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Wednesday, October 4, 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.

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

Workshop | October 4 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Due to unexpected construction to improve accessibility at the front entrance of the Garden, Wellness Wednesday - Yoga in the Garden is cancelled for Wednesday, October 4. Please join us next week!

Refworks: Citation Management with Google Docs

Workshop | October 4 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Bioscience & Natural Resources Library / 2101

 Susan Koskinen, Librarian, UC Berkeley


This hands-on workshop will cover citation management, inserting references, footnotes and creating bibliographies in Word and Google docs. Bring your laptop or use our desktops.

The Global Lives Project: Connecting communities through video with David Harris: CITRIS Fall 2017 Research Exchange Series

Seminar | October 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 David Harris, Global Lives Project

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Free and open to the public. Register online by Monday for a free lunch at UC Berkeley. The CITRIS Research Exchange Seminar Series is a weekly dialogue highlighting leading voices on societal-scale research issues. Each one-hour seminar starts at 12:00 pm Pacific time and is hosted live at Sutardja Dai Hall on the UC Berkeley campus.

  Register online

Colloquium: Consul General Sarkar and Prof. Bloemraad

Colloquium | October 4 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Rana Sarkar, Consul General, Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco; Irene Bloemraad, Professor, UC Berkeley

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

Consul General Rana Sarkar and Prof. Irene Bloemraad will discuss trade and immigration issues, including NAFTA and DACA.

Lunch provided by our friends at the Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco.

“Science at Play!”

Seminar | October 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Michelle Khine, UC Irvine

 Bioengineering (BioE)

The challenge of micro- and nano-fabrication lies in the difficulties and costs associated with patterning at such high resolution. To make such promising technology – which could enable pervasive health monitoring and disease detection/surveillance - more accessible and pervasive, there is a critical need to develop a manufacturing approach such that prototypes as well as complete manufactured...   More >

Round Table: Frontiers of Intelligent Systems and Soft Computing: Open discussion on topic, all levels of expertise welcome to join in

Seminar | October 4 | 12-1:50 p.m. | 443 Soda Hall

 Professor Ashok Deshpande, College of Engineering, Pune

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The Discussion Leader will be Professor Ashok Deshpande

Keywords: Fuzzy logic & soft computing. Educational data mining (EDM), student’s academic performance, Zadeh-Deshpande formalism, degree of certainty.

Light refreshments served.

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 >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Barry Sinervo "Predation-Mediated Speciation in the Ring species Ensatina eschscholtzii: Aposematic, Batesian, and Cryptic Salamanders and their Predators"

Seminar | October 4 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 Grinnell-Miller Library

 Barry Sinervo

 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: "Cheating, community context, and coevolution in the yucca-yucca moth mutualism"

Seminar | October 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Kari Segraves, Syracuse University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Understanding biodiversity requires more than identifying the number of species on earth. We must also elucidate how species interactions govern the dynamics of communities, ecosystems, and species diversity. My lab uses a broad combination of approaches including experimental ecology, field observations, molecular phylogenetics, and population genetics to understand the role that interspecific...   More >

Disability Insurance Income Saves Lives: Alexander Gelber, UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy

Colloquium | October 4 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Alexander Gelber, Professor, UC Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy

 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.

The Self in Social Inference: Antecedents and Consequences of Perspective Taking

Colloquium | October 4 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Andrew Todd, Assistant Professor, UC Davis

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

The ability to intuit what other people are thinking and feeling with some degree of accuracy is essential for effective communication and social coordination, making it important to understand both the factors that give rise to and the consequences that follow from perspective taking. In this talk, I’ll provide an overview of a program of research that examines the role of the self as an...   More >

Book Talk Series: La Nueva California: Latinos from Pioneers to Post-Millennials

Reading - Nonfiction | October 4 | 12:10-2 p.m. | 227 Haviland Hall

 David Hayes-Bautista


David Hayes-Bautista discusses his seminal work, La Nueva California: Latinos from Pioneers to Post-Millennials which paints a vivid portrait of Latino society in California by providing a wealth of details about work ethic, family strengths, business establishments, and the surprisingly robust health profile that yields an average life expectancy for Latinos five years longer than that of the...   More >

Legal Toolbox for Navigating a Loved One’s Care (BEUHS156)

Workshop | October 4 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Kathleen Day, Southworth Chavez & Day-Seiter in Orinda; Kristen Southworth, Southworth Chavez & Day-Seiter in Orinda

 Be Well at Work - Elder Care

Proper planning for a loved one’s or your future care takes careful thought which can reduce the stress and burden on the family during a crisis. The presenters will provide valuable legal information you may want in your toolbox when managing a loved one’s care.

• Helpful Legal Documents
• Arranging for Care
• Availability of Public Benefits, including VA and Medi-Cal

Kristen...   More >

3D Printing Basics

Workshop | October 4 | 1-2 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, Makerspace - 1st floor


2D printing was starting to get boring... So now we have 3D printing! Crazy stuff!

If you want to learn how to 3D print, come join us for our first official training session for the Fall 2017 semester! No prior experience is needed!!
You also need to RSVP, which is totally FREE! AND after you receive training, you'll be able to 3D print anything you want for free as well! What a deal, right?...   More >

 Cal Id Required for access into Moffitt Library.

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Hyperbolic three-manifolds and surface subgroups

Seminar | October 4 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Jeremy Kahn, Brown University

 Department of Mathematics

We will briefly review the definition and basic properties of closed and finite-volume hyperbolic 3-manifolds, and take a few minutes to place them in context of 3-manifolds more generally. Then we will outline the speaker’s work with Vladimir Markovic, constructing nearly geodesic surfaces in every closed hyperbolic 3-manifold.

