<< Week of January 28 >>

Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Four Treasures of Brush Painting: Bamboo with Karen LeGault

Workshop | January 28 | 9:30 a.m.-2:30 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

Mushrooms in the Garden

Workshop | January 28 | 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join local naturalist and mycologist Debbie Viess, Co-Founder of the Bay Area Mycological Society, for a fun talk on local mushrooms that occur in our Bay Area woods, lawns and yes, even gardens. Beautiful photos, stories and plenty of easy to digest science will be value added.

After this indoor preview of the world of fungi, we will look for mushrooms in the beautiful UC Botanical Garden.

$25, $20 Garden members

  Register online or by calling 510-642-7082, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Exploration of Forms: Afro-Cuban with José Francisco Barroso: Public Movement Workshop Series

Workshop | January 28 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Bancroft Studio (2401 Bancroft)

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

TDPS presents a series of three spring workshops with Cuban dancer and choreographer José Francisco Barroso on January 28, February 18, and March 18, 2018. 10:30am-12pm. Free and open to the public. Live drumming.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Combinatorics Seminar: Permutations, tensor products, and Cuntz algebra automorphism

Seminar | January 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Francesco Brenti, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”

 Department of Mathematics

We introduce and study a new class of permutations which arises from the automorphisms of the Cuntz algebra. I will define this class, explain its relation to the Cuntz algebra, present results about symmetries, constructions, characterizations, and enumeration of these permutations, and discuss some open problems and conjectures. This is joint work with Roberto Conti.

Political Economy Seminar

Seminar | January 29 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Moses Hall, Moses Hall 223

 Matilde Bombardini, University of British Columbia

 Department of Economics

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

Plant and Microbial Biology Student/Postdoc Seminar

Seminar | January 29 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall

 Tim Jeffers, Graduate Student, PMB; Daniel Westcott, Graduate Student, PMB

 Plant and Microbial Biology Student Group

Come join us to hear research going on in PMB from graduate students and post docs. There will be snacks and coffee/tea. Please bring a mug. Hosted by the Plant and Microbial Biology Student Group (PMBG).

This event is sponsored by the UCB Graduate Assembly. Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Continuous quantities with respect to measured Gromov-Hausdorff convergence

Seminar | January 29 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Shouhei Honda, Tohoku University

 Department of Mathematics

One of main purposes in the convergence theory (with uniform Ricci bounds from below) is to find geometric/analytic quantities which are continuous with respect to measured Gromov-Hausdorff convergence. The diameter is a trivial geometric example. On the other hand the \(k^{th}\) eigenvalue of the Laplacian is a nontrivial analytic example for all \(k\), which was proven by Cheeger-Colding. In...   More >

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: "Thickness and Competition in Ride-sharing Markets"

Seminar | January 29 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Afshin Nikzad, Stanford University

 Department of Economics

This is a job market seminar. Note the change in location.

Biochemistry in the genomic era

Seminar | January 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Daniel Herschlag, Stanford University

 College of Chemistry

Documenting A Precautionary Tale: How the Story of One Small Italian Town’s Fight for a Pesticide-Free Future Changed the International Narrative

Seminar | January 29 | 4-5:15 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Lounge

 Philip Ackerman-Leist, Green Mountain College; Douglas Gayeton, Lexicon of Sustainability

 Center for Diversified Farming Systems

Philip Ackerman-Leist and Douglas Gayeton will share insights from their three-year collaboration in capturing the dramatic story of how the town of Mals in the Italian Alps became the first town in the world to ban all pesticides.

  Register online

Job Market Seminar: "Thickness and Competition in Ride-sharing Markets"

Seminar | January 29 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Afshin Nikzad, Stanford University - Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Microeconomic Theory, Market and Mechanism design, (Combinatorial) Optimization, Algorithms

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Celebrating 30 Years of Science for a Safer World: 2018 Update Meeting of the UC Berkeley Superfund Research Program

Conference/Symposium | January 30 | 9 a.m.-7 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

 UC Berkeley Superfund Research Center

We will showcase our innovative research into the effects of Superfund chemicals on human health and ways to remediate them in the environment. Guest speakers will discuss children's environmental health and the developmental effects of environmental chemicals. Panel discussions will address the human right to clean water and the interaction between socioeconomic factors and chemical exposures.

