<< Week of February 19 >>

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Bodhisattva Precepts in East Asian Perspective and Beyond

Conference/Symposium | February 19 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Center for Buddhist Studies

Friday–Sunday, February 17–19, 2017
Bodhisattva Precepts in East Asian Perspective and Beyond
Friday (4–6:30 pm): 180 Doe Memorial Library
Saturday (9:30 am–6 pm) – Sunday (9 am–12:00 pm): Alumni House
UC Berkeley


Chai and Spice Workshop

Workshop | February 19 | 3-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Come warm up in the Garden’s Tropical House surrounded by plants that provide the spicy ingredients for chai. Deepa Natarajan will lead you on a journey through spice history and teach you a couple of recipes for making masala chai. Take home a recipe and spice blend and sip lots of chai along the way!

$25, $20 members

  Register online or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Monday, February 20, 2017

Seminar 231, Public Finance: HOLIDAY

Seminar | February 20 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Seminar 211, Economic History: No Meeting

Seminar | February 20 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Department of Economics

President's Day Holiday

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

RAPDP - Foundational - F5 Research Compliance Introduction

Course | February 21 | 9-11 a.m. | University Hall, Room 24

 Human Resources

Synopsis: An introductory workshop that provides an overview of Research Conflict of Interest, Human Subjects Research, and Animal Subjects Research.

  Register online

Myeloid Immunity In Pulmonary Metastasis

Seminar | February 21 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 **Mark Headley**, University of California, San Francisco

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Seminar 217, Risk Management: A Popularity Asset Pricing Model

Seminar | February 21 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Paul Kaplan, Morningstar

 Center for Risk Management Research

This paper presents a formal model for theory of popularity as laid out informally by Idzorek and Ibbotson in their seminal paper, “Dimensions of Popularity (Journal of Portfolio Management, 2014). The paper does this by extending the capital asset pricing model (CAPM) to include security characteristics that different investors regard differently. This leads to an equilibrium in...   More >

AbbVie Lecture in Organic Chemistry: From fuzzy to function: Capturing conformations of transcriptional coactivators with small molecules

Seminar | February 21 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Anna Mapp, Life Sciences Institute, University of Michigan

 College of Chemistry

Within the chemical space of protein-protein interactions (PPIs), transient, modest affinity PPIs play a central role in a variety of cellular functions, including protein folding and transcription. Dysregulation of this class of PPIs is at the heart of diseases ranging from cancer to neurodegenerative disorders. For example, in several types of AML, leukemogenesis is dependent upon the loss of...   More >

Taking Action and Moving Forward in Your Career (BECAR201)

Workshop | February 21 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Tang Center, University Health Services

 TBA, University Health Services

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

Goal setting and decision making strategies will be addressed in this workshop.

BSAC Technology Seminar - Exosome Cancer Research Powered by Microfluidics

Seminar | February 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 490 Cory Hall

 Prof. Mei He, Assistant Professor, Kansas State University, Nanotechnology Innovation Center

 Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center

Most eukaryotic cells release exosomes which present opportunities for cancer analysis. Exosomes exhibit strong antigen loading flexibility, but their study is hampered by technical difficulties. We show microfluidic processing with precise control and foresee microfluidic technology playing game-changer roles in exploring the utility of exosomes in cancer research.

  RSVP online by February 17.

Laptop and Mobile Ergonomics (BEUHS409)

Workshop | February 21 | 12-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Campus Ergonomist, Ergonomics@Work


Learn how to use your laptop safely in an office and mobile setting. Recommended mobile products and best practices for using smart phones and tablets will also be provided. Enroll online

  Register online

Real vs. Fake Investors: Race, Security and Citizenship in ‘Post-Africanization’ Uganda

Colloquium | February 21 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Dr. Anneeth Kaur Hundle, Assistant Professor, University of California, Merced

 Center for African Studies

One of the Center for African Studies weekly sessions in our Spring 2017 Colloquium Series.

Anneeth Kaur Hundle

Development Lunch:"Cash Transfers and Local Public Finance in Kenya"

Seminar | February 21 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Michael Walker

 Department of Economics, CEGA

Meeting Conservation with Sarah Allen: Hosted by Society for Conservation Biology - Berkeley Chapter

Seminar | February 21 | 1-2 p.m. | 103 Mulford Hall

 Sarah Allen, National Parks Service

 Society for Conservation Biology - Berkeley Chapter

In the Society for Conservation Biology's 'Meeting Conservation' series, we invite Bay Area scientists to share their non-academic career paths and experiences for students interested in conservation.

