<< April 2017 >>

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Critter Corner

Workshop | December 31, 2016 – May 27, 2017 every Saturday | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science, Niche Classroom

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

What is it like to live underwater? How does it feel to warm yourself on a rock? Get an introduction to the living world by meeting small mammals, reptiles, and arthropods. In the Critter Corner, which is perfect for ages 8 and under, you can observe how animals move, feel, and eat. Read stories and role-play with toy animals and habitats so that you can better understand animal life.

Animal Discovery Room at the Lawrence Hall of Science

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Perennial Garden Design

Workshop | April 2 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Spend the day turning your garden dreams into a reality! Join horticulturist for the Garden's Australasian and California collection, Clare Al-Witri for a perennial garden design workshop. Come with an idea for a garden design project and create your own concept design collage to work through design challenges and ideas on paper before breaking ground. You'll study concepts of garden design, such...   More >

$65, $60 members

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

Monday, April 3, 2017

Ten Years of Global Metropolitan Studies at Berkeley

Seminar | April 3 – 4, 2017 every day |  Barrows Hall

 College of Environmental Design

APRIL 3 &amp; 4, Two Day Symposium exploring issues from the last ten years of research in Global Metropolitan Studies.

Mongolian Archaeology: New Discoveries, New Concerns

Conference/Symposium | April 3 | 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Smithsonian Institution, Archaeological Research Facility

Click on title above for full website and program.

The ancient cultural interactions of Northeast Asia have left a now-imperiled record in stone across the steppes and forests of Mongolia. The historical implications of the archaeological record, and the race not only to study but to preserve this record in the face of growing threats...   More >

Archaeology in Mongolia

Seminar 251, Labor: "Direct and Indirect Consequences of a Welfare Reform on Individuals and their Families"

Seminar | April 3 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment) | Note change in time and location

 Christian Dustmann, UCL

 Department of Economics

with Lars Højsgaard Andersen and Rasmus Landersø

  RSVP online by March 29.

Islamic Texts Circle: Alcohol

Workshop | April 3 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

What does the Qur'an say about alcohol? What is the legal status of its consumption? Join our guest facilitator Amin Ehteshami (Near Eastern Studies) in a conversation about alcohol and Islam. To RSVP and receive the texts (in translation), please contact us at cmes@berkeley.edu.

Combinatorics Seminar: Finite reflection groups and graph norms

Seminar | April 3 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 David Conlon, University of Oxford

 Department of Mathematics

For any given graph $H$, we may define a natural corresponding functional $\|\cdot \|_H$. We then say that $H$ is norming if $\|\cdot \|_H$ is a semi-norm. A similar notion $\|\cdot \|_{r(H)}$ is defined by $\| f \|_{r(H)} := \| | f | \|_H$ and $H$ is said to be weakly norming if $\|\cdot \|_{r(H)}$ is a norm. Classical results show that weakly norming graphs are necessarily bipartite. In the...   More >

Innovations in Hiring Practices: Encouraging Social Inclusion and Diversity in the Workplace

Panel Discussion | April 3 | 12:15-1:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Wells Fargo Room (C420)

 Liz Lowe, Innovation Lead, Sustainability and Social Impact, Adobe; Virginia Martinez-Martin, Recruiting Lead, IDEO; Devan Vaughn, Program Manager, Global Talent Acquisition, Microsoft

 Don Moore, Lorraine Tyson Mitchell Chair in Leadership and Communication, Berkeley-Haas School of Business

 Center for Responsible Business

Join us for a lunch-time panel which will discuss better alternatives to traditional hiring practices to create work forces that are not only productive but also socially inclusive and diverse.
Companies sometimes do a poor job of predicting future job performance and often discriminate against underrepresented minorities. How can companies avoid these pitfalls and implement better hiring...   More >


  Register online

Differential Geometry Seminar: Appearance of stable spheres along the Ricci flow in positive scalar curvature

Seminar | April 3 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Antoine Song, Princeton

 Department of Mathematics

For a 3-manifold M not isometric to the round sphere, with scalar curvature at least 6 and positive Ricci curvature, Marques and Neves proved a 3-dimensional version of the Toponogov theorem: there exists an embedded minimal surface S of area less than $4\pi $. Their proof uses a combination of min-max theory for minimal surfaces and the Ricci flow. While the general case (no assumption on the...   More >

