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Wednesday, September 20, 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.

BAIR-Nvidia AI Day

Conference/Symposium | September 20 | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Memorial Stadium, University Club

 Jensen Huang, CEO, Nvidia; Pieter Abbeel, Professor, EECS; Trevor Darrell, Professor, EECS; Bryan Catanzaro, VP of Applied Deep Learning Research, Nvidia; Sergey Levine, Professor, EECS; Larry Jackel, Autonomous Driving Consultant, Nvidia; Koushil Sreenath, Professor, CMU

 Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research Lab

Explore the future of AI Computing and learn how researchers in academia and industry are using artificial intelligence algorithms for applications such as robotics, self-driving cars, and computer vision.

NSF GRFP Applicant Workshop

Workshop | September 20 | 10-11:30 a.m. | 318 Sproul Hall

 Graduate Division

The workshop will provide valuable tips that will assist in strengthening applications. Speakers include one of UCB’s NSF Fellowship Coordinators, a UCB professor that served on a previous year's NSF panel, and current UCB NSF fellows.

Wellness Wednesdays in the Garden: Flower Power Yoga| Grow and Go with Chai!

Workshop | September 6 – October 25, 2017 every Wednesday with exceptions | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Grow - stretch to feel longer, stronger & more balanced.
Go - get back to your day w/renewed vitality

Yoga is an effective strategy to release tension, relax the nervous system, improve focus, & increase balance.Each class offers a healthy dosage of crisp fresh air, all natural organic floral aromas, vitamin D sunlight, blooming visions, stable grounding platform, direct &loving...   More >

Free with Garden Admission

“Engineering self-assembled nanobiomaterials for therapeutic immunomodulation”

Seminar | September 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Evan Scott, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Self-assembled nanobiomaterials that are engineered to achieve specific biodistributions and mechanisms of degradation hold great promise for controlled stimulation of the immune system. Through the use of such rationally designed nanomaterials, we aim to investigate the basic inflammatory and immunological processes contributing to diverse pathologies and develop targeted immunotherapies. We...   More >

City as Nexus: Global Urban Humanities Fall 2017 Colloquium

Colloquium | August 30 – November 15, 2017 every Wednesday with exceptions | 12-1:30 p.m. | Wurster Hall, 494, South Tower

Various Guest Lecturers, Global Urban Humanities Initiative

 Global Urban Humanities

Fall 2017 (1 Unit)
Rhetoric 198-3 (Class Nbr: 21377) and CYPLAN 198-2 (Class Nbr: 12006)
Rhetoric 244A (Class Nbr: 46989) and CYPLAN 298-2 (Class Nbr: 47047)
Instructor: Kevin Block
Instructor of record: Susan Moffat
Wednesdays, 12-1:30PM
Location: Cal Design Lab, Room 494 SE Wurster Hall

The city is a social nexus. It binds people, things, forces, ideas together as a crossroads, grid,...   More >

How Games Move Us: Emotional Technology by Design with Katherine Isbister: CITRIS Fall 2017 Research Exchange Series

Seminar | September 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Katherine Isbister, Professor, UC Santa Cruz

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Katherine Isbister is a Human Computer Interaction and Games researcher who creates and studies digital games and other playful computer-supported experiences. Her focus is emotion and social connection–understanding the impact of design choices on these qualities, and getting better at building and evaluating technology that supports and enhances social and emotional experience.

Human Thought and the Human Future

Seminar | September 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Carl Pabo

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Role of viruses in the microbiome"

Seminar | September 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 David Pride, University of California, San Diego

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

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...   More >

David Pride

No MVZ Lunch Seminar

Seminar | September 20 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 Grinnell-Miller Library

 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 >

Costs of Work: Effects of Parental Work Scheduling on Childcare Arrangements: Peter Hepburn, UC Berkeley

Colloquium | September 20 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Peter Hepburn, Ph.D. Candidate, UC Berkeley, Sociology Department

 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.

Inspiration in the writer-reader encounter: Creativity, transmission, contagion, and personality similarity

Colloquium | September 20 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Todd Thrash, Professor, College of William & Mary

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Inspiration is a motivational state in which an individual feels compelled to transmit, actualize, or express ideas. In this colloquium I present a series of studies of the role of inspiration in the writer-reader encounter. Key findings include the following: (a) Writer inspiration predicts the creativity of the resulting text, whereas writer effort tends to be a poor predictor. (b) Inspiration...   More >

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | September 20 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 370 University Hall

 Jason Smith, UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health, & Safety

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This session briefly covers the UC Berkeley specific radiation safety information you will need to start work.​ In addition, dosimeter will be issued, if required.

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Background for research talk

Seminar | September 20 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Misha Kapovich, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

Background material on higher rank symmetric spaces and their discrete isometry groups.


Seminar | September 20 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Matthew Junge, Duke University

 Department of Statistics

Parking functions were introduced by combinatorialists in the 1960s, and have recently been studied by probabilists. When the parking lot is an infinite graph and cars drive around at random, we will look at how many parking spots are needed for every car to eventually find a spot. Joint work with Michael Damron, Janko Gravner, Hanbeck Lyu, and David Sivakoff.

