College of Natural Resources Upcoming Events ESPM Society and Environment Monday Brown Bag Talk Series - Seth Holmes, Mar 20 Seth Holmes MD, Ph.D. author of "Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States" speaking on "Transitional Agro-Food System and Health: Confronting Inequalities in the Social and Natural Environment" Autocatalytic backbone α-N-methylation of a fungal enzyme generates a novel family of ribosomally-encoded cyclic anti-nematode peptides, Mar 20 Special Seminar: "Autocatalytic backbone α-N-methylation of a fungal enzyme generates a novel family of ribosomally-encoded cyclic anti-nematode peptides", Mar 20 National Park Service Meet and Greet, Mar 21 Come visit and learn about Public Lands & Research! <br /> <br /> Patrick Gonzalez (131 Mulford Hall)<br /> National Park Service Principal Climate Change Specialist<br /> <br /> <br /> Sarah Allen (133)<br /> National Park Service Science Program Lead for Pacific West Region and NPS Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit Research Coordinator <br /> <br /> Jim Weigand (133 Mulford Hall)<br /> Bureau of Lands Management State Ecologist and BLM... MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Gil Rosenthal “Mate choice and its consequences in natural hybrid zones”, Mar 22 MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist know you are there for the MVZ lunch seminar. The library is located in the rear of the Museum on the north side - follow the orange directional signs. Plant and Microbial Biology Micro Seminar: "When is a fungus not a fungus?", Mar 22 The primary focus of my research is to determine the evolutionary relationships of the eukaryotes and the cellular and genomic innovations associated with the emergence and diversification of the eukaryotic cell. Targeting Brown Adipose Tissue to Improve Metabolic Health, Mar 22 ERG Colloquium: Terry Deacon, Mar 22 ABSTRACT:<br /> The dynamics contributing to human ecosystem degradation and human-influenced run-away climate change exhibit properties common to all so-called self-organized processes. These properties characterize both organic and inorganic far-from-equilibrium systems. Principal among these properties is accelerated entropy production—not merely entropy increase, but an increase in the rate of energy and material throughout as flows become increasingly regularized and correlated. While the physical analysis of these processes in diverse but simple inorganic systems (e.g. vortices, Benárd convection, laser light amplification) is becoming well understood, their characterization in living organisms and human socio-eco-systems is mostly understood only by analogy. One blind spot in our understanding of these processes has been the tendency to equate the dynamics of living organisms with that of self-organizing processes in general. Although organisms depend on self-organized processes to generate critical dynamical regularities and structures, these processes are regulated so that they do not tend to run to exhaustion but stabilize their flows so that critical organization can be maintained, repaired, and reproduced. Terrence Deacon will present a simple model for the transition from self-organized chemistry to a self-regulated unit system, called an autogen, that is self-preserving, self-repairing, and capable of evolving. I will use this to illustrate how self-organized processes can be organized to reciprocally regulate each other. Though contemporary human techno-econo-ecology exhibits a far more complex run-away self-organizing dynamic, the transition from run-away self-organized chemistry to life (at its origin) may offer hints for understanding our current eco-dilemma.<br /> <br /> BIO:<br /> Professor Deacon's research has combined human evolutionary biology and neuroscience, with the aim of investigating the evolution of human cognition. His work extends from laboratory-based cellular-molecular neurobiology to the study of semiotic processes underlying animal and human communication, especially language. Many of these interests are explored in his 1997 book, The Symbolic Species: The Coevolution of Language and the Brain.<br /> <br /> His neurobiological research is focused on determining the nature of the human divergence from typical primate brain anatomy, the cellular-molecular mechanisms producing this difference, and the correlations between these anatomical differences and special human cognitive abilities, particularly language.<br /> <br /> His theoretical interests include the study of evolution-like processes at many levels, including their role in embryonic development, neural signal processing, language change, and social processes, and how these different processes interact and depend on each other. Currently, his theoretical interests have focused on the problem of explaining emergent phenomena, such as characterize such apparently unprecedented transitions as the origin of life, the evolution of language, and the generation of conscious experience by brains. Inside NSF, Mar 23 This workshop will explain how NSF is structured, how it functions, and how it reviews proposals, with an eye towards how trends and federal policies affect its work. This session will help faculty apply an understanding of how NSF works to their funding strategies. ESPM 2017 Seminar Series - Isabel Reche, Mar 23 "Flamingos as Vectors of Microbial Dispersal and Nutrients in Saline Wetlands"<br /> <br /> Refreshments at 11:30 in 132 Mulford Hall Grounds for Science - Energy and Atmosphere, Mar 24 Grounds for Science presents cutting-edge research from the graduate student community at UC Berkeley in a relaxed science cafe setting. This month features short talks by Alexis Shusterman and Chris Keckler, exploring the chemistry of climate science and the physics of safe nuclear reactors.