Friday, August 24, 2018

NCBI Bioinformatics Tools: An Introduction

Workshop | August 24 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Bioscience Library Training Room, 2101 VLSB

 Elliott Smith, Koshland Bioscience Library


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

There's Plenty of Room at the Top: Nano Seminar Series

Lecture | August 24 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Dean Tsu-Jae King Liu, UC Berkeley, EECS

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

The virtuous cycle of integrated-circuit "microchip" technology advancement has been sustained for over 50 years, resulting in the proliferation of information technology (IT) with dramatic economic and social impact. Although there is still some “room at the bottom” today to manipulate and control matter at ever smaller scales, physics and economics limit the benefits of further transistor...   More >

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Dissecting the Spatiotemporal Subcellular Distribution of the Human Proteome

Seminar | August 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Emma Lundberg, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Compartmentalization of biological reactions is an important mechanism to allow multiple cellular reactions to occur in parallel. Resolving the spatial distribution of the human proteome at a subcellular level increases our understanding of human biology and disease. We have generated a high-resolution map of the subcellular distribution of the human proteome as part of the open access Human...   More >

Friday, August 31, 2018

Advanced PubMed

Workshop | August 31 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Bioscience Library Training Room, 2101 VLSB

 Elliott Smith, Koshland Bioscience Library


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

Mind the Gap: The Intercalation of van der Waals Heterostructures: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | August 31 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. Kwabena Bediako, UC Berkeley, Chemistry

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

The assembly of layered (van der Waals, vdW) materials into novel heterostructures relaxes the requirements on crystallographic commensurability across interfaces and enables the creation of atomically precise superlattices that may be synthetically intractable by chemical growth. Inherently, these heterostructures possess artificial two-dimensional (2D) interlayer galleries not present in bulk...   More >

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Designing technologies for engineering cells: Targeted, continuous evolution and organelle compartmentalization

Seminar | September 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 John Dueber, University of California, Berkeley

 Bioengineering (BioE)

My research group aims to reprogram living cells for engineering applications. In this talk, I will discuss two main areas of focus. First, in a collaboration with David Schaffer, we have developed a technology, EvolvR, to harness the cell’s ability to evolve in a more focused, accelerated manner. EvolvR consists of a nicking Cas9 (nCas9) tethered to a nick-translating DNA polymerase (DNAP)....   More >

Understanding human sociality: From brain to behavior to society

Colloquium | September 5 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Professor Ming Hsu

 Department of Psychology

Abstract: There is increasing concern that the proliferation of AI-driven automation—particularly in areas dealing with labor markets, education, and criminal justice—may perpetuate and even amplify preexisting biases and social inequities facing certain groups of individuals. However, despite the rich social scientific literature on these topics, we are still far from methods and tools that can...   More >

East Bay Science Cafe - Bioinspired Design: from Gripping Geckos, Bouncing Bugs, Leap’n Lizards, and Smart Squirrels

Presentation | September 5 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Cafe Leila

 1724 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702

 Robert Full, Department of Integrative Biology


As human technologies take on more of the characteristics of Nature, Nature becomes a better teacher. The field of Biologically Inspired Design is becoming a leading paradigm for the development of new technologies. BioMotion Science has figured prominently in advancing our understanding. Geckos climbing with hairy toes has resulted in new adhesives. Insects running and squishing through cracks...   More >

Biologically Inspired Design is becoming a leading paradigm for the development of new technologies.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Bio-Inspired Metal-Coordination Crosslinking: Easy Access to Broad Dynamics When Engineering Polymer Gel Mechanics: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | September 7 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. Niels Holten-Andersen, MIT, Materials Science & Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Efforts to engineer polymer material mechanics are increasingly coupled to the design of transient crosslink dynamics. We have sought to gain a deeper understanding of how polymer gel mechanical properties can be controlled over multiple hierarchical time-scales via design of bioinspired
metal-coordinate crosslink structure on multiple length-scales.

By utilizing metal ion coordination...   More >

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Mapping the inner world of the cell

Seminar | September 12 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Bo Huang, University of Califronia, San Francisco

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Cellular processes are orchestrated by a large number of biomolecules in a spatially and temporally coordinated manner within a tiny volume. To uncover the underlying organizational principles and their functional relevance, we take microscopy visualization as the primary approach to systematically map the spatial localization, temporal dynamics and activity profiles of proteins and nucleic...   More >

Friday, September 14, 2018

Techniques and Materials for Van der Waals Heterostructures: Nano Seminar Series

Lecture | September 14 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. James Hone, Columbia Univ., Mechanical Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Artificial van der Waals heterostructures of two-dimensional materials offer the possibility of creating layered structures with a wide variety of starting materials and control of composition at the single atomic layer limit. To create such structures, we developed a van der Waals transfer technique which largely eliminates interfacial contamination.

We have used this technique to...   More >

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Science Lecture - Artificial Intelligence and the long-term future of humanity

Lecture | September 15 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Stuart Russell, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences


The news media in recent years have been full of dire warnings about the risk that AI poses to the human race, coming from well-known figures such as Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk. Should we be concerned? If so, what can we do about it? While some in the mainstream AI community dismiss these concerns, Professor Russell will argue instead that a fundamental reorientation of the field is required...   More >

Artificial Intelligence and the long-term future of humanity

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Data and sustainability science and practice: Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science

Lecture | September 18 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Dan Kammen, Professor and Chair, Energy and Resources Group

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The energy-information nexus has become a key tool and research area in efforts aimed at decarbonizing energy systems, enabling and operating the 'smart grid', which I will argue encompasses the utility-scale system, mini-grids, and off-grid energy systems. In this talk we will review a range of theoretical models and practical tools where data science, machine learning, and human-machine...   More >

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Superhydrophobic Surfaces in the Environment and in Biotechnology

