<< Week of February 06 >>

Sunday, February 5, 2017

43rd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society

Conference/Symposium | February 3 – 5, 2017 every day |  Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Linguistics

Monday, February 6, 2017

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | February 6 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building | Note change in location

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

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

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | February 6 | 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.

Causal framing supports young children’s analogical reasoning

Colloquium | February 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Mariel Goddu, Department of Psychology

 Department of Psychology

​My recent work challenges some previous assumptions about young children’s analogical reasoning abilities. Although much of the literature suggests that three- and four-year-olds are poor at reasoning about abstract relations, here I report results from 4 studies demonstrating that context may be critical. When children are presented with relational reasoning tasks in a traditional,...   More >

Innovative Thinking in the Development of Seismic Design Concepts: SEMM Seminar

Seminar | February 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Steven Tipping, SE, President, Tipping Structural Engineers, Berkeley

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

The talk will explore the thinking process that went into the development of eight different seismic design concepts including propped shear walls, story isolation, friction dampers, corrugated metal wall sheathing, post-tensioned concrete shear walls, mast frames, isolation bearings, and corrugated metal wall sheathing (round two).

The Pink Tide and Ebb: Assessing the Left in Latin America: With Jeffrey R. Webber and Alejandro Velasco

Conference/Symposium | February 6 | 12-2 p.m. | Barrows Hall, Social Science Matrix Conference Room, 8th Floor

 Jeffery Webber, Senior Lecturer at the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London; Alejandro Velasco, Associate Professor of Modern Latin America at the Gallatin School and the Department of History at New York University

 Center for Latin American Studies

The Pink Tide & Ebb: Assessing the Left in Latin America. Featuring Jeffery R. Webber and Alejandro Velasco. Event co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, Department of Sociology, the Department of History, and the Center for Race and Gender.

Optical Tools for Unraveling Whole-brain Neuronal Circuit Dynamics Underlying Behavior: From Retina to the Cortex

Seminar | February 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Alipasha Vaziri, The Rockefeller University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Optical technologies have been transformative for our current understanding of structure and function of neuronal circuits underlying behavior and are in many cases the limiting factors for pushing our understanding of the brain forward. I will discuss two different areas of research in our lab in this context.

In vision science despite of investigations for over seventy years, the absolute...   More >

Cryo-EM structures of the APC/C and mechanisms of its regulation in the cell cycle

Seminar | February 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Leifu Chang**, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

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

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

 Laura Monin, IBCLC, Certified Lactation Consultant

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

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

Please...   More >

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Using Text as Data Methods to Discover, Measure, and Explain

Colloquium | February 6 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 402 Barrows Hall

 Justin Grimmer, Associate Professor of Political Science, Stanford University

 Department of Sociology

Text as data methods are increasingly used in the social sciences to explore large scale collections of text. This talk draws on my recent papers to show the distinct social science tasks that test as data methods can accomplish and provides a framework for evaluating those methods. Using an example from the study of Congressional communication I show how text as data methods can help us to...   More >

String-Math Seminar: Khovanov-Rozansky homology and Hilbert schemes

Seminar | February 6 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Eugene Gorsky, Davis

 Department of Mathematics

Khovanov and Rozansky introduced a knot homology theory generalizing the HOMFLY polynomial. I will describe a conjectural relation between the Khovanov-Rozansky homology and the homology of sheaves on the flag Hilbert scheme of points on the plane. The talk is based on the joint work with Andrei Negut and Jacob Rasmussen.

Bay Area Microlocal Analysis Seminar: Strong cosmic censorship in spherical symmetry for two-ended asymptotically flat data

Seminar | February 6 | 2:40-3:30 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Jonathan Luk, Stanford

 Department of Mathematics

I will present a recent work (joint with Sung-Jin Oh) on the strong cosmic censorship conjecture for the Einstein-Maxwell-(real)-scalar-field system in spherical symmetry for two-ended asymptotically flat data. For this model, it was previously proved (by M. Dafermos and I. Rodnianski) that a certain formulation of the strong cosmic censorship conjecture is false, namely, the maximal globally...   More >

BLISS Seminar: Information-theoretic tradeoffs in control

Seminar | February 6 | 3-4 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Victoria Kostina, Caltech

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Consider a distributed control problem with a communication channel connecting the observer of a linear stochastic system to the controller. The goal of the controller is to minimize a quadratic cost function in the state variables and control signal. We study the fundamental tradeoff between the communication rate and expected cost.

