<< Week of August 27 >>

Sunday, August 27, 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.

Monday, August 28, 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.

Fundamentals of Sustainable Natural Dyeing with Michel Garcia

Workshop | August 28 – 31, 2017 every day | 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Learn the fundamentals of sustainable natural dyeing including fiber preparation, plant mordants, plant selection, using less dye for greater effect, surface design techniques, and various applications of natural dyes.

$425, $400 UCBG Members

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

Berkeley-Tokyo Summer School "Geometry, Representation Theory, and Mathematical Physics": Integrable systems and quantum geometry II

Seminar | August 28 | 10-11:30 a.m. | 375 LeConte Hall

 Andrey Smirnov, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In my talk I will overview new classes of integrable systems associated with Nakajima quiver varieties. I will explain the geometric construction of quantum Rmatrices, commuting families of Hamiltonians and corresponding Bethe equations. I will discuss relations of these systems with quantum cohomology and quantum K-theory of Nakajima varieties.

Dissertation Talk: System Design for Large Scale Machine Learning

Seminar | August 28 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 420 Soda Hall

 Shivaram Venkataraman, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk I will present my research on systems that make it easier to develop new machine learning applications and scale them while achieving high performance.

Differential Geometry Seminar: A family of non-collapsed steady Ricci solitons

Seminar | August 28 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Alexander Appleton, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Non-collapsed Ricci solitons play an important role in Ricci flow as they arise as blow up limits of singularities. The classification of three dimensional Ricci solitons has largely been carried out by the work of Hamilton, Ivey, Perelman and Brendle. In four dimensions, however, only a handful of solitons are known and a complete classification remains a distant goal.

In this talk I will...   More >

String-Math Seminar: Integrability lattice models from four-dimensional gauge theory

Seminar | August 28 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Masahito Yamazaki, IPMU, University of Tokyo

 Department of Mathematics

I will describe my recent work with Kevin Costello and Edward Witten, on explaining integrable models from a four-dimensional gauge theory.

Seminar 231, 251 Public Finance and Labor: "Racial Bias in Bail Decisions"

Seminar | August 28 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Will Dobbie, Princeton University

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

with David Arnold and Crystal Yang - joint with Labor

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Twisted canonical anti-commutation relations and twisted independence

Seminar | August 28 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Naofumi Muraki, Iwate Prefectural University

 Department of Mathematics

We will construct a one-parameter deformation of tensor product ( = twisted product) for non-commutative probability spaces, and show the existence of the associated universal calculation rule ( = twisted independence ) for mixed moments of non-commutative random variables. The construction was inspired from the twisted canonical anti-commutation relations of W. Pusz .

Bin Yu — Three principles of data science: predictability, stability, and computability

Seminar | August 28 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Bin Yu, Professor, UC Berkeley Departments of Statistics and EECS

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

In this talk, I'd like to discuss the intertwining importance and connections of three principles of data science in the title in data-driven decisions. Making prediction as its central task and embracing computation as its core, machine learning has enabled wide-ranging data-driven successes. Prediction is a useful way to check with reality. Good prediction implicitly assumes stability between...   More >

Gospel Rape: On Close Reading in Crime and Punishment

Colloquium | August 28 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Eric Naiman, Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures; Professor and Bernie Williams Chair, Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

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

The first lecture in the Slavic Graduate Colloquium Fall 2017 series.

Scientists and Climate Change: All is not Lost

Seminar | August 28 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Judith Klinman, University of California, Berkeley

 Inez Fung, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, College of Chemistry

Seminar 271, Development: "The Costs of Patronage: Evidence from the British Empire"

Seminar | August 28 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Guo Xu, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Serial Dependence in Visual Working Memory: Time Course and Neural Mechanisms

Seminar | August 28 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Dan Bliss, D'Esposito

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Turning up the heat: The demoralizing effect of competition in contests

Seminar | August 28 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Philipp Strack, University of California Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Joint with Theory seminar

* Note change in time and room due to joint event

Fall Recruiting Kickoff for International Students

Career Fair | August 28 | 6-7 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), Blue and Gold Rooms, Career Center

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

The campus-recruiting season begins right after the start of the fall semester! Are you actively looking for jobs/internships this semester but still have questions such as where to find open positions, what qualities employers are looking for, what resources available for resume, interview and networking preparation, and how to increase your chance of getting interviews? This workshop is aimed...   More >

Tuesday, August 29, 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.

Fundamentals of Sustainable Natural Dyeing with Michel Garcia

Workshop | August 28 – 31, 2017 every day | 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Learn the fundamentals of sustainable natural dyeing including fiber preparation, plant mordants, plant selection, using less dye for greater effect, surface design techniques, and various applications of natural dyes.