Seminar | September 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Michael Grunze, Professor (emeritus) - Institute of Applied Physical Chemistry University of Heidelberg, Germany; Max Planck School of MATTER to Life, Department of Cellular Biophysics

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Super-hydrophobic surfaces have a hierarchical surface topography in the nanometer and µ-meter range and exhibit incomplete wetting when exposed to an aqueous solution, forming a fluctuating thin air layer (plastron) between the solid surface and the aqueous phase. This protects the surface for a limited time from the attachments of cells and bacteria, but with time contaminants adsorb from the...   More >

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Dr. Zhijin (Jean) Wu, Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Brown University

Seminar | September 19 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Center for Computational Biology

Title: Two-phase differential expression analysis for single cell RNA-seq

Abstract: Single-cell RNA-sequencing (scRNA-seq) has brought the study of the transcriptome to higher resolution and makes it possible for scientists to provide answers with more clarity to the question of ‘differential expression’. Specifically, it allows us to observe binary (On/Off) as well as continuous (the amount...   More >

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Harvey Mudd College President Maria Klawe at the Berkeley Forum

Lecture | September 20 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  TBA

 Maria Klawe, Harvey Mudd College

 The Berkeley Forum

Maria Klawe, a renowned computer scientist and scholar, is the fifth president of Harvey Mudd College since 2006. Harvey Mudd College is a a liberal arts college, known for its intensive STEM focus. As the first woman to lead the college, she focuses on increasing the representation of women in STEM fields, and she has made significant changes on campus: for the past 12 years, the number of women...   More >


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Friday, September 21, 2018

Physical Chemistry of Nanocrystals with the Graphene Liquid Cell: Nano Seminar Series

Lecture | September 21 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. A. Paul Alivisatos, UC Berkeley, Chemistry & MSE

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Colloidal nanocrystals have emerged as a major building block for nanoscience and nanotechnology. Today it is possible to control the size, shape, and topology of nanocrystals and to harness the variations of their properties with size to create materials with proven applications in biological imaging and electronic displays, and many more applications under development in renewable energy....   More >

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Repairing the brain after stroke: a biomaterials strategy

Seminar | September 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Tatiana Segura, Duke University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Stroke is the leading cause of disability due to the brain’s limited capacity to regenerate damaged tissue. After stroke, an increased inflammatory and immune response coupled with severely limited angiogenesis and neuronal growth results in a stroke cavity devoid of normal brain tissue. However, stroke also induces the formation of a pro-repair/plastic region in the area adjacent to the stroke...   More >

Friday, September 28, 2018

Getting the Best of Nanomaterials: Intercalated Graphene/Quantum Dot Hybrid Photodetector: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | September 28 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building | Note change in date

 Prof. Oscar Vazquez Mena, UC San Diego, NanoEngineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Recently, hybrid graphene quantum dot (Gr/QD) systems have emerged as high responsivity photodetectors, taking advantage of the high charge carrier mobility of graphene and the high light absorption of PbS quantum dots. However the performance of this hybrid system is still limited by the charge carrier diffusion length of quantum dots, which remains the main bottle neck for quantum dot based...   More >

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The challenge of big data and data science for the social sciences: Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science

Lecture | October 2 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Henry Brady, Dean, Goldman School of Public Policy; Henry Brady, Dean, Goldman School of Public Policy

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The 2005 National Science Foundation workshop report on "Cyberinfrastructure for the Social and Behavioral Sciences" (Fran Berman and Henry Brady) argued that the methods of doing research in the social sciences would be transformed by big data and data science and that the social sciences should be centrally involved in studying the impacts of big data and data science on society. In "The...   More >

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Control of mammalian cell differentiation by feedback and noise

Seminar | October 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Mary N. Teruel, Stanford University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Mammalian tissue size is maintained by slow replacement of damaged, de-differentiating, and dying cells. For adipocytes, key regulators of glucose and lipid metabolism, the renewal rate is only 10% per year1. Using computational modeling, quantitative mass spectrometry, and single-cell microscopy, we showed that cell-to-cell variability, or noise, in protein abundance acts within a network of...   More >

Friday, October 5, 2018

Smart Additive Manufacturing: Bioinspired Algorithmic - Driven Design of Composites: Nano Seminar Series

Lecture | October 5 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. Grace X. Gu, UC Berkeley, Mechanical Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

I will discuss ways we have mimicked nature’s designs using simulation, additive manufacturing, and testing to investigate how to create synthetic materials with superior mechanical properties (e.g. toughness, strength, impact resistance).

Monday, October 8, 2018


Information Session | October 8 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium & Blum Hall

 Sasha Orloff, CEO & Co-Founder, LendUp

 Institute for Business and Social Impact, Blum Center for Developing Economies, Haas School of Business

Innovators@Cal is an exciting event which fosters collaboration across the UC Berkeley campus. If you have an idea or startup, are looking to form or join a team, or are interested in the entrepreneurship resources available - this event is for you!

Hosted by Big Ideas, Global Social Venture Competition, LAUNCH Accelerator, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute Tech for Social Good Program, and the...   More >

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Letters of recommendation in Berkeley undergraduate admissions: Program evaluation and natural language processing: Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science

Lecture | October 9 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Jesse Rothstein, Professor, Public Policy and Economics, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

In Fall 2015 and 2016, UC Berkeley asked many freshman applicants to submit letters of recommendation as part of their applications. This was highly controversial. Proponents argued that letters would aid in the identification of disadvantaged students who had overcome obstacles that were not otherwise apparent from their applications, while opponents argued that disadvantaged students were...   More >

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Cell-cycle entry and exit: A tale of phosphorylation, transcription and degradation

Seminar | October 10 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Tobias Meyer, Ph.D., Stanford University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Mammals must regulate the proliferation of stem, progenitor and differentiated cells to build, maintain, and repair tissues. Control of cell-cycle entry has been conceptualized by the restriction point, a time when cells escape the need for mitogens to complete the cell cycle. Our recent single-cell microscopy studies revealed sequential decisions to activate cyclin-dependent protein kinases...   More >

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Guardians, Aliens, Or Robot Overlords? Security In The Age Of Artificial Intelligence

Lecture | October 11 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium | Note change in location

 Edward W. Felten, Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs at Princeton University

 Institute of International Studies

Edward W. Felten is Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs at Princeton University. His research interests include computer security and privacy, and public policy issues relating to information technology.

