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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Computer Health Matters: User Friendly Workstations (BEUHS400)

Workshop | November 28 | 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomics@Work

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn how to set up a user-friendly workstation and practice stretches to help relieve computer-related aches and pains. This workshop is required to qualify for computer ergonomics matching funds.

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Keyboards and Mice: Ergonomic Alternatives (BEUHS401)

Workshop | November 28 | 9:45-10:45 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonimics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn about the ergonomics of keyboards and pointing devices, including appropriate workstation set-up, postures, and techniques for using them. Find out about the keyboards and pointing devices covered by the Computer Ergonomics Matching Funds Program. Enroll online at the UC Learning Center.

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Neurocomputational mechanisms underlying social norms and controllability

Colloquium | November 28 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Xiaosi Gu, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

To maintain the normal functioning of a society, individuals must be able to learn to adapt to norms. Neuroimaging studies have suggested that the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) and the insular cortex might be important for norm learning. However, norms are not static processes but rather, can be changed and updated if individuals of a society learn to act on them. In other words, the...   More >

Defects in mRNA translation and neurological disease

Seminar | November 28 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 245 Li Ka Shing Center

 Susan Ackerman, University of California, San Diego

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "Regulatory switches for photosynthesis"

Seminar | November 28 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Kris Niyogi

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Niyogi, who earned his Ph.D. in biology at M.I.T., researches photosynthetic energy conversion in his lab at U.C. Berkeley. The Niyogi Lab uses cyanobacteria, eukaryotic algae, and plants to investigate photosynthetic processes. Kris Niyogi is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, a professor in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and...   More >

Rachel Slaybaugh on “Creating the Future of Nuclear Energy”: CITRIS Research Exchange

Conference/Symposium | November 28 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 SDH

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

About the speaker:
Rachel Slaybaugh is an Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Prof. Slaybaugh's research program is based in computational methods and applied to existing and advanced nuclear reactors, nuclear non-proliferation and security, and shielding applications. Slaybaugh is currently serving as a Program Director at ARPA-E. She is also a...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Katya Mack: A role for gene regulation in house mouse speciation and adaptation

Seminar | November 28 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Katya Mack

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

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...   More >

Tissue Inspired Hydrogel Design

Seminar | November 28 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Shelly R. Peyton, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Improved in vitro models are needed to better understand cancer progression and bridge the gap between in vitro proof-of-concept studies, in vivo validation, and clinical application. Many methods exist to create biomaterial platforms, including hydrogels, which we use to study cells in contexts more akin to what they experience in vivo. Our lab has multiple approaches to create such...   More >

Forest Bathing with Hana Lee Goldin

Workshop | November 28 | 1-3:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku, Forest Bathing has demonstrated benefits for stress reduction and cognitive function. Forest Bathing also offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with the natural world. By slowing down and opening up our senses, we may begin to notice incredible things that may have eluded us for our whole lives.

$40 / $35 UCBG Members and UC students, faculty and staff

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Digital Humanities, Egyptology and Heritage Preservation: A Comparative Perspective

Workshop | November 26 – 28, 2018 every day | 2-5 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Near Eastern Studies, LMU-Berkeley Research in the Humanities

The workshop follows a meeting held at the University of Munich in July 2018, within the frame of a project between LMU and UCB on Digital Humanities, Egyptology and Heritage preservation. It aims at discussing new digital approaches for Heritage preservation in ancient Egypt, on a comparative perspective.

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | November 28 | 2-3 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and suggestions on how to find them.

We will also let you know about upcoming deadlines and eligibility requirements for some of...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): An introduction to Legendrian and contact submanifolds

Seminar | November 28 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Roger Casals, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk I will give an introduction to Legendrian and contact submanifolds in the standard contact sphere. I will start by introducing the standard contact structure in the odd-dimensional spheres, and discuss some of the historical and current motivations that lead to the study of contact topology. Then, I will define contact and Legendrian submanifolds and explain the results that I find...   More >

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Illusions: curves of zeros of Selberg zeta functions

Seminar | November 28 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Polina Vytnova, University of Warwick

 Department of Mathematics

It is well known (since 1956) that the Selberg Zeta function for compact surfaces satisfies the “Riemann Hypothesis”: any zero in the critical strip $0< \Re (s)< 1$ is either real or $\Im (s)=1/2$. The question of location and distribution of the zeros of the Selberg Zeta function associated to a noncompact hyperbolic surface attracted attention of the mathematical community in 2014 when...   More >

EECS Colloquium: Deep Learning to Solve Challenging Problems

Colloquium | November 28 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Jeff Dean, Google, Inc.

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

For the past seven years, Google Research teams have conducted research on difficult problems in artificial intelligence, on building large-scale computer systems for machine learning research, and, in collaboration with many teams at Google, on applying our research and systems to many Google products. As part of our work in this space, we have built and open-sourced the TensorFlow system...   More >

ATGL inhibitors: a gauge and valve system to balance fatty acid flow and oxidation

Seminar | November 28 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Jun Liu, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

"Advanced Control of Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Jets for Plasma Medicine"/"Designing Catalytic Environments Beyond the Active Center: Crystalline 2-Dimensional Zeotypes versus Amorphous Silica as Supports"

Colloquium | November 28 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Dogan Gidon, Ph.D. student in the Graves Group and Mesbah Group; Nicolas Gross-Giordano, Ph.D. student in the Katz Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Matrix Factorisation for Morse-Bott functions

Seminar | November 28 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Constantin Teleman, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Matrix Factorizations were introduced by Eisenbud to study minimal resolutions of Cohen-Macaulay modules. The notion was rediscovered from a physics perspective, where such factorizations appeared as boundary conditions for topological quantum field theory, and led to the (curved) deformation theory of the category of coherent sheaves on complex manifolds. An important stability result here is...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Rigidity for contact submanifolds in the higher dimension

Seminar | November 28 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Roger Casals, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I will provide the first example of rigidity for contact submanifolds in higher dimensions. In three dimensions, there are examples of transverse knots in the 3-sphere which are isotopic as smooth knots, but not isotopic as transverse knots. These 3-dimensional examples were first provided by J. Birman and W. Menasco in 2006. The existence of such phenomenon in the higher-dimension...   More >

Classical visual phenomenology revisited: Ken Nakayama, Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, UC Berkeley

Colloquium | November 28 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Ken Nakayama, Adjunct Professor Department of Psychology UC Berkeley

 Department of Psychology

We have all seen Jastrow’s Rabbit Duck, Rubin’s face-vase, the reversing Necker cube as well as the Kanizsa triangle. These images have graced elementary psychology textbooks and pop science books alike. Yet they have remained as memorable curios without influencing mainstream thinking as to how the visual system operates. Maybe it’s because visual science has gravitated to more “objective”...   More >

Researching Segregation/Reporting Segregation

Panel Discussion | November 28 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 Alex Schafran, Lecturer, School of Geography, University of Leeds; Devin Katayama and Sandhya Dirks, Creators of the American Suburb podcast, KQED; Rachel Brahinsky, Director of Urban and Public Affairs Program, University of San Francisco

 Sasha Khokha, Host of the California Report, KQED

 Karen Frick, Department of City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Department of City + Regional Planning

Panel Discussion and Book Launch