<< December 2017 >>

Friday, December 1, 2017

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.

canceled - Colloquium: Claire Chase

Colloquium | December 1 | 125 Morrison Hall | Canceled

 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 >

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

Europe and the Euro: The way ahead

Panel Discussion | December 1 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | N270 Haas School of Business

 Barry Eichengreen, UC Berkeley; Gabriele Giudice, European Commission; Gérard Roland, UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, Haas School of Business

Ten years after the crisis struck the European economy, wind seems to be back in Europe’s sails. How can the European Union exploit this window of opportunity to strengthen the Economic and Monetary Union, increase the resilience of individual economies and relaunch economic and social convergence between its Member States?

  RSVP by emailing Viviana Padelli at vpadelli@berkeley.edu by December 1.

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

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

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 >

Talking About Combinatorial Objects Student Seminar: Grassmannians, Matroids, and Flags

Seminar | December 1 | 1-2 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Charles Wang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will study the relationship between matroids and the geometric structure of the Grassmannian in terms of Schubert cells and other related objects. We will briefly extend these geometric ideas to the more general setting of flag varieties and flag matroids. Time permitting, we will discuss various ways to realize matroid polytopes for matroids associated to the Grassmannian.

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 >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Large Deviation Principle for random graphs II

Seminar | December 1 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Functional Analysis Seminar: The Paulsen problem, continuous operator scaling, and smoothed analysis

Seminar | December 1 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Tsz Chiu Kwok, University of Waterloo

 Department of Mathematics

The Paulsen problem is a basic open problem in operator theory: Given vectors $u_1, ..., u_n$ in $\mathbb R^d$ that are $\varepsilon $-nearly satisfying the Parseval's condition and the equal norm condition, is it close to a set of vectors $v_1, ..., v_n$ in $\mathbb R^d$ that exactly satisfy the Parseval's condition and the equal norm condition? Given $u_1,..., u_n$, we consider the squared...   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.

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 >

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 >

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.

Logic Colloquium: What is ordinary mathematics?

Colloquium | December 1 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Marianna Antonutti, Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy

 Department of Mathematics

The term “ordinary mathematics” is used to denote a collection of areas that are, in some sense, central to the practice of most working mathematicians, typically taken to contain such fields as number theory, real and complex analysis, geometry, and algebra. This notion has been taken for granted by both philosophers and logicians; for example, reverse mathematics is often described as the...   More >

QB3 Postdoc Seminar: Examining Eph/ephrin signaling pathways that regulate adult neurogenesis and migration of hippocampal stem cells

Seminar | December 1 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 Kira Mosher (David Schaffer lab)

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Approximately two decades ago, the longstanding dogma that the adult CNS is incapable of generating new neurons was overturned with the acceptance that adult neurogenesis truly occurs in mammals. With this understanding also came excitement that in maintaining some level of plasticity in adulthood, diseased brains may be capable of regeneration. While adult neurogenesis has become an important...   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

Dissertation Talk: Design and Implementation of an Optionally-Typed Functional Programming Language

Seminar | December 3 | 3-4 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.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Dissertation talk: On learning Game-Theoretical models with Application to Urban Mobility

Presentation | December 4 | 9-10 a.m. | 337B Cory Hall

 Jerome Thai

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Modeling real-world processes as convex optimization or variational inequality problems is a common practice as it enables to leverage powerful mathematical tools for the study of such processes. For example, in transportation science, the selfish behavior of agents (from shorted path routing) leads to an aggregate cost in the network worse than the system’s optimum, and which can be analytically...   More >

FALL 2017 ARCHITECTURE STUDIO FINAL REVIEWS: A100A

Presentation | December 4 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. |  Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

MON, DEC 4, 9am-6pm. Students in ARCH 100A will present their projects to faculty.

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 >

Thesis Seminar

Seminar | December 4 | 3-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Timothy Day, Flannery and Schaffer labs; Ryan Neely, Carmena lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

3pm: Timothy Day (Flannery and Schaffer labs)

Expanding the Potential of AAV Vectors for the Treatment of Intractable Inherited Retinal Degenerations


3:45p: Ryan Neely (Carmena lab)

Cortical and striatal circuits for learning adaptive behaviors, and wireless ultrasonic implants for interfacing with the nervous system

Reception to follow.