$425, $400 UCBG Members

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

Berkeley-Tokyo Summer School "Geometry, Representation Theory, and Mathematical Physics": Spectral covers and wall-crossing in 4d and 2d

Seminar | August 29 | 10-11:30 a.m. | 375 LeConte Hall

 Dmitry Galakhov, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will describe some physical approaches to calculation of motivic Donaldson-Thomas invariants – protected spin characters of BPS states in class S theories. We will discuss a "refined" counting of special real loci (Stokes lines) on spectral covers and application to construction of Reshetikhin-Turaev-Witten invariants.

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Bank Capital and Risk Taking: A Loan Level Analysis

Seminar | August 29 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Michael Ohlrogge, Stanford

 Center for Risk Management Research

I examine whether whether low capital levels incentivize banks to systematically originate and hold riskier loans. I construct a novel data set consisting of 1.8 million small business and home mortgage loans, matched to the specific banks that originated them and the capital levels of those banks at the time of origination, and verified to be held on bank portfolios, rather than sold. A one...   More >

NCBI Bioinformatics Tools: An Introduction

Workshop | August 29 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Bioscience Library Training Room, 2101 VLSB

 Elliott Smith, Emerging Technologies and Bioinformatics Librarian, Bioscience Library

 Library

A hands-on workshop introducing NCBI bioinformatics tools such as PubMed, Gene, Protein, Nucleotide, and BLAST.

Splintering and spoilers in peace processes: Lessons from the rise of the Lord's Resistance Army

Colloquium | August 29 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Chelsea Johnson, Fellow of Comparative Politics, The London School of Economics and Political Science

 Center for African Studies

Very little research has been done to date on bargaining for peace in the context of a fractionalized armed opposition. Most work in the field of conflict resolution suggests that multidimensional peace agreements are inherently unstable and prone to breakdown, and that dyadic bargaining can produce dyadic peace despite the behavior of excluded "spoilers." This project contributes new data on...   More >

Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC) Info session - Intro to UROC and mixer

Workshop | August 29 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Istifaa Ahmed, UROC (Under-represented Researchers of Color)

 Office of Undergraduate Research

This is an introductory UROC meet and greet event, introducing the UROC staff and services we offer to students – from research methods and scholarship workshops to grad school preparation. This is primarily aimed towards beginning to build a research community.

3-Manifold Seminar: Organizational meeting

Seminar | August 29 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We'll give an overview of topics we hope to cover this semester, including computational complexity for 3-manifold algorithms, profinite rigidity of 3-manifold groups, and invariants of spatial graphs.

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | August 29 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

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

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

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: The Equations of K3 Carpets

Seminar | August 29 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 David Eisenbud, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

K3 surfaces are one possible answer to the question: what's the 2-dimensional analogue of elliptic curves? There is a rich and beautiful geometric theory, but I'll talk about a highly degenerate form, the K3 carpets. There's a simple discrete classification, an easy way to write down the equations and Groebner bases, and an intriguing connection to Green's Conjecture on canonical curves.

Physical Chemistry through a Microscope

Seminar | August 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Ke Xu, Department of Chemistry

 College of Chemistry

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: Student CA+AG seminar organizational meeting

Seminar | August 29 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 n/a, n/a

 Department of Mathematics

We will go over the format and the topics for the student portion of the CA+AG seminar this semester, and sign-up speakers for respective topics.

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 >

A Conversation with Min Seok Ahn

Colloquium | August 29 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. |  Morrison Library

 Min Seok Ahn, South Korean National Assembly

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), C.V. Starr East Asian Library

Min Seok Ahn (also spelled Ahn Minseok), a member of the South Korean National Assembly, has been instrumental in coordinating the impeachment trial of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

Wednesday, August 30, 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.

Computer Health Matters: User Friendly Workstations (BEUHS400)

Workshop | August 30 | 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonimics; Mallory Lynch, Ergonomics@Work

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn how to set up a user-friendly workstation and practice stretches to help relieve computer-related aches and pains. This workshop is required to qualify for computer ergonomics matching funds.

  Register online

Ropes Course 1 - 1st Year Students Only

Workshop | August 30 | 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. |  Strawberry Canyon Recreational Area

 Carol Rhodes

 University of California

MSW STUDENTS IN CF, IV-E & MAP CONCENTRATIONS

Fundamentals of Sustainable Natural Dyeing with Michel Garcia

Workshop | August 28 – 31, 2017 every day | 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Learn the fundamentals of sustainable natural dyeing including fiber preparation, plant mordants, plant selection, using less dye for greater effect, surface design techniques, and various applications of natural dyes.

