<< Week of February 18 >>

Sunday, February 18, 2018

LAEP Symposium: The Aesthetics of Planting Design

Conference/Symposium | February 17 – 18, 2018 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FEB 17 - 18, 2018: The two-day symposium “The Aesthetics of Planting Design” will host twelve accomplished landscape architects and historians who will discuss planting design as an environmental art, using examples drawn from their own design work.

SOLD OUT - The Four Treasures of Brush Painting: Orchid with Karen LeGault

Workshop | February 18 | 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

 SOLD OUT.

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

Workshop | February 18 | 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.

San Quentin Prison Studio Mail Art Exchange

Workshop | February 18 | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

As part of the exhibition Way Bay’s exploration of distinctly Bay Area creative centers, this workshop celebrates the San Quentin Prison Arts Program. Artists from the San Quentin studio will mail a package of art to BAMPFA. Join us in the Art Lab to see their artwork, learn about the program, and use our art making materials to create mail art to send back.

International Alumni Career Chats (Business Careers for Non-business Majors)

Career Fair | February 18 | 6-7 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

 Berkeley International Office(BIO)), Career Center

International students with majors in humanity and social science areas may face more challenging job market and hurdles with work authorization and visa requirements. Come and talk to the international alumni who graduated with the same majors as you and are working in the Bay Area.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Seminar 231, Public Finance: HOLIDAY

Seminar | February 19 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 000 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Seminar 271, Development: Presidents' Day

Seminar | February 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Department of Economics

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: No Meeting

Seminar | February 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Department of Economics

UROC DeCal – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research (Hosted by UROC: Undergraduate Researchers of Color)

Course | January 29 – April 30, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 6-8 p.m. | 174 Barrows Hall

 Istifaa Ahmed, UROOC

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Ethnic Studies 98/198
Class Time: Mondays, 6pm-8pm, 1/22/18 - 4/30/18
Course Control Number (CCN): 24251

Units: 1-3 units

Student Instructor: Istifaa Ahmed

Welcome to our student-led organization and DeCal, Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC) – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research! We seek to build a community of researchers of color...   More >

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Developing new immunotherapeutics by exploiting structural insights with protein engineering

Seminar | February 20 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 K. Christopher Garcia, Stanford University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Melvin Calvin Lecture in Organic Chemistry: DNA-mediated Signaling

Seminar | February 20 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Jacqueline Barton, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Caltech

 College of Chemistry

Many experiments have now shown that double helical DNA can serve as a conduit for efficient redox chemistry over long molecular distances. This chemistry is exquisitely sensitive to perturbations in the DNA base stack, such as arise with base mismatches, lesions, and protein binding. We have now been exploring how this chemistry may be used within the cell for long range signaling. Increasingly,...   More >

Innovative Genomics Institute Seminar Series: Not all spacers are equal: how guide RNA sequence identity shapes CRISPR-Cas immune response

Seminar | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Dipa Sashital
Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology | Iowa State University
"Not all spacers are equal: how guide RNA sequence identity shapes CRISPR-Cas immune response"
Energy Biosciences Building 115, Tuesday Feb 20th - 12pm to 1pm.
Lunch immediately after the seminar in the EBB lobby.

Rohingya Crisis Panel: Implications for Health and Human Rights

Seminar | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | Li Ka Shing Center, 545 (Please arrive by 12:10pm @ 2nd floor elevators)

 Dr. Rohini Haar; Dr. Nazneen Uddin

 Center for Global Public Health, Human Rights Center, Institute for South Asia Studies, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies

Dr. Rohini Haar and Dr. Nazneen Uddin

Distributive politics for an urbanizing continent: A view from Ghana

Colloquium | February 20 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Jeffrey Paller, Assistant Professor, University of San Francisco Department of Politics

 Center for African Studies

Dominant social science approaches to distributive politics focus on elections and social characteristics. Yet these approaches often overlook the historical evolution of local contexts, as well as how certain residents and groups make meaning of specific goods and resources. This is particularly important in cities where land is scarce while property values rise, enabling politicians and leaders...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: Tait colorings and instanton homology (continued)

Seminar | February 20 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We'll continue discussing Kronheimer-Mrowka's SO(3) instanton invariant of webs and foams.

Learning interactive agents

Seminar | February 20 | 1 p.m. | Soda Hall, 430-438 Wozniak Lounge

 He He, Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will present my recent work addressing challenges in real-time language processing and collaborative dialogue.