<br /> <br /> Climate Models Explained with Alexis Shusterman<br /> <br /> From predicting future temperatures to re-creating pre-historic conditions, computational models are a huge part of how scientists investigate earth’s ever-changing climate. Come learn what drives these models, how they’ve evolved over time, and what researchers are doing to make them even better!<br /> <br /> ----<br /> <br /> Inherently safe nuclear reactors with Chris Keckler<br /> <br /> It has been proven in full scale experiments that advanced nuclear reactor designs can be engineered so that they remain within all safety limitations during even the most extreme accident scenarios. Reactors which meet this criterion are termed “inherently safe”. This talk will explore the physics and engineering choices that go into an inherently safe design, and how these designs differ from current commercial power reactors. Furthermore, examples of inherently safe designs will be briefly outlined and discussed. Sustainable Agriculture Research in the Next Farm Bill, Mar 27 Agriculture and related industries contributed $985 billion to the US GDP in 2014. How will research keep up with demand, particularly in sustainable agriculture, one of the fastest-growing parts of the farm economy? <br /> <br /> Scholars from four diverse universities will discuss federally-funded agriculture research.<br /> <br /> <b>Carolyn Dimitri,</b> Department of Food & Nutrition Program, New York University <br /> <br /> <b>Casey Hoy,</b> Agroecosystems Management Program, The Ohio State University<br /> <br /> <b>Sabine O’Hara,</b> College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability & Environmental Sciences, University of the District of Columbia<br /> <br /> <b>L. Ann Thrupp,</b> Berkeley Food Institute, UC Berkeley<br /> <br /> <br /> Lunch will be provided.<br /> <br /> <br /> <i>Photo by Peggy Lemaux. UC Berkeley researcher Amrita Hazra of the Millet Project.</i> Farm Bill 2018: Policy, Politics, and Potential, Mar 28 This event is free and open to the public. Registration recommended. <a href="">Register here.</a><br /> <br /> This event will be <a href="">live-streamed here</a> and archived following the event.<br /> <br /> Please join us for a public symposium, "Farm Bill 2018: Policy, Politics & Potential," at American University’s School of International Service in Washington, DC. This event, co-sponsored by Berkeley Food Institute and American University, will bring together academics, civil society leaders, policymakers, producers and the general public to present and discuss original research both on and for the US Farm Bill, across and beyond disciplines. <br /> <br /> <b>Speakers will include:</b><br /> <br /> <b>Kathleen Merrigan</b><br /> Former USDA Deputy Secretary, Executive Director of Sustainability, George Washington University<br /> <br /> <b>Fred Hoefner</b><br /> National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition<br /> <br /> <b>Gerardo Otero</b><br /> Simon Fraser University<br /> <br /> <b>Jeremiah Lowery</b><br /> DC Food Policy Council<br /> <br /> <b>Rudy Arredondo</b><br /> National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association<br /> <br /> <b>Audrey Rowe</b><br /> Former Administrator, USDA Food and Nutrition Service<br /> <br /> <b>Carl Zulauf</b><br /> The Ohio State University; farmdoc daily<br /> <br /> <b>Daniel Imhoff</b><br /> Author of Food Fight<br /> <br /> <b>Janie Simms Hipp</b><br /> Director of Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, University of Arkansas School of Law <br /> <br /> <b>Stay tuned for additional speakers and further details.</b><br /> <br /> <b>RELATED EVENT:</b><br /> <br /> Want more on the Farm Bill? Join us for a Capitol Hill briefing about <b>"Sustainable Agriculture Research in the Next Farm Bill"</b> on <b>March 27</b>. No registration required. <a href="">Hill briefing details here.</a> MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Rauri Bowie (seminar title TBA), Apr 5 MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist know you are there for the MVZ lunch seminar. The library is located in the rear of the Museum on the north side - follow the orange directional signs. Plant and Microbial Biology Micro Seminar: "The ancestral human microbiome: the evolution and ecology of our microbial self", Apr 5 I am interested in evolutionary medicine and how understanding the ways in which humans have co-evolved with environments, diets, and pathogens allows us to better understand health and disease. My research draws on the methods and theoretical frameworks of several fields, including: molecular biology, archaeology, archaeogenetics (ancient DNA), stable isotope-based paleodietary and paleomigratory analysis, archaeobotany, and zooarchaeology. Links to open-access PDFs of my publications can be found on my and ResearchGate profiles. Improving Solar Energy Delivery to Homes, Apr 5 Cindi Choi is the Senior Director, Global Strategy & Business Development at SunPower.<br /> ---------<br /> Free and open to the public. Register online by Monday for a free lunch at UC Berkeley. The CITRIS Research Exchange Seminar Series is a weekly dialogue highlighting leading voices on societal-scale research issues. Each one-hour seminar starts at 12pm Pacific time and is hosted live at Sutardja Dai Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. <br /> <br /> Live broadcast at <a href=""></a>. All talks may be viewed on our <a href=""> YouTube channel </a>.