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Friday, September 1, 2017

Self-Organization of Nanoparticles: Nano Seminar Series

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


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

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


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

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

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

McNair Scholars Program Information Session

Information Session: Undergrad | September 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 105 César E. Chávez Student Center


Juan Esteva, Director, McNair Scholars Program

Office of Undergraduate Research


The McNair Scholars Program prepares selected underrepresented or low-income UC Berkeley undergraduates for graduate study at the doctoral level. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase the number of underrepresented students in doctoral programs.


Students - Undergraduate

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“Profiling Cells Inside and Out Using Nanostructured Materials”

Seminar: BioE Seminars | September 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Shana Kelley, University of Toronto

Bioengineering (BioE)


290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
Our group uses aspects of biophysical and materials chemistry to create new systems that permit biomolecular analytes and rare cells to be tracked and profiled. Nanomaterials play a central role in these efforts, as the unique properties of materials engineered at the nanoscale allow previously unreachable levels of sensitivity and specificity to be realized.



A Capacity Scaling Law for Artificial Neural Networks

Seminar: Seminars of interest | September 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall


Gerald Friedland, UC Berkeley

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


In this talk, we derive the calculation of two critical numbers that quantify the capabilities of artificial neural networks with gating functions, such as sign, sigmoid, or rectified linear units. First, we derive the calculation of the upper limit Vapnik-Chervonenkis dimension of a network with binary output layer, which is the theoretical limit for perfect fitting of the training data. Second,...   More >



How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Information Session: Undergrad | September 6 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


Leah Carroll

Office of Undergraduate Research


If you need to write a grant proposal, this workshop is for you! You'll get a headstart on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

The workshop is open to all UC Berkeley students (undergraduate, graduate, and visiting scholars) regardless of academic discipline. It will be especially useful for...   More >



UCDC Info Session

Information Session: Undergrad | September 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 262 Evans Hall


Marcia Condon, UCDC advisor

Office of Undergraduate Research


UCDC is a program which sends UC juniors and seniors to Washington, D.C. to intern, do research, and take classes for a semester. UCDC students come from all majors, intern three to four days a week, and take two classes which each meet once a week. Students from UC campuses live and take classes at the UC Washington Center, an eleven-story building about six blocks from the White House....   More >



fMRI at high magnetic fields: Spatial resolution limits and applications

Seminar: Seminars of interest | September 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall


Essa Yacoub, University of Minnesota

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


While higher magnetic fields present the opportunity to address higher resolution neuroscience questions, such applications are faced with confounds of fMRI spatial specificity, as well as technical challenges in acquiring higher resolution images. Significant efforts have been put forth over the past 20 years towards understanding these issues and in addressing them with technical developments....   More >



Thursday, September 7, 2017

LaTeX: Creating Tables, Figures, and Bibliographies

Workshop: Grad: Undergrad | September 7 | 4-5 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Kresge Engineering Library Training Room 110MD


Samantha Teplitzky, Earth and Physical Sciences Librarian, Kresge Engineering Library

Library


This workshop will focus on how to add elements to a LaTeX document. Attendees will learn about various packages and syntax that enables the creation of tables, figures, and bibliographies.


Registration opens August 4. Register online, or by calling Samantha Teplitzky at 510-644-7158, or by emailing Samantha Teplitzky at steplitz@berkeley.edu.

Monday, September 11, 2017

UCDC Info Session

Information Session: Undergrad | September 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 262 Evans Hall


Marcia Condon, UCDC advisor

Office of Undergraduate Research


UCDC is a program which sends UC juniors and seniors to Washington, D.C. to intern, do research, and take classes for a semester. UCDC students come from all majors, intern three to four days a week, and take two classes which each meet once a week. Students from UC campuses live and take classes at the UC Washington Center, an eleven-story building about six blocks from the White House....   More >

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

UCDC Info Session

Information Session: Undergrad | September 12 | 5-6 p.m. | 262 Evans Hall


Marcia Condon, UCDC advisor

Office of Undergraduate Research


UCDC is a program which sends UC juniors and seniors to Washington, D.C. to intern, do research, and take classes for a semester. UCDC students come from all majors, intern three to four days a week, and take two classes which each meet once a week. Students from UC campuses live and take classes at the UC Washington Center, an eleven-story building about six blocks from the White House....   More >

