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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Transformation of Transportation: New Vehicles, Fuels, and Mobility Services

Lecture | September 3 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310, Banatao Auditorium


Daniel Sperling, UC Davis

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


Passenger transportation was arguably the least innovative sector in our society over the past 80 years. Passenger travel has devolved into a monoculture where the single occupant vehicle dominates all other surface modes. We are now on the threshold of radical change. New mobility services such as Uber and Lyft, new propulsion technologies using electricity and hydrogen, and increasing vehicle...   More >


Free

registration required for lunch at UC Berkeley. Register online.



What is “Socket” Parity and is Rooftop Solar PV There Yet Without Subsidies?

Colloquium | September 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 110 Barrows Hall


Paulina Jaramillo, Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

Energy and Resources Group


Energy and Resources Group Fall 2014 Colloquium Series (ER295)



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

Workshop | September 3 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


Dr. Wendy Muse Sinek, Haas Scholars Program

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.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Institute of Transportation Studies Friday Seminar: Large-Network Travel Time Distribution Estimation for Ambulances

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


Dawn Woodard, Associate Professor, School of Operations Research and Information Engineering; Department of Statistical Science, Cornell University

Institute of Transportation Studies


We present methods to predict the time required for an ambulance to drive to the scene of an emergency. This forecast is critical for deciding how many ambulances should be deployed at a given time, where they should be stationed, and which ambulance should be dispatched to an emergency.

Monday, September 8, 2014

World Trade Center Towers: Why did they collapse?: A Memorial Lecture

Lecture: Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials: Civil and Environmental Engineering | September 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall


Abolhassan Astaneh-Asl, Ph.D., P.E., Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)


During this lecture, the focus will be on the results of a five-year study of the structural aspects of the WTC design and the collapse.



Finding a Faculty Sponsor for Undergraduate Research

Workshop | September 8 | 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.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lessons Learned from Drinking Water Treatment, Fuel-Efficient Cookstoves, and Energy Efficient Lights

Lecture | September 10 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310, Banatao Auditorium


Ashok Gadgil, Andrew and Virginia Rudd Family Foundation Professor of Safe Wate, UC Berkeley

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


Dr. Ashok Gadgil has a doctorate in physics from UC Berkeley. He is Director of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley. He has substantial experience in technical, economic, and policy research on energy efficiency and its implementation — particularly in developing countries....   More >


registration required for lunch at UC Berkeley. Register online.



SURF/L&S ($4250) and SURF/Rose Hills ($6K)--support and guidance for summer research (surf.berkeley.edu): Benefits, eligibility, application tips for these 2 undergraduate research programs (surf.berkeley.edu)

Information Session | September 10 | 3-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


Leah Carroll, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

Office of Undergraduate Research


Leah Carroll, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships, will discuss eligibility criteria for these two programs, benefits of the programs and tips for a successful application.



Enabling Low Carbon Communities: The Roles of Smart Planning Tools and Place-Based Solutions

Colloquium | September 10 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 110 Barrows Hall


Chris Jones, PhD Candidate, Energy & Resources Group & Berkeley Institute of the Environment, UC Berkeley

Energy and Resources Group


Energy and Resources Group Fall 2014 Colloquium Series (ER295)



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

Workshop | September 10 | 4-4:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


Dr. Wendy Muse Sinek, Haas Scholars Program

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.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

SERC Career Series: Intro to the Career Center

Information Session | September 11 | 12-1 p.m. |  Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way)


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


Join us for an introduction to the Career Center and its services. The information presented will be geared towards students with sustainability and environmental career interests.

This event is part of the SERC Career Series.

Friday, September 12, 2014

California Water Supply

Seminar: Environmental Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering | September 12 | 2-3 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall


Lucinda Shah, Contra Costa Water District

Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)



Institute of Transportation Studies Friday Seminar: A sensor-based and spatially-enabled system for next generation Intelligent and sustainable infrastructure management

Seminar | September 12 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Yi-Chang James Tsai, Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Institute of Transportation Studies, TRANSOC


Roadway infrastructures, including pavements, bridges, and signs are deteriorating rapidly due to material aging, improper usage, harsh environments, and damages resulting from natural or man-made hazards.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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

Information Session | September 16 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 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.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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

Information Session | September 17 | 11-11:30 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.



CANCELLED: Finding a Faculty Sponsor for Undergraduate Research

Workshop | September 17 | 12-1 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.



The Politics of Pipes: Water and the "Modern Infrastructural Ideal" in Manila and LA

Colloquium | September 17 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 110 Barrows Hall


Debbie Cheng, Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UC Los Angeles

Energy and Resources Group


Energy and Resources Group Fall 2014 Colloquium Series (ER295)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

SERC Career Series: Nourish

Special Event | September 18 | 12-1 p.m. |  Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way)


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


Nourish your career development as you nourish with lunch! Bring your lunch and join us for a networking round table with staff from Lucid Design Group. Lucid pioneers behavioral efficiency and occupant engagement technology in commercial buildings.

