<< Week of December 06 >>

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Chai and Spice Workshop

Workshop | December 2 | 2-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Come enjoy and learn about the Garden’s tropical plant collection that provide the spicy ingredients for chai. Deepa Natarajan will lead you on a journey through spice history and 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!

$35, $30 members

  Register online or by calling 510-664-7606

Hult Prize-UC Berkeley Competition: Application Deadline

Deadline | December 2 | 11:45-11:50 p.m. |  Haas School of Business

 Berkeley Haas Entrepreneurship Program, Berkeley Haas Center for Social Sector Leadership

The challenge for each team involved in the 10th Anniversary Hult Prize will be to build the foundations of a venture that will provide meaningful work for 10,000 youth within the next decade.

Apply now to the UC Berkeley Competition. Finalists will compete on Tuesday, December 4th and the 1st place winner will move on to the regional competition and one step closer to the $1 million grand...   More >

Monday, December 3, 2018

Bruker Tracer portable XRF geochemistry

Workshop | December 3 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Dr. Lee Drake, Archaeologist and geochemistry specialist, Bruker

 Archaeological Research Facility

Training in the Bruker Tracer X-Ray fluoresence unit

 Please register for this workshop. Make reservations online

Bruker Tracer 5i

FALL 2018 ARCHITECTURE STUDIO FINAL REVIEWS: ARCH 100A & XB-100A

Presentation | December 3 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. |  Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

MON, DEC 3, 9am-6pm. Students in ARCH 100A and XB-100A will be exhibiting their work and presenting their projects to faculty and guest critics.

Dissertation Talk: Scalable RF Receivers for Large Antenna Arrays

Seminar | December 3 | 10-11 a.m. | 2108 Allston Way (Berkeley Wireless Research Center), Rabaey room

 Kosta Trotskovsky, Berkeley Wireless Research Center

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Making bonds by breaking bonds: An unconventional approach to making molecules

Seminar | December 3 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Junichiro Yamaguchi, Department of Chemistry, Waseda University

 College of Chemistry

As we are in the business of making molecules, forming and breaking bonds are like two sides of the same coin: the construction of molecules with the desired architecture necessitates the ability to break specific bonds at will. We aim to break stable carbon–carbon bonds in order to create new bonds, and we will strive to design efficient catalysts to accelerate this process.
Currently, this...   More >

Oxyopia Seminar

Seminar | December 3 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Kevin Duffy, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Dalhousie University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Mindfulness at Moffitt: Moffitt Wellness Program

Workshop | October 1 – December 10, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 12-1 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 501 (Wellness Room)

 Library

Help focus your mind and foster your creativity. Increase your resiliency and well being. Join Jeffrey Oxendine of the School of Public Health for mindfulness practice.

All experience levels welcome; weekly practice or drop in attendance also welcome. Mondays from noon to 1pm.

 Must have campus I.D. (Cal 1 card) for entrance

Moffitt Wellness Program

Mondays Mindfulness at Moffitt

Workshop | November 26 – December 31, 2018 every Monday | 12-1 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, Wellness Room

 Human Resources

Overcome insomnia & stress. Focus the mind. Foster creativity, resiliency & well-being. No previous experience required. Open to students, staff, and faculty in the Cal community (UCB ID required to enter Moffitt Library). For the mindfulness-curious to novices and experts. Weekly practice or drop in.

Political Economy Seminar: "Decentralization and the Gamble for Unity"

Seminar | December 3 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Mike Gibilisco, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

The Political Economy Seminar focuses on formal and quantitative work in the political economy field, including formal political theory.

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Persistence homology, and the Rokhlin equivalence clases

Seminar | December 3 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 384H STANFORD

 Claude Viterbo, Universite de Paris-Sud

 Department of Mathematics

We explain how using the Floer version of persistence homology, we can find invariants of Rokhlin equivalence classes i.e. $f \simeq g$ if there is a chain $f_0=f,.... f_n=g$ such that the $C^0$ closure of the conjugacy orbit of $f_i$ and $f_{i+1}$ meet. We shall explain the $2$ dimensional case, and its generalization to higher dimensions using the $C^0$ continuity of γ explained in Sobhan's...   More >

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

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

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Need to write a grant proposal? This workshop is for you! You'll get a head start on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

Open to all UC Berkeley students.