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Engineering Longevity

Seminar: BioE Seminars | September 13 | 12-1 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center


Irina Conboy, Associate Professor of Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley

Bioengineering (BioE)


Our research uncovers the behavior of organ stem cells in young versus aged tissues: muscle, brain, liver, skin, etc., with the goal to identify common age-imposed alterations that are responsible for pathological changes. The clinical value of this research is in treating a number of age-associated degenerative and metabolic diseases as a class...   More >

Friday, September 15, 2017

A Self-Assembly Approach to the Origin of RNA: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar: Seminars of interest | September 15 | 2-3 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall | Note change in location


Prof. Nicholas V. Hud, Georgia Institute of Technology, Chem & Biochem

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


The prebiotic synthesis of RNA remains a critical and unsolved problem for origins of life research.

We are investigating the hypothesis that RNA evolved from an ancestral polymer (or proto-RNA) with molecular building blocks that had a strong propensity for self-assembly.

We are also exploring the hypothesis that oscillating environments facilitated RNA replication, before the emergence...   More >

Monday, September 18, 2017

McNair Scholars Program Information Session

Information Session: Undergrad | September 18 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 2515 Channing Way (Academic Achievement Program), Suite 11


Juan Esteva, Director, McNair Scholars Program

Office of Undergraduate Research


The McNair Scholars Program prepares selected underrepresented or low-income UC Berkeley undergraduates for graduate study at the doctoral level. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase the number of underrepresented students in doctoral programs.


Students - Undergraduate

All Audiences

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

McNair Scholars Program Application Workshop

Information Session: Undergrad | September 19 | 3-5 p.m. | 2515 Channing Way (Academic Achievement Program), Suite 13


Juan Esteva, Director, McNair Scholars Program

Office of Undergraduate Research


The McNair Scholars Program prepares selected underrepresented or low-income UC Berkeley undergraduates for graduate study at the doctoral level. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase the number of underrepresented students in doctoral programs.


Students - Undergraduate

All Audiences

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

NSF GRFP Applicant Workshop

Workshop: Grad | September 20 | 10-11:30 a.m. | 318 Sproul Hall


Graduate Division


The workshop will provide valuable tips that will assist in strengthening applications. Speakers include one of UCB’s NSF Fellowship Coordinators, a UCB professor that served on a previous year's NSF panel, and current UCB NSF fellows.



“Engineering self-assembled nanobiomaterials for therapeutic immunomodulation”

Seminar: BioE Seminars | September 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Evan Scott, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University

Bioengineering (BioE)


Self-assembled nanobiomaterials that are engineered to achieve specific biodistributions and mechanisms of degradation hold great promise for controlled stimulation of the immune system. Through the use of such rationally designed nanomaterials, we aim to investigate the basic inflammatory and immunological processes contributing to diverse pathologies and develop targeted immunotherapies. We...   More >



Berkeley Lectures in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering presented by The Dow Chemical Company: Nanolayered Drug Release Systems for Regenerative Medicine and Targeted Nanotherapies

Lecture: Seminars of interest | September 20 | 4-6 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room


Paula T. Hammond, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Department of Chemical Engineering


Alternating electrostatic assembly is a tool that makes it possible to create ultrathin film coatings that contain highly controlled quantities of one or more therapeutic molecules within a singular construct. These release systems greatly exceed the usual ranges of traditional degradable polymers, ranging from 10 to as high as 40 wt% drug loading within the film. The nature of the layering...   More >



Bioengineering Town Hall

Special Event: Event: Undergrad | September 20 | 5-6 p.m. | 105 Stanley Hall


Bioengineering (BioE)


The annual town hall meeting for all undergraduates in the Department of Bioengineering. Come learn what's in store for the coming year! Networking and snacks to follow.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Information Session: Undergrad | September 21 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


Leah Carroll

Office of Undergraduate Research


If you need to write a grant proposal, this workshop is for you! You'll get a headstart on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

The workshop is open to all UC Berkeley students (undergraduate, graduate, and visiting scholars) regardless of academic discipline. It will be especially useful for...   More >

Friday, September 22, 2017

Jacobs Design Conversations: Eric Rodenbeck, "Telling Stories with Data"

Lecture: Seminars of interest | September 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall


Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation


Stamen founder, CEO, and creative director Eric Rodenbeck will speak at Jacobs Hall as part of the Jacobs Design Conversations series.