Human Brain Imaging with fMRI

Colloquium | February 6 | 3 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Russel Epstein

 Department of Psychology

Claudio Maccone (INAF): SETI Prospects Worldwide

Seminar | February 6 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

 Claudio Maccone, International Academy of Astronautics & Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF, Italy)

 Radio Astronomy Lab

The SETI Permanent Committee of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) https://iaaweb.org/content/view/396/554/ was created over 50 years ago and is the only worldwide forum for SETI scientists. This talk describes its activities since 2012, when the speaker was elected Chair. In particular:
1) Protection of the central part of the Moon Farside as the only place near Earth still free...   More >

Marcel Nutz - Bubbles, Shorting and Supply in Speculative Markets

Seminar | February 6 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Marcel Nutz, Columbia University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: We study the formation of prices in equilibrium. In our model, risk-neutral agents interact in continuous time, giving rise to a tractable equilibrium that reveals the influence of speculation, short-selling restrictions, and exogenous supply. Based on joint works with Johannes Muhle-Karbe and Jose Scheinkman.

Bio: Marcel obtained his PhD from ETH Zurich and joined Columbia in 2011....   More >

From Mass Science to Participatory Action Research: Maoist Legacies in Contemporary Chinese Knowledge Production

Colloquium | February 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Andrew F. Jones, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

 Sigrid Schmalzer, History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

One of the signature elements of Mao-era science was the insistence on mobilizing the masses. Today, propaganda accounts of such activities ring hollow—or at best perhaps chime quaint. Yet some Chinese social scientists are eagerly adopting the theory and language of "participatory action research," an academic field that emerged out of the 1960s and 1970s global radicalism in which Maoist...   More >

RNA methylation in gene expression regulation

Seminar | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Chuan He, University of Chicago

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, College of Chemistry

Computational models of vision: From early vision to deep convolutional neural networks

Seminar | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Felix Wichmann, University of Tübingen

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Early visual processing has been studied extensively over the last decades. From these studies a relatively standard model emerged of the first steps in visual processing. However, most implementations of the standard model cannot take arbitrary images as input, but only the typical grating stimuli used in many of the early vision experiments.

I will present an image based early vision model...   More >

Bayesian Covariance Estimation with Applications in High-throughput Biology

Seminar | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Alexander Franks, University of Washington

 Department of Statistics

Understanding the function of biological molecules requires statistical methods for assessing covariability across multiple dimensions as well as accounting for complex measurement error and missing data. In this talk, I will discuss two models for covariance estimation which have applications in molecular biology. In the first half of the talk, I will describe the role of covariance estimation...   More >

Literary Success and the Russian Internet: How Online Publics Shape Contemporary Poetics

Colloquium | February 6 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Bradley Gorski, PhD Candidate, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Columbia University

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

The third lecture in the Spring 2017 Slavic Colloquium series.

Student Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Tannakian reconstruction

Seminar | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Rahul Dalal, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A common slogan is that the understanding the category of representations of a group is the same as understanding the group. This talk will attempt to explain a few theorems in Tannakian theory which give a rigorous justification in the case of algebraic groups. It will follow Milne's notes on the subject.

IB SEMINAR: Algorithms and implementation of predictive control in behavior

Seminar | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Anthony Leonardo, Janelia Research Campus / HHMI

 Department of Integrative Biology

Bay Area Microlocal Analysis Seminar: Pointwise Bounds for Steklov Eigenfunctions

Seminar | February 6 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Jeff Galkowski, Stanford and McGill

 Department of Mathematics

Let $(\Omega ,g)$ be a compact, real-analytic Riemannian manifold with real-analytic boundary $\partial \Omega $. The harmonic extensions of the boundary Dirchlet-to-Neumann eigenfunctions are called Steklov eigenfunctions. We show that the Steklov eigenfuntions decay exponentially into the interior in terms of the Dirichlet-to-Neumann eigenvalues and give a sharp rate of decay to first order at...   More >

[Physics Colloquium] Adventures in Urban Informatics

Seminar | February 6 | 4:15-5 p.m. | LeConte Hall, Lecture Hall 1

 Steven Koonin, Director, Center for Urban Science and Progress, New York University

 Department of Physics

For the first time in history, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas; in just a few more decades, the world's population will exceed 9 billion, 70 percent of whom will live in cities. Enabling those cities to deliver services effectively, efficiently, and sustainably while keeping their citizens safe, healthy, prosperous, and well-informed will be among the most important...   More >

Third World Studies: Theorizing Liberation

Colloquium | February 6 | 4:30-6 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Gary Okihiro, Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

 Center for Research on Social Change, Center for Race and Gender, Department of African American Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies

A conversation with author about his book, Third World Studies: Theorizing Liberation.

