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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

UrbanSim Model of Urban Development

Lecture | October 1 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310, Banatao Auditorium


Paul Waddell, Professor and Chair of City & Regional Planning, UC Berkeley

CITRIS (Ctr for Info Technology Research in the Interest of Society)


Paul Waddell teaches and conducts research on modeling and planning in the domains of land use, housing, economic geography, transportation, and the environment. He has led the development of the UrbanSim model of urban development and the Open Platform for Urban Simulation, now used by Metropolitan Planning Organizations and other local and regional agencies for operational planning purposes in...   More >


registration required for lunch at UC Berkeley. Register online.



Communicating Environmental Risks: Are Ex-Ante Predictions of Benefits and Costs Being Accurately Estimated?

Colloquium | October 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 110 Barrows Hall


Matthew Potts, Assistant Professor, Environmental Science Policy and Management - UC Berkeley

Energy and Resources Group


Energy and Resources Group Fall 2014 Colloquium Series (ER295)



Finding a Faculty Sponsor for Undergraduate Research

Workshop | October 1 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


Dr. Wendy Muse Sinek, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

Office of Undergraduate Research


This workshop will show you how to leverage the skills and knowledge you already possess to secure a faculty mentor. We will cover how to identify potential faculty sponsors on campus as well as how to prepare for the first meeting so that you make a great first impression.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

A Senior Capstone Experience For All Majors - The Haas Scholars Program

Information Session | October 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


Dr. Wendy Muse Sinek; current Haas Scholars, Haas Scholars Program--a senior capstone experience for all majors

Office of Undergraduate Research, Haas Scholars Program--a senior capstone experience for all majors


Haas Scholars come from all walks of life and every major on campus, but they are united by their desire to strive for excellence--both in their individual academic pursuits, and as an interdisciplinary cohort. In this information session, you will learn about the program's benefits, commitments, and eligibility requirements, then meet several current Haas Scholars to hear about their experiences.



MSE Seminar: Russell Composto, University of Pennsylvania: Facing Obstacles: How Polymers (and particles) Diffuse in Polymer Nanocomposites

Colloquium | October 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Professor Russell Composto, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)


Although our understanding of polymers has not reached our level of understanding of metals, ceramics and other long-studied materials, polymer science has made significant progress over the past 50 years and new behaviors and properties are continually being uncovered. This is particularly true in the case of polymer nanocomposites, where polymers are combined with dissimilar, functional...   More >



Clinton Global Initiative University Info Session

Presentation | October 2 | 5-6 p.m. | Blum Hall, Plaza Level


Blum Center for Developing Economies


Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) is President Clinton’s initiative to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. Join us at 5 PM on October 2nd at the Blum Center to learn about applying for this opportunity. CGI U 2015 will take place from Friday, March 6 - Sunday, March 8, 2015 at the University of Miami. Each CGI U student must make a Commitment to...   More >


Faculty, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

Faculty, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

Friday, October 3, 2014

A Senior Capstone Experience For All Majors - The Haas Scholars Program: The Haas Scholars Program

Information Session | October 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


Dr. Wendy Muse Sinek; current Haas Scholars, Haas Scholars Program--a senior capstone experience for all majors

Office of Undergraduate Research, Haas Scholars Program--a senior capstone experience for all majors


Haas Scholars come from all walks of life and every major on campus, but they are united by their desire to strive for excellence--both in their individual academic pursuits, and as an interdisciplinary cohort. In this information session, you will learn about the program's benefits, commitments, and eligibility requirements, then meet several current Haas Scholars to hear about their experiences.



Water Quality Modeling in a Decision Analytic Framework

Seminar: Environmental Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering | October 3 | 2-3 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall


Ken Reckhow, Duke University

Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)



Institute of Transportation Studies Friday Seminar

Seminar: Transportation Engineering: Civil Systems: Civil and Environmental Engineering | October 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Bryant Walker-Smith, Resident Fellow, Center for Internet and Society, Stanford University

Institute of Transportation Studies, TRANSOC

Monday, October 6, 2014

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research: A brief overview of research opportunities and how to find them

Information Session | October 6 | 9:30-10 a.m. | 9 Durant Hall


Dr. Wendy Muse Sinek

Office of Undergraduate Research


This workshop will give you a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and suggestions on how to find them.



Controlling Floor Vibrations through First Principles: SEMM Seminar

Seminar: Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials: Civil and Environmental Engineering | October 6 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall


Joseph Collins, Arup, San Francisco

Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)


This seminar presents a design example on the control of floor vibrations in a building at the UCSF Mission Bay Campus.