All Audiences

All Audiences



Aerogels for Energy and Environmental Applications: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar: Seminars of interest | September 22 | 2-3 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall


Dr. Marcus A. Worsley, Lawrence Livermore Nat'l Lab, Advanced Materials Synthesis Group

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


Aerogels are porous solids used in a wide range of energy and environmental applications including sorbents, filtration, insulation, hydrogen storage, catalysis, batteries, and supercapacitors due to their high internal surface, composition, and small pore/particle size.  Two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials, such as boron nitride and graphene, also exhibit a range of distinct optical, electronic,...   More >

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

McNair Scholars Program Application Workshop

Information Session: Undergrad | September 26 | 2-4 p.m. | 2515 Channing Way (Academic Achievement Program), Suite 13


Juan Esteva, Director, McNair Scholars Program

Office of Undergraduate Research


The McNair Scholars Program prepares selected underrepresented or low-income UC Berkeley undergraduates for graduate study at the doctoral level. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase the number of underrepresented students in doctoral programs.


Students - Undergraduate

All Audiences

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fetal Monitoring During Childbirth with Dr. Neil Ray: CITRIS Fall 2017 Research Exchange Series

Seminar: BioE Seminars | September 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall


Dr. Neil Ray, Raydiant Oximetry

CITRIS and the Banatao Institute


To understand why a world-wide C-section epidemic has developed and the consequential long-term health implications to mother and child. How existing fetal monitors have contributed to the C-section epidemic and how the technology being developed by Raydiant Oximetry could help reduce the unsustainable C-section rates that currently exist.


All Audiences

All Audiences



“Listening in on crosstalk in signaling networks”

Seminar: BioE Seminars | September 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Lani Wu, UCSF

Bioengineering (BioE)


How complex signaling networks shape highly-coordinated, multistep cellular responses is poorly understood. Biological networks are highly complex, containing many components and many putative interactions. We developed a network-perturbation approach to identify where and when signaling actually occurs. Our results, illustrated on polarity networks in neutrophils and morphogenic networks in...   More >

Thursday, September 28, 2017

View from the Top: Lisa Davis: Economic Decarbonization – Breaking up Old Energy Chains by Creating an Integrated System

Lecture: Seminars of interest | September 28 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor


Lisa Davis, Member of the Managing Board, Siemens AG

College of Engineering, Society of Women Engineers student chapter


Never before have energy systems faced a greater transformation than today, and never before was energy – primarily electricity – so important. With a growing global population, rising economic output and, above all, ever more uses of electricity, the demand for electricity is expected to nearly double by mid-century. At the same time, the demand for greater system sustainability and affordable...   More >


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Friday, September 29, 2017

McNair Scholars Program Information Session--RESCHEDULED TO 9/28

Information Session: Undergrad | September 29 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 554 Barrows Hall


Juan Esteva, Director, McNair Scholars Program

Office of Undergraduate Research


The McNair Scholars Program prepares selected underrepresented or low-income UC Berkeley undergraduates for graduate study at the doctoral level. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase the number of underrepresented students in doctoral programs.


Students - Undergraduate

All Audiences



Physico-Chemical Approaches to Understanding and Developing Cancer Immunotherapies: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar: Seminars of interest | September 29 | 2-3 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall | Note change in location


Prof. James R. Heath, Cal Tech, Chemistry

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


At the heart of most cancer immunotherapies are specific molecular interactions between the principle cancer cell killers, T cells, and the tumor-associated peptide antigens that are presented within the tumor environment.

I will discuss 2 separate projects relevant to understanding and harnessing these interactions. The first is a microchip/nanotech based single cell tool that is used for...   More >