Cities in the Age of Trump—A Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion | February 6 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

MON, FEB 6, 7:00pm. Join a timely and important discussion about the changing nature of cities under the incoming administration

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Asphalt Pavement Materials, Design, Construction and Maintenance

Workshop | February 7 – 9, 2017 every day | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Courtyard Marriott Monrovia, Monterey Room

 700 West Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016

 James Sigore, American Society of Civil Engineers; Irwin Guada, UC Pavement Research Center; Frank Farshidi, City of San Jose

 Technology Transfer Program

This three-day course is aimed at covering the full range of topics related to asphalt concrete pavements from materials and mix design to construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation. Asphalt concrete pavements are a vital part of an agency's assets and constitute about 90% of the local streets in California. The numerous topics in this class will be presented in sufficient detail to assist the...   More >

 This course is particularly designed for junior-level engineers in state and local agencies and those new to the pavement field who would benefit from a strong introduction to asphalt pavements. More senior level agency engineers, consultants, contractors

Caltime KRONOS 8 – Time Keeper Training

Course | February 7 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 241 CSS

 1608 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

 Lydia Jenkins

 Human Resources

Objective/Focus - KRONOS 8 Changes:
Cosmetic features and functionality of CalTime KRONOS 8
Access to CalTime via Citrix – one timecard view
Historical Edits
Step by step run reports process
View Accruals and totals for employee timecards
Individual and mass timecard approval
Icons, and color alerts to guide to the next task
Instructor-led, hands-on training using Caltime training...   More >

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Targeting redox dependencies in pancreatic cancer

Seminar | February 7 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 **Christine Chio**, Cold Spring Harbor

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

PMB Seminar : "Plant plasmodesmata at the intersection of bacterial pathogenesis and plant immunity"

Seminar | February 7 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Energy Biosciences Building, EBB First Floor Conference Room

 Joe Aung, Michigan State University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Simple Random Sampling: Not So Simple

Seminar | February 7 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Kellie Ottoboni, UC Berkeley

 Center for Risk Management Research

Abstract:
The theory of inference from simple random samples (SRSs) is fundamental in statistics; many statistical techniques and formulae assume that the data are an SRS. True random samples are rare; in practice, people tend to draw samples by using pseudo-random number generators (PRNGs) and algorithms that map a set of pseudo-random numbers into a subset of the population.

The Melvin Calvin Lecture in Organic Chemistry: Bioinspired Asymmetric Catalysis with Peptides and Other Small Molecules

Seminar | February 7 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Helma Wennemers, Laboratory of Organic Chemistry, ETH Zurich

 College of Chemistry

In nature, proteins fulfill manifold different functions and are crucial as, for example, enzymes or templates for the controlled formation of structural components such as bones. The Wennemers group is intrigued by the question whether also peptides with significantly lower molecular weights compared to proteins can fulfill functions for which nature evolved large macromolecules. Specifically we...   More >

BSAC Technology Seminar - A Novel Approach for High Efficient Electrostatic Micro/Nano Transducers

Seminar | February 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 490 Cory Hall

 Prof. Dr. Harald Schenk, Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems

 Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center

Electrostatic forces provide excellent scaling behavior that makes them first choice for micro and nano actuation. However, large stroke is at cost of large electrode gaps preventing use of this advantage. A new electrostatic actuator has been developed profiting from high forces at electrode separations of a few 100 nm only and providing several hundreds of nanometer up to 100 µm of deflection.

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The Berkeley Network Webinar Series: How to Land Your Dream Job

Seminar | February 7 | 12-1 p.m. |  Online

 Scott Swedberg, Founder and CEO, The Job Sauce

 Cal Alumni Association

Want a better job? Learn Scott's proven system of hacking the hiring process that has resulted in clients landing dream jobs in as little as 2 weeks, with an average salary increase of over 30%. By properly leveraging your network, you can access the 80% of jobs that aren't posted online and start the interview process with a recommendation from a company VIP. Register below to learn how to...   More >

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Development Lunch:"Quantifying the Crisis of Cooking: Sensors and Analytics to Measure Cookstoves' Impacts"

Seminar | February 7 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Danny Wilson

 Department of Economics, CEGA

Democracy-Promotion in Côte d'Ivoire: Citizen Perceptions of Local NGOs

Colloquium | February 7 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Justine M. Davis, PhD Student, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

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

Justine Davis

Caltime KRONOS 8 – Time Keeper Training

Course | February 7 | 1-4 p.m. | 241 CSS

 1608 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

 Lydia Jenkins

 Human Resources

Objective/Focus - KRONOS 8 Changes:
Cosmetic features and functionality of CalTime KRONOS 8
Access to CalTime via Citrix – one timecard view
Historical Edits
Step by step run reports process
View Accruals and totals for employee timecards
Individual and mass timecard approval
Icons, and color alerts to guide to the next task
Instructor-led, hands-on training using Caltime training...   More >

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The Educational Backgrounds of American Business and Government Leaders: Inter-Industry Variation in the Recruitment of Executives

Colloquium | February 7 | 3-4 p.m. | Evans Hall, 768 Library Evans Hall (newly renovated)

 Steven G. Brint, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, UC Riverside

 Center for Studies in Higher Education , Department of Sociology

Join the conversation, as Steven G. Brint, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, UC Riverside will discuss, "The Educational Backgrounds of American Business and Government Leaders: Inter-Industry Variation in the Recruitment of Executives". Sociological work in the tradition of C. Wright Mills and E. Digby Baltzell has assumed that recruitment into corporate and government...   More >

How to Write a Social Science and Humanities Research Proposal

Workshop | February 7 | 3-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Sean Burns, OURS

 Office of Undergraduate Research

This work shop is primarily designed for social science and humanities undergraduates applying for the SURF program - but all Cal undergraduates are welcome.
The session will cover all aspects of a successful research proposal.