<br /> <br /> Live webcasting of each CITRIS Research Exchange seminar is available at these CITRIS campuses:<br /> <br /> CITRIS @ Davis: 1065 Kemper Hall, College of Engineering, UC Davis The role of apolipoprotein AIV in glucose homeostasis, Apr 5 ERG Colloquium: Nate Aden, Apr 5 As the primary means for growth and development over the past two centuries, industry has played a central role in generating our current Anthropocene. The increasing impacts of climate change bring the industrial sector to the fore as the largest emitter of greenhouse gases and as a potential manufacturer of transformational technologies and infrastructure. The U.S. industrial sector is emblematic of the deindustrializing strain of recent transformation: CO2 emissions dropped by 20% between 2000 and 2015, while the sector shed 5 million jobs and increased real value added by 14%. In this colloquium, Nate Aden presents his research on the drivers and components of U.S. industrial sector emissions mitigation. Beyond the U.S., the second focus is on the varied role of the industrial sector in the growing country-level decoupling of GDP and carbon emissions that has occurred since 2000. The resulting wrenching economic and social transitions, including employment churn and income redistribution, have sowed the conditions for populism—the final portion of the colloquium explores policy options for addressing the outcomes of industrial transformation.<br /> <br /> Nate Aden has published on energy and climate for more than ten years. In addition to researching his Ph.D. with the Energy and Resources Group, Nate is also a Senior Fellow with the World Resources Institute. Prior to joining WRI, Nate conducted energy efficiency research with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Over five years with LBL, Nate’s projects were focused on energy efficiency policy, assessment of Chinese urban form energy use and emissions, Chinese energy data, China energy and climate scenario analysis, the coal sector, and the steel sector. Prior to LBL, Nate lived in Shanghai for 2 years, where he worked for the U.S. Consulate. Master of Development Practice Spring Lecture 2017, Apr 5 Discover the challenges, successes and lessons learned by one of UC Berkeley’s most preeminent proponents of local and global sustainability.<br /> <br /> For four decades Professor Vincent Resh has brought state-of-the-art science to critical policy decisions in California and around the globe. Professor of Aquatic Ecology and Entomology, Professor Resh has published nearly 400 research articles and instructed over 20,000 students. A recipient of UC Berkeley's Distinguished Teaching Award, he has served as an advisor to multiple international organizations, including the World Health Organization, and currently serves onCalifornia's Delta Stewardship Council. ESPM 2017 Seminar Series - Joan Celeste Dudney, Apr 6 "The Future of White Pines in the Southern Sierra Nevada"<br /> <br /> Refreshments at 11:30 in 132 Mulford Hall ERG Annual Lecture: Arlie Hochschild, Apr 6 TITLE: Pollution, the Political Divide and the Possibility of Common Ground<br /> <br /> ARLIE RUSSELL HOCHSCHILD is one of the most influential sociologists of her generation. She is the author of nine books, including The Second Shift, The Time Bind, The Managed Heart, and The Outsourced Self. Three of her books have been named as New York Times Notable Books of the Year and her work appears in sixteen languages. The winner of the Ulysses Medal as well as Guggenheim and Mellon grants, she lives in Berkeley, California. Her New York Times bestselling book Strangers in their Own Land was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award.<br /> <br /> FORMAT:<br /> 5:30-6:30 PM Lecture<br /> 6:30-7:00 PM Q&A Environmental and Sustainability Career Expo, Apr 7 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?<br /> <br /> Join us for an Environmental and Sustainability Career Expo! Featured employers TBA.<br /> <br /> Please RSVP at Event is free.<br /> <br /> Event Sponsored by SERC, Career Center, and College of Natural Resources. ARE Seminar: On the Estimation of Treatment Effects with Endogenous Misreporting, Apr 7 Participation in social programs is often misreported in survey data, complicating the estimation of the effects of those programs. Prof. Tchernis analyzed the case of endogenous misreporting. Endogenous misreporting, similarly to endogenous participation, can result in the estimates of the treatment effect having opposite signs from the true effect. He also discusses how to choose identifying variables for misreporting and participation and suggest that researchers draw these data from different data sources. For example, identifying variable for participation can be drawn from the treatment rules data, which identifying variables for the misreporting equation can be drawn from the features or responses to the survey in general, e.g. proportion of non-response by each survey participant. Diversified Farming Systems Roundtable with Matt Liebman, Apr 10 <b>Cropping System Diversification in the U.S. Corn Belt for Enhanced Performance and Resilience</b><br /> <br /> The development of modern, industrial agriculture has been characterized by large reductions in biological diversity, both across landscapes and within farming systems. Loss of biodiversity is particularly evident in the U.S. Corn Belt. Simplification of crop and non-crop vegetation in the Corn Belt has resulted in the production of large amounts of crop and livestock products, but has also led to multiple challenges, including soil erosion, water quality degradation, pest resistance to control tactics, new crop diseases, susceptibility to variations in weather and market conditions, and declines in populations of pollinators, natural enemies of crop pests, and wildlife species. Results of two large-scale, long-term field experiments conducted in Iowa addressing the impacts of diversification on agroecosystem performance indicate that (1) conversion of small amounts of cropland to strips of reconstructed prairie provided disproportionately large improvements in soil conservation, nutrient retention, and densities of native plants and birds; and (2) diversification of the dominant corn-soybean cropping system with small grain and forage crops led to substantial reductions in agrichemical and fossil energy use, lower herbicide-related aquatic toxicity, decreased crop damage by certain pathogens, less erosion, and improved soil quality, without compromising profitability. These patterns indicate that increasing biodiversity can be a viable strategy for improving agroecosystem health and resilience in the U.S. Corn Belt.