Publish Digital Books and Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks

Workshop | February 20 | 1:10-2:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio, Dwinelle Hall 117 (Level D)

 Maria Gould, Scholarly Communication and Copyright Librarian, Library

 Library

Pressbooks is often the tool of choice for academics creating digital books, open textbooks, and open educational resources, since you can license your materials for reuse however you desire. Learn why and how to use Pressbooks for publishing your original books or course materials. You'll leave the workshop with a project already under way!

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.

Seminar 237/281, Macro/International Seminar: Topic Forthcoming

Seminar | February 20 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Martin Beraja, MIT

 Department of Economics

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "The effect of early education on social preferences"

Seminar | February 20 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Anya Samek, University of Southern California

 Department of Economics

Cognitive Neuroscience Colloquium: 3rd year talks

Colloquium | February 20 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Paul Krueger, Graduate Student, Psychology Department, UC Berkeley; Maria Eckstein, Graduate Student, Psychology Department, UC Berkeley

 Department of Psychology

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): $L^p$ estimates on eigenfunctions for low regularity metrics

Seminar | February 20 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Albert Ai, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will consider $L^p$ estimates on eigenfunctions for elliptic operators on manifolds with low regularity (Lipschitz) metrics. To address the low regularity, we use a wave packet decomposition to reduce to estimates at a scale on which the Lipschitz coefficients can be approximated by $C^2$ coefficients. To obtain sharp results however, we also need to consider the possible energy overlap at an...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Toric degenerations from Tropical Geometry and Representation Theory

Seminar | February 20 | 3:45-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Lara Bossinger, University of Cologne

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk I will explain how toric degenerations arise from the tropicalization of a (projective) variety. In the context of varieties that are interesting from a representation theoretic point of view (e.g. Grassmannians or flag varieties) I will explain a construction of toric degenerations due to Fang, Fourier, and Littelmann called birational sequences. I will present many examples and...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Projective bundles and their Chow rings

Seminar | February 20 | 3:45-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Justin Chen, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We give a gentle introduction to projective bundles, and explicitly describe their Chow rings (as we will see, this is closely related to the Chern classes as previously introduced). We will see how this allows us to describe Chow rings of interesting varieties, such as blowups along linear spaces.

Student Hosted Colloquium: Exploring spectral signatures of hydrogen bonding: Vibrational spectra of solvated ions

Seminar | February 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Anne McCoy, Department of Chemistry, University of Washington

 College of Chemistry

In this talk, I will discuss recent work in our group in which we made connections between proton transfer processes and hydrogen bonding and vibrational frequencies and intensities. Due to the large amplitude motions associated with proton transfer along a hydrogen bond, the vibrational spectra of these systems contain features that cannot be understood by the usual harmonic description of...   More >

Shifting Borders: Art, Politics and Ethics Today: A lecture by Jacques Rancière

Colloquium | February 20 | 5-7 p.m. | 315 Wheeler Hall

 Jacques Rancière, Saas-Fee & the University of Parris VIII: Vincennes—Saint-Denis

 Department of Rhetoric

Save the date! Jacques Rancière, Professor of Philosophy at the European Graduate School at Saas-Fee and Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII: Vincennes—Saint-Denis, will be giving a public lecture entitled, "Shifting Borders: Art, Politics, and Ethics Today," on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 5:00pm.

With Martin Jay, Ehrman Professor Emeritus of European History at...   More >

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Computer Health Matters: User Friendly Workstations (BEUHS400)

Workshop | February 21 | 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomics@Work; 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

Keyboards and Mice: Ergonomic Alternatives (BEUHS401)

Workshop | February 21 | 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

Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement Workshop

Workshop | February 21 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

J-1 and J-2 visitors subject to this requirement must return to their country of last legal residence for two years or obtain a waiver before being eligible for certain employment visas such as H (temporary employment), L (intra-company transfer), or Permanent Resident status ("green card"). Not all J visitors are subject as it depends on specific factors.

At this workshop, you will...   More >

An Inherent “Technology” for Steel Braced Structures

Seminar | February 21 | 10-11 a.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Konstantinos Skalomenos

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Steel braced frames constitute the main earthquake-resistant mechanism in steel structures but exhibit two main drawbacks. Steel braces provide with a limited post-yielding stiffness that may result in a soft-story failure mechanism and exhibit severe mid-length local buckling that leads to unstable energy dissipation and finally fracture.