On Tuesday Feb 21 from 1-2pm in 103 Mulford, we welcome Dr. Sarah Allen, Science Program Lead of the National Parks Service Pacific West Region. Dr. Allen works with national parks and federal...   More >

Superpave Mix Design for Local Agencies

Workshop | February 21 – 23, 2017 every day | 2-4 p.m. |  Online

 Frank Farshidi, City of San Jose

 Technology Transfer Program

The SUPERPAVE mix design method is designed to replace the Hveem method. California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) started implementing the national SUPERPAVE standard for designing, specifying, and accepting pavement projects for all state jobs. The new mix design accounts for traffic loading and environmental conditions and includes a new method of evaluating the asphalt mixture. This...   More >

 This course is designed for engineers, state local agencies, consultants, contractors, maintenance supervisors, and quality control/assurance supervisors responsible for designing asphalt mixtures, material specifications, and quality control/quality assu

BLISS Seminar: DNA Sequencing: From Information Limits to Assembly Software

Seminar | February 21 | 2-3 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Ilan Shomorony, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Emerging long-read sequencing technologies promise to enable near-perfect reconstruction of whole genomes. Assembly of long reads is usually accomplished using a read-overlap graph, in which the true sequence corresponds to a Hamiltonian path. As such, the assembly problem becomes NP-hard under most formulations, and most of the known algorithmic approaches are heuristic in nature.

In this...   More >

"The life of a memory: Post-encoding reactivation and reorganization of episodic memory: Human Brain Imaging with fMRI

Colloquium | February 21 | 3:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Lila Davachi, New York University

 Department of Psychology

3-Manifold Seminar: The golden identity for the Yamada polynomial and flow polynomials of cubic graphs

Seminar | February 21 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I'll describe some more about special identities for flow polynomials of planar cubic graphs, and how to obtain Tutte's golden identity. Then we'll describe an extension of this identity to the Yamada polynomial for spatial cubic graphs, and some consequences for flow polynomials of general cubic graphs. (joint with Slava Krushkal)

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Behavior of the Brascamp–Lieb constant

Seminar | February 21 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Taryn Flock, University of Birmingham

 Department of Mathematics

Brascamp-Lieb inequality generalizes many inequalities in analysis, including the Holder, Loomis-Whitney, and Young convolution inequalities. Sharp constants for such inequalities have a long history and have only been determined in a few cases. We investigate the stability and regularity of the sharp constant as a function of the implicit parameters. The focus of the talk will be a...   More >

LaTeX: Introduction to Typesetting in Math

Workshop | February 21 | 4-5 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Kresge Engineering Library 110 MD

 Brian Quigley, Kresge Engineering Library


This workshop is an introduction to typesetting math using LaTeX. Attendees will learn how to create various environments for equations and formulas; subscripting and superscripting; Greek letters; and other commonly used syntax for math.

  RSVP online

The Dialectics of Enlightenment," Soviet Style: Reconsidering Social Progress in the Literature and Film of the Thaw Era

Colloquium | February 21 | 4-6 p.m. | 4337 Dwinelle Hall

 Ilya Kukulin, Associate Professor, School of Cultural Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Higher School of Economics, Moscow

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

The fifth lecture in the Spring 2017 Slavic Colloquium series.

Temporal Coding and the Perception of Musical Harmony: Berkeley Ear Club

Colloquium | February 21 | 4 p.m. | Tolman Hall, 3201/ Warner Brown Room

 Chris Plack, University of Machester, UK

 Department of Psychology

Chris Plack, University of Manchester
Temporal fluctuations in sounds are represented by the synchronized firing patterns of neurons in the auditory nerve and auditory brainstem. These patterns can be measured in humans using electroencephalography, and are reflected in a sustained response called the “frequency-following response” (FFR). When two musical notes with simple frequency ratios are...   More >

Single-Molecule Spectroscopy with Molecular Catalysts, Conductive Polymers, and Optical Microresonators

Seminar | February 21 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Randall Goldsmith, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 College of Chemistry

Measurements on individual molecules have revolutionized how chemists can perceive molecular properties and dynamics, yet single-molecule techniques can only be applied with considerable experimental constraints. The Goldsmith group develops new tools through chemical synthesis, micro and nanophotonics, and microfluidics that allow single-molecule techniques to be applied in previously...   More >

Model Reduction for Edge-Weighted Personalized PageRank

Seminar | February 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 David Bindel, Assistant Professor, Cornell University, Department of Computer Science

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I describe work on adapting model reduction to a standard kernel for many data mining computations: fast computation of PageRank for graphs in which the edge weights depend on parameters.