He is the Director of Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP), a cross-disciplinary effort studying digital technologies in public life. CITP...   More >

East Bay Science Cafe - How to make a topological quantum fluid

Presentation | October 11 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Cafe Leila

 1724 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702

 Kayleigh Cassella, Department of Physics


Since the mid-90s, scientists have been cooling atoms to temperatures lower than that of any other system in the known Universe. These quantum fluids are new materials in which questions from many realms of science, like quantum information and superconductivity, can be studied experimentally. Faced with the short-comings of atoms that have already been made into such a quantum fluid, we have set...   More >

Titanium Crystals

Friday, October 12, 2018

Discovery of New Two-Dimensional Materials with Electro-Active Functionality: Nano Seminar Series

Lecture | October 12 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. SungWng Kim, Sungkyunkwan University, Energy Science

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

In this talk, two different strategies for the discovery of new two-dimensional (2D) materials with electro-active functionality will be introduced. Our new 2D materials are created based on the engineering of crystal structure dealing with electrons, showing unprecedented physical properties.

The first material, “electride”, which is regarded as a new electronic material, is ionic crystal in...   More >

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

BSAC Technology Seminar - Optical Biomimetics: Harnessing Nature's Solutions Toward Multifunctional Nanophotonic Devices

Seminar | October 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Dr. Radwanul Hasan Siddique, Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute of Technology, Dept. of Medical Engineering

 Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center

Nanoscopic photonic structures are often superior to synthetic analogs. Biophotonic nanostructures in butterfly wings show unique optical properties. Biomimetic nanophotonic devices can provide novel solutions in energy and health care. Optically outstanding biophotonic structures fulfill various functions: mechanical integrity and protection against external contaminants such as microbes.


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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

No Seminar due to BMES Meeting

Seminar | October 17 | 12-1 p.m. |  Stanley Hall

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Friday, October 19, 2018

Toward Perfect 1D Conduction in Magnetic Topological Insulators: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | October 19 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. David Goldhaber-Gordon, Stanford University, Physics

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

I will explain what is "perfect" 1D conduction and describe several strategies for achieving it. Some require high magnetic fields and/or cryogenic temperatures, but there's now hope of achieving perfect 1D conduction at room temperature with no external magnetic field, through a phenomenon known as the quantum anomalous Hall effect.

This effect was recently realized in thin films of Cr-doped...   More >

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Science at Cal Lecture -A shaky anniversary: Lessons learned since the October 21, 1868 Hayward earthquake

Lecture | October 20 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Roland Bürgman, Department of Earth and Planetary Science


This lecture presented in partnership with the UC Berkeley Seismology Laboratory.

In 1868, a destructive earthquake ruptured along the Hayward fault in the Eastern Bay Area, which was then referred to as the “Great San Francisco earthquake”. It lost that name to the much larger 1906 earthquake on the San Andreas fault across the Bay.

Alamada County Courthouse in San Leandro (photo courtesy of Bancroft Library)

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

From Cal to Google to LBNL: Becoming an Atomic Architect

Seminar | October 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Tess Smidt, LBNL

 Computational Materials at Berkeley

Optimal robot action for and around people: Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science

Lecture | October 23 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Anca Dragan, Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Estimation, planning, control, and learning are giving us robots that can generate good behavior given a specified objective and set of constraints. What I care about is how humans enter this behavior generation picture, and study two complementary challenges: 1) how to optimize behavior when the robot is not acting in isolation, but needs to coordinate or collaborate with people; and 2) what to...   More >

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Rapid and Quantitative MRI of the Heart: Real-Time Imaging and Magnetic Resonance Fingerprinting

Seminar | October 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Nicole Seiberlich, Case Western Reserve University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the heart is challenging due to cardiac and respiratory motion, and making quantitative measurements of tissue properties using MRI is valuable for physicians but complicated by this motion. This seminar will describe new techniques developed in the Seiberlich Lab at CWRU to accelerate data collection and reconstruction to enable real-time cardiac MRI and...   More >

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Getting the Facts on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment: What are the limits of personal narratives shared online—and what do we miss in survey data?

Panel Discussion | October 25 | 4-6 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Edward Wasserman, Professor of Journalism and Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley School of Journalism; Lisa García Bedolla, Professor of Education, Director of the Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education; Aya de Leon, Author, Poet, June Jordan’s Poetry for the People; Billy Curtis, Director, Gender Equity Resource Center

 Laura Nelson, Associate Professor and Chair of Gender & Women's Studies, UC Berkeley Department of Gender & Women's Studies

 Social Science Matrix, Special Faculty Advisor to the Chancellor on SVSH

Please join us for a panel discussion and Q&A focused on the limits of what can be learned about sexual violence and harassment from personal narratives that are shared online, as well as the question of is missed in survey data related to sexual violence and harassment.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Big Advantages of Going Small: Nanostructured Perovskite-phase Cesium Lead Iodide: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | October 26 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. Aaron Fafarman, Drexel University, Chemical Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Perovskite-phase cesium lead iodide (CsPbI3) possess three almost too-good-to-be-true properties for photovoltaic and electroluminesence applications and one Achilles heel: it is not stable under ambient conditions. This talk will provide an introduction to CsPbI3, highlighting our contributions to identifying and understanding some of its remarkable chemical, physical and functional properties....   More >

Grounds for Science - Illuminating Dark Matter and Galaxies Across Time

Presentation | October 26 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Scarlet City Espresso Bar

 3960 Adeline, Emeryville, CA 94608

 Micah Brush, Department of Physics; Wren Suess, Department of Astronomy


Awesome cutting-edge science talks with UC Berkeley graduate students, science trivia, locally roasted coffee, pinball, and more! Join Micah Brush (Physics) and Wren Suess (Astronomy) to find out how we are trying to learn the cosmic secrets of dark matter and galaxy formation.