Psychology Colloquium

Colloquium | February 7 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Tolman Hall, Beach Room 3105 Tolman

 Claude Steele

 Department of Psychology

Stereotype and Identity Threat. Toward a Science of Diverse Community
The Why, What and How of making diverse learning communities effective for all.

3-Manifold Seminar: Colorings of graphs

Seminar | February 7 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I'll discuss the question of whether a map on a compact surface has a finite-sheeted covering which is 4 colorable? We can deduce this from a question about automorphism group-invariant probability measures on the space of c-colorings of a graph of chromatic number c. Some related results will be discussed.

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): A bilinear Strichartz estimate on irrational tori.

Seminar | February 7 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Hong Wang, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, we will show a bilinear decoupling estimate, which implies a bilinear Strichartz estimate on irrational tori. These estimates are near optimal. This is joint work with Fan, Staffilani and Wilson.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: Double ramification cycles and tautological relations

Seminar | February 7 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Emily Clader, San Francisco State University

 Department of Mathematics

Tautological relations are certain equations in the Chow ring of the moduli space of curves. I will discuss a family of such relations, first conjectured by A. Pixton, that arises by studying moduli spaces of ramified covers of the projective line. These relations can be used to recover a number of well-known facts about the moduli space of curves, as well as to generate very special equations...   More >

Design Field Notes: Per Selvaag

Seminar | February 7 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Per Selvaag, Montaag

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Per Selvaag, principal at Montaag design studio, will share insights at Jacobs Hall.

An outsized climate effect for organic peroxy radical chemistry

Seminar | February 7 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Joel Thornton, College of the Environment, University of Washington

 College of Chemistry

The nucleation and growth of atmospheric particles from a few nanometers up to many tens of nanometers is a crucial source of cloud seeds, impacting cloud reflectivity and even lifetime and precipitation. As a result, this fundamental process gas to particle conversion plays a significant role in the climate system. In many regions, the critical growth rate is determined by condensation of...   More >

Rejuvenation Biotechnology: Why Age Will No Longer Mean Aging

Seminar | February 7 | 5-6:30 p.m. |  UC Berkeley Campus

 Aubrey de Grey, SENS Research Foundation

 The Berkeley Forum

Have you ever contemplated a time when humans will cease to age? Dr. Aubrey de Grey believes that medical technology can bring about the end of aging as we know it. A renowned author and researcher, Dr. de Grey believes that regenerative medicine can put a stop to age-related disease, and that it could happen soon enough to benefit those alive today. Come hear about a scientific field with the...   More >

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Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: Hodge Theory on Matroids

Seminar | February 7 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Chris Eur, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We discuss recent developments by June Huh and others on the application of Hodge techniques to matroids. We introduce the Chow ring of a matroid and explore its relationship to the usual Chow rings in toric geometry. We then discuss its role in the solution of the two major conjectures concerning the unimodality of the Whitney numbers—the Rota-Welsh Conjecture and the Dowling-Wilson Conjecture.

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 >

Sustain U: Green Up Your Life

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

 Sharon Chen; Mary Thomasmeyer

 Student Environmental Resource Center

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

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Asphalt Pavement Materials, Design, Construction and Maintenance

Workshop | February 7 – 9, 2017 every day | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Courtyard Marriott Monrovia, Monterey Room

 700 West Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016

 James Sigore, American Society of Civil Engineers; Irwin Guada, UC Pavement Research Center; Frank Farshidi, City of San Jose

 Technology Transfer Program

This three-day course is aimed at covering the full range of topics related to asphalt concrete pavements from materials and mix design to construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation. Asphalt concrete pavements are a vital part of an agency's assets and constitute about 90% of the local streets in California. The numerous topics in this class will be presented in sufficient detail to assist the...   More >

 This course is particularly designed for junior-level engineers in state and local agencies and those new to the pavement field who would benefit from a strong introduction to asphalt pavements. More senior level agency engineers, consultants, contractors

RADPD - Foundational - PD1 Basic Budget Development

Course | February 8 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | University Hall, Room 24

 Human Resources

Synopsis: An Excel-based workshop that guides participants through how to create a proposal budget and narrative justification that is compliant with sponsor restrictions and consistent with University HR policies.