EPMS Weekly Seminar

Seminar | November 1, 2016 – December 5, 2017 every Tuesday | 5:10-6 p.m. | 212 O'Brien Hall

 Engineering and Project Management Society

Each week the Engineering and Project Management Society brings in a speaker to talk about topics related to construction and project management. Light refreshments will be provided.

Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at...   More >

Reading epigenetic landscapes: implications for gene regulation, human cancer and beyond

Seminar | February 21 | 6-7 p.m. |  Berdahl Auditorium, 105 Stanley Hall

 David Allis, The Rockefeller University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Sustain U: Green Up Your Life

Course | January 31 – April 25, 2017 every Tuesday with exceptions | 6:30-8 p.m. | 228 Dwinelle Hall

 Sharon Chen; Mary Thomasmeyer

 Student Environmental Resource Center

This course, presented by the Student Environmental Resource Center, is meant to introduce sustainability as a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary concept embodying business, economics, public health, engineering, and ethnic studies, as well as its real practical applications in students’ lives.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Computer Health Matters: User Friendly Workstations (BEUHS400)

Workshop | February 22 | 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomics@Work; Mallory Lynch, Ergonomics@Work

 Ergonomics@Work, University Health Services

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.

  Register online

Keyboards and Mice: Ergonomic Alternatives (BEUHS401)

Workshop | February 22 | 9:45-10:45 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomic Specialist, Ergonomics@Work

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

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.

  Register online

Matrix Computations and Scientific Computing Seminar: Research Trends in Numerical Analysis

Seminar | February 22 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall

 Joe Grcar, LBNL, retired

 Department of Mathematics

survey NA publications over the decade 1990 to 2011 using the Zentralblatt Math database. In that time, NA increases from 6

The published survey is here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03610918.2015.1056356

The Berkeley Network Webinar Series: Resume Workshop: Write A Resume That Gets Results

Seminar | February 22 | 12-1 p.m. |  Online

 Robin Reshwan, Career Writer for USNEWS.com and Founder of Collegial Services, Collegial Services

 Cal Alumni Association

Join CAA for a virtual resume workshop featuring Robin Reshwan, Founder of Collegial Services and Careers writer for USNews.com.

The average hiring manager reviews your resume for just 6 seconds before making a decision. This workshop will teach you how to craft a resume that makes a great first impression. Our tips will also cover strategies to deal with resume screening software, how a...   More >

  Register online

Transport of hydrophilic molecules across membranes: from ions to proteins

Seminar | February 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Eunyong Park**, Rockefeller University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Environmental and Sustainability Career Series

Panel Discussion | February 22 | 12-1 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), Blue Room

 Student Environmental Resource Center, Career Center, College of Natural Resources

Take a break for lunch and learn more about employers and organizations in the environment and sustainability fields. This program is a partnership between the Career Center, the College of Natural Resources and the Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC). The Alum/Employer for this session is still TBA.

BioE Seminar: “Peering into the “black-box” of protein signaling: quantifying protein-protein interaction kinetics and protein concentrations to computationally predict cell response?”

Seminar | February 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Princess Imoukhuede, University of Illinois -- Urbana Champaign

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Spring 2017 Seminar Series
Wednesday, February 22
12noon - 1:00pm
290 Hearst Mining Building

Princess Imoukhuede
Assistant Professor of Bioengineering
University of Illinois -- Urbana Champaign

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Ronald Burton “Population differentiation, adaptation and speciation in the intertidal copepod Tigriopus californicus”

Seminar | February 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Ronald Burton, Marine Biology Research Division, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego

 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 >

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Actin and microtubule crosstalk impact cell patterning and development"

Seminar | February 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Magdalena Bezanilla, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Molecular Mechanisms Behind Plant Cell Growth

How cells grow, one of the most fundamental aspects of biology, remains an open question. My research program focuses on plant cells, which unlike many other eukaryotic cells are not motile. Confined by a relatively rigid cell wall, plant cells take a wide variety of shapes within tissues of the entire plant and ultimately these shapes dictate...   More >

Magdalena Bezanilla

The Problem of Causal Mutualisms, The Promise of Polygenic Scores, and The Pervasive Divergence of Human Lives: Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | February 22 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Jeremy Freese, Professor of Sociology, Stanford University

 Population Science, Department of Demography

A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.

