<< Tuesday, February 13, 2018 >>

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Deconstructing Social Ideas

Seminar | February 13 | Barrows Hall, Radio Broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7 FM

 Caleb Luna, PhD Student, Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies; Ashley Smiley, PhD Student, Department of Integrative Biology

 KALX 90.7 FM

Caleb is a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies.

Caleb Luna wearing heart sunglasses

Transition Metal-Catalyzed Amination and Amidation Reactions

Seminar | February 13 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Kami Hull, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 College of Chemistry

Carbon–nitrogen bonds are ubiquitous in pharmaceuticals, organic materials, and natural products. These C–N bonds are often incorporated as amines or amides. Despite their prominence, they are often formed in poor atom and step economy. One of the primary goals of the Hull Group is to develop alternative syntheses of this two important functionalities. Our work towards chemo-, stereo-, and...   More >

Close encounters of the microbial kind: How Mycobacterium tuberculosis traverses the mucosal barrier

Seminar | February 13 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Michael Shiloh, University of Texas Southwestern

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

A Pretensioned, Rocking Bridge Column System for Accelerated Construction and Enhanced Seismic Performance

Seminar | February 13 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Travis Thonstad

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

A pretensioned bridge column system has been developed that accelerates on-site construction activities, minimizes residual displacements even after large seismic events and reduces post-earthquake damage. The connections are the key to the system’s seismic performance.

Innovative Genomics Institute Seminar Series: Connecting social interactions to specialized metabolism in actinomycete bacteria

Seminar | February 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Matt Traxler
Department of Plant and Microbial Biology | UC Berkeley
"Connecting social interactions to specialized metabolism in actinomycete bacteria"
Energy Biosciences Building 115, Tuesday Feb 13th - 12pm to 1pm.
Lunch immediately after the seminar in the EBB lobby.

Grant Writing Workshop: Specific Aims

Workshop | February 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 401 University Hall

 Erica Whitney, Berkeley Research Development Office

 Public Health, School of

Presented by Erica Whitney, Associate Director of Strategy and Training, at the Berkeley Research Development Office. The presentation will focus on tips for writing a successful Specific Aims section with examples of how to address different points and messages.

Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer's Disease: The Basics (BEUHS172)

Workshop | February 13 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Mary Fisher, Alzheimer’s Association

 Be Well at Work - Elder Care

In this informative workshop, participants will learn about normal age-related memory changes, the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, the diagnostic process, risk factors, disease stages, and treatment options. Resources offered by the Alzheimer’s Association will be provided, as well as community resources, both locally and geographically distant.

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Development Lunch: "Demand-driven enforcement of labor law in Bangladesh"

Seminar | February 13 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Laura Boudreau

 Department of Economics

Africanisation and Government Intelligence: the Politics of Security in the Gold Coast, 1948 - 1957

Colloquium | February 13 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Chase Arnold, PhD Candidate, UC Berkeley Department of History

 Center for African Studies

In 1948, the Gold Coast witnessed a week of rioting sparked by political protest and violent confrontation with police. After the riots, the British and Gold Coast governments implemented numerous political reforms, transitioning the colony toward self-rule and, eventually, independence. The riots also spurred security reform in the Gold Coast. For many in Accra and London, the riots demonstrated...   More >

Using Patient Experience Data to Assess Attempts at System Transformation

Colloquium | February 13 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 104 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Paul D. Cleary, PhD, Professor, Yale School of Public Health

 Public Health, School of

The State of Connecticut recently launched a CMMI sponsored State Innovation Model program that focuses, in part, on using financial incentives to improve care. Improved Patient-centered care is one of the goals of the program and this talk will describe the initial stages of using patient surveys to assess variations in patient-centered care in CT. This will include a discussion of some of the...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: Tait colorings and instanton homology (continued)

Seminar | February 13 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We'll continue to discuss Kronheimer and Mrowka's instanton invariants of spatial webs.

Seminar 237/281, Macro/International Seminar: Exchange Rate Disconnect in General Equilibrium

Seminar | February 13 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Oleg Itskhoki, Princeton

 Department of Economics

ISF 110 - Free Speech in the Public Sphere: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Division of Undergraduate Education

In this spring 2018 class, we shall take up the nature of public speech from Socrates' public dissent to social media messaging today. The course reading will combine classic philosophical statements about the value of free, subversive and offensive speech; histories of the emergence of public spheres; and sociologies of technologically-mediated speech today.

On the Digital Archive and Its Uses for Japanese Humanities: A Collaborative Workshop by the Art Research Center of Ritsumeikan University and the University of California, Berkeley

Workshop | February 13 | 2-5 p.m. | 117 Dwinelle Hall

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), East Asian Library

This workshop will examine the possibilities for new digital technologies and platforms to allow for collaboration within the humanities. Presentations will introduce collaborative projects already underway at both Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan and at the University of California, Berkeley and we will explore the promise of transnational collaboration to provide students access to...   More >

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "Group Membership Magnifies the Dark Side of Human Social Behavior"

Seminar | February 13 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Michal Bauer, CERGE-EI and Institute of Economic Studies, Charles University

 Department of Economics

Gilman Scholarship Application Workshop

Workshop | February 13 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Stephens Lounge

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Are you a Pell Grant recipient and U.S. citizen who is planning to study and/or intern abroad? Attend the Gilman Scholarship Application Workshop and learn about the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, a federal scholarship which funds up to $5,000 towards a study abroad experience.