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Caltime KRONOS 8 – Time Keeper Training

Course | February 8 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 241 CSS

 1608 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

 Lydia Jenkins

 Human Resources

Objective/Focus - KRONOS 8 Changes:
Cosmetic features and functionality of CalTime KRONOS 8
Access to CalTime via Citrix – one timecard view
Historical Edits
Step by step run reports process
View Accruals and totals for employee timecards
Individual and mass timecard approval
Icons, and color alerts to guide to the next task
Instructor-led, hands-on training using Caltime training...   More >

  Register online

Matrix Computations and Scientific Computing Seminar: Fiedler and almost-tridiagonal matrices

Seminar | February 8 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall

 Beresford Parlett, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We begin with Fiedler's 2003 paper in which he introduced his new 5-diagonal companion matrix. Then we review a few diverse topics that introduce special interesting matrices: CMV,banded with banded inverse, and quasi-separable. We show the connecting link and note that all of the forms are invariant under the LR transform.

A planning game reveals distributed patterning in player behavior

Seminar | February 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Gautam Agarwal, Champalimaud Neuroscience Program, Portugal

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Decision-making has been modeled in great detail based on 2-alternative choice (2AC) tasks; however it remains unclear how these models apply to more naturalistic settings, where choices can have long-term and diverse consequences. In turn, quantitatively modeling more complex decisions poses a challenge, requiring adequate sampling of behavior over a larger state space. To address this problem,...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Frédéric (Fred) Delsuc "Molecular phylogenetic studies of living and extinct xenarthran mammals"

Seminar | February 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Frédéric (Fred) Delsuc

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

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

MS4A proteins as chemosensors in olfaction and microglia

Seminar | February 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Paul Greer**, Harvard University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

BioE Seminar: “Remodeling of cell surfaceome proteomes in cancer”

Seminar | February 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Jim Wells, UCSF

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Spring 2017 Seminar Series
Wednesday, February 8
12noon - 1:00pm
290 Hearst Mining Building

Jim Wells
Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
UCSF

Plant and Microbial Biology Micro Seminar: "Lanthanides: drivers of one-carbon cycling and more?"

Seminar | February 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Mary Lidstrom, University of Washington

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Dr. Lidstrom is a Professor of Microbiology and holds the Frank Jungers Chair of Engineering, in the Department of Chemical Engineering, at the University of Washington, Seattle. She received her B.S. in Microbiology from Oregon State University. After receiving her M.S. and Ph.D. in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Lidstrom conducted work as a Leverhulme postdoctoral Fellow in...   More >

Mary Lidstrom

Choosing Empathy

Colloquium | February 8 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Jamil Zaki, Assistant Professor, Stanford University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Empathy--people's ability to share and understand each other's emotions--is a powerful social force, but can collapse when it is most needed, for instance during intergroup conflicts. Many theories of empathy hold that it occurs automatically, something like an emotional reflex. If this is the case, then its limits might be unavoidable. In this talk, I will lay out an alternative account, under...   More >

Tips and Tools for Improving Your Sleep (BEUHS050)

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

 Dana Walsh, MFT, CEAP, Employee Assistance, Be well at Work - Employee Assistance

 Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance

This workshop will explore the importance of sleep for our biological and psychological functioning, and how lack of sleep may impact our health. It will explore the evolutionary explanations behind sleep, the biology of sleep, including circadian rhythms and sleep cycles, and its necessity for survival, while providing basic tips and tools to help improve the overall quality of your sleep,...   More >

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Caltime KRONOS 8 – Time Keeper Training

Course | February 8 | 1-4 p.m. | 241 CSS

 1608 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

 Lydia Jenkins

 Human Resources

Objective/Focus - KRONOS 8 Changes:
Cosmetic features and functionality of CalTime KRONOS 8
Access to CalTime via Citrix – one timecard view
Historical Edits
Step by step run reports process
View Accruals and totals for employee timecards
Individual and mass timecard approval
Icons, and color alerts to guide to the next task
Instructor-led, hands-on training using Caltime training...   More >

  Register online

BLISS Seminar: Semantic security versus active adversaries

Seminar | February 8 | 2-3 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Ziv Goldfeld, Ben-Gurion University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Physical Layer Security (PLS) guarantees protection against computationally-unlimited eavesdroppers without using a key. These guarantees come at the price of an unrealistic assumption that the eavesdropper's channel is fully known to the legitimate parties...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Heegaard Floer homology in Contact Geometry

Seminar | February 8 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 James Conway, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Contact 3-manifolds come in two main flavours: tight and overtwisted. Suppose we are given a contact 3-manifold $(M, \xi )$: what tools can we use to show that it is tight? I will describe two tools – Heegaard Floer homology and open book decompositions – and how they have been used (together) to give contact invariants to help answer this question. In particular, we will see how Heegaard...   More >

Human Brain Imaging with fMRI

Colloquium | February 8 | 3 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Ida Momennejad

 Department of Psychology

Hyperfinite Markov Processes

Seminar | February 8 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Haosui Duanmu, Haosui Duanmu, Department of Statistics, University of Toronto,

 Department of Statistics

I will start by giving a short introduction on Nonstandard Analysis and Nonstandard Probability Theory. Then I will introduce the concept of Hyperfinite Markov processes.