Professional Email Communication: (or: how to email your professor so you get a favorable response!)

Workshop | October 6 | 2-3 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


Dr. Wendy Muse Sinek, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

Office of Undergraduate Research


This workshop will teach you how to present yourself professionally over email to faculty and other professionals so that you make a great first impression.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Data Analytics in Energy

Lecture | October 8 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310, Banatao Auditorium


Ed Abbo, President and CTO, C3 Energy

CITRIS (Ctr for Info Technology Research in the Interest of Society)


Ed Abbo is currently President and Chief Technical Officer of C3 Energy, which offers smart grid analytics SaaS solutions that enable utilities to realize the full promise of their investments in the smart grid

Mr. Abbo was formerly Senior Vice President at Oracle Corporation responsible for Oracle's application and SaaS products including CRM, ERP, and Supply Chain products. Prior to joining...   More >


registration required for lunch at UC Berkeley. Register online.



SERC Career Series: Networking How-To

Workshop | October 8 | 12-2 p.m. |  Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way)


Student Environmental Resource Center, Career Center, College of Natural Resources


Are you a student with sustainability and environmental career interests? Are you seeking networking tips? Do you often wonder how to utilize your education, internship, and co-curricular experiences when job searching and interviewing?

Please join us for a Networking How-To Session geared towards sustainability and environmental careers.



Environmental Governance of Oil Flow in China: Challenges, Policies and Developments

Lecture | October 8 | 12-1 p.m. | Goldman School of Public Policy, Room 105


Lei Zhang, School of Environment and Natural Resources, Renmin University of China

Goldman School of Public Policy


China is undergoing massive changes in its social and energy structures, posing risks and opportunities for further development. As the government enacts new laws, policies, standards and implications to oil industry, shifting oil flows will affect environmental governance throughout the country.


RSVP by October 6 by emailing Leo Covis at cepp@berkeley.edu.



Early Warning Signs and Critical Transitions in Ecology: Corals, Theory, Pitfalls, and Advances

Colloquium | October 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 110 Barrows Hall


Alan Hastings, Distinguished Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, UC Davis

Energy and Resources Group


Energy and Resources Group Fall 2014 Colloquium Series (ER295)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

CEE Fall 2014 Distinguished Lecture: Minner Distinguished Lecture in Engineering Ethics

Lecture: Engineering and Project Management: Environmental Engineering: GeoEngineering: Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials: Transportation Engineering: Civil Systems: Civil and Environmental Engineering: Other: Energy, Civil Infrastructure and Climate | October 9 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center


Dr. G. Wayne Clough, Secretary, Smithsonian Institution

College of Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)


Dr. Clough’s talk, “From the Eocene to the Anthropocene: An Engineer’s View of Climate Change" will focus on Smithsonian science in multiple disciplines that is adding to the body of evidence about climate change and its consequences, and how that information can guide engineers’ thinking in creating a more sustainable, more resilient future.


All Audiences

All Audiences



MSE Seminar: Darrell Schlom, Cornell University: Thin-Film Alchemy: Using Strain and Dimensionality to Unleash the Hidden Properties of Crystalline Oxides

Colloquium | October 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Professor Darrell Schlom, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)


Darrell Schlom is the Herbert Fisk Johnson Professor of Industrial Chemistry in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University. After receiving a B.S. degree from Caltech, he did graduate work at Stanford University receiving an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Modeling Ecohydrological Processes in Natural and Man-made Systems

Seminar: Environmental Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering | October 10 | 2-3 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall


Gretchen Miller, Texas A&M University

Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)



Institute of Transportation Studies Friday Seminar: A century of urban sprawl in the United States

Seminar: Transportation Engineering: Civil Systems: Civil and Environmental Engineering | October 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Adam Millard-Ball, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Institute of Transportation Studies, TRANSOC

Monday, October 13, 2014

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research: A brief overview of research opportunities and how to find them

Information Session | October 13 | 10-10:30 a.m. | 9 Durant Hall


Dr. Wendy Muse Sinek

Office of Undergraduate Research


This workshop will give you a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and suggestions on how to find them.



