Seminars & Events

<< April 2017 >>

Monday, April 3, 2017

Cynthia A. Chan Memorial Lecture: “Molecular Machines that Build Membranes”

Seminar: Structural & Quantitative Biology | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Dan Kahne, Harvard University

 College of Chemistry

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Free radical mediated C-C bond formation in cofactor and natural product biosynthesis

Seminar: Organic Chemistry | April 4 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Dr. Kenichi Yokoyama, Department of Biochemistry, Duke University

 College of Chemistry

My group has been studying the functions and mechanisms of enzymes that catalyze key steps in backbone construction of natural products and cofactors. In particular, we are interested in how free radicals are being used in C-C bond formation. In this seminar, I will focus on our recent work on biosynthesis of antifungal peptidylnucleoside (PN) natural products represented by nikkomycins and...   More >

Danaher Infosession: Bio-Tech Connect: Industry Infosession Series

Information Session | April 4 | 5-7 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


 Bioengineering (BioE)

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Science of Synthesis seminar

Workshop | April 5 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Hildebrand Hall, Seminar Room 100F, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Library

 Dr. M. Fiona Shortt de Hernandez, Managing Editor, Thieme Science of Synthesis


The Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Library will be hosting a workshop led by representatives from Thieme on finding reliable chemical transformations using Science of Synthesis.


  Registration opens March 20. Register online by April 5.

Stereotype Threat and Identity Threat: The Science of A Diverse Community: The why, what, and how of making diverse learning communities effective for all.

Panel Discussion | April 5 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 245 Li Ka Shing Center

 Dr. Claude Steele, University of California, Berkeley

 Dr. Waldo Martin, Jr., University of California, Berkeley; Dr. Eva Nogales, University of California, Berkeley

 Division of Biological Sciences

Please join us for an important discussion on Stereotype and Identity Threat led by Professor Claude Steele of Psychology, followed by a panel discussion with Professor Waldo Martin, Jr. of American History and Citizenship and Professor Eva Nogales of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology.

This event is sponsored by the Division of Biological Sciences, who welcomes the campus...   More >


  Registration opens March 16. Register online by March 29.

View from the Top: Dan Rasky: Lessons Learned from Disrupting the Civilian Aerospace Industry

Lecture | April 5 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor

 Dan Rasky, Senior Scientist, Founder & Chief, Space Portal Office, NASA

 College of Engineering, American Nuclear Society student chapter

SEEDJAM Tech Expo 2017

Conference/Symposium | April 5 | 5-9 p.m. |  Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

 The House

Featured speakers include the Founders & CEO's of Postmates, Quora, Tanium, and Figma.

SEEDJAM is an annual exposition of all the innovative products coming out of startups at Berkeley and beyond. Every year exhibitors come to UC Berkeley to demonstrate the latest and greatest in technology.

An annual exposition of the latest in Cal technology and entrepreneurship.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Pitzer Center Theoretical Chemistry Seminar

Seminar | April 6 | 5-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Toru Shiozaki, Pitzer Center for Theoretical Chemistry

 Pitzer Center for Theoretical Chemistry

Title: ​ "Electronic structure theory for excited state dynamics"

In this talk, I will present two approaches to describing excited state dynamics with a strong emphasis on underlying electronic structure theories. First, I will describe the so-called active-space decomposition (ASD) method, which provides model Hamiltonians for dynamics simulations based on quantum master...   More >

Friday, April 7, 2017

Environmental and Sustainability Career Expo

Career Fair | April 7 | 12-3 p.m. |  Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

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

Seeking an environmental and sustainability career? Want to learn more about different green-focused organizations or network with sustainability professionals? Want to learn tips for getting an environmental job?

Join us for an Environmental and Sustainability Career Expo! Featured employers TBA.

