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Friday, September 15, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

German 204- Fall 2017: Compact Seminar

Course | September 1 – 29, 2017 every Friday | 282 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of German

Prof. Dr. Ortrud Gutjahr (Universität Hamburg)

Aufklärungstheater: Lessings Dramen und Hamburgische Dramaturgie

Gotthold Ephraim Lessings Schauspiel Nathan der Weise (1779) gilt als das deutschsprachige Drama der Aufklärung schlechthin. Und dies nicht nur, weil es bis heute das am häufigsten auf der Bühne inszenierte Stück der Epoche ist, sondern auch, weil es mit seinen szenischen...   More >

Towards Inclusive Tech: How to build more inclusive technical education and workplaces

Conference/Symposium | September 14 – 15, 2017 every day | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Prudence Carter, Dean, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education; Aubrey Blanche, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Atlassian

 Information, School of

Towards Inclusive Tech aims to move the conversation about diversity and inclusion beyond a now familiar set of issues. We want researchers to share what interventions show the most promise after rigorous evaluation.

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Bay Area Vision Research Day

Conference/Symposium | September 15 | 8 a.m.-7 p.m. |  Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

 UC Berkeley Vision Science Department

The Bay Area Vision Research Day (BAVRD) is a one-day research conference devoted to bringing the vision research community of the Bay Area together in order to present and to discuss new and exciting findings in the fields of visual psychophysics, ophthalmology, optometry, biology, neuroscience, and computer vision. What distinguishes BAVRD from other conferences is that it is primarily...   More >

29th Annual Bay Area Vision Research Day (BAVRD)

Conference/Symposium | September 15 | 8 a.m.-6 p.m. |  Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

 Optometry, School of

BAVRD is an annual meeting hosted and organized by Vision Science graduate students at UC Berkeley. It is dedicated to facilitating collaboration and discussion among vision researchers in the San Francisco Bay Area across many fields – including neuroscience, computer science, psychology, immunology, molecular biology, bioengineering, optics, optometry, and ophthalmology.

Integrated Optics from Telecom to the Future Human Sensory Interface

Seminar | September 15 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Michael S. Eggleston, Nokia Bell Labs

 UC Berkeley Photobears

Integrated optics are increasingly allowing larger and more complex optical systems to be implemented at large scale and low cost. While traditionally driven by the need for compact and low-cost modules for optical Telecom and Datacom applications, these integrated systems have the potential to revolutionize the way humans interface our analog world with the digital network in which we...   More >

Integrated Optics from Telecom to the Future Human Sensory Interface

Seminar | September 15 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 540AB Cory Hall

 Michael S. Eggleston, Nokia Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Integrated optics are increasingly allowing larger and more complex optical systems to be implemented at large scale and low cost. I will discuss some of the recent work performed at Bell Labs on III-V/Silicon Photonic hybrid lasers and transceivers including a 95nm tunable laser with 13dBm output power and transmitters with data rates exceeding 80Gb/s, and applications for LIDAR and OCT.

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Flat Photonics Using High Contrast Metastructures

Seminar | September 15 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 Cory (Hogan Room)

 Professor Connie J. Chang-Hasnain, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

A new class of planar optics has emerged using near-wavelength dielectric structures, known as high contrast metastructures (HCM). Many extraordinary properties can be designed top-down based for integrated optics on a silicon or GaAs substrate. Using a 1D HCM as a high reflectivity mirror, we demonstrated wavelength-swept vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) with 1 MHz swept rate and...   More >

Talking About Combinatorial Objects Student Seminar: Introduction to Matroids

Seminar | September 15 | 1-2 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Mariel Supina, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Matroids are combinatorial objects that generalize the concept of linear independence. Many other combinatorial objects are matroids, so results about matroids often transfer nicely to other fields. This talk will include several axiomatic definitions of matroids, including independent sets, bases, and circuits, and some important constructions for matroids, focusing on duality.

A Self-Assembly Approach to the Origin of RNA: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | September 15 | 2-3 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall | Note change in location

 Prof. Nicholas V. Hud, Georgia Institute of Technology, Chem & Biochem

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

The prebiotic synthesis of RNA remains a critical and unsolved problem for origins of life research.

