Seminars & Events

<< September 2017 >>

Friday, September 1, 2017

Self-Organization of Nanoparticles: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | 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 >

The Fast and the Furious: Cooperative C−H, C−S, C-C, and C−O Bond Activation by Nickel

Seminar: Inorganic Chemistry | September 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Samuel Johnson, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Windsor

 College of Chemistry

Nickel complexes are often less adept at the activation and functionalization of unreactive bonds than second and third row transition metals. In contrast, the ability of Ni metal surface sites to readily activate C-H and C-C under ambient conditions has found use in high temperature catalytic reactions that involve skeletal rearrangements of C-H, C-C and C-O bonds. Cooperativity amongst adjacent...   More >

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Translating the Precision Electrophile Signaling Code

Seminar: Organic Chemistry | September 5 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Yimon Aye, Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Cornell University

 College of Chemistry

Precisely timed and spatially regulated electrophilic chemical signals are the essence of biochemical redox signaling. However, defining the precise biological impacts of localized signals that engage with specific protein targets under physiologic conditions has proven to be highly challenging. This talk presents a unique set of proximity-directed chemical tools that enables interrogation into...   More >

Advanced PubMed

Workshop | September 5 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Bioscience Library Training Room, 2101 VLSB

 Elliott Smith, Emerging Technologies and Bioinformatics Librarian, Bioscience Library


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

Efficient Research Data Practices: Planning to Publishing

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

 Anna Sackmann, Library and Research Data Management


Attendees will learn about data management best practices throughout the research lifecycle. The workshop will cover the most crucial components of how to tackle writing a data management plan; how to best achieve transparency and reproducibility for the long-term through metadata and documentation; and how to approach publishing and archiving data for later discoverability and use.


  Registration opens August 29. Register online or by calling 510-642-9478 by September 5.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Advanced PubMed

Workshop | September 6 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Bioscience Library Training Room, 2101 VLSB

 Elliott Smith, Emerging Technologies and Bioinformatics Librarian, Bioscience Library


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

“Profiling Cells Inside and Out Using Nanostructured Materials”

Seminar | 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.

Wikipedia in the Classroom

Workshop | September 6 | 12-2 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, The Academic Innovation Studio/127D

 Samantha Weald, The Wiki Education Foundation

 American Cultures

Are you interested in learning how to create Wikipedia as classroom assignments? The AC Center and the Wiki Education Foundation Educators invite you to join us as we discuss how to build Wikipedia assignments into your courses and discover some of the new tools, which support and enhance teaching with Wikipedia.


  RSVP online by September 4.

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Dr. Robert Murphy, Professor and Head of Computational Biology and Professor of Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering and Machine Learning, Carnegie Mellon University

Seminar | September 6 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Center for Computational Biology

Integrating Information from Diverse Microscope Images: Learning and Using Generative Models of Cell Organization

East Bay Science Cafe- Chew on this: The evolution of tooth eruption in mammals

Presentation | September 6 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Restaurant Valparaiso

 1403 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706

 Tesla Monson, Department of Integrative Biology


Why do we have wisdom teeth? And why do so many people need to have them extracted? Teeth are extremely important biological structures that act as a physical interface between mammals and their environment. A great deal is known about the biology of how teeth erupt into the mouth. However, there still remains significant disagreement on the factors driving the evolution of tooth eruption in...   More >

Museum specimens for studying tooth evolution

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Graduate Research Seminar

Seminar: Graduate Research Seminar | September 7 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Ms. Melissa Hardy, Graduate Student for Professor Richmond Sarpong,

 Department of Chemistry

Coffee served @10:50am at the Coffee Lab

Graduate Research Seminar

Seminar: Graduate Research Seminar | September 7 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Mr. Ryan Murphy, Graduate Student for Professor Jeffrey Long,

 Department of Chemistry

Coffee served @10:50am at the Coffee Lab

The catalytic site for water splitting in PSII and mechanism

Seminar | September 7 | 2-3 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall

 Professor Emeritus James Barber, Faculty of Natural Sciences Dept. of Life Sciences Imperial College London

 College of Chemistry

LaTeX: Creating Tables, Figures, and Bibliographies

Workshop | 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


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

Friday, September 8, 2017

Bio-inspired Material Design and Applications: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | September 8 | 2-3 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Prof. Seung-Wuk Lee, UC Berkeley / LBNL, Bioengineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

In nature, helical macromolecules such as collagen, chitin, and cellulose are critical to the morphogenesis and functionality of various hierarchically structured materials. During morphogenesis, these chiral macromolecules are secreted and undergo self-templating assembly, a process whereby multiple kinetic factors influence the assembly of the incoming building blocks to produce non-equilibrium...   More >

Framework materials for efficient harvest, conversion and transport of solar and electrochemical energy

Seminar: Inorganic Chemistry | September 8 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Fernando J. Uribe-Romo, Department of Chemistry, University of Central Florida

 College of Chemistry

The ability to design and impose specific molecular traits for targeted properties in inorganic solid-state materials is one of the many challenges in materials science. In our research, we focus our efforts in the design of organic and inorganic molecular building blocks with well-defined properties to be incorporated in solid-state materials in the form of metal-organic and covalent-organic...   More >

A Faculty Panel on Free Speech

Panel Discussion | September 8 | 4-6 p.m. | 145 Dwinelle Hall

 Chancellor Carol T. Christ; Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, Berkeley Law; Steven Hayward, IGS Visiting Scholar; Arlie R. Hochschild, Professor Emerita of Sociology; David Landreth, Associate Professor of English; john a. powell, Professor of Law, African America Studies and Ethnic Studies

 Office of the Chancellor

UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff
are invited to hear a panel of campus
thinkers from various points on the political
spectrum explore matters of free speech in
the 21st century. A Q&A period will follow.
This special discussion is for the Cal
community. There is no cost for admission.
Please bring campus ID for entry.
Space is limited and doors will open at 3:50 p.m.

 Please bring campus id for entry.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Synthetic Studies Toward Complex Natural Products

Seminar: Organic Chemistry | September 12 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Tom Maimone, Department of Chemistry

 College of Chemistry

A Multi-dimensional Approach to Track Molecular Dynamics at Extreme Scales

Seminar: Physical Chemistry | September 12 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Elad Harel, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University

 College of Chemistry

Our lab is developing new approaches to examine charge carrier dynamics in complex molecular systems at extreme spatial and temporal scales. Recently, our group has demonstrated coherent 4D Electronic-Raman spectroscopy and spectrally-resolved transient-absorption microscopy, methods that are uniquely sensitive to electron-phonon-vibrational interactions. We highlight the use of these...   More >

Mendeley Citation Management Workshop

Workshop | September 12 | 4-5 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 2101, Bioscience Library Training Room

 Becky Miller, Bioscience and Natural Resources Library


Mendeley is a reference manager that enables you to organize, read, share, annotate, and cite your research papers.

This hands-on workshop will give beginning Mendeley users practice importing citations and creating bibliographies.

The Bioscience Library Training Room is equipped with PCs, or you are welcome to bring your laptop.

Data Sharing: Publishing and Archiving

Workshop | September 12 | 4-5 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Kresge Engineering Library Training Room 110 MD

 Anna Sackmann, Science Data and Engineering Librarian, Library and Research Data Management; Daniella Lowenberg, Research Data Specialist & Product Manager, University of California Curation Center


This workshop will take a deep dive into data publishing. Attendees will learn how to best prepare their data to be interpreted and reused by others. We will also explore repositories and the attributes that you should use to determine where to publish data based on type and funder or publisher requirements. This workshop is designed for graduate students in the physical and life/health sciences.