Finding a Faculty Sponsor for Undergraduate Research

Workshop | October 13 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 9 Durant Hall


Dr. Wendy Muse Sinek, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

Office of Undergraduate Research


This workshop will show you how to leverage the skills and knowledge you already possess to secure a faculty mentor. We will cover how to identify potential faculty sponsors on campus as well as how to prepare for the first meeting so that you make a great first impression.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Webs and Flows: Resource Conflict as Adaptive Governance in Peru's Neoliberal Waterscapes

Colloquium | October 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 110 Barrows Hall


Adam French, Ciracy-Wantrup Fellow, Visiting Scholar, Energy and Resources Group - UC Berkeley

Energy and Resources Group


Energy and Resources Group Fall 2014 Colloquium Series (ER295)



SERC Workshop Series: California Student Sustainability Coalition Workshop

Workshop | October 15 | 6-8 p.m. | B0051 Hildebrand Hall


Student Environmental Resource Center


Workshop will discuss the role of the California Student Sustainability Coalition (CSSC) in higher education and sustainability. Sponsored by the Student Environmental Resource Center.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

BERC Energy Summit: Innovation Exposition

Conference/Symposium | October 16 | 4-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative


The Innovation Expo is a research showcase that opens and connects the enormous wealth of leading-edge energy research from UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and relevant local start-ups to the public.

With more than 100 presenters and 500 attendees, the Expo promises a highly engaging environment where energy professionals, students, researchers and investors can explore the...   More >

Friday, October 17, 2014

BERC Energy Summit: Conference

Conference/Symposium | October 17 | 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. |  International House


Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative


or seven consecutive years, the BERC Energy Conference has convened leading stakeholders for to tackle the world’s most pressing energy challenges. The prestigious event has played a significant role in developing solutions to intractable issues, ranging from cleantech financing gaps to seemingly irreconcilable tensions in energy policy and innovation. Last year, the conference ideated around...   More >



CE Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar: Environmental Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering | October 17 | 2-3 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall


Steve Gorelick, Stanford University

Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)



Institute of Transportation Studies Friday Seminar

Seminar: Transportation Engineering: Civil Systems: Civil and Environmental Engineering | October 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Jason Henderson, Associate Professor, Geography & Environment, San Francisco State University

Institute of Transportation Studies, TRANSOC

Monday, October 20, 2014

Professional Email Communication: (or: how to email your professor so you get a favorable response!)

Workshop | October 20 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


Dr. Wendy Muse Sinek, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

Office of Undergraduate Research


This workshop will teach you how to present yourself professionally over email to faculty and other professionals so that you make a great first impression.



A Senior Capstone Experience For All Majors - The Haas Scholars Program: The Haas Scholars Program

Information Session | October 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


Dr. Wendy Muse Sinek; current Haas Scholars, Haas Scholars Program--a senior capstone experience for all majors

Office of Undergraduate Research, Haas Scholars Program--a senior capstone experience for all majors


Haas Scholars come from all walks of life and every major on campus, but they are united by their desire to strive for excellence--both in their individual academic pursuits, and as an interdisciplinary cohort. In this information session, you will learn about the program's benefits, commitments, and eligibility requirements, then meet several current Haas Scholars to hear about their experiences.



SEMM Seminar: Airframe Structures, Materials, and Design

Seminar: Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials: Civil and Environmental Engineering | October 20 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall


Michael Mohaghegh, PhD, SE, Boeing TF, Boeing

Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)


A quick look at airframe configuration; design philosophy; advanced metal and composite design concepts; and some recent lessons learned.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

“In the name of energy security: the struggle over the exportation of Israeli natural gas”

Colloquium | October 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 110 Barrows Hall


Itay Fishhendler, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Energy and Resources Group


Energy and Resources Group Fall 2014 Colloquium Series (ER295)



How to Write a Research/Grant Proposal

Workshop | October 22 | 4-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


Dr. Wendy Muse Sinek, Office of Undergraduate Research

Office of Undergraduate Research


This workshop will cover the basics of writing a research proposal. To get the most out of the workshop, come with an idea for a research project in mind.


Faculty, Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

Faculty, Students - Graduate, Students - Prospective, Students - Undergraduate

Thursday, October 23, 2014

David López-Carr on Population, Development, and Climate Change

Presentation | October 23 | 12-1 p.m. | B100 Blum Hall


David López-Carr, UCSB

Climate and Health IdeaLab


The Climate and Health IdeaLab (CHIL) presents David López-Carr, Professor of Geography, Director of the Latin American and Iberian Studies program, and head of the Human-Environment Dynamics Lab at the University of California-Santa Barbara.

We will hear from Professor López-Carr from 12-1 on Thursday, October 23rd in Blum B100! Lunch will be served, please <a...   More >


RSVP by October 22 online.



