<< Wednesday, October 18, 2017 >>

Wednesday, October 18, 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.

Laptop and Mobile Ergonomics (BEUHS409)

Workshop | October 18 | 10-11 a.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

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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

The Harm in Harmony: Covert Competition and Ingroup Suspicion in East Asian Cultures

Colloquium | October 18 | 11:10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Michael Morris, Professor, Columbia University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

A prominent theme in East-West cultural comparisons is that East Asian social interactions are characterized by harmony. But is this merely the surface? We propose that Easterners compete with ingroup members but tend to do so covertly to avoid risking relationships. Further we propose that, under many conditions, they suspect their peers are up to the same. We investigated this underside of...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Alex Krohn "Lava Flow Lizards and Endangered Voles: Using RADseq to Study Convergent Evolution and Conversation Biology"

Seminar | October 18 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 Grinnell Miller Library

 Alex Krohn

 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 >

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 >

Building a 21st Century Democracy with Marci Harris: CITRIS Fall 2017 Research Exchange Series

Seminar | October 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Marci Harris, CEO, POPVOX

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Marci Harris is cofounder and CEO of POPVOX, a civic startup dedicated to effective civic participation and good governing.
Prior to founding POPVOX, Harris worked in the U.S. House of Representatives covering tax, trade, and health for a senior Ways and Means member. She got her start in public service as Tornado Recovery Coordinator for Jackson, Tennessee.

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Transfer Student Success Workshop: The Power of Research - Learn how research can enrich your undergraduate experience

Workshop | October 18 | 12-1 p.m. | César E. Chávez Student Center, Transfer Student Center, Room 105

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The Power of Research - Learn how research can enrich your undergraduate experience

“Dynamics, Feedback, and Transient Antibiotic Resistance in Single Cells”

Seminar | October 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Mary Dunlop, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Cells live in uncertain, dynamic environments and have many mechanisms for sensing and responding to changes in their surroundings. However, sudden fluctuations in the environment can be catastrophic if a population relies solely on sensory responses, which have a delay associated with them. Cells can reconcile this by using a stochastic approach, creating phenotypic diversity within an isogenic...   More >

Impact of the Zika Virus outbreak on Brazilian fertility: Marcia Castro, Harvard University

Colloquium | October 18 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Marcia Castro, Associate Professor of Demography, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard 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.

Self-Interest versus Other-Focus: Navigating the Self-Other Tradeoff in Interpersonal Relationships

Colloquium | October 18 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Amie Gordon Mullins, Postdoctoral Fellow, UC San Francisco

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Relationships underscore every aspect of our lives, influencing the health and well-being of individuals, groups and organizations. One of the fundamental challenges in interpersonal relationships is balancing self-interest with the needs of another person. In this talk, I draw upon social, personality, and health psychology to investigate the factors that shape this self-other tradeoff with the...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Trisections and four-dimensional topology

Seminar | October 18 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Jeffrey Meier, UGA

 Department of Mathematics

The notion of a trisection of a four-manifold was introduced by Gay and Kirby in 2012 and can be described as a decomposition of the four-manifold into three simple pieces. Trisections are the natural analogue in dimension four of Heegaard splittings of three-manifolds; in both cases, all of the topological complexity of the manifold is described by suitable collections of curves on surfaces....   More >

Composition Colloquium: Pascale Criton

Colloquium | October 18 | 3 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

3-4:30, Morrison 125 (unless otherwise noted)

Free and open to the public

Anthony Cheung (b. 1982, San Francisco) is a composer and pianist. His output ranges from solo to orchestral works, occasionally with electronics. His music has been commissioned by leading groups such as the Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio...   More >

Large deviation and entropic optimality in sparse settings

Seminar | October 18 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Shirshendu Ganguly, UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

The so called upper tail problem in the Erdos-Renyi random graph comes up naturally in the study of exponential random graph models and related graph ensembles with prescribed subgraph densities. The problem is broadly twofold:

(1) To estimate the probability that the number of copies of a graph H in a random graph is atypically large.

