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Monday, February 6, 2017

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | February 6 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building | Note change in location

 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 >

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | February 6 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall

 Jason Smith, UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health, & Safety

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This session briefly covers the UC Berkeley specific radiation safety information you will need to start work.​ In addition, dosimeter will be issued, if required.

Causal framing supports young children’s analogical reasoning

Colloquium | February 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Mariel Goddu, Department of Psychology

 Department of Psychology

​My recent work challenges some previous assumptions about young children’s analogical reasoning abilities. Although much of the literature suggests that three- and four-year-olds are poor at reasoning about abstract relations, here I report results from 4 studies demonstrating that context may be critical. When children are presented with relational reasoning tasks in a traditional,...   More >

Innovative Thinking in the Development of Seismic Design Concepts: SEMM Seminar

Seminar | February 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Steven Tipping, SE, President, Tipping Structural Engineers, Berkeley

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

The talk will explore the thinking process that went into the development of eight different seismic design concepts including propped shear walls, story isolation, friction dampers, corrugated metal wall sheathing, post-tensioned concrete shear walls, mast frames, isolation bearings, and corrugated metal wall sheathing (round two).

The Pink Tide and Ebb: Assessing the Left in Latin America: With Jeffrey R. Webber and Alejandro Velasco

Conference/Symposium | February 6 | 12-2 p.m. | Barrows Hall, Social Science Matrix Conference Room, 8th Floor

 Jeffery Webber, Senior Lecturer at the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London; Alejandro Velasco, Associate Professor of Modern Latin America at the Gallatin School and the Department of History at New York University

 Center for Latin American Studies

The Pink Tide & Ebb: Assessing the Left in Latin America. Featuring Jeffery R. Webber and Alejandro Velasco. Event co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, Department of Sociology, the Department of History, and the Center for Race and Gender.

Cryo-EM structures of the APC/C and mechanisms of its regulation in the cell cycle

Seminar | February 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Leifu Chang**, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Optical Tools for Unraveling Whole-brain Neuronal Circuit Dynamics Underlying Behavior: From Retina to the Cortex

Seminar | February 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Alipasha Vaziri, The Rockefeller University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Optical technologies have been transformative for our current understanding of structure and function of neuronal circuits underlying behavior and are in many cases the limiting factors for pushing our understanding of the brain forward. I will discuss two different areas of research in our lab in this context.

In vision science despite of investigations for over seventy years, the absolute...   More >

Breastfeeding Your Baby/Returning to Work or School (BEUHS602)

Workshop | February 6 | 1-4:15 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Laura Monin, IBCLC, Certified Lactation Consultant

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

This 3 hour class is taught by a certified lactation consultant and is broken up into two parts.
The first portion of the class, 1-3pm, addresses breastfeeding basics and problem solving. The second portion of class, 3:15-4:15pm, covers returning-to-work planning and breast pumps. Those who have already attended a breastfeeding class are welcome to join the last portion of the class.

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String-Math Seminar: Khovanov-Rozansky homology and Hilbert schemes

Seminar | February 6 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Eugene Gorsky, Davis

 Department of Mathematics

Khovanov and Rozansky introduced a knot homology theory generalizing the HOMFLY polynomial. I will describe a conjectural relation between the Khovanov-Rozansky homology and the homology of sheaves on the flag Hilbert scheme of points on the plane. The talk is based on the joint work with Andrei Negut and Jacob Rasmussen.

Using Text as Data Methods to Discover, Measure, and Explain

Colloquium | February 6 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 402 Barrows Hall

 Justin Grimmer, Associate Professor of Political Science, Stanford University

 Department of Sociology

Text as data methods are increasingly used in the social sciences to explore large scale collections of text. This talk draws on my recent papers to show the distinct social science tasks that test as data methods can accomplish and provides a framework for evaluating those methods. Using an example from the study of Congressional communication I show how text as data methods can help us to...   More >

Bay Area Microlocal Analysis Seminar: Strong cosmic censorship in spherical symmetry for two-ended asymptotically flat data

Seminar | February 6 | 2:40-3:30 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Jonathan Luk, Stanford

 Department of Mathematics

I will present a recent work (joint with Sung-Jin Oh) on the strong cosmic censorship conjecture for the Einstein-Maxwell-(real)-scalar-field system in spherical symmetry for two-ended asymptotically flat data. For this model, it was previously proved (by M. Dafermos and I. Rodnianski) that a certain formulation of the strong cosmic censorship conjecture is false, namely, the maximal globally...   More >

Human Brain Imaging with fMRI

Colloquium | February 6 | 3 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Russel Epstein

 Department of Psychology

BLISS Seminar: Information-theoretic tradeoffs in control

Seminar | February 6 | 3-4 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Victoria Kostina, Caltech

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Consider a distributed control problem with a communication channel connecting the observer of a linear stochastic system to the controller. The goal of the controller is to minimize a quadratic cost function in the state variables and control signal. We study the fundamental tradeoff between the communication rate and expected cost.

