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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Science Lecture - Controlling electron beams with lasers: Revealing protein structure

Lecture | August 18 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall


Osip Schwartz, Department of Physics

Science@Cal


On a microscopic level, every function of life is performed by biological macromolecules. To understand how these molecular machines work, it is necessary to know the three-dimensional structure of their constituent protein complexes. Recently, a breakthrough in protein structure studies has been brought about by a series of technological advances in transmission electron microscopes, imaging...   More >


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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

Library


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


Faculty, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

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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

Library


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


Faculty, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

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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

Science@Cal


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 >


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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

Science@Cal


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 >


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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 >


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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 >


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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

Innovators@Cal

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 >


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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 >


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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

Science@Cal


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 >


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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

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

Science@Cal


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.


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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


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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 >


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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, Cast 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.


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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

Science@Cal


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 >


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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

Science@Cal


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 >


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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. | Wheeler Hall, Room 315, Maude Fife Room


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


A lecture by Distinguished Professor of Energy in 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

Science@Cal


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 >


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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 >


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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.


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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.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Metabolite-based Diagnostics Enabled by MEMS Devices: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | November 16 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Prof. Cristina Davis, UC Davis, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


A wide range of both volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and non-volatile metabolites are generated by almost all biological systems, and are now thought to represent end products associated with organism physiology and metabolism. This applies to many different types of systems ranging from humans, bacteria, trees, and plants.

In humans, several thousand metabolic chemical compounds have been...   More >

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 >


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Friday, November 30, 2018

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 >

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 >


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Wednesday, December 5, 2018