SERC Career Series: Sustainability and Environmental Networking Event

Workshop | October 23 | 3-5 p.m. |  Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way)


Student Environmental Resource Center, Career Center, College of Natural Resources


Are you a student with sustainability and environmental career interests?

Please join us for a Networking Event geared towards sustainability and environmental careers. Students will have the opportunity to network with 10-12 professionals from sustainability and environmental career sectors.

This event is part of the SERC Career Series, a partnership between the Student Environmental...   More >



MSE Seminar: Marshall Stoller, UCSF

Colloquium | October 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Professor Marshall Stoller, Department of Urology, UCSF

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)


Urinary stone disease affects 1/10 Americans with a recurrence rate of 50% over a 5-year period. Calcium based urinary stones likely start as calcium phosphate crystals (hydroxyapatite,HA) in the renal papillary parenchyma. This allows for stone adherence and growth, and eventually when the stone does pass, it frequently is too large to pass spontaneously through the urinary system. Stones...   More >

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Biggest Little Fish in California

Seminar: Environmental Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering | October 24 | 2-3 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall


BJ Miller, San Luis/Mendota Water

Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)



Institute of Transportation Studies Friday Seminar: Forecasts, Uncertainty and Control: Theory and Practice

Seminar: Transportation Engineering: Civil Systems: Civil and Environmental Engineering | October 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Francesco Borrelli, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

Institute of Transportation Studies, TRANSOC


Forecasts will play an increasingly important role in the the next generation of autonomous and semi-autonomous systems. Applications include transportation, energy, manufacturing and healthcare systems. Predictions of systems dynamics, human behavior and environment conditions can improve safety and performance of the resulting system.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Choosing a Focus

Workshop | October 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


Dr. Wendy Muse Sinek, Office of Undergraduate Research

Office of Undergraduate Research


This workshop is designed to help you turn a general area of interest into a focused, feasible, and interesting research topic. Over the course of an hour, you will identify your academic interests and learn techniques to help you select among them.


Students - Undergraduate

Faculty, Students - Graduate, Students - Prospective, Students - Undergraduate

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Precautionary or premature? The politics of indirect land use change (ILUC) policy

Colloquium | October 29 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 110 Barrows Hall


Hanna Breetz, Lecturer and Post-Doctoral Scholar, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley

Energy and Resources Group


Energy and Resources Group Fall 2014 Colloquium Series (ER295)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Finding a Faculty Sponsor for Undergraduate Research

Workshop | October 30 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


Dr. Wendy Muse Sinek, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

Office of Undergraduate Research


This workshop will show you how to leverage the skills and knowledge you already possess to secure a faculty mentor. We will cover how to identify potential faculty sponsors on campus as well as how to prepare for the first meeting so that you make a great first impression.



MSE Seminar: Nripan Mathews, Nanyang Tech: Perovskite Solar Cell: Towards New Materials and New Applications

Colloquium | October 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Professor Nripan Mathews, Singapore-Berkeley Research Initiative for Sustainable Energy

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)


Perovskite solar cells have attracted a lot of attention primarily due to the high efficiencies which have been achieved (~19%) with it. It is currently, the most efficient solution processed solar cell technology superceding other technologies which have been under development of decades. Much of the attention has focused on CH3NH3PbI3 (Eg-1.55eV) whose high performance can be traced to their...   More >



Public Service Scholarships Information Session: For Students

Information Session | October 30 | 6-7 p.m. | 122 Wheeler Hall


Public Service Center, Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarships, John Gardner Public Service Fellowship, Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize, Big Ideas@Berkeley Contest


Learn about funding to support your social action efforts!

Attend this information session to hear from staff coordinators and student recipients of the:
--Haas Public Service Leaders Award
--Big Ideas contest
--John Gardner Public Service Fellowship
--Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize
--Strauss Scholarship

and more!

Friday, October 31, 2014

CE Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar: Environmental Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering | October 31 | 2-3 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall


Kelvin Gregory, Carnegie Mellon

Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)



Institute of Transportation Studies Friday Seminar: Are Adaptive Signal Control Systems a Solution to Urban Congestion

Seminar: Transportation Engineering: Civil Systems: Civil and Environmental Engineering | October 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Zong Tian, Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno

Institute of Transportation Studies, TRANSOC


Adaptive traffic signal control systems are an emerging technology for urban arterial operations. This presentation focuses on the current status of adaptive traffic signal control system applications in the U.S. An overview of adaptive signal system deployments is first presented. Some insights of the advantages and drawbacks will be given.