Organosilicon Compounds for Salt-free Reduction of Metal Compounds, Generating Catalytically Active Species

Seminar | April 7 | 1-2 p.m. | 775B Tan Hall

 Kazushi Mashima

 College of Chemistry

Biomimetic Engineering of Squid Sucker Ring Teeth Proteins: From Biology to Technology: Nano Seminar Series

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

 Prof. Ali Miserez, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore / MSE

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Living organisms are “green chemist” masters, producing multi-functional materials under benign environmental conditions, with a limited amount of building blocks. Thus, they constitute important biomimetic model systems for eco-friendly and multi-scale processing of materials.

Proteins constitute either the structural components of biological materials or the templates that control the growth...   More >

Earl L. Muetterties Memorial Lecture: Design of Advanced Materials?

Seminar: Inorganic Chemistry | April 7 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Matt Rosseinsky, Department of Chemistry, University of Liverpool

 College of Chemistry

The development of advanced materials will increasingly rely on our ability to assemble complex compositions in an ordered and predictable manner to generate enhanced properties. There is thus considerable interest in building our capability for materials design. It is attractive to harness the ever-increasing power of computation in the search for new materials. The scale and nature of the...   More >

Monday, April 10, 2017

Making sense of intrinsically disordered proteins

Seminar | April 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Rohit Pappu, Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Biomedical Engineering

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Student Hosted Colloquium: Stereocontrol in Photochemical Synthesis

Seminar: Organic Chemistry | April 11 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Tehshik Yoon, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 College of Chemistry

Control over the stereochemistry of photochemical reactions, particularly using enantioselective catalysts, has been a long-standing challenging synthetic problem with few general solutions. It has commonly been argued that the high-energy intermediates involved in photochemical transformations limit the opportunities for effective stereocontrol. We disagree with this assessment, and recently...   More >

Charge Transfer Dynamics, Excited State Energetics, and Organic Photovoltaics

Seminar: Physical Chemistry | April 11 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Nandini Ananth, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell University

 College of Chemistry

Designing molecular materials for use as organic photovoltaics, molecular electronics, and photocata-lysts is a multifaceted challenge requiring a detailed understanding of both the excited state energetics and the dynamics of charge and energy transfer. We address the dynamic challenge by developing new methods based on the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics that are uniquely suited...   More >

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Advanced PubMed

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

 Elliott Smith, Emerging Technologies and Bioinformatics Librarian, Interim Chemistry Librarian, UC Berkeley Library Life and Health Sciences Division


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

Toward Real-Space Atomic-Resolution Imaging of Polymers/Engineering the Shell Proteins of a Bacterial Microcompartment to Control Small Molecule Transport

Colloquium: Chem. & Biomol. Engineering Colloquium | April 12 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Douglas Greer, Ph.D. student in the Balsara Group; Marilyn Slininger, Ph.D. student in the Tullman-Ercek Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Writing Specific Aims

Workshop | April 13 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 Erica Whitney, Berkeley Research Development Office

 Berkeley Research Development Office

This workshop will show you how to write succinct yet powerful specific aims for your research proposal. Your specific aims are the scaffold that holds your entire proposal together, and they can either grab a reviewer's attention or lose their interest completely. In this workshop, we will describe how to frame your specific aims to best support your research proposal.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Exploring the Interfaces Between Silicon and Soft Materials: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | April 14 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. Bozhi Tian, Univ. of Chicago, Chemistry

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

I will present several soft material-enabled exploratory approaches for the syntheses and applications of nanostructured silicon. In addition to providing new knowledge of nanoscale silicon-based chemistry, these studies will deepen our understanding of the fundamental limits of physical and biological signal transduction between subcellular components and synthetic systems.