Technology Development for the Field of Regenerative Medicine: CITRIS Spring 2018 Research Exchange Series

Seminar | February 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Jan A. Nolta, Director of the Stem Cell Program, UC Davis School of Medicine

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Jan A. Nolta, Ph.D., is the Director of the Stem Cell Program at UC Davis School of Medicine, and directs the Institute for Regenerative Cures. Join her as she speaks on the fields of stem cells, immunotherapy, gene therapy and regenerative medicine are poised to change the face of healthcare.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Mike Shapiro: Fancy feet and a checkered past: Genetics of diversity in Darwin's pigeons

Seminar | February 21 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Mike Shapiro

 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 >

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Life on the inside: the evolutionary consequences of intracellular parasitism in cryptic Fungi"

Seminar | February 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Alisha Quandt

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

I'm interested in all aspects of fungal biology. My research is focused on addressing three fundamental questions in mycology: (1) How do fungi evolve the ability to switch hosts or adapt to utilize various substrates? (2) How do fungi interact with other microorganisms? and (3) Where are potential unexplored habitats of novel fungal diversity? Genomics, metagenomics, transcriptomics,...   More >

Contraceptive Choice Across the Reproductive Life Course: Megan Sweeney, UCLA

Colloquium | February 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Megan Sweeney, Professor, UCLA Department of Sociology

 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.

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | February 21 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building

 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 >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Algebraic and topological properties of big mapping class groups

Seminar | February 21 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Priyam Patel, University of California, Santa Barbara

 Department of Mathematics

The mapping class group of a surface is the group of homeomorphisms of the surface up to isotopy (a natural equivalence). Mapping class groups of finite type surfaces have been extensively studied and are, for the most part, well-understood. There has been a recent surge in studying surfaces of infinite type and in this talk, we shift our focus to their mapping class groups, often called big...   More >

Low-temperature localization of directed polymers

Seminar | February 21 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Erik Bates, Stanford University

 Department of Statistics

On the d-dimensional integer lattice, directed polymers are paths of a random walk that have been reweighted according to a random environment that refreshes at each time step. The qualitative behavior of the system is governed by a temperature parameter; if this parameter is small, the environment has little effect, meaning all possible paths are close to equally likely. If the parameter is made...   More >

“Biologically Inspired Engineering: From Mechanotherapeutics to Human Organs-on-Chips”

Seminar | February 21 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 105 Stanley Hall

 Donald E. Ingber, M.D., Ph.D., Harvard University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

In this presentation, I will describe work we have been carrying out at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard that I head, which leverages biological design principles to develop new engineering innovations. I will highlight recent advances that my team has made in the engineering of “Organs-on-Chips”— microfluidic devices lined by living human cells created with...   More >

Weina Wang- Delay Bounds And Asymptotics In Cloud Computing Systems

Seminar | February 21 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Weina Wang, Illinois Urbana-Campaign

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

With the emergence of big-data technologies, cloud computing systems are growing rapidly in size and becoming more and more complex, making it costly to conduct experiments and simulations. Therefore, modeling computing systems and characterizing their performance analytically are more critical than ever in identifying bottlenecks, informing system design, and facilitating provisioning.

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Homomorphisms of pure mapping class groups to the integers

Seminar | February 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Priyam Patel, University of California, Santa Barbara

 Department of Mathematics

A classical theorem of Powell (with roots in the work of Mumford and Birman) states that the pure mapping class group of a connected, orientable, finite-type surface of genus at least 3 is perfect, that is, it has trivial abelianization. We will discuss how this fails for infinite-genus surfaces and give a complete characterization of all homomorphisms from pure mapping class groups of...   More >

Spatially Organized Lipid Droplet Biogenesis and its Roles in Cellular Stress Response

Seminar | February 21 | 4-5 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Room 101

 Mike Henne, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

CS Seminar: Closing the Loop on Secure Systems Research

Seminar | February 21 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 Soda Hall - HP Auditorium

 Amit Levy, PhD. Candidate, Stanford

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

I'll describe Tock, an operating system for microcontrollers we designed with these principles in mind. I'll discuss how we continuously evaluate Tock by engaging with practitioners, and how lessons from practitioners have fed back into the system's design.

Recent Advances in Algorithmic High-Dimensional Robust Statistics

Seminar | February 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Ilias Diakonikolas, USC

 Department of Statistics

Fitting a model to a collection of observations is one of the quintessential problems in machine learning. Since any model is only approximately valid, an estimator that is useful in practice must also be robust in the presence of model misspecification. It turns out that there is a striking tension between robustness and computational efficiency. Even for the most basic high-dimensional tasks,...   More >

WEBINAR: F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) Question and Answer Session

Workshop | February 21 | 4-5 p.m. |  Online Webinar

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

If you are graduating soon and have questions about applying for F-1 employment eligibility after you graduate, then sign up for this ONLINE Webinar. We'll do a brief overview of the OPT application process and timelines, followed by a Question and Answer session.