Moving from water quantity to quality: Exploring climate impacts on eutrophication

Colloquium | September 20 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Anna Michalak, Carnegie Institute for Science, Stanford University

 Department of Geography

Questions surrounding water sustainability, climate change, and extreme events are often framed around water quantity – whether too much or too little. The massive impacts of water quality impairments are equally compelling, however, and recent years have provided a host of examples of unprecedented harmful algal blooms and hypoxic dead zones. Linkages between climate change and water quality...   More >

Cell Division: Mechanical Integrity with Dynamic Parts

Seminar | September 20 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Sophie Dumont, University of California, San Francisco

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Understanding how we get fat: Dietary regulation of adipocyte stem cells

Seminar | September 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Matt Rodeheffer, Yale

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Discrete isometry groups of higher rank symmetric spaces

Seminar | September 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Misha Kapovich, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

I will review basic geometry of higher rank symmetric spaces, and then discuss discrete isometry groups of such spaces, which are higher rank generalizations of Kleinian groups. We will see how some of the classical notions and results translate in the higher rank setting and how do they connect to the broader geometric group theory. For instance: What is the higher rank analogue of the...   More >

Premodern Arabic Concepts of Philosophy: A Text-Based Seminar

Seminar | September 20 | 4-6 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Ulrich Rudolph, Zurich University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

A seminar in Arabic on text readings by Farabi, Shahrazuri and Shahrastani, led by Professor Ulrich Rudolph. This text-based seminar requires knowledge of Arabic. To RSVP and receive the texts, please contact cmes@berkeley.edu.

  RSVP by calling 510-642-8208, or by emailing cmes@berkeley.edu

Applied Math Seminar: Topology Optimization of Nonlinear Problems in Solid and Fluid Mechanics

Seminar | September 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Kurt Maute, University of Colorado, Boulder

 Department of Mathematics

Accurately modeling nonlinear problems in solid and fluid mechanics and, at the same time, allowing for topological changes in the optimization process poses interesting challenges on the formulation of the optimization problem, the physics model, and the discretization method. This talk will provide an overview of topology optimization approaches for nonlinear mechanical problems, focusing on...   More >

Adaptation via convex optimization in two nonparametric estimation problems

Seminar | September 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Adityanand Guntuboyina, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

We study two convex optimization based procedures for nonparametric function estimation: trend filtering (or higher order total variation denoising) and the Kiefer-Wolfowitz MLE for Gaussian location mixtures. Trend filtering can be seen as a technique for fitting spline-like functions for nonparametric regression with adaptive knot selection. It can also be seen as a special case of LASSO for a...   More >

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Supports and tensor ideals in stable module categories.

Seminar | September 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Julia Pevtsova, University of Washington

 Department of Mathematics

Classifying modules up to direct sums in modular representation theory is usually a hopeless task – there are too many indecomposable modules (over a field of characteristic $p$) even for such a seemingly small group as $Z/3 \times Z/3$ or a three dimensional Heisenberg Lie algebra. Inspired by ideas from stable homotopy theory and algebraic geometry we suggest a different way of...   More >

EECS Colloquium: Robots for Everyone Everywhere

Colloquium | September 20 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Ankur Mehta, UCLA

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Creating and using new robotic systems has typically been limited to experts, requiring engineering background, expensive tools, and considerable time. Instead, I am working to create systems to automatically design, fabricate, and control functional robots from a simple description of the problem at hand. By enabling the on-demand creation of integrated electromechanical systems by casual...   More >

Egyptological Afternoon

Conference/Symposium | September 20 | 5-7 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Alexander Schütze, University of Munich; Melanie Flossmann-Schȕtze, University of Munich; Andrzej Niwinski, University of Warsaw

 Near Eastern Studies

5:00 Alexander Schütze (Munich University) Statues, Stelae and Private Legal Documents: The Agency of Things in the Petition of Peteese (P. Rylands 9)

P. Rylands 9 contains the lengthy petition of a scribe of the temple of Amun at el-Hibe dating to the early reign of Dareios I. The papyrus is considered as an important source for the history, administration and society of Late Period Egypt. In...   More >

Materializing Temporalities: Coloquio Internacional

Conference/Symposium | September 20 | 5-7 p.m. |  2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Lisa M. Johnson, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology; Rosemary A. Joyce, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Roundtable event featuring two talks:
"From One Moment to the Next: Multiple Temporalities at Chak Sutz' House (Group IV, Palenque)"

"Structured Deposition and Ritual Practice: A Case Study from the Ulua Valley, Honduras"

Respondent: Francisca Zalaquett Rock (Centro de Estudios Mayas, UNAM)

Egyptological Afternoon: Papers in Egyptian Studies

Conference/Symposium | September 20 | 5-7 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Alexander Schütze, Munich University; Mélanie Flossmann-Schȕtze, Munich University; Andrzej Niwinski, Warsaw University

 Near Eastern Studies

1) Statues, Stelae and Private Legal Documents: The Agency of Things in the Petition of Peteese (P. Rylands 9)
2) The Ptolemaic settlement of the Ibiotapheion at Tuna el-Gebel. Current research of the Joint Mission of Cairo and Munich Universities
3) The development of the iconographic repertoire of the 21st Dynasty coffins as new criterion for dating

TE-29 California Traffic Engineering License Exam Review

Course | September 6 – October 11, 2017 every Wednesday | 5-7 p.m. |  Online

 Rafat Raie, PE, City Traffic Engineer, City of Walnut Creek; Joy Bhattacharya, PE, PTOE, Principal, Stantec; Crystal Killiam, PE, City of Los Angeles; Obaid Khan, PE, City Traffic Engineer, City of Dublin

 Institute of Transportation Studies

This twelve-session live-online training course is intended to help transportation engineers prepare for the California Traffic Engineer exam to become a professional Traffic Engineer in California. The course includes a set of sample problems for each session with fully developed solutions to give examinees more opportunity to hone in their test-taking skills. The twelve sessions are designed to...   More >