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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Computer Health Matters: User Friendly Workstations (BEUHS400)

Workshop | February 21 | 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomics@Work; Mallory Lynch, Ergonomics@Work

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn how to set up a user-friendly workstation and practice stretches to help relieve computer-related aches and pains. This workshop is required to qualify for computer ergonomics matching funds.

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Keyboards and Mice: Ergonomic Alternatives (BEUHS401)

Workshop | February 21 | 9:45-10:45 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 about the ergonomics of keyboards and pointing devices, including appropriate workstation set-up, postures, and techniques for using them. Find out about the keyboards and pointing devices covered by the Computer Ergonomics Matching Funds Program. Enroll online at the UC Learning Center.

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Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement Workshop

Workshop | February 21 | 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 >

An Inherent “Technology” for Steel Braced Structures

Seminar | February 21 | 10-11 a.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Konstantinos Skalomenos

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Steel braced frames constitute the main earthquake-resistant mechanism in steel structures but exhibit two main drawbacks. Steel braces provide with a limited post-yielding stiffness that may result in a soft-story failure mechanism and exhibit severe mid-length local buckling that leads to unstable energy dissipation and finally fracture.

Technology Development for the Field of Regenerative Medicine: CITRIS Spring 2018 Research Exchange Series

Seminar | February 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Jan A. Nolta, Director of the Stem Cell Program, UC Davis School of Medicine

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Jan A. Nolta, Ph.D., is the Director of the Stem Cell Program at UC Davis School of Medicine, and directs the Institute for Regenerative Cures. Join her as she speaks on the fields of stem cells, immunotherapy, gene therapy and regenerative medicine are poised to change the face of healthcare.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Mike Shapiro: Fancy feet and a checkered past: Genetics of diversity in Darwin's pigeons

Seminar | February 21 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Mike Shapiro

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Life on the inside: the evolutionary consequences of intracellular parasitism in cryptic Fungi"

Seminar | February 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Alisha Quandt

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

I'm interested in all aspects of fungal biology. My research is focused on addressing three fundamental questions in mycology: (1) How do fungi evolve the ability to switch hosts or adapt to utilize various substrates? (2) How do fungi interact with other microorganisms? and (3) Where are potential unexplored habitats of novel fungal diversity? Genomics, metagenomics, transcriptomics,...   More >

Contraceptive Choice Across the Reproductive Life Course: Megan Sweeney, UCLA

Colloquium | February 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Megan Sweeney, Professor, UCLA Department of Sociology

 Population Science, Department of Demography

A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | February 21 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This training is required for anyone who is listed on a Biological Use Authorization (BUA) application form that is reviewed by the Committee for Laboratory and Environmental Biosafety (CLEB). A BUA is required for anyone working with recombinant DNA molecules, human clinical specimens or agents that may infect humans, plants or animals. This safety training will discuss the biosafety risk...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Algebraic and topological properties of big mapping class groups

Seminar | February 21 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Priyam Patel, University of California, Santa Barbara

 Department of Mathematics

The mapping class group of a surface is the group of homeomorphisms of the surface up to isotopy (a natural equivalence). Mapping class groups of finite type surfaces have been extensively studied and are, for the most part, well-understood. There has been a recent surge in studying surfaces of infinite type and in this talk, we shift our focus to their mapping class groups, often called big...   More >

Low-temperature localization of directed polymers

Seminar | February 21 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Erik Bates, Stanford University

 Department of Statistics

On the d-dimensional integer lattice, directed polymers are paths of a random walk that have been reweighted according to a random environment that refreshes at each time step. The qualitative behavior of the system is governed by a temperature parameter; if this parameter is small, the environment has little effect, meaning all possible paths are close to equally likely. If the parameter is made...   More >

“Biologically Inspired Engineering: From Mechanotherapeutics to Human Organs-on-Chips”

Seminar | February 21 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 105 Stanley Hall

 Donald E. Ingber, M.D., Ph.D., Harvard University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

In this presentation, I will describe work we have been carrying out at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard that I head, which leverages biological design principles to develop new engineering innovations. I will highlight recent advances that my team has made in the engineering of “Organs-on-Chips”— microfluidic devices lined by living human cells created with...   More >

Weina Wang- Delay Bounds And Asymptotics In Cloud Computing Systems

Seminar | February 21 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Weina Wang, Illinois Urbana-Campaign

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

With the emergence of big-data technologies, cloud computing systems are growing rapidly in size and becoming more and more complex, making it costly to conduct experiments and simulations. Therefore, modeling computing systems and characterizing their performance analytically are more critical than ever in identifying bottlenecks, informing system design, and facilitating provisioning.