The Gilman Scholarship Application Workshop will review scholarship and eligibility requirements,...   More >

Cognitive Neuroscience Colloquium: Intracranial electrophysiology of the human default mode network: Where fMRI got it wrong

Colloquium | February 13 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Josef Parvizi, Department of Neurology, Stanford University

 Department of Psychology

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: How to Count 27 Lines in Macaulay2

Seminar | February 13 | 3:45-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Mahrud Sayrafi, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In a series of computational examples in Macaulay2, we will give an introduction to Chern classes and projective bundles leading to computing the number of lines on a cubic surface. Specifically, we will see how to define smooth projective varieties in Macaulay2, build vector bundles on them, and use the Schubert2 package to compute their Chern classes. If time permits, we will look at more...   More >

Spatial organization of complex lipid bilayers: Emergent order across multiple scales

Seminar | February 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Lutz Maibaum, Department of Chemistry, University of Washington

 College of Chemistry

Cellular membranes are bilayers made of a large number of different types of phospholipids, sterols, and proteins. Their spatial organization is of fundamental importance for a large number of elementary biological processes including cell signaling and membrane trafficking. It has become clear that phospholipids and sterols contribute significantly to the lateral structure of such membranes. The...   More >

Jean Michaud and Dan Smyer Yü | Zomia, Frictions and Multistate Margins in Modern Trans-Himalayas

Reading - Nonfiction | February 13 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Dan Smyer Yü, Professor and Director, Center for Trans-Himalayan Studies, Yunnan Minzu University; Jean Michaud, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Laval University

 Lawrence Cohen, Professor of Anthropology and of South & Southeast Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Himalayan Studies Program, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

A talk on recent scholarship on the Trans Himalayan regions by anthropologists Jean Michaud & Dan Smyer Yü.

Advances in Continuous Integration Testing at Google

Seminar | February 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 540AB Cory Hall

 John Micco, Google

 UC Berkeley ASPIRE Lab

We are always working on improving the efficiency of our developers’ core workflows by providing better and faster tooling and processes for testing developer code submissions. This talk will describe some of the latest research we are doing on scheduling tests more effectively, reducing costs and handling flaky tests. We are on the cusp of dramatically reducing our costs while still...   More >

North American Futures: NAFTA in the Balance

Panel Discussion | February 13 | 4-6 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium

 Christopher Sands, Professor & Director of Canadian Studies, Johns Hopkins University; Maria Echaveste, Policy and Program Development Director, Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy; Jeremy Kinsman, Diplomacy Scholar & Former Canadian Ambassador

 Rana Sarkar, Consul General, Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

What is the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement? With changes to NAFTA on the horizon and negotiators gathering for a new round of NAFTA talks, this panel of experts examines the economic, political, and diplomatic aspects of NAFTA's past, present, and future.

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Dr. Nilah Ioannidis, Departments of Biomedical Data Science and Genetics, Stanford University: Computational methods for interpreting genetic variation of unknown significance

Seminar | February 13 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium 306

 Center for Computational Biology, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Understanding the clinical significance of personal genome variation is a major challenge for personalized medicine, with large numbers of variants of unknown significance discovered in next-generation sequencing studies. I will first discuss two machine learning tools that we recently developed to predict the clinical significance of individual genetic variants. REVEL is a random...   More >

Design Field Notes: Jennifer Jacobs

Seminar | February 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Jennifer Jacobs, whose research examines ways to diversify participation and practice in procedural art and computational design, will speak at Jacobs Hall.

Digital Scholarly Editions with TEI

Workshop | February 13 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, D-Lab, 350 Barrows Hall

 Stacy Reardon, Library


The Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) offers a standard way of describing texts to make them machine readable. A flavor of XML, TEI has been used in many humanities and social sciences disciplines, and it has a dedicated vocabulary for describing literary texts. TEI may be used to create digital editions, prepare texts for research, and preserve texts in a digital format. In this workshop, we'll...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Chern Classes and an introduction to Projective Bundles

Seminar | February 13 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Daniel Chupin, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, we will characterize Chern classes of vector bundles on schemes and discuss and invoke the splitting principle as a tool for computing Chern class identities for tensor/wedge/symmetric products of bundles. Time permitting, we may either return to Grassmannians to do some computations or say some words about how Chern classes of the universal bundle generate the Chow ring, or talk...   More >

What's Up With That? Making Healthy Relationships and Connections

Workshop | February 13 | 5:30-7 p.m. | International House, Home Room

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

As you spend time at Cal, you will begin to make new friends, and perhaps new relationships. Sometimes these relationships can be complex due to cultural differences. How do you handle them? How do you go about maintaining existing relationships?

We'll also discuss dating and healthy relationships within the US context. Come and share your thoughts with others who might be going through...   More >

No Ban, No Wall: Confronting the Militarization of Our Borders and Communities

Panel Discussion | February 13 | 6-8 p.m. | 221 Kroeber Hall

 Ofelia Ortiz Cuevas, Assistant Professor of Department of Chicana/o Studies at UC Davis; Lara Kiswani, Executive Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC); Pierre Labossiere, Co-Founder of the Haiti Action Committee; Abraham Vela M.D., Volunteer, Clínica Martín-Baró

 Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, California Nurses Association/National Nurses United

The Trump presidency has increased attacks on immigrant and marginalized communities through targeting sanctuary cities, instituting the Muslim ban, and revoking temporary protected status for thousands. Please join us for a panel discussion to analyze these intersections with some of the individuals working to defend the health and rights of immigrant communities.

Your Right to Compost: A Workshop on Berkeley Mandatory Compost

Workshop | February 13 | 7-8 p.m. | TBA Dwinelle Hall

 Heidi Obermeit, Recycling Program Manager, City of Berkeley Dept of Public Works

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Do you live in a building with 5+ units?

Then your housing management is required to provide you with a compost bin! Come learn with SERC, STeam, and Cal Zero Waste for an hour filled with student empowerment, games, learning how to talk to you landlord and get compost services, and how to sort your waste once you’ve got it!