$425, $400 UCBG Members

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

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

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

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

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

Keyboards and Mice: Ergonomic Alternatives (BEUHS401)

Workshop | August 30 | 9:45-10:45 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 about the ergonomics of keyboards and pointing devices, including appropriate workstation set-up, postures, and techniques for using them. Find out about the keyboards and pointing devices covered by the Computer Ergonomics Matching Funds Program. Enroll online at the UC Learning Center.

  Register online

Berkeley-Tokyo Summer School "Geometry, Representation Theory, and Mathematical Physics": Mutations of Lagrangian tori

Seminar | August 30 | 10-11:30 a.m. | 375 LeConte Hall

 Dmitry Tonkonog, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will overview a beautiful interplay between the symplectic geometry of monotone Lagrangian tori in del Pezzo surfaces and the algebra of mirror Landau-Ginzburg models, following the works of Auroux, Vianna, Galkin-Cruz Morales, Shende-Treumann-Williams, and Pascaleff with myself. Time permitting, I will discuss mutations of Lagrangian tori in higher-dimensional toric Fanos.

“Catching in the Act: Active, Dynamic, and Programmable Behaviours of Far From Equilibrium membrane Biointerfaces”

Seminar | August 30 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Atul N. Parikh, University of California, Davis

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Drawing from recent experiments in our labs employing simple models for the cellular chassis, this talk highlights how compartmental walls reconfigure, across molecular and mesoscales, when taken out of equilibrium through real-time incorporation of exogenous molecules, activities of membrane receptors, and the osmotic activity of water.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Molly Womack "Using earless frogs to study developmental bias"

Seminar | August 30 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 Grinnell Miller Library

 Molly Womack

 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 >

NCBI Bioinformatics Tools: An Introduction

Workshop | August 30 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Bioscience Library Training Room, 2101 VLSB

 Elliott Smith, Emerging Technologies and Bioinformatics Librarian, Bioscience Library

 Library

A hands-on workshop introducing NCBI bioinformatics tools such as PubMed, Gene, Protein, Nucleotide, and BLAST.

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Taking stock: the impacts of genetic diversity for herpes simplex virus (HSV)"

Seminar | August 30 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Moriah Szpara, Pennsylvania State University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

A variety of viruses infect the human nervous system, often with severe consequences. While vaccines have largely defeated the paralysis caused by polio, other viruses such as rabies, West Nile virus, and herpes simplex virus (HSV) continue to cause neurological infections that require clinical intervention. More than 70% of adults in the United States carry HSV, whether they know it or not. HSV...   More >

Moriah Szpara

City as Nexus: Global Urban Humanities Fall 2017 Colloquium

Colloquium | August 30 – November 15, 2017 every Wednesday with exceptions | 12-1:30 p.m. | Wurster Hall, 494, South Tower

Various Guest Lecturers, Global Urban Humanities Initiative

 Global Urban Humanities

Fall 2017 (1 Unit)
Rhetoric 198-3 (Class Nbr: 21377) and CYPLAN 198-2 (Class Nbr: 12006)
Rhetoric 244A (Class Nbr: 46989) and CYPLAN 298-2 (Class Nbr: 47047)
Instructor: Kevin Block
Instructor of record: Susan Moffat
Wednesdays, 12-1:30PM
Location: Cal Design Lab, Room 494 SE Wurster Hall

The city is a social nexus. It binds people, things, forces, ideas together as a crossroads, grid,...   More >

The Psychology of Brokerage

Colloquium | August 30 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Nir Halevy, Associate Professor, Stanford University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Third parties often shape dyadic interactions and relationships. Building on interdependence theory as an organizing conceptual framework, the current research explores when, why, and how third parties intervene in others' interactions, and illuminates previously unidentified similarities and differences between distinct types of third party influence.

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Acylindrically hyperbolic groups

Seminar | August 30 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Carolyn Abbott, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will first give an introduction to some basic concepts in geometric groups theory, including Cayley graphs, hyperbolic spaces, and quasi-isometries. Then I will define an acylindrical action and an acylindrically hyperbolic group, focusing on examples.

Berry-Esseen bounds for typical weighted sums in the randomized central limit theorem

Seminar | August 30 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Sergey Bobkov, University of Minnesota

 Department of Statistics

Abstract. We will be discussing normal approximation and associated
Berry-Esseen-type bounds for weighted sums of dependent random variables under general moment and correlation-type conditions.