Mindfulness and Mood: Practices to Stabilize the Mind (BEUHS049)

Workshop | February 22 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Ronna Kabatznick, Ph.D.

 Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance

Who among us hasn’t experienced difficult moods and mind states such as sadness, anxiety, dread, fear and grief? Mindfulness is a time-tested and research-based healing alternative to being dragged down into what can feel often like a bottomless pit. Paying attention to what’s happening with intention and without reactivity helps us experience difficult moods from a different perspective, one...   More >

  Enroll online

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | February 22 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building | Note change in location

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This training is required for anyone who is listed on a Biological Use Authorization (BUA) application form that is reviewed by the Committee for Laboratory and Environmental Biosafety (CLEB). A BUA is required for anyone working with recombinant DNA molecules, human clinical specimens or agents that may infect humans, plants or animals. This safety training will discuss the biosafety risk...   More >

Superpave Mix Design for Local Agencies

Workshop | February 21 – 23, 2017 every day | 2-4 p.m. |  Online

 Frank Farshidi, City of San Jose

 Technology Transfer Program

The SUPERPAVE mix design method is designed to replace the Hveem method. California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) started implementing the national SUPERPAVE standard for designing, specifying, and accepting pavement projects for all state jobs. The new mix design accounts for traffic loading and environmental conditions and includes a new method of evaluating the asphalt mixture. This...   More >

 This course is designed for engineers, state local agencies, consultants, contractors, maintenance supervisors, and quality control/assurance supervisors responsible for designing asphalt mixtures, material specifications, and quality control/quality assu

Topology Seminar (Main talk): Combinatorics of Legendrian Surfaces

Seminar | February 22 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Eric Zaslow, Northwestern University

 Department of Mathematics

I want to describe an approach to Legendrian surface theory using cubic planar graphs. After describing how to associated a Legendrian surface to such a graph, I will give a purely combinatorial description of the moduli space of objects in a sheaf category equivalent to the Fukaya category of Lagrangian threefolds in complex three-space with asymptotics defined by the Legendrian surface. The...   More >

Understanding why: From counterfactual simulations to responsibility judgments: Interdisciplinary Cognitive Science/Computational Cognition

Colloquium | February 22 | 3 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Tobias Gerstenberg, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Psychology

Poissonian rain coloring and a self-similar process of coalescing planar partitions

Seminar | February 22 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 David Aldous, U. C. Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

Plant differently colored points in the plane; then let random points (``Poisson rain") fall, and give each new point the color of the nearest existing point. Previous investigation and simulations strongly suggest that the colored regions converge (in some sense) to a random partition of the plane. We prove a weak version of this.

Applied Mathematics Seminar: The Lubricated Immersed Boundary Method and Vesicle Transport into Dendritic Spines

Seminar | February 22 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Thomas Fai, Harvard

 Department of Mathematics

Many real-world examples of fluid-structure interaction, including the transit of red blood cells through the narrow slits in the spleen, involve the near-contact of elastic structures separated by thin layers of fluid. Motivated by such problems, we introduce an immersed boundary method that uses elements of lubrication theory to resolve thin fluid layers between immersed boundaries. We applying...   More >

The dynamic landscape of mRNA splicing

Seminar | February 22 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Athma Pai**, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Declarative Interaction Design for Data Visualization

Seminar | February 22 | 4-5 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Arvind Satyanarayan, Stanford University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will introduce two new declarative languages that lower the threshold for authoring interactive visualizations, and enable higher-level reasoning about the design space of interactions.

Schedule Instability and Unpredictability and Worker and Family Health and Wellbeing

Colloquium | February 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Daniel Schneider, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

The American labor market is increasingly unequal, characterized by extraordinary returns to work at the top of the market but rising precarity and instability at the bottom of the market.

Novel Approaches to Snowball / Respondent-Driven Sampling That Circumvent the Critical Threshold

Seminar | February 22 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Karl Rohe, Department of Statistics, University of Wisconsin, Madison

 Department of Statistics

Web crawling, snowball sampling, and respondent-driven sampling (RDS) are three types of network driven sampling techniques that are popular when it is difficult to contact individuals in the population of interest. This talk will show that if participants refer too many other participants, then under the standard Markov model in the RDS literature, the standard approaches do not provide "square...   More >

Seminar 291, Departmental Seminar: "Genoeconomics: A Primer and Progress Report"

Seminar | February 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Daniel Benjamin, University of Southern California