Applied Math Seminar: Twisted X-rays, orbital angular momentum and the determination of atomic structure

Seminar | February 8 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Richard James, University of Minnesota

 Department of Mathematics

After a general introduction to our work on “objective structures”, we focus on Maxwell’s equations. We find solutions of Maxwell’s equations that are the precise analog of plane waves, but in the case that the translation group is replaced by the (largest) Abelian helical group. These waves display constructive/destructive interference with helical atomic structures, in the same way that...   More >

Seminar: Molecular clocks of human evolution - Dr. Priya Moorjani, Columbia Univeristy

Seminar | February 8 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Center for Computational Biology

Molecular clocks of human evolution

Abstract: One of the most fundamental discoveries in evolutionary biology is the “molecular clock”: the observation that changes to the genome due to mutation and recombination occur steadily with time. Thus, the accumulation of neutral substitutions (i.e., changes with no fitness effects) over generations provides a record of the time elapsed and hence an...   More >

Molecular clocks of human evolution

Seminar | February 8 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Priya Moorjani**, Columbia University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Bedload transport and hyporheic flow in a regulated, gravel bed river: Observations and implications for salmon spawning habitat

Colloquium | February 8 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Dr. Erin Bray, Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara

 Department of Geography

ERG Colloquium: Andrew Light: The Road from the Paris Climate Agreement

Colloquium | February 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Andrew Light, Director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, George Mason University

 Energy and Resources Group

In December 2015, over 190 countries met in Paris for the 21st meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change where they succeeded in creating a new international climate agreement. Many have heralded the outcome as a groundbreaking achievement for international diplomacy and global climate action. Others have argued that the climate commitments that parties brought to the...   More >

EECS Colloquium: Taking Computing+Data Wide Across the Curriculum: The Illinois CS+X and MCS-DS Degree Programs

Colloquium | February 8 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Rob A. Rutenbar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Computer Science has become the most popular major and largest teaching unit on many campuses. (Statistics is seeing a similar exponential growth in demand, reflecting the rise of Data Science.) This is focusing welcome attention on CS curriculum design: what do we teach, and to whom. The first response to “rising- tide” demand is to go “deep”: more majors, more courses, more classroom seats,...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Tight Contact Structures via Admissible Transverse Surgery

Seminar | February 8 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 James Conway, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Suppose $K$ is a fibred knot in a 3-manifold $M$ giving an open book decomposition of $M$, and that the supported contact structure $\xi _K$ on $M$ is overtwisted. Under what conditions does negative surgeries on $K$ (considered as a transverse knot in $(M, \xi _K)$) result in a tight contact manifold?

This problem becomes tractable when we strengthen the requirements of the surgered manifold to...   More >

Rabih Alameddine on "The Angel of History"

Workshop | February 8 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Rabih Alameddine

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Near Eastern Studies, Department of English, Center for Race and Gender

Rabih Alameddine is the author of six novels--including the National Book Award finalist An Unnecessary Woman and the international bestseller The Hakawati--as well as a Twitter feed that The New Yorker called "a work of art." His most recent novel, The Angel of History, follows Yemeni-born poet Jacob as he reckons with his childhood in an Egyptian brothel, the AIDS crisis in San Francisco,...   More >

Thursday, February 9, 2017

ESPM 2017 Seminar Series- Thomas Scott: Commerce Trumps Climate in Changing California's Woodlands

Seminar | February 9 | 132 Mulford Hall

 Thomas Scott, CE Specialist, https://ourenvironment.berkeley.edu/people/thomas-scott

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

Circulating Health: Mediatization and the (Im)Mobilization of Medical Subjects and Objects

Conference/Symposium | February 9 – 10, 2017 every day | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room

 Charles L. Briggs, Anthropology, UC Berkeley; Daniel C. Hallin, Communication, UC San Diego; Nick Couldry, Media, Communications and Social Theory, London School of Economics and Political Science; Adele Clarke, Sociology and History of Health Sciences, UC San Francisco; Sheldon Ungar, Sociology, University of Toronto; Mohan Dutta, Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore; Rose Marie Beck, African Studies, Leipzig; Leo Chávez, Anthropology, UC Irvine; Michael Schudson, Journalism, Columbia University; Julia Sonnevend, Communication Studies, University of Michigan; Geert Jacobs, Linguistics, University of Ghent; Richard Besser, ABC News; Lori Dorfman, UCB School of Public Health and the Berkeley Media Studies Group; Edward Wasserman, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, Institute of International Studies, Department of Anthropology, Graduate School of Journalism, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Public Health, School of, Folklore Program

This interdisciplinary, international conference features scholars from Belgium, Canada, Germany, Singapore, the UK, and the USA. The conference explores intersections between health and media.