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Exceptional splitting of abelian surfaces over global function fields

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

 Ananth Shankar, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

Let $A$ denote a non-constant ordinary abelian surface over a global function field (of characteristic p > 2) with good reduction everywhere. Suppose that $A$ does not have real multiplication by any real quadratic field with discriminant a multiple of $p$. Then we prove that there are infinitely many places modulo which $A$ is isogenous to the product of two elliptic curves. This is joint work...   More >

Carlos Gussenhoven, "Between phonetics and phonology: Of the beast and the untamed savage"

Colloquium | December 3 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Carlos Gussenhoven

 Department of Linguistics

Phonetic implementation is the conversion of a surface phonological representation into an acoustic signal that represents a canonical pronunciation. My interest in this talk is in two ways in which speakers can intervene here, one targeting the meaning of the message and the other its phonology. The first, for which Dwight Bolinger’s (1978) ‘untamed savage’ is emblematic, concerns the addition...   More >

Gesture: its relationship to thinking and speaking

Seminar | December 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Sotaro Kita, University of Warwick

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

This presentation concerns a theory on how gestures (accompanying speaking and silent thinking) are generated and how gestures facilitate the gesturer's own cognitive processes. I will present evidence that gestures are generated from a general-purpose Action Generator, which also generates “practical” actions such as grasping a cup to drink, and that the Action Generator generates gestural...   More >

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: The spectral norm in C^0 symplectic topology

Seminar | December 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 383N STANFORD

 Sobhan Seyfaddini, Institut de Mathematiques de Jussieu

 Department of Mathematics

We will show that the spectral norm on the group of Hamiltonian diffeomorphisms, introduced in the works of Viterbo, Schwarz and Oh, is continuous with respect to the $C^0$ topology, when M is symplectically aspherical. This statement was previously proven only in the case of closed surfaces. This has numerous applications one of which is a generalization of the Arnold conjecture for Hamiltonian...   More >

Analysis and PDE Seminar: A mathematical framework for proving existence of weak solutions to a class of nonlinear parabolic-hyperbolic moving boundary problems

Seminar | December 3 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Suncica Canic, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The focus of this talk will be on nonlinear moving-boundary problems involving incompressible, viscous fluids and elastic structures. The fluid and structure are coupled via two sets of coupling conditions, which are imposed on a deformed fluid-structure interface. The main difficulty in studying this class of problems stems from the strong geometric nonlinearity due to the nonlinear...   More >

Global Social Venture Competition: Application Deadline

Deadline | December 3 | 11:45-11:50 p.m. |  Apply Online

 Institute for Business and Social Impact, Berkeley Haas Center for Social Sector Leadership

Calling all social entrepreneurs! Applications for the 2019 Global Social Venture Competition are now open. If you have a young startup aiming to make a difference in the world and are using technology for good, apply by December 3rd! All entries are reviewed by leading experts in the fields of social entrepreneurship, innovation, and impact investing. Top teams from across the globe will compete...   More >

  Register online

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Bruker Tracer portable XRF geochemistry

Workshop | December 4 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Dr. Lee Drake, Archaeologist and geochemistry specialist, Bruker

 Archaeological Research Facility

Training in the Bruker Tracer X-Ray fluoresence unit

 Please register for this workshop. Make reservations online

Bruker Tracer 5i

FALL 2018 ARCHITECTURE STUDIO FINAL REVIEWS: ARCH 200A & 100C

Presentation | December 4 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. |  Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

TUE, DEC 4, 9am-6pm. Students in ARCH 200A and ARCH 100C will be exhibiting their work and presenting their projects to faculty and guest critics.

Dissertation Talk: Ionocraft: Flying Microrobots With No Moving Parts

Seminar | December 4 | 10-11 a.m. | 490H Cory Hall

 Daniel Drew, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Autonomous mobile microrobots will inform the connected world of tomorrow. This talk will focus on my work developing novel electrohydrodynamic (EHD) actuators. Robotic platforms enabled by these thrusters have interesting capabilities, including: silent flight, mechanical simplicity by virtue of having no moving parts, and extremely high thrust-to-weight ratios.

BASF Lecture in Chemical Sciences: Harnessing the Chemistry of Plant Natural Product Biosynthesis

Seminar | December 4 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Sarah O'Connor, John Innes Centre, Department of Biological Chemistry

 College of Chemistry

Plants, which make thousands of complex natural products, are outstanding chemists. Through the concerted action of enzymes that are assembled into metabolic pathways, nature creates chemical complexity from simple starting materials. I will highlight some of the unusual enzymatic transformations that plants use to make complex, bioactive natural products, and will also discuss methods by which...   More >

Hildebrand Scholars Roundtable

Colloquium | December 4 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall | Note change in time

 Kimberly Huynh, Civil/Environmental Engineering

 Desiree Valadares, Architecture; Alexandra Havrylyshyn, Berkeley Law

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

Hildebrand Scholars Roundtable


Join Canadian Studies for the final Colloquium of the Fall 2018 Semester. Three outstanding young scholars will present their work, followed by Q&A.