 Department of Economics

Joint with Psychology and Economics Seminar

Challenging Nanostructured Materials for Advanced Energy Devices

Colloquium | February 22 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Professor Andre Taylor, Yale University

 Department of Chemical Engineering

ERG Colloquium: Jim Randerson

Colloquium | February 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Jim Randerson, Chancellor's Professor, UCI Earth System Science

 Energy and Resources Group

Network Analysis for Ancient Archival Reconstruction: DH Fellows Lecture Series

Presentation | February 22 | 5-7 p.m. | 356 Barrows Hall

 Adam Anderson

 Literature and Digital Humanities Working Group

Women in Tech: A Panel at the Berkeley Forum

Seminar | February 22 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 The Berkeley Forum

Despite the tech industry’s efforts towards inclusion and diversity, the number of women in some tech-related fields has plummeted. In many of the largest tech companies, women make up less than a quarter of the employee population. Women who enter the tech industry face rampant biases and stereotypes; for example, a study showed that half of women with careers in STEM fields eventually leave...   More >

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Webinar: Equipping Development Actors to Practice Impact Design

Panel Discussion | February 23 | 8 a.m. |  Online Webinar

 David Dewane, Impact Design Hub; Zoe Bezpalko, Autodesk Foundation; Sophi Martin, Blum Center for Developing Economies; Christian Benimana, African Design Centre, MASS Design Group

 Blum Center for Developing Economies, Engineering for Change, Impact Design Hub

International development actors—from students, to engineers architects, technologists and policy makers—are designing products and services more consciously than ever before. Their growing focus on user behavior, cultural norms, processes, and political context has helped make the design and delivery of novel, poverty alleviating solutions more effective. This shift reflects the rise of “impact...   More >

  RSVP online

Paris/Berkeley/Bonn/Zürich Analysis Seminar: Ruelle resonances for cusps

Seminar | February 23 | 9:10-10 a.m. | 238 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Yannick Bonthonneau, Université de Rennes

 Department of Mathematics

I will explain how ideas from Melrose and techniques from Dyatlov-Zworski can be merged to prove the existence of Ruelle spectrum for manifolds with cusps. This is joint work with T. Weich (Paderborn).


Workshop | February 23 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 808 Stanley Hall

 Berkeley Research Development Office

The NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is an NSF-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. The CAREER Award...   More >

  Make reservations online or or by emailing Erica Whitney at evwhitney@berkeley.edu by February 23.

Plastic and Accidental Students: A Study of Student Early Departure at a Leading University in Poland

Seminar | February 23 | 12-1 p.m. | Evans Hall, Library, Room 768

 Tomasz Zajac, Center For Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

Despite success stories of higher education dropouts such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, or Mark Zuckerberg, student attrition is still commonly perceived as a problem. Non-completion bears costs for all stakeholders: students, institutions, and the state. As yet, there has been very little research on the matter of student persistence in Poland, a country that experienced huge expansion of higher...   More >

Research Colloquium: Dr. Osagie Obasogie and Zachary Newman

Colloquium | February 23 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Haviland Commons

 Social Welfare, School of

Title: Race, Respectability Politics, and Social Movements

Since its inception in July 2013, the Black Lives Matter Movement has tried to shift public discourse regarding police brutality and deadly use of force. What has been the impact? In this talk, we will discuss results from our research examining how officer involved civilian deaths have been reported in local news media,...   More >

ESPM 2017 Seminar Series - Alireza Pourreza

Seminar | February 23 | 12-1 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Alireza Pourreza, Kearney Research Station & UCR

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

"Smart Orchard Monitoring, a Case Study of Citrus Disease Forecasting"

Breema: Moving Meditation for Caregivers (BEUHS168)

Workshop | February 23 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Angela Porter, Oakland Breema Center

 Be Well at Work - Elder Care

This interactive self-care workshop will introduce Caregivers to Breema, a body centered meditation/mindfulness practice that creates an experience of relaxation, balance, and harmony. Practicing Breema supports physical and psychological flexibility, mental clarity, vitality, and emotional balance. Participants will engage in various movements, including gentle stretches, rhythmic movements, and...   More >

  Enroll online

IB SEMINAR: Redox Biology: from Physiological Adaptation to Mechanisms of Disease

Seminar | February 23 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Jose Pablo Vazquez-Medina, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of Integrative Biology

Derived Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Shifted symplectic structures in derived algebraic geometry

