<< December 2017 >>

Friday, December 1, 2017

Colloquium: Claire Chase

Colloquium | December 1 | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Presented by Cal Performances in association with the Department of Music at UC Berkeley.

Claire Chase is a soloist, collaborative artist, curator and advocate for new and experimental music. Over the past decade she has given the world premieres of hundreds of new works for the flute in performances throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, and she has championed new music throughout the...   More >

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

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

 College of Environmental Design

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

TS-04 Improving Safety at Intersections

Course | November 29 – December 1, 2017 every day | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Online

 Nazir Lalani, PE, President, Traffex Engineers, Inc

 Institute of Transportation Studies

About 65 percent of all crashes in urban areas and 40 percent of those in rural areas occur at or near intersections or driveways. Safety improvements at these locations have always been a priority and pose a challenge for most transportation agencies in California.

$290.00

  Register online

Botanical Illustration: Winter / Holiday

Workshop | November 30 – December 1, 2017 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

This two-day class will introduce you to the fascinating world of Botanical Art. Catherine Watters will teach you to observe, measure and draw plants in great detail and with botanical accuracy. Students will work with graphite, colored pencil and watercolors. All levels are welcome.

$190, $175 members

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

Labor Lunch Seminar: "$15 Minimum Wage Policies: Early Evidence."

Seminar | December 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Carl Nadler, IRLE

 Center for Labor Economics

Dancing for Fun and Fitness (BEUHS605)

Workshop | December 1 | 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 9/8 and 12/1, Samba will be on 10/6 and Polynesian/Hula will be on 11/3. No partner required. Comfortable clothing and athletic shoes recommended.

  Register online

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Antenna-LED for on-chip optical communication

Seminar | December 1 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 Cory (Hogan Room)

 Seth A. Fortuna, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Using an optical antenna, it is now possible to make spontaneous emission faster than stimulated emission. This alludes to the exciting possibility of an LED faster than the LASER. Such an antenna-coupled LED (or simply antenna-LED) is well-suited as a light source for on-chip optical communication where small size, fast speed, and high efficiency are needed to achieve the promised benefit of...   More >

Ground Penetrating Radar for Archaeology

Workshop | December 1 | 1-5 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Scott Byram, Research Associate, Archaeological Research Facility, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

At 1pm the workshop will begin at the UC Faculty Club lawn where subsurface features are being mapped.

 Workshops cost $50 for non-UC attendees. The workshops are free for students, faculty, and staff. Make reservations online

GSSI 350 Mhz Hyperstacking Antenna

Translating Nanotechnologies into Clinical Settings to Measure Response to Novel Cancer Agents: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | December 1 | 2-3 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall | Note change in location

 Prof. Alice C. Fan, MD, Stanford University School of Medicine, Oncology

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

My laboratory studies how kinase inhibitors modulate protein signaling in patients with cancer. A barrier to this work has been the requirement for serial tumor samples from patients in order to measure changes in protein activation. To overcome this barrier, I use nanotechnologies to profile proteins in small numbers of patient tumor cells.

Our work addresses a series of questions at...   More >

BLC Fellows Forum

Presentation | December 1 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)

 FAll 2017 BLC Fellows, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Language Center

Teaching French Listening Comprehension and Cultural Awareness through Regional Variation
Elyse Ritchey, GSR, French
At the university level, French language instruction in the US traditionally includes a course on phonetics and pronunciation. While the major aim of such courses is to improve students’ speaking and listening competence, they also emphasize speaking ‘correctly’ using...   More >

MENA Salon

Workshop | December 1 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday in 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. Check the calendar the Monday before the Salon for the current week's topic.

Dissertation Talk: Meta Learning for Control

Presentation | December 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 730 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Yan Duan, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Dissertation talk on meta learning for control: policy learning algorithms that can themselves generate algorithms that are highly customized towards a certain domain of tasks.