Illuminating Dark Matter
Dark matter is weird. It constitutes about 85% of the total matter in the universe, yet we...   More >

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Expand Her Potential in Science

Panel Discussion | October 27 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 CaT Bobino, In The Know Consulting, LLC; Lisa White, Assistant Director of Education and Outreach, UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology; Jessie Castillo, UC Berkeley Museum of Vertebrate Zoology; Lisa Eshun-Wilson, UC Berkeley Department of Molecular and Cell Biology; Chrissy Stachl, Department of Chemistry; Adamaka Ajaelo, Facebook, Self-eSTEM


The fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) have been around for generations, and will continue to grow, expand, and shape our world and future in the years to come. In order to give daughters and granddaughters the tools that they need to succeed in a STEM career, parents, and guardians need to have an understanding of what STEM really is and how to approach the topic with...   More >

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Statistical and machine learning challenges from protein engineering to genetics

Seminar | October 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Jennifer Listgarten, University of California, Berkeley

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Molecular biology, genetics, and protein engineering have been slowly morphing into large-scale, data-driven sciences that can leverage machine learning and applied statistics. My talk will be a quick tour of several projects at this intersection. I will start off describing some new work toward machine-learning based protein engineering (and more general design problems) that can be viewed as a...   More >

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Daniel M. Kammen | The Clean Energy Transition in Bangladesh - Local and Global Impacts and Opportunities: The Chowdhury Center Distinguished Lecture for 2018

Lecture | November 1 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room) | Note change in location

 Daniel M. Kammen, Director of Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL); Professor in the Energy and Resources Group (ERG); and Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy

 Isha Ray, Associate Professor at the Energy and Resources Group and Co-Director of the Berkeley Water Center at University of California, Berkeley

 The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies, Energy and Resources Group

A lecture by Distinguished Professor of Energy and Chair of the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley and a former Science Envoy for the State Department, Prof. Daniel M. Kammen.

Searching for Dark Matter

Lecture | November 1 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Matt Pyle, Department of Physics


What is dark matter? For decades, firm astronomical evidence from observations of stars and galaxies has indicated that most of the matter in the universe cannot be seen directly in telescopes. Instead, this matter must be observed indirectly through its gravitational pull on the objects that we can see. This is how the term “dark matter” was coined…But how do we search for something we can’t...   More >

Evidence for dark matter in the Bullet Cluster

Friday, November 2, 2018

Ultrafast Manipulation of Topological Phases in WTe2 Nanolayers: Nano Seminar Series

Lecture | November 2 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. Aaron Lindenberg, Stanford Univ., Materials Science & Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Manipulation of topological invariants in quantum materials plays a key role in topological switching applications and can stabilize emergent topological phases in otherwise trivial materials. Lattice strain has been proposed as one means of tuning these topological invariants. However, conventional means of applying strain are not extendable to controllable time-varying protocols. In particular,...   More >

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Tales from the front lines of wrangling earth science data: Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science

Lecture | November 6 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Deb Agarwal, Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, LBNL

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Building the data capabilities and products needed to help enable understanding of watershed dynamics, tropical forests, carbon flux, and soil carbon. are just a few of the areas where we are working. This talk will describe the role inter-disciplinary data science is playing in helping to address these challenges. Many challenges encountered are not addressed by the tools available today.

The...   More >

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Extracellular matrix viscoelasticity and its impact on cells

Seminar | November 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Ovi Chaudhuri, Stanford University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

The extracellular matrix (ECM) is a complex assembly of structural proteins that provides physical support and biochemical signaling to cells in tissues. Over the last two decades, studies have revealed the important role that ECM elasticity plays in regulating a variety of biological processes in cells, including stem cell differentiation and cancer progression. However, tissues and ECM are...   More >

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Excited electronic states: Dielectric screening and hot-electron mediated ion diffusion

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

 André Schleife, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 Computational Materials at Berkeley

High-performance computing enables quantum-mechanical studies of material properties with unprecedented accuracy: In particular, many-body perturbation theory is capable of predicting electronic and optical properties in excellent agreement with experiment. Dynamics of excited electrons that interact with fast-moving ions can be investigated accurately and efficiently using real-time...   More >

Friday, November 9, 2018

'Nano' Implies Nonlinear Dynamics: Nano Seminar Series

Lecture | November 9 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 R Stanley Williams, HP Labs

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

One thing that we who have worked in the nano area for the past 20 years keep claiming is that new properties and opportunities arise from materials crafted at the nanometer scale. One of the major changes is that the response of materials to stimuli becomes increasingly nonlinear, and that leads to a completely new set of dynamical properties.