<br /> <br /> <b>Matt Liebman</b> is a professor of agronomy and the H.A. Wallace Endowed Chair for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. He became a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy in 2009 and was a member of the National Academies committee that produced the 2015 report titled “A Framework for Assessing Effects of the Food System.” His research, teaching, and outreach activities focus on ways to improve environmental quality and agricultural productivity while reducing dependence on agrichemicals and fossil fuels. His specific interests include diversified cropping systems, weed ecology and management, and the use of native prairie species for soil, water, and wildlife conservation.<br /> <br /> This talk is part of the <b>Diversified Farming Systems Roundtable.</b> Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Probing Hidden Genetics in Dynamic Signaling Networks", Apr 12 We are probing plant life by developing simple and powerful tools and strategies to unravel plant signal transduction pathways extending from sensors/receptors to signaling cascades and target genes and proteins that are central to energy and metabolic homeostasis, innate immunity, stress adaptation, cell fate specification, plant shape and architecture determination. Our investigations are guided by our curiosity and the desire to promote the use of green plants as a versatile and fascinating model system for discovering fundamental principles in the regulatory networks of living organisms. MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: José Javier Cuervo, “The function of red coloration in the spiny-footed lizard”, Apr 12 MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist know you are there for the MVZ lunch seminar. The library is located in the rear of the Museum on the north side - follow the orange directional signs. From Bench to Bedside with Selective Thyroid Hormone Receptor Agonists, Apr 12 ERG Colloquium: Giorgos Kallis, Apr 12 ESPM 2017 Seminar Series - Jodi Axelson, Apr 13 "Variations in Wood Anatomical Structure of Interior Douglas-fir Defoliated by the Western Spruce Budworm: A Case Study in the Xeric Zone of Southern British Columbia, Canada" <br /> <br /> Refreshments at 11:30 in 132 Mulford Hall Student Listening Session with Farmworker Women, Apr 13 Join members of <a href="">Líderes Campesinas</a> for an opportunity to learn directly about the lives and activism of California farm-working women (<i>campesinas</i>). The mission of Líderes Campesinas is to develop leadership among campesinas so that they serve as agents of political, social, and economic change in the farmworker community. This leadership has created an organization by and for campesinas. The approach emphasizes capacity building, democratic decision-making, advocacy, peer training and leadership development as well as a mixture of traditional and innovative education, outreach and mobilizing methods such as house meetings, arts, and theatrical presentations (<i>dramas</i> or <i>teatros</i>) at community venues. Open to college and university students.<br /> <br /> Registration required. <a href="">Register here.</a><br /> <br /> <i> Photo by Vida en el Valle. Líderes Campesinas display pieces of fabric they decorated to send a message about the dangers of pesticides.</i> California Farmworkers' Rights: What Can Be Done in the Age of Trump?, Apr 13 In the last year, California has accomplished major gains for agricultural workers, from the new overtime pay law to innovative farm labor certification programs. At the same time, however, agricultural workers and their families are facing extreme threats from federal immigration policies and policing, and a heightened culture of fear. What efforts are underway to address the problems and develop solutions? <br /> <br /> Farmworker, business, policy, and research leaders will share on-the-ground perspectives on the current farm labor landscape in California. As the state with the highest number of agricultural workers, 75% of whom are immigrants, we will explore how California can lead the nation in providing healthy, safe, just, and equitable working conditions and how engaged community members can support these efforts.<br /> <br /> <br /> <b>Speakers:</b><br /> <br /> <b>Luis Alejo,</b> Monterey County Supervisor and Former State Assemblyman, 30th District<br /> <br /> <b>Christy Getz,</b> Associate Cooperative Extension Specialist, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley<br /> <br /> <b>Chad Sokol,</b> Dry Grocery and Commodity Buyer, Costco Bay Area Region<br /> <br /> <b>Mily Trevino Sauceda,</b> Co-founder, Líderes Campesinas<br /> <br /> Moderated by: <b>Maria Echaveste,</b> Senior Fellow, Center for Latin American Studies, UC Berkeley<br /> <br /> Opening theatrical presentation, or <i>teatro</i>, by members of Líderes Campesinas<br /> <br /> <br /> This event is free and open to the public. Registration recommended. <a href="">Register here.</a><br /> <br /> If you are unable to join us in person, you can join by live stream on April 13 at 5pm PT. <a href="">Watch the live steam here.