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Universal acylindrical actions

Seminar | August 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Carolyn Abbott, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The class of acylindrically hyperbolic groups, which are groups that admit a certain type of non-elementary action on a hyperbolic space, contains many interesting groups such as non-exceptional mapping class groups and \(\operatorname {Out}(\mathbb F_n)\) for \(n > 1\). In such a group, a generalized loxodromic element is one that is loxodromic for some acylindrical action of the group on a...   More >

Convex Relaxation for Community Detection

Seminar | August 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Xiaodong Li, University of California, Davis

 Department of Statistics

Cluster structures might be ubiquitous for large data, and community detection has recently
attracted much research attention in applied physics, sociology, computer science and statistics
due to its broad applicability in various network datasets. A variety of approaches distinct in
essence have thus been proposed, among which convex relaxation had not been extensively
explored since its...   More >

Thursday, August 31, 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.

Ropes Course 2 - 1st Year Students Only

Workshop | August 31 | 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. |  Strawberry Canyon Recreational Area

 Carol Rhodes

 University of California

MSW STUDENTS (CMH, HEALTH & AGING CONCENTRATIONS ONLY)

Fundamentals of Sustainable Natural Dyeing with Michel Garcia

Workshop | August 28 – 31, 2017 every day | 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Learn the fundamentals of sustainable natural dyeing including fiber preparation, plant mordants, plant selection, using less dye for greater effect, surface design techniques, and various applications of natural dyes.

$425, $400 UCBG Members

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

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: How do Individuals Repay their Debt? The Balance Matching Heuristic

Seminar | August 31 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, C330 Cheit Hall

 Neale Mahoney, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

 Department of Economics

Joint with the Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis

* Note change in time and location due to a joint event

Assessing Personality Type and Your Career with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

Workshop | August 31 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  University Hall

 Terrie Moore, Staff Career Development

 Human Resources

Understanding your preferred work style can help inform your career planning and how you adapt to the dynamic world of work. A clearer understanding of these can contribute to higher career satisfaction.

Pre-work required - See details online at the UC Learning Center, and upon registration.

REGISTRATION required at the UC Learning Center through the Blu portal. Course code - BECAR101

  Register online

Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis

Seminar | August 31 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Neale Mahoney, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS, University of Chicago

 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 >

IB Seminar: Thermal performance, local adaptation, and niche evolution in a short-lived annual

Seminar | August 31 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Joe Hereford, University of California, Davis

 Department of Integrative Biology

Prof. Matei Zaharia: Composable High-Performance Data Processing with Weld

Seminar | August 31 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 405 Soda Hall

 Matei Zaharia, Stanford University

 RISELab

The main way users are productive writing software is by composing libraries written by other developers. Unfortunately, the traditional interface for composing software -- function calls that exchange data through memory -- is increasingly inefficient on modern hardware. Even when developers write applications using highly optimized libraries, such as BLAS, their performance can be orders of...   More >

Tannin Walk through the Garden with Michel Garcia- SOLD OUT

Workshop | August 31 | 2-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Commonly found in leaves, barks, roots, and fruits of trees, tannins are used to produce wine, leather, and ink and can greatly enhance a natural dyer’s practice. Join Michel Garcia for a walk through the University of California Botanical Garden to learn about tannins and their many applications in situ.

$45, $40 UCBG Members

 SOLD OUT.

Student Applied Math Seminar: Quantum Embedding Theory

Seminar | August 31 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Lin Lin, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Quantum physics requires the solution of PDEs in high dimensional spaces, but this is hard. Various numerical schemes have been developed to solve these PDEs approximately in the past decades. Understandably, some high fidelity models can only be applied to systems of very small sizes, while relatively low fidelity models can be applied to much larger systems. The theory (or sometimes more...   More >

How to Email a Professor to Get a Positive Response: Workshop

Workshop | August 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Do you need to email a professor you've never met before to ask for their help, but you don't know where to start? Have you ever written a long email to a professor, only to receive no response, or not the one you hoped? If so, this workshop is for you! We will discuss how to present yourself professionally over email to faculty and other professionals ...   More >

Paper Tigers, Hidden Dragons: Firms and the Political Economy of China's Technological Development

Colloquium | August 31 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Douglas Fuller, School of Management, Zhejiang University

 Lowell Dittmer, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

China presents us with a conundrum. How has a developing country with a spectacularly inefficient financial system, coupled with asset-destroying state-owned firms, managed to create a number of vibrant high-tech firms?

China's domestic financial system fails most private firms by neglecting to give them sufficient support to pursue technological upgrading, even while smothering state-favored...   More >

LaTeX: Introduction to Typesetting in math

Workshop | August 31 | 4-5 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Kresge Engineering Library Training Room 110MD

 Brian Quigley, Mathematics and Statistics Librarian, Kresge Engineering Library

 Library

This workshop is an introduction to typesetting math using LaTeX. Attendees will learn how to create various environments for equations and formulas; subscripting and superscripting; Greek letters; and other commonly used syntax for math.