Prior to attending this webinar, you need to review the OPT Tutorial...   More >

Marxism Engages Bourdieu

Colloquium | February 21 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues)

 Michael Burawoy, Professor, Department of Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

The influence of Pierre Bourdieu's thought has spread across disciplines and over the world. Like all the great sociologists before him, his theory emerges from a critique of Marx. In Bourdieu’s case the critique revolves around Marx’s failure to develop a theory of cultural domination. But, like his predecessor sociologists, Bourdieu reduces Marxism to Marx and, thus, never engages such figures...   More >

Shortly on the true horizon of Li ion batteries and adventures beyond Li ion batteries: Li oxygen and Li sulfur battery systems with Li metal anodes

Colloquium | February 21 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Doron Aurbach, Bar-Ilan University

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Li ion batteries which power most of our mobile electronic devices may be considered as the most impressive success of modern electrochemistry. This energy storage & conversion technology is pushed now to the great challenge of electro-mobility, which requires high energy density, prolonged cycle-life and excellent safety features. I will review briefly the true horizon of these systems in terms...   More >

Scalar for Multimedia Digital Projects

Workshop | February 21 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, D-Lab, 350 Barrows Hall

 Stacy Reardon, Library

 Library

Scalar is a web platform designed especially for multimedia digital projects and for multimedia academic texts. Choose it to develop born digital projects and books, or as a companion site for traditional scholarship. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll learn how to create a Scalar project, create pages and media, add metadata and annotations, and define paths.

The Lincoln Legacy: The Man and His Presidency: Tony Kushner and Sarah Vowell

Panel Discussion | February 21 | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

Program: Playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner and author and radio personality Sarah Vowell meet for a conversation about Abraham Lincoln, reflecting on his leadership and legacy and the challenges of American democracy in his time and ours. Best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America, Kushner later wrote the screenplay for Steven Spielberg’s biopic Lincoln. Vowell has...   More >

$25–$52 (prices subject to change)

  Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Berkeley Talks presents Tony Kushner and Sarah Vowell's discussion, The Lincoln Legacy, Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 8pm in Zellerbach Hall.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Paris/Berkeley/Bonn/Zürich Analysis Seminar: Planar Sobolev extension domains

Seminar | February 22 | 9:10-10 a.m. | 238 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Yi Zhang, University of Bonn

 Department of Mathematics

A domain $\Omega \subset \mathbb R^2$ is called a $W^{1,\,p}$-extension domain if it admits an extension operator $E\colon W^{1,\,p}(\Omega ) \to W^{1,\,p}(\mathbb R^2)$ with controlled norm. A full geometric characterization of these domains for $p=2$ was given around 1980. The case $p >2$ was finally solved by P. Shvartsman in 2010. We discuss the remaining cases, and give some new...   More >

Botanical Illustration: Trees with Catherine Watters

Workshop | February 22 – 23, 2018 every day | 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden | Note change in time

 Botanical Garden

This two-day class will focus on trees and introduce you to the fascinating world of Botanical Art. Catherine Watters will teach you to observe, measure and draw plants in great detail and with botanical accuracy. Students will work with graphite, colored pencil and watercolors. All levels are welcome.

$190, $175 members

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

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | February 22 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C325 Haas School of Business

 Supreet Kaur, Berkeley

 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 >

2018 ESPM Seminar Series - David Lewis

Seminar | February 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

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

David Lewis, Department of Applied Economics, Oregon State University - "The intersection . between climate adaptation, mitigation and natural resources: An empirical analysis of forest management"

Coffee will be served at 11:30 in 139 Mulford Hall

This event is open to the public.

Core Essentials for Better Posture (BEUHS402)

Workshop | February 22 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonimics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonomics

Improve your posture through awareness and exercise. Learn about common muscular imbalances and postural patterns. Practice strengthening, stretching, and stability exercises to promote healthy postures and better balance. Wear comfortable clothing. Enroll online through the UC Learning Center.

  Register online

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Solving the “curse of dimensionality” problem in multi-asset-class risk models

Seminar | February 22 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Jose Menchero, Bloomberg

 Center for Risk Management Research

Estimating a robust risk model risk for a portfolio that spans multiple asset classes is a challenging task due to the “curse of dimensionality” (i.e., the problem of estimating too many relationships from too few observations). While the sample covariance matrix is easily computed, it is susceptible to capturing spurious relationships that make it unsuitable for portfolio construction purposes....   More >

From Dada to Dystopia: A Brief Genealogy of Caribbean Engagement with the Non-Canonical

Workshop | February 22 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 4125A Dwinelle Hall

 Corine Labridy-Stofle, Francophone Studies Working Group

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Preliminary considerations for an intervention at an ACLA panel titled “Monsters, Gumshoes, and Problematic Faves: Race and Genre Fiction in a Global Age.”