Thursday, February 9 | 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Friday, February 10 | 9:00am - 4:30m

$FREE

  Registration opens December 20. Register online or by calling 510-642-0813, or by emailing bcsm@berkeley.edu by February 8.

Asphalt Pavement Materials, Design, Construction and Maintenance

Workshop | February 7 – 9, 2017 every day | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Courtyard Marriott Monrovia, Monterey Room

 700 West Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016

 James Sigore, American Society of Civil Engineers; Irwin Guada, UC Pavement Research Center; Frank Farshidi, City of San Jose

 Technology Transfer Program

This three-day course is aimed at covering the full range of topics related to asphalt concrete pavements from materials and mix design to construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation. Asphalt concrete pavements are a vital part of an agency's assets and constitute about 90% of the local streets in California. The numerous topics in this class will be presented in sufficient detail to assist the...   More >

 This course is particularly designed for junior-level engineers in state and local agencies and those new to the pavement field who would benefit from a strong introduction to asphalt pavements. More senior level agency engineers, consultants, contractors

BEARS 2017: Brains and Machines: AI, Robotics and Neural Computation at Berkeley

Conference/Symposium | February 9 | 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Claire Tomlin; Pieter Abbeel; Dan Klein; Michel Maharbiz

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The 2017 Berkeley EECS Annual Research Symposium (BEARS) promises to present exciting and innovative research centered on artificial intelligence and human-centric computing being conducted in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences.

  Register online

Caltime KRONOS 8 – Time Keeper Training

Course | February 9 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 241 CSS

 1608 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

 Lydia Jenkins

 Human Resources

Objective/Focus - KRONOS 8 Changes:
Cosmetic features and functionality of CalTime KRONOS 8
Access to CalTime via Citrix – one timecard view
Historical Edits
Step by step run reports process
View Accruals and totals for employee timecards
Individual and mass timecard approval
Icons, and color alerts to guide to the next task
Instructor-led, hands-on training using Caltime training...   More >

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Reactive Intermediates in Iron-mediated Dinitrogen Reduction

Seminar | February 9 | 10-11 a.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Jon Rittle, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego

 College of Chemistry

PMB Seminar : "Understanding stress response and seed development transcription factor networks"

Seminar | February 9 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Energy Biosciences Building, EBB First Floor Conference Room

 Liang Song, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Marketing Yourself for Your Next Job: Resume Writing (BECAR301)

Workshop | February 9 | 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. |  Tang Center, University Health Services

 TBA, University Health Services

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

Create a resume that gets attention and results.

 Search for BECAR301 in the Blu Portal under UCB Learning Center (left column).

Islamic Texts Circle: Imperfect Cities and the Structure of the Universe in Al-Farabi's Philosophy

Workshop | February 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Ahmad Ighbariah, Tel Aviv University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Join visiting scholar Ahmad Ighbariah (Tel Aviv University) for our first Islamic Texts Circle of 2017, examining the work of 10th century philosopher Al-Farabi. To RSVP and receive texts, please contact cmes@berkeley.edu.

Text in Arabic and English translation.

Why We Need a State and Regional Approach to Higher Education in Silicon Valley

Colloquium | February 9 | 12-1 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio, Dwinelle 117

 Michael W. Kirst, Professor Emeritus of Education, Stanford University & President, California State Board of Education; W. Richard (Dick) Scott, Professor Emeritus,Sociology,Stanford University

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

Postsecondary education and the San Francisco (SF) Bay Area economy are varied and complex – and they are integral to each other’s success. Colleges and universities of all types educate and train a diverse workforce, and the Bay Area employs highly skilled workers. Faculty and graduates serve as innovators and entrepreneurs; industrial labs push the boundaries of research and knowledge. These...   More >

The Neural Code Issue

Seminar | February 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Christoph von der Malsburg, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies and Platonite AG

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Let's go for the real thing: Every waking second, our mind represents for us the situation we are immersed in. How do the physical states of our brain create this mental imagery? I call this the Neural Code Issue. The pathway to solving it is currently blocked by an answer that isn't even wrong. Come to my talk if you want to get the correct one. I see it as the doorway to the realization of...   More >

Borrowing Basics (BEUHS358)

Workshop | February 9 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Richard P. Ruiz, Vice President, East Bay Region, Bank of the West

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

This borrowing basics seminar provides a comprehensive overview of critical information related to consumer lending options. The session topics include a review of different credit types, costs associated with obtaining credit, your rights as a borrower, what creditors review when making a credit decision and ideas on how to manage your credit. This option would likely have a broader appeal to...   More >

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Research Colloquium: Neil Gilbert

Colloquium | February 9 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Commons