Kimberly Huynh
PhD Candidate, Civil/Environmental Engineering
"Water-driven methane transport in Burns Bog, British Columbia, Canada."

Desiree Valadares
PhD Candidate, Architecture
"The Reparative...   More >

CEO Forum: Making the most of digital resources at the Berkeley Library: A workshop for STEM E&O professionals

Workshop | December 4 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Michael Sholinbeck, Outreach Instruction Librarian; Margaret Phillips, Librarian

 Coalition for Education & Outreach (CEO)

Student Faculty Macro Lunch - "Competition and The Pass-Through of Unconventional Monetary Policy: Evidence from TLTROs"

Presentation | December 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Matteo Benetton, Assistant Professor of Finance, UC Berkeley

 Clausen Center

This workshop consists of one-hour informal presentations on topics related to macroeconomics and international finance, broadly defined. The presenters are UC Berkeley PhD students, faculty, and visitors.
** MUST RSVP**

  RSVP by emailing jgmendoza@berkeley.edu by November 30.

De-stressing with Thriving in Science (December Seminar)

Seminar | December 4 | 12-2 p.m. | 231 Barker Hall

 Thriving in Science

Please come join us for this final 2018 activity! We’ll be serving lunch in 231 Barker Hall on December 4th. We’ll have blank mugs and wood slices that you can paint with oil pens and de-stress at the end of the semester. Please feel free to join us at any time, even if you aren’t into crafts and just want to grab lunch—everyone is welcome!

Making the most of digital resources at the Berkeley Library: A workshop for STEM E&O professionals

Workshop | December 4 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Science@Cal

Michael Sholinbeck, Outreach Instruction Librarian, and Margaret Phillips, Librarian, lead this workshop on library resources for STEM education and outreach practitioners.

Webnet: The Best of HighEdWeb

Workshop | December 4 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 303 Doe Library

 Debra Goldentyer, Digital Director, Haas School of Business

 Director of Staff Learning and Development

Cook Well Berkeley Healthy Cooking Series: Healthier Holiday Treats (BEUHS641)

Workshop | December 4 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Kim Guess, RD, Be well at Work - Wellness

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Cookies, cakes, and candies, oh my! Stand out from the crowd with healthier holiday gifts and desserts this year. Colleagues, family, and friends will appreciate your support and you can save money by making homemade gifts and desserts! Demonstration, recipes, and samples provided.

  Register online

CCHF Virtual Symposium

Conference/Symposium | December 4 | 1-4 p.m. | 775B Tan Hall

 College of Chemistry

Symplectic Working Group: Log Calabi-Yau surfaces and Lagrangian torus fibrations

Seminar | December 4 | 2-3 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Catherine Cannizzo, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Vertigo in a High Place, or, Rapaz amid the Ontologies

Workshop | December 4 | 3-6 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Frank Salomon, Professor Emeritus, John V. Murra Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

 Archaeological Research Facility

Within Kaha Wayi’s murky chamber both political self-government and rituals managing relations with the environment take place. Work in Kaha Wayi richly expresses an “implicit cosmology.” What should we think about such systems?

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Low regularity solutions for gravity water waves

Seminar | December 4 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Albert Ai, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We consider the local well-posedness of the Cauchy problem for the gravity water waves equations, which model the free interface between a fluid and air in the presence of gravity. It has been known that by using dispersive effects, one can lower the regularity threshold for well-posedness below that which is attainable by energy estimates alone. Using a paradifferential reduction of...   More >

Pimental Seminar in Physical Chemistry: Electric Fields and Enzyme Catalysis

Seminar | December 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall | Canceled

 Steven Boxer, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University

 College of Chemistry

We have developed the vibrational Stark effect to probe electrostatics and dynamics in organized systems, in particular in proteins where vibrational probes can report on functionally important electric fields. The strategy involves deploying site-specific vibrational probes whose sensitivity to an electric field is measured in a calibrated external electric field. Once calibrated, these probes,...   More >

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"Nonparametric Demand Estimation in Differentiated Products Markets"

Seminar | December 4 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Giovanni Compiani, Haas School of Business

 Department of Economics

Health Care Under the Knife: Moving Beyond Capitalism for Our Health

Colloquium | December 4 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, 221, Gifford Room

 Howard Waitzkin, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of New Mexico

 Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, National Nurses United and the California Nurses Association

These days, our health and well-being are sorted through a profit-seeking financial complex that monitors and commodifies our lives. Our access to competent, affordable health care grows more precarious every day. Waitzkin will discuss just what's wrong with our medical system, how it got this way, and a winning strategy in moving toward a post-capitalist health-care system.