I will show how a single nanoscale device can be...   More >

Shaping a 21st Century Workforce – Is AI Friend or Foe?: Barbara Weinstock Lectures on the Morals of Trade by Jennifer Granholm

Lecture | November 9 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Jennifer Granholm, Former Governor of Michigan

 Graduate Division

Jennifer Granholm will present the Weinstock lecture on November 9, 2018. Her lecture is titled "Shaping a 21st Century Workforce – Is AI Friend or Foe?" The lecture is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "Hotwired Life: Biophysical Studies of Microbial Extracellular Electron Conduits"

Seminar | November 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Moh El-Naggar, University of Southern California

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

El-Naggar leads the NanoBio Lab, which focuses on the fundamentals, implications, and technological applications of biological charge transfer, using environmental microbes as model systems. This is a highly interdisciplinary area, drawing from the toolboxes of nanoscience, condensed matter physics, electrochemistry, and environmental microbiology.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Science at Cal Lecture - Earthquake Mythbusters

Lecture | November 17 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building | Canceled

 Dr. Jennifer Strauss, Seismological Laboratory


Get an overview on earthquake hazards in the Bay Area, some cool science the seismological lab is working on to help increase knowledge and safety, and bust some common myths about earthquakes and preparedness. Also find out the latest news about the status of Shake Alert, the earthquake early warning system now being rolled out on the West Coast.

The ShakeAlert system is being developed with...   More >

Shake Alert - Earthquake early warning system

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Creating the future of nuclear energy: Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science with Rachel Slaybaugh

Lecture | November 27 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Rachel Slaybaugh, Assistant Professor, Nuclear Engineering, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The nuclear energy industry is at a crossroads: existing nuclear reactors are struggling to operate economically in some tough markets, and construction of new designs in the U.S. is slow and over budget. At the same time, interest in and development of the next generation of nuclear reactors is growing at an unprecedented rate, and some other nations are building new reactors efficiently. Can...   More >

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Tissue Inspired Hydrogel Design

Seminar | November 28 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Shelly R. Peyton, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Improved in vitro models are needed to better understand cancer progression and bridge the gap between in vitro proof-of-concept studies, in vivo validation, and clinical application. Many methods exist to create biomaterial platforms, including hydrogels, which we use to study cells in contexts more akin to what they experience in vivo. Our lab has multiple approaches to create such...   More >

Classical visual phenomenology revisited: Ken Nakayama, Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, UC Berkeley

Colloquium | November 28 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Ken Nakayama, Adjunct Professor Department of Psychology UC Berkeley

 Department of Psychology

We have all seen Jastrow’s Rabbit Duck, Rubin’s face-vase, the reversing Necker cube as well as the Kanizsa triangle. These images have graced elementary psychology textbooks and pop science books alike. Yet they have remained as memorable curios without influencing mainstream thinking as to how the visual system operates. Maybe it’s because visual science has gravitated to more “objective”...   More >

Friday, November 30, 2018

Cleantech to Market Symposium

Conference/Symposium | November 30 | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Chou Hall, Spieker Forum (6th floor)

 Energy Institute

Join us for the 10th anniversary of Cleantech to Market!

Come learn about this year's exciting startups and hear C2M alumni reflect on the program’s 10-year impact. This is an amazing opportunity to hear about the most innovative and impactful clean technologies and network with cleantech professionals and next-generation leaders.

2018 projects:

Dauntless IO - Adaptive machine learning...   More >


  Register online

Using Topology to Engineer the Electronic Structure of Bottom-Up Synthesized Graphene Nanoribbons: Nano Seminar Series

Lecture | November 30 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. Michael F. Crommie, UC Berkeley, Physics Department

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

The idea of classifying materials by their topological properties is useful for predicting their behavior, especially at interfaces between insulators. When a topologically nontrivial insulator (often referred to as a topological insulator) is fused to a topologically trivial insulator then metallic states arise at the interface between them. This concept has been fruitful for 3D and 2D materials...   More >

STM image of a topological graphene nanoribbon composed of alternating segments that are seven and nine carbon atoms wide. The structure of this "bottom-up synthesized" nanoribbon is atomically precise

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Maps of a rising water table: The hidden component of sea level rise: Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science

Lecture | December 4 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Kristina Hill, Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Map-based data viewers have been available for several years that reveal where coastal flooding is likely to occur as oceans warm and ice sheets melt. Recently, geologists have begun to study the influence of sea level rise on groundwater, and have concluded that in some coastal areas, as much or more land could flood as a result of rising groundwater than will flood directly from saltwater. Yet...   More >

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

Presentation | December 4 | 6:30-7:45 p.m. | César E. Chávez Branch, Oakland Public Library, Suite 271

 3301 East 12th St., Oakland, CA 94601

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


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 >

De Ingeniería Química a Microbiología y de Regreso

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Synthetic Genetic Systems for Continuous Evolution and Barcoding in vivo

Seminar | December 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Chang C. Liu, University of California, Irvine

 Bioengineering (BioE)

We are interested in building genetic systems that have extremely high mutation rates in order to speed up the evolution of target proteins and enzymes in vivo as well as to record transient information, such as lineage relationships or exposure to biological stimuli, as genetic information in situ. I will present work on two genetic systems that we have recently developed. First, I will describe...   More >

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Dr. Angela Brooks, Assistant Professor, UC Santa Cruz

Seminar | December 5 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Center for Computational Biology

Full-length alternative transcript isoform analysis with nanopore sequencing

Our group aims to understand the mechanisms of alternative RNA splicing regulation and splicing dysregulation in cancer. Short-read, high-throughput cDNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) has revolutionized our ability to profile RNA splicing; however, this approach cannot capture the full complexity of RNA...   More >

Friday, December 7, 2018

Grounds for Science - Exploring quantum materials and black holes

Presentation | December 7 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Scarlet City Espresso Bar | Note change in date

 3960Espresso Bar Adeline Street, Emeryville, CA 94608

 Arielle Little, Department of Physics; Vinay Ramasesh, Department of Physics


Exciting short talks on cutting-edge topics by young researchers at UC Berkeley.

The weird and wonderful world of Quantum Materials - with Arielle Little

Exploring the physics of black holes with quantum computers - with Vinay Ramasesh

What are quantum materials?