KEYS Track 2d- Communicating Goals and Expectations

Course | February 22 | 12:30-4:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Kathy Mendonca

 Human Resources

Participants will learn how goals and performance standards fit into the performance management cycle and the performance evaluation process, understand the differences and similarities between setting goals and establishing performance standards, write goals and performance standards using SMART criteria, and align individual goals with department and organizational goals. This workshop...   More >

IB Seminar: Sensorimotor control of balance: from flamingos to dancers

Seminar | February 22 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Lena Ting, Emory University

 Department of Integrative Biology

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.

Fast and slow learning from reviews: on the analysis and design of rating systems

Seminar | February 22 | 3-4 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium; 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Ali Makhdoumi, Ph.D. Candidate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The amount of goods and services transacted on online platforms is set to grow several folds over the next decade. These platforms face several critical challenges in creating a seamless interaction between diverse sellers and service providers. In this talk, we investigate these issues theoretically.

i4Y Child Marriage and Youth Empowerment Group Speaker Series: Child Marriage in Development and Humanitarian Settings: Findings from the Human Rights Center

Seminar | February 22 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Julie Freccero, Director, Health and Human Rights Initiative, Health and Human Rights Program at the Human Rights Center, Berkeley School of Law; Audrey Whiting, Researcher and Fellowship Coordinator, Health and Human Rights Program at the Human Rights Center, Berkeley School of Law

 Innovations for Youth (i4Y)

Julie Freccero and Audrey Whiting of the Health and Human Rights Program at the Human Rights Center, Berkeley School of Law will present findings from a recently completed desk review conducted in partnership with Save the Children UK to inform future programming, research and advocacy aimed at preventing and responding to child, early and forced marriage in development and humanitarian settings....   More >

  RSVP by emailing i4Y@berkeley.edu

Bio-Tech Connect: Networking with industry

Career Fair | February 22 | 3:30-6 p.m. | Stanley Hall, Atrium

 Bioengineering (BioE)

The top talent of UC Berkeley and local biotech employers at the largest biomedical industry event on campus.

Meet representatives from local biotech companies, large and small! All majors and levels welcome - early undergrad to PhD. Not a career fair - some will be hiring, some just want to meet you. Bring your resume if you're job searching and meet some awesome companies.

  RSVP online

An Evening of Korean Poetry

Conference/Symposium | February 22 | 4-7 p.m. |  Berkeley City Club

 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Sae-young Oh, poet

 Jae Moo Lee, poet; Keutbyul Jeong, Ewha Womans University; David McCann, Harvard University

 Youngmin Kwon, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Literature Translation Institute of Korea

Please join us for an evening of Korean poetry with Oh Sae-young, Lee Jae Moo, and Jeong Keutbyul. Also joining us will be Professors David McCann (Harvard University) and Youngmin Kwon (UC Berkeley).

Mathematics Department Colloquium: p-adic algebraic K-theory and topological cyclic homology

Colloquium | February 22 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Akhil Mathew, University of Chicago

 Department of Mathematics

Algebraic K-theory is a basic invariant of rings connected to deep phenomena in arithmetic, geometry, and topology. When one works with the p-adic K-theory of p-adic rings, the theory of trace maps and the apparatus of topological cyclic homology (TC) is often a highly effective approximation used in many computations. The theory TC, while more conceptually involved than K-theory, is often easier...   More >

Dr. Aaron McKenna, Department of Genome Sciences, University of Washington: Resolving whole organism cell fate with CRISPR/Cas9

Seminar | February 22 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium 306

 Center for Computational Biology, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Abstract: Multicellular organisms develop by way of a lineage tree, a series of cell divisions that give rise to cell types, tissues, and organs. However, our knowledge of the cell lineage and its determinants remains extremely fragmentary for nearly all species. This includes all vertebrates and arthropods such as Drosophila, wherein cell lineage varies between individuals; embryos and organs.

Video as Evidence: what can a civilian do?

Panel Discussion | February 22 | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Room 100

 Kelly Matheson, Senior Attorney and Program Manager, WITNESS; Alexa Koenig, Executive Director, Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law; Felim McMahon, Technology and Human Rights Director, Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law

 Human Rights Center, ASUC

How can we better use the devices we have on hand to document
abuses of power, human rights violations, and potential war crimes? WITNESS’s Kelly Matheson, filmmaker and human rights attorney, joins the Human Rights Center's Alexa Koenig and Felim McMahon to discuss how to safely and effectively use video as evidence.

