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<< November 2018 >>

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Graduate Research Seminar

Seminar: Graduate Research Seminar | November 1 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Mr. Nikita Hanikel, Graduate Student for Professor Omar Yaghi,

 Department of Chemistry

Coffee served @10:50am at the Coffee Lab

Graduate Research Seminar

Seminar: Graduate Research Seminar | November 1 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Mr. Ryan McCurdy, Graduate Student for Professor Felix Fischer,

 Department of Chemistry

Coffee served @10:50am at the Coffee Lab

Graduate Research Conference

Seminar: Graduate Research Conference | November 1 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Mr. Bowen Wang, Graduate Student with Professor Ke Xu,

 Ms. Dipti Jasrasaria, Graduate Student with Professor Eran Rabani,

 Department of Chemistry

Coffee served @3:50pm at the Coffee Lab

Daniel M. Kammen | The Clean Energy Transition in Bangladesh - Local and Global Impacts and Opportunities: The Chowdhury Center Distinguished Lecture for 2018

Lecture | November 1 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room) | Note change in location

 Daniel M. Kammen, Director of Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL); Professor in the Energy and Resources Group (ERG); and Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy

 Isha Ray, Associate Professor at the Energy and Resources Group and Co-Director of the Berkeley Water Center at University of California, Berkeley

 The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies, Energy and Resources Group

A lecture by Distinguished Professor of Energy and Chair of the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley and a former Science Envoy for the State Department, Prof. Daniel M. Kammen.

Insider’s View of the Faculty Search

Workshop | November 1 | 6-7:15 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Anyone pursing a faculty career should understand the conventions of the academic job market. In this panel program, faculty will share their experiences with hiring committees, and discuss what candidates should know to better navigate the hiring process. Find out how positions are advertised, applications are sorted, and candidates are selected through screening and on-campus interviews....   More >

Friday, November 2, 2018

Ultrafast Manipulation of Topological Phases in WTe2 Nanolayers: Nano Seminar Series

Lecture | November 2 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. Aaron Lindenberg, Stanford Univ., Materials Science & Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Manipulation of topological invariants in quantum materials plays a key role in topological switching applications and can stabilize emergent topological phases in otherwise trivial materials. Lattice strain has been proposed as one means of tuning these topological invariants. However, conventional means of applying strain are not extendable to controllable time-varying protocols. In particular,...   More >

Hydrogen Isotope Separation using Metal-Organic Frameworks

Seminar: Inorganic Chemistry | November 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Stephen FitzGerald, Departments of Physics and Astronomy, Oberlin College & Conservatory

 College of Chemistry

Deuterated materials are used extensively within chemistry research and nuclear power generation. The required deuterium is currently isolated through a highly inefficient process that relies on minute differences in chemical behavior. Recently a new approached has emerged based on the quantum zero-point energy of the adsorbed isotopes within porous materials. In my talk I will show how a...   More >

Monday, November 5, 2018

Structural and Quantitative Biology Seminar

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

 Karin Reinisch, Yale School of Medicine

 College of Chemistry

Thermo Fisher Info Session

Information Session | November 5 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science. Food provided and resumes accepted. Hiring summer interns!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Merck Seminar in the Chemical Sciences: A few of my favorite rings: Catalysis inspired by macrocycles

Seminar: Organic Chemistry | November 6 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Vy Maria Dong, Department of Chemistry, UC Irvine

 College of Chemistry

Lactones and lactams make up a range of structurally complex and functional compounds, from antibiotics to nanomaterials. Inspired by Nature's cyclic architectures, we are developing catalytic methods that feature stereoselective hydroacylation. Hydroacylation, the formal addition of an aldehyde C–H bond across an unsaturated functional group, is an ideal approach to carbonyl functionalities...   More >

The Molecules of Medicine and How to Make Them

Seminar: Organic Chemistry | November 6 | 3-4 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Eric Ashley, Discovery Process Chemistry Site Lead, Merck Research Laboratories San Francisco

 College of Chemistry

Throughout history medicinal molecules have changed the path of human societies. The foundational art and science of synthetic chemistry powers modern strategies for the discovery and development of new medicinal compounds. This seminar will explore the interplay between target molecules, molecular design, synthetic strategy, and reaction discovery in the context of a novel mechanism for the...   More >

Getting Something for Nothing: Classical and Machine-Learning Methods for Quantum Simulation