  Registration opens August 29. Register online or by calling 510-642-9478 by September 12.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Theoretical Chemistry Seminar

Seminar | September 13 | 5-6 p.m. | 9 Lewis Hall

 Chenchen Song, University of California, Berkeley

 Pitzer Center for Theoretical Chemistry

Accelerated ab initio methods for excited states via tensor hyper-contraction and graphics processing units

Thriving in Science September Seminar: "My Journey from Physics to Neurobiology as an Imposter" with Dr. Marla Feller

Seminar | September 13 | 6-7 p.m. | 105 Stanley Hall

 Dr. Marla Feller, UC Berkeley

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Talk will be followed by Artichoke Basille pizza and refreshments in Stanley Hall.

Marla Feller is a Professor at UC Berkeley in Molecular and Cell Biology Department where she is the Head of the Neurobiology Division and a member of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. Dr. Feller received an AB in Physics in 1985 and a Ph. D. in Physics in 1992, both from UC Berkeley. Dr. Feller...   More >

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Graduate Research Seminar

Seminar: Graduate Research Seminar | September 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Mr. Vignesh Palani, Graduate Student for Professor Richmond Sarpong,

 Department of Chemistry

Coffee served @10:50am at the Coffee Lab

Friday, September 15, 2017

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

Seminar | 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 >

Photophysics of Metal-Organic Frameworks with Emphasis on Directional Energy Transfer

Seminar: Inorganic Chemistry | September 15 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Natalia Shustova, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina

 College of Chemistry

The study of energy transfer (ET) processes is a cornerstone of modern physical and inorganic chemistry, which is driven by growing demand in efficient energy transfer and conversion necessary to build a sustainable energy society independent from fossil fuels. Specifically, materials with a predesigned pathway for ET can address urgent needs in fast enhancement of material performance in areas...   More >

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Science at Cal Lecture - Mapping the Universe

Lecture | September 16 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 K.G. Lee, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


We live in a 13.7 billion year-old Universe populated by several trillion galaxies spanning billions of light years of space and time. Yet merely two hundred years ago, humanity did not know of this Universe outside of the Solar System. K.G. Lee will tell the story of how astronomers came to discover the true scale of the Cosmos, from Herschel’s attempts at mapping the Milky Way, to the discovery...   More >

Mapping the universe with KG Lee

Monday, September 18, 2017

Berkeley Lectures in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering presented by The Dow Chemical Company: Functionalizable Polypeptides and Polymeric siRNA Smart Delivery

Lecture: Chem. & Biomol. Engineering Colloquium: Special Seminar | September 18 | 4-6 p.m. |  Anthony Hall

 Paula T. Hammond, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Chemical Engineering

The controlled polymerization of N-carboxyanhydride monomers provides a means of generating synthetic polypeptides; however, until recently, only native amino acids were incorporated along the backbone. Our lab introduced an alkyne functionalized monomer, propargyl-L-glutamate, that enables the use of click chemistry post-polymerization, thus allowing the generation of a broad range of different...   More >

Bacterial Motility: Swim or Glide

Colloquium | September 18 | 4:15 p.m. | LeConte Hall, 1 LeConte

 Howard C. Berg, Harvard University

 Department of Physics, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Much is known about the swimming behavior of Escherichia coli. I will mention early work on tracking that revealed E. coli’s biased random walk, followed by the realization that bacterial flagella rotate rather than wave or beat. Then I will describe the signaling network that couples the receptors to the flagella, including adaptation that occurs both at the input and at the output of this...   More >

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Making Sense of Pain: A Human Genetics Driven Multi-disciplinary, Multi-modality Approach to Drug Discovery

Seminar: Organic Chemistry | September 19 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Dr. Margaret Chu-Moyer, Executive Director, Research, Amgen

 College of Chemistry

Recent advances in human genetics have allowed deeper insight into disease biology. Coupling of this to the development of molecules to further understand relevant pharmacology and to identify potential therapeutics has never been more important or more challenging. This lecture will demonstrate the scientific interplay that is necessary to discover human medicines using a recent multi-modality...   More >

Pitzer Seminar in Physical Chemistry: Scaling Down the Laws of Thermodynamics

Seminar: Physical Chemistry | September 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Christopher Jarzynski, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Maryland