  RSVP online

BERC Innovation Expo: Research Poster Exposition and Reception

Conference/Symposium | February 22 | 7-9 p.m. | Hearst Memorial Mining Building, Moore Lobby

 Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative

Innovation Expo features the best energy-related research from UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students. Judges will award prizes totalling $2,500.

$20 2-Day Student Ticket [Post-docs eligible]

  Register online or or by emailing energy_summit@berc.berkeley.edu

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Science of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

Workshop | February 23 – 24, 2018 every day | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Kristin Neff, Ph.D., University of Austin, Texas; Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D., Santa Clara University

 Greater Good Science Center

Since publication of Kristin Neff's goundbreaking book, Self-Compassion, there has been a surge of interest in the science and practice of self-compassion, particularly in clinical settings. But what is self-compassion, how does it relate to the practice of mindfulness, and how can it benefit yourself and your clients, patients, colleagues, and loved ones?

Self-compassion is made up of three...   More >

$299-$319

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Kristin Neff and Shauna Shapiro

BERC Energy Summit: Energy in the Trump era: Industry leaders highlight the way forward at the western U.S.’s biggest student-run energy conference

Conference/Symposium | February 23 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Christine Harada, Chief Sustainability Officer, Obama Administration

 Shayle Kann, Senior Vice President, Greentech Media

 Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative

How are the nation’s energy innovators building a more sustainable future even in the Trump era? Industry leaders, researchers and top government officials will answer that urgent question at the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (BERC)’s annual Energy Summit - the biggest student-run energy conference in the western U.S. Discussions will address this year’s theme: Bridging Divides &...   More >

$20 2-Day Student Ticket [Post-docs eligible]

  Register online or or by emailing energy_summit@berc.berkeley.edu

Botanical Illustration: Trees with Catherine Watters

Workshop | February 22 – 23, 2018 every day | 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden | Note change in time

 Botanical Garden

This two-day class will focus on trees and introduce you to the fascinating world of Botanical Art. Catherine Watters will teach you to observe, measure and draw plants in great detail and with botanical accuracy. Students will work with graphite, colored pencil and watercolors. All levels are welcome.

$190, $175 members

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

“A Rational Account of Inaccurate Self-Assessment”: Psychology 229A

Colloquium | February 23 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Rachel Jansen, UC Berkeley

 Department of Psychology

Two 30 minute research talks by current graduate students.

Symplectic Geometry and Mirror Symmetry Seminar: Lagrangian tori in $\mathbb {CP}^2$

Seminar | February 23 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Renato Vianna, Univ. Federal do Rio de Janeiro and MSRI

 Department of Mathematics

We will present an infinite series of monotone Lagrangian tori in $\mathbb {CP}^2$, which arise as fibres of almost toric fibrations (ATFs). We show how to distinguish these tori up to the action of $\mathrm {Symp}(\mathbb {CP}^2)$. Time permiting, based on a joint work with Tonkonog and Shelukhin, we will present (a 4-dimensional version) of an invariant for any Lagrangian, and use it to...   More >

Preschoolers Rationally Use Evidence To Select Causally Relevant Variables.: Psychology 229A

Colloquium | February 23 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Mariel Goddu, UC Berkeley

 Department of Psychology

Two 30 minute research talks by current graduate students.

DIY Couture Fashion Lab

Workshop | February 23 | 12-6 p.m. | Dwinelle Annex, Room 126

 Lauren Pearson

 Arts Research Center

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! DIY Couture Fashion Lab with Angie Wilson! No sewing skills needed! Used garments will be redesigned and reconstructed into fashion masterpieces: shirts, pants, jackets, dresses, bags, etc.

DIY Couture Fashion Lab

Slavery Scandals and Capitalism in Southeast Asian Fisheries

Panel Discussion | February 23 | 12-2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Peter Vandergeest, Professor of Geography, York University; Melissa Marschke, Associate Professor of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa

 Nancy Lee Peluso, Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy, UC Berkeley

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This discussion will outline labor and migration issues concerning commercial fisheries in Thailand, which have been under scrutiny since controversial 'slave labor' practices among Burmese and Cambodian migrants working in this sector were exposed in 2014.

