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Monday, December 3, 2018

Making bonds by breaking bonds: An unconventional approach to making molecules

Seminar: Special Seminar | December 3 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Junichiro Yamaguchi, Department of Chemistry, Waseda University

 College of Chemistry

As we are in the business of making molecules, forming and breaking bonds are like two sides of the same coin: the construction of molecules with the desired architecture necessitates the ability to break specific bonds at will. We aim to break stable carbon–carbon bonds in order to create new bonds, and we will strive to design efficient catalysts to accelerate this process.
Currently, this...   More >

Non-equilibrium coupling of protein structure and function to translation elongation kinetics

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

 Edward O'Brien, Penn State

 College of Chemistry

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

BASF Lecture in Chemical Sciences: Harnessing the Chemistry of Plant Natural Product Biosynthesis

Seminar | December 4 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Sarah O'Connor, John Innes Centre, Department of Biological Chemistry

 College of Chemistry

Plants, which make thousands of complex natural products, are outstanding chemists. Through the concerted action of enzymes that are assembled into metabolic pathways, nature creates chemical complexity from simple starting materials. I will highlight some of the unusual enzymatic transformations that plants use to make complex, bioactive natural products, and will also discuss methods by which...   More >

CCHF Virtual Symposium

Conference/Symposium | December 4 | 1-4 p.m. | 775B Tan Hall

 College of Chemistry

Pimental Seminar in Physical Chemistry: Electric Fields and Enzyme Catalysis

Seminar: Physical Chemistry | December 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall | Canceled

 Steven Boxer, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University

 College of Chemistry

We have developed the vibrational Stark effect to probe electrostatics and dynamics in organized systems, in particular in proteins where vibrational probes can report on functionally important electric fields. The strategy involves deploying site-specific vibrational probes whose sensitivity to an electric field is measured in a calibrated external electric field. Once calibrated, these probes,...   More >

Caminos de la Ciencia: De Ingeniería Química a Microbiología y de Regreso

Presentation | December 4 | 6:30-7:45 p.m. | César E. Chávez Branch, Oakland Public Library, Suite 271

 3301 East 12th St., Oakland, CA 94601

 Dr. Javier A. Ceja-Navarro, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


This Presentation will be in Spanish / Esta presentación será en español

En esta presentación, el Dr. Javier A. Ceja-Navarro, investigador del Laboratorio Nacional de Berkeley, nos hablará sobre su trayectoria en la ciencia y las oportunidades que lo han llevado a estudiar microbios, bichos y el medio ambiente.

Javier nació en Tuxpan, Nayarit, México, y realizó toda su preparación...   More >

De Ingeniería Química a Microbiología y de Regreso

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Faculty Candidate Seminar: New chemoenzymatic tools for dissecting proteolytic signaling pathways

Seminar: Special Seminar | December 5 | 10-11 a.m. | Tan Hall, 775A/B

 Amy Weeks, Ph.D.

 College of Chemistry

Predictive Models for Transition Metal Catalyzed Organic Reactions

Seminar | December 5 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Peng Liu, Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh

 College of Chemistry

Due to limited mechanistic insights and the complexity of catalyst-substrate interactions, catalyst design and optimization in transition metal catalysis often rely on chemical intuition and experimental trial-and-error. I will discuss our recent efforts to utilize a streamlined computational approach to understand and predict the reactivity and selectivity of transition metal catalysts for...   More >

Making organelles in the ER

Seminar | December 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 William Prinz, NIH Section Chief, NIH

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

"High Transference Number Polymer-Based Electrolytes for Lithium Batteries"/"Probing the Acyl Carrier Protein-Enzyme Interactions within Terminal Alkyne Biosynthetic Machinery"

Colloquium: Chem. & Biomol. Engineering Colloquium | December 5 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Kyle Diederichsen, Ph.D. student in the McCloskey Group; Michael Su, Ph.D. student in the Zhang Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Dr. Angela Brooks, Assistant Professor, UC Santa Cruz

Seminar | December 5 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Center for Computational Biology

Full-length alternative transcript isoform analysis with nanopore sequencing

Our group aims to understand the mechanisms of alternative RNA splicing regulation and splicing dysregulation in cancer. Short-read, high-throughput cDNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) has revolutionized our ability to profile RNA splicing; however, this approach cannot capture the full complexity of RNA...   More >

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Faculty Candidate Seminar: It’s a Complex World: Chemical and Biophysical Strategies to Trap Transient and O2-Sensitive Protein Complexes

Seminar: Special Seminar | December 6 | 10-11 a.m. | Tan Hall, 775A/B

 Chi Nguyen, Ph.D.

 College of Chemistry

Friday, December 7, 2018

Grounds for Science - Exploring quantum materials and black holes

Presentation | December 7 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Scarlet City Espresso Bar | Note change in date

 3960Espresso Bar Adeline Street, Emeryville, CA 94608

 Arielle Little, Department of Physics; Vinay Ramasesh, Department of Physics


Exciting short talks on cutting-edge topics by young researchers at UC Berkeley.

The weird and wonderful world of Quantum Materials - with Arielle Little

Exploring the physics of black holes with quantum computers - with Vinay Ramasesh

What are quantum materials?

Monday, December 10, 2018

Faculty Candidate Seminar: Allosteric mechanisms driving evolution of specificity in steroid receptors

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

 Denise Okafor, Ph.D.

 College of Chemistry

SLAM: From Studying Spider Silk to Stumbling into a Startup

Seminar | December 10 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 Dr. David Breslauer, Bolt Threads

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Writing Scientific Research Proposals

Workshop | December 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 Erica Whitney, Berkeley Research Development Office

 Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research

In this workshop, we will explore techniques and best practices for writing a research proposal in the sciences and engineering, from the beginning (the specific aims/objectives) to the middle (the research design and methods) to the very end (supplementary documents). We will look at examples of successful proposals and discuss the different techniques that can be used to effectively present...   More >

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Science at Cal Lecture - Assessing the potential impact of super‐eruptions: on society and the environment

Lecture | December 15 | 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Stephen Self, Department of Earth and Planetary Science


Rare, but extremely large, explosive super-eruptions Magnitude 8 and above have occurred throughout geologic time.
If a future super-eruption was predicted, what would, or could, society do? Preparation for such low probability but high consequence events is difficult to imagine, yet some modest early measures can be considered.

Volcanic eruption - Stromboli, Italy