</a><br /> <br /> *** Forestry Seminar, Apr 18 “Forest change across mixed conifer-dominated landscapes” MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Jim McGuire “Flying Lizard Phylogenomics and the Biogeography of Sulawesi", Apr 19 MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist know you are there for the MVZ lunch seminar. The library is located in the rear of the Museum on the north side - follow the orange directional signs. UC Berkeley Foodscape Map Launch, Apr 19 Join the “Building Equitable and Inclusive Food Systems at UC Berkeley” team for an unveiling of our interactive, participatory UC Berkeley Foodscape Map. This multi-dimensional map provides a snapshot of all food-related initiatives on campus, including UC Berkeley teaching, student and faculty research, student organizations, administrative decisions and initiatives, and dining services and procurement. The map serves as a central hub for information and, importantly, highlights the structural conditions that enable exclusions based on social markers of identity, including gender, race, and class, in an effort to emphasize opportunities for equity-oriented change and meaningful, diverse engagement. <br /> <br /> At this poster session event, you will have a chance to explore various layers of this dynamic map and hear from some of the many students involved in its development. We hope you will join us to learn more about the UC Berkeley food system, celebrate our progress, and add your visions to this collective undertaking. Overcoming Chromatin Barriers to Control Cell Fate, Apr 19 ESPM Distinguished Student Lecture - Katherine Seto, Apr 20 "Local fishery, global commodity: Fisheries conflict and competition in West Africa"<br /> <br /> Refreshments at 11:30 in 132 Mulford Hall Developments in Archaeological Field Recording, Apr 20 Many archaeologists are making use of geospatial technologies in lab settings but field recording still presents challenges in a digital workflow. The obstacles to digital recording –also encountered by ecologists and other field scientists -- often include the following: 1. extended field visits to remote locations, 2. efficient reliable data gathering in outdoor settings that can be dusty or wet, 3. the use of accessible hardware and software for projects on small budgets, 4. incorporating data from multiple instruments like UAV and geophysical sensors, 5. dealing with variability while recording features in the field through sampling and through customized input forms, and 6. making the most of GPS accuracy limits with relative mapping tools like laser range finders. This talk will describe efforts by archaeologists at Berkeley and other institutions to address these issues in archaeological fieldwork and related field sciences. Albright Lecture in Conservation, Apr 20 Featuring Rose Marcario <br /> in Conversation with Robert Strand<br /> <br /> Rose Marcario, President and CEO of Patagonia, discusses the role of progressive business leaders in the current era. Patagonia Case Competition, Apr 21 Patagonia Case Competition<br /> Patagonia and the University of California, Berkeley have joined forces once again to host a case competition open to graduate students across the country seeking to redefine the relationship between business and a healthy planet.<br /> <br /> 2017 Competition Overview<br /> On April 21, 2017, graduate student teams from leading business schools across United States will come together at the Haas School of Business to compete in the development of potential solutions to a real and urgent problem faced by Patagonia. In light of the recent launch of Patagonia Provisions, the case this year focuses on Patagonia’s desire to accelerate regenerative agricultural practices for food. Patagonia's film, Unbroken Ground explains the critical role food will play in the next frontier of our efforts to solve the environmental crisis and the importance of this topic for this competition.<br /> This is the final round of the case competition.<br /> Come watch finalist teams compete for a total of $22,500 in prize money and a trip to Patagonia headquarters to meet with executives. Depending on the results, Patagonia aims to implement the winning proposal as part of their business strategy. The top three winning solutions to the case will be developed into a case written by the California Management Review and taught in classrooms to enhance sustainability curriculum.<br /> <br /> Teams<br /> Finalist teams from the following universities have registered to compete: Babson College, Columbia University, Cornell University, Harvard University, MIT, UC Berkeley, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, and Yale University. Their pitch times will be udpated as soon as they are known. Science Talk at Cal Conference, Apr 22 How can we better communicate science to the public?<br /> <br /> Come to Science Talk at Cal, a student-organized conference featuring panel discussions with renowned speakers from the fields of water, food systems, and climate change, plus collaborative workshops to help bring your science communication ideas to the next level. The conference will focus on the challenges of communicating science to the public and strategies to overcome those challenges. Attendees will have the opportunity to break up into small working groups to apply the strategies they learned from the panels to their own project. <br /> <br /> This conference is free and open to everyone. Space is limited; register today at link below. <br /> <br /> Website:<br /> Facebook: Science Talk at Cal Conference <br /> Twitter: ScienceTalk@Cal Cal Day with the College of Natural Resources, Apr 22 CAL DAY is an all-day event packed with programs, resources, events, and groups and organizations representing various aspects of our campus's rich culture and community. The College of Natural Resources will have activities focused around the many opportunities that CNR students can look forward to upon being admitted into our college. California and the Climate Fight, Apr 22 With the US’s commitment to the Paris Agreement in question and the future of federal climate change policy unclear, what steps should California take to remain at the forefront of climate action policy? Join Professor Meredith Fowlie (Class of 1935 Endowed Chair in Energy Associate Professor), Professor Sol Hsiang (co-lead author of the American Climate Prospectus and one of Forbes’s 30 under 30) and Professor Carol Zabin (Research Director, Center for Labor Research and Education, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment) in a discussion moderated by Center for Environmental Public Policy Executive Director Ned Helme about California’s policy options given potential conflicts with the new US administration on issues of climate change and the environment. <br /> <br /> Sponsored by the Goldman School’s Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement and Center for Environmental Public Policy.