“Systems Approaches for Understanding Antimicrobial Efficacy”

Seminar | February 23 | 12-1 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Jason Yang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Recent advances in high-throughput experimental technologies and data analytics now enable unprecedented quantification and association of biological signals with markers of human health and disease; but current efforts to harness this potential fail to reliably produce the mechanistic biological insights necessary for driving translational innovation. Here, we will discuss systems approaches for...   More >

First Steps into Functional Fitness (BEUHS618)

Workshop | February 23 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

 Cori Evans, MA, NSCA-CPT Wellness Program Specialist, Be well at Work - Wellness

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

The journey to health begins with the first step. This introduction to the Get Fit in 7 Minutes workshop, will provide participants with the tools to design a sustainable and fun exercise plan, while learning how to safely execute the top 10 exercises for a complete strength and flexibility training routine. Participants will receive a band and guide for different types of workout routines....   More >

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Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Nanoscale imaging with RF sensors

Seminar | February 23 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 Hogan Room

 Monica Allen, Stanford University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Although the wavelength of microwaves far exceeds the nanoscale, it is possible to use an RF sensor to perform nanoscale imaging by confining electromagnetic fields to small spatial dimensions. In this talk, I will discuss microwave impedance microscopy (MIM), a near-field imaging tool that spatially visualizes the local conductivity and dielectric constant of a material with nanoscale precision....   More >

Talking About Combinatorial Objects Student Seminar: The (strong) Bruhat order

Seminar | February 23 | 1-2 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Isabelle Shankar, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Engineering Functionality in Colloidal Semiconductor Nanomaterials: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | February 23 | 2-3 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Prof. Dmitri V. Talapin, Univ of Chicago, Chemistry

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

The synthesis of inorganic nanomaterials has seen impressive developments, both in the fundamental understanding of nucleation, growth and surface chemistry of inorganic phases, and in the ability to prepare functional materials with precisely engineered optical and electronic properties. However, the lack of atomic precision in nanomaterial synthesis restricts our ability to harness all the...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Invariant Measures and (Discrete) Nonlinear Schrodinger Equations

Seminar | February 23 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Kyeongsik Nam, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The notion of invariant measure plays an important role in studying the long-time behavior of solutions to Nonlinear Schrödinger Equations (NLS). For instance, grand canonical Gibbs measures can be used to prove the almost sure well-posedness of NLS. However, it is hard to define grand canonical Gibbs measures in high dimensions. One way to remedy this is to use micro-canonical Gibbs...   More >

Composition Colloquium: Paula Matthusen

Colloquium | February 23 | 3 p.m. | 250 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Paula Matthusen is a composer who writes both electroacoustic and acoustic music and realizes sound installations. In addition to writing for a variety of different ensembles, she also collaborates with choreographers and theater companies. She has written for diverse instrumentations, such as “run-on sentence of the pavement” for piano, ping-pong balls, and electronics, which Alex Ross of The...   More >

MENA Salon: Corruption in the Middle East

Workshop | February 23 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

On February 13, Israeli police recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for accepting $300,000 in bribes. Between November and January, the Saudi government detained 381 individuals and seized $106.6 billion as part of an aggressive anti-corruption campaign. For its part, Iraq arrested 290 officials on corruption charges in 2017. What drives government corruption in the Middle East...   More >

Migration and the Value of Social Networks

Seminar | February 23 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Joshua Blumenstock

 Information, School of

Joshua Blumenstock uses novel data and methods to understand the economic lives of the poor.

Neil Bartlett Memorial Lecture: Phosphorus-Element Bond-Forming Reactions

Seminar | February 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Christopher Cummins, Department of Chemistry, MIT

 College of Chemistry

White phosphorus (P4) has been the traditional entry point into phosphorus chemistry. The thirteenth element to have been isolated, it can be oxidized with elemental oxygen or chlorine, or reduced in a variety of ways. We investigated its reduction using early transition metal systems and breakdown to produce complexes with terminal metal-phosphorus triple bonds. Such terminal phosphide complexes...   More >

Bioelectronic Noses for Odorants and Airborne Pathogen: Special Bio/Nano Seminar

Seminar | February 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 247 Cory Hall

 Prof. Seunghun Hong, Seoul National University, Applied Physics

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Recent progress in nanotechnology allows one to combine nanoscale devices with bio-molecules to build versatile nano-bio devices with interesting functionalities. One example can be a bioelectronic nose device to smell specific odorants just like human noses.