(2) To describe the structure of the random graph, in...   More >

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

Workshop | October 18 | 3:30-4:30 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 >

DNA polymerases, breaks, and cancer

Seminar | October 18 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 CANCELED-Richard Wood, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Suspended Particles in Complex Fluids: From Fracking Fluids to Swimming Worms

Colloquium | October 18 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Eric Shaqfeh, Professor, Stanford University

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Rigid or flexible particles suspended in viscoelastic fluids are ubiquitous in the food industry (e.g. pastes), industrial molding applications (all composites and 3-D printed parts), the energy industry (e.g. fracking fluids), and biological fluids (i.e. swimming of bacteria in mucous). The mathematics of the description of these suspensions is in its infancy. For example, the foundational work...   More >

Humans Enter the Robot Equation

Seminar | October 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Anca Dragan, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

Robots are becoming increasingly more capable of optimizing objective functions for physical tasks, from navigation, to dexterous manipulation, to flight. The ultimate goal is to perform these tasks for us, in our environments. We want cars driving on our roads, or personal robots assisting us with activities of daily living as we age in our own homes. Right now, we tend to be merely obstacles to...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Bridge trisections, complex curves, and exotic four-manifolds

Seminar | October 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Jeffrey Meier, UGA

 Department of Mathematics

The theory of knotted surfaces in four-manifolds (the natural analogue of knot theory to dimension four) is one of the richest and least-explored domains of low-dimensional topology. In this talk, I'll outline some of the most intriguing open problems in this area, and I'll discuss a new approach to four-dimensional knot theory that is inspired by the theory of trisections, which was introduced...   More >

Defining Immune Niches in Adipose Tissue

Seminar | October 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Ari Molofsky, UCSF

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Applied Math Seminar: Computational Structures and Materials Characterization with Branch-Following and Bifurcation Techniques

Seminar | October 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ryan Elliott, University of Minnesota

 Department of Mathematics

Historically, engineers have tried to avoid working with materials and structures under conditions where instabilities are likely to occur. Classical stability analyses have focused on predicting the onset of instability for use as an upper bound on allowable loads or as a design constraint. More recently it is becoming common to take advantage of these instabilities in order to design materials...   More >

EECS Colloquium: Landing SpaceX's Reusable Rockets

Colloquium | October 18 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Lars Blackmore, SpaceX

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

SpaceX's reusable rocket program aims to reduce the cost of space travel by making rockets that can land, refuel and refly, instead of being thrown away after every flight. Autonomous precision landing of a rocket is a unique problem, which has been likened to balancing a rubber broomstick on your hand in a windstorm. Rockets do not have wings (unlike airplanes) and they cannot rely on a high...   More >

Playing War: Children and the Paradoxes of Modern Militarism in Japan

Colloquium | October 18 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Sabine Frühstück, University of California, Santa Barbara

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

In Playing War, Sabine Frühstück makes a bold proposition: that for over a century throughout Japan and beyond, children and concepts of childhood have been appropriated as tools for decidedly unchildlike purposes: to validate, moralize, humanize, and naturalize war, and to sentimentalize peace. She argues that modern conceptions of war insist on and exploit a specific and static...   More >

Critical Theory Working Group | Collaborations, Co-Operatives, Coalition-Building | Questions Of State

Panel Discussion | October 18 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 340 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Jasper Bernes, Independent Scholar and Author

 Keith Feldman, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

 The Program in Critical Theory

This working group meeting seeks to explore the different challenges and failures in performances of state formation, as well as in alternative models of social formation. How can we hold open space to imagine and engage different possible strategies for a future, while also always imagining new and ever more resilient ways of protecting each other in a dangerous present?

Thriving in Science October Seminar: The Big Unknown by Jacquelyn Nicholson

Seminar | October 18 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 105 Stanley Hall

 Jacquelyn Nicholson, Leadership X University

 Thriving in Science

We like to think we can control a lot, but the truth is we can’t. However, that doesn’t mean everything has to be left entirely to chance. We are 100% responsible for the quality of life we live. In fact, we all play a big role in the way our lives evolve. Join us as Jacquelyn Nicholson shares her journey with The Big Unknown and what she’s learned along the way. You will find this talk both...   More >