How to Email a Professor to Get a Positive Response: Workshop

Workshop | October 4 | 3-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Do you need to email a professor you've never met before to ask for their help, but you don't know where to start? Have you ever written a long email to a professor, only to receive no response, or not the one you hoped? If so, this workshop is for you! We will discuss how to present yourself professionally over email to faculty and other professionals ...   More >

Chaining, interpolation, and convexity

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

 Ramon van Handel, Princeton University

 Department of Statistics

Classical estimates on the suprema of random processes in terms of metric
entropy have found widespread use in probability theory, statistics,
computer science, and other areas. Such estimates are powerful and easy to
use, but often fail to be sharp. To obtain sharp bounds, one must replace
these methods by a multiscale analogue known as the generic chaining that
was developed by Talagrand....   More >

Growing Old in a New City: Time, the Post-Colony and Making Nairobi Home

Colloquium | October 4 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Bettina Ng'weno, University of California, Davis

 Department of Geography

Once imagined as a colonial city with restricted access to Africans and now planned as a “world class African metropolis,” the rapidly changing city of Nairobi has rarely been thought of as home. Nevertheless, the dreams and practices in old neighborhoods produced urban imaginaries and transformed the city. As yet another new Nairobi is taking shape, this article tries to understand what...   More >

EECS Colloquium: Mathematical Explorations and Visualizations with Code

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

 Roger Antonsen, University of Oslo / UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The world of digital/algorithmic/generative art is blooming, and creative coding is becoming more and more popular. This talk is a part of a family of talks I give, where I try to highlight the connections between computer science, mathematics, and art. For the EECS Colloquium I will go more in depth and focus on the interplay between mathematical structures and programming, with many of my own...   More >

Can we evolve beyond thermal separation processes?

Colloquium | October 4 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Ryan Lively, Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

 Department of Chemical Engineering

The rapid increase in global industrialization necessitates technology shifts in energy production, manufacturing, and carbon management techniques. Large energy costs in refineries, power plants, and manufacturing facilities using traditional separation techniques are currently a major opportunity for innovation. Approximately 10% of global energy use can be attributed to separation processes,...   More >

The Romance and Reality of AIDS Altruism in Africa

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

 Ann Swidler, Professor Emerita of Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

Based on more than ten years of research in Malawi and elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa, I analyze global and local responses to the AIDS epidemic in Africa, looking at how the massive international AIDS effort interacts with existing African cultural and institutional patterns. Global responses to the AIDS epidemic reveal patterns common to development efforts more generally: tensions between...   More >

Heterogeneity: opportunities for causal inference and prediction

Seminar | October 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Peter Bühlmann, ETH Zürich

 Department of Statistics

Heterogeneity in potentially large-scale data can be beneficially exploited for causal inference and more robust prediction. The key idea relies on invariance and stability across different heterogeneous regimes or sub-populations. What we term as "anchor regression" opens some novel insights and connections between causality and protection (robustness) against worst case interventions in ...   More >

Rebellion and Repression in China, 1966-1969

Colloquium | October 4 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Andrew Walder, Sociology, Stanford University

 Heather Haveman, Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Drawing on accounts in more than 2,200 published county and city annals, this presentation provides an overview of the successive waves of rebellion and repression that spread across China from mid-1966 to the end of 1969. Several new observations emerge from broad patterns in these accounts. First, the collapse of civilian state structures due to rebel power seizures spread with remarkable...   More >

Physiological functions of mitochondrial dynamics

Seminar | October 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 David Chan, Cal Tech

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Nearly geodesic surfaces in cusped hyperbolic manifolds

Seminar | October 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Jeremy Kahn, Brown University

 Department of Mathematics

We will describe the new work with Alexander Wright, building on the speaker’s work with Vladimir Markovic, on constructing nearly geodesic surfaces in cusped hyperbolic 3-manifolds.

Applied Math Seminar: Reduced Order Data Assimilation for Complex Systems

Seminar | October 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Yoonsang Lee, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

 Department of Mathematics

Data assimilation or filtering of nonlinear dynamical systems combines numerical models and observational data to provide the best statistical estimates of the systems. Ensemble-based methods have proved to be indispensable filtering tools in atmosphere and ocean systems that are typically high dimensional turbulent systems. In operational applications, due to the limited computing power in...   More >

Physiological functions of mitochondrial dynamics

Seminar | October 4 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 101 Morgan Hall

 David Chan, California Institute of Technology

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

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 >

Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Humanities Research (Hosted by UROC: Underrepresented Researchers of Color)

Workshop | October 4 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 442 Stephens Hall

 Istifaa Ahmed (Humanities/Social Science), Alexa Aburto (Humanities)

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC) and the American Cultures (AC) Center are proud to present Decolonizing Methods in Humanities Research, from our three-part workshop series, Demystifying the Research Process. Humanities research applies to anyone wishing to study human culture and creations – including the arts, literature, policy, and more. Some of the humanities research process...   More >

Science Cafe - Beyond the wilting point: Californian oak woodland responses to drought

Presentation | October 4 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Restaurant Valparaiso

 1403 Solano Ave, Albany,, CA 94706

 Robert Skelton, Environmental Science, Policy & Management


California is likely to experience increased frequency of drought events as a consequence of global climate change. A tremendous challenge for plant ecologists is to understand how plant communities, such as the ecologically and culturally important Californian oak woodlands, are likely to respond to drought. Part of the solution to this challenge lies with understanding the plumbing system – the...   More >

Californian oak woodland responses to drought