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Writing Scientific Research Proposals

Workshop | December 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 Erica Whitney, Berkeley Research Development Office

 Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research

In this workshop, we will explore techniques and best practices for writing a research proposal in the sciences and engineering, from the beginning (the specific aims/objectives) to the middle (the research design and methods) to the very end (supplementary documents). We will look at examples of successful proposals and discuss the different techniques that can be used to effectively present...   More >

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Science at Cal Lecture - Assessing the potential impact of super‐eruptions: on society and the environment

Lecture | December 15 | 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Stephen Self, Department of Earth and Planetary Science


Rare, but extremely large, explosive super-eruptions Magnitude 8 and above have occurred throughout geologic time.
If a future super-eruption was predicted, what would, or could, society do? Preparation for such low probability but high consequence events is difficult to imagine, yet some modest early measures can be considered.

Volcanic eruption - Stromboli, Italy

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Building New Synthetic Biology Tools with Genome Editing

Seminar | January 10 | 10-11 a.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Stephanie Tzouanas Schmidt, Stanford University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Motivated by the intricacy and complexity of cellular differentiation, I am broadly interested in technology development for measuring and tracking cellular decision-making. My current research focuses on applying genome editing to engineer new tools for synthetic biology and genomics; in my talk, I will present two recent projects. In the first, I used CRISPR/Cas9 to write a cell’s lineage into...   More >

East Bay Science Cafe - CRISPR: Rewriting DNA and the Future of Humanity

Presentation | January 10 | 6-8:30 p.m. |  Cafe Leila

 1724 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702

 Dr. Megan Hochstrasser, Innovative Genomics Institute


Doors at 6:00 PM, Talk at 7:00 PM

CRISPR expert and science communicator, Dr. Megan Hochstrasser, will describe how genome editing works, what it can do, what exactly happened with the “CRISPR babies,” and how important it is to grapple with CRISPR’s ethical implications sooner rather than later.

Developed here in Berkeley in just 2012, the CRISPR-Cas9 system lets scientists rewrite DNA in...   More >

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Developmental lineage mapping by genomic barcoding in the mouse

Seminar | January 17 | 10-11 a.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Reza Kalhor, Wyss Institute Research Associate in Technology Development

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Cellular barcoding using nuclease-induced DNA mutations is an effective approach that is emerging for recording biological information, including developmental lineages. We introduce the homing CRISPR system as an effective means of generating DNA barcodes with a high and scalable diversity. We further describe the implementation of this system in a mouse model with multiple...   More >

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Biomedical Imaging Technology at Cal: for Early-Stage Medical Diagnosis

Lecture | January 19 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Steven Connoly, Bioengineering and Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences


Abstract Treatments for diseases are most effective when the disease is noticed at the earliest stage. Modern medical imaging tools are indispensable for early-stage diagnosis of deadly diseases, like Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke. Unfortunately, many diseases are still only diagnosed at advanced stage. For example, only 15% of lung cancer is diagnosed at the earliest stage. Hence,...   More >

Magnetic particle imaging

Monday, January 21, 2019

Davis Projects for Peace $10K campus-wide award application deadline: 10k Grant Award Opportunity for Undergrads

Deadline | January 21 |  International House

 International House

Projects for Peace is an initiative open to UC Berkeley undergrads to design grassroots projects for the summer of 2019 - anywhere in the world - which promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties.

We encourage applicants to use their creativity to design projects and employ innovative techniques for engaging project participants in ways that focus on conflict...   More >

Davis Projects for Peace Campus-wide 10K Award Opportunity

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Programming gene circuits with genome and transcriptome engineering to combat disease

Seminar | January 22 | 10-11 a.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Patrick Hsu, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Rapid advances in genome profiling and analysis have illuminated many genomic changes related to human disease. The ability to interrogate the functional roles of such variants in pathogenesis and their potential as therapeutic targets is critical for the development of new medicines. CRISPR tools that systematically reverse-engineer cellular processes through rapid and precise perturbations...   More >

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Optics-free spatio-genetic imaging with DNA microscopy

Seminar | January 24 | 10-11 a.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Joshua Weinstein, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Complex cell populations, from the brain to the
adaptive immune system, rely on diverse gene variants, somatic
mutations, and expression patterns for some of their most essential
functions. This genetic heterogeneity not only endows intrinsic
properties to individual cells, but it also often operates at the
level of inter-cellular interactions. Technologies that jointly
resolve both gene...   More >

Friday, January 25, 2019

Plate Mechanical Metamaterials and Their Applications: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | January 25 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall

 Prof. Igor Bargatin, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Mechanical Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Recently, we introduced the concept of plate mechanical metamaterials—cellular plates with carefully controlled periodic geometry and unique mechanical properties—as well as its initial realization in the form of freestanding corrugated plates made out of an ultrathin film.

We used atomic layer deposition (ALD) and microfabrication techniques to make robust plates out of a single continuous...   More >

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Harnessing all-optical laser-scanning imaging for deep and large-scale image-based analysis

Seminar | January 30 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Kevin Tsia, The University of Hong Kong

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Studying cell populations, their transition states and functions at the single cell level is critical for understanding in normal tissue development and pathogenesis of disease. State-of-the-art single-cell analysis approaches have overwhelmingly been biomolecularly-driven (e.g. analyzing cell-surface protein and gene expressions). Despite their exquisite specificity, they remain highly variable...   More >

Friday, February 1, 2019

Magnetism in Amorphous Alloys: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | February 1 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall

 Prof. Frances Hellman, UC Berkeley, Physics & MSE

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Most condensed matter textbooks start by introducing crystal symmetries and the periodic lattice as foundational to the field. Yet, it has long been known that the amorphous structure supports ferromagnetism, superconductivity, and a host of other condensed matter properties.