Seminar 271, Development: Subways and Urban Air Pollution

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

 Marco Gonzalez-Navarro, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

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

MBTG Seminar: "Biophysics of Intrinsically disordered proteins, single molecules to droplets"

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

 Ashok Deniz, The Scripps Research Institute

 College of Chemistry

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 >

Book Talk Series: Acoustic Properties

Reading - Nonfiction | December 4 | 5-7 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Tom McEnaney

 José Quiroga; Freya Schiwy

 Library

Tom McEnaney’s book explores the “coevolution” of the radio and the novel amid influential movements in populist politics in three countries in the mid-20th century: the New Deal in America;
Peronism in Argentina, and the Cuban Revolution. The book illustrates how governments, activists, and artists have struggled for control to represent the voice of the people within a changing media...   More >

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

Hummingbirds in Flight: Interview with Ashley Smiley, Department of Integrative Biology

Presentation | December 5 | 9-9:30 a.m. | Barrows Hall, Radio broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7 FM

 Ashley Smiley, Department of Integrative Biology; Tesla Monson, Department of Integrative Biology

 KALX 90.7 FM

Tune in to a new episode of The Graduates this Tuesday to hear from Ashley Smiley, biologist and biomechanician in the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley. The Graduates, featuring graduate student research at Cal, is broadcast every other Tuesday on KALX 90.7 FM and online.

Ashley Smiley in the collections

FALL 2017 ARCHITECTURE STUDIO FINAL REVIEWS: A100C & A200A

Presentation | December 5 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. |  Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

TUE, DEC 5, 9am-6pm. Students in ARCH 100C &amp; ARCH 200A will present their projects to faculty and guest critics.

The Future of Airports

Presentation | December 5 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | 542 Davis Hall

CE153 Airport Design

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Nine groups of students from the highly popular CE153 Airport Design Class will present their final term projects. Project themes cover an interesting spectrum of real-world and real-time aviation problems.

Aircraft parking at SFO

Visiting Scholars Colloquium featuring Gwilym Croucher and Irina Shcheglova

Colloquium | December 5 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Evans Hall, 766-768 CSHE Conference Room

 Gwilym Croucher, Senior Lecturer/ Principal Policy Advisor, University of Melbourne; Irina Shcheglova, PhD Student, National Research University Higher School of Economics

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

The Center for Studies in Higher Education is pleased to invite you to attend a presentation by two CSHE Visiting Scholars.

  RSVP online

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 >

Land Reform: Lessons from Scotland

Seminar | December 5 | 1-2 p.m. | 133 Giannini Hall

 Dr. Kirsteen Shields, University of Dundee

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

Visiting Scholar, Dr. Kirsteen Shields will share her talk "Land Reform: Lessons from Scotland"

ABSTRACT: In post-independence referendum Scotland, renewed interest in revising the laws on tenure and ownership of land has been described as a land reform 'revolution'. The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 sought to facilitate communities’ right to buy land in rural and urban settings. Central to...   More >

i4Y Child Marriage and Youth Empowerment Group Speaker Series: Child Marriage: Policies, Legal Frameworks and Accountability

Seminar | December 5 | 2-3 p.m. | 198 University Hall

 Ndola Prata, i4Y (Innovations for Youth)

 i4Y - Innovations for Youth

About the presenter: Ndola Prata, MD, MSc is Director of the Bixby Center for Population, Health & Sustainability, a Professor in Residence in Maternal and Child Health and the Fred H. Bixby Endowed Chair in Population and Family Planning in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. She is a physician and medical demographer from Angola. Her research focuses on the design, implementation, and...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: A tangle approach in the study of Legendrian knots.

Seminar | December 5 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Tao Su, UC BERKELEY

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I will present a tangle approach in the study of Legendrian knots. The 2 main ingredients are ruling polynomials (Legendrian analogues of Jones polynomials), and augmentation varieties ('moduli of rank 1 representations' of Chekanov-Eliashberg DGAs) for Legendrian tangles, where the point-counting of the latter recovers the former. The tangle approach in particular leads to new and...   More >

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

FALL 2017 ARCHITECTURE STUDIO FINAL REVIEWS: A102A & A201

Presentation | December 6 | 9 a.m.-7 p.m. |  Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, DEC 6, 9am-7pm. Students in ARCH 102A &amp; ARCH 201 will present their projects to faculty and guest critics.