Rubber vs. Silly Putty: Extracellular matrix viscoelasticity and its impact on cells

Seminar: Statistical Mechanics | April 14 | 2-4 p.m. | 100F Hildebrand Hall

 Prof. Ovijit Chaudhuri, Stanford University

 College of Chemistry

Earl L. Muetterties Memorial Lecture: Beyond the unit cell: control of function by local structure and dynamics from fuel cell electrodes to metal-organic frameworks

Seminar: Inorganic Chemistry | April 14 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Matt Rosseinsky, Department of Chemistry, University of Liverpool

 College of Chemistry

The first lecture (April 7th) highlighted the opportunities that computation offers to accelerate the discovery of new extended solid materials. These approaches are centred on the crystal structures of the materials. Traditionally, we think about the structure of a solid in terms of the unit cell of the material derived from Bragg diffraction, but this involves averaging out local deviations...   More >

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture: Exploring the power of molecules by rapid synthesis catalysts

Seminar: Organic Chemistry | April 18 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Kenichiro Itami, Nagoya University

 College of Chemistry

The ultimate goal of our research group is to develop “problem-solving” innovative functional molecules that make a marked change in the form and nature of science and technology. During the last 10 years in Nagoya, we have pioneered an increasingly general synthesis platform for a range of functional molecules including molecular nanocarbons, π-conjugated organic materials, pharmaceuticals,...   More >

Teaching and Research Resource Fair: AIS-palooza

Special Event | April 18 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 117 Dwinelle Hall

 Academic Innovation Studio, Educational Technology Services, Center for Teaching and Learning, Library, Research IT, bConnected

Enjoy technology demonstrations and mini-sessions on connecting teaching and research, creating instructional videos, (re-)energizing your course, bringing social justice into the classroom, promoting your research, sharing and using open educational resources, securing your data, and much more!

From water clusters to homogeneous catalysis: A savage journey to the heart of contemporary chemistry with a cryogenic photofragmentation mass spectrometer

Seminar: Physical Chemistry | April 18 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Mark Johnson, Department of Chemistry, Yale University and Miller Visiting Professor, UC Berkeley

 College of Chemistry

The coupling between ambient ionization sources, developed for mass spectrometric analysis of biomolecules, and cryogenic ion processing, originally designed to study interstellar chemistry, creates a new and general way to capture transient chemical species and elucidate their structures with vibrational spectroscopy. Advances in non-linear optics over the past decade allow single-investigator,...   More >

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Composite Membranes and Metal-Organic Framework Adsorbents for Industrial Gas Separations/Understanding the Dynamics of Complex Fluids using Microfluidics: Suspensions and Wormlike Micellar Solutions

Colloquium: Chem. & Biomol. Engineering Colloquium | April 19 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Jonathan Bachman, Ph.D. student in the Long Group; Margaret Hwang, Ph.D. student in the Muller Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Friday, April 21, 2017

Toward a Quantitative Knob for Controlling the Synthesis of Colloidal Metal Nanocrystals: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | April 21 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. Younan Xia, Georgia Institute of Technology, BME / Chem

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Recent studies suggest that reduction kinetics play an essential role in determining the outcome of a synthesis of colloidal metal nanocrystals. Reduction kinetics not only control the internal defect structure, including single-crystal, singly-twinned, multiply-twinned, and stacking-fault lined, of a seed formed in the nucleation step but also dictate the growth pattern (symmetric vs....   More >

Dalton Inorganic Chemistry Seminar: Ligand influences on base metals for multi-electron transformations

Seminar: Inorganic Chemistry | April 21 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Alison Fout, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois

 College of Chemistry

Multi-electron transformations featuring base metals are both particularly challenging and interesting. A series multi-dentate ligand frameworks containing both hydrogen bond donating and accepting moieties in the secondary coordination sphere have been synthesized and reactivity will be described. These transformations feature the reduction of inorganic oxyanions which have long been touted for...   More >

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Celebrate Cal Day at the Hall

Special Event | April 22 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

Join us at the Hall for our annual and free Cal Day event.