Seminar 208, Microeconomic theory (joint with departmental seminar)

Seminar | December 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  Evans Hall

 Alessandro Pavan, Northwestern

 Department of Economics

Note special time and place

Hydrogenase- and ACS-Inspired Bioorganometallic Chemistry

Seminar | December 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Marcetta Darensbourg, Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University

 College of Chemistry

Enzyme active sites such as the [FeFe]- and [NiFe]-H2ases, as well as Carbon Monoxide Dehydrogenase and Acetyl coA Synthase, ACS, have inspired chemists to use well-established principles and synthetic tools of organometallic chemistry in the development of biomimetics. The usual purpose of such studies is to understand how first-row transition metals are rendered by nature into molecular...   More >

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Weekend Workshop 2017-2018: Writing Strategies for Language

Workshop | December 2 | 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. |  Tolman Hall

 Lisa Wong; Charles Erdmann; Rachel Prizant Kotok; Aija Simmons

 Graduate School of Education

Come join practicing Teachers as they share techniques and strategies that work in their classrooms. The Bay Area Writing Project is excited to provide high quality professional development opportunities at an affordable price for teachers throughout the Bay Area. This workshop series is perfect for teachers, administrators, coaches, coordinators, student teachers or anyone interested in the...   More >

Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Four Treasures of Brush Painting: Plum Blossoms with Karen LeGault: With Karen LeGault

Workshop | December 3 | 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

While there are many lessons in Asian Brush Painting, there are four classics of flower painting in the tradition of Chinese Brush traditionally known as the 'Four Gentleman,' this series will introduce these plants, including bamboo, plum blossoms, orchid, and chrysanthemum.

$75, $65 members | $265, $235 members for all Four

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

Faculty Candidate Seminar

Seminar | December 3 | 10-11:30 a.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 , PhD, Candidate

 Department of Chemistry

Monday, December 4, 2017

Combinatorics Seminar: Combinatorics of Koornwinder polynomials at q=t and exclusion processes

Seminar | December 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Sylvie Corteel, MSRI

 Department of Mathematics

I will explain how to build Koornwinder polynomials at q = t from moments of Askey-Wilson polynomials. I will use the combinatorial theory of Viennot for orthogonal polynomials and their moments. An extension of this theory allows to build multivariate orthogonal polynomials. The key step for this construction are a Cauchy identity for Koornwinder polynomials and a Jacobi-Trudi formula for the...   More >

​Postdoc Seminar

Seminar | December 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Steven Cholewiak, PhD; Agostino Gibaldi, PhD

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Political Economy Seminar/PERL

Seminar | December 4 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Eleanor Wiseman, PhD Student, Berkeley

 Haas School of Business

The Political Economy Seminar focuses on formal and quantitative work in the political economy field, including formal political theory.

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | December 4 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 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 >

Genomics and beyond: Predicting phenotypes at the individual, population and species level

Seminar | December 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Alejandro Burga, University of California, Los Angeles

 Department of Integrative Biology

Dissertation talk: Ultra-Low Power Inductively-Coupled Wireless Transcranial Links

Presentation | December 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 531 Cory Hall

 Wen Li, BWRC

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Recent advancements in medical neural science and brain research have enabled demands for circuits and systems that interface with human/animal brain, which are called brain-machine interface (BMI). There are numerous applications for BMI: motor prosthetics, pre-surgical mapping, brain disease treatment and deep brain stimulation, just to name a few. In these applications, the large amount of...   More >

Seminar 271, Development: Topic Forthcoming

Seminar | December 4 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Marco Gonzalez Navarro, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

MBTG Seminar

Seminar | December 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Ashok Deniz, The Scripps Research Institute

 College of Chemistry

Sound, Media and Literature in the Americas: The Morrison Library

Panel Discussion | December 4 | 5-7 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Tom McEnaney, Assistant Professor Comparative Literature and Spanish & Portuguese, UC Berkeley; José Quiroga, Professor Spanish and Comparative Literature, Emory University; Freya Schiwy, Associate Professor Media and Cultural Studies, UC Riverside

 UC Berkeley Library, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Center for Latin American Studies

A conversation in celebration of his new book - Acoustic Properties: Radio, Narrative, and the New Neighborhood of the Americas

SLAM: Beyond the Carrot and the Stick: Mentorship in a Laboratory Setting

Seminar | December 4 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Professor Bob Bergman, UC Berkeley

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

SLAM Seminar: Beyond the Carrot and the Stick: Mentorship in a Laboratory Setting

Seminar | December 4 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Professor Bob Bergman, UC Berkeley

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Science, Leadership and Management (SLAM) seminar.

Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) Application Deadline

Deadline | December 4 | 11-11:50 p.m. |  Haas School of Business

 Institute for Business and Social Impact, Center for Social Sector Leadership

The Global Social Venture Competition is back for its 19th year of turning ideas into impact! If you are a young startup aiming to make a difference in the world, apply to compete in GSVC to win up to $80,000 in prizes!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Defective viral genomes: strong drivers of antiviral immunity and virus persistence

Seminar | December 5 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Carolina Lopez, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Pathobiology

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Student Hosted Seminar in Organic Chemistry: Ex Detritus, Scientia: Revelations from Catalyst Decomposition in Olefin Metathesis

Seminar | December 5 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Deryn Fogg, Centre for Catalysis Research & Innovation, and Department of Chemistry & Biomolecular Sciences

 College of Chemistry

Olefin metathesis is the most versatile catalytic methodology now known for the assembly of carbon-carbon bonds. Long embraced by synthetic chemists in academia, it is now seeing uptake in pharmaceutical manufacturing, with the first processes coming on stream in 2014 and 2015 (Figure 1a).1 Notwithstanding the transformative potential of these methodologies, however, molecular metathesis...   More >

Development Lunch: "Impacts of a digital credit from a solar service provider in Rwanda" and "Behavioral Economists and Research Transparency"

Seminar | December 5 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Megan Lang; Kweku Opoku-Agyemang

 Department of Economics

Student seminar series for development economics student in Econ and ARE.

HTML/CSS Toolkit for Digital Projects

Workshop | December 5 | 4:10-5 p.m. | Barrows Hall, D-Lab (Barrows 350)

 Stacy Reardon; Cody Hennesy

 Library

If you've tinkered in WordPress, Google Sites, or other web publishing tools, chances are you've wanted more control over the placement and appearance of your content. With a little HTML and CSS under your belt, you'll know how to edit "under the hood" so you can place an image exactly where you want it, customize the formatting of text, or troubleshoot copy & paste issues.

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 >

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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

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 >

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

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 >

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 >

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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

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?

Evergreen Wreaths

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

 Botanical Garden

Create a beautiful and festive wreath or garland to add to your holiday decorations. Greens from the Garden and other materials are included, but be sure to bring your own hand pruners.

$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

 Science@Cal

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

Thursday, December 7, 2017

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | December 7 | 10:30-11:30 a.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.

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | December 7 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Marcy Alsan, Professor, Stanford

 Haas School of Business

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

Politically Engaged Science: A Brownbag Lunch Series

Seminar | September 14 – December 21, 2017 every Thursday with exceptions | 12-1 p.m. | 103 Mulford Hall

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

This series challenges the notion that science and politics should not mix. Building on the March for Science and the People's Climate March, we'll discuss how research in the public interest can make an impact in a political environment dominated by corporate interests, from the major parties to the media.

Weekly discussions will focus on case studies of activist scientists, political...   More >

Childcare Options on Campus and in the Community (BEUHS309)

Workshop | December 7 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Veronica Ufoegbune, UC Berkeley, Early Childhood Education Program; Nicole Biondi, Cultural Care Au Pair; Judy Kriege, BANANAS Inc.

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

Whether it’s center-based care, family day care, or in-home nannies/au pairs, learn the differences for you to make the decision that works best for your family. Join this panel of providers who will describe their childcare programs and answer questions.

Neural oscillations: what, where, when, and why?

Seminar | December 7 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Bradley Voytek, University of California, San Diego

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Friday, December 8, 2017

Open Textbook Workshop

Workshop | December 8 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 127 (Academic Innovation Studio)

 Rachael Samberg, Scholarly Communication Officer, Library

 Sarah Cohen, Open Textbook Network

 Library

Are you an instructor who is concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on your students? Do you want to adopt or create innovative pedagogical materials? Explore possible open textbook solutions by attending a two hour workshop and writing a short textbook review. The Library will provide you with a $200 stipend for your efforts! Space is limited, so please submit a very brief...   More >

 Space is limited. Applications must be received by Dec. 1. Register online

Qigong with Director Eric Siegel

Workshop | December 8 | 10-11 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join UCBG Director, Eric Siegel, for a morning practice in Qigong (pronounced cheegong), a form of meditative exercise with repeated movements, gently stretching the core and limbs and building body awareness.

Free with Garden Admission

  Register online

Keeping Fit During the Holidays (BEUHS663)

Workshop | December 8 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Cori Evans, MA, NSCA-CPT Wellness Program Specialist, Be well at Work - Wellness

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Keeping up your fitness routine during the holidays can be difficult enough and if you add in travel, you may find you stop altogether. Come learn easy ways you can turn a hotel room, airport gate, living room, or local park into a fun, energized workout zone and beat those holiday saboteurs. Resistance bands will be provided. Comfortable clothing and athletic shoes recommended.

Systems Science Method: Examples from Maternal and Child Health

Presentation | December 8 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 198 University Hall

 Becky Reno, MA, MSW, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Maternal and Child Health Program, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

 Public Health, School of

Join us to learn more about an applied, mixed methods
approach to pursuing racial and health equity.

