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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Happy Creepy Halloween

Miscellaneous | October 25 – 26, 2014 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

Participate in Halloween-themed activities at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Meet some of the slimiest, scaliest, and hairiest creatures you'll ever see, in our Animal Discovery Room. Do Halloween-themed engineering activities with a haunted robot developed by UC Berkeley's Pioneers in Engineering (PiE)....   More >

Children, Faculty, General Public, Cal Parents

All Audiences

Free with admission.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Choosing a Focus

Workshop | October 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

Dr. Wendy Muse Sinek, Office of Undergraduate Research

Office of Undergraduate Research

This workshop is designed to help you turn a general area of interest into a focused, feasible, and interesting research topic. Over the course of an hour, you will identify your academic interests and learn techniques to help you select among them....   More >

Students - Undergraduate

Faculty, Students - Graduate, Students - Prospective, Students - Undergraduate

Anastasios Melis, Plant and Microbial Biology: Photosynthesis for Fuel and Chemical Productions

Seminar | October 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

Anastasios Melis, PMB

Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

The Melis Lab studies the photosynthesis of plants, microalgae, cyanobacteria, and photosynthetic bacteria. Approaches include biophysics and biochemistry of the process, molecular biology and genetics of the organisms, and scale ups for product generation....   More >

Iterative Closest Spectral Kernel Maps: NCD Seminar

Seminar | October 27 | 3-4 p.m. | 521 Cory Hall

Alon Shtern, Electrical Engineering, Technion

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

An important operation in geometry processing is finding the correspondences between pairs of shapes. Measures of dissimilarity between surfaces, has been found to be highly useful for nonrigid shape comparison. Here, we analyze the applicability of the spectral kernel distance, for solving the shape matching problem. To align the spectral kernels, we introduce the iterative closest spectral......   More >

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Dissertation Talk: A Framework for Composing High-Performance OpenCL from Python Descriptions

Lecture | October 28 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge 430/34

Michael Anderson, ASPIRE Lab/ UC Berkeley


In this talk, I will present Hindemith, a performance framework, programmable from Python, for automatically composing custom data parallel kernels. In this approach, efficiency programmers write and/or generate customized OpenCL snippets at runtime and Hindemith automatically fuses, compiles, and executes these operations based on a Python description....   More >

Communicate with Power

Workshop: Students | October 28 | 5-7 p.m. | 240 Bechtel Engineering Center

College of Engineering

Take the first step in becoming a more confident communicator in a two-hour interactive workshop. You’ll learn how to connect – regardless of age, experience or background. You’ll also practice techniques to learn how to influence and engage an audience when you speak. This will help you communicate with more meaning and confidence!...   More >

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pragmatic Translational Informatics for Health Care

Lecture: Top events | October 29 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310, Banatao Auditorium

Nick Anderson, Director of Informatics Research, UC Davis Health System

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

As director of informatics research at the UC Davis Health System, Anderson does research into the effective uses of biomedical data, information and knowledge for scientific inquiry, problem solving and decision making. Because informatics is at the core of many transformative efforts in health care, Anderson's expertise and leadership will help build the institution's capacity to optimize......   More >


registration required for lunch at UC Berkeley. Register online.

Illumina Tech Talk

Lecture | October 29 | 3-4 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

Arash Jamshidi, Illumina Inc.

Bioengineering (BioE)

Tech talk by Dr. Arash Jamshidi, Illumina, Inc
"Next Generation Sequencing Technology and Applications"...   More >

Applied Math Seminar: Universal models for large-scale coherent flow structures in turbulence

Seminar | October 29 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Eric Brown, Yale

Department of Mathematics

Many turbulent astrophysical, geophysical, and engineering flows are dominated by robust coherent structures on the largest scales, such as convection rolls in the atmosphere. One of the challenges in understanding such flows is that these structures have different shapes and dynamics depending on boundary conditions, so they defy universal statistical models of bulk turbulence. On the other......   More >

Fireside Chat with Max Levchin: All things Data, Fintech, and How to Solve Hard, Valuable, and Fun Problems.

Colloquium: Top events | October 29 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 Soda Hall (HP Auditorium)

Max Levchin, Co-founder and CEO of Affirm

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Thanks to low-cost sensors of every imaginable type, near-ubiquitous wireless broadband, advances in distributed computing and storage, data is becoming our most plentiful, and most under-exploited commodity. The insights mined from it will unlock enormous productivity gains, create efficiencies where none existed before, and meaningfully improve lives. Consumer finance and healthcare......   More >

All Audiences

All Audiences

Illumina Infosession

Information Session | October 29 | 6-7 p.m. | 410 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

, Illumina Inc.

