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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement Workshop

Workshop | December 6 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

J-1 and J-2 visitors subject to this requirement must return to their country of last legal residence for two years or obtain a waiver before being eligible for certain employment visas such as H (temporary employment), L (intra-company transfer), or Permanent Resident status ("green card"). Not all J visitors are subject as it depends on specific factors.

At this workshop, you will...   More >

Laptop and Mobile Ergonomics (BEUHS409)

Workshop | December 6 | 10-11 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonimics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn how to use your laptop safely in an office and mobile setting. Recommended mobile products and best practices for using smart phones and tablets will also be provided. Enroll online

  Register online

National Identity Narratives in Canadian and American Textbooks, 1850-2010: Fact or Fiction?

Colloquium | December 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Patricia Bromley, Stanford University

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

National Identity Narratives in Canadian & American Textbooks, 1850-2010: Fact or Fiction?

Prof. Patricia Bromley
Stanford University
Wednesday, Dec 06, 2017
223 Moses Hall | 12 Noon

Buffet lunch at 12 noon followed by lecture at approximately 12:20.
Free Event | Open To Everyone
Part of the Canadian Studies Colloquium Series

The Canadian Studies Colloquium Series is made possible...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "What makes the Lyme disease bacterium tick?"

Seminar | December 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Christine Jacobs Wagner, Yale University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Our laboratory is part of the Microbial Sciences Institute at the Yale West Campus. Our group studies the temporal and spatial mechanisms involved in bacterial physiology, with emphasis on chromosome dynamics, cell division, cell cycle regulation, cell morphogenesis and RNA biology. Our primary model organisms are Caulobacter crescentus, Escherichia coli and the Lyme disease pathogen Borrelia...   More >

Christine Jacobs Wagner

“Evolution and Emergence of Functional RNA: Mapping the Fitness Landscape”

Seminar | December 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Irene Chen, Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Evolutionary outcomes are difficult, if not impossible, to predict, largely because the effect of any possible mutation is unknown. In other words, understanding evolution requires detailed knowledge of the relationship between sequence and activity, or the fitness landscape. Inspired by the RNA World of early life, in which RNA carried information and also performed catalytic functions, we study...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Design and Implementation of an Optionally-Typed Functional Programming Language

Seminar | December 6 | 2-3 p.m. | 405 Soda Hall

 Patrick S. Li, U.C. Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This talk describes the design and implementation of L.B. Stanza (www.lbstanza.org), a general-purpose programming language aimed at tackling the complexity of architecting large programs and maximizing programmer productivity across the entire software development life cycle.

Insights into the mechanism of HIV-1 genome selection and packaging

Seminar | December 6 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Michael Summers, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Applied Math Seminar: Stability-preserving projection-based model order reduction for compressible flows

Seminar | December 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Irina Tezaur, Sandia National Laboratories

 Department of Mathematics

Projection-based reduced order modeling is a promising tool for bridging the gap between high-fidelity and real- time/multi-query applications such as uncertainty quantification (UQ), optimization and control design. A popular approach to building projection-based reduced order models (ROMs) for fluid problems is the proper orthogonal decomposition (POD)/Galerkin projection method. This method...   More >


Colloquium | December 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Efrem Braun, Ph.D. student in the Smit Group; Michelle Liu, Ph.D. student in the Smit Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Statistical Inference for Stochastic Approximation and Online Learning via Hierarchical Incremental Gradient Descent

Seminar | December 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Weijie Su, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of Statistics

Stochastic gradient descent (SGD) is an immensely popular approach for optimization in settings where data arrives in a stream or data sizes are very large. Despite an ever-increasing volume of works on SGD, less is known about statistical inferential properties of predictions based on SGD solutions. In this paper, we introduce a novel procedure termed HiGrad to conduct inference on predictions,...   More >

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Dr. Joseph Pickrell, Adjunct Professor, Department Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University

Seminar | December 6 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Center for Computational Biology

What can we learn from human genomics at scale and how do we get there?

Holiday Evergreen Wreath Workshop

Workshop | December 6 | 6-8 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Create a one-of-a-kind beautiful and festive wreath or garland to add to your holiday decorations. Greens from the Garden's global plant collection and other natural adornments are included.

$50/ $40 Garden members

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

East Bay Science Cafe: Exploding Stars: Dark Energy, and the Runaway Universe

Presentation | December 6 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Restaurant Valparaiso

 1403 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706

 Jeffrey Silverman


Some of the most energetic and fascinating objects in the Universe are exploding stars known as supernova. These colossal outbursts result from the deaths of stars and for a time can outshine the entire galaxy in which they’re found. Observations of distant supernova provided the first evidence that the expansion of the Universe is speeding up with time, rather than slowing down. This wholly...   More >

Hubble Space Telescope mosaic image assembled from 24 individual Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 exposures taken in October 1999, January 2000, and December 2000