Seminar: Physical Chemistry | November 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Thomas Miller, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Caltech

 College of Chemistry

A focus of my research is to the develop simulation methods that reveal the mechanistic details of quantum mechanical reactions that are central to biological, molecular, and heterogenous catalysis. The nature of this effort is three-fold: we work from the foundation of quantum statistical mechanics and semiclassical dynamics to develop methods that significantly expand the scope and reliability...   More >

Demystifying the Chalk Talk

Workshop | November 6 | 6-7:15 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Scientists seeking faculty positions will be asked to deliver a “job talk” and a “chalk talk.” Learn the difference between these two components of the hiring process - what each demonstrates to the search committee, and ways you can prepare to discuss your science that will make a strongly positive impression. This event will focus on the chalk talk; panelists are UC Berkeley professors and...   More >

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Extracellular matrix viscoelasticity and its impact on cells

Seminar | November 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Ovi Chaudhuri, Stanford University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

The extracellular matrix (ECM) is a complex assembly of structural proteins that provides physical support and biochemical signaling to cells in tissues. Over the last two decades, studies have revealed the important role that ECM elasticity plays in regulating a variety of biological processes in cells, including stem cell differentiation and cancer progression. However, tissues and ECM are...   More >

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Faculty Candidate Seminar: Excitation Dynamics in Bulk and Two-dimensional Semiconductors on the Electronic Timescale

Seminar: Special Seminar | November 8 | 10-11 a.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room

 Michael Zuerch

 College of Chemistry

Graduate Research Seminar

Seminar: Graduate Research Seminar | November 8 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Mr. Vasil Vasilev, Graduate Student for Professor Thomas Maimone,

 Department of Chemistry

Coffee served @10:50am at the Coffee Lab

Excited electronic states: Dielectric screening and hot-electron mediated ion diffusion

Seminar | November 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 André Schleife, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 Computational Materials at Berkeley

High-performance computing enables quantum-mechanical studies of material properties with unprecedented accuracy: In particular, many-body perturbation theory is capable of predicting electronic and optical properties in excellent agreement with experiment. Dynamics of excited electrons that interact with fast-moving ions can be investigated accurately and efficiently using real-time...   More >

Graduate Research Conference

Seminar: Graduate Research Conference | November 8 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Ms. LEE, CHIN, Graduate Student with Professor Daniel Neumark,

 Department of Chemistry

Coffee served @3:50pm at the Coffee Lab

Graduate Research Conference

Seminar: Graduate Research Conference | November 8 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Mr. Alexander Tong, Graduate Student with Professor Carlos Bustamante,

 Department of Chemistry

Coffee served @3:50pm at the Coffee Lab

Bayer Info Session

Information Session | November 8 | 5-7 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Come learn about Bayer! A huge employer of Berkeley alumni, Bayer is one of the world’s largest and oldest pharmaceutical companies.
Food provided and resumes accepted!
Hiring summer interns!

Friday, November 9, 2018

'Nano' Implies Nonlinear Dynamics: Nano Seminar Series

Lecture | November 9 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 R Stanley Williams, HP Labs

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

One thing that we who have worked in the nano area for the past 20 years keep claiming is that new properties and opportunities arise from materials crafted at the nanometer scale. One of the major changes is that the response of materials to stimuli becomes increasingly nonlinear, and that leads to a completely new set of dynamical properties.

I will show how a single nanoscale device can be...   More >

BASF Seminar in Inorganic Chemistry: Designer DNA Architectures for Programmable Self-assembly

Seminar: Inorganic Chemistry | November 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Hao Yan, School of Molecular Sciences, Arizona State University

 College of Chemistry

Hao Yan studied chemistry and earned his Bachelor’s degree at Shandong University, China. He obtained his PhD in Chemistry under Professor N. C. Seeman, New York University in 2001, working on design and construction of sequence dependent DNA nanomechanical devices. He then moved to the Computer Science Department at Duke University, where he continued to explore his interests in DNA based...   More >

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Student Hosted Colloquium: Peering into the Lipid World

Seminar: Organic Chemistry | November 13 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Neal Devaraj, Department of Chemistry, UC San Diego

 College of Chemistry

Lipids remain one of the most enigmatic classes of biological molecules. Lipids were likely one of the first components necessary for life, yet our understanding of how lipid membranes could have arisen spontaneously is a mystery. Human cells produce thousands of unique lipid species, but the purpose for such diversity remains unknown. Dysregulation of lipid metabolism is a key factor in some of...   More >