  Register online

The role of chlorine in tropospheric chemistry

Seminar | January 30 | 10-11 a.m. | Hildebrand Hall, Library Room E

 Lea Hildebrandt Ruiz, Assistant Professor, McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

 College of Chemistry

More than 4 million people die prematurely every year by breathing outdoor particulate matter (PM) and ozone, both secondary pollutants formed from tropospheric oxidation chemistry. PM and ozone also play key and uncertain roles in Earth's radiative balance. In order to protect human health and reduce levels of these pollutants, their mechanisms of formation in the atmosphere need to be...   More >

Aldrich Seminar in Organic Chemistry: Bioactive Natural Products and New Reactions to Prepare Them: The Symbiotic Loop

Seminar | January 30 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Jeff Johnson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 College of Chemistry

Medicinal application of many complex organic molecules is precluded by the impracticality of their chemical synthesis. This lecture will endeavor to detail some recent case studies from our research group directed toward the efficient laboratory preparation of complex bioactive natural products and small molecule building blocks. Topics to be covered include complexity-building redox chemistry,...   More >

Overcoming Barriers to Use of ORS to Treat Child Diarrhea: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial in Uganda

Colloquium | January 30 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 107 Mulford Hall

 Zachary Wagner-Rubin, Stanford University

 Public Health, School of

Diarrhea remains the second leading cause of death among children, although nearly all deaths could be prevented with the use of oral rehydration salts (ORS). There is little evidence demonstrating why ORS use remains low and what can be done to increase use. In this study, we conducted a field experiment designed to 1) measure the impact of several novel community health worker (CHW)...   More >

Advanced PubMed

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

 Elliott Smith, Library

 Library

A hands-on workshop introducing advanced features of PubMed that can help your searching to be more effective and efficient.

A Story of Subversion, a Story of Anticipation

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

 Hallie Wells, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

Slam—a performance poetry competition created in Chicago in the 1980s—has circulated around the world, but in Madagascar it has flourished in a context of a uniquely rich history of verbal arts that are thoroughly entwined with social and political life. As an artistic movement that emphasizes the co-production of authority between performer and audience, slam is part of a significant shift in...   More >

ISF 110 - Free Speech in the Public Sphere: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Division of Undergraduate Education

In this spring 2018 class, we shall take up the nature of public speech from Socrates' public dissent to social media messaging today. The course reading will combine classic philosophical statements about the value of free, subversive and offensive speech; histories of the emergence of public spheres; and sociologies of technologically-mediated speech today.

Econ 235, Financial Economics: Diagnostic Expectations and Stock Returns

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

 Nicola Gennaioli, Universita Bocconi and IGIER

 Department of Economics

Joint with Psychology and Economics Seminar

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "Topic Forthcoming"

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

 Nicola Gennaioli, Bocconi University

 Department of Economics

Time resolution in cryo-EM and resolution in state space

Seminar | January 30 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Joachim Frank, Columbia University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Job Market Seminar: "Learning by Trading: The Case of the US Market for Municipal Bonds"

Seminar | January 30 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Giulia Brancaccio, Princeton University - Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Industrial Organization, Econometrics, Economic Theory

Design Field Notes: Alexander Reben

Seminar | January 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Artist and roboticist Alexander Reben will speak at Jacobs Hall.

Electronic Dynamics in Complex Environments: From Electron Transfer to Singlet Fission

Seminar | January 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Troy Van Voorhis, Department of Chemistry, MIT

 College of Chemistry

Some of the most basic chemical reactions are those that involve primarily the motion of electrons with little rearrangement of the nuclei. Prominent examples include electron transport and excitonic energy transfer as well as more exotic phenomena such as singlet fission. These reactions are the centerpiece of artificial photosynthetic complexes, organic PVs and essentially all of redox...   More >

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

How, Where, and What to Publish: UC Berkeley Scholarly Publishing Symposium

Conference/Symposium | January 31 | 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Sproul Hall, 309 (Graduate Professional Development Center)

 Rachael Samberg, Scholarly Communication Officer, Library

Editors from Elsevier, Springer-Nature, PLOS, UC Press, and more

 Library

Hear from scholarly journal and book publishers Elsevier, Springer-Nature, PLOS, UC Press, and more during a half-day symposium in which editors cover all aspects of how, where, and what to publish. Panel presentations and discussions will include:

• Intro to Scholarly Publishing: Targeting the “right” journal for submission; overview of the editorial process (Submission to...   More >

  Register online

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Speaker TBA

Seminar | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 Grinnell-Miller Library

 TBA

 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 >

Econ 235, Financial Economics: Job Market Seminar

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

 Matteo Benetton, LSE

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar and Real Estate Seminar

Dissecting the form and function of host–microbe relationships within the intestine

Seminar | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Travis Wiles**, University of Oregon

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Evolution in rapidly adapting populations"

Seminar | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Michael Desai, Harvard University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Natural selection and other evolutionary forces lead to particular patterns of evolutionary dynamics, and they leave characteristic signatures on the genetic variation within populations. We use a combination of theory and experiments to study the dynamics and population genetics of natural selection in asexual populations such as microbes and viruses.

