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Friday, May 3, 2019

18th Annual Transactional Clinical Conference: Classrooms, Campuses and Communities

Conference/Symposium | May 3 | 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

 Law, Boalt School of

Join clinical law professionals from around the country at the 18th annual Transactional Clinical Conference

Futures of Academic Making: Connecting Educational Research and Practice

Conference/Symposium | May 3 | 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Join UC Berkeley’s Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation and Graduate School of Education for a half-day symposium exploring the future of making-based educational research and practice across the student experience. The day will include keynote talks from Kylie Peppler (UC Irvine) and Paulo Blikstein (Columbia University), project spotlights, and interdisciplinary dialogue.

Refreshments and...   More >

Alcohol and Amine Derivatives Guide Position-Selective C–H Functionalization Reactions

Seminar | May 3 | 10-11 a.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Prof. Jennifer Roizen, Dept. of Chemistry, Duke University

 College of Chemistry

Free radical reactions represent an important and versatile class of chemical transformations. Nitrogen-centered radical applications remain underexplored due to the lack of convenient methods for their generation. Recent advances have improved access to nitrogen-centered radicals through photoredox-mediated oxidation of two such directing groups: amides and sulfonamides. Guided by this approach,...   More >

Mithra, Buddha, and Mani Walk into a Desert...: Indo-Iranian and Sino-Iranian Encounters in Central Asia

Conference/Symposium | May 3 – 4, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

All panels held at 180 Doe Library (*except where indicated)

Friday May 3, 10am–12:00pm
Introductory Remarks
Sanjyot Mehendale, UC Berkeley

Changing Vocabulary of Manichaean Visual Syntax in Uyghur East Central Asia
Zsuzsanna Gulácsi, Northern Arizona University

Manichaean Official Documents in their Central Asian Context
Adam Benkato, UC Berkeley

Manichaean Evidence for Kushan...   More >

History Adrift: A Conversation with Namwali Serpell

Seminar | May 3 | 12-2 p.m. | 113 César E. Chávez Student Center

 Namwali Serpell

 Human Resources

The SLC Language Exchange and Writing Programs are honored to host a conversation with author Namwali Serpell about her debut novel, The Old Drift. Join us on May 3rd from 12-2PM as she reads from her book, shares insight into her writing process, and discusses how reimagining the past can enhance our understanding of the present and future.

About the Author
Namwali Serpell is an associate...   More >

Yoga for Tension and Stress Relief (BEUHS664)

Workshop | May 3 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

 Laurie Ferris

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Practicing yoga can release tension in your joints, give you greater range of motion, and offer increased comfort in all aspects of your life. Learn basic yoga poses and breathing techniques to transform your practice into a moving meditation. Optional: Join the Passport Yoga Passport Challenge and get a different stamp for each class to be entered into a drawing for a yoga prize! Please bring...   More >

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Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: 24/7 Electricity Produced by Intermittent Power Requires Its Energy Storage

Seminar | May 3 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, The Hogan Room, 521

 Jerry Woodall, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UC Davis

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This is a simple story with a no-brainer punchline included in the title. Except for geothermal and nuclear energy, the sun is, and has been, the source of nearly all energy used on our planet. The problem is that the earth receives plenty of intermittent solar power, but not as solar energy.

Dissertation Talk: Approximate counting, phase transitions and geometry of polynomials

Seminar | May 3 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Jingcheng Liu, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In classical statistical physics, a phase transition is understood by studying the geometry (the zero-set) of an associated polynomial (the partition function). In this talk I will show that one can exploit this notion of phase transitions algorithmically, and conversely exploit the analysis of algorithms to understand phase transitions. As applications, I will give efficient deterministic...   More >

DNA Origami Tools for Cryo-EM: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | May 3 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall

 Prof. Shawn Douglas, UC San Franciscso, Cellular Molecular Pharmacology

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Watch a brief animated explainer of bionanotechnology at http://www.shawndouglas.com

Ocean Wave Turbulence – From Theory to Computation: E201 Ocean Engineering Seminar Series, Spring 2019

Seminar | May 3 | 2:30-4 p.m. | 3109 Etcheverry Hall

 Dr. Yulin Pan, Assistant Professor of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering, University of Michigan

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: In this presentation, we seek a first-principles understanding of the stationary and invariant form of ocean wave spectrum based on wave turbulence theory, which describes the statistical property of an ensemble of waves in weakly nonlinear interactions. The starting point of the research is on capillary waves, which dominate the small-scale dynamics of ocean surface. Allowing triad...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Modular and Safe Event-Driven Programming

Seminar | May 3 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 531 Cory Hall

 Ankush Pankaj Desai, University Of California, Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Asynchronous event-driven systems can be found in myriad domains including cloud computing systems, device drivers, and robotics.
These systems are notoriously hard to get right as the programmer needs to reason about numerous control paths resulting from the complex interleaving of events (messages) and failures.
Unsurprisingly, it is easy to introduce subtle errors while attempting to fill...   More >