Additional refreshments will be provided.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Webinar: Cleaning The Grid With “Second Life” Electric Vehicle Batteries

Conference/Symposium | September 19 | 10-11 a.m. |  https://www.fuzemeeting.com/webinar/register/1028578


Ethan Elkind, Berkeley Law, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment

Law, Boalt School of


Repurposed electric vehicle batteries could provide a major new source of inexpensive energy storage, but only if policy makers and businesses invest in that opportunity now. Please join representatives from the California Public Utilities Commission and the Governor's Office as they discuss Berkeley Law's new report "Reuse and Repower: How to Save Money and Clean the Grid with Second-Life...   More >



Understanding the Spatio-Temporal Presence of Pharmaceuticals in a Mid-Sized Lake and their Susceptibility to Photodegradation Processes

Seminar: Environmental Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering | September 19 | 2-3 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall


Flo Bonvin, Postdoctoral Researcher, UC Berkeley

Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Monday, September 22, 2014

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

Workshop | September 22 | 9:30-10:30 a.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.



Innovative Steel Stud Walls for Enhanced Blast Resistance

Seminar: Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials: Civil and Environmental Engineering | September 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall


Ady Aviram, Ph.D., PE (CA), Senior Staff Engineer, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, San Francisco

SEMM


A recent analytical and experimental program led by Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc. resulted in a cost-effective and high-performance blast protection system for unreinforced concrete masonry walls or new stand-alone construction.



Climate IdeaLab Kick-off Meeting

Meeting | September 22 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | B100 Blum Hall


Climate and Health IdeaLab


We invite you to join the Climate and Health IdeaLab (CHIL) for our 2014-2015 kickoff meeting, next Monday (9/22) at 12:30 in Blum B100! Lunch will be served, please <a href=https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hnqphmI6fq0X16yOuq-9dkCAHIXttywdPGmc-eQiSQc/viewform>RSVP</a> to secure your spot.


RSVP by September 21 online.



How to Write a Research/Grant Proposal

Workshop | September 22 | 3-4 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



Agriculture and Fracking

Panel Discussion | September 22 | 4-6 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium


Berkeley Food Institute


As the process of capturing oil and natural gas through hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” expands nationally, it has come under fire for its impact on water quality and quantity, energy use, and climate change. Less explored, however, are the impacts of fracking on agriculture, the American food system, and public health. This panel will examine the direct and indirect impacts of fracking on...   More >



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

Information Session | September 22 | 4-4:30 p.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.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wireless Sensor Networks for Flash Flood and Traffic Monitoring in Urban Environments

Lecture | September 24 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310, Banatao Auditorium


Christian Claudel, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, KAUST

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


This talk describes a new architecture for distributed flash flood and traffic monitoring in cities using combined Eulerian and Lagrangian sensing. Unlike current traffic sensor networks, the architecture maintains user privacy by using a distributed computing approach.

In this system, probe vehicles broadcast speed data to local nodes, which estimate vehicles location. Fixed sensors also...   More >


registration required for lunch at UC Berkeley. Register online.



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

Workshop | September 24 | 12-1 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.



Economic analysis of climate change policy: what determines the social cost of carbon?

Colloquium | September 24 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 110 Barrows Hall


David Anthoff, Assistant Professor, Energy and Resources Group - UC Berkeley

Energy and Resources Group


Energy and Resources Group Fall 2014 Colloquium Series (ER295)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

MSE Seminar: Sinan Keten, Northwestern University: Building from the Bottom Up: Simulation-based Design of Bioinspired Materials

Colloquium | September 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Professor Sinan Keten, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering; Northwestern University

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)


Sinan Keten is an Assistant Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University. He joined Northwestern University faculty in 2010 after obtaining his Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from MIT.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Tansley's Ecosystem as Earth's Critical Zone

Seminar: Environmental Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering | September 26 | 2-3 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall


Dan Richter, Duke University

Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)



Institute of Transportation Studies Friday Seminar: Exact solutions to robust traffic control problems using Mixed Integer Linear Programming

Seminar: Transportation Engineering: Civil Systems: Civil and Environmental Engineering | September 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Christian Claudel, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology

Institute of Transportation Studies, TRANSOC


This talk presents a robust control framework applied to transportation problems in which the state is modeled by a first order scalar conservation law. Using an equivalent formulation based on a Hamilton-Jacobi equation, we pose the problem of controlling the state of the system on a network link, using boundary flow control, as a Linear Program.

Monday, September 29, 2014

How to Write a Research/Grant Proposal

Workshop | September 29 | 1-2 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