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Lecture: Of triangles, gas, prices and men
Tuesday, December 17 | 5:15-6:45 p.m. | Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, 17 Gauss Way, Berkeley
This talk, led by Cedric Villani, professor of mathematics at the Universite de Lyon and director of the Institut Henri Poincare in Paris, is the story of an encounter of three distinct fields: non-Euclidean geometry, gas dynamics and economics. Some of the most fundamental mathematical tools behind these theories appear to have a close connection, which was revealed around the turn of the 21st century, and has developed strikingly since then.
Lecture: Incentivising safe sex
Wednesday, December 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall
UC Berkeley professor of public health, William Dow, will discuss his research on incentivising safe sex, based on a randomized trial of conditional cash transfers for HIV and sexually transmitted infection prevention in rural Tanzania.
Seminar: Ultrafast photonics
Thursday, December 19 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 540 AB (DOP Center) Cory Hall
The development of high speed communications, interconnects and signal processing are critical for an information based economy. Lightwave technologies offer the promise of high bandwidth connectivity that is cost effective. University of Cental Florida professor of optics, ECE and physics, Peter Delfyett, will discuss these technologies and their applications.
Science@Cal: The kingdom of fungi
Saturday, December 21 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building
John Taylor, professor of microbiology at UC Berkeley, will discuss his research on the molecular evolution of fungi. Prof. Taylor and his group have used DNA sequence to study ancient relationships among the main groups of fungi and how DNA variation can be used to estimate the dates of these ancient events. Whole genome sequencing has let them study the process that builds the "tree of life," that is, the splitting of populations and their adaptation at the level of single genes.
Special event: Winter weeks
December 21, 2013 – January 5, 2014 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science
Enjoy quality time with the family and keep the learning gears turning over winter break. Exhibits, hands-on labs, 3-D theater, and planetarium are all open for extra holiday hours during Winter Weeks. Kids will enjoy making marble machines in the Ingenuity Lab, planetarium shows about voyages to the moon, meeting a few animals in the Animal Discovery Room, and a free 3-D film on Christmas Eve.
Special event: December graduation 2013
Sunday, December 22 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Haas Pavilion
The December graduation ceremony for all graduating students from all majors and their families will take place at Haas Pavilion. The ceremony will include the Chancellor's address, keynote speech by 2013 Nobel Prize winner Randy Schekman, and traditional pomp and circumstance.
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