String-Math Seminar: A new look at quantum knot invariants

Seminar | April 3 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall | Canceled

 Aaron Lauda, UCS

 Department of Mathematics

The Reshetikhin-Turaev construction associated knot invariants to the data of a simple Lie algebra and a choice of irreducible representation. The Jones polynomial is the most famous example coming from the Lie algebra sl(2) and its two-dimensional representation. In this talk we will explain Cautis-Kamnitzer-Morrison's novel new approach to studying RT invariants associated to the Lie algebra...   More >

PF student presentation:

Seminar | April 3 | 2-4 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 David Schönholzer, UCB; Jan Luksic, Goethe University Frankfurt

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

David Schönholzer - "The Value of School Facilities for Student Outcomes in Los Angeles Unified" (joint with Julien Lafortune)

Jan Luksic - "The Macro Labor Supply Elasticity Revisited: Integrating Taxes and Expenditures" (joint with Henrik Kleven)

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Orientations of moduli spaces for Legendrian contact homology/Real Gromov-Witten theory in all genera

Seminar | April 3 | 2:30-5:10 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Cecilia Karlsson/Penka Georgieva, Stanford/Pierre et Marie Curie

 Department of Mathematics

2:30 PM Karlsson) : I will give an introduction to Legendrian contact homology, which is an invariant of Legendrian submanifolds that is defined by using pseudo-holomorphic disk techniques. In particular, I will explain how one can define this homology with integer coefficients by orienting the moduli space of the pseudo-holomorphic disks. I will also discuss how one can make this invariant...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Spectral theory of normal unbounded operators and applications

Seminar | April 3 | 3-5 p.m. | Evans Hall, 736 Evans

 Brent Nelson, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this introductory talk we start by recapitulating basic properties of unbounded operators. Proceeding with the functional calculus for normal operators, we then discuss applications thereof such as Stone's theorem and operators affiliated to von Neumann algebras.

Irad Ben-Gal - Smart City Modeling of Personal Mobility Behavioral Patterns

Seminar | April 3 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Irad Ben-Gal, Tel Aviv University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

In this talk, we will address a real ‘smart city’ use-case and cover some of its associated opportunities and challenges.

Cynthia A. Chan Memorial Lecture: “Molecular Machines that Build Membranes”

Seminar | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Dan Kahne, Harvard University

 College of Chemistry

Student Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Mixed Hodge structures

Seminar | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Harrison Chen, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss how to define mixed Hodge structures (via Deligne) on the cohomology of non-smooth and non-proper varieties, with examples. We will then apply these results to a cohomological vanishing problem in representation theory.

Cynthia A. Chan Memorial Lecture: Molecular Machines that Build Membranes

Seminar | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Dan Kahne, Harvard University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Cynthia A. Chan Memorial Lecture

Software-Hardware Systems for the Internet of Things

Seminar | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium (306)

 Omid Abari, Ph.D. Candidate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Although interest in connected devices has surged in recent years, barriers still remain to realizing the dream of the Internet of Things (IoT). My work addresses these challenges by developing custom software-hardware systems for the Internet of Things.

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Models for Rayleigh-Taylor mixing and interface turnover

Seminar | April 3 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Steve Shkoller, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

The instability of a heavy fluid layer supported by a light one is generally known as Rayleigh-Taylor (RT) instability. It can occur under gravity and, equivalently, under an acceleration of the fluid system in the direction toward the denser fluid. Whenever the pressure is higher in the lighter fluid, the differential acceleration causes the two fluids to mix.

The Euler equations serve as the...   More >

Seminar 271, Development: The Welfare Effects of Encouraging Rural-Urban Migration

Seminar | April 3 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 David Lagakos, UCSD

 Department of Economics

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Ten Years of Global Metropolitan Studies at Berkeley

Seminar | April 3 – 4, 2017 every day |  Barrows Hall

 College of Environmental Design

APRIL 3 &amp; 4, Two Day Symposium exploring issues from the last ten years of research in Global Metropolitan Studies.

Two-Year Requirement Workshop

Workshop | April 4 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  International House

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

This general information workshop is for UC Berkeley international students and scholars whose immigration status is J-1 and J-2 and who are subject to the two-year home country physical presence requirement. Not all J exchange visitors are subject to this requirement.