Caminos de la Ciencia: De Ingeniería Química a Microbiología y de Regreso

Presentation | December 4 | 6:30-7:45 p.m. | César E. Chávez Branch, Oakland Public Library, Suite 271

 3301 East 12th St., Oakland, CA 94601

 Dr. Javier A. Ceja-Navarro, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

 Science@Cal

This Presentation will be in Spanish / Esta presentación será en español

En esta presentación, el Dr. Javier A. Ceja-Navarro, investigador del Laboratorio Nacional de Berkeley, nos hablará sobre su trayectoria en la ciencia y las oportunidades que lo han llevado a estudiar microbios, bichos y el medio ambiente.

Javier nació en Tuxpan, Nayarit, México, y realizó toda su preparación...   More >

De Ingeniería Química a Microbiología y de Regreso

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

FALL 2018 ARCHITECTURE STUDIO FINAL REVIEWS: ARCH 201 & 205A

Presentation | December 5 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. |  Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, DEC 5, 9am-6pm. Students in ARCH 201 and 205A will be exhibiting their work and presenting their projects to faculty and guest critics.

Collaborating Effectively in the Workplace: Beomb002

Workshop | December 5 | 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Ombuds

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | December 5 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 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 >

Dissertation Talk: Photonic Links -- From Theory to Automated Design

Seminar | December 5 | 10-11 a.m. | 2108 Allston Way (Berkeley Wireless Research Center), Suite 200

 Krishna Settaluri

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Recent advancements in silicon photonics show great promise in meeting the high bandwidth and low energy demands of emerging applications. However, a key gating factor in ensuring this necessity is met is the utilization of a link design methodology which transcends the various levels in the hierarchy, ranging from the device and platform level up to the systems level. In this dissertation, a...   More >

Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement Workshop

Workshop | December 5 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

J-1 and J-2 visitors subject to this requirement must return to their country of legal permanent residence for two years or obtain a waiver before being eligible for certain employment visas such as H (temporary employment), L (intra-company transfer), or Permanent Resident status ("green card"). Not all J visitors are subject as it depends on specific factors.

At this workshop, you will...   More >

Predictive Models for Transition Metal Catalyzed Organic Reactions

Seminar | December 5 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Peng Liu, Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh

 College of Chemistry

Due to limited mechanistic insights and the complexity of catalyst-substrate interactions, catalyst design and optimization in transition metal catalysis often rely on chemical intuition and experimental trial-and-error. I will discuss our recent efforts to utilize a streamlined computational approach to understand and predict the reactivity and selectivity of transition metal catalysts for...   More >

Synthetic Genetic Systems for Continuous Evolution and Barcoding in vivo

Seminar | December 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Chang C. Liu, University of California, Irvine

 Bioengineering (BioE)

We are interested in building genetic systems that have extremely high mutation rates in order to speed up the evolution of target proteins and enzymes in vivo as well as to record transient information, such as lineage relationships or exposure to biological stimuli, as genetic information in situ. I will present work on two genetic systems that we have recently developed. First, I will describe...   More >

The Limits of Rights: Claims-making on Behalf of Immigrants: A Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | December 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Irene Bloemraad, Professor, Department of Sociology, UC Berkeley

 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.

Dissertation Talk: Low Dimensional Methods for High Dimensional MRI

Seminar | December 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 510 Soda Hall

 Frank Ong

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will present methods to reconstruct 3D dynamic magnetic resonance images (MRI) with unprecedented spatiotemporal resolution. The problem considered is vastly underdetermined and computational demanding (trying to reconstruct ~100 GBs of image from ~2 GBs of measurements). I will first introduce a multi scale low rank matrix model to compactly represent general dynamic images. Then...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "Using functional genomics to discover new facets of antiviral immunity"

Seminar | December 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Sara Cherry, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Research in the Cherry lab is aimed at identifying cellular factors that regulate viral pathogenesis, including factors hijacked by viruses for replication and innate anti-viral mechanisms used by the host to combat the invader. We study a number of arthropod-borne RNA viruses, including flaviviruses such as West Nile virus, dengue virus and the newly emerging Zika virus. We are also studying the...   More >

Mindfulness Over the Holidays (BEUHS059)

Workshop | December 5 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. |  Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