 College of Chemistry

Thermodynamics provides a robust conceptual framework and set of laws that govern the exchange of energy and matter. Although these laws were originally articulated for macroscopic objects, it is hard to deny that nanoscale systems, as well, often exhibit “thermodynamic-like” behavior – biomolecular motors convert chemical fuel into mechanical work (like car engines), and individual polymer...   More >

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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

Lecture: Chem. & Biomol. Engineering Colloquium: Special Seminar | 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 >

Theory Seminar

Seminar | September 20 | 5-6 p.m. | 9 Lewis Hall

 Daniel Freeman, University of California, Berkeley

 Pitzer Center for Theoretical Chemistry

Friday, September 22, 2017

Aerogels for Energy and Environmental Applications: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | 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 >

Inexpensive Catalysts for H2 Production and Organic Upgrading: From Water Splitting to Biomass Valorization

Seminar: Inorganic Chemistry | September 22 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Yujie Sun, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Utah State University

 College of Chemistry

One of the challenges to realize large-scale H2 production from water electrolysis is the lack of competent and inexpensive electrocatalysts. Our group recently discovered that surface modification of metallic nickel foam with nitrogen resulted in a superior electrocatalyst for H2 evolution under neutral condition, rivaling the performance of the state-of-the-art platinum-based catalysts. In...   More >

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Synthesis and Study of Unusual Lipids

Seminar: Organic Chemistry | September 26 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Noah Burns, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University

 College of Chemistry

Our group is particularly inspired by natural products not only because of their importance as synthetic targets but also due to their ability to serve as invaluable identifiers of unanswered chemical, medicinal, biological, and biophysical questions. One major focus of our research has been the selective halogenation of alkenes. Dihalogenation and halofunctionalization encompass some of the most...   More >

Electronic resonances: Challenge and opportunity

Seminar: Physical Chemistry | September 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Anna Krylov, Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California

 College of Chemistry

Autoionizing (or electron-detaching) states are ubiquitous in physics, chemistry, biology, and technology. Such meta-stable states (called resonances) play a central role in processes as diverse as DNA radiolysis, plasmonic catalysis, and attosecond spectroscopy. Resonances belong to the continuum spectrum, which makes their theoretical description exceptionally difficult, because their wave...   More >

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Effect of electrolyte ions on Electrochemical CO2 reduction/Ion transport in homogenous and nanostructured polymer electrolytes

Colloquium: Chem. & Biomol. Engineering Colloquium | September 27 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Joaquin Resasco, Ph.D. student in the Bell Group; Ksenia Timachova, Ph.D. student in the Balsara Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Graduate Research Seminar

Seminar: Graduate Research Seminar | September 28 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Mr. Thomas O'Connor, Graduate Student for Professor Dean Toste,

 Department of Chemistry

Coffee served @10:50am at the Coffee Lab

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

Lecture | 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 >

Graduate Research Conference

Seminar: Graduate Research Conference | September 28 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Ms.; Mr.

 Ms. Bethany Lamoureux, Graduate Student with Professor Stephen Leone,

 Department of Chemistry

Coffee served @3:50pm at the Coffee Lab

Graduate Research Conference

Seminar: Graduate Research Conference | September 28 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Ms.; Mr.

 Mr. Mark Babin, Graduate Student with Professor Daniel Neumark,

 Department of Chemistry

Coffee served @3:50pm at the Coffee Lab

Friday, September 29, 2017

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

Seminar | 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 >

Graphite-Conjugated Catalysis

Seminar: Inorganic Chemistry | September 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Yogesh Surendranath, Department of Chemistry, MIT

 College of Chemistry

The interconversion of electrical and chemical energy requires the coupling of electron transfer with substrate bond rearrangement. This can be achieved via inner-sphere electron transfer at the surface exposed active sites of metallic heterogeneous electrocatalysts or via outer-sphere redox mediation facilitated by a homogeneous molecular electrocatalysts. Molecular electrocatalysts yield...   More >