Biology

Tannin Walk through the Garden with Michel Garcia- SOLD OUT

Workshop | August 31 | 2-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Commonly found in leaves, barks, roots, and fruits of trees, tannins are used to produce wine, leather, and ink and can greatly enhance a natural dyer’s practice. Join Michel Garcia for a walk through the University of California Botanical Garden to learn about tannins and their many applications in situ.

$45, $40 UCBG Members


Student Applied Math Seminar: Quantum Embedding Theory

Seminar | August 31 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Lin Lin, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Quantum physics requires the solution of PDEs in high dimensional spaces, but this is hard. Various numerical schemes have been developed to solve these PDEs approximately in the past decades. Understandably, some high fidelity models can only be applied to systems of very small sizes, while relatively low fidelity models can be applied to much larger systems. The theory (or sometimes more...   More >

Paper Tigers, Hidden Dragons: Firms and the Political Economy of China's Technological Development

Colloquium | August 31 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Douglas Fuller, School of Management, Zhejiang University

 Lowell Dittmer, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

China presents us with a conundrum. How has a developing country with a spectacularly inefficient financial system, coupled with asset-destroying state-owned firms, managed to create a number of vibrant high-tech firms?

China's domestic financial system fails most private firms by neglecting to give them sufficient support to pursue technological upgrading, even while smothering state-favored...   More >

How to Email a Professor to Get a Positive Response: Workshop

Workshop | August 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Do you need to email a professor you've never met before to ask for their help, but you don't know where to start? Have you ever written a long email to a professor, only to receive no response, or not the one you hoped? If so, this workshop is for you! We will discuss how to present yourself professionally over email to faculty and other professionals ...   More >

LaTeX: Introduction to Typesetting in math

Workshop | August 31 | 4-5 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Kresge Engineering Library Training Room 110MD

 Brian Quigley, Mathematics and Statistics Librarian, Kresge Engineering Library


This workshop is an introduction to typesetting math using LaTeX. Attendees will learn how to create various environments for equations and formulas; subscripting and superscripting; Greek letters; and other commonly used syntax for math.

  Registration opens August 4. Register online or by calling Brian Quigley at 510-642-5729, or by emailing Brian Quigley at bquigley@berkeley.edu

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Boolean representations of simplicial complexes: beyond matroids

Colloquium | August 31 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 John Rhodes, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We present a "crash course" on representing finite simplicial complexes by rectangular matrices with coefficients 0 or 1 (Boolean matrices). Our "course" may be of interest to combinatorialists, topologists, and discrete geometers and is intended to be accessible to students, including advanced undergraduates.

Our main theme is a new idea: some of the columns of a Boolean matrix are "linearly...   More >

"Free Speech and Community": A Conversation with Chancellor Christ at The Berkeley Forum

Presentation | August 31 | 6 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 Carol Christ, UC Berkeley Chancellor

 The Berkeley Forum

What constitutes free speech? At what point does free speech infringe upon the notion of community, if at all? Recent events on campus - and the intense media and political scrutiny that accompanied them - have highlighted a need for thoughtful discussion of these questions. Newly sworn-in Chancellor Carol Christ will discuss these themes in conversation at the Berkeley Forum.