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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Expanders and Extractors

Workshop | January 30 – February 3, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

This workshop will focus on explicit constructions of graphs and functions with pseudorandom properties. There will be two main themes related to each object in the title. For expanders, these will be proofs of existence of expander graphs using lifts, a la Bilu-Linial and Marcus-Spielman-Srivastava, and the possibility of using the method to obtain explicit constructions of Ramanujan expanders...   More >

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Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) School District Leadership Seminar

Workshop | February 2 | 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | 150 Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS), BaySci: A Partnership for Bay Area Science Education

This event is for school district science leadership teams (comprised of district administrators, principals, and teacher leaders). This event will be held October 13, 2016; February 2, 2017; and April 24, 2017.

Contact our BaySci Program Director, Vanessa Lujan, at vlujan@berkeley.edu or (510) 643-0311 if you have any questions or are interested in joining our district network.

  RSVP by calling Vanessa Lujan at 510-643-0311, or by emailing Vanessa Lujan at vlujan@berkeley.edu

RADPD - Foundational - F3 Customer Service for the RA

Course | February 2 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | University Hall, Room 24

 Human Resources

Synopsis: A soft skills workshop that covers essential customer service and workplace communication techniques, with a special emphasis on setting up, preparing for, facilitating, and debriefing an RA’s initial meeting with their PI's.

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PMB Seminar : "Dare to be different- regulators and mechanisms for asymmetric cell division in plants"

Seminar | February 2 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Energy Biosciences Building, EBB First Floor Conference Room

 Juan Dong, Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Fireside Chat with Vincent Stanley, Patagonia Chief Storyteller: Peterson/Dean's Speaker Series

Panel Discussion | February 2 | 12:15-1:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Wells Fargo Room (C420)

 Vincent Stanley, Director of Philosophy, Patagonia

 Sara Beckman, Senior Lecturer, Haas School of Business

 Center for Responsible Business, Haas School of Business

Vincent Stanley will be joined by Dr Sara Beck (Haas School of Business) to discuss the responsible company, what Patagonia is doing to be that company and how you can make a difference.

Swarm - Terraswarm Seminar: Rick McGeer: The Matrix: A Field Guide to the Next Internet

Seminar | February 2 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 490 Cory

 Rick McGeer, US Ignite

 Swarm Lab/Terraswarm

The past 15 years has seen the emergence of a large number of distributed infrastructures: PlanetLab and GENI in the United States, GLab, NorNet and FED4FIRE in the EU, SAVI in Canada, VNode in Japan, and many others. These infrastructures can be viewed as a new kind of network or a new kind of cloud. As a network, one that is defined by computational services rather than protocols or hardware;...   More >

IB SEMINAR: Animal speciation from the microbe’s vantage point

Seminar | February 2 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Seth Bordenstein, Vanderbilt University

 Department of Integrative Biology

DAG seminar: DG categories

Seminar | February 2 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Benjamin Gammage, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Following works of Drinfeld, Keller, Toën, Lurie, and others, we will tour the homotopical context in which dg categories reside.

Seminar 251, Labor:

Seminar | February 2 | 2-4 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Jen Kwok, UCB; Raffaele Saggio, UCB

 Department of Economics

Jen Kwok - "Influence of Provider Continuity on Healthcare Utilization"

Raffaele Saggio - "The Effects of Temporary Contracts on the Wage and Productive Structure: Evidence from Italy"

Functional Nanomaterials from Self-Assembly

Seminar | February 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Professor Uli Wiesner, Cornell University

 Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

Global problems including energy conversion and storage, clean water and human health require increasingly complex, multi-component and functional materials with unprecedented control over composition, structure, and order down to the nanoscale. This talk will give examples for the rational design of novel functional hybrid nanomaterials inspired by biological examples. Discussion will include...   More >

The Master Plan: ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the Jihadi Strategy for Final Victory

Colloquium | February 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Brian Fishman, Counterterrorism Research Fellow, International Studies Program at New America

 Center for Right-Wing Studies, Institute of European Studies

Given how quickly its operations have achieved global impact, it may seem that the Islamic State materialized suddenly. In fact, al-Qaeda’s operations chief, Sayf al-Adl, devised a seven-stage plan for jihadis to conquer the world by 2020 that included reestablishing the Caliphate in Syria between 2013 and 2016. Despite a massive schism between the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, al-Adl’s plan has...   More >

The Master Plan: ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the Jihadi Strategy for Final Victory by Brian Fishman

Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis: "TBA"

Seminar | February 2 | 4:10-6 p.m. | Haas School of Business, C325 Cheit Hall

 Jim Robinson - University of Chicago, Haas School of Business

 Haas School of Business

Part of the Haas School's Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis

QB3 Postdoc Seminar: Role of phosphoinositides and individual subunits in the assembly state, and localization of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae TORC2 complex

Seminar | February 2 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 621 Stanley Hall

 Nieves Martinez Marshall (Thorner lab)

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

The ability to maintain homeostasis of the cell surface area in response to environmental insults and intracellular changes in lipid metabolism is essential for eukaryotic cell survival. A key regulator of membrane homeostasis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae is TORC2, a multiprotein complex that contains the evolutionarily conserved protein kinase Target of Rapamycin (TOR). The localization of TORC2...   More >

Radical Acts: A Dialogue on the Aesthetic and Political Histories of Resistance: The Graduate Speaker Series

Panel Discussion | February 2 | 5-7 p.m. |  Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

 Sharon Hayes; Mimi Thi Nguyen

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Arts + Design, College of Arcus Chair for Gender, Sexuality and the Built Environment Environmental Design, Center for Race and Gender, Department of Ethnic Studies, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Department of History of Art, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Our current political moment demands that we think carefully and closely about the legacies of protest in the United States. Such reflection is crucial for the cultivation of future activist imaginaries. To this end, Radical Acts: A Dialogue on the Aesthetic and Political Histories of Resistance, brings together feminist artist Sharon Hayes with feminist theorist and punk lifer Mimi Thi Nguyen...   More >

Applied Algebra Seminar: Bivariate Real Stability Testing

Seminar | February 2 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Nicholas Ryder, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We give a strongly polynomial time algorithm which determines whether or not a bivariate polynomial is real stable. As a corollary, this implies an algorithm for testing whether a given linear transformation on univariate polynomials preserves real-rootedness. The proof exploits properties of hyperbolic polynomials to reduce real stability testing to testing nonnegativity of a finite number of...   More >