Undergraduate & graduate students from all SPH programs are welcome. Feel free to bring your lunch.

 mchprogram@berkeley.edu. RSVP online

Open Textbook Workshop for Staff and Partners

Workshop | December 8 | 12:45-2:45 p.m. | 127 Dwinelle Hall

 Rachael Samberg, Scholarly Communication Officer, Library

 Sarah Cohen, Open Textbook Network

 Library

Are you a UC Berkeley staff or affiliate who is concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on students, or you are working with a faculty member who is? Do you want to support the adoption or creation of innovative pedagogical materials? Discover the landscape for affordable textbooks, and explore possible open textbook solutions at this workshop, and di

  RSVP online by December 5.

Viewshed and Cost Distance Analysis in ArcGIS

Workshop | December 8 | 1-4 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Nico Tripcevich, Lab Manager, UC Berkeley, Archaeological Research Facility

 Archaeological Research Facility

n this introductory GIS workshop we will conduct two common types of terrain-based analysis used by archaeologists: Viewshed and Cost-distance analysis.

 Workshops cost $50 for non-UC attendees. The workshops are free for students, faculty, and staff. Make reservations online

Viewshed Analysis in ArcGIS

MENA Salon

Workshop | December 8 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday in the semester, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar the Monday before the Salon for the current week's topic. This will be the final MENA Salon of the Fall 2017 semester.

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology Annual Capstone Lecture

Seminar | December 8 | 3-4 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium

 Robert Tjian, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Department of Molecular & Cell Biology Annual Capstone Lecture

Saturday, December 9, 2017

ATLAS.ti Training [PC Version 8]: December 9-10, 2017

Workshop | December 9 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. |  2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues)

 Prof. Corey Abramson, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Arizona

 Center for Ethnographic Research

This workshop will provide both a conceptual background and practical experience in computer assisted qualitative data analysis (CAQDA) using ATLAS.ti. After instruction in the fundamental aspects of CAQDA, the course turns to the logic of the ATLAS.ti program, and how it can be used as a tool for CAQDA.
By the end of the course, participants will have all the conceptual and practical tools...   More >

FAMILY PROGRAM: Holiday Nature Crafts (Morning)

Workshop | December 9 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

A Garden tradition, create gifts and decorations inspired by nature and the Garden's collection. Drop-in during program hours.

$20 Adult, $20 Child, $18 Member Adult, $18 Member Child

 This registration link is for the morning program. Register online or by calling 510-643-2755, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

FAMILY PROGRAM: Holiday Nature Crafts (Afternoon)

Workshop | December 9 | 1-3 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

A Garden tradition, create gifts and decorations inspired by nature and the Garden's collection. Drop-in during program hours.

$20 Adult, $20 Child, $18 Member Adult, $18 Member Child

 This registration link is for the afternoon program. Register online or by calling 510-643-2755, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Botanical Crafting for the Holidays

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

 Botanical Garden

Come enjoy the holidays at the Garden with our fun and festive room filled with botanical craft stations. You can create a host of gifts and decorations for yourself and family for the holidays. You can make mini wreaths, nature filled globes, ornaments, botanical cards and gift tags, and get creative at our succulent craft station. We'll also have seasonal drinks and nibbles. Bring a friend and...   More >

$45, $40 members

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

Monday, December 11, 2017

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | December 11 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll

 Office of Undergraduate Research

If you need to write a grant proposal, this workshop is for you! You'll get a headstart on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

The workshop is open to all UC Berkeley students (undergraduate, graduate, and visiting scholars) regardless of academic discipline. It will be especially useful for...   More >

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Lifting Your Spirits: Caring for the Caregiver (BEUHS171)

Workshop | December 12 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Dori Sproul, Alzheimer's Association

 Be Well at Work - Elder Care

Caring for a person with dementia can be one of the most stressful things we will ever do. Stress can take its toll. Learn strategies on how to successfully manage caregiving and provide a good quality of life for yourself and the person you are caring for.

Development Lunch

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

 Tigist Melesse; Damazo Kadengye

 Department of Economics

Student seminar series for development economics student in Econ and ARE.