J exchange visitors (students and scholars) who are subject to this requirement must return to their country of last legal...   More >

Free radical mediated C-C bond formation in cofactor and natural product biosynthesis

Seminar | April 4 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Dr. Kenichi Yokoyama, Department of Biochemistry, Duke University

 College of Chemistry

My group has been studying the functions and mechanisms of enzymes that catalyze key steps in backbone construction of natural products and cofactors. In particular, we are interested in how free radicals are being used in C-C bond formation. In this seminar, I will focus on our recent work on biosynthesis of antifungal peptidylnucleoside (PN) natural products represented by nikkomycins and...   More >

Nonclassical antigen presentation and T cell recognition

Seminar | April 4 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Erin Adams, University of Chicago

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

UCMP Fossil Coffee: Tba

Seminar | April 4 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 1101 (UCMP Fishbowl)

 Graham Slater, University of Chicago

 Museum of Paleontology

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Large Deviations of Factor Models with Regularly-Varying Tails: Asymptotics and Efficient Estimation

Seminar | April 4 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Farzad Pourbabaee

 Center for Risk Management Research

Abstract: I analyze the large deviation probability of factor models generated from components with regularly-varying tails, a large subclass of heavy tailed distributions.

Link to paper

BSAC Technology Seminar - Designing Functional Organic Nanomaterials for Advanced Energy Technologies

Seminar | April 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Dr. Guihua Yu, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, Texas Materials Institute

 Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center

Nanostructured materials are critical in technology because of unusual properties due to confined dimensions. A new class of polymeric materials will be presented: nanostructured conducting polymer gels (nCPGs), which have advantages as functional building blocks. nCPGs-enabled devices will be discussed to illustrate “structure-derived multi-functionality” of this special class of materials.

  RSVP online by April 3.

Development Lunch:"Health and Politics"

Seminar | April 4 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Felipe Gonzalez

 Department of Economics, CEGA

Who Fears Violence in African Elections?

Colloquium | April 4 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Manuela Travaglianti, Lecturer, Global Studies, UC Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

One of the Center for African Studies weekly sessions in our Spring 2017 Colloquium Series.

Manuela Travaglianti

Emily E. Reid

Seminar | April 4 | 1-2 p.m. | 205 South Hall

 Emily Reid

 Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC)

As part of its Spring 2017 Lunch Seminar Series, the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity presents Emily Reid, an independent consultant who previously served as Director of Education at Girls Who Code, a non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology.

  RSVP online by April 3.

Webinar: GLACIER Tax Prep Demo and Tips: For International Students and Scholars

Workshop | April 4 | 3-4 p.m. |  Online Webinar

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Get a first-hand look at the GLACIER Tax Prep (GTP) tax preparation software that will help you find the answers to your nonresident tax questions and complete the appropriate federal tax forms.

  Register online

3-Manifold Seminar: Local and global minimum of Renormalized Volume

Seminar | April 4 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Franco Vargas, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The renormalized volume $V_R$ is a finite quantity associated to geometrically finite hyperbolic 3-manifolds of infinite volume. In this talk I'll discuss its definition and some properties for acylindrical manifolds, namely local convexity and convergence under geometric limits.

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Gowers norms in Euclidean spaces: Introduction, applications and stability

Seminar | April 4 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Anh Nguyen, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Gowers norms are useful tools in additive combinatorics in measuring additivity of a subset $A$ in an abelian group $Z$ - how close $A$ is to being a subgroup of $Z$. In this talk, I demonstrate that there are uses of Gowers norms in Euclidean spaces. In particular I show that a measurable subset $E \subset \mathbb R^n, |E| = 1$ must assume convexity or near convexity if its $k$th Gowers norm is...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: F. S. Macaulay's work in Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry I

Seminar | April 4 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 David Eisenbud, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A mathematician's view of Macaulay's work

Containers with Docker: The Hacker Within

Workshop | April 4 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

This Week's The Hacker Within

Topic: Containers with Docker


This is a weekly meeting for sharing skills and best practices for scientific computation.