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 >

“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 >

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

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 >

Population-level mortality benefits of improved blood pressure control in Indonesia: A parametric g-formula approach.”: Nikkil Sudharsanan, Harvard University

Colloquium | December 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Nikkil Sudharsanan, David E. Bell Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University

 Population Science, Department of Demography

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

Research on Policing: Bias, Discretion, and Policy

Colloquium | December 6 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Jack Glaser, Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Jack Glaser will describe the research he and his colleagues are conducting on racial bias in policing. This will include discussion of the relevant psychological research that helps to explain how racial discrimination occurs and analysis of policing data elucidating racial disparities. Glaser will discuss his efforts with the Center for Policing Equity to build the National Justice Database,...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Connections, curvature, holonomy, and instantons

Seminar | December 6 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Raphael Zentner, University of Regensburg

 Department of Mathematics

We explain what connections and curvature have to do with representations of fundamental groups, and what instanton Floer homology or, more generally, instanton gauge theory, has to do with all this.

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

An experimentally-accessible library of carbon schwarzites via zeolite-templating/Thermodynamics of reaction product distribution in nanoporous materials

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

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Irreducible $SL(2,\mathbb C)$-representations of integer homology 3-spheres

Seminar | December 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Raphael Zentner, University of Regensburg

 Department of Mathematics

We prove that the splicing of any two non-trivial knots in the 3-sphere admits an irreducible $SU(2)$-representation of its fundamental group. This uses instanton gauge theory, and in particular a non-vanishing result of Kronheimer-Mrowka and some new results that we establish for holonomy perturbations of the ASD equation. Using a result of Boileau, Rubinstein and Wang (which builds on the...   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 >

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 >

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Spectra of quantum integrable systems, Langlands duality and category O

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

 David Hernandez, Paris Diderot (7)

 Department of Mathematics

The spectrum of a quantum integrable system is crucial to understand its properties. R-matrices give power tools to study such spectra. A better understanding of transfer-matrices obtained from R-matrices led us to the proof of several results for the corresponding quantum integrable systems. In particular, their spectra can be described in terms of "Baxter polynomials" as conjectured by...   More >

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?

Holiday Evergreen Wreath Workshop

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

 Botanical Garden

Create a one-of-a-kind beautiful and festive wreath or garland to add to your holiday decorations. Greens from the Garden's global plant collection and other natural adornments are included.

$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

FHL VIVe Center for Enhanced Reality

Colloquium | December 7 | 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | B100 Blum Hall

 College of Engineering, Arts + Design

The College of Engineering and Berkeley's Arts + Design Initiative will celebrate the launch of the FHL VIVE Center for Enhanced Reality, a multi-disciplinary research center for the advancement of augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR). The program will feature a series of presentations on various AR/VR technology research and applications from faculty across campus including Engineering,...   More >

  Registration opens November 22. Register online by December 5.

Brand Training: Strategy and Visual Design

Course | December 7 | 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | 28 University Hall

 Ram Kapoor, Communications & Public Affairs; Hulda Nelson, Communications & Public Affairs

 Public Affairs

Attend this workshop to understand the strategy behind the development of the Berkeley brand platform. See examples of how to apply the brand guidelines in your daily work. Get hands-on practice with the visual design elements of the brand platform. Work on a sample project (or bring a live one of your own) to create a branded piece with your own unique voice. Participants: Anyone who does...   More >

  Register online or or by emailing Ram Kapoor at ram.kapoor@berkeley.edu by December 6.

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.

FALL 2017 ARCHITECTURE STUDIO FINAL REVIEWS: A203 & A205A

Presentation | December 7 | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. |  Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

THU, DEC 7, 11am-7pm. Students in ARCH203 &amp; ARCH205A will present their projects to faculty and guest critics.

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.

Applications of Machine Learning in Hardware Security

Seminar | December 7 | 2-3 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Prof. Yiorgos Makris, ECE Department, The University of Texas at Dallas

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Partly because of design outsourcing and migration of fabrication to low-cost areas around the globe, and partly because of increased reliance on third-party intellectual property, the integrated circuit (IC) supply chain is now considered far more vulnerable than ever before. With electronics ubiquitously deployed in sensitive domains and critical infrastructure, such as wireless communications,...   More >

The Future of Airports, Part II

Presentation | December 7 | 2-4:30 p.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Four groups of students from the highly popular CE153 Airport Design Class will present their final term projects. Project themes cover an interesting spectrum of real-world and real-time aviation problems, and range from topics such as designing smart airports with private LTE networks, safety analysis of taxiway operations and mitigation of runway incursions and airport passenger experience.