Superconductivity theory was famously expanded from the original Bloch wave pairing to be described as pairing of...   More >

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Assault on Empathy: The Promise of a Friction-Free Life: Charles M. and Martha Hitchcock Lectures by Sherry Turkle

Lecture | February 5 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Sherry Turkle, Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Graduate Division

Sherry Turkle will present the Hitchcock lectures on February 5 and February 6, 2019. The first lecture is titled "The Assault on Empathy: The Promise of a Friction-Free Life" and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Simon-Kucher Partners Infosession: Careers in consulting

Information Session | February 5 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Betty Pio, Simon-Kucher & Partners

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Want to learn more about consulting?
Our Life Sciences Partners will be on campus to discuss projects they have worked on and to answer any questions you might have about a career in consulting.

Food provided and resumes accepted!

• Simon-Kucher is regarded as the world’s leading pricing advisor and thought leader.
• Life Sciences is one of our leading industry practices; we have advised...   More >

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

No BioE Department Seminar

Seminar | February 6 | 106 Stanley Hall

 Bioengineering (BioE)

The Assault on Empathy: The Promise of Artificial Intimacy: Charles M. and Martha Hitchcock Lectures by Sherry Turkle

Lecture | February 6 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Sherry Turkle, Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Graduate Division

Sherry Turkle will present the Hitchcock lectures on February 5 and February 6, 2019. The second lecture is titled "The Assault on Empathy: The Promise of Artificial Intimacy" and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Dr. Beth Shapiro, Professor, UC Santa Cruz

Seminar | February 6 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Center for Computational Biology

Genomics, genetic rescue, and the future of conservation

Abstract: New technologies, including complete genome sequencing and genome engineering, promise to revolutionize conservation and slow the pace of the ongoing extinction crisis. However, the value of these technologies to conservation remains unclear. Using mountain lions from across their range and wolves from Isle Royale as examples,...   More >

Friday, February 8, 2019

Discrete Microfluidics for More Efficient Pharmaceutical Compound Testing: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | February 8 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall

 Prof. Melinda Simon, San Jose State University, Biomedical Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

In 2012, the declining efficiency and increasing cost of pharmaceutical research was noted in a phenomenon termed “Eroom’s law”, to distinguish it from the efficiency of “Moore’s law” in transistor development.

Though the reasons for this phenomenon are myriad and varied, the efficiency of drug development and commercialization could be greatly improved by the development of better paradigms...   More >

A planet-scale playground for data scientists - Google Maps: Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science

Lecture | February 8 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Luiz André Barroso, VP of Engineering, Google

 Matt Hancher, Co-founder, Google Earth Engine, Google

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Are there good soba noodle places nearby? How do I get to JFK by train? When does this park close? Show me Stonehenge! Helping people explore and get things done in the real world is the task our team has taken on, and it is a rather challenging one. In this talk I will describe the technical complexity of creating models that reflect the real world for tools such as Google Maps, Search and...   More >

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

High-Performing Teams

Workshop | February 13 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | International House, Home Room

 Lauren Moloney-Egnatios, Assistant Director, Intercultural Training Specialist, Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL); Grace Michel, Intercultural Training Specialist, Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL); Jason Patent, Director, Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL)

 Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL)

In any organization, communicating and collaborating effectively are paramount. It’s important that, as professionals and leaders, we make intentional and strategic efforts to bridge differences in communication and the way individuals work together as a team.

 UC Berkeley Staff & Faculty can register for free.

 $224 Early Bird Tickets, $249 Regular

 UC Berkeley Staff & Faculty, use code STAFF to register for free. Please bring Cal ID day of event. Tickets go on sale January 28. Buy tickets online or by calling Miranda Loos at 510-642-9481, or by emailing Miranda Loos at

Cell mechanics by atomic force, traction force, and ion conductance microscopy

Seminar | February 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall | Note change in date

 Tilman Schaeffer, University of Tubingen (Germany)

 Bioengineering (BioE)

I will present the development and application of novel scanning probe instrumentation and methods in the field of cell mechanics.

Using force clamp force mapping (FCFM), an atomic force microscopy (AFM) imaging mode that combines force-distance curves with an added force clamp phase, we observed that the creep behavior of living cells conforms to a power-law material model. When comparing...   More >

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Center for Computational Biology and Koret Berkeley Tel Aviv Initiative Seminar: Dr. Ron Shamir, Professor, Tel Aviv University

Seminar | February 14 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Center for Computational Biology, Koret Berkeley Tel Aviv Initiative

Integrated analysis of cancer data: multi-omic clustering and personalized ranking of driver genes

Abstract: Large biological datasets are currently available, and their analysis has applications to basic science and medicine. While inquiry of each dataset separately often provides insights, integrative analysis may reveal more holistic, systems-level findings. We demonstrate the power of...   More >

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Science at Cal Lecture - Is anybody out there?

Lecture | February 16 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

 Dan Werthimer, Berkeley SETI Research Center


Are Fast Radio Bursts signals from ET? Or are they signals from magnetars? Is `Oumuamua an alien space ship? Or is it a rock from another solar system? Are we alone in the universe? Current and future SETI projects may provide an answer.Berkeley SETI Research Center chief scientist Dan Werthimer will describe the rationale for past and future searches and will show how new technologies are...   More >

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Proteoforms in human health and disease

Seminar | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Neil Kelleher, Northwestern University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Proteoforms are the specific molecular forms of proteins arising from human genes encoded in the human genome. They include all sources of protein variation, and here’s a list: sequence mutations, alternative splicing, and post-translational modifications (PTMs). They underlie diverse biological systems and proteoform diversity is directly linked to functions, pathway modulation, and disease...   More >

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Editing The Code Of Life: The Future Of Genome Editing

Lecture | February 21 | 5-6:30 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Dr. Jennifer Doudna

 Institute of International Studies

Our technological capacity to make changes to genomic data has expanded exponentially since the 2012 discovery of CRISPR-Cas9 as an RNA-programmable genome editing tool. Over the past seven years, this genome editing platform has been used to revolutionize research, develop new agricultural crops, and even promises to cure genetic diseases. However, ethical and societal concerns abound, requiring...   More >