This year we are celebrating how we can improve the quality of life #InThisGen by helping to inspire and activate the next generation of science learners now. Visit us on campus to design a Campanile-inspired tower out of Keva® planks, then take UC Berkeley’s Hill Shuttle Service up to the Hall to enjoy free admission and share your...   More >

Oski at the Hall during Cal Day

Monday, April 24, 2017

CARA Anniversary Symposium: The California Research Alliance by BASF celebrates 3 years

Conference/Symposium | April 24 – 25, 2017 every day | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatap Conference Room

 College of Chemistry

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

CARA Anniversary Symposium: The California Research Alliance by BASF celebrates 3 years

Conference/Symposium | April 24 – 25, 2017 every day | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatap Conference Room

 College of Chemistry

Enhancing Precision and Efficiency in Macromolecular Synthesis: New Strategies and Enabling Functions

Seminar: Organic Chemistry | April 25 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Jeremiah Johnson, Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 College of Chemistry

Motivated by nature, polymer chemists have long sought tactics and strategies for the synthesis of macromolecules and materials with precise structures. Existing approaches often require a trade-off between structural control and atom economy/scalability. Driven by specific fundamental questions and/or functional targets, we have developed synthetic strategies that offer both precision and...   More >

The Annual Alexander Pines Lecture: The Amyloid Phenomenon and its Significance for Human Disease

Seminar: Physical Chemistry | April 25 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Christopher Dobson, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge

 College of Chemistry

Interest in the phenomenon of amyloid formation by peptides and proteins has developed with extraordinary rapidity in recent years, such that is now a major topic of research across a wide range of disciplines. The reasons for this surge of interest arise both from the links between amyloid formation and a range of rapidly proliferating medical disorders, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s...   More >

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Gas Separations in Metal-Organic Frameworks

Colloquium: Chem. & Biomol. Engineering Colloquium | April 26 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Professor Jeffrey Long, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Writing Your Research Proposal

Workshop | April 27 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 Erica Whitney, Berkeley Research Development Office

 Berkeley Research Development Office

This workshop will show you how to develop the body of your research proposal. We will discuss how to create a logical flow of background information and preliminary data with the current study's research design.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Engineering 2D Energy Landscapes Using Molecules and Defects: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | April 28 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. Michael Crommie, UC Berkeley, Physics

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

The local electronic properties of 2D devices are typically controlled by electric fields that come from nearby electrodes. Conventional electrodes, however, are difficult to make with ultra-small feature size (e.g., down to a single nanometer) and also create difficulties in maintaining atomically clean surfaces for scanned probe microscopy experiments.

Generalized quantum master equations in and out of equilibrium: When can one win?

Seminar: Statistical Mechanics | April 28 | 2-4 p.m. | 775B Tan Hall

 Dr. Andres Montoya-Castillo, Stanford University

 College of Chemistry

Generalized quantum and classical master equations provide a formal framework to describe the time evolution of observables and correlation functions of complex many-body systems based on the projection operator method. This broadly applicable formalism has made possible efficient and accurate calculations of, for example, diffusion constants of liquids, density fluctuations in glasses, and...   More >

Neil Bartlett Memorial Lecture: In the Wake of Neil Bartlett’s Beautiful Experiment; Recent Developments in Krypton and Xenon Chemistry

Seminar: Inorganic Chemistry | April 28 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Gary J. Schrobilgen, Department of Chemistry, McMaster University

 College of Chemistry

Although the highly endothermic, shock-sensitive XeVIO3 and XeVIIIO4, have been known for ca. five decades, examples of Xe(II) oxide species have only been synthesized and characterized recently. The zigzag-shaped [XeOXeOXe]2+ cation (C2h) was synthesized as its [µ-F(ReO2F3)2]– salt by reaction of ReO3F with XeF2 in anhydrous HF (aHF) at –30 oC. The bent [XeOXe]2+ cation was stabilized as its...   More >

Saturday, April 29, 2017

18th Microbiology Student Symposium

Conference/Symposium | April 29 | 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

The Microbiology Student Group at UC Berkeley invites you to join us at the 18th Annual Microbiology Student Symposium (MSS) on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley. This year, our keynote speakers are Bonnie Bassler from Princeton and Edward DeLong from University of Hawaii.

MSS is committed to being a free symposium, so please register now to attend and submit...   More >