We are investigating the hypothesis that RNA evolved from an ancestral polymer (or proto-RNA) with molecular building blocks that had a strong propensity for self-assembly.

We are also exploring the hypothesis that oscillating environments facilitated RNA replication, before the emergence...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Stochastic Differential Equations with Critical Drifts

Seminar | September 15 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Kyeongsik Nam, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

It is a classical result that SDE with additive noise whose drift term belongs to $L^q([0,T],L^p_x)$ for $\frac 2q+\frac dp< 1$ possesses a strong solution. In this talk, I will extend this result to the critical drift case. More precisely, I will construct a regular stochastic flow when drift term belongs to $L^{q,1}([0,T],L^p_x)$, which is a Lorentz space in time, for critical exponents $p$ and...   More >

MENA Salon: Climate Change and Environmental Crisis

Workshop | September 15 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Water scarcity, dust storms, and rising sea levels have enormous effects on quality of life in the MENA region. Are these environmental crises better described as "natural" or political? Are they regional or global crises? How and why does their impact vary across the region? This week's MENA salon will address these and other questions on climate change and environmental degradation.

Photophysics of Metal-Organic Frameworks with Emphasis on Directional Energy Transfer

Seminar | September 15 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Natalia Shustova, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina

 College of Chemistry

The study of energy transfer (ET) processes is a cornerstone of modern physical and inorganic chemistry, which is driven by growing demand in efficient energy transfer and conversion necessary to build a sustainable energy society independent from fossil fuels. Specifically, materials with a predesigned pathway for ET can address urgent needs in fast enhancement of material performance in areas...   More >

ITS Seminar: Cooperation for Autonomous Cars: Why and How?

Seminar | September 15 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Arnaud de La Fortelle, MINES ParisTech, Center for Robotics

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Autonomous cars are being deployed, but these cars are mainly standalone. Making autonomous cars that are also cooperative is difficult, but arguably, this is unavoidable. This talk will briefly present the why, and in more detail, the how, especially the various impacts cooperation has on autonomous car architectures (technical challenge) and the problems it raises (scientific challenges).

The Road to Sleeping Dragon: Learning China from the Ground Up

Colloquium | September 15 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Michael Meyer, English, University of Pittsburgh

 Thomas Gold, Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In 1995, at the age of twenty-three, Michael Meyer joined the Peace Corps and, after rejecting offers to go to seven other countries, was sent to a tiny town in Sichuan. Knowing nothing about China, or even how to use chopsticks, Meyer wrote Chinese words up and down his arms so he could hold conversations, and, per a Communist dean’s orders, jumped into teaching his students about the...   More >

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: Log étale fundamental groups and families

Seminar | September 15 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Martin Olsson, UCB

 Department of Mathematics

If $A$ is a complete noetherian local ring with residue field $k$ and $X/A$ is a proper $A$-scheme with closed fiber $X_k$, then the Grothendieck existence theorem implies that the reduction functor on categories of finite étale covers $$ \text {Fet}(X)\rightarrow \text {Fet}(X_k) $$ is an equivalence of categories. In this talk I will explain a logarithmic version and discuss some applications.

The Great Animal Orchestra: The Essential Narratives of Biodiversity Second Lecture: The Great Animal Orchestra: How animals taught us to Dance and Sing: Bernie Krause, PhD. soundscape ecologist, author and composer

Colloquium | September 15 | 4:30 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Fall welcome misc.

 Department of Music

The Great Animal Orchestra: The Essential Narratives of Biodiversity

Second Lecture: The Great Animal Orchestra: How animals taught us to Dance and Sing

Bernie Krause, PhD. soundscape ecologist, author and composer

Friday, Sept. 15th, 4:30 pm

Hertz Hall

Risk Communication and Post-disaster Tourism Recovery: Evidence from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster

Conference/Symposium | September 15 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Gifford Room, 221

 Hiroaki Matsuura, Shoin University

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), UC Berkeley Tourism Studies Working Group

A tremendous amount of radioactive products were discharged as a result of the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in March 2011, which resulted in radioactive contamination of the plant and wide surrounding areas. When describing the geographical distribution of radioactive contamination just after the disaster, the government, media, and other organizations largely used administrative...   More >