Seminar | February 23 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Alex Takeda, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The derived perspective in algebraic geometry allows us to define the notion of shifted symplectic structures, a generalization of symplectic structures to derived stacks. In this talk I will review the definitions and some theorems by Pantev, Toën, Vaquié and Vezzosi, and then proceed to examples. Most of the talk will be devoted to classes of examples of spaces carrying canonical shifted...   More >

Managing Conflict Across Cultures

Workshop | February 23 | 1:30-4:30 p.m. | International House, Home Room

 Intercultural Trainers, Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership

 International House

Conflict can get in the way of productivity and work satisfaction, and can even damage our relationships with colleagues. By taking an assessment called the Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory (complimentary) and participating in this workshop, participants will increase awareness of and develop skills for resolving differences.

Student Applied Math Seminar: Mathematical Introduction to Many Body Perturbation Theory

Seminar | January 26 – March 23, 2017 every Thursday with exceptions | 2-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Lin Lin, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this series of lectures, we discuss quantum many body perturbation theory from a mathematical perspective. The starting point is Feynman diagrams for Gaussian integrals. This only requires the knowledge of freshman calculus. Then assuming basic knowledge of quantum mechanics, we discuss Feynman diagrams for quantum statistical mechanics, and proceed to many body perturbation theory for...   More >

The Trump Administration’s Northeast Asia Policy: History and Security

Conference/Symposium | February 23 | 2-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Northeast Asian History Foundation, Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

This conference addresses the challenges of contemporary Northeast Asian security, focusing on the implications of the Trump administration’s policies for the region.

Seminar 251, Labor: CANCELED

Seminar | February 23 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

 John Van Reenen, MIT SLOAN

 Department of Economics

Superpave Mix Design for Local Agencies

Workshop | February 21 – 23, 2017 every day | 2-4 p.m. |  Online

 Frank Farshidi, City of San Jose

 Technology Transfer Program

The SUPERPAVE mix design method is designed to replace the Hveem method. California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) started implementing the national SUPERPAVE standard for designing, specifying, and accepting pavement projects for all state jobs. The new mix design accounts for traffic loading and environmental conditions and includes a new method of evaluating the asphalt mixture. This...   More >

 This course is designed for engineers, state local agencies, consultants, contractors, maintenance supervisors, and quality control/assurance supervisors responsible for designing asphalt mixtures, material specifications, and quality control/quality assu

DFT-based proxies for materials screening: Examples of phosphor hosts and magnetocalorics

Seminar | February 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Professor Ram Seshadri, UC Santa Barbara

 Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

In the first part, I will address phosphors that play a key role in the now almost-mature solid-state white-lighting technologies based on combining a III-nitride-based near-UV or blue solid-state light source with down-conversion to longer wavelengths.[1] Almost all widely used phosphors comprise a crystalline oxide, nitride, or oxynitride host that is appropriately doped with either Ce3+ or...   More >

Bio-Tech Connect: Networking with industry

Career Fair | February 23 | 4-6 p.m. | Stanley Hall, atrium

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Meet representatives from local biotech companies, large and small! All majors and levels welcome. Some will be recruiting, some just want to meet you. Bring your questions, bring your resumes. Hosted by the Department of Bioengineering and the Bioengineering Honor Society.
RSVP at http://bioeng.berkeley.edu/event/networking-with-industry

Towards a Theory of Safe and Interactive Autonomy

Seminar | February 23 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium (306)

 Dorsa Sadigh, Ph.D. Candidate, University of California, Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Today’s society is rapidly advancing towards cyber-physical systems (CPS) that interact and collaborate with humans. The safety-critical nature of these systems requires us to provide provably correct guarantees about their performance in interaction with humans. The goal of my research is to enable such human-cyber-physical systems (h-CPS) to be safe and interactive.

Dissecting the Role of Genomic Copy Number Alterations during Tumorigenesis

Seminar | February 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Teresa Davoli**, Harvard Medical School

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Friday, February 24, 2017

International Symposium on Child Welfare

Conference/Symposium | February 24 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Haviland Commons

 Social Welfare, School of

New Topics, Technologies and New Times: Japan Ahead

Conference/Symposium | February 24 | 9 a.m. | International House, Ida & Robert Sproul Room

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Academic communities play an important role in shaping international perspectives. Scholars work within broad networks, developing thoughtful insights on emerging changes long before others become aware of their implications. Students, whether within Japan and abroad, will in time become tomorrow’s leaders. How we shape their understanding of Japan establishes powerful influence on the way they...   More >