Title TBA: A Brown Bag Talk: Marcella Alsan MD, MPH, PhD

Colloquium | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Marcella Alsan MD, MPH, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Stanford 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.

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

Colloquium | January 31 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Arlie Hochschild, Professor Emerita, UC Berkeley Department of Sociology

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Arlie Hochschild's latest book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right (The New Press, September 2016) focuses on the rise of the American right. Based on intensive interviews of Tea Party enthusiasts in Louisiana, conducted over the last five years and focusing on emotions, Hochschild scales an “empathy wall” to learn how to see, think and feel as they do. What do...   More >

Keys Track 3d- Supervising in a Union Environment

Course | January 31 | 1-4 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Julie Hoxie

 Human Resources

Supervisors will learn how to manage their represented employees within the constraints of the laws and the labor contracts. They will also learn about management rights, employee rights and union rights, and how to communicate with represented employees and unions. This workshop addresses the following Core Competencies: * Inclusiveness * Managing People * Communication

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

Workshop | January 31 | 2-3 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 >

Engineering the Entropic Bond

Colloquium | January 31 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Sharon Glotzer, University of Michigan

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Entropy, information, and order are important concepts in many fields, relevant for materials to machines, for biology to econophysics. Entropy is typically associated with disorder; yet, the counterintuitive notion that a thermodynamic system of hard particles might - due solely to entropy - spontaneously assemble from a fluid phase into an ordered crystal was first predicted in the mid-20th...   More >

Statistical Inference for Finite Alphabet Structures

Seminar | January 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Merle Behr, University of Göttingen

 Department of Statistics

A challenging problem in cancer genetics is that tumors often consist of a few different groups of cells, so called clones, where each clone has different mutations, like copy-number (CN) variations. In whole genome sequencing the mutations of the different clones get mixed up, according to their relative unknown proportion in the tumor. However, CN's of single clones can only take values in a...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "Reputation Effects under Interdependent Values"

Seminar | January 31 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Harry Di Pei, MIT Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Theory, Organizational Economics, Political Economy

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Econ 235, Financial Economics: Job Market Seminar

Seminar | February 1 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Niels Gormsen, Copenhagen Business School

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

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

 Erika Deserranno, Northwestern

 Department of Economics

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 >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Topic Forthcoming

Seminar | February 1 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Markus Pelger, Stanford

 Center for Risk Management Research

ISF 110 - Free Speech in the Public Sphere: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Division of Undergraduate Education

In this spring 2018 class, we shall take up the nature of public speech from Socrates' public dissent to social media messaging today. The course reading will combine classic philosophical statements about the value of free, subversive and offensive speech; histories of the emergence of public spheres; and sociologies of technologically-mediated speech today.

The Gendered Politics of Socialist Consumption in North Korea, 1953-1965

Colloquium | February 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Andre Schmid, University of Toronto

 Laura Nelson, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

How was ‘proper’ consumption conceived in the newly emergent socialist order of North Korea? Despite the desire of the Party-state to represent a population united around the Kim family and the (not unrelated) tendency of foreign observers to see North Korea as an extreme case of totalitarianism, there was in fact no straightforward answer to this question in the early postwar years.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Qigong with Director Eric Siegel

Workshop | February 2 | 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

Labor Lunch Seminar: Topic Forthcoming

Seminar | February 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Marianne Bitler, UC Davis

 Center for Labor Economics

NCBI Bioinformatics Tools: An Introduction

Workshop | February 2 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Bioscience Library Training Room, 2101 VLSB

 Elliott Smith, Emerging Technologies and Bioinformatics Librarian, Library

 Library

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

Modulating Electron Beams in Space and Time to Probe for Genuine Structures and Function at the Atomic Scale: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | February 2 | 1-2 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Dr. Christian Kisielowski, LBNL / Molecular Foundry

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

In high resolution electron microscopy objects are actively altered by the intense electron irradiation that is necessary to reach single atom sensitivity. In these circumstances a control of beam-sample interactions is no longer a commodity but a necessity. Therefore, it is of outstanding interest to develop new tools and concepts that strive for a stricter control of the probing electron beam...   More >

MENA Salon

Workshop | February 2 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

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

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | February 2 | 4-5:30 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 >

Inorganic Chemistry Seminar

Seminar | February 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Xiangfeng Duan, UCLA

 College of Chemistry