What Gets Inside: Violent Entanglements and Toxic Boundaries in Mexico City

Colloquium | April 4 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Elizabeth Roberts, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan

 Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society

This talk deploys the concept of entanglement in an examination of contemporary life in a working-class Mexico City neighborhood, Colonia Periferico, and a longitudinal environmental health project that studies the neighborhood’s residents.

EndNote: Citation and Document Manager: Hands-on Workshop

Workshop | April 4 | 4-5 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Bioscience & Natural Resources Library (2101)

 Susan Koskinen


EndNote is a tool for managing your references and documents and allows you to organize your citations, import from databases, add pdfs, insert footnotes into your Word docs, and format bibliographies in any style.

The Bioscience Library Training room is equipped with PCs and EndNote X8, you are welcome to bring your laptop too.
Please no food or drink in the Training room.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: F. S. Macaulay's work in Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry II

Seminar | April 4 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Jeremy Gray, The Open University

 Department of Mathematics

A mathematical historian's view of Macaulay's work

EPMS Weekly Seminar

Seminar | November 1, 2016 – December 5, 2017 every Tuesday | 5:10-6 p.m. | 212 O'Brien Hall

 Engineering and Project Management Society

Each week the Engineering and Project Management Society brings in a speaker to talk about topics related to construction and project management. Light refreshments will be provided.

Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at...   More >

Institute of Industrial Engineers IEOR Alumni Career Panel

Panel Discussion | April 4 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 240 Bechtel Engineering Center

 Courtney Moreira, Marketing Manager, Abbott Vascular; Soroush Mehraein, Software Engineer, Uber; Farzin Shadpour, Head of Supply Chain & Procurement, Theranos Inc.; Vladimir Vakulenko, Consultant, ZS Associates; Kelly Chien, Business Data Analyst, Intuit

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Would you like to meet career professionals who graduated with an IEOR degree from Cal? The Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) has invited five professionals to come and share their experiences to provide insights into the wide range of career options available for IEOR students.

The panel will feature:

- Courtney Moreira - Marketing Manager at Abbott Vascular
- Soroush Mehraein -...   More >

Sustain U: Green Up Your Life

Course | January 31 – April 25, 2017 every Tuesday with exceptions | 6:30-8 p.m. | 228 Dwinelle Hall

 Sharon Chen; Mary Thomasmeyer

 Student Environmental Resource Center

This course, presented by the Student Environmental Resource Center, is meant to introduce sustainability as a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary concept embodying business, economics, public health, engineering, and ethnic studies, as well as its real practical applications in students’ lives.

Stop THAAD in Korea – Launch of National Tour

Colloquium | April 4 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  University Lutheran Chapel

 2425 College Ave, Berkeley, CA

 Sounghey Kim, Won Buddhist minister, Co-chair, Seongju Struggle Committee to Stop THAAD Deployment

 Seongju Struggle Committee to Stop THAAD Deployment

In the midst of political upheaval in South Korea, advances in North Korea’s nuclear program, and uncertainty about the Trump administration’s policy in Northeast Asia, citizens in Seongju, South Korea, are stepping up their eight-month opposition to the installation of a U.S. missile defense system (THAAD) in their city. The U.S. and South Korea claim THAAD is necessary to defend against North...   More >

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Resilience and Renewal (BEUHS016)

Workshop | April 5 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Dana Walsh, MFT, CEAP, Employee Assistance, Be well at Work - Employee Assistance; Kathy Mendoca, Talent + Organizational Performance (TOP)

 Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance

External stressors are real, yet how we choose to view, experience and manage them is an internal process. To maintain a healthy level of stress, we must cultivate an ability to remain flexible and open in order to adapt and adjust to challenges. This workshop will examine common traits of resilient people, and explore ways to strengthen our own resiliency skills, while introducing the concept of...   More >

  Register online

2017 Bay Area WASH symposium: On water, health, and sanitation

Conference/Symposium | April 5 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Urban WASH

A student-led conference on water, health, and sanitation

 Attendance is by invitation only.