A380 at LAX

Combinatorics Seminar: Preservers of positivity and total positivity in fixed dimension

Seminar | December 7 | 2-3 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Apoorva Khare, Indian Institute of Science

 Department of Mathematics

We discuss which functions preserve the notions of positive semidefiniteness and total positivity, when applied entrywise to matrices in a fixed dimension. This question has a long history, starting from Schur, Schoenberg, and Rudin, who classified the positivity preservers of matrices of all dimensions. The study of positivity preservers in fixed dimension is harder, and a complete...   More >

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

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

 Bradley Voytek, University of California, San Diego

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Friday, December 8, 2017

CWED: A Symposium to Celebrate a Decade of Important Minimum Wage Research

Conference/Symposium | December 8 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director's Room

 Michael Reich, Co-Chair, Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics; Sylvia Allegretto, Co-Chair, Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics; Arindrajit Dube, University of Massachusetts - Amherst; Ben Zipperer, Economic Policy Institute; Ken Jacobs, UC Berkeley Labor Center; Claire Montialoux, Stanford University/CREST; Jared Bernstein, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Bill Spriggs, Howard University; Lindsey Bullinger, University of Indiana; Will Dow, UC Berkeley

 Laura Giuliano, UC Merced; Ian Perry, UC Berkeley Labor Center; Emmanuel Saez, UC Berkeley; Larry Mishel, Economic Policy Institute

 Sandra Smith, Interim Director, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment

 Carl Nadler, Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics

 Anna Godoy, Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics, Washington Center for Equitable Growth

It has been ten years since the creation of the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics (CWED), housed in the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE). Since then, CWED has become well-known for its trailblazing academic and policy research on a number of important economic issues, including the effects of the Great Recession, public sector workers, low-wage labor markets and, most...   More >

  Register online

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 Methods: 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

Talking About Combinatorial Objects Student Seminar: Tropical Grassmannian and Dressian for a Matroid

Seminar | December 8 | 1-2 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Madeline Brandt, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The Grassmannian $Gr_M$ of a realizable matroid $M$ is an algebraic variety which provides an example of a realization space for the matroid $M$. In this talk, we give a brief introduction to tropical geometry, and then we study the properties of two tropical objects related to $Gr_M$, namely its tropicalization and a tropical prevariety called the Dressian, whose points give all regular matroid...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Large Deviation Principle for random graphs III

Seminar | December 8 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology Annual Capstone Lecture: "From In Vitro Biochemical Reconstitution to Single Molecule Live Cell Imaging: Breaking Down Gene Regulation"

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

Practical Qualitative Data Analysis in ATLAS.ti [PC Version 8]

Workshop | December 9 – 10, 2017 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Wildavsky Room, ISSI

 2538 Channing Way , Berkeley, CA 94720-5670

 Corey M. Abramson

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

This workshop will provide both a conceptual background and practical experience in computer assisted qualitative data analysis (CAQDA) using ATLAS.ti. The workshop begins by examining core elements of CAQDA, regardless of methodological orientation, discipline/profession, or platform. After instruction in the fundamental aspects of CAQDA, the course turns to the logic of the ATLAS.ti program,...   More >

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

Practical Qualitative Data Analysis in ATLAS.ti [PC Version 8]

Workshop | December 9 – 10, 2017 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Wildavsky Room, ISSI

 2538 Channing Way , Berkeley, CA 94720-5670

 Corey M. Abramson

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

This workshop will provide both a conceptual background and practical experience in computer assisted qualitative data analysis (CAQDA) using ATLAS.ti. The workshop begins by examining core elements of CAQDA, regardless of methodological orientation, discipline/profession, or platform. After instruction in the fundamental aspects of CAQDA, the course turns to the logic of the ATLAS.ti program,...   More >

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.

$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 >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: The comparison theorem for algebraic stacks

Seminar | December 11 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Chang-Yeon Chough, Institute for Basic Science

 Department of Mathematics

Michael Artin and Barry Mazur's classical comparison theorem tells us that for a pointed connected finite type $\mathbb C$-scheme $X$, there is a map from the singular complex associated to the underlying topological spaces of the analytification of $X$ to the étale homotopy type of $X$, and it induces an isomorphism on profinite completions. I'll begin with a brief review on Artin-Mazur's...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Negative Capacitance Transistors: Numerical Simulation, Compact Modeling and Circuit Evaluation

Presentation | December 11 | 4-5 p.m. | 521 Cory Hall

 Juan Pablo Duarte, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Negative capacitance FETs (NC-FETs) are quickly emerging as preferred candidates for extremely scaled technologies for digital and analog applications. The recent discovery of ferroelectric (FE) materials using conventional CMOS fabrication technology has lead to the first demonstrations of FE based NC-FETs. The ferroelectric material layer added over the transistor gate insulator help in several...   More >