 Social Welfare, School of

IB SEMINAR: Ecological genomics of legume-rhizobium mutualisms

Seminar | February 9 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Katy Heath, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 Department of Integrative Biology

Caltime KRONOS 8 – Time Keeper Training

Course | February 9 | 1-4 p.m. | 241 CSS

 1608 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

 Lydia Jenkins

 Human Resources

Objective/Focus - KRONOS 8 Changes:
Cosmetic features and functionality of CalTime KRONOS 8
Access to CalTime via Citrix – one timecard view
Historical Edits
Step by step run reports process
View Accruals and totals for employee timecards
Individual and mass timecard approval
Icons, and color alerts to guide to the next task
Instructor-led, hands-on training using Caltime training...   More >

  Register online

Derived Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Ind-coherent sheaves on (affine) dg schemes

Seminar | February 9 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Harrison Chen, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will try to understand the two categories of quasicoherent sheaves and ind-coherent sheaves on an affine dg scheme (also known as a dg algebra) through examples, completeness and convergence properties, and t-structures. Finally, we will state applications: Grothendieck duality, proper descent, and formal completions.

Student Applied Math Seminar: Mathematical Introduction to Many Body Perturbation Theory

Seminar | January 26 – March 23, 2017 every Thursday with exceptions | 2-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Lin Lin, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this series of lectures, we discuss quantum many body perturbation theory from a mathematical perspective. The starting point is Feynman diagrams for Gaussian integrals. This only requires the knowledge of freshman calculus. Then assuming basic knowledge of quantum mechanics, we discuss Feynman diagrams for quantum statistical mechanics, and proceed to many body perturbation theory for...   More >

Seminar 251, Labor:

Seminar | February 9 | 2-4 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Tomas Monarrez, UCB; Julien Lafortune, UCB

 Department of Economics

Tomas Monarrez - "Attendance Zones and the Segregation of U.S. Schools"

Julien Lafortune - “On the Right Track? Advanced Math Tracking in Secondary Schools”

Freshwater Ecology and Conservation Seminar Series: Sandra Bibiana Correa

Seminar | February 9 | 3-4 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall

 Sandra Bibiana Correa, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Georgia

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

Sandra Bibiana Correa
"Evolution, Ecology and Conservation of Fish-Forest Interactions"

How to Write a Stem Research Proposal

Workshop | February 9 | 3-4 p.m. | 1229 Dwinelle Hall

 Sean Burns, OURS

 Office of Undergraduate Research

This work shop is primarily designed for STEM undergraduates applying for the SURF program - but all Cal undergraduates are welcome.
The session will cover all aspects of a successful research proposal.

Emergent Chirality in Magnetic and Electronic Textures

Seminar | February 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Dr. Padraic Shafer, Advanced Light Source, LBNL

 Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

Chirality determines many important properties in nature, ranging from the electroweak interaction in particle physics to the reactions of enzymes that are fundamental for life. In condensed matter physics, chiral structures determine the functional behavior of magnetic and other correlated-electron materials. Underlying these functionalities are a wealth of intriguing nanoscale ordering...   More >

Multi transmitter neurons in the mammalian brain - more than just an oddity

Seminar | February 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Bernardo Sabatini, Harvard Medical School

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis: "Status Goods:Experimental Evidence from Platinum Credit Cards"

Seminar | February 9 | 4:10-6 p.m. | Haas School of Business, C325 Cheit Hall

 Gautam Rao, Harvard, Haas School of Business

 Haas School of Business

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

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Fukaya Moduli

Colloquium | February 9 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Eric Zaslow, Northwestern

 Department of Mathematics

Interesting structures arise by considering the space of objects in a Fukaya category of Lagrangian submanifolds. These include knot invariants, cluster algebras, open Gromov-Witten invariants, ​D-modules and noncommutative geometry. Despite the panoply of topics, I will try to make the talk accessible, telling a story through illustrative examples.

Applied Algebra Seminar: Scene reconstruction and a resolution of the multiview variety

Seminar | February 9 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Daniel Lowengrub, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The multiview variety associated to a collection of $N$ cameras records which sequences of image points in $P^{2N}$ can be obtained by taking pictures of a given world point $x\in P^3$ with the cameras. In order to reconstruct a scene from its picture under the different cameras it is important to be able to find the critical points of the function which measures the distance between a general...   More >

Crafter-Dark: Free, drop-in crafting, in the Student Union

Workshop | October 13, 2016 – June 8, 2017 the second Thursday of the month every month with exceptions | 8-10 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Living Room

 ASUC Art Studio

Get crafty with us! We’re hosting free, drop-in arts & crafts workshops in the MLK Jr. Student Union campus living room every 2nd Thursday of the month.

This October, we'll be making some spooky-looking velum Halloween Lanterns– taught by Cal C.R.E.A.T.E. (Creative Residencies for Emerging Artists Teaching Empowerment). Hope to see you there!