  Registration opens August 4. Register online or by calling Brian Quigley at 510-642-5729, or by emailing Brian Quigley at bquigley@berkeley.edu

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Boolean representations of simplicial complexes: beyond matroids

Colloquium | August 31 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 John Rhodes, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We present a "crash course" on representing finite simplicial complexes by rectangular matrices with coefficients 0 or 1 (Boolean matrices). Our "course" may be of interest to combinatorialists, topologists, and discrete geometers and is intended to be accessible to students, including advanced undergraduates.

Our main theme is a new idea: some of the columns of a Boolean matrix are "linearly...   More >

"Free Speech and Community": A Conversation with Chancellor Christ at The Berkeley Forum

Presentation | August 31 | 6 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 Carol Christ, UC Berkeley Chancellor

 The Berkeley Forum

What constitutes free speech? At what point does free speech infringe upon the notion of community, if at all? Recent events on campus - and the intense media and political scrutiny that accompanied them - have highlighted a need for thoughtful discussion of these questions. Newly sworn-in Chancellor Carol Christ will discuss these themes in conversation at the Berkeley Forum.

Friday, September 1, 2017

German 204- Fall 2017: Compact Seminar

Course | September 1 – 29, 2017 every Friday | 282 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of German

Prof. Dr. Ortrud Gutjahr (Universität Hamburg)

Aufklärungstheater: Lessings Dramen und Hamburgische Dramaturgie

Gotthold Ephraim Lessings Schauspiel Nathan der Weise (1779) gilt als das deutschsprachige Drama der Aufklärung schlechthin. Und dies nicht nur, weil es bis heute das am häufigsten auf der Bühne inszenierte Stück der Epoche ist, sondern auch, weil es mit seinen szenischen...   More >

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

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

 College of Environmental Design

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

Global Urban Humanities Info Sessions

Presentation | September 1 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Wurster Hall, Room 305, North Tower

 Global Urban Humanities

The interdisciplinary Global Urban Humanities Initiative (GUH) studies global cities by bringing together scholars, artists and designers from the arts and humanities, architecture, landscape architecture, and city planning.

Learn about the nuts and bolts of our new certificates in Global Urban Humanities for undergraduates and graduate students, new courses, fellowship opportunities, and...   More >

  RSVP by calling Tina Novero at 510-664-4077, or by emailing Tina Novero at globalurbanhumanities@berkeley.edu by September 1.

EH&S 403 Training Session

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

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

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

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

Self-Organization of Nanoparticles: Nano Seminar Series

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

 Prof. Nicholas Kotov, Univ. of Michigan, Chemical Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Inorganic nanoparticles (NPs) have the ability to self-organize into a variety of structures. Analysis of experimental data for different types of NPs indicates a general trend of self-assembly under a wider range of conditions and having broader structural variability than self-assembling units from organic matter.

Remarkably, the internal organization of self-assembled NP systems rivals in...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Geomety of Polymers in Last Passage Percolation Under Various Constraints

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

 Shirshendu Ganguly, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Motivated by extremal isoperimetric problems in percolation, I shall describe a model which puts a global curvature constraint on the standard Last passage percolation model and studies the longest increasing path from $(0, 0)$ to $(n, n)$ trapping atypically large area. As is typical in these models, the first order behaviour of this random contour is determined by a variational problem which we...   More >

MENA Salon: The Qatar-Saudi Rupture

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

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

This MENA salon will discuss the recent diplomatic crisis with the tiny peninsular nation of Qatar, which quickly led to a geopolitical rupture. Recommended reading available here: http://cmes.berkeley.edu/mena-salon/

The Fast and the Furious: Cooperative C−H, C−S, C-C, and C−O Bond Activation by Nickel

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

 Prof. Samuel Johnson, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Windsor

 College of Chemistry

Nickel complexes are often less adept at the activation and functionalization of unreactive bonds than second and third row transition metals. In contrast, the ability of Ni metal surface sites to readily activate C-H and C-C under ambient conditions has found use in high temperature catalytic reactions that involve skeletal rearrangements of C-H, C-C and C-O bonds. Cooperativity amongst adjacent...   More >

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: Organizational meeting

Seminar | September 1 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Martin Olsson, UCB

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss the schedule of talks for the semester.

Student / postdoc PDE seminar: Approximation schemes for mean curvature motion

Seminar | September 1 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Tim Laux, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Saturday, September 2, 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.