Syncing... Subject, Media, Society Conference Day 1: 25th Annual Interdisciplinary German Studies Conference

Conference/Symposium | February 24 | 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Helge Jordheim, University of Oslo, University of Trondheim; Christoph Cox, Hampshire College

 Department of German

full program schedule available at http://www.berkeleygermanconf.wixsite.com/syncing   More >

Subjectivity and Learning

Seminar | February 24 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Peter Godfrey-Smith, City University of New York and University of Sydney

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

God, Sex and Gender: a Conversation on Adrian Thatcher's Redeeming Gender

Conference/Symposium | February 24 | 12-2 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Adrian Thatcher, Honorary Professor of Theology, University of Exeter; Thomas W. Laqueur, Helen Fawcett Distinguished Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Adrian Thatcher’s recently-published Redeeming Gender draws on Thomas Laqueur’s Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud in an attempt to offer a distinctive Christian Theology of Gender. In this lunchtime conversation, Thatcher will provide a brief overview of his recent work before discussing its principle arguments with Laqueur.

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Seminar: Nonlinear Bayesian filtering for damage assessment and monitoring of structures

Seminar | February 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Audrey Olivier

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Recent years have seen a concurrent development of new sensor technologies and high‐fidelity modeling capabilities. At the junction of these two topics lies an opportunity for real‐time system monitoring and damage assessment of structures.

Labor Lunch Seminar: NO LABOR LUNCH -

Seminar | February 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Department of Economics

Why Reason?  Inference, Reasoning, and Education

Colloquium | February 24 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 3515 Tolman Hall

 Paul Thagard, University of Waterloo

 Graduate School of Education

It is often assumed that inference and reasoning are the same process, but they are actually very different.  Inference is a neural process that is private, parallel, multimodal, emotional, unconscious, fast, and automatic.   Reasoning, in contrast, is usually public, serial, verbal, dispassionate, conscious, slow, and deliberate.  So the contributions of reasoning to inference are unclear, and...   More >

Archaeological Illustration: Part 2

Workshop | February 24 | 1-4 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Lisa Johnson, UC Berkeley, Archaeological Research Facility

 Archaeological Research Facility

This is a two-part workshop: The focus of the first workshop is to illustrate ceramic vessels (complete and incomplete) and flaked stone tools/debitage. Illustration is a time consuming procedure, but if we have time, each person should be able to pencil draw both kinds of artifacts. The second workshop will be spent tracing these technical drawing with pen and ink on velum.

East Asian Topologies of Power: An Interdisciplinary Cross-Currents Symposium

Conference/Symposium | February 24 | 1:30-5:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Room 220 - Geballe Room

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

This symposium will bring into conversation the guest editors of three recent issues of the UC Berkeley-based e-journal Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review and three additional East Asia scholars to explore the special issues’ thematic convergence on China and its neighbors, on space, and on cartography. Rather than regarding the emergence of the state as a top-down imposition,...   More >

Towards Designed Nanoscale Systems via Self-Assembly: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | February 24 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. Oleg Gang, Columbia Univ., Applied Physics / Chemical Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

In the last decades nanoscale inorganic objects emerged as a novel type of matter with unique functional properties and a plethora of prospective applications. Although a broad range of nano-synthesis methods has been developed, our abilities to organize these nano-components into designed static and reconfigurable architectures are quite limited.

Molecular encoding of nano-object allows...   More >

Sergei Loznitza Master Class: Structures of Remembrance, Archives of History, and Post-WWII Representation

Colloquium | February 24 | 2-3 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Theater 2

 Sergei Loznitza

 Miryam Sas, Professor, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Comparative Literature

Sergei Loznitza will speak in English and Russian on the issues raised by his films and questions of representation of historical and contemporary events as well as dilemmas of post-Holocaust memory in a short intimate master class/round table with Comparative Literature professor Miryam Sas. Filmmaker and critic Neil Young in attendance. Ivan Sokolov and Irina Paperno interpreting.

OPEN TO...   More >

  RSVP online

Estimating Probability Weights of Deterministic many-body Systems in their Steady States

Seminar | February 24 | 2-4 p.m. | 100F Hildebrand Hall

 Dr. Zdenek Preisler, LBNL

 College of Chemistry


Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Weak Solutions to SDE with Distributional Drift

Seminar | February 24 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Kyeongsik Nam, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

There has been many works to construct a solution to SDE with additive noise when drift term is just Hölder continuous or integrable in some sense. In this talk, I will introduce a new method to construct a weak solution to SDE when drift is only a distribution. We will make use of paradifferential calculus and an idea from the rough path theory.