Claudio Maccone (INAF): SETI Prospects Worldwide

Seminar | February 6 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

 Claudio Maccone, International Academy of Astronautics & Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF, Italy)

 Radio Astronomy Lab

The SETI Permanent Committee of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) https://iaaweb.org/content/view/396/554/ was created over 50 years ago and is the only worldwide forum for SETI scientists. This talk describes its activities since 2012, when the speaker was elected Chair. In particular:
1) Protection of the central part of the Moon Farside as the only place near Earth still free...   More >

Marcel Nutz - Bubbles, Shorting and Supply in Speculative Markets

Seminar | February 6 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Marcel Nutz, Columbia University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: We study the formation of prices in equilibrium. In our model, risk-neutral agents interact in continuous time, giving rise to a tractable equilibrium that reveals the influence of speculation, short-selling restrictions, and exogenous supply. Based on joint works with Johannes Muhle-Karbe and Jose Scheinkman.

Bio: Marcel obtained his PhD from ETH Zurich and joined Columbia in 2011....   More >

Computational models of vision: From early vision to deep convolutional neural networks

Seminar | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Felix Wichmann, University of Tübingen

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Early visual processing has been studied extensively over the last decades. From these studies a relatively standard model emerged of the first steps in visual processing. However, most implementations of the standard model cannot take arbitrary images as input, but only the typical grating stimuli used in many of the early vision experiments.

I will present an image based early vision model...   More >

From Mass Science to Participatory Action Research: Maoist Legacies in Contemporary Chinese Knowledge Production

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

 Andrew F. Jones, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

 Sigrid Schmalzer, History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

One of the signature elements of Mao-era science was the insistence on mobilizing the masses. Today, propaganda accounts of such activities ring hollow—or at best perhaps chime quaint. Yet some Chinese social scientists are eagerly adopting the theory and language of "participatory action research," an academic field that emerged out of the 1960s and 1970s global radicalism in which Maoist...   More >

RNA methylation in gene expression regulation

Seminar | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Chuan He, University of Chicago

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, College of Chemistry

IB SEMINAR: Algorithms and implementation of predictive control in behavior

Seminar | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Anthony Leonardo, Janelia Research Campus / HHMI

 Department of Integrative Biology

Literary Success and the Russian Internet: How Online Publics Shape Contemporary Poetics

Colloquium | February 6 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Bradley Gorski, PhD Candidate, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Columbia University

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

The third lecture in the Spring 2017 Slavic Colloquium series.

Student Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Tannakian reconstruction

Seminar | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Rahul Dalal, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A common slogan is that the understanding the category of representations of a group is the same as understanding the group. This talk will attempt to explain a few theorems in Tannakian theory which give a rigorous justification in the case of algebraic groups. It will follow Milne's notes on the subject.

Bayesian Covariance Estimation with Applications in High-throughput Biology

Seminar | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Alexander Franks, University of Washington

 Department of Statistics

Understanding the function of biological molecules requires statistical methods for assessing covariability across multiple dimensions as well as accounting for complex measurement error and missing data. In this talk, I will discuss two models for covariance estimation which have applications in molecular biology. In the first half of the talk, I will describe the role of covariance estimation...   More >

Bay Area Microlocal Analysis Seminar: Pointwise Bounds for Steklov Eigenfunctions

Seminar | February 6 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Jeff Galkowski, Stanford and McGill

 Department of Mathematics

Let $(\Omega ,g)$ be a compact, real-analytic Riemannian manifold with real-analytic boundary $\partial \Omega $. The harmonic extensions of the boundary Dirchlet-to-Neumann eigenfunctions are called Steklov eigenfunctions. We show that the Steklov eigenfuntions decay exponentially into the interior in terms of the Dirichlet-to-Neumann eigenvalues and give a sharp rate of decay to first order at...   More >

[Physics Colloquium] Adventures in Urban Informatics

Seminar | February 6 | 4:15-5 p.m. | LeConte Hall, Lecture Hall 1

 Steven Koonin, Director, Center for Urban Science and Progress, New York University

 Department of Physics

For the first time in history, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas; in just a few more decades, the world's population will exceed 9 billion, 70 percent of whom will live in cities. Enabling those cities to deliver services effectively, efficiently, and sustainably while keeping their citizens safe, healthy, prosperous, and well-informed will be among the most important...   More >

Third World Studies: Theorizing Liberation

Colloquium | February 6 | 4:30-6 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Gary Okihiro, Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

 Center for Research on Social Change, Center for Race and Gender, Department of African American Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies

A conversation with author about his book, Third World Studies: Theorizing Liberation.

Cities in the Age of Trump—A Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion | February 6 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

MON, FEB 6, 7:00pm. Join a timely and important discussion about the changing nature of cities under the incoming administration