<br /> <br /> This event is free and open to the public. If you wish to request disability-related accommodations, including sign-language interpreters, please call (510) 642-5032. Please request accommodations as early as possible to assure the best possible arrangements. Stand Up For Science: Noon Rally, Apr 22 April 22 is not just Cal Day, it's also the March for Science! On this day, across the globe, those who value scientific research and evidence-based policies will take a public stand and be counted. Come and participate in a non-partisan rally in support of science at noon on Memorial Glade. We'll hear from inspiring champions of science in celebration and in defense of what science brings to our society:<br /> <br /> Alex Filippenko, Professor, Astrophysicist and Internationally Renowned Educator<br /> Randy Schekman, Professor and Nobel Prize-Winning Cell Biologist<br /> Ashley Truxal, Graduate Student, Pines Lab, College of Chemistry Earth Day Celebration, Apr 23 Come celebrate Earth Day with us! The day will consist of digging in the dirt; a delicious farm-grown lunch; kids' activities; educational workshops on traditional foodways, agroecology, and mugwort; live music from local artists; new friends, and much more. While donations are always accepted and help support the survival of the farm, the event is free. We can't wait to see you there! Forestry Seminar, Apr 25 “Forest Certification: Assessing Efficacy after 25 Years” CNR Alumni Association Oakland Networking Reception, Apr 25 MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Zach Hanna (seminar title TBA), Apr 26 MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist know you are there for the MVZ lunch seminar. The library is located in the rear of the Museum on the north side - follow the orange directional signs. Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Plant gene regulation and complex traits genetics", Apr 26 Our research focuses on two related fields: the genetic architecture of complex traits and the role of gene regulation and protein folding in generating heritable phenotypic variation. We advance complex trait genetics by ascertaining uncharacterized sequence variation and by resolving the relative importance of additive variation and epistasis in complex traits. Lastly, to improve the genotype- phenotype map, we envision molecular markers, applicable in any organism, that predict the penetrance of genetic variants in a given individual. Buying the Farm: The Financialization of US Agriculture., Apr 26 FoxO1 in Insulin Action and Lipid Metabolism, Apr 26 ERG Colloquium: Jeni Miller, Apr 26 DESCRIPTION:<br /> In its 2015 report, the UCL-Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change stated that climate change poses “an unacceptably high and potentially catastrophic risk to human health.” The threats to health are myriad, ranging from heat-related morbidity/mortality, to increases in vector-borne diseases, to the impact of worsening air quality on respiratory and cardiovascular disease. Nutrition suffers due to impacts on agriculture, and climate refugees face innumerable threats to their health and well-being. Yet by and large, the health sector has played a limited role in addressing climate change. <br /> <br /> This reticence has begun to shift, however, with major health professional organizations, hospital systems, patient organizations, and individual health professionals in the US and around the world getting involved, driven by a growing recognition of the urgency and magnitude of the climate change threat to health. At the Global Climate and Health Alliance, Jeni Miller works directly with many such organizations and individuals. In this presentation, Dr. Miller will talk about the challenges for the health sector of entering into this arena, and the power of the health voice in advocating for climate action. She will conclude by discussing the global health-sector-led campaign on air pollution, climate and health that launches next month, led by GCHA and its partners around the world.<br /> <br /> BIOGRAPHY:<br /> Jeni Miller is Executive Director of the Global Climate and Health Alliance, where she coordinates the joint efforts of national, regional and global health NGOs addressing climate change. The Alliance works to minimize the health impacts of climate change and to maximize the health co-benefits of climate strategies, through leadership, advocacy, policy, research, and engagement. Dr. Miller has over fifteen years’ experience working on place-based, policy- and systems-change initiatives to improve community environments for health and reduce non-communicable diseases. Miller received her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. ESPM Seminar Series - Spring 2017 - Jack Stilgoe, Apr 27 "Machine learning, social learning, and the governance of driverless cars"<br /> <br /> Refreshments in 139 Mulford Hall at 11:30 ESPM Graduate Student Symposium, Apr 28 The ESPM Graduate Research Symposium is an annual event in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management that celebrates and showcases graduate student research.