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | April 5 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building | Note change in location

 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 >

2017 COEH-CE Webinar Series: Climate Change and Health with Kent Pinkerton, PhD

Seminar | April 5 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. |  Webinar

 Dr. Kent Pinkerton, Director of the Center for Health and the Environment, UC Davis

 Center for Occupational and Environmental Health Continuing Education (COEH-CE) Program

Changes in climate and increases in the frequency of extreme climate events are predicted to adversely affect human health in a variety of ways. In this webinar Dr. Kent Pinkerton, Director of the Center for Health and the Environment at UC Davis, will provide an overview of the public health effects of climate change.

On completion of this webinar participants will be able...   More >

$0 Free Webinar, $30 CE Credit

  Enrollment opens February 24. Enroll online or by calling 510-643-7277, or by emailing info@coehce.org by April 5.

Matrix Computations and Scientific Computing Seminar: Interpolative Separable Density Fitting Decomposition for Accelerating Hybrid Density Functional Calculations with Applications to Defects in Large Scale Silicon

Seminar | April 5 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall

 Wei Hu, LBNL

 Department of Mathematics

Kohn-Sham density functional theory (KSDFT) is the most powerful tool for performing ab initio electronic structure calculations to study the structural and electronic properties of molecules, solids and liquids in quantum chemistry and materials science. However, as the key ingredient in the KSDFT calculations, the exchange and correlation functional to determine the accuracy must be...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Micro Seminar: "The ancestral human microbiome: the evolution and ecology of our microbial self"

Seminar | April 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Christina Warinner, University of Oklahoma

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

I am interested in evolutionary medicine and how understanding the ways in which humans have co-evolved with environments, diets, and pathogens allows us to better understand health and disease. My research draws on the methods and theoretical frameworks of several fields, including: molecular biology, archaeology, archaeogenetics (ancient DNA), stable isotope-based paleodietary and...   More >

Christina Warinner

IRLE Spring Seminar: The Dynamics of Household Economic Security Around A Birth

Seminar | April 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, IRLE Director's Room

 2521 Channing Way

 Alexandra Stanczyk, Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment

Newborns require a lot of resources. And with the changes in income composition that come with a birth, many families face financial uncertainty. This has implications for children’s health and development, women’s economic security, and public program design. This research finds that households see significant and enduring declines in economic security before and after a birth, with especially...   More >

  RSVP by emailing charlotterutty@berkeley.edu

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Rauri Bowie (seminar title TBA)

Seminar | April 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Rauri Bowie, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

 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 >

Romance outside Europe

Colloquium | April 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 4226 Dwinelle Hall

Romance Linguistics Working Group & Francophone Studies Working Group, Romance Linguistics Working Group & Francophone Studies Working Group

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

The Romance Linguistics Working Group and Francophone Studies Working Group are pleased to announce an upcoming mini-colloquium, set for April 5, 2017. The theme of our event is "Romance outside Europe."

  RSVP by emailing sokrat.postoli@berkeley.edu by April 3.

Sacred Founders: Women, Men, and Gods in the Discourse of Imperial Founding, Rome through Early Byzantium

Reading - Nonfiction | April 5 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220

 Diliana Angelova, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley Departments of History and History of Art

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Diliana Angelova, associate professor in the Departments of History and History of Art, is a scholar of early Christian and Byzantine art. Sacred Founders explores deep continuities between the ancient and medieval worlds, and recovers a forgotten transformation in female imperial power.

Sacred Founders (UC Press, 2015) asserts that from the time of Augustus through early Byzantium, a...   More >

BioE Seminar: “Probing the biophysical regulation of de novo tumor microenvironment”

Seminar | April 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Kandice Tanner, National Institutes of Health

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Spring 2017 Seminar Series

Wednesday, April 5
12noon - 1:00pm
290 Hearst Mining Building

“Probing the biophysical regulation of de novo tumor microenvironment”

Kandice Tanner
Tissue Morphodynamics Unit, Laboratory for Cell Biology,
Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute,
National Institutes of Health

Metastasis to distant organs remains the lethal outcome in most...   More >

Science of Synthesis seminar

Workshop | April 5 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Hildebrand Hall, Seminar Room 100F, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Library

 Dr. M. Fiona Shortt de Hernandez, Managing Editor, Thieme Science of Synthesis


The Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Library will be hosting a workshop led by representatives from Thieme on finding reliable chemical transformations using Science of Synthesis.

  Registration opens March 20. Register online by April 5.