Career Forum: BERC Energy Summit

Career Fair | February 21 | 6-9 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative

Formerly called Career Night, this year’s event, the Career Energy Forum, will take place on the first of the two days of the Energy Summit conference on February 21st, 2019. The Career Energy Forum is an annual event connecting prestigious energy and cleantech companies with top graduate student talent interested in dedicating their careers to this field. We have more than 20 companies confirmed.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Interfacial Engineering of Lithium Metal Anodes: From Liquid to Solid Electrolytes: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | February 22 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall

 Prof. Neil Dasgupta, Univ. of Michigan, Mechanical Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

The poor performance and safety concerns of lithium (Li) metal anodes represent a critical challenge to enable high energy density rechargeable batteries. This is attributed to several well-known issues associated with Li metal electrodeposition and dissolution, including electrolyte decomposition, dendrite evolution, and “dead” Li accumulation. In addition, short-circuiting can occur due to the...   More >

Grounds for Science -Getting the most out of light: vision and geoengineering

Lecture | February 22 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Scarlet City Espresso Bar

 3960Espresso Bar Adeline Street, Emeryville, CA 94608

 Mathew Summers, Molecular and Cell Biology; Jonathan Proctor, Global Policy Lab


Grounds for Science is a public science talk series organized by and featuring UC Berkeley graduate students. GfS takes place the 4th Friday of every month at Scarlet City Espresso Bar in Emeryville.
This month's short talks:
The cells that give us sight with Mathew Summers

What volcanoes can teach us about combating global climate change with Jonathan Proctor

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Radio Frequency Microsystems for 5G and IoT Applications: From Acoustic Filters and Circulators to Mechanically Driven Antennas

Seminar | February 26 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Songbin Gong, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This talk will discuss several new types of RF micro-systems that can enable various front-end functions, including filtering, radiation, non-reciprocity, and equalization, with unprecedented size, weight, and performance (SWaP) for 5G and IoT applications.

Thermo Fisher Infosession

Information Session | February 26 | 5-6 p.m. | 410 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Learn about careers at Thermo Fisher! Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science! We help our customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics, deliver medicines to market and increase laboratory productivity. Through our premier brands - Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific and...   More >

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Graphene-based Biosensors: Real-time biological Search

Seminar | February 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Kiana Aran, Keck Graduate Institute

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Graphene-based biosensors have the potential to revolutionize digital biochemical measurements for applications in the field of drug discovery, biomedicine, integrated diagnostics and environmental monitoring. This talk will describe the design and development of novel graphene-based biosensors and their use in facile identification of clinically relevant biomarkers in cancer and aging. In...   More >

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Bio-Tech Connect: Networking with industry

Career Fair | February 28 | 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

Friday, March 1, 2019

Mechano- and Visco-NPS: An Electronic Method to Measure the Mechanical Properties of Cells: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | March 1 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall

 Prof. Lydia Sohn, UC Berkeley, Mechanical Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

We have developed an efficient, label-free method of screening cells for their phenotypic profile, which we call Node-Pore Sensing (NPS). NPS involves measuring the modulated current pulse caused by a cell transiting a microfluidic channel that has been segmented by a series of inserted nodes.

Previously, we showed that when segments between the nodes are functionalized with different...   More >

Monday, March 4, 2019

JUNIPR: a framework for unsupervised and interpretable machine learning in particle physics: Berkeley Statistics and Machine Learning Forum

Meeting | March 4 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 501 Campbell Hall

 Anders Andreassen, Physics, LBL

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The Berkeley Statistics and Machine Learning Forum meets weekly to discuss current applications across a wide variety of research domains and software methodologies. All interested members of the UC Berkeley and LBL communities are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Data-intensive research: a workshop/dinner event for underrepresented undergraduates: Fostering diverse and inclusive data science at Berkeley

Special Event | March 5 | 3:30-8 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Coinciding with Women in Data Science week, this event will focus on how underrepresented undergraduates can get involved in data science research at UC Berkeley, and how to incorporate data science into their field of research.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Biophysics of cell adhesion: how cells sense and respond to force

Seminar | March 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Sanjeevi Sivasankar, Univerisity of California, Davis

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Cells in tissues exert forces as they squeeze, stretch, flex and pull on each other. These
forces are incredibly small - on the scale of piconewtons, but they are essential in mediating cell
survival, proliferation, and differentiation. A key protein responsible for sensing mechanical forces,
are the classical cadherin family of cell-cell adhesion proteins. Cadherins are essential for...   More >

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Dr. Shamil Sunyaev, Department of Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School

Seminar | March 6 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Center for Computational Biology

Large-scale genomic data reveal mechanisms of mutagenesis and help predict complex phenotypes

Statistical analysis of large genomic datasets has recently emerged as a discovery tool in many areas of genetics. Two examples include studies of mutagenesis and of the relationship between genotype and phenotype. We developed a statistical model of regional variation of human mutation...   More >

Friday, March 8, 2019

RefWorks: Save and Cite Your Sources

Workshop | March 8 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Bioscience Library Training Room, 2101 VLSB

 Elliott Smith, Emerging Technologies and Bioinformatics Librarian, Library


RefWorks is an essential research tool. This hands-on workshop will give you practice in saving and organizing your citations and automatically creating bibliographies using RefWorks.

Molecular Perspective on Nanoscale Transport: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | March 8 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall

 Prof. David Limmer, UC Berkeley, Chemistry

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Understanding how mass, energy, or charge are transported on small scales is challenging, as standard hydrodynamic descriptions developed for macroscopic phenomena need not remain valid. On small scales, matter is discrete, thermal fluctuations render currents stochastic quantities, and nonlinear response is ubiquitous.

In this talk, I will discuss some recent efforts to develop a molecular...   More >