<br /> To learn more or register:<br /> <br /> This year the event will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017 at the David Brower Center located at 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA . The day’s events will include finishing talks from graduating ESPM PhD students, a keynote, and a closing reception. ARE Seminar: Teevrat Garg, Apr 28 Teevrat Garg in an assistant professor of economics at UCSD. He works on a variety of issues in economics, with a focus on applications to environmental problems in under-developed countries.<br /> <br /> His current research projects include uncovering causal mechanisms that link ecosystem health to human health, with an emphasis on irrigation in rural communities in poor countries and the distributional consequences of adaptation to climate change. Prior to joining GPS, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the London School of Economics’ Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment. 18th Microbiology Student Symposium, Apr 29 The Microbiology Student Group at UC Berkeley invites you to join us at the 18th Annual Microbiology Student Symposium (MSS) on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley. This year, our keynote speakers are Bonnie Bassler from Princeton and Edward DeLong from University of Hawaii. <br /> <br /> MSS is committed to being a free symposium, so please register now to attend and submit your abstract for talks/poster presentations and/or microbial art. Prizes will be awarded for the best posters, talk, and art! One Year of Community Engagement in Food Systems, May 2 Community leaders and undergraduate students involved with ESPM 197 - Community Engagement in Food Systems this past year will gather to discuss their projects and ways forward for the Food Systems minor. Students will reflect on how their your community engagement projects have changed their understanding of food systems, while community organizers will provide insight into how have students contributed to the mission of their organizations, and what kinds of collaboration would be most beneficial in the future? This event is open to the public, especially students and community members interested in learning more about the Food Systems Minor. BFI Research Showcase, May 3 This event is free and open to the public. Registration recommended. <a href="">Register here.</a><br /> <br /> In 2015, the Berkeley Food Institute provided seed funding to six multi-disciplinary and innovative research projects in food and agriculture. On May 3, our grantees will be sharing the results of their research with the Berkeley community. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from UC Berkeley's experts from various fields, and to participate in the Q&A session following each grantee's presentation. <br /> <br /> Abstracts on each project can be found on <a href="">our website</a>, and project titles and principal investigators are below:<br /> <br /> <b>Home and Harvest: A Participatory Approach to Improving Food Security among Formerly Homeless Youth in Permanent Supportive Housing</b><br /> <i>Principal Investigators: Colette Auerswald and Emily Ozer (Public Health)</i><br /> <br /> <b>Engaging Indigenous Farmworkers in Promoting Occupational Health and Safety</b><br /> <i>Principal Investigators: John Balmes (Public Health) and Suzanne Teran (Labor Occupational Health Program)</i><br /> <br /> <b>Making the Business Case for Improved Farm Labor Conditions</b><br /> <i>Principal Investigators: Christy Getz (Environmental Science, Policy, and Management/Cooperative Extension), Ron Strochlic (UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Nutrition Policy Institute), and Maria Echaveste (UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies)</i><br /> <br /> <b>Exploring Millets to Diversify Cereal Options in Our Diet and the Environment</b><br /> <i>Principal Investigators and UC Berkeley Team: Peggy Lemaux (Plant and Microbial Biology), Amrita Hazra (Post-doc, Plant and Microbial Biology), Patricia Bubner (Post-doc, Energy Biosciences Institute), Sarah Hake (Plant and Microbial Biology/USDA Plant Gene Expression Center), and Gavin Abreu (Graduate Student, Haas School of Business)</i><br /> <br /> <b>The Berkeley Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Evaluating the Impact</b><br /> <i>Principal Investigators: Karen Sokal-Gutierrez, Kristine Madsen, and Lori Dorfman (Public Health), Jennifer Falbe (Post-doc, Public Health), Pamela Mejia and Laura Nixon (Berkeley Media Studies Group), and Patricia Crawford (UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Nutrition Policy Institute)</i><br /> <br /> <b>Mapping Agro-Biodiversity Hotspots and Cultural Foods in the Urban Food Desert: Fostering Community Food Security, Biocultural Diversity, and Health</b><br /> <i>Principal Investigators: Jennifer Sowerwine and Maggi Kelly (Environmental Science, Policy, and Management/Cooperative Extension), Rob Bennaton (Cooperative Extension), Thomas Carlson (Integrative Biology), Andrew Doran (University and Jepson Herbaria), and Brent Mishler (University and Jepson Herbaria/Integrative Biology)</i><br /> <br /> <b>Join us at 8:45am for a light breakfast preceding the presentations, which will begin at 9am sharp.</b><br /> <br /> *** Actomyosin mediated tension and uncoupled respiration in adipose tissue, May 3 Finding Research Funding, May 4 This workshop will describe the mechanisms that federal agencies and private foundations use to fund research and teach methods for finding opportunities to apply for. Katy Seto Finishing Talk, May 4 ARE Seminar: Manisha Shah, May 5 Manisha Shah is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. She is also a Faculty Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Faculty Affiliate at UC Berkeley’s Center for Effective Global Action, and a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor. She received her Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from UC Berkeley.