Deception and Trust in a Post-Truth World

Colloquium | April 5 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall | Canceled

 Jeff Hancock, Professor, Stanford University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

How is the rewiring of communication in the network age changing how we deceive and trust one another? How can we trust that news story, or a hotel’s online review, or that text message about someone being on their way? In this talk we’ll go over how principles from psychology and communication intersect deception and trust with technology. We’ll cover the state-of-the-art in deception detection...   More >

Marriage, birth timing, poverty and health: Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | April 5 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Demography Seminar Room

 Philip Cohen, Professor, Sociology, University of Maryland

 Population Science, Department of Demography

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Thin position and additive invariants of knots

Seminar | April 5 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Scott Taylor, Colby College

 Department of Mathematics

Seifert genus and bridge number are classical knot invariants that detect the unknot and are additive under connected sum. Other classical knot invariants such as tunnel number, higher genus bridge number, and Gabai width have more complicated stories. I'll review the definitions of these invariants and their (non-)additivity properties. Additionally, I'll explain Scharlemann-Thompson thin...   More >

Applied Mathematics Seminar: A Causal Five-Field Theory of Dissipative Relativistic Fluid Dynamics

Seminar | April 5 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Heinrich Freistuehler, University of Konstanz

 Department of Mathematics

In the absence of dissipation, relativistic fluid dynamics is described by a five-field theory, namely, in terms of three velocity and two thermodynamic variables that are governed by the Euler system, five partial differential equations that determine the spatiotemporal evolution of these five fields from general initial data. Regarding the modeling of dissipation, i.e., viscosity and heat...   More >

ERG Colloquium: Nate Aden: Taking the Man out of Manufacturing: The Role of Industrial Transformation in Addressing Climate Change

Colloquium | April 5 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Nate Aden

 Energy and Resources Group

As the primary means for growth and development over the past two centuries, industry has played a central role in generating our current Anthropocene. The increasing impacts of climate change bring the industrial sector to the fore as the largest emitter of greenhouse gases and as a potential manufacturer of transformational technologies and infrastructure. The U.S. industrial sector is...   More >

Stereotype Threat and Identity Threat: The Science of A Diverse Community: The why, what, and how of making diverse learning communities effective for all.

Panel Discussion | April 5 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 245 Li Ka Shing Center

 Dr. Claude Steele, University of California, Berkeley

 Dr. Waldo Martin, Jr., University of California, Berkeley; Dr. Eva Nogales, University of California, Berkeley

 Division of Biological Sciences

Please join us for an important discussion on Stereotype and Identity Threat led by Professor Claude Steele of Psychology, followed by a panel discussion with Professor Waldo Martin, Jr. of American History and Citizenship and Professor Eva Nogales of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology.

This event is sponsored by the Division of Biological Sciences, who welcomes the campus...   More >

  Registration opens March 16. Register online by March 29.

The role of apolipoprotein AIV in glucose homeostasis

Seminar | April 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Patrick Tso, University of Cincinnati

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

On Extended Admissible Procedures and their Nonstandard Bayes Risk

Seminar | April 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Daniel M. Roy, Dept. of Statistics, University of Toronto

 Department of Statistics

For finite parameter spaces under finite loss, every Bayes procedure derived from a prior with full support is admissible, and every admissible procedure is Bayes. This relationship already breaks down once we move to finite-dimensional Euclidean parameter spaces. Compactness and strong regularity conditions suffice to repair the relationship, but without these conditions, admissible procedures...   More >

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"Will the Market Fix the Market? A Theory of Stock Exchange Competition and Innovation"

Seminar | April 5 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, C325 Cheit Hall

 Eric Budish, University of Chicago

 Department of Economics

(joint with Economic Analysis and Policy Group Seminar)

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Additive Invariants of Knots, Links, and Spatial Graphs in 3-manifolds.

Seminar | April 5 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Scott Taylor, Colby College

 Department of Mathematics

Tunnel number, higher genus bridge number, and Gabai width are classical knot invariants that are additive under connected sum for some classes of knots, but not for others. I'll explain variations of these classical invariants that are defined for almost all (3-manifold, graph) pairs, that detect the unknot in the 3-sphere, and that are additive under connected sum and trivalent vertex sum. The...   More >

SEEDJAM Tech Expo 2017

Conference/Symposium | April 5 | 5-9 p.m. |  Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

 The House

Featured speakers include the Founders & CEO's of Postmates, Quora, Tanium, and Figma.