Bioengineering (BioE)

Making career plans? Join us to hear how Illumina is unlocking the power of genomics to improve human health. Snacks provided....   More >

Thursday, October 30, 2014

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

Workshop | October 30 | 12:15-1:15 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....   More >

Swarm-Terraswarm Seminar: Applications of Novel Solution-Processed Nanomaterial Systems: A Flexible Sensor Enables Early Detection of Pressure Wounds

Seminar | October 30 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 490H Cory Hall

Sarah L. Swisher, UC Berkeley

Swarm Lab - UC Berkeley

Printed electronics have received a great deal of attention in recent years for applications ranging from flexible displays to smart consumer packaging to biomedical devices. Rather than focusing on shrinking critical dimensions and reducing power consumption, the growing field of flexible electronics aims to leverage compliant form factors, low-cost manufacturing techniques, and lightweight......   More >

TRUST Security Seminar: Detection and Prevention of Logic Attacks Against Web Applications Through Black-Box Analysis

Seminar: Top events | October 30 | 1-2 p.m. | 250 Sutardja Dai Hall

Yuan Xue, Vanderbilt University

Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST)

As web applications get increasingly complex to support sophisticated business functionalities, an emerging class of vulnerabilities, which are referred to as logic vulnerabilities (a.k.a, logic flaws), have attracted increasing attention. The major challenge in fixing this type of vulnerability comes from the fact that application logic flaws are specific to the functionality of a web......   More >

General Public

General Public

MSE Seminar: Nripan Mathews, Nanyang Tech: Perovskite Solar Cell: Towards New Materials and New Applications

Colloquium: Top events | October 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Professor Nripan Mathews, Singapore-Berkeley Research Initiative for Sustainable Energy

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

Perovskite solar cells have attracted a lot of attention primarily due to the high efficiencies which have been achieved (~19%) with it. It is currently, the most efficient solution processed solar cell technology superceding other technologies which have been under development of decades. Much of the attention has focused on CH3NH3PbI3 (Eg-1.55eV) whose high performance can be traced to their......   More >

MSE Weekly Seminar

Colloquium | October 9 – December 4, 2014 every Thursday | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

Department of Materials Science and Engineering is hosting a weekly seminar on related subjects. Light refreshments are provided....   More >

Public Service Scholarships Information Session: For Students

Information Session | October 30 | 6-7 p.m. | 122 Wheeler Hall

Public Service Center, Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarships, John Gardner Public Service Fellowship, Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize, Big Ideas@Berkeley Contest

Learn about funding to support your social action efforts!

Attend this information session to hear from staff coordinators and student recipients of the:
--Haas Public Service Leaders Award
--Big Ideas contest
--John Gardner Public Service Fellowship
--Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize
--Strauss Scholarship

and more!...   More >

Friday, October 31, 2014

A Formal Approach to Enforce Safety in Cyber-Physical Transportation Networks

Seminar: Top events | October 31 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

Domitilla Del Vecchio, Ph.D., Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS), MIT, MIT

CITRIS (Ctr for Info Technology Research in the Interest of Society), Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

The current progress of embedded computation and communication technologies are pushing several systems toward increased levels of autonomy. Transportation systems, in particular, are experiencing a substantial increase of automation for safety, comfort, and fuel efficiency. Given the life critical role of these systems, it is important to guarantee that the new designed functions keep the......   More >

BioE Seminar: &#147;Mechanical genomics: genome-wide identification of regulators of bacterial cell stiffness&#148;

Seminar | October 31 | 1-2 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

Douglas B. Weibel, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Bioengineering (BioE)

Fall 2014 Seminar Series
Friday, October 31
177 Stanley Hall, UC Berkeley

“Mechanical genomics: genome-wide identification of regulators of bacterial cell stiffness”

Douglas B. Weibel
Departments of Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Biomedical Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison

The peptidoglycan (PG) consists of a single, cross-linked layer of polysaccharide that......   More >

CE Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | October 31 | 2-3 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

Kelvin Gregory, Carnegie Mellon

Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

How To Assemble A Bacterial Cell: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar: Top events | October 31 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Prof. Paul Wiggins, Univ. of Washington, Physics & Bioengineering

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Imaging of the bacterial cell reveals both intricate spatial and temporal organization. This complex ultrastructure is known to play a central role in cellular function.

What is all the more remarkable about this structure is that bacterial cells possess neither the canonical cytoskeletal motors nor membrane-bound organelles that play a central role in the organization of the eukaryotic cell.......   More >

Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Lawrence Hall of Science Gala: Inspiring Young Minds

Reception: Top events | November 1 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

Randy W. Schekman, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California, Berkeley; Renel Brooks-Moon, Public Announcer, San Francisco Giants

Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

Unleash your inner child and treat your inquiring mind to an imaginative Gala benefitting the Lawrence Hall of Science. Rubbing elbows with actual scientists, guests will test their ingenuity with hands-on activities to see how small-scale tinkering leads to large-scale innovation. Come celebrate the Hall's continued success in sparking interest in science and supporting lifelong fascinations as......   More >

All Audiences, Alumni, Children, Faculty, Friends of the University, General Public, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Prospective, Students - Undergraduate, Cal Parents

All Audiences, Alumni, Children, Faculty, Friends of the University, General Public, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Prospective, Students - Undergraduate, Cal Parents

Tickets are required for this event. Tickets may be purchased at

$250 General Ticket, $500 Patron Ticket, $1,000 Sponsor Ticket

Buy tickets online, or by calling Linda Rafferty at 510-664-4921, or by emailing Linda Rafferty at