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Monday, October 3, 2016

2016 Emilio Segré Lecture: Beginning the Exploration of the Universe with Gravitational Waves: Rainer Weiss on LIGO

Lecture | October 3 | 6-7 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Rainer Weiss, Professor Emeritus, MIT

 Department of Physics

The recent observation of gravitational waves from the merger of binary black holes opens a new way to learn about the universe as well as to test General Relativity in the limit of strong gravitational interactions – the dynamics of massive bodies traveling at relativistic speeds in a highly curved space-time.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Experimental and Computational Investigations of Phonon Anharmonicity: The Role of Atomic Dynamics in Nanoscale Transport and Thermodynamics: Nano Seminar Series

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

 Prof. Olivier Delaire, Duke Univ. / ORNL , Materials Science/ME/Physics

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

A detailed understanding of atomic dynamics is of broad interest for the design of efficient energy materials, and contributes to establishing the microscopic theory of thermal transport and thermodynamics. Lattice instabilities are deeply connected to atomic vibrations (phonons) and impact functional properties in many materials, including ferroelectrics, thermoelectrics, phase-change materials,...   More >

Monday, October 10, 2016

[Physics Colloquium] Emergent Locality and Gravity From Quantum Error Correction

Seminar | October 10 | 4:15-5 p.m. | LeConte Hall, Lecture Hall 1

 Daniel Harlow, PhD, Princeton

 Department of Physics

The Anti-de Sitter/Conformal Field Theory correspondence has given us a precise description of quantum gravity in asymptotically Anti-de Sitter space, as a quantum field theory (without gravity) with one fewer spacetime dimension. This proposal has passed many tests, but the emergence of the extra dimension on the gravitational side remains rather mysterious. I will present recent work explaining...   More >

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Kate O'Neill-Colloquium: Seeing Complexity: Visualization Tools in Global Environmental Politics and Governance

Colloquium | October 12 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Kate O'Neil, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley ESPM

 Energy and Resources Group

Kate’s colloquium explores how visualization tools and applications help scholars of global environmental politics and governance understand problems that are complex, linked, and cross-scalar–the critical characteristics of contemporary environmental problems. This talk applies a visualization approach to the politics of waste disposal projects as climate offsets within the Clean Development...   More >

Monday, October 17, 2016

[Physics Colloquium] EXPLORING NANOSCALE PHYSICS: From Leapfrogging Atoms to Relativistic Quantum Craters

Seminar | October 17 | 4:15-5 p.m. | LeConte Hall, Lecture Hall 1

 Alex Zettl, Professor, UC Berkeley

 Department of Physics

In the past decade there have been tremendous advances in our ability to manipulate and rapidly image matter at the atomic scale. I will discuss novel mechanisms for transporting solid matter through seemingly impermeable constrictions, creating operational molecular-scale systems such as radio receivers, weighing single atoms with a mechanical balance, watching chemical reactions in...   More >

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Environmental and Sustainability Career Lunch with Core Foods

Information Session | October 19 | 12-1 p.m. |  Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way)


 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 Lunch! Featured Employer: Core Foods

Jessica Green-Colloquium

Colloquium | October 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Jessica Green, Professor, CTO, Co-Founder, Board of Directors at Phylagen, University of Oregon

 Energy and Resources Group

Dr. Jessica Green is an Alec and Kay Keith Professor at the University of Oregon, where she is the founding director of the Biology and Built Environment Center (BioBE), and external faculty at the Santa Fe Institute. She is an engineer and ecologist who specializes in biodiversity theory and microbial systems. She uses interdisciplinary approaches at the interface of microbiology, ecology,...   More >

Friday, October 21, 2016

Stimuli-Responsive Smart Soft Materials: Sponsored NSE Seminar - Sigma Aldrich

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

 Prof. Takuzo Aida, Univ. of Tokyo, Chemistry/Biotechnology

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Machine technology frequently puts magnetic or electrostatic repulsive forces to practical use, as in maglev trains, vehicle suspensions, or non-contact bearings. In contrast, materials design overwhelmingly focuses on attractive interactions, such as in the many advanced polymer-based composites, where inorganic fillers interact with a polymer matrix to improve mechanical properties....   More >

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Development of Automated Reaction Path Search Methods toward Systematic Understanding and Design of Organic Reactions: Merck-Banyu Lectureship

Seminar | October 25 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Dr. Satoshi Maeda, Department of Chemistry, Hokkaido University

 Department of Chemistry

Quantum chemical calculation has been developed as one of powerful tools for obtaining mechanistic insights into organic reactions. For this purpose, geometry optimization has been done to locate structures of intermediates and transition states.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Vision+Light: Extending the Senses

Exhibit - Multimedia | October 28 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Lobby Energy Biosciences Building

 Nipam Patel, Professor, Intergrative Biology; Holly Aaron, Director, ZEISS Berkeley Brain Microscopy Innovation Center; Philipp Haslinger, Enar De Dios Rodríguez and Thomas Juffmann, Physics


Experience the boundaries of the natural world, from the infinitesimal to the cosmic scale. Explore exhibits of microscopy, multimedia artwork, digital sound and sculpture, created by artists and scientists probing our world for deeper understanding.

Vision+Light: Extending the Senses

Monday, October 31, 2016

[Physics Colloquium] Supermassive Black Holes in Nearby Galaxies

Seminar | October 31 | 4:15-5 p.m. | LeConte Hall, Lecture Hall 1

 Chung-Pei Ma, Professor, UC Berkeley

 Department of Physics

For over three decades, the giant elliptical galaxy Messier 87 in the Virgo Cluster has hosted the most massive known black hole in the local universe. New observational data and improved stellar orbit models in the past several years have substantially expanded and revised dynamical measurements of black hole masses at the centers of nearby galaxies. I will describe recent progress in...   More >