SEEDJAM is an annual exposition of all the innovative products coming out of startups at Berkeley and beyond. Every year exhibitors come to UC Berkeley to demonstrate the latest and greatest in technology.

An annual exposition of the latest in Cal technology and entrepreneurship.

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

Conference/Symposium | April 5 | 5:30-9 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 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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Intro to California Taxes

Workshop | April 5 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | International House, Sproul Room

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Representatives from the California Tax Franchise Board will present on how to determine your California state tax residency and complete your nonresident alien tax forms. Collect your tax report forms (W-2 and/or 1042-S forms and/or 1099) and follow along as they take you through a step-by- step example for filing your state tax return.

*Please complete your federal tax return via GTP before...   More >

Thursday, April 6, 2017

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

Conference/Symposium | April 6 | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. |  Bancroft Hotel

 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 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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RAPDP - Intermediate - FM5 HR for the RA

Course | April 6 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | University Hall, Room 24

 Human Resources

Synopsis: An intermediate workshop that explores the types of research appointments used on sponsored awards, as well as the compliance issues associated with PI effort and how the Effort Reporting System is used to track and report effort.

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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.

Raising Community Voices: The power of Storytelling in Public Health

Workshop | April 6 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. |  MeetingBurner

 Andrea Spagat, Western Region Director; Elizabeth Bayne, Producer, director and public health communications strategist

 Center for Public Health Practice & Leadership

Join us for the next event from the Center for Public Health Practice & Leadership's Health Communication Matters Webinar Series during National Public Health Week to learn how to use storytelling to advance public health goals for the communities you serve. This webinar will have presentations from two creative professionals. First, Andrea Spagat, West Coast Regional Director of the StoryCenter...   More >

ESPM 2017 Seminar Series - Joan Celeste Dudney

Seminar | April 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Joan Celeste Dudney, Graduate Student, UC Berkeley, ESPM

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

"The Future of White Pines in the Southern Sierra Nevada"

Refreshments at 11:30 in 132 Mulford Hall

IB Seminar: Plant-pollinator interactions and movement in the context of global change

Seminar | April 6 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Shalene Jha, University of Texas at Austin

 Department of Integrative Biology

Swarm - Terraswarm Seminar: Anca Dragan: Giving Robots Mental Models of People

Seminar | April 6 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 540AB Cory Hall

 Anca Dragan, EECS Assistant Professor

 Swarm Lab/Terraswarm

In this talk, Anca will describe her recent work in robotics algorithms for planning, control, and learning that formally incorporate predictive models of human state and action. Applications range from autonomous driving to collaborative manipulation.

Derived Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Formal geometry

Seminar | April 6 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Harrison Chen, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Any map of prestacks has a good notion of formal completion via functor of points. A priori this formal completion may be difficult to study; we will discuss a method (due to Gaitsgory and Rozenblyum) by which one can write, in good cases, the formal completion of a colimit of infinitesimal neighborhoods. In the case of a closed embedding of good stacks, we recover the usual $n$th order...   More >

Breastfeeding Your Baby/Returning to Work or School (BEUHS602)

Workshop | April 6 | 1-4:15 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Laura Monin, IBCLC, Certified Lactation Consultant

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

This 3 hour class is taught by a certified lactation consultant and is broken up into two parts.
The first portion of the class, 1-3pm, addresses breastfeeding basics and problem solving. The second portion of class, 3:15-4:15pm, covers returning-to-work planning and breast pumps. Those who have already attended a breastfeeding class are welcome to join the last portion of the class.

Please...   More >

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EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | April 6 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 370 University Hall

 Jason Smith, UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health, & Safety

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This session briefly covers the UC Berkeley specific radiation safety information you will need to start work.​ In addition, dosimeter will be issued, if required.

Seminar 251, Labor: "Episode IV: A New Hope"

Seminar | April 6 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Patrick Kline, UCB

 Department of Economics

Efficient Methods and Hardware for Deep Learning

Seminar | April 6 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium (306)

 Song Han, Ph.D. Candidate, Stanford University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Deep learning has spawned a wide range of AI applications that are changing our lives. However, deep learning models are both computationally and memory intensive. To address this problem, I will present an algorithm and hardware co-design methodology for improving the efficiency of deep learning.