Specifying the Anti-inflammatory Functions of Transcriptional Coregulator GRIP1

Seminar | December 12 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Inez Rogatsky, Weill Cornell Medicine

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Food Systems Policy and Communications Workshop Series 2017–18: Session 2: Working with Outside Organizations on Research, Policy, and Dissemination

Workshop | December 13 | 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. | 112 Hilgard Hall

 Tia Shimada, Director of Programs, California Food Policy Advocates; Lorrene Ritchie, Director, UCANR Nutrition Policy Institute

 Berkeley Food Institute

Session 2: Working with Outside Organizations on Research, Policy, and Dissemination

Roundtable on best practices for transdisciplinary collaboration beyond the academy. Successful examples from Berkeley will be shared, such
as state-legislated nutrition standards in child care and securing state grant funds for school breakfast.

Featuring: Tia Shimada, CAFPA; Lorrene Ritchie, UCANR NPI

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Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | December 13 | 1-2 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and suggestions on how to find them.

We will also let you know about upcoming deadlines and eligibility requirements for some of...   More >

Applied Math Seminar: Theory and Applications of Unstructured h-p Mesh Optimization for Computational Fluid Dynamics

Seminar | December 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Krzysztof Fidkowski, University of Michigan

 Department of Mathematics

This presentation first reviews existing methods for adapting and optimizing computational meshes in an output-based setting. The target discretization is the high-order discontinuous Galerkin finite element method, on unstructured meshes with variable-order elements. While high-order discretizations have the potential for high accuracy, they may not show a clear benefit in efficiency over...   More >

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Politically Engaged Science: A Brownbag Lunch Series

Seminar | September 14 – December 21, 2017 every Thursday with exceptions | 12-1 p.m. | 103 Mulford Hall

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

This series challenges the notion that science and politics should not mix. Building on the March for Science and the People's Climate March, we'll discuss how research in the public interest can make an impact in a political environment dominated by corporate interests, from the major parties to the media.

Weekly discussions will focus on case studies of activist scientists, political...   More >

STEM in the Media: Insights from KQED Science and UCB Media Relations

Presentation | December 14 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 375 LeConte Hall

 Bob Sanders, Manager, Science Communication, UC Media Relations; Craig Rosa, Senior digital editor, KQED Science

 Coalition for Education and Outreach

Panelists Craig Rosa, KQED Science, and Bob Sanders, UC Berkeley Media Relations, discuss how to capture the media's attention and effectively communicate your STEM activities.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Neural circuits of dexterity

Seminar | December 15 | 12 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Dr. Adam Hantman, Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Dexterous movements serve the major functions of the brain, perception and manipulation of the world. Considering the range of possible actions and the complexity of musculoskeletal arrangements, control of the hand is an amazing achievement of the nervous system. Dexterous behavior involves understanding objects in the world, developing appropriate plans, converting those plans into appropriate...   More >

Core Essentials for Better Posture (BEUHS402)

Workshop | December 15 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

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

 Be Well at Work - Ergonomics

Improve your posture through awareness and exercise. Learn about common muscular imbalances and postural patterns. Practice strengthening, stretching, and stability exercises to promote healthy postures and better balance. Wear comfortable clothing. Enroll online through the UC Learning Center.

  Register online

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Residence Hall Move-Out for Winter Break

Deadline | December 16 | 10 a.m. |  UC Berkeley Campus

 Public Affairs

Students must leave their residence hall by 10 am on Saturday, Dec. 16. Students should take what they will need for winter break and can leave their remaining belongings in their dorm which is locked for the break.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Cook Well Berkeley Healthy Cooking Series: Healthier Holiday Treats (BEUHS641)

Workshop | December 17 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Kim Guess, RD, Be well at Work - Wellness

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Cookies, cakes, and candies, oh my! Stand out from the crowd with a healthier holiday gift or dessert this year. Family and friends will appreciate (and devour) these healthier treats. All new ideas for the 2016 holiday season! Demonstration, recipes, and samples provided.

  Register online

Monday, December 18, 2017

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | December 18 | 10:30-11:30 a.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.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Gallery + Studio: Letterform Experiments

Workshop | December 19 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)
Get inspired by artworks in To the Letter, then explore language and letterforms by making mixed-media collages of your own.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | December 20 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 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 >

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Politically Engaged Science: A Brownbag Lunch Series

Seminar | September 14 – December 21, 2017 every Thursday with exceptions | 12-1 p.m. | 103 Mulford Hall

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

This series challenges the notion that science and politics should not mix. Building on the March for Science and the People's Climate March, we'll discuss how research in the public interest can make an impact in a political environment dominated by corporate interests, from the major parties to the media.

Weekly discussions will focus on case studies of activist scientists, political...   More >