 Leslie Bell, Ph.D. LCSW, Be Well at Work – Employee Assistance

 Employee Assistance Program

During the holidays, we are more likely to be stressed out and overwhelmed by obligations, errands and high expectations. Our “to-do” lists increasingly grow, leading us to race through each day in an effort to complete holiday shopping and errands. And while family time for some of us is joyous, for others of us it can bring added stress and feelings of disappointment and anger. This workshop...   More >

BIO Express Travel Signature Day

Workshop | December 5 | 1-4 p.m. | International House, Great Hall

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Berkeley International Office has set aside this special day for *express* travel signatures just for you! Stop by any time during the hours below to get your documents signed on the spot (please read below—"Do You Really Need a Travel Signature?").

Tails of the KPZ equation

Seminar | December 5 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Promit Ghosal, Columbia University

 Department of Statistics

The KPZ equation is a fundamental stochastic PDE related to modeling random growth processes, Burgers turbulence, interacting particle system, random polymers etc. In this talk, we focus on the tail probabilities of the solution of the KPZ equation. For instance, we investigate the probability of the solution being smaller or larger than the expected value. Our analysis is based on an exact...   More >

Dissertation Talk: BAG - Automation Framework for AMS Circuit Generator Design

Presentation | December 5 | 3-4 p.m. | 2108 Allston Way (Berkeley Wireless Research Center), Rabaey room

 Eric Chang, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

As the nature of scaling has shifted due to both technological and economic barriers, innovations in systems and circuits have become increasingly necessary to meet the needs to next generation designs. However, the stringent and unintuitive design rules of advanced multi-patterned processes along with increased interconnect resistance and capacitance due to dimensional scaling severely lengthen...   More >

ERG Colloquium: Sasha Harris-Lovett: Strategic Planning for Multi-Benefit Urban Water InfrastructureEnergy Systems

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

 Sasha Harris-Lovett, PhD canidate, Energy and Resources Group

 Energy and Resources Group

This talk presents a method for supporting decision-makers in implementing more equitable, holistic, and environmentally-sound urban water infrastructure.

"High Transference Number Polymer-Based Electrolytes for Lithium Batteries"/"Probing the Acyl Carrier Protein-Enzyme Interactions within Terminal Alkyne Biosynthetic Machinery"

Colloquium | December 5 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Kyle Diederichsen, Ph.D. student in the McCloskey Group; Michael Su, Ph.D. student in the Zhang Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Pentagram Maps and Refactorization in Poisson-Lie Groups

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

 Anton Izosimov, University of Arizona

 Department of Mathematics

The pentagram map was introduced by Richard Schwartz in 1992, and is now one of the most renowned discrete integrable systems which has deep connections with such topics as cluster algebras, dimer models etc. In this talk I will present a geometric construction which identifies the pentagram map, as well as its various multidimensional generalisations, with refactorization type mappings in...   More >

Making organelles in the ER

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

 William Prinz, NIH Section Chief, NIH

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Dr. Angela Brooks, Assistant Professor, UC Santa Cruz

Seminar | December 5 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Center for Computational Biology

Full-length alternative transcript isoform analysis with nanopore sequencing

Abstract:
Our group aims to understand the mechanisms of alternative RNA splicing regulation and splicing dysregulation in cancer. Short-read, high-throughput cDNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) has revolutionized our ability to profile RNA splicing; however, this approach cannot capture the full complexity of RNA...   More >

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

Workshop | December 5 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 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 >

Evergreen Wreath Workshop

Workshop | December 5 | 6-8 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Create a one-of-a-kind beautiful and festive wreath or garland to add to your holiday decorations. Greens from the Garden's global plant collection and other natural adornments are included.

$55 / $50 UCBG Garden members

  Register online

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Community Convening: Assessment in the H-SS Classroom

Workshop | December 6 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

Join Bay Area history educators for the second of three community conversations about history teaching. UCBHSSP will introduce models for assessing student learning in a history classroom.

 This event is directed at educators.

Evergreen Wreath Workshop

Workshop | December 6 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Create a one-of-a-kind beautiful and festive wreath or garland to add to your holiday decorations. Greens from the Garden's global plant collection and other natural adornments are included.

