<< December 2017 >>

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: "Behavioral Economists and Research Transparency" and TBA

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

 Kweku Opoku-Agyemang; Damazo Kadengye

 Department of Economics

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

Dissertation Talk: How the brain explores and consolidates activity patterns to learn Brain-Machine Interface control

Presentation | December 12 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Cory Hall, Hogan Room / 521

 Vivek Ravindra Athalye, Electrical Engineering

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The Brain-Machine Interface (BMI) is an emerging technology which directly translates neural activity into control signals for effectors such as computers, prosthetics, or even muscles. Work over the last decade has shown that high performance BMIs depend on machine learning to adapt parameters for decoding neural activity, but also on the brain learning to reliably produce desired...   More >

Dissertation Talk: How the brain explores and consolidates activity patterns to learn Brain-Machine Interface control

Seminar | December 12 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Cory Hall, Hogan Room/521

 Vivek Ravindra Athalye, Electrical Engineering

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The Brain-Machine Interface (BMI) is an emerging technology which directly translates neural activity into control signals for effectors such as computers, prosthetics, or even muscles. Work over the last decade has shown that high performance BMIs depend on machine learning to adapt parameters for decoding neural activity, but also on the brain learning to reliably produce desired neural...   More >

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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Looking and seeing in the primary visual cortex

Seminar | December 13 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Zhaoping Li, University College London

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

I will present a review of the role of the primary visual cortex V1 in the functions of looking and seeing in vision. Looking is attentional selection, to select a fraction of visual inputs into the attentional bottleneck for deeper processing. Seeing is to infer or decode the properties of the selected visual inputs, e.g., to recognize a face. In particular, I show that V1 creates a bottom-up...   More >

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 >

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.

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Grounds for Science: Single cells to single atoms

Presentation | December 15 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. |  Scarlet City Espresso Bar

 3960 Adeline St, Emeryville, CA 94608

 Jesse Zhang, UC Berkeley – UCSF Bioengineering Graduate Program; Justin Ondry, Department of Chemistry

 Science@Cal

This event is free, no tickets are required!

No tickets Required!
Come learn about cutting-edge research from the graduate student community at UC Berkeley in a relaxed, sci-fi-themed cafe setting. This month features short talks by graduate students Jesse Zhang and Justin Ondry.

Microfluidics and the Study of Single Cells - with Jesse Zhang
Our bodies are composed of tens of trillions...   More >

Electron microscope image of single particle

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.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | December 19 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall | Note change in date

 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.

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.

Biologically plausible deep learning for recurrent spiking neural networks.

Seminar | December 19 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Shaowei Lin

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Despite widespread success in deep learning, backpropagation has been criticized for its biological implausibility. To address this issue, Hinton and Bengio have suggested that our brains are performing approximations of backpropagation, and some of their proposed models seem promising. In the same vein, we propose a different model for learning in recurrent neural networks (RNNs), known as...   More >

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 >