Recent Advances in Biomedical Surface Analysis: Proteins and Nanoparticles

Seminar: Physical Chemistry | November 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 David G. Castner, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington

 College of Chemistry

Surface analysts have benefited from the significant and numerous advances that have occurred in the past 40 years in terms of improved instrumentation, introduction of new techniques and development of sophisticated data analysis methods, which has allowed us to perform detailed analysis of increasing complex samples. For example, comprehensive analysis of surfaces and surface immobilized...   More >

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Faculty Candidate Seminar: Evidence for marine influence on the composition and growth of High Arctic aerosol

Seminar: Special Seminar | November 14 | 9-10 a.m. | Tan Hall, 775A/B

 Megan Willis

 College of Chemistry

"Molecular Simulations of the Coordination Environment of Metal-Organic Frameworks"/"Cutting Materials in Half: A Graph Theory Approach for Generating Crystal Surfaces and Its Prediction of 2D Zeolites"

Colloquium: Chem. & Biomol. Engineering Colloquium | November 14 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Sudabeh Jawahery, Ph.D. student in the Smit Group; Matthew Witman, Ph.D. student in the Smit Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Graduate Research Conference

Seminar: Graduate Research Conference | November 15 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Ms. YUNQI LI, Graduate Student with Professor Ke Xu,

 Department of Chemistry

Coffee served @3:50pm at the Coffee Lab

Friday, November 16, 2018

Faculty Candidate Seminar: Ultracold, Fermi Degenerate Molecules: Controlling Chemistry with Quantum Statistics

Seminar: Special Seminar | November 16 | 10-11 a.m. | Tan Hall, 775A/B

 Luigi De Marco

 College of Chemistry

Solar Quantum Cutting and Spectral Downconversion using Doped Semiconductor Nanocrystals

Seminar: Inorganic Chemistry | November 16 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Daniel Gamelin, Department of Chemistry, University of Washington

 College of Chemistry

The physical properties of inorganic crystals can be dramatically transformed by controlled introduction of impurities or other defects. Many commercial phosphors rely on such transformations when lanthanide or transition-metal activator ions, or other defined defects, are introduced into sensitizer crystals. This talk will describe some of our group's recent research into controlling,...   More >

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Science at Cal Lecture - Earthquake Mythbusters

Lecture | November 17 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building | Canceled

 Dr. Jennifer Strauss, Seismological Laboratory


Get an overview on earthquake hazards in the Bay Area, some cool science the seismological lab is working on to help increase knowledge and safety, and bust some common myths about earthquakes and preparedness. Also find out the latest news about the status of Shake Alert, the earthquake early warning system now being rolled out on the West Coast.

The ShakeAlert system is being developed with...   More >

Shake Alert - Earthquake early warning system

Monday, November 19, 2018

How Cells Measure Length

Seminar: Structural & Quantitative Biology | November 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition | Note change in location

 Jane Kondev, Brandeis University

 College of Chemistry

SLAM: Bridging the Divide: Bringing Science to Bear on Public Policy and Regulatory Decisions

Seminar | November 19 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Dr. Anna Cederstav, Earthjustice

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The power of chemoselectivity: Functional protein-conjugates for extra- and intracellular targeting

Seminar: Organic Chemistry | November 20 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Christian Hackenberger, Department of Chemistry, Humboldt University (Berlin)

 College of Chemistry

Our lab aims to identify reactions for the synthesis and modification of peptides and proteins. We apply these to study functional consequences of naturally occurring posttranslational protein modifications (PTMs), in particular phosphorylated Lys- and Cystein-residues,1 as well as to generate novel protein-conjugates for pharmaceutical and medicinal applications.2
In this presentation l will...   More >

Hybrid Perovskite: From Understanding Fundamental Physics to Optoelectronic Applications

Seminar: Physical Chemistry | November 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Sergei Tretiak, Theoretical Division, Center for Nonlinear Studies and Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Los Alamos National Laboratory

 College of Chemistry

Hybrid organic−inorganic perovskites (HOPs) have demonstrated an extraordinary potential for clean sustainable energy technologies and low-cost optoelectronic devices such as solar cells, light emitting diodes, detectors, sensors, ionic conductors, etc. This talk overviews the main features of the optoelectronic properties of three dimensional (3D) and layered two-dimensional (2D) HOPs by...   More >