Composition Colloquium: David Smooke

Colloquium | February 24 | 3 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Composer David Smooke (b. 1969) currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland, where he teaches music theory, rock music history, and composition, and is the Chair of the Music Theory Department at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. The Washington Post claims that "Smooke has some of the most uninhibited brain cells around" and describes his music as "superb [...] a kaleidoscopic...   More >

MENA Salon

Workshop | February 3 – May 5, 2017 every Friday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

On Fridays at 3:00 during the semester, the CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge.

Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | February 24 | 3-4 p.m. | 406 Davis Hall

 Dr. Haruko Wainwright, Research Scientist, Earth &Environ. Sciences Division, LBNL

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Every Identity, its Ontology

Seminar | February 24 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Rob Sanderson, Getty Institute

 Information, School of

Rob Sanderson is a semantic architect at the Getty Center, Los Angeles, and a passionate advocate for open culture, linked open data, and the digitization of cultural heritage.

Understanding the crystal chemistry of ionic diffusion through polyanionic intercalation hosts

Seminar | February 24 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Brent Melot, Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California

 College of Chemistry

The most important problem the world faces is how to establish a sustainable energy infrastructure. A critical component to this challenge is how to safely store large amounts of energy in an economically viable way. While a large body of work has been dedicated to identifying new intercalation hosts for Li-ion batteries, a fundamental understanding of the mechanism for ionic diffusion through...   More >

Collage Night with Desi

Workshop | February 24 | 6-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Join art collective Desi for a night of collage accompanied by the energetic sounds of a special guest DJ. Work together on one large-scale, collaborative collage, which will be cut into pieces and remixed into a set of prints using the Art Lab’s risograph machine. Each participant will receive a print in the mail following the event.

Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian | $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons | $12 General admission

  Buy tickets online

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Global History Series: Power and Authority: Challenges to Colonialism in Africa

Workshop | February 25 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project, UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

 UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

Join us for the final of three sessions exploring the theme of Power and Authority. This program is designed to help educators prepare students to understand cross-regional and thematic elements in global history. The workshop includes a scholar lecture, model lesson, and collaborative planning time.

  RSVP online by February 12.

How to lead effectively: Skills for managing scientists

Workshop | February 25 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Anna Goldstein, Postdoctoral Researcher, Harvard University; Ben Thuronyi, Postdoctoral Researcher, Harvard University

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences, College of Chemistry, Graduate Assembly, Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Affairs

This full-day workshop will focus on the critical interpersonal aspects of leading a group of scientists, integrating techniques for communication, feedback, conflict resolution, and negotiation. It’s designed to complement the SLAM seminar series by providing highly interactive, participatory experiences. You’ll get hands-on practice with the relationship skills that are key to being a great...   More >

Oral History Center Spring Introductory Workshop: Oral History "Nuts and Bolts" Workshop

Workshop | February 25 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Tilden Room

 The Oral History Center

The Oral History Center will host its third annual Introductory Spring Workshop on Saturday, February 25 2017 at the MLK Jr. Student Union. This workshop is intended for people who are interested in learning about the foundations of oral history but have little to no experience.

Syncing... Subject, Media, Society Conference Day 2: 25th Annual Interdisciplinary German Studies Conference

Conference/Symposium | February 25 | 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Helge Jordheim, University of Oslo, University of Trondheim; Christoph Cox, Hampshire College

 Department of German

full program schedule available at http://www.berkeleygermanconf.wixsite.com/syncing   More >

New Topics, Technologies and New Times: Japan Ahead

Conference/Symposium | February 25 | 10 a.m. | International House, Ida & Robert Sproul Room

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Academic communities play an important role in shaping international perspectives. Scholars work within broad networks, developing thoughtful insights on emerging changes long before others become aware of their implications. Students, whether within Japan and abroad, will in time become tomorrow’s leaders. How we shape their understanding of Japan establishes powerful influence on the way they...   More >

Critter Corner

Workshop | December 31, 2016 – May 27, 2017 every Saturday | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science, Niche Classroom

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

What is it like to live underwater? How does it feel to warm yourself on a rock? Get an introduction to the living world by meeting small mammals, reptiles, and arthropods. In the Critter Corner, which is perfect for ages 8 and under, you can observe how animals move, feel, and eat. Read stories and role-play with toy animals and habitats so that you can better understand animal life.

Animal Discovery Room at the Lawrence Hall of Science