<br /> <br /> Shah is a development economist whose primary research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of applied microeconomics, health, and development. She has written several papers on the economics of sex markets in order to learn how more effective policies and programs can be deployed to slow the spread of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. Chemical Approaches to Metabolic and Mitochondrial Diseases, May 10 Scientific Writing, May 11 Clear writing is a valuable skill for all researchers, and it can positively influence the impact of your science. This workshop will help you write about your research more clearly and effectively. Photosynthesis, Carbon Fixation and the Environment, Jun 14 Oxygenic photosynthesis is the most important biological process in the history of Earth and the major process removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Join us to share your photosynthesis-related research and learn about the diverse photosynthesis research going on at Berkeley.<br /> <br /> Register <a href="">here</a>. Advanced Program in Sustainable Management Online Information Session, Aug 24 The Advanced Program in Sustainable Management covers the foundational topics in sustainability, carbon management, environmental business strategy, project implementation, environmental law and policy, compliance management systems and climate change risk-mitigation strategies. Learn how to comply with environmental regulations, as well as design and implement sustainability practices in cost-effective ways in the public and private sectors. Complete the courses that will enhance your knowledge and skills in the areas that reflect your career objectives. Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar, Aug 30 A variety of viruses infect the human nervous system, often with severe consequences. While vaccines have largely defeated the paralysis caused by polio, other viruses such as rabies, West Nile virus, and herpes simplex virus (HSV) continue to cause neurological infections that require clinical intervention. More than 70% of adults in the United States carry HSV, whether they know it or not. HSV causes recurrent genital and oral lesions (e.g. cold sores), and in rare cases can progress to cause potentially fatal brain infections. Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar, Sep 6 We study epigenetics using plants as model systems. Our goals are to understand how the epigenome contributes to basic cellular mechanisms like DNA replication and gene silencing, and also complex processes like developmental transitions, trans-generational inheritance and aging. We are also interested in exploring how the epigenome can be modulated to improve current genome engineering technologies in animals and plants. Reunion: "Natural History of the Vertebrates" Course, Sep 8 The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology celebrates 104 years of IB 104 "Natural History of the Vertebrates" (formerly IB 107). All course participants (faculty, staff, GSIs, and students) are welcome to attend. <br /> <br /> Registration required ( Reunion: "Natural History of the Vertebrates" Course, Sep 9 The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology celebrates 104 years of IB 104 "Natural History of the Vertebrates" (formerly IB 107). All course participants (faculty, staff, GSIs, and students) are welcome to attend. <br /> <br /> Registration required ( Reunion: "Natural History of the Vertebrates" Course, Sep 10 The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology celebrates 104 years of IB 104 "Natural History of the Vertebrates" (formerly IB 107). All course participants (faculty, staff, GSIs, and students) are welcome to attend. <br /> <br /> Registration required ( Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar, Sep 13 Research in our laboratory focuses on two aspects of DNA virus biology: 1) The role of the host translation system during infection by poxviruses. 2) Microtubule regulation and function during herpes simplex virus infection. CNRAA Networking Mixer, Sep 13 Fall 2017 College of Natural Resources Alumni Association Networking Mixer. Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar, Sep 20 Our laboratory focuses on the role that microbial communities play in human homeostasis, health and disease. We firmly believe that the various microbial components of human ecosystems including bacteria, viruses, archaea, and fungi are important factors that help determine the natural history of their hosts. Furthermore, their interactions with humans or their interactions with other microbial constituents in these communities likely have consequences for human health. Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar, Sep 27 The Torii lab studies how plant cells coordinate proliferation and differentiation during organ morphogenesis to generate beautiful, orderly patterns. We aim to understand the molecular and genetic bases of cell-cell communication that specifies organ size, shape, and stomatal patterning through integrated approaches. Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar, Oct 4 Understanding biodiversity requires more than identifying the number of species on earth. We must also elucidate how species interactions govern the dynamics of communities, ecosystems, and species diversity. My lab uses a broad combination of approaches including experimental ecology, field observations, molecular phylogenetics, and population genetics to understand the role that interspecific interactions play in creating diversity. Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar, Oct 11 The Montgomery Lab pursues a common research theme of understanding how individuals perceive, respond to, and are impacted by the environments in which they exist. Primary research efforts of the group are focused on the responses of photosynthetic organisms to external light cues. Additionally, Montgomery pursues this theme in the context of effective mentoring in research environments.