In this work, we coated olfactory receptor proteins on carbon nanotube-based transistors to build bio-electronic noses which can...   More >

Media Politics in China: Improvising Power Under Authoritarianism

Colloquium | February 23 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Rachel Stern, School of Law, UC Berkeley

 Maria Repnikova, Department of Global Communication and Center for Global Information Studies, Georgia State University

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Who watches over the party-state? In this engaging analysis, Maria Repnikova reveals the webs of an uneasy partnership between critical journalists and the state in China. More than merely a passive mouthpiece or a dissident voice, the media in China also plays a critical oversight role, one more frequently associated with liberal democracies than with authoritarian systems. Chinese central...   More >

Student / postdoc PDE seminar: Monotonicity formulas for elliptic and parabolic PDE 1

Seminar | February 23 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Tim Laux, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Vogue Dance Class with Sir JoQ

Workshop | February 23 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Tap into your inner diva and learn the basics of voguing in this intro dance class with Sir JoQ (Jocquese Whitfield), a vogue legend in San Francisco. Sir JoQ has held the winning title at the Miss Honey Vogue Ball multiple times and was voted the best dance instructor of 2014 by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Experience this dance form as a way of life and get inspired to celebrate the Bay...   More >

Grounds for Science- Putting it all together: cell choreography and energy grids

Presentation | February 23 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Scarlet City Espresso Bar

 3960 Adeline, Emeryville, CA 94608

 Mark Khoury, Molecular and Cell Biology; Christopher Poresky, Nuclear Engineering Department

 Science@Cal

Exciting short talks on cutting-edge topics by young researchers at UC Berkeley. Grounds for Science is a public science talk series organized by and featuring UC Berkeley graduate students.

Embryonic development: how cell choreography shapes animals with Mark Khoury

Just as the collective movements of many dancers are needed to perform the choreography in a ballet, the collective behavior...   More >

Mouse embryo. Image: MBL/Woods Hole

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Science of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

Workshop | February 23 – 24, 2018 every day | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Kristin Neff, Ph.D., University of Austin, Texas; Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D., Santa Clara University

 Greater Good Science Center

Since publication of Kristin Neff's goundbreaking book, Self-Compassion, there has been a surge of interest in the science and practice of self-compassion, particularly in clinical settings. But what is self-compassion, how does it relate to the practice of mindfulness, and how can it benefit yourself and your clients, patients, colleagues, and loved ones?

Self-compassion is made up of three...   More >

$299-$319

  Buy tickets online

Weekend Workshop 2017-2018: Voice, Identity, Access an Equity

Workshop | February 24 | 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. |  Tolman Hall

 Graduate School of Education

Moving beyond the single story requires the contribution of new stories. Classrooms provide safe spaces for bringing students in conversation with one another and the world. Teachers will experience strategies, protocols, and content that allow students to contribute their stories and share their truths.

UCMP Short Course: Microbes from Earth's deep biosphere.

Seminar | February 24 | 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | 2050 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Lisa D. White, UC Museum of Paleontology

 Museum of Paleontology

Where worlds collide: How microbes from Earth's deep biosphere and extreme environments can teach us about our planet's history and shape its future.

$30 $30 general, $25 teachers, $15 students

 http://ucmp.berkeley.edu/about/shortcourses/reginfo18.php. Registration opens January 1. Register online or by calling Chris Mejia at 510-642-1821, or by emailing Chris Mejia at cmejia@berkeley.edu by February 24.

Soft Succulents Author Talk with Jeff Moore

Reading - Nonfiction | February 24 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join author and nursery owner, Jeff Moore to hear from his latest book: Soft Succulents, a 300-page, 1000+ image look at all of the soft succulents that are so popular now – aeoniums, echeverias, dudleyas, crassulas, sedums, kalanchoes and more. His book and the talk will focus on plants in cultivation rather than habitat.

$20 / $15 UCBG Member

  Register online

Caminos de la Ciencia: De Ingeniería Química a Microbiología y de Regreso

Presentation | February 24 | 1-3:15 p.m. |  Kapor Center for Social Impact

 2148 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

 Dr. Javier A. Ceja-Navarro, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

 Science@Cal

This Presentation will be in Spanish / Esta presentación será en español

En esta presentación, el Dr. Javier A. Ceja-Navarro, investigador del Laboratorio Nacional de Berkeley, nos hablará sobre su trayectoria en la ciencia y las oportunidades que lo han llevado a estudiar microbios, bichos y el medio ambiente.

Javier nació en Tuxpan, Nayarit, México, y realizó toda su preparación...   More >

$0

  Registration opens February 14. Register online or or by emailing Katie Bertsche at scienceatcal@berkeley.edu by February 24.

De Ingeniería Química a Microbiología y de Regreso. Ilustración - Javier A. Ceja-Navarro

SOLD OUT - Natural Perfume Workshop with Jessica Hannah

Workshop | February 24 | 2-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for this two hour beginners natural perfume workshop. You'll learn about the history and art of natural perfumes. You will create a formula with oils from around the world, including Italian bergamot, Haitian vetiver, Bulgarian rose, and more.

Beginner Natural Perfume Workshop Includes:
15 natural essential oils and absolutes to sample
Your formula blended into a .25 oz...   More >

SOLD OUT