Global Health Inequalities, Justice and Governance Talk by Jen Ruger

Seminar | April 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 545 Li Ka Shing Center

 Jen Ruger, Professor, University of Pennsylvania

 Center for Global Public Health

Jen Ruger is the Amartya Sen Professor of Health Equity, Economics, and Policy in the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) at the University of Pennsylvania. Her talk for us will build from the work of Amartya Sen on addressing inequalities in health.

How It Slips Away/We Still Here: A Blues Geography of Black Portland

Colloquium | April 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 170 Wurster Hall

 Lisa K. Bates, Associate Professor, Director, Center for Urban Studies, Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University

 Carolina Reid, Assistant Professor, City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley

 Center for Research on Social Change, Institute of Urban and Regional Development, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Department of City and Regional Planning

Black Portland is often portrayed through metrics of disparity and deficiency, without reference to particular regional structures of opportunity and disenfranchisement, and without hearing the voices of Black Portlanders themselves.

Photo credit: Rob Lewis

Neuroscience Student Seminar Series

Seminar | April 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 CANCELED - Danielle Bassett, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Targeting Brain Oscillations: Probing Function and Treating Disease?

Seminar | April 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Flavio Frohlich, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Seminar 242, Econometrics: Estimation and Inference on the Variance Components of a Two-way Fixed Effects Model

Seminar | April 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Mikkel Sølvsten, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Mathematics Department Colloquium: A drunk walk in a drunk world

Colloquium | April 6 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Ivan Corwin, Columbia

 Department of Mathematics

A simple symmetric random walk jumps up or down with equal probability. What happens if its jump probabilities are instead taken themselves to be random in space and time (e.g. uniformly distributed from zero to one hundred percent)? In this talk (based on joint work with Guillaume Barraquand) I will describe the effect of this random environment on a random walk, and elucidate a new connection...   More >

Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis: “Aggregate and Idiosyncratic Political Risk: Measurment and Efforts"

Seminar | April 6 | 4:10-6 p.m. | Haas School of Business, C325 Cheit Hall

 Tarek Hassan, Chicago, Haas School of Business

 Haas School of Business

Part of the Haas School's Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis

Nicholas de Monchaux: Local Code

Reading - Nonfiction | April 6 | 5 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

UC Berkeley Associate Professor of Architecture Nicholas de Monchaux reads from and signs his groundbreaking new book Local Code: 3659 Proposals About Data, Design, and the Nature of Cities. Given that the world’s cities will double in size by 2050, design is increasingly urban design. And given that as much data is now produced almost every day as throughout human history up to 2007,...   More >

Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian | $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons | $12 General admission

Political Poster Draw Club

Workshop | April 6 | 5-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Come by the BAMPFA Art Lab to draw and collage your own political posters inspired by the protest art in Hippie Modernism. This Draw Club event explores the politically turbulent but creatively innovative time of the original hippies and applies that spirit to our current moment in history. Posters designed during this meeting will be printed on the Art Lab risograph machine to distribute freely...   More >

Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian | $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons | $12 General admission

Pitzer Center Theoretical Chemistry Seminar

Seminar | April 6 | 5-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Toru Shiozaki, Pitzer Center for Theoretical Chemistry

 Pitzer Center for Theoretical Chemistry

Title: ​ "Electronic structure theory for excited state dynamics"

In this talk, I will present two approaches to describing excited state dynamics with a strong emphasis on underlying electronic structure theories. First, I will describe the so-called active-space decomposition (ASD) method, which provides model Hamiltonians for dynamics simulations based on quantum master...   More >

Applied Algebra Seminar: Statistical Commutative Algebra

Seminar | April 6 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Jesus De Loera, University of California, Davis

 Department of Mathematics

Randomness is an important algorithmic tool in algebra and analysis. Monomial ideals play a key role in computational commutative algebra, and they give a strong link to algebraic combinatorics e.g., through Stanley-Reisner ideals of simplicial complexes. Inspired by results on random graphs and random simplicial complexes, we develop a theory of random monomial ideals. We present theorems about...   More >

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 >

  Register online

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.