Fiction or Reality: Thinking Fukushima through Art

Seminar | May 3 | 2:30-4 p.m. | 226 Dwinelle Hall

 Saeko Kimura, Professor, Tsuda University

 Miryam Sas, Professor, UC Berkeley

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

While we share the sense that fiction and plastic arts reflect a different relationship to reality than that of documentary or journalistic writing, writing on Fukushima often encounters a difficulty in distinguishing between the fictional and the real. How have recent Japanese artists and writers after 3-11 broached and responded to this difficulty in dividing the real from the imaginary? Is...   More >

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/nhknewsline/backstories/sunchild/ (accessed April 29, 2019)

Composition Colloquium: Katie Balch

Colloquium | May 3 | 3 p.m. | 250 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Called "intricate" and an "exquisite sound world" by icareifyoulisten, Katherine's music has been commissioned and performed by the Tokyo, Minnesota, Oregon, and Albany Symphony Orchestras, American Composer's Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Antico Moderno, FLUX Quartet, International Contemporary Ensemble, wild Up, Contemporaneous, and Concert Artists Guild, among others, in such venues...   More >

MENA Salon: Reflections on Egyptian-Turkish Relations

Workshop | May 3 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.

Egypt and Turkey’s relations since 2011 have had both change and strain. For our last salon of the semester, former Egyptian Ambassador to Turkey, Abdul-Rahman Salah will be our guest. We will discuss his experiences in the field and the future of Egyptian-Turkish...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: The unipotent Albanese map and rational points on varieties

Seminar | May 3 | 3-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Daniel Hast, Rice University

 Department of Mathematics

Given a curve of genus at least $2$ over a number field, Faltings' theorem tells us that its set of rational points is finite. Provably computing the set of rational points remains a major open problem, as does the question of whether the number of rational points can be uniformly bounded. We will survey some recent progress and ongoing work using the Chabauty–Kim method, which uses the...   More >

The Concept of Context

Seminar | May 3 | 3-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Michael Buckland

 Human Resources

Information is inevitably created in a context and, whenever used, is necessarily used in some context. Intermediaries, too, have their own contexts. The literature on information-related behavior mentioning context is vast and varied. Nevertheless the concept of âcontextâ itself seems underdeveloped in information studies beyond the simple case of spatial and temporal metadata. Formal models of...   More >

The Concept of Context

Seminar | May 3 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Michael Buckland

 Information, School of

Information is inevitably created in a context and, whenever used, is necessarily used in some context. Intermediaries, too, have their own contexts. The literature on information-related behavior mentioning context is vast and varied. Nevertheless the concept of âcontextâ itself seems underdeveloped in information studies beyond the simple case of spatial and temporal metadata. Formal models...   More >

Information Access Seminar: Niloufar Salehi

Seminar | May 3 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Niloufar Salehi

 Information, School of

FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize and KIDS FIRST: David L. Kirp Prize Award Ceremony

Presentation | May 3 | 4-6 p.m. |  The Latinx Research Center

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Genevieve Negrón-Gonzales, Associate Professor of Education, University of San Francisco

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Public Health, School of, Latinx Research Center, Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program

Please join us as we honor Joel Sati and Rosa M. Jiménez, recipients of the FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize, and Gabriel Santamaria, Alejandra León Herrera, and Nolan Pokpongkiat, recipients of the KIDS FIRST: David L. Kirp Prize.

With Keynote by Genevieve Negrón-Gonzales, Associate Professor of Education, University of San Francisco


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Music Studies Colloquium: Svanibor Pettan (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia): Minorities in a War-Peace Continuum: How Applied Ethnomusicology Can Help

Colloquium | May 3 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Svanibor Pettan studied ethnomusicology in Croatia (B.A.), Slovenia (M.A.), and USA (Ph.D.). He researched music in his native Croatia, Slovenia, in the Balkans (particularly in Kosovo), Africa (Tanzania, Egypt), Australia, and USA. At the University of Oslo he became involved with applied ethnomusicology through the Bosnian-Norwegian project" Azra."
His specialties include Balkan Gypsy music,...   More >

Three Debut Speculative Fiction Writers: A Conversation with Carmen Maria Machado, Lesley Nneka Arimah, and Alice Sola Kim

Panel Discussion | May 3 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Carmen Maria Machado; Lesley Nneka Arimah; Alice Sola Kim

 Department of English, Peripheral Futures Group

Carmen Maria Machado is the author of *Her Body and Other Parties*; Lesley Nneka Arimah is the author of *What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky*; Alice Sola Kim is a recipient of a Whiting Award and has been published in the *Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017*.

Email serpell@berkeley.edu to receive copies of the stories we will be discussing.