$55 / $50 UCBG Garden members

  Register online

Applied Math Seminar: Convolutional Neural Network with Decomposed Filters

Seminar | December 6 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 732 Evans Hall

 Xiuyuan Cheng, Duke University

 Department of Mathematics

Filters in a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) contain model parameters learned from data. The properties of convolutional filters in a trained deep network directly affect the quality of the feature representation being learned. In this talk, we introduce a framework for decomposing convolutional filters over a truncated expansion under pre-fixed bases, where the expansion coefficients are...   More >

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: "TBA"

Seminar | December 6 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C210 Haas School of Business

 Emily Gallagher, Washington University in St. Louis

 Department of Economics

Joint with the Haas Finance Seminar

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | December 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Raul Sanchez de la Sierra, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis, named after our esteemed colleague who founded the seminar, features current research by faculty, from UCB and elsewhere, and by advanced doctoral students. The research investigates governance, and its links with economic and political forces. Markets, hierarchies, hybrids, and the supporting institutions of law and politics all come...   More >

Seminar 271, Development joint with Seminar 225 OEW: Topic Forthcoming

Seminar | December 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Cheit Hall

 Raul Sanchez de la Sierra, UC Berkeley, Haas

 Department of Economics

IB Seminar:

Seminar | December 6 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Licia Selleri, University of California, San Francisco

 Department of Integrative Biology

Let's Talk: Engaging in Cross-Cultural Communication: Beeqi004-181206

Workshop | December 6 | 1-4 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Sidalia Reel

 Human Resources

This workshop engages participants in conversations regarding “what gets in the way” when communicating across difference. This workshop reviews interactive communication theory and U.S. domestic dynamics of Human Diversity. Participants will work with each other in discussing and applying this information in varied situations. By the end of this workshop participants will: •Increase awareness of...   More >

Econ 235, Financial Economics Student Seminar: "TBA"

Seminar | December 6 | 1-2 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Marius Guenzel, UC Berkeley; Chris Lako, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

FALL 2018 ARCHITECTURE STUDIO FINAL REVIEWS: ARCH 203

Presentation | December 6 | 2-6:30 p.m. |  Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

THU, DEC 6, 2-6:30pm. Students in ARCH 203 will be exhibiting their work and presenting their projects to faculty and guest critics.

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Introduction to Virtual Knot Theory

Seminar | December 6 | 2-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall | Note change in time

 Louis H Kauffman, University of Illinois at Chicago

 Department of Mathematics

Virtual knot theory is a generalization of classical knot theory that studies stabilized knots and links in thickened surfaces. Two knots (links) in thickened surfaces are said to be stably equivalent if they can be obtained one from another by a finite sequence of ambient isotopies along with surgeries on their complements (that can change of genus of the embedding surface). There is a...   More >

Ion Channels as Organizers of Neuronal Signaling Domains

Seminar | December 6 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 James Trimmer, University of California, Davis, Department of Physiology and Membrane Biology

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Twisting functors and generalized Verma modules

Seminar | December 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Libor Krizka, Charles University in Prague and University of Sao Paolo

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss the Arkhipov's twisting functor associated to a positive root of a complex simple finite-dimensional Lie algebra. By applying this twisting functor for a non-simple root on generalized Verma modules we obtain the so called partial Gelfand-Tsetlin modules, which are weight modules outside the category \(\mathcal O\). The talk is based on joint results with Vyacheslav Futorny and...   More >

Crafter-Dark: Make Paper Lanterns!

Workshop | December 6 | 8-10 p.m. |  Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union

 Berkeley Art Studio

Get crafty with us! We’re hosting free, drop-in arts & crafts workshops in the MLK Jr. Student Union Campus Living Room. This week we're making beautiful paper lanterns just in time for the holidays.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Mindful Self-Compassion: Core Skills Training: A Two-Day Workshop with Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer

Workshop | December 7 – 8, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Kristin Neff, University of Texas, Auston; Christopher Germer, Ph.D.

 Greater Good Science Center

This two-day workshop is an introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), an empirically-supported training program based on the pioneering research of Kristin Neff and the clinical perspective of Chris Germer. 11 CE hours available.

MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing. Mindfulness is the first step—turning with loving...   More >

$300-$339

  Tickets go on sale June 2. Buy tickets online

Mindful Self-Compassion: Core Skills Training: A Two-Day Workshop with Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer: A two-day introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

Workshop | December 7 | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | International House, Chevron Room

 Kristin Neff, Associate Professor, University of Texas, Austin; Cristopher Germer, Clinical Psychologist, Harvard Medical School

 Greater Good Science Center

This two-day workshop is an introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), an empirically-supported training program based on the pioneering research of Kristin Neff and the clinical perspective of Chris Germer. 11 CE hours available.

MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing. Mindfulness is the first step—turning with loving...   More >

CripTech: Disability and Technology in Japan and the United States – an International Symposium

Conference/Symposium | December 7 – 8, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | David Brower Center, Tamalpais Room

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Satsuki AYAYA, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo; Asa ITO, Tokyo Institute of Technology; Yoshihiko KAWAUCHI, Toyo University; Shinichiro KUMAGAYA, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo; Ayako Shimizo, Hikari Lab; Ninon Lambert, Tokyo University; Valerie Block, UC Berkeley; Regan Brashear, Filmmaker; Abigail Cochran, UC Berkeley; Chris Downey, Architecture for the Blind; Aimi Hamraie, Vanderbilt University; Laura Harrison, UCSD; Liz Henry, Mozilla; Josh Miele, The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute; Gregor Wolbring, University of Calgary; David Savarese, Director, DEEJ; Robert Rooy, Director, DEEJ

 Professor Karen Nakamura, UC Berkeley

This symposium brings together technologists, anthropologists, educators, and other researchers who are working on the nexus of technology, access, and design in Japan together with scholars, engineers, researchers, and activists in the United States for asymposium and workshop in Berkeley, California, the home of the independent living movement.

 None

CripTech: Disability and Technology in Japan and the United States: An International Symposium

Conference/Symposium | December 7 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, The Robert and Colleen Haas Chair in Disability Studies, Making Change Media

Technology has the potential to greatly improve access and the full social participation of disabled individuals in Japan and the United States. Both countries have invested considerable sums in these directions, but often this research is being conducted separately from the key stakeholders. This symposium brings together technologists, anthropologists, educators, and other researchers who are...   More >

 ASL interpretation and CART services have been requested for the conference and films will be open captioned and audio described. The conference venue is wheelchair accessible. Please do not come wearing any scents or perfumes.

Poster design and sketch of Rose the bionic woman are copyright 2018 by Franchesca Spektor. All rights reserved and used with artist’s permission. Image description of conference artwork: A woman who has a human-looking face, forearm, wrist, and hand

Dissertation Talk: Wearable medical sensors enabled by printed bioelectronics and biophotonics

Seminar | December 7 | 10-11 a.m. | Cory Hall, Cory 490H (Immersion Room in Swarm Lab)

 Yasser Khan, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Wearable medical sensors that can monitor biosignals have the potential to transform healthcare - they encourage healthy living by providing individuals feedback on personal vital signs and enable facile implementation of both in-hospital and in-home health monitoring. To date, fabrication of wearable medical sensors heavily relies on conventional semiconductor vacuum-processing, which is...   More >

Public Health Debate

Colloquium | December 7 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Public Health, School of

Students from Oakland High School will debate the following resolution: Doctors and scientists should have a right to use a patient’s body tissue without the patient’s consent.
UCB MPH students, JMP students and faculty will be the judges.

Dancing for Fun and Fitness (BEUHS605)

Workshop | December 7 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

 Nadia Qabazard

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Fit some fun and fitness into your day with these free, beginner dance classes. Zumba will be 9/7, Salsa will be 10/19, Hula / Polynesian will be11/2, and Zumba / Salsa will be 12/7. No partner required. Comfortable clothing and athletic shoes recommended.

  Register online

Emotional Aspects of Caregiving (BEUHS180)

Workshop | December 7 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Maureen Kelly, ED.D., LCSW, UC Elder Care Program

 Elder Care Program

“Caregiving is a temporary stage in a relationship which will take you to a level of compassion that you have never before experienced…” Beth Witrogen McLeod

Come to this interactive workshop to contemplate and acknowledge, the multitude of emotions accompanying the caregiving journey.

A view from industry: Securing IoT with Azure Sphere

Seminar | December 7 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, 430 (Woz)

 Edmund Nightingale, Microsoft

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Every year, 9 billion new devices powered by single-chip computers—MCUs—are deployed; all with little to no cybersecurity and most with no network connectivity. These devices are in your home, in your office, and in every industrial or commercial setting on the planet.

Azure Sphere offers to improve MCU computing by bringing cloud connectivity, intelligence, and high security to these devices....   More >

Immigration Policy in Japan and South Korea

Colloquium | December 7 | 4 p.m. | Barrows Hall, 554, Ethnic Studies Conference Room

 Keiko Yamanaka, UC Berkeley

 Margaux Taylor Garcia, Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP); Maya Narumi, Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP); Eun Seo Yang, Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP); Himali Dixit, Nepalese Scholar

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Institute of Research on Labor & Employment

Immigration policies drastically expanded in Japan and South Korea, but the reality migrant workers face in both countries are not as promising. The general resistance of unskilled immigration and the demands of labor shortages and shrinking populations have been accommodated with ad hoc governmental policies. Under the supervision of Professor Keiko Yamanaka, Margaux, Maya and Eun Seo have been...   More >

Grounds for Science - Exploring quantum materials and black holes

Presentation | December 7 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Scarlet City Espresso Bar | Note change in date

 3960Espresso Bar Adeline Street, Emeryville, CA 94608

 Arielle Little, Department of Physics; Vinay Ramasesh, Department of Physics

 Science@Cal

Exciting short talks on cutting-edge topics by young researchers at UC Berkeley.