Chemical Physiology of Antibody Conjugates and Natural Products

Seminar: Special Seminar | November 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Gonçalo Bernardes, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge

 College of Chemistry

Our research uses chemistry principles to address questions of importance in life sciences and molecular medicine. This lecture will cover recent examples of emerging areas in our group in:

(i) methods developed for site-selective chemical modification of proteins at cysteine, disulfide and lysine and their use to build stable and functional protein conjugates for in vivo applications...   More >

Monday, November 26, 2018

Being an Academic at a Major University: Research and Beyond

Seminar | November 26 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Prof. Richmond Sarpong, UC Berkeley

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Topic TBD

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Faculty Candidate Seminar: Precision Measurements and Control of Single Molecules in Free Solution

Seminar: Special Seminar | November 27 | 10-11 a.m. | Tan Hall, 775A/B

 Allison Squires, Ph.D.

 College of Chemistry

By looking at molecules as individuals, single-molecule experiments can provide rich details that
complement and deepen our understanding from bulk measurements. The ultimate goal of most singlemolecule
techniques is to reveal population-level or time-dependent heterogeneity in a system of interest
by directly monitoring individual particles in a near-native environment. However, confining a...   More >

Chemistry for Exploring the Brain: Fluorescent Probes, Engineered Enzymes, and Bioorthogonal Reactions

Seminar: Organic Chemistry | November 27 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Scott Laughlin, Department of Chemistry, Stony Brook University

 College of Chemistry

The brains of even simple organisms can do amazing things, but the brain’s complexity makes understanding exactly how it works incredibly challenging. My lab focuses on using chemistry to understand the architecture of the brain's functional units called neural circuits. I discuss projects for developing chemical tools that enable visualization of astrocytes and neuron-interacting astrocytes in...   More >

Using molecular dynamics simulations to understand organization in living systems

Seminar: Physical Chemistry | November 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Aaron Dinner, Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago

 College of Chemistry

The basic units of living systems are cells. A fundamental strategy that cells use to control processes is to organize molecular interactions in space and time. While this can appear to involve daunting numbers of molecules, certain cell-like dynamics can now be reconstituted in vitro from small numbers of purified molecular components. These self-organizing systems present opportunities for...   More >

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Faculty Candidate Seminar: Probing cellular RNAs in time and space

Seminar: Special Seminar | November 28 | 10-11 a.m. | Tan Hall, 775A/B

 Xiao Wang, Ph.D.

 College of Chemistry

Tissue Inspired Hydrogel Design

Seminar | November 28 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Shelly R. Peyton, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Improved in vitro models are needed to better understand cancer progression and bridge the gap between in vitro proof-of-concept studies, in vivo validation, and clinical application. Many methods exist to create biomaterial platforms, including hydrogels, which we use to study cells in contexts more akin to what they experience in vivo. Our lab has multiple approaches to create such...   More >

"Advanced Control of Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Jets for Plasma Medicine"/"Designing Catalytic Environments Beyond the Active Center: Crystalline 2-Dimensional Zeotypes versus Amorphous Silica as Supports"

Colloquium: Chem. & Biomol. Engineering Colloquium | November 28 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Dogan Gidon, Ph.D. student in the Graves Group and Mesbah Group; Nicolas Gross-Giordano, Ph.D. student in the Katz Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Faculty Candidate Seminar: Chemical biology approaches to investigating protein glycation and manipulating protein folding

Seminar: Special Seminar | November 29 | 10-11 a.m. | Tan Hall, 775A/B

 Tina Wang, Ph.D.

 College of Chemistry

Friday, November 30, 2018

Faculty Candidate Seminar: Expanding the Elements of Life by Directed Protein Evolution

Seminar: Special Seminar | November 30 | 10-11 a.m. | Tan Hall, 775A/B

 Jenny Kan, Ph.D.

 College of Chemistry

Designing molecular and nanoscale materials for bottom-up control of magnetism

Seminar: Inorganic Chemistry | November 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Jeffrey Rinehart, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UC San Diego

 College of Chemistry

Magnetic applications are ubiquitous in modern technology, yet the available materials are relatively limited in number and tunability. Bottom-up design is therefore appealing as it offers the possibility of atomic-level understanding and customization. Magnetic properties, however, often translate poorly between atomic, molecular, nano, and bulk scales. In this seminar, I will discuss our...   More >