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Homomorphisms of pure mapping class groups to the integers

Seminar | February 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Priyam Patel, University of California, Santa Barbara

 Department of Mathematics

A classical theorem of Powell (with roots in the work of Mumford and Birman) states that the pure mapping class group of a connected, orientable, finite-type surface of genus at least 3 is perfect, that is, it has trivial abelianization. We will discuss how this fails for infinite-genus surfaces and give a complete characterization of all homomorphisms from pure mapping class groups of...   More >

Spatially Organized Lipid Droplet Biogenesis and its Roles in Cellular Stress Response

Seminar | February 21 | 4-5 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Room 101

 Mike Henne, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

CS Seminar: Closing the Loop on Secure Systems Research

Seminar | February 21 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 Soda Hall - HP Auditorium

 Amit Levy, PhD. Candidate, Stanford

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

I'll describe Tock, an operating system for microcontrollers we designed with these principles in mind. I'll discuss how we continuously evaluate Tock by engaging with practitioners, and how lessons from practitioners have fed back into the system's design.

Recent Advances in Algorithmic High-Dimensional Robust Statistics

Seminar | February 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Ilias Diakonikolas, USC

 Department of Statistics

Fitting a model to a collection of observations is one of the quintessential problems in machine learning. Since any model is only approximately valid, an estimator that is useful in practice must also be robust in the presence of model misspecification. It turns out that there is a striking tension between robustness and computational efficiency. Even for the most basic high-dimensional tasks,...   More >

WEBINAR: F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) Question and Answer Session

Workshop | February 21 | 4-5 p.m. |  Online Webinar

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

If you are graduating soon and have questions about applying for F-1 employment eligibility after you graduate, then sign up for this ONLINE Webinar. We'll do a brief overview of the OPT application process and timelines, followed by a Question and Answer session.

Prior to attending this webinar, you need to review the OPT Tutorial...   More >

Marxism Engages Bourdieu

Colloquium | February 21 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues)

 Michael Burawoy, Professor, Department of Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

The influence of Pierre Bourdieu's thought has spread across disciplines and over the world. Like all the great sociologists before him, his theory emerges from a critique of Marx. In Bourdieu’s case the critique revolves around Marx’s failure to develop a theory of cultural domination. But, like his predecessor sociologists, Bourdieu reduces Marxism to Marx and, thus, never engages such figures...   More >

Shortly on the true horizon of Li ion batteries and adventures beyond Li ion batteries: Li oxygen and Li sulfur battery systems with Li metal anodes

Colloquium | February 21 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Doron Aurbach, Bar-Ilan University

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Li ion batteries which power most of our mobile electronic devices may be considered as the most impressive success of modern electrochemistry. This energy storage & conversion technology is pushed now to the great challenge of electro-mobility, which requires high energy density, prolonged cycle-life and excellent safety features. I will review briefly the true horizon of these systems in terms...   More >

Scalar for Multimedia Digital Projects

Workshop | February 21 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, D-Lab, 350 Barrows Hall

 Stacy Reardon, Library


Scalar is a web platform designed especially for multimedia digital projects and for multimedia academic texts. Choose it to develop born digital projects and books, or as a companion site for traditional scholarship. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll learn how to create a Scalar project, create pages and media, add metadata and annotations, and define paths.

The Lincoln Legacy: The Man and His Presidency: Tony Kushner and Sarah Vowell

Panel Discussion | February 21 | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

Program: Playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner and author and radio personality Sarah Vowell meet for a conversation about Abraham Lincoln, reflecting on his leadership and legacy and the challenges of American democracy in his time and ours. Best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America, Kushner later wrote the screenplay for Steven Spielberg’s biopic Lincoln. Vowell has...   More >

$25–$52 (prices subject to change)

  Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Berkeley Talks presents Tony Kushner and Sarah Vowell's discussion, The Lincoln Legacy, Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 8pm in Zellerbach Hall.