The weird and wonderful world of Quantum Materials - with Arielle Little

Exploring the physics of black holes with quantum computers - with Vinay Ramasesh

What are quantum materials?

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Mindful Self-Compassion: Core Skills Training: A Two-Day Workshop with Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer

Workshop | December 7 – 8, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Kristin Neff, University of Texas, Auston; Christopher Germer, Ph.D.

 Greater Good Science Center

This two-day workshop is an introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), an empirically-supported training program based on the pioneering research of Kristin Neff and the clinical perspective of Chris Germer. 11 CE hours available.

MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing. Mindfulness is the first step—turning with loving...   More >

$300-$339

  Tickets go on sale June 2. Buy tickets online

CripTech: Disability and Technology in Japan and the United States – an International Symposium

Conference/Symposium | December 7 – 8, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | David Brower Center, Tamalpais Room

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Satsuki AYAYA, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo; Asa ITO, Tokyo Institute of Technology; Yoshihiko KAWAUCHI, Toyo University; Shinichiro KUMAGAYA, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo; Ayako Shimizo, Hikari Lab; Ninon Lambert, Tokyo University; Valerie Block, UC Berkeley; Regan Brashear, Filmmaker; Abigail Cochran, UC Berkeley; Chris Downey, Architecture for the Blind; Aimi Hamraie, Vanderbilt University; Laura Harrison, UCSD; Liz Henry, Mozilla; Josh Miele, The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute; Gregor Wolbring, University of Calgary; David Savarese, Director, DEEJ; Robert Rooy, Director, DEEJ

 Professor Karen Nakamura, UC Berkeley

This symposium brings together technologists, anthropologists, educators, and other researchers who are working on the nexus of technology, access, and design in Japan together with scholars, engineers, researchers, and activists in the United States for asymposium and workshop in Berkeley, California, the home of the independent living movement.

 None

CripTech: Disability and Technology in Japan and the United States: An International Symposium

Conference/Symposium | December 8 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, The Robert and Colleen Haas Chair in Disability Studies, Making Change Media

Technology has the potential to greatly improve access and the full social participation of disabled individuals in Japan and the United States. Both countries have invested considerable sums in these directions, but often this research is being conducted separately from the key stakeholders. This symposium brings together technologists, anthropologists, educators, and other researchers who are...   More >

 ASL interpretation and CART services have been requested for the conference and films will be open captioned and audio described. The conference venue is wheelchair accessible. Please do not come wearing any scents or perfumes.

FAMILY PROGRAM: Holiday Nature Crafts (Morning SOLD OUT)

Workshop | December 8 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

A Garden tradition, create gifts and decorations inspired by nature and the Garden's collection.

$20 Adult, $20 Child, $18 Member Adult, $18 Member Child

 SOLD OUT.

About:Face -- a community quilt

Workshop | December 8 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology | Note change in date

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Guided by artist Shirin Towfiq, decorate your own quilt patches with drawings and personal messages for a bigger communal quilt that will address issues of identity and double consciousness. This workshop is held alongside the current exhibit, Face to Face: Looking at Objects That Look at You, and is free with museum admission.

Shirin Towfiq received her BA in Practice of Art from University...   More >

Gallery + Studio: Experiments in Three Dimensions

Workshop | December 8 | 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Modern artists like Alexander Calder, Isamu Noguchi, and others investigated color, shape, rhythm, and balance in their works on view in Dimensionism. In this workshop led by artist Jennie Smith, work on your own or with one another to create sculptural artworks using paper, cardboard, wonder foam, and wire. Then, talk about your own experiments and process in a group discussion, posing...   More >

FAMILY PROGRAM: Holiday Nature Crafts (Afternoon)

Workshop | December 8 | 1-3 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

A Garden tradition, create gifts and decorations inspired by nature and the Garden's collection. Drop-in during program hours.

$20 Adult, $20 Child, $